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       4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Simulated Evolution And Learning
        9th International Conference on Neural Information Processing
       International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery
            November 18 - 22, 2002, Orchid Country Club, Singapore

                             Organized by:
               School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
                 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

                             Sponsored by:
                   Asia-Pacific Neural Network Assembly
                     SEAL & FSKD Steering Committees

                          In Co-Operation with:
                       IEEE Neural Network Society
                   International Neural Network Society
                      European Neural Network Society

                             Supported by:
                            Lee Foundation
                Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau

                       SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS

    SEAL'02, ICONIP'02, and FSKD'02 will be jointly held in Orchid Country
    Club, Singapore from November 18 to 22, 2002. The conferences will
    not only feature the most up-to-date research results in evolutionary
    computation, neural information processing, fuzzy systems, and
    knowledge discovery, but also promote cross-fertilization over these
    exciting and yet closely-related areas. Registration to any one of the
    conferences will entitle a participant to the technical sessions and
    the proceedings of all three conferences, as well as the conference
    banquet, buffet lunches, and tours to two of the major attractions in
    Singapore, i.e., Night Safari and Sentosa Resort Island. Many well-
    known researchers will present keynote speeches, panel discussions,
    invited lectures, and tutorials.

    About Singapore
    Located at one of the most important crossroads of the world,
    Singapore is truly a place where East and West come together. Here you
    will find Chinese, Indian, and Malay communities living together,
    their long established cultures forming a unique backdrop to a clean
    and modern garden city. English is spoken everywhere and is the common
    business language of all. Few places on earth promise such a delight
    for the palate, with gourmet cuisine from over 30 countries. Exotic
    resorts in neighboring countries are only a short bus/ferry ride away.

    Orchid Country Club (OCC)
    The venue for this year's conferences is at one of Singapore's
    premier country clubs, a 25-minute bus ride from the city. Away from
    the hustle and bustle of downtown Singapore, the tranquil setting of
    the resort is ideal for serious technical discussions with an
    accommodating space and ambience for relaxation. Not to miss out on
    the splendor of downtown Singapore, the organizer has also secured
    good quality and affordable accommodation in the heart of the city
    with pre-arranged transport to/from the OCC. For golf enthusiasts,
    OCC is equipped with the largest computerized driving range in South
    East Asia and boasts of a 27-hole golf course with facilities for
    night golfing, ideal for relaxation after each day of technical
    discussions. Visit the OCC website at

    Night Safari and Sentosa Resort Island
    It is said that a visit to Singapore is not complete without making
    a trip to two of the Republic's famous attractions. The only one of
    its kind in the world, the Night Safari provides a setting for
    visitors to experience what it is like to observe animals in their
    nocturnal habitat. The island of Sentosa offers some unique
    attractions and a visit there will also provide a glimpse and
    imagery of Singapore's past and present. Visits to these two
    attractions will be included as recreation for the joint conference.

    Topics of Interest
    The joint conferences welcomes paper submissions from researchers,
    practitioners, and students worldwide in but not limited to the
    following areas.

       THEORY - Co-evolution, Coding methods, Collective behavior
       METHODOLOGY - Evolution strategies, Genetic algorithms, Genetic
           programming, Molecular and quantum computing, Evolvable
           hardware, Multi-objective optimization, Ant colony, Artificial
       EVOLUTIONARY LEARNING - Artificial life, Bayesian evolutionary
       HYBRID SYSTEMS - Evolutionary neuro-fuzzy systems, Soft computing
       APPLICATIONS - Scheduling, Operations research, Design, etc

       NATURAL NEURAL SYSTEMS - Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Neuro-
           physiology, Brain imaging, Learning and memory
       ARTIFICIAL NEURAL MODELS - Learning algorithms, Neural modeling and
           architectures, Neurodynamics
       COGNITIVE SCIENCE - Perception, emotion, and cognition, Selective
           attention, Vision and auditory models
       HARDWARD IMPLEMENTATION - Artificial retina & cochlear chips
       HYBRID SYSTEMS - Neuro-fuzzy systems, Evolutionary neural nets, etc
       APPLICATIONS - Bioinformatics, Finance, Manufacturing, etc.

       THEORY AND FOUNDATIONS - Fuzzy theory and models, Uncertainty
           management, Statistical & probabilistic data mining, Computing
           with words, Rough sets, Intelligent agents
       METHODS AND ALGORITHMS - Classification, Clustering, Information
           retrieval & fusion, Data warehousing & OLAP, Fuzzy hardware,
           Visualization, Decision trees, Data preprocessing
       HYBRID SYSTEMS - Evolutionary neuro-fuzzy systems, Soft computing
       APPLICATIONS - Control, Optimization, Natural language processing,
           Forecasting, Human-computer interaction, etc.

    Special Sessions
    The conferences will feature special sessions on specialized topics
    to encourage in-depth discussions. To propose a special session, email
    the session title, name of the conference under which the special
    session will be organized, contact information of the organizer(s),
    and a short description on the theme and topics covered by the
    session to Xin Yao, Special Sessions Chair (,
    with a copy to Lipo Wang, General Chair (Cc:

    The conferences will offer product vendors a sponsorship package
    and/or an opportunity to interact with conference participants.
    Product demonstration and exhibition can also be arranged. For more
    information, please visit the conference website or contact
    Tong Seng Quah, Sponsorship/Exhibition Chair (,
    with a copy to Lipo Wang, General Chair (Cc:

    Keynote Speakers
    Shun-ichi Amari, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan
    David Fogel, Natural Selection, Inc., USA
    Mitsuo Kawato, ATR, Japan
    Xin Yao, The University of Birmingham, UK
    Lotfi A. Zadeh, University of California, USA

    Registration Fee
    The registration fee for regular participants before August 15, 2002
    is S$680 (approximately US$370 as at February 6, 2002), which includes
    the proceedings, lunches, banquet, and tours.

    Submission of Papers
    Authors are invited to submit electronic files (postscript, pdf or
    Word format) through the conference home page. Papers should be
    double-column and use 10 pt Times Roman or similar fonts. The final
    version of a paper should not exceed 5 pages in length. A selected
    number of accepted papers will be expanded and revised for possible
    inclusion in edited books and peer-reviewed journals, such as
    "Soft Computing" and "Knowledge and Information Systems: An
    International Journal" by Springer-Verlag.

    Important Dates
            Paper/Summary Deadline : April 30, 2002
            Notification of Acceptance : July 15, 2002
            Final Paper/ Registration : August 15, 2002

    Honorary Conference Chairs
            Shun-ichi Amari, Japan
            Hans-Paul Schwefel, Germany
            Lotfi A. Zadeh, USA

    International Advisory Board
            Sung-Yang Bang, Korea
            Meng Hwa Er, Singapore
            David B. Fogel, USA
            Toshio Fukuda, Japan
            A. Galushkin, Russia
            Tom Gedeon, Australia
            Zhenya He, China
            Mo Jamshidi, USA
            Nikola Kasabov, New Zealand
            Sun-Yuan Kung, USA
            Tong Heng Lee, Singapore
            Erkki Oja, Finland
            Nikhil R. Pal, India
            Enrique H. Ruspini,USA
            Harcharan Singh, Singapore
            Ah Chung Tsoi, Australia
            Shiro Usui, Toyohashi, Japan
            Lei Xu, China
            Benjamin W. Wah, USA
            Donald C. Wunsch II, USA
            Xindong Wu, USA
            Youshou Wu, China
            Yixin Zhong, China
            Jacek M. Zurada, USA

            Alex C. Kot, Singapore

    General Chair
            Lipo Wang, Singapore

    Program Co-Chairs
                    Kunihiko Fukushima, Japan
                    Soo-Young Lee, Korea
                    Jagath C. Rajapakse, Singapore
                    Takeshi Furuhashi, Japan
                    Jong-Hwan Kim, Korea
                    Kay Chen Tan, Singapore
                    Saman Halgamuge, Australia
            Special Sessions:
                    Xin Yao, UK

    Finance Chair
            Charoensak Charayaphan, Singapore

    Local Arrangement Chair
            Meng Hiot Lim, Singapore

    Proceedings Chair
            Farook Sattar, Singapore

    Publicity Chair
            Chunru Wan, Singapore

    Sponsorship/Exhibition Chair
            Tong Seng Quah, Singapore

    Tutorial Chair
            P. N. Suganthan, Singapore

    For More Information
    Please visit the conference home page or contact:
            Lipo Wang, ICONIP'02-SEAL'02-FSKD'02 General Chair
            School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
            Nanyang Technological University
            Block S2, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798
            Phone: +65 6790 6372

    Conference Secretariat
            ICONIP'02-SEAL'02-FSKD'02 Secretariat
            Conference Management Center/CCE, NTU
            Administration Annex Building #04-06
            42 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639815
            Fax: +65 6793 0997

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