Alex Meystel (
Thu, 18 Apr 1996 11:22:55 +0200

Subject: Time:12:02 PM
OFFICE MEMO Semiotics'96 Date:4/17/96
Dear Colleague:
You might be interested in this conference.
Alex Meystel

A Conference Sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and


October 20-23, Gaithersburg, MD, USA

Honorary Conference Chairs - Thomas Sebeok and Lotfi Zadeh

This conference will be conducted at NIST (Gaithersburg,
MD) on October 20-23. The title of this conference is
"Intelligent Systems: A Semiotic Perspective". Its General Chair
is Jim Albus, its Program Chair is Alex Meystel. Its advisory
board includes: P. Antsaklis, K. Bellman, M. Coombs, C. Hewitt,
L. Kohout, M. Kokar, C. Landauer, R. Mann, A. Nerode,
U. Ozguner, T. Reader, S. Russell, S. Sastry, B. Turksen,
J. C. A. van der Lubbe, P. Werbos, B. Zeigler.

This conference is a follow-up on the Monterey IEEE Workshop on "Architectures
for Semiotic Modeling and Situation Analysis in Large Complex Systems" which
was conducted in August
1995 in association with the 10th IEEE Symposium on Intelligent
Control. The goal of this conference is to discuss existing
formal methodologies of dealing with large symbolic structures,
and to explore new insights associated with the area of modeling,
analysis, design, and application of intelligent systems.
Most of the conferences on intelligence focus on the
components of intelligent systems such as neural networks, fuzzy
controllers, genetic search, evolutionary programming, and
others. This conference will focus primarily on the intelligent
systems as a whole - no matter what are the particular specific
tools to be utilized. So, in addition to neural networks - all
kinds of architectures will be discussed based upon a variety of
components and configurations, in addition to fuzzy systems - all
tools of generalization will be considered, all tools of search
are welcome, not only the group of genetic ones, all mechanisms of learning are
of interest, not only the neural net based.
The conference will be organized as a set of theme-oriented
Workshops dedicated to the key issues for the theory of Intelligent Systems. At
the present time the organization of the
following Workshops is in progress (names of the Workshop
Organizers are given in parentheses):

Semiotics in the World of Intelligent Agents (TBA)
New Mathematics for Semiotic Foundations (C. Hewitt)
Semiotics of Intelligence in the Constructed Complex
Systems (C. Landauer)
Fuzzy Logic and the Mechanisms of Generalization
Semiotics of Soft Computing (TBA)
Architectures of Semiosis for Intelligent Systems
(A. Meystel)
Syntactics of Intelligent Systems: The Kinds of Logic
Available (M. Kokar)
Computing with Words (P. Wang)
Natural Language Information Flow: Analysis and Meaning
Extraction (M. Coombs, et al)
Semiotics in Biology: Biologically Inspired Complex Systems
(K. Bellman)
Intelligence of Recognition: the Semiotic Tools
(L. Perlovsky)
Semiotics of Neural Networks (P. Werbos)
Measuring Intelligence of Systems (TBA)
Semiotic Approach to Information Fusion (Y. Yufik)
Semiotics of Learning (TBA)
Intelligence, Intellect, Wisdom: Modeling and Simulation
Applied Semiotics (TBA)

A set of tutorials will precede the Conference. One of them,
"Applied Semiotics: Theory, Methodology, Toolbox" will serve the purpose to
familiarize the participants with this new powerful
apparatus of modeling, design, and control of Intelligent
Systems. The other expected tutorials are:
1. "A Linguistic Geometry for Multiscale Intelligent Planning
and Control: Optimal Strategies in War Scenarios, Manufacturing,
Positional Games",
2. "Fuzzy Relations and Algorithms -- A Tool for Empirical Study
of Meaning",
3. "The semiotical approach on abduction in artificial
4. "Transformations of Intelligent: Linguistics to Computations",

A set of preparatory materials will be available to participants
before the conference. Among them, a new book "Architectures of
Behavior Generation", collections of papers selected by the
Workshop Chairs for preparation to the sessions, Proceedings of
the Monterey Workshop and a book issued for the Monterey Workshop
(1995) "Semiotic Modeling and Situation Analysis: An Introduction". The last
two items can be ordered from AdRem,
P.O.Box 2404, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

There will be a classified session on "Semiotic Methodologies for
Defense Application".

There will be a tour "Intelligent Systems in Contemporary World":
leaders of the projects performed by the Intelligent Systems
Division of NIST will demonstrate their recent results.

There will be an exhibition displaying the Intelligent Systems
manufactured by Industrial Companies.

We expect that the prominent semioticists (such as Umberto Eco
and Thomas Sebeok) and the leaders of control and systems science
(such as Lotfi Zadeh and Murray Wonham) will present their
lectures at this conference.


At this time we are still open to your proposals. These are the
deadlines (recently extended as a result of multiple requests):

for additional Workshops- April 30
for Tutorials- April 30
for Panel Discussions- May 15
for Papers- May 15

Send to the conference organizers your 1 page abstracts for the
paper, and 1-2 page proposals for the Workshops, Tutorials and
Panel Discussions. If accepted, you will receive a request for a
full paper with the rules of submission.

Jim Albus, General Chair
(301) 975-3418

Alex Meystel, Program Chair
(301) 975-4455

Intelligent Systems Division
bldg. 220
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, MD 20899