ISIPTA '99 Call for Papers

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Ghent, Belgium
30 June - 2 July 1999



Imprecise probability is a generic term for the many mathematical models
which measure chance or uncertainty without sharp numerical
probabilities. These include models such as belief functions, Choquet
capacities, comparative probability orderings, convex sets of
probability measures, fuzzy measures, interval-valued probabilities,
possibility measures, and upper and lower expectations or previsions.
Such models are needed in inference problems where the relevant
information is scarce, vague or conflicting, and in decision problems
where preferences are incomplete.

Imprecise probability models are now being studied and applied by a
large number of researchers, working in a great variety of fields:
statistics, artificial intelligence, economics, psychology, engineering,
medicine, management science, etc. There is too little communication
between people working in different, but related, fields or in different
countries, and this sometimes results in duplication of research or in
inconsistent terminology. We believe, therefore, that there is a need
for a regular symposium on imprecise probabilities.

Symposium location and dates
The first International Symposium on Imprecise Probabilities and Their
Applications (ISIPTA ?99) will be held at the Universiteit Gent, in
Ghent, Belgium, 30 June - 2 July 1999.

Ghent is one of the oldest cities in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking
northern part of Belgium. It is a place rich in history, architecture,
culture and gastronomy. It is also very close to other interesting
historical Flemish cities (Bruges, Antwerp). Links to more tourist
information about Ghent, Flanders and Belgium can be found at the
symposium web site:

Organising Committee

Gert de Cooman

Dirk Aeyels, Fabio G. Cozman, Heidi Jansegers, Etienne E. Kerre, Serafín
Moral, Da Ruan, Bartel Van de Walle, Peter Walley.

Program Committee
Gert de Cooman (Belgium) Luis R. Pericchi (Venezuela)
Fabio G. Cozman (Brazil) Henri Prade (France)
Didier Dubois (France) David Schmeidler (Israel, USA)
Angelo Gilio (Italy) Teddy Seidenfeld (USA)
Michel Grabisch (France) Philippe Smets (Belgium)
Jean-Yves Jaffray (France) Michael Smithson (Australia)
Brigitte Jaumard (Canada) Wynn Stirling (USA)
George J. Klir (USA) Lev V. Utkin (Russia)
Serafín Moral (Spain) Peter Walley (Chairman, Australia)
Robert Nau (USA) Nic Wilson (UK)

Themes of the symposium
The first symposium will emphasise two main themes:

(i) unifying concepts and relationships between the theories: This
concerns the connections between the various mathematical theories and
the possibility of achieving some kind of unification or synthesis.
(ii) applications to other fields: Important work has already been done
in statistics, economics, finance, experimental psychology, artificial
intelligence and expert systems, engineering, systems theory,
reliability, robotics and other fields, and it is hoped that some of
this work will be surveyed at the symposium.

Symposium language
The working language of the symposium will be English. No simultaneous
translation in other languages will be available.

Those wishing to present a paper at the symposium should submit a short
paper of 4 to 10 pages by 31 January 1999. We expect electronic
submissions, in Postscript or PDF format. Papers should be sent to the
symposium e-mail address: Please see the
symposium web site for instructions
about how to submit papers.

We encourage papers on the two main themes of the symposium: unifying
concepts and the possibility of a unified theory; and applications. In
particular, we encourage but will not limit the contributions to:
(i) papers that are of widespread and general interest to people working
with imprecise probabilities
(ii) surveys of specific fields of application or potential application
of imprecise probabilities
(iii) surveys of work on specific topics such as conditioning,
independence and coherence
(iv) surveys of recent developments in the theory of imprecise

The Program Committee will decide which papers are accepted. The
successful authors will be invited to submit a final, possibly extended,
version of their paper after the symposium, for publication in a volume
of symposium proceedings.

All the papers that are accepted for the symposium will be made
available on the symposium web site
well before the symposium.

Important dates
Submission deadline: 31 January 1999
Notification of acceptance: 31 March 1999
Deadline for revised papers: 30 April 1999
Deadline for early registration: 30 April 1999
Symposium: 30 June - 2 July 1999

If you have any questions about the symposium, please contact the ISIPTA
?99 Secretariat at the address given below.

Electronic preregistration
If you want to be kept informed about the current symposium or later
symposia, you can fill out the electronic preregistration form at the
symposium web site.

The Imprecise Probabilities Project (IPP)
The web site contains some introductory
articles about imprecise probabilities, plus an extensive (and still
growing) bibliography, and it will soon contain a collection of survey
articles on special types of imprecise probability models. The Imprecise
Probabilities Project also maintains a repository of abstracts of papers
on imprecise probabilities, and an electronic mailing list. More
information about these services can be found on the IPP web site.

ISIPTA '99 Secretariat
ISIPTA ?99 Secretariat
p/a Gert de Cooman
Universiteit Gent
Onderzoeksgroep SYSTeMS
Technologiepark 9
9052 Zwijnaarde




Symposium Web Site

IPP Web Site



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