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FYI: Call for Course and Workshop Proposals: NASSLLI 2012


Author: Carlos Areces

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Semantics
Cognitive Science

FYI Body: NASSLLI 2012
North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information 2012
http://nasslli2012.com/

June 18-22, University of Texas at Austin

2nd Call for Course and Workshop Proposals

The fifth NASSLLI (after previous editions at Stanford University, Indiana
University and UCLA) will be hosted at the University of Texas at Austin,
on June 18 - 22, 2012. The summer school, loosely modeled on the long-
running ESSLLI series in Europe, will consist of a number of courses and
workshops, selected on the basis of the proposals. By default, courses and
workshops meet for 90 minutes on each of five days.

Proposals are invited that present interdisciplinary work between the areas
of logic, linguistics, computer science, cognitive science, philosophy and
artificial intelligence, though work in just one area is within the scope
of the summer school if it can be applied in other fields. Examples of
possible topics would include e.g. logics for communication, computational
semantics, game theory (for logic, language and/or computation), dynamic
semantics, modal logics, linear logic, machine learning techniques,
statistical language models, and automated theorem proving. We encourage
potential course or workshop contributors to check out previous programs at:

* http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/nasslli04/program.html
* http://www.stanford.edu/group/nasslli/
* http://www.indiana.edu/~nasslli/2003/program.html
* http://www.indiana.edu/~nasslli/

Courses and workshops should aim to be accessible to an interdisciplinary,
graduate level audience. Courses may certainly focus on a single area, but
lecturers should then include introductory background, try to avoid
specialized notation that cannot be applied more widely, and spend time on
the question of how the topic is relevant to other fields. A workshop can
be more accessible if its program is bracketed by broader-audience talks
that introduce and summarize the week's presentations.

Associated Workshops/Conferences: In addition to courses and workshops
taking place during the main NASSLLI five day session, NASSLLI welcomes
proposals for 1-3 day workshops or conferences hosted on campus immediately
before or after the summer school, thus on the weekends of June 15-17 and
June 23-25 2012. Previous such associated meetings have included the
Dynamic Epistemic Logic Workshop, the Mathematics of Language conference,
and the Theoretical Aspects of Reasoning About Knowledge (TARK) conference.

Submission Details:

Submissions should be submitted using EasyChair
(http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nasslli2012), and should indicate:

1) person(s) in charge of the course/workshop and affiliation(s)
2) type of event (one week course or workshop, 2 hours a day)
3) an outline of the course/workshop up to 500 words
4) Special equipment (if any) needed to teach the course (beamer, computer...)
5) a statement about the instructor's experience in teaching in
interdisciplinary settings
6) expected costs (whether you want to be paid hotel and/or travel, and
descriptions of funding in hand or for which you will apply)

Financial Details:

A course may be taught by one or two persons. Conference fees are waived
for all instructors. However, we are only able to pay for the full travel
and expenses of one instructor per course. If two persons are lecturing,
they may share a lump sum paid for both. We must also stress that while
proposals from all over the world are welcomed, the Summer School can in
general guarantee only to reimburse travel costs for travel from
destinations within North America to Texas, although exceptions can be made
depending on the financial situation.

Furthermore, we encourage all lecturers to fund their own travel if this is
feasible, since this will allow us to use our available funding for student
scholarships.

Workshops are more complicated financially than courses, and a proposal for
a workshop should include a plan to obtain some outside funding for the
speakers.

Schedule:

July 31, 2011 - Deadline for submissions;
August 31, 2011 - Course/workshop proposers notified of p.c. decisions;
May 15, 2012 - Material for courses available for printing;

Program Committee:

Carlos Areces (co-chair), Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
David Beaver, University of Texas, Austin
Emily Bender, University of Washington
Josh Dever, University of Texas, Austin
Valeria de Paiva (co-chair), Rearden Commerce, Inc.
Angelika Kratzer, University of Massachusetts
Lawrence Moss, Indiana University
Vladimir Lifschitz, University of Texas, Austin
Eric Pacuit, Maryland University
Chris Potts, Stanford University
Chung-chieh Shan, Rutgers University
Annie Zaenen, Stanford University and PARC

Standing NASSLLI Steering Committee:

David Beaver, University of Texas, Austin
Phokion Kolaitis, UC Santa Cruz and IBM Almaden Research Center
Lawrence S. Moss, Indiana University
Valeria de Paiva , Rearden Commerce, Inc.
Stuart Shieber, Harvard University
Moshe Vardi, Rice University

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