LINGUIST List 11.1218

Tue May 30 2000

Calls: Artificial Intelligence, Japanese Language

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  1. Achim Hoffmann, Sixth Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence - PRICAI2000
  2. Wlodarczyk Andre, Japanese Language in Theory and Practice - Le JAPONAIS 2000 International Seminar

Message 1: Sixth Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence - PRICAI2000

Date: Tue, 30 May 2000 15:40:59 +1000
From: Achim Hoffmann <>
Subject: Sixth Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence - PRICAI2000



 Sixth Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence
 (PRICAI 2000 Co-located with RoboCup 2000)

 August 28 - September 1, 2000

 Melbourne Convention Centre
 Cnr Flinders & Spencer Streets
 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


This conference addresses a large and diverse constituency of
Artificial Intelligence practitioners, researchers, educators, and

The Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (PRICAI)
is the leading conference in the Pacific Rim region for presentation of
research in Artificial Intelligence, including its applications to problems 
of social and economic importance. The objectives of PRICAI are:

 to provide a forum for the introduction and discussion of new research
 results, concepts, & technologies;

 to provide practising engineers exposure to and an evaluation of evolving
 research, tools, and practices;

 to provide the research community exposure to the problems of practical
 applications of AI; and

 to encourage the exchange of AI technologies and experience within Pacific
 Rim countries.

PRICAI 2000 attempts to meet the needs of a large and diverse constituency,
which includes researchers, practitioners, educators, and users. Topics of
PRICAI 2000 include:

Abduction Knowledge discovery & Data mining
Adaptive interface Knowledge management
Agents Knowledge representation
AI architectures Logic programming
Artificial life Machine learning
Bayesian networks Machine translation
Belief revision Mobile agents
Cognitive modelling Model-based reasoning
CSCW and AI Multimedia and AI
Common sense reasoning Multiagent systems
Computational complexity Music and AI
Computational learning theory Natural language processing
Complex systems Neural networks
Computer-aided education Nonmonotonic reasoning
Constraint satisfaction Ontological engineering
Decision theory Planning
Description logics Probabilistic reasoning
Distributed AI Qualitative reasoning
Emergent computing Real-time systems
Foundation of AI Reinforcement learning
Fuzzy Logics Robotics
Game playing Scientific discovery
Genetic algorithms Search
Image processing Software engineering and AI
Induction Spatial reasoning
Industrial applications of AI Speech and spoken dialog understanding
Intelligent CAD Temporal reasoning
Intelligent information gathering Text analysis
Intelligent learning environment Theorem proving
Internet and AI User modelling
Knowledge acquisition, Virtual reality
 modeling and validation Vision
Knowledge-based systems Aspects of AI not otherwise listed

Invited speakers
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(1) Professor Nick Jennings
 Dept. of Electronic Engineering
 Queen Mary & Westfield College
 University of London

title:Automated Haggling: Building Artificial Negotiators

(2) Prof. Shun-ichi Amari
 RIKEN Brain Science Institute
 Director of Brain-Style Information Systems Research Group
 Laboratory for Information Synthesis, Head

title:Information Geometry of Neural Networks

(3) Randy Goebel
 Professor of Department of Computing Science
 University of Alberta

title:Knowledge representation, belief revision, and the challenge of optimality.

(4) Qiang Yang 
 Professor of the School of Computing Science
 Simon Fraser University (SFU), British Columbia

title:New-generation Search and Information Retrieval on the Web

Contact Information
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For PC matters, please contact:
Riichiro Mizoguchi
PC Co-Chair
The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research
Osaka University
8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka, 567-0047 Japan
Phone: +81-6-6879-8415, 2125
Fax: +81-6-6879-2126

For general information, please contact:
Marg Scarlett
PRICAI 2000 Conference Secretariat
C/- The Conference Organisers Pty Ltd
PO Box 1127
Sandringham Victoria 3191

 Ph: +61 3 9521 8881
 Fax: +61 3 9521 8889

Latest information regarding PRICAI 2000 is available at

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Conference Organisation:

General chair: Geoffrey Webb (Deakin Univ.)
Program committee Co-chairs: Riichiro Mizoguchi (Osaka Univ.)
 John Slaney (Australian National Univ.)
Organising chair: Chengqi Zhang (Deakin Univ.)
Workshop chair: Huan Liu (National University of Singapore)
Tutorial chair: Eric Tsui (Computer Science Corporation)
Publicity chair: Achim Hoffmann (University of New South Wales)

Program Committee Members:

Edward Altman, Kent Ridge Digital Labs, Singapore
Sung-Bae Cho, Yonsei University, Korea
John Debenham, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Norman Foo, University of New South Wales, Australia
Scott D. Goodwin, University of Regina, Canada
Jieh Hsiang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Mitsuru Ishizuka University of Tokyo, Japan
David Israel, SRI International, USA
Shyam Kapur, Infoseek, USA
Shigenobu Kobayashi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Alfred Kobsa, GMD FIT, Germany
Jae Kyu Lee, KAIST, Korea
Dayou Liu, Jilin University, P. R. China 
H. Lee-Kwang, KAIST, Korea
Hing-Yan Lee, Kent Ridge Digital Labs, Singapore
Chee-Kit Looi, Kent Ridge Digital Labs, Singapore
Yuji Matsumoto, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Satoru Miyano, University of Tokyo, Japan
Hideyuki Nakashima, ETL, Japan
Fred Popowich, Simon Fraser University, Canada
R. Sadananda, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
M. Sasikumar, National Centre for Software Technology, India
Zhongzhi Shi, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P. R. China
Keith Stenning, Edinburgh University, UK
Leon Sterling, University of Melbourne, Australia
Benjamin Watson, University of Alberta, Canada
Albert Wu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, P. R. China 
Takahira Yamaguchi, Shizuoka University, Japan
Wai-kiang Yeap, University of Otago, New Zealand
Ingrid Zukerman, Monash University, Australia
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Message 2: Japanese Language in Theory and Practice - Le JAPONAIS 2000 International Seminar

Date: Tue, 30 May 2000 10:08:23 +0200
From: Wlodarczyk Andre <>
Subject: Japanese Language in Theory and Practice - Le JAPONAIS 2000 International Seminar

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+ << Le JAPONAIS 2000 >> +
+ International Seminar +
+ on the Japanese Language in Theory and Practice +
+ +
+ organised by the UMR "Civilisation Japonaise" (Japanese Culture) +
+ - a common research unit of the CNRS (Centre National +
+ de la Recherche Scientifique) +
+ and the EPHE (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes) +
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The next lecture will be given in English by:

 Professor Zoya M. SHALYAPINA
 Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow)
 on THURSDAY 15 June 2000 at 3:00 pm
 CNRS - Instituts des Hautes Etudes Japonaises
 52, rue Cardinal Lemoine 75231 PARIS 05
 Underground Station: Cardinal Lemoine

After the lecture, we kindly invite you to our reception at which wine and
snacks will be served.

The title of the lecture is:

 - the case of the Japanese and Russian Languages
 from a cross-linguistic viewpoint

The lecture is concerned with the problems of describing Japanese in an
entity-based linguistic framework developed as a universal means of
representing linguistic knowledge and processing. The framework being
designed, among other things, for arranging lingware in a computational
environment for experimentation in automatic translation, attention is
focussed on the more conspicuous peculiarities of Japanese taken in a
cross-linguistic perspective.

An additional discussion panel on the subject of JaRAP (the Japanese-Russian
Automatic Translation System) is being programmed but the schedule will be
announced later or during the main lecture.

The title of the previous lecture was "An Attempt at Building a Formal
Grammar of Japanese in JSPS Project" by Professor Jun-ichi TSUJII (Tokyo
University, Information Science Department)

After the summer holidays, the Seminar will resume on October 2, 2000 at
4:30 p.m. with the participation of Prof. Hosokawa Hideo (Waseda Univ.). The
following lectures (on average twice a month) will be given by Prof. dr
Claude Hagege (College de France), Prof. dr Viktoria Eschbach-Szabo
(Tuebingen Univ.), Prof. dr Ide Sachiko (Japan Women's Univ.), among others.
Another call for participation will be sent later.

General description of the Seminar
To meet the increasing demand for Japanese language proficiency, a series of
lectures is being given by guest scholars. The major themes focus on the
Japanese Language (its history and structure, electronic dictionaries,
machine translation technologies etc.) as well as linguistic and social
problems (verbal behaviour, networking and other aspects of the
computerisation of Japanese society).

The Seminar is organised thanks to grants from The Japan Foundation and 
La Fondation Tanaka.
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 Seminar director: Andre Wlodarczyk, (Ph.D)
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