LINGUIST List 11.2442

Fri Nov 10 2000

Calls: Coordination & Action, Evolutionary Computation

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  1. Peter K�hnlein, Workshop "Coordination & Action"
  2. GECCO-2001, Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference - GECCO-2001

Message 1: Workshop "Coordination & Action"

Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2000 10:19:30 +0100
From: Peter K�hnlein <>
Subject: Workshop "Coordination & Action"

 Coordination and Action

 Workshop at ESSLLI XIII (Helsinki) August 20th - 24th, 2001

Background & Scope:
Coordination is at present one of the most powerful explanatory 
devices used in various cognitive sciences (philosophy, psychology,
linguistics, logics, AI). The original impetus came from philosophy,
especially from D. Lewis' work on coordination and convention (Lewis,
1969). Later on the concept gained considerable acceptance due to the
work of the psychologist H. Clark and his collaborators (Clark (ed.),
1992; Clark, 1996) who investigated various problems of language use, 
such as reference and agents' information states.

They showed that multi-agent dialogue is based on coordination and
joint action, grounding and mutual belief. These concepts rapidly
found their way into dialogue theories based on discourse analysis or
speech act theory. A slightly different perspective on coordination
can be found in theories using the notion of dialogue game (Levin and
Moore, 1978; Mann, 1988; Carletta et al., 1997; Ginzburg, 1997; Power,

Dialogue games are applied in a variety of research contexts, inter
alia in the research initiatives VERBMOBIL (Germany) and TRINDI (UK,
Germany, Sweden). The concept of dialogue games also stimulated
reconstructions in more formal theories such as DRT (Lascarides &
Asher, 1999; Poesio, 1998) or various forms of update semantics
(Hulstijn, 2000). The notion of joint action received support from
philosophy (e.g. Bratman (1992) on cooperativity, Searle (1990) on
collective intention) and especially from the AI community working on
shared plans in interaction (Grosz and collaborators, 1996). It was
repeatedly taken up by logicians, especially those working on
information states, mutuality or BDI-architectures (Fagin et al.,
1995; Herzig and collaborators, 1999; Sadek, 1992). Research topics
coming to the fore at present are coordination of information between
different hierarchical levels of language and speech, a topic already 
discussed in H. Clark's work, and coordination of information coming
from different channels (such as visual-gestural and verbal-auditory). 
Especially research with a multi-media objective contributed by
linguistics, psychology and AI is of relevance in this context. The
intention-based concept of coordination is also used in robotics and
simulation work for agent-architectures combining high-level
deliberative patterns with low-level reactive devices for which the
well-known RoboCup setting provides a good example.

Workshop format:
The workshop will be held on five subsequent days. Each session will
consist of two talks plus discussion (30" + 15" each). The workshop
language will be English.

Submission guidelines:
The organizers welcome contributions from different fields of 
Cognitive Science, especially from projects implementing
interdisciplinary research strategies. Above all, masters students and
PhD candidates are encouraged to submit contributions. For the
abstracts, LaTeX, DVI, PostScript, Word, and PDF documents will be
accepted. Please, send abstracts until Feb., 28th 2001 to 
For the final papers, we will accept LaTeX2e only. A LaTeX2e class will
be provided in due time.

Important dates (2001):
Feb., 28th: Deadline for abstracts
Mar., 31st: Notification of acceptance
May, 31st: Deadline for accepted papers
Aug., 20th-
 24th: Workshop at ESSLLI

Further information:
For local arrangements, please contact the ESSLLI organizers, and see
For further information on the workshop, please contact, and see

Peter Kuehnlein (Bielefeld Univ., Germany), Alison Newlands (Univ. of
Strathclyde, UK) and Hannes Rieser (Bielefeld Univ., Germany)
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Message 2: Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference - GECCO-2001

Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2000 09:30:33 -0500
From: GECCO-2001 <>
Subject: Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference - GECCO-2001



 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference

 (A recombination of the Sixth Annual Genetic Programming Conference (GP-2001) 
 and the International Conference on Genetic Algorithms (ICGA-2001))

 Co-Sponsored by AAAI (American Association for Artificial Intelligence)

 July 7-11, 2001 (Saturday - Wednesday)
 San Francisco, California USA
 Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Hotel
 ***(IN THE HEART of downtown San Francisco, a block from the cable car)***

 One Conference: Many "Mini-Conferences":
 GECCO = GP + GA + ES + EP + EH + ER + DNA + CS + RWA + AAA + ACO + ...

See the latest in YOUR favorite branch of Evolutionary Computation, AND explore
developments in other, related tracks. The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation 
Conference (GECCO-2001) will present the latest high-quality results in the 
growing field of genetic and evolutionary computation. Topics include, but are 
not limited to, genetic algorithms (GA); genetic programming (GP); evolution 
strategies (ES); evolutionary programming (EP); evolvable hardware (EH); 
evolutionary robotics (ER); real-world applications (RWA); classifier systems 
(CS); DNA and molecular computing (DNA); artificial life, adaptive behavior 
and agents (AAA); ant colony optimization (ACO); optimal design of engineered 
structures; methodology, pedagogy, and philosophy (MPP); evolutionary 
scheduling and routing (GS); and other areas to be announced.

Papers are now invited (see further information below), with manuscripts to be
received for review no later than January 24, 2001. Each paper submitted to 
GECCO will be rigorously reviewed, in a blind review process, by one of at 
least seven separate and independent program committees specializing in 
various aspects of genetic and evolutionary computation. These committees 
make their own final decisions on submitted papers for their areas, subject 
only to conference-wide space limitations and procedures.

Travel grants to assist graduate students in meeting the expenses of attending
GECCO to present a paper will be available (see web site for details).

Proposals for Birds-of-a-Feather Workshops for GECCO-2001 are now being
solicited. In addition to a Graduate Student Workshop, many other workshops 
on a variety of EC-related topics will be held during GECCO-2001, on Saturday, 
July 7. See the web pages ( or contact 
the Workshops Chair, Soraya Rana-Stevens,, for the latest 
list of topics or for information on submitting a proposal to organize a 
workshop. Workshops already in planning include Optimal Scheduling and
Routing, Optimal Design of Engineered Structures, and the Fourth
International Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems. 


Twenty-eight tutorials are being planned, for presentation on Sunday, July 8,
2001 (see the current list on Tutorials and
the tutorials notes book are free to all registered GECCO-2001 attendees. 
The tutorials are grouped into four broad categories: Introductions to
Topics in Evolutionary Computation (EC), advanced topics in EC, New Directions 
in EC, and Specialized Applications of EC, and will be presented by 
outstanding leaders in each field. 


 "From Computing with Numbers to Computing with Words -- from Manipulation 
 of Measurements to Manipulations of Perceptions"

 "Human Competitive Machine Intelligence"

 GA -- Annie Wu 		 GP - Bill Langdon
 ES & EP - Hans-Michael Voigt Real-World Apps: Mitsuo Gen
(Additional Special Program Committees are still being organized)
 Evolutionary Scheduling and Routing: Edmund Burke
 Optimal Design of Engineered Structures: Shahram Pezeshk
 Fourth International Workshop on Learning Classifier Systems: 
 Pier Luca Lanzi, Wolfgang Stolz, Stewart Wilson

BUSINESS COMMITTEE: David Goldberg and John Koza

For information concerning hotel reservations, travel discounts, student 
housing, student travel grants, graduate student workshop, proposals for 
workshops, proposals for additional tutorials, late-breaking papers, and other 
matters, visit For technical matters, email: Erik 
Goodman, GECCO-2001 Gen. Chair, For administrative 
matters, email: Conference administered by the American 
Association for Artificial Intelligence, 445 Burgess Drive, Menlo Park, CA 
94025 USA. Phone: 650-328-3123. Fax 650-321-4457. Conference operated by 
the International Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, Inc., a 
not-for-profit corporation.


The deadline for ARRIVAL at the physical address below of the eight (8) paper 
copies of each submitted paper is WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2001. The address is 
GECCO-2001, c/o AAAI, 445 Burgess Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA. Phone 

Submitted papers are to be in single-spaced, 10-point type on 8-1/2" x 11" OR 
A4 paper with 1" margins at top and 3/4" margin at left, right, and bottom,
and are a maximum of eight (8) pages. Papers may not be submitted by email 
or fax. Details regarding the formatting and content of the papers are 
contained at the web site,

Review criteria will include significance of the work, novelty, clarity, 
writing quality, and sufficiency of information to permit replication (if 

The first-named author (or other corresponding author designated by the authors 
when submitting) will be notified of acceptance or rejection (on approximately 
the first week of March, 2001). It is preferred (but not required) that the 
format of submitted papers roughly follow the required format for final 
camera-ready papers. The required style for the final camera-ready papers is 
posted on the GECCO web page and is similar to that of GECCO-2000. 


Erik Goodman, General Chair, GECCO-2001 (
Genetic Algorithms Research and Applications Group (GARAGe)
Michigan State University
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