LINGUIST List 11.2471

Wed Nov 15 2000

Calls: Rumelhart Prize Deadline, Logic/Games/ESSLI2001

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  1. David E. Rumelhart Prize, Rumelhart Prize Deadline - 12/1
  2. Marcus Kracht, ESSLI 2001 Workshop on Logic and Games

Message 1: Rumelhart Prize Deadline - 12/1

Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 15:58:45 -0500
From: David E. Rumelhart Prize <>
Subject: Rumelhart Prize Deadline - 12/1

This is a reminder that the David E. Rumelhart Prize deadline is Friday,
December 1, 2000. Below is the announcement and call for nominations.
For further information, visit the prize website:

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The David E. Rumelhart Prize will be awarded biennially to an
individual or collaborative team making a significant contemporary
contribution to the formal analysis of human cognition. Mathematical
modeling of human cognitive processes, formal analysis of language and
other products of human cognitive activity, and computational analyses
of human cognition using symbolic or non-symbolic frameworks all fall
within the scope of the award. The Prize itself will consist of a
certificate, a citation of the awardee's contribution, and a monetary
award of $100,000.

 Nomination, Selection and Award Presentation

Nominations for the David E. Rumelhart Prize should be sent to the Chair
of the Prize Selection Committee by December 1 of each even numbered
year, beginning in the year 2000. Nominations should include six sets
of the following materials: (1) A three-page statement focusing on the
work motivating the nomination, (2) a complete curriculum vitae and (3)
copies of up to five of the nominee's relevant publications. Note that
the nominee may be an individual or a team, and in the case of a team,
vitae for all members should be provided. The awardee will be announced
at the meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in the year following
the deadline and will receive the Prize and deliver the Prize Lecture at
the meeting in the year after that. Thus, the first prize recipient will
be announced at the Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in 2001,
and the first Prize Lecture will be given at the meeting of the Society
in 2002.

 Funding of the Prize

The David E, Rumelhart Prize will be funded by the Robert J. Glushko and
Pamela Samuelson Foundation, based in San Francisco. Robert J. Glushko
is an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley who received a Ph. D. in Cognitive
Psychology in 1979 under Rumelhart's supervision.

 Prize Administration

The Rumelhart Prize will be Administered by the Chair of the Prize
Selection Committee in consultation with the Glushko-Samuelson
Foundation and the Distinguished Advisory Board. Screening of nominees
and selection of the prize winner will be performed by the Prize
Selection Committee. Scientific members (including the Chair) of the
Prize Selection Committee will serve for up to two four-year terms, and
members of this committee will be selected by the Glushko-Samuelson
Foundation in consultation with the Distinguished Advisory Board. A
representative of the Foundation will also serve on the Prize Selection

 David E. Rumelhart: A Scientific Biography

David E. Rumelhart has made many contributions to the formal analysis of
human cognition, working primarily within the frameworks of mathematical
psychology, symbolic artificial intelligence, and parallel distributed
processing. He also admired formal linguistic approaches to cognition
and explored the possibility of formulating a formal grammar to capture
the structure of stories.

Rumelhart obtained his undergraduate education at the University of
South Dakota, receiving a B.A. in psychology and mathematics in 1963. He
studied mathematical psychology at Stanford University, receiving his
Ph. D. in 1967. From 1967 to 1987 he served on the faculty of the
Department of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. In
1987 he moved to Stanford University, serving as Professor there until
1998. He has become disabled by Pick's disease, a progressive
neurodegenerative illness, and now lives with his brother in Ann
Arbor, Michigan.

Rumelhart developed models of a wide range of aspects of human
cognition, ranging from motor control to story understanding to visual
letter recognition to metaphor and analogy. He collaborated with Don
Norman and the LNR Research Group to produce "Explorations in Cognition"
in 1975 and with Jay McClelland and the PDP Research Group to produce
"Parallel Distributed Processing: Explorations in the Microstructure of
Cognition" in 1986. He mastered many formal approaches to human
cognition, developing his own list processing language and formulating
the powerful back-propagation learning algorithm for training networks
of neuron-like processing units. Rumelhart was elected to the National
Academy of Sciences in 1991 and received many prizes, including a
MacArthur Fellowship, the Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental
Psychologists, and the APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.

Rumelhart articulated a clear view of what cognitive science, the
discipline, is or ought to be. He felt that for cognitive science to be
a science, it would have to have formal theories --- and he often
pointed to linguistic theories, as well as to mathematical and
computational models, as examples of what he had in mind.

Distinguished Advisory Board

William K. Estes
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

Barbara H. Partee
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts

Herbert A. Simon
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chair, Prize Selection Committee

James L. McClelland
Carnegie Mellon University and
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Inquiries and Nominations should be sent to

David E. Rumelhart Prize Administration
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
115 Mellon Institute
4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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Message 2: ESSLI 2001 Workshop on Logic and Games

Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 10:57:19 +0100 (MET)
From: Marcus Kracht <>
Subject: ESSLI 2001 Workshop on Logic and Games

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Games have been utilized within logic for a variety of different
purposes such as semantic evaluation games, model comparison 
games, and proof games. On the other hand, logic has become 
increasingly important in game theory, in particular for the 
epistemic foundation of game-theoretic solution concepts. As the 
TARK ( ) and LOFT (
faculty/bonanno/loft4.html ) conferences show, interaction between 
logic and game theory has become more diverse in recent years, 
exploring game logics, the use of game-theory in multi-agent 
systems, game-theoretic accounts of natural language phenomena, 
and the role of language in defining preferences. 

The workshop is part of the 13th European Summer School in Logic,
Language and Information (ESSLLI) which takes place at the 
University of Helsinki from August 13 until August 24, 2001 
( ). The workshop aims to provide a
forum for advanced Ph.D. students and other researchers from 
game theory and logic to present their research on (1) game-
theoretic techniques applied to logic, and (2) logical models or 
analyses of games and game-theoretic problems. We specifically 
invite presentations in any of the following areas:

1) Logical analysis of games, e.g. modeling knowledge, belief, 
 and information flow in games; applications of epistemic and
 dynamic logic to games 

2) Logic games, e.g. model comparison games, semantic evaluation 
 games, Independence-friendly logic

3) Game logics, e.g. extensions of program logics and modal logics 
 to investigate the structure of games in general

4) The role of language and logical definability in games,
 and connections between natural language and games generally

5) Logical approaches to multi-agent systems with a special focus 
 on game-theoretic aspects

Papers should not exceed 15 pages in length. A postscript or pdf
version of the paper should be submitted by e-mail to BOTH 
organizers before the deadline given below. Note that all workshop
contributors must register for the summer school. 

Marc Pauly			Gabriel Sandu
CWI				Department of Philosophy
P.O. Box 94079 			P.O. 24 (Unioninkatu 40)
1090 GB Amsterdam 		00014 University of Helsinki
The Netherlands			Finland
E-mail:		E-mail:

Submission deadline: 		March 15, 2001
Notification of contributors: May 1, 2001
Final version due:		June 1, 2001
Workshop Dates:			August 20-24, 2001
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