LINGUIST List 11.2480

Fri Nov 17 2000

Calls: Mathematics/Engineering, Berkeley Ling Society

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  1. Faramarz Valafar, Mathematics and Engineering (METMBS'2001)
  2. andrew k simpson, Berkeley Linguistics Society - BLS 27 (Reminder)

Message 1: Mathematics and Engineering (METMBS'2001)

Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 01:24:01 -0500
From: Faramarz Valafar <>
Subject: Mathematics and Engineering (METMBS'2001)

The 2001 International Conference on Mathematics and Engineering
Techniques in Medicine and Biological Sciences

June 25 - 28, 2001
Monte Carlo Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Call for Papers

Recent advances in computer technology have provided the tools and the
environment to study, analyze, and better understand complex systems. This
technological development has enabled researchers to collect and analyze
massive amounts of data to a scale previously not possible. The impact of
this technology is now being felt in the medical field and in the biological
sciences. In recent years, research in interdisciplinary areas such as
Bioinformatics and computer assisted medical decision-making has
dramatically intensified. METMBS'2001 aims to provide a platform for
researchers to present and discuss recent breakthroughs in this area.

The METMBS'2001 Conference will be held concurrently (i.e., same location
and dates) with a number of international conferences: International
Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques and
Applications (PDPTA'2001), the International Conference on Imaging Science,
Systems, and Technology (CISST'2001), International Conference on Internet
computing (IC'2001), ...

The last concurrent meeting of this group of conferences in year 2000 had
research contributions from 46 countries (the events held in Las Vegas had
over 1100 participants from all over the world.) It is hoped that
METMBS'2001 will maintain its strong international flavor in this year's
meeting as well.

You are invited to submit a draft paper of about 4 pages and/or a proposal
to organize a technical session (see below for submission information). All
accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.



Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

o Bioinformatics: This includes informatics techniques in genomics gene
sequencing, gene pattern discovery, gene pattern-function studies, and other
genomics related studies).

o Data mining in medicine and biological sciences.

o Pattern recognition in medicine and biological sciences.

o Signal processing in medicine and biological sciences (e.g. biomedical
signal processing, etc.)
o Image processing in medicine and biological sciences (e.g. biomedical
image processing, biomedical imaging, etc.)

o Medical decision-making.
o Medical Physics.
o Biomedical Engineering.
o Biomedical Electronics.
o Biosignal interpretation.
o Any application of computers in Medicine and biological sciences (protein
structure-function analysis, drug and protein design, molecular modeling and
simulation, etc.)
o Application of information technology in biomedicine (e.g. medical
database management, information retrieval and use of computers in
o Application of Computational Intelligence (artificial neural networks,
fuzzy logic, and evolutionary computing) in medicine and biological sciences
o Medical and bio-computing.
o Computer-based medical systems (automation in medicine, etc.)
o Recent history (1990-1999) of Mathematics and engineering techniques in
medicine and biological sciences, and what to expect during the next decade
(2000-2009); New horizons. Review articles)
o Other aspects and applications relating to technological advancements in
medicine and biological sciences.


Prospective authors are invited to submit three copies of their draft paper
(about 4 pages) to F. Valafar (address is given below) by March 1, 2001.
E-mail and Fax submissions are also acceptable. The length of the
Camera-Ready papers (if accepted) will be limited to 7 pages. Papers must
not have been previously published or currently submitted for publication

The first page of the draft paper should include: title of the paper, name,
affiliation, postal address, E-mail address, telephone number, and Fax
number for each author. The first page should also include the name of the
author who will be presenting the paper (if accepted) and a maximum of 5


Each technical session will have at least 6 paper presentations. The
session chairs will be responsible for all aspects of their sessions,
including soliciting papers, reviewing, selecting, ...

The names of session chairs will appear as Associate Editors in the
conference proceedings. After the conference, some sessions will be
considered for publication in appropriate journals as Special Issues with
the session proposer as the Guest Editor of the journal.

Proposals to organize technical sessions should include the following
information: name and address (+ E-mail) of the proposer, title of session,
a 100-word description of the topic of the session, and a short description
on how the session will be advertised (in most cases, session proposers
solicit papers from colleagues and researchers whose work is known to the
session proposer).

Mail your proposal to F. Valafar (address is given below); E-mail
submissions are preferred.


Papers will be evaluated for originality, significance, clarity, and
soundness. Two researchers in the topical area will referee each paper.
The Camera-Ready papers will be reviewed by one person.


The conference proceedings will be published by CSREA Press (ISBN). The
proceedings will be available at the conference. Some accepted papers will
also be considered for journal publication (soon after the conference).


A number of university faculty members and their staff, in cooperation with
the Monte Carlo Resort (Conference Division, Las Vegas), will be organizing
the conference. The conference will be sponsored by Computer Science
Research, Education, & Applications Press (CSREA: USA Federal EIN #
58-2171953) in cooperation with research centers, international
associations, international research groups, and developers of
high-performance machines and systems. The complete list of sponsors and
co-sponsors will be available at a later time.

The last conference's sponsors included: CSREA, the National Supercomputing
Center for Energy and the Environment - DOE, The International Association
for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, The International Technology
Institute (ITI), The Java High Performance Computing research group, World
Scientific and Engineering Society, Sundance Digital Signal Processing Inc.,
the Computer Vision Research and Applications Tech., and more.


The conference will be held in the Monte Carlo Resort Hotel, Las Vegas,
Nevada, USA. This is a mega hotel with excellent conference facilities and
over 3000 rooms. The hotel is minutes from the Las Vegas airport with free
shuttles to and from the airport. This hotel has many vacation and
recreational attractions, including: waterfalls, casino, spa, pools & kiddie
pools, sunning decks, Easy River water ride, wave pool with cascades,
lighted tennis courts, health spa (with workout equipment, whirlpool, sauna,
...), arcade virtual reality game rooms, nightly shows, snack bars, a number
of restaurants, shopping area, bars, ... Many of these attractions are open
24 hours a day and most are suitable for families and children. The
negotiated hotel's room rate for conference attendees is very reasonable
($79 + tax) per night (no extra charge for double occupancy) for the
duration of the conference.

The hotel is within walking distance from most other Las Vegas attractions
(major shopping areas, recreational destinations, fine dining and night
clubs, free street shows, and more).

For the benefit of our international colleagues: the state of Nevada
neighbors with the states of California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.
Las Vegas is only a few driving hours away from other major cities and
attractions, including: Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, the Grand Canyon,
and more.


An exhibit is planned for the duration of the conference. We have reserved
20+ exhibit spaces. Interested parties should contact F. Valafar (address
is given below). All exhibitors will be considered to be the co-sponsors of
the conference.


March 1, 2001 (Thursday): Draft papers (about 4 pages) due
April 2, 2001 (Monday): Notification of acceptance
May 1, 2001 (Tuesday): Camera-Ready papers & Prereg. due
June 25 - 28, 2001: METMBS'2001 Conference

Proposals to organize technical sessions should be submitted as soon as
possible. All accepted papers are expected to be presented at the


The Program Committee is currently being formed. Those interested in
joining the Program Committee should e-mail F. Valafar (
the following information: Name, affiliation and position, complete mailing
address, e-mail address, tel/fax numbers, a short biography together with
research interests.


It is planned to add other related conferences and workshops to be held
simultaneously (same location and dates) creating an international
multiconference. Each conference will have it's own proceedings and
technical/research sessions.


 Faramarz Valafar
 Cognitive and Neural Systems
 Boston University
 677 Beacon Street
 Boston, MA 02215

 Tel: (617) 353-5134
 Fax: (617) 353-7755

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Message 2: Berkeley Linguistics Society - BLS 27 (Reminder)

Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 15:18:40 -0800 (PST)
From: andrew k simpson <aksimpsosocrates.Berkeley.EDU>
Subject: Berkeley Linguistics Society - BLS 27 (Reminder)


ABSTRACT DEADLINE: November 24, 2000

Submission guidelines, accommodations, contact info, etc:

The Berkeley Linguistics Society is pleased to announce its Twenty-Seventh
Annual Meeting, to be held February 16-18, 2001. The conference will
consist of a General Session and a Parasession.

Parasession: Language and Gesture

The Parasession invites papers on all aspects of the interaction of
gesture and language (both signed and spoken). We also welcome work
dealing with related issues in acquistion, psycholinguistics and
cognitive science, as well as papers with historical and sociolinguistic

Invited Speakers:

SUSAN DUNCAN, University of Chicago

SUSAN GOLDIN-MEADOW, University of Chicago

SCOTT LIDDELL, Gallaudet University

General Session

The General Session will cover all areas of linguistic interest. We
encourage proposals from diverse theoretical frameworks and also welcome
papers on language related topics from disciplines such as Anthropology,
Cognitive Science, Literature, Neuroscience and Psychology.

Invited Speakers:

ELISABETH SELKIRK, University of Massachussetts, Amherst

LEONARD TALMY, State University of New York at Buffalo

SARAH THOMASON, Univeristy of Michigan


Papers presented at the conference will be published in the Society's
Proceedings, and authors who present papers agree to provide camera-ready
copy (not to exceed 12 pages) by May 15, 2001. Presentations will be
allotted 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.

Your abstract should be as specific as possible, including a statement
of your topic or problem, your approach, and your conclusions. Please
send 10 copies of an anonymous one-page (8 1/2" x 11") abstract.
Abstracts may be at most four hundred words. The reverse side of the
single page may be used for data and references only. Along with the
abstracts send a 3" x 5" card listing:

(1) paper title

(2) session (General Session / Parasession)

(3) name(s) of author(s)

(4) affiliation(s) of author(s)

(5) address to which notification of acceptance or rejection should be
mailed (Nov-Dec 2001)

(6) contact phone number for each author

(7) email address for each author

**for General Session submissions only:
(8) subfield (Syntax, Phonology, etc.)

An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract. In case
of joint authorship, one address should be designated for communication
with BLS.

Send abstracts to: BLS 27 Abstracts Committee, 1203 Dwinelle Hall,
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720

Alternatively, we will accept abstracts submitted via e-mail. Only those
abstracts formatted as ASCII text or as a Microsoft Word (Mac version
strongly preferred) attachment will be accepted. The text of the message must
contain the information requested in (1)-(8) above. Electronic
submissions may be sent to

Abstracts must be received in our office (not postmarked) by 4:00 p.m.,
November 24, 2000. We cannot accept faxed abstracts.

Registration Fees:
For advance registration we can only accept checks in US dollars drawn on
US banks. Please make the checks payable to Berkeley Linguistics Society, and 
send them to: 
 BLS 27 Organizing Committee 
 Department of Linguistics 
 1203 Dwinelle Hall 
 University of California, Berkeley 
 Berkeley, CA 94720-2650 

Received in our office by February 2, 2001: Students	$20
						 Non-students	$40

After February 2, 2001: Students	$25
						 Non-students	$40

***Accommodations: BLS will arrange for ASL interpretation if services are
requested through before January 22, 2000.***

We may be contacted by e-mail at

Information about transportation to the conference, hotels, and
restaurants in the Berkeley area will be posted on our website shortly.

Berkeley Linguistics Society
1203 Dwinelle Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone/Fax: 510-642-5808

find information on BLS meetings and availability of proceedings at:
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