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Mon Apr 24 2000

Calls: Neural Info Processing Systems/papers/proposals

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  1. Benjamin Van Roy, Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS*2000)/papers
  2. Benjamin Van Roy, Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS*2000)/proposals

Message 1: Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS*2000)/papers

Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2000 01:08:00 -0700
From: Benjamin Van Roy <>
Subject: Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS*2000)/papers


Neural Information Processing Systems
Natural and Synthetic
Monday, Nov. 27 -- Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000
Denver, Colorado

This is the fourteenth meeting of an interdisciplinary conference
which brings together cognitive scientists, computer scientists,
engineers, neuroscientists, physicists, statisticians, and
mathematicians interested in all aspects of neural processing and
computation. The conference will include invited talks as well as
oral and poster presentations of refereed papers. The conference is
single track and is highly selective. Preceding the main session,
there will be one day of tutorial presentations (Nov. 27), and
following it there will be two days of focused workshops on topical
issues at a nearby ski area (Dec. 1-2). Major categories for paper
submission, with example subcategories (by no means exhaustive),
are listed below. A special area of emphasis this year is
innovative applications of neural computation.

Algorithms and Architectures: supervised and unsupervised
learning algorithms, feedforward and recurrent network architectures,
localized basis functions, mixture models, committee models, belief
networks, graphical models, support vector machines, Gaussian
processes, topographic maps, decision trees, factor analysis,
principal component analysis and extensions, independent component
analysis, model selection algorithms, combinatorial optimization,
hybrid symbolic-subsymbolic systems.

Applications: innovative applications of neural computation
including data mining, information retrieval, web and network
applications, intrusion detection, fraud detection, bio-informatics,
medical diagnosis, image processing and analysis, handwriting
recognition, industrial monitoring and control, financial analysis,
time-series prediction, consumer products, music, video and artistic
applications, animation, virtual environments, learning dynamical

Cognitive Science/Artificial Intelligence: perception and
psychophysics, neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, development,
conditioning, human learning and memory, attention, language,
natural language, reasoning, spatial cognition, emotional cognition,
conceptual representation, neurophilosophy, problem solving and

Implementations: analog and digital VLSI, optical neurocomputing
systems, novel neurodevices, computational sensors and actuators,
simulation tools.

Neuroscience: neural encoding, spiking neurons, synchronicity,
sensory processing, systems neurophysiology, neuronal development,
synaptic plasticity, neuromodulation, dendritic computation, channel
dynamics, experimental data relevant to computational issues.

Reinforcement Learning and Control: exploration, planning,
navigation, Q-learning, TD-learning, state estimation, dynamic
programming, robotic motor control, process control, Markov decision

Speech and Signal Processing: speech recognition, speech coding,
speech synthesis, speech signal enhancement, auditory scene analysis,
source separation, applications of hidden Markov models to signal
processing, models of human speech perception, auditory modeling
and psychoacoustics.

Theory: computational learning theory, statistical physics of
learning, information theory, Bayesian methods, prediction and
generalization, regularization, online learning (stochastic
approximation), dynamics of learning, approximation and estimation
theory, complexity theory, multi-agent learning.

Visual Processing: image processing, image coding, object recognition,
visual psychophysics, stereopsis, motion detection and tracking.

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Review Criteria: All submitted papers will be thoroughly refereed on
the basis of technical quality, significance, and clarity. Novelty of
the work is also a strong consideration in paper selection, but to
encourage interdisciplinary contributions, we will consider work which
has been submitted or presented in part elsewhere, if it is unlikely
to have been seen by the NIPS audience. Authors new to NIPS are
strongly encouraged to submit their work, and will be given preference
for oral presentations. Authors should not be dissuaded from
submitting recent work, as there will be an opportunity after the
meeting to revise accepted manuscripts before submitting a final
camera-ready copy for the proceedings.

Paper Format: Submitted papers may be up to seven pages in length,
including figures and references, using a font no smaller than
10 point. Text is to be confined within a 8.25in by 5in rectangle.
Submissions failing to follow these guidelines will not be considered.
Authors are required to use the NIPS LaTeX style files obtainable by
anonymous FTP at the site given below. THE STYLE FILES HAVE BEEN
UPDATED; please make sure that you use the current ones and not
previous versions.

Submission Instructions: NIPS has migrated to electronic
submissions. Full submission instructions will be available at
the web site given below. You will be asked to enter paper title,
names of all authors, category, oral/poster preference, and contact
author data (name, full address, telephone, fax, and email). You
will upload your manuscript from the same page. We are only accepting
postscript manuscripts. No pdf files will be accepted this year.
The electronic submission page will be available on April 28, 2000.

Submission Deadline:


The LaTeX style files for NIPS, the Electronic Submission Page, and
other conference information are available on the World Wide Web at

Copies of the style files are also available via anonymous ftp at (

in /afs/cs/Web/Groups/NIPS/formatting.

For general inquiries or requests for registration material, send
e-mail to or fax to (619)587-0417.

NIPS*2000 Organizing Committee:
General Chair, Todd K. Leen, Oregon Graduate Institute;
Program Chair, Tom Dietterich, Oregon State University;
Publications Chair, Volker Tresp, Siemens AG;
Tutorial Chair, Mike Mozer, University of Colorado;
Workshops Co-Chairs, Rich Caruana, Carnegie Mellon University,
Virginia de Sa, Sloan Center for Theoretical Neurobiology;
Publicity Chair, Benjamin Van Roy, Stanford University;
Treasurer, Bartlett Mel, University of Southern California;
Web Masters, Doug Baker and Alex Gray, Carnegie Mellon University;
Government Liaison, Gary Blasdel, Harvard Medical School;
Contracts, Steve Hanson, Rutgers University,
Scott Kirkpatrick, IBM, Gerry Tesauro, IBM.

NIPS*2000 Program Committee:
Leon Bottou, AT&T Labs - Research;
Tom Dietterich, Oregon State University (chair);
Bill Freeman, Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab;
Zoubin Ghahramani, University College London;
Dan Hammerstrom, Oregon Graduate Institute;
Thomas Hofmann, Brown University;
Tommi Jaakkola, MIT;
Sridhar Mahadevan, Michigan State University;
Klaus Obermeyer, TU Berlin;
Manfred Opper, Aston University;
Yoram Singer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem;
Malcolm Slaney, Interval Research;
Josh Tenenbaum, Stanford University;
Sebastian Thrun, Carnegie Mellon University.

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Message 2: Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS*2000)/proposals

Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2000 01:08:17 -0700
From: Benjamin Van Roy <>
Subject: Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS*2000)/proposals


Neural Information Processing Systems
Natural and Synthetic
NIPS*2000 Post-Conference Workshops
December 1 and 2, 2000
Breckenridge, Colorado

Following the regular program of the Neural Information Processing
Systems 2000 conference, workshops on various current topics in
neural information processing will be held on December 1 and 2,
2000, in Breckenridge, Colorado. Proposals by qualified individuals
interested in chairing one of these workshops are solicited.

Example topics include:

Active Learning, Architectural Issues, Attention, Audition,
Bayesian Analysis, Bayesian Networks, Benchmarking, Brain Imaging,
Computational Complexity, Computational Molecular Biology, Control,
Genetic Algorithms, Graphical Models, Hippocampus and Memory,
Hybrid Supervised/Unsupervised Learning Methods, Hybrid HMM/ANN
Systems, Implementations, Independent Component Analysis,
Mean-Field Methods, Markov Chain Monte-Carlo Methods, Music,
Network Dynamics, Neural Coding, Neural Plasticity, On-Line
Learning, Optimization, Recurrent Nets, Robot Learning, Rule
Extraction, Self-Organization, Sensory Biophysics, Signal
Processing, Spike Timing, Support Vectors, Speech, Time Series,
Topological Maps, and Vision.

The goal of the workshops is to provide an informal forum for
researchers to discuss important issues of current interest. There
will be six hours of workshop meetings per day, split into morning
and afternoon sessions, with free time in between for ongoing
individual exchange or outdoor activities.

Controversial issues, open problems, and comparison of competing
approaches are encouraged and preferred as workshop topics.
Representation of alternative viewpoints and panel-style
discussions are particularly encouraged. Descriptions of previous
workshops may be found at

Select workshops may be invited to submit their workshop proceedings
for publication as part of a new series of monographs for the
post-NIPS workshops.

Workshop organizers will have responsibilities including:

++ coordinating workshop participation and content, which includes
arranging short informal presentations by experts, arranging for
expert commentators to sit on a discussion panel, formulating a
set of discussion topics, etc.

++ moderating the discussion, and reporting its findings and conclusions
to the group during evening plenary sessions

++ writing a brief summary and/or coordinating submitted material for
post-conference electronic dissemination.

Submission Instructions

Interested parties should submit a short proposal for a workshop of
interest via email by May 26, 2000.

Proposals should include title, description of what the workshop is to
address and accomplish, proposed workshop length (1 or 2 days), planned
format (mini-conference, panel discussion, combinations of the above,
etc), and proposed speakers. Names of potential invitees should be given
where possible. Preference will be given to workshops that reserve a
significant portion of time for open discussion or panel discussion, as
opposed to pure "mini-conference" format. An example format is:

++ Tutorial lecture providing background and introducing
terminology relevant to the topic.

++ Two short lectures introducing different
approaches, alternating with discussions after each lecture.

++ Discussion or panel presentation.

++ Short talks or panels alternating with discussion and
question/answer sessions.

++ General discussion and wrap-up.

We suggest that organizers allocate at least 50% of the workshop
schedule to questions, discussion, and breaks. Past experience
suggests that workshops otherwise degrade into mini-conferences as
talks begin to run over.

The proposal should motivate why the topic is of interest or
controversial, why it should be discussed, and who the targeted group
of participants is. It also should include a brief resume of the
prospective workshop chair with a list of publications to establish
scholarship in the field. Submissions should include contact name,
address, email address, phone and fax numbers.

Proposals should be emailed to Proposals must be
RECEIVED by May 26, 2000. If email is unavailable, mail to: NIPS
Workshops, Rich Caruana, SCS CMU, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh,
PA 15213, USA.

Questions may be addressed to either of the Workshop Co-Chairs:

Rich Caruana (
Virginia de Sa (

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