LINGUIST List 13.354

Sun Feb 10 2002

Calls: Theoretical & Applied Ling, Computational Ling

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  1. Heather Marsden, CALL FOR PAPERS: 5th Durham Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
  2. Robert E. Smith, ECOMAS 2002 DEADLINE EXTENDED!!

Message 1: CALL FOR PAPERS: 5th Durham Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2002 16:07:29 +0000
From: Heather Marsden <>
Subject: CALL FOR PAPERS: 5th Durham Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

The Fifth Durham Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied

Saturday 8th June 2002
School of Linguistics and Language
University of Durham, UK

We are delighted to announce the Fifth Durham Postgraduate Conference
in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Durham
(UK) on Saturday, 8th June 2002. Abstracts are invited for
presentations of current postgraduate research on any area of
theoretical or applied linguistics.

Deadline for Abstracts: 3rd April 2002.
Notification of Acceptance: 4th May 2002.

Abstracts guidelines:
- Send 4 camera-ready copies of your abstract (1 with your name &
affiliation, and 3 without)
- Length: maximum one A4 page
- Format: 1.5 spacing; 3cm left/right, top/bottom margins
- Font: Times New Roman, 12pt
- Title, author's name and affiliation: 14pt, bold, and centred on the

Accepted papers will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation plus 10
minutes for discussion.

Please submit your abstract(s) by post or as a Word file or PDF to:

Richard Tolley (
School of Linguistics and Language
University of Durham
Elvet Riverside
New Elvet
Durham DH1 3JT, UK

We look forward to receiving your abstract(s) and to seeing you soon
in Durham at our Fifth Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and
Applied Linguistics.

All details can also be found on our website:

We are grateful to the Linguistics Association of Great Britain for
sponsorship of the Fifth Durham Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical
and Applied Linguistics.
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Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 17:58:59 -0000
From: Robert E. Smith <>

Due to lots of impending deadlines for everyone, we're extending the
ECOMAS 2002 Deadline to March 11, 2002.
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Deadline Extended to March 11, 2002:

Evolutionary Computation and Multi-Agent Systems

(ECOMAS 2002)

A Birds-Of-A-Feather Workshop At GECCO 2002

Description Of The Workshop Topic
Multi-agent systems (MAS) are collections of interacting autonomous
entities. The behaviour of the MAS is a result of the repeated
asynchronous action and interaction of the agents. Understanding how
to engineer adaptation and self-organisation is thus central to the
application of agents on a large scale. Moreover, multi-agent
simulations can also be used to study emergent behaviour in real

Desirable self-organisation is observed in many biological, social and
physical systems. However, fostering these conditions in artificial
systems proves to be difficult and offers the potential for
undesirable behaviours to emerge. Thus, it is vital to be able to
understand and shape emergent behaviours in agent based
systems. Current mathematical and empirical tools give only a partial
insight into emergent behaviour in large, agent-based societies. EC
provides a paradigm for addressing this need. Moreover, EC techniques
are inherently based on a distributed paradigm (natural evolution),
making them particularly well suited for adaptation in agents.

At the same time, ideas from natural ecosystems or economies, such as
resource flows, niches, and spatial context or neighbourhood can
contribute both to the development of MAS and to the improvement of EC
techniques. The interaction between these different sources of natural
inspiration and the two computing disciplines of MAS and EC is
beginning to stimulate a range of systems with properties that extend
the MAS and EC concepts in new and interesting directions. Notable
examples of systems of that begin to examine the issues of EC in MAS
include Holland's ECHO system, Tierra, Avalanche, Egglets, Amalthaea,
InfoSpiders, and many others.

The workshop follows ECoMAS 2001, which was conducted at
GECCO-2001. With more than 70 attendees, ECoMAS 2001 was, in our
opinion, a great success. As a result of that workshop (and in order
to address a pressing need shared by the majority of the attendees),
we have created, organised and launched a new Internet interested
community: the ECoMAS Community.

Community homepage:

There is also a discussion forum associated to the community:

Forum homepage:

The goal of the workshop is to maintain a dialog among researchers and
practitioners who are examining EC in MAS. The workshop represents an
important opportunity for those active or interested in this area to
hear about current work, discuss future directions and priorities, and
form invaluable research contacts. We also see the workshop as the
natural location for reporting and enhancing ECoMAS Community

Interest To The GEC Community

With the advance of computational power and communications speed, we
now live in a computational world where a large number of agents may
be working on behalf of any given user. A large number of Internet
software agents may be acting on behalf of even the most casual user:
searching for music, comparing pension schemes, purchasing good and
services,and identifying chat partners, etc. Moreover, these agents
may be collaborating with those of other users, while spawning and
managing agents of their own. In more formal settings, a business,
academic, or government user may simultaneously employ many software
agents to manage workflow, trade goods or information, collaboratively
solve problems, etc. In the future, even relatively simple household
appliances may play a role in this churning system of interacting,
computational agents.

In this world, EC theories and practices have new implications. Agents
that interact according to these theories are no longer locked inside
the laboratory conditions imposed by EC researchers and users. The
interest in merging the EC and MAS research communities is certainly
growing. In the opinion of the organizers, it is important to the GEC
community that there is a forum to discuss the particular issues of EC
in MAS. Simultaneously, such a forum allows ideas from contemporary
MAS research to spread to the GEC community, providing the community
itself with a chance to address the need of EC embodiment in a real

Accordingly, the organizers see GECCO 2002 as the natural location to
hold the ECoMAS 2002 workshop.

Workshop Format

In the opinion of the organizers, it is important that a workshop
involve more than talks and presentations. Therefore, the workshop
will be focused on an extensive, directed discussion on the future of
EC in MAS. Other aspects of the workshop will be directed at
facilitating this discussion:

1) The workshop will allow the selected presenters to post
mini-posters. Much of this material will be available before the
workshop, via this web site.

2) The first segment of the workshop will consist of
mini-presentations to preview the mini-poster session. Authors will be
allowed to present a strictly limited number of transparencies. Time
constraints will be adjusted, depending on the number of presenters
selected, but a limit will be maintained, to allow for the sessions
outlined below.

3) The second segment of the workshop will consist of a mini-poster

4) The third segment of the workshop will focus on a discussion of
the future of EC in MAS.

5) The final, and perhaps most important, segment of the workshop will
be a discussion focused on action items for advancing EC in MAS. The
organizers feel that explicitly providing time to discuss agendas in
the fashion will give the workshop an atypical, meaningful outcome.

Submission Instructions

If you would like to present material at the workshop please submit a
4 page extended abstract in Postscript or PDF form to by March 11th, 2002. If your submission is accepted,
expect to submit a camera ready version of the extended abstract by
April 23rd, 2002, and to submit a web-based presentation (PowerPoint,
HTML, PDF, etc.) by June 1st, 2002.

If you would like to participate, but not present, please notify by March 11th, 2002, as GECCO requires us to
submit a participants list.

Important Dates:

Submissions Due: March 11, 2002

Review Decisions To Authors: March 25, 2002

Camera Ready Due: April 23, 2002

Web Materials Due: June 1, 2002

GECCO 2002 Dates: July 9-13, 2002

Workshop Organizers

Claudio Bonacina, Robert Smith
Intelligent Computing Systems Centre
University of The West of England
Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay

Cefn Hoile, Paul Marrow
Intelligent Systems Laboratory, BTexaCT
Admin 2 PP 5, Adastral Park
Ipswich IP5 3RE, UK

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