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Sun Mar 26 2006

Calls: Computational Ling/USA;Socioling/USA

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        1.    Goran Trajkovski, CFP: AAAI Fall Symposium: Interaction and Emergent Phenomena in Societies of Agents
        2.    Kathryn Remlinger, American Dialect Society, Midwest Region, at the meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association

Message 1: CFP: AAAI Fall Symposium: Interaction and Emergent Phenomena in Societies of Agents
Date: 24-Mar-2006
From: Goran Trajkovski <gtrajkovskitowson.edu>
Subject: CFP: AAAI Fall Symposium: Interaction and Emergent Phenomena in Societies of Agents

Full Title: CFP: AAAI Fall Symposium: Interaction and Emergent Phenomena in Societies of Agents
Short Title: AAAI FS 06 on Interaction

Date: 12-Oct-2006 - 15-Oct-2006
Location: Arlington, VA, USA
Contact Person: Goran Trajkovski
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://pages.towson.edu/gtrajkov/FSS2006

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Semantics

Subject Language(s): None

Language Family(ies): None

Call Deadline: 01-May-2006

Meeting Description:


October 12-15, 2006, at the Hyatt Crystal City in Arlington, VA


Whereas multiagent systems have been extremely helpful in solving engineering problems, much of what we find exciting lies in their applications to contemporary human life. In particular, the focus of this meeting will be on self-constituting systems and networks composed of human and non-human agents characteristic of emergent cyber cultures, including e-commerce, e-learning as well as other human/non-human agent systems in medicine, law, science and online interactions of all kinds. It represents an opportunity not only to share insights and experiments in multiagent systems composed of robot- and software agents, but to theorize hybridity formed at the junction of the human- and non-human.

Multiagent systems, we submit, cross-disciplinary boundaries by focusing on society and culture as emerging from the interactions of autonomous agents. Poised at the intersection of AI, cybernetics, sociology, semiotics and anthropology, this strand of multiagent systems research enables a powerful perspective illuminating not only how we live and learn now, but also, through focusing on emergence, how we anticipate the future.

Moreover, by convening this interdisciplinary symposium, we hope to form new network assemblages of variegated agents of researchers and their techniques out of which may arise new perspectives on heretofore parochial questions in our respective disciplines. From here, there are manifold policy implications: multiagent systems research, we believe, can be a powerful reagent, interrogating the teleological, emergentist assumptions underlying, for example, the adoption and institutionalization of IT in universities, businesses, hospitals and NGOs, and suggesting other, networked possibilities.

Key questions:
-Emergence of pre-linguistic concepts
-Emergence of shared representations
-Emergence of meaning and language
-How can we characterize the fungible, shifting networks created by
human and non-human agents?
-How do the environment and the society influence the individual agent
and vice versa?
-What are the knowledges, translations or other hierarchies that emerge
in such settings?
-What tools do we use in these explorations?
-Are emergent phenomena surprising? If so, to whom? And what effects might such surprise register in a system composed of agents, phenomena and observer?
-Are they surprises to the agent?
-How do these phenomena reflect on the off and on-line societies?


May 1, 2006 Papers due (10 pages max)
May 22, 2006 Acceptance notice
July/August Registration opens
August 29, 2006 A/V Requests due, permission to distribute due
Sept 1, 2006 Invited participants registration deadline
Sept 22, 2006 Final (open) registration deadline


Goran Trajkovski (co-chair), Towson University, USA
Samuel Collins (co-chair), Towson University, USA
Georgi Stojanov, American University in Paris, France
Michael North, Argonne National Laboratories, USA
Laszlo Gulyas, AITIA International Inc., Hungary

Note that limited financial support for graduate students will be available.

Please submit all questions to Goran Trajkovski, gtrajkovskitowson.edu (http://pages.towson.edu/gtrajkov).

Cordially yours,

Dr. Goran Trajkovski
Assistant Professor
Computer and Information Sciences Department
Cognitive Agency and Robotics Laboratory
Towson University
8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252
Ph. 410-704-6310, Fax. 410-704-3868

Message 2: American Dialect Society, Midwest Region, at the meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association
Date: 23-Mar-2006
From: Kathryn Remlinger <remlingkgvsu.edu>
Subject: American Dialect Society, Midwest Region, at the meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association

Full Title: American Dialect Society, Midwest Region, at the meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association
Short Title: ADS at MMLA

Date: 09-Nov-2006 - 12-Nov-2006
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Contact Person: Kathryn Remlinger
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.uiowa.edu/~mmla

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2006

Meeting Description:

Call for Papers: ADS at MMLA, 'Language Variation and Change in the United States.' We welcome papers dealing with varieties of English and other languages spoken in the United States. Presentations may be based in traditional dialectology or in other areas of language variation and change, including sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, anthropological linguistics, folk linguistics, language and gender/sexuality, language attitudes, linguistics in the schools, critical discourse analysis, or narratology.

Second Call for Papers: Language Variation and Change in the United States

The American Dialect Society, Midwest Region With the Midwest Modern Language Association, 9-12 November 2006, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago

We welcome papers dealing with varieties of English and other languages spoken in the United States. Presentations may be based in traditional dialectology or in other areas of language variation and change, including sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, anthropological linguistics, folk linguistics, language and gender/sexuality, language attitudes, linguistics in the schools, critical discourse analysis, or narratology.
April 15, 2006 is the deadline for 300-word abstracts. Email submissions only.

Send abstracts to:

Kathryn Remlinger
American Dialect Society, Midwest Secretary
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

Membership to ADS is recommended. Membership is $50 and includes a year's subscription to the society's journal, American Speech, and a copy of the Publication of the American Dialect Society (PADS, an annual hardbound supplement). Membership information is available at www.americandialect.org.

Membership to MMLA is required. Membership is $35 for full and associate professors, $30 for assistant professors and schoolteachers, $20 for adjunct and part-time faculty, and $15 for students, retired, and unemployed. Information on membership is available at the website below or by writing to MMLA, 302 English-Philosophy Bldg, U of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1408, tel: 1-319-335-0331.

For more information about ADS at MMLA, see the MMLA website, www.uiowa.edu/~mmla, go to ''Call for Papers,'' scroll down to ''Associated Organizations,'' then to ''American Dialect Society.''

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