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Date: Tue, 14 Jun 94 13:25:50 BSCONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND PRELIMINARY CALL FOR PAPERS
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 CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND PRELIMINARY CALL FOR PAPERS

 AISB-95: Hybrid Problems, Hybrid Solutions.
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 Monday 3rd -- Friday 7th April 1995

 Halifax Hall of Residence & Computer Science Department
 University of Sheffield
 Sheffield, ENGLAND

 The Tenth Biennial Conference on AI and Cognitive Science
 organised by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence
 and Simulation of Behaviour

Programme Chair: John Hallam (University of Edinburgh)

Programme Committee: Dave Cliff (University of Sussex)
 Erik Sandewall (University of Linkoeping)
 Nigel Shadbolt (University of Nottingham)
 Sam Steel (University of Essex)
 Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield)

Local Organisation: Paul Mc Kevitt (University of Sheffield)

The past few years have seen an increasing tendency for diversification in
research into Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science and Artificial Life.
A number of approaches are being pursued, based variously on symbolic
reasoning, connectionist systems and models, behaviour-based systems, and
ideas from complex dynamical systems. Each has its own particular insight and
philosophical position.

This variety of approaches appears in all areas of Artificial Intelligence.
There are both symbolic and connectionist natural language processing, both
classical and behaviour-based vision research, for instance.

While purists from each approach may claim that all the problems of cognition
can in principle be tackled without recourse to other methods, in practice
(and maybe in theory, also) combinations of methods from the different
approaches (hybrid methods) are more successful than a pure approach for
certain kinds of problems. The committee feels that there is an unrealised
synergy between the various approaches that an AISB conference may be able to
explore.

Thus, the focus of the tenth AISB Conference is on such hybrid methods. We
particularly seek papers that describe novel theoretical and/or experimental
work which uses a hybrid approach or papers from purists, arguing cogently
that compromise is unnecessary or unproductive. While papers such as those
are particularly sought, good papers on any topic in Artificial Intelligence
will be considered: as always, the most important criteria for acceptance
will be soundness, originality, substance and clarity. Research in all areas
is equally welcome.

The AISB conference is a single track conference lasting three days, with a
two day tutorial and workshop programme preceding the main technical event,
and around twenty high calibre papers will be presented in the technical
sessions. (A separate call for workshops and tutorial participation will
appear in due course.) It is expected that the proceedings of the conference
will be published in book form in time to be available at the conference
itself, making it a forum for rapid dissemination of research results.

SUBMISSIONS:

High quality original papers dealing with the issues raised by mixing
different approaches, or otherwise related to the Conference Theme, should be
sent to the Programme Chair. Papers which give comparative experimental
evaluation of methods from different paradigms applied to the same problem,
papers which propose and evaluate mixed-paradigm theoretical models or tools,
and papers that focus on hybrid systems applied to real world problems will be
particularly welcome, as will papers from purists who argue cogently that the
hybrid approach is flawed and a particular pure approach is to be preferred.

Papers being submitted, whether verbatim or in essence, to other conferences
whose review process runs concurrently with AISB-95 should indicate this fact
on their title page. If a submitted paper appears at another conference it
must be withdrawn from AISB-95 (this does not apply to presentation at
specialist workshops). Papers that violate these requirements may be rejected
without review.

SHEFFIELD:

Sheffield is one of the friendliest cities in the UK and is situated well
having the best and closest surrounding countryside of any major city in the
UK. The Peak District National Park is only minutes away. It is a good city
for walkers, runners, and climbers. It has two theatres, three 10 screen
cinemas, a library theatre which shows more artistic films, a large number of
museums many of which demonstrate Sheffield's industrial past, and a number of
Galleries in the City, including the Mapping Gallery and Ruskin. Several
important ancient houses, such as Chatsworth House, are close to Sheffield.
The Peak District National Park is a beautiful site for visiting and rambling
upon. There are large shopping areas in the City and by 1995 Sheffield will
be served by a 'supertram' system.

The University of Sheffield's Halls of Residence are situated on the western
side of the city in a leafy residential area described by John Betjeman as
``the prettiest suburb in England''. Halifax Hall is centred on a local Steel
Baron's house, dating back to 1830 and set in extensive grounds. It was
acquired by the University in 1830 and converted into a Hall of Residence for
women with the addition of a new wing.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AT SHEFFIELD:

Sheffield Computer Science Department has a strong programme in Cognitive
Systems and is part of the University's Institute for Language, Speech and
Hearing (ILASH). ILASH has its own machines and support staff, and academic
staff attached to it from nine departments. Sheffield Psychology Department
has the Artificial Intelligence Vision Research Unit (AIVRU) which was founded
in 1984 to coordinate a large industry/university Alvey research consortium
working on the development of computer vision systems for autonomous vehicles
and robot workstations.

FORMAT AND DEADLINES:

Four copies of submitted papers must be received by the Programme Chair no
later than 24 OCTOBER 1994 to be considered. Papers should be at most 12
pages in length and be produced in 12 point, with at most 60 lines of text per
A4 page and margins at least 1 inch (2.5cm) wide on all sides (default LaTeX
article style is OK). They should include a cover sheet (not counted in the
12 page limit) giving the paper title, the abstract, the authors and their
affiliations, including a contact address for both electronic and paper mail
for the principal author. Papers should be submitted in hard-copy, not
electronically. Papers that do not adhere to this format specification may be
rejected without review.

Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors by 7 DECEMBER 1994 and full
camera-ready copy will be due in early JANUARY 1995 (publishers' deadlines
permitting).

CONFERENCE ADDRESS:

Correspondence relating to the conference programme, submissions of papers,
etc. should be directed to the conference programme chair at the address
below.

 John Hallam,
 Department of Artificial Intelligence,
 University of Edinburgh,
 5 Forrest Hill,
 Edinburgh EH1 2QL,
 SCOTLAND.

 Phone: + 44 31 650 3097
 FAX: + 44 31 650 6899
 E-mail: johnaifh.edinburgh.ac.uk

Correspondence concerning local arrangements should be directed to the local
arrangements organiser at the following address.

 Paul Mc Kevitt,
 Department of Computer Science,
 University of Sheffield,
 Regent Court,
 211 Portobello Street,
 Sheffield S1 4DP,
 ENGLAND.

 Phone: + 44 742 825572
 FAX: + 44 742 780972
 E-mail: p.mckevittdcs.sheffield.ac.uk
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