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Message 1: seminar announcement

Date: Mon, 27 Feb 1995 18:46:38 seminar announcement
From: "D.A.Brickley" <Daniel.Brickleybristol.ac.uk>
Subject: seminar announcement


 THE CENTRE FOR THEORIES OF LANGUAGE AND LEARNING
 UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
 announces a seminar on
 THE CONSERVATION OF ENDANGERED LANGUAGES
 Friday April 21st 1995 at 9 Woodland Rd, Bristol BS8 1TB

 According to reliable estimates, half of the world's six
thousand languages will become extinct in the next century.
Furthermore, two thousand of the remaining three thousand
languages will be threatened during the century after next.
In the UK these startling facts have recently received media
attention, stimulated partly by the publication this year of
the Atlas of the World's Languages, edited by Christopher
Moseley and R.E.Asher (Routledge).
 The rapid decline is largely due to a mixture of economic
and political pressures affecting communities that speak
minority languages, pressures which remove the new
generation's motivation for communicating in their
traditional language.
 The problem of language-extinction raises fundamental
questions. What is the value of these threatened languages
to science and to humankind in general? What principles
might justify us in striving to keep small languages alive?
What reasons are there for preserving them in archive form?
 The seminar is aimed primarily at academics from such
disciplines as philosophy, ethics, anthropology,
linguistics, sociolinguistics, cultural history, ecology and
population biology, but is open to all interested persons.

 Seminar Programme
 Registration Desk opens 9.30a.m.

10-11am Mapping the Future of the World's Languages, Mr.Christopher Moseley,
 Co-editor of Atlas of the World's Languages 1994

11-12 Should Linguistic Diversity be Preserved?, Dr. Mark Pagel,
 Dept of Zoology, Oxford University

12-1 Who Wants to Learn a Native Language in Latin America?
 Prof. Marcelo Dascal, Inst.of Advanced Studies, Hebrew U of Jerusalem

1-2 Lunch

2-3 Thinking Twice: Issues in Welsh as a Second Language in Children Under 5
 Ms. Sian Wyn Siencyn, Language Consultant, Author of The Sound of Europe

3-4 Orchestrating Language Revival,Mr. Allan Wynne Jones,
 European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages

4-6 Round Table and Discussion with contributions from the floor

 *******************************************************

 Seminar Registration Form
I should like to register for the one day seminar at Bristol
University and enclose my cheque for the amount stated below.

SIGNATURE:

NAME (Capitals):

ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE:


E-MAIL:

ACCOMODATION WANTED? A limited amount of single Bed and
Breakfast accomodation can be provided near to the seminar
venue, at a cost of 22 UK pounds per night (standard room)
or 36 UK pounds (en suite room).

 B&B night of Thursday 20th April: ___________

 B&B night of Friday 21st April: ___________

 Total (accomodation): ___________

 Registration Fee: 5 UK Pounds

 Total: ___________

Please send this form and cheque payable to 'The University
of Bristol' to:
 CTLL,
 Graduate Studies Centre,
 7 Woodland Road,
 Bristol BS8 1TB
 UK.

For further information, contact the seminar organisers
Dan Brickley and Andrew Woodfield (email: centre-tllbristol.ac.uk)

A background article on the topic is also available by email
or by accessing the CTLL World Wide Web pages using the following
Internet URL:
 http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Philosophy/CTLL/index.html
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Message 2: 2nd CFP: EPIA'95

Date: Wed, 01 Mar 95 16:34:49 +02nd CFP: EPIA'95
From: <njmcupido.inesc.pt>
Subject: 2nd CFP: EPIA'95


 EPIA'95 - 2nd CALL FOR PAPERS
 SEVENTH PORTUGUESE CONFERENCE ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

 Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
 October 3-6, 1995
 (Under the auspices of the Portuguese Association for AI)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 20, 1995

The Seventh Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence
(EPIA'95) will be held at Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal,
on October 3-6, 1995. As in previous issues ('89, '91, and
'93), EPIA'95 will be run as an international conference,
English being the official language. The scientific program
encompasses tutorials, invited lectures, demonstrations, and
paper presentations. Five well known researchers will present
invited lectures. The conference is devoted to all areas of
Artificial Intelligence and will cover both theoretical and
foundational issues and applications as well. Parallel
workshops on Expert Systems, Fuzzy Logic and Neural
Networks, and Applications of A.I. to Robotics and Vision
Systems will run simultaneously (see below).

 INVITED LECTURERS
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In this issue of the conference,four special invited lectures
will promote a debate on the very foundations of Artificial
Intelligence, its approaches and results. It is an honour to
announce the invited lecturers and the corresponding talks:

 "Why Human Brains Can't Really Think",by Marvin Minsky (MIT-USA);
 "Planning and Learning in Intelligent Agents",by Manuela Veloso (CMU-USA);
 "The Connectionist Paradigm and AI", by Borges de Almeida (IST-Portugal);
 "The Evolutionist Approach - Past, Present, and Future of AI",by Rodney Brooks
 (MIT-USA).

 TUTORIALS
 ~~~~~~~~~
In this issue of the conference, four tutorials will be
delivered:

 "Artificial Life and Autonomous Robots",by Luc Steels (VUB AI Lab-Belgium);
 "Virtual Reality - The AI perspective",by David Hogg (Univ. of Leeds-UK);
 "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence",by Ernesto Costa (Univ. of
 Coimbra-Portugal);(in Portuguese)
 "Design of Expert Systems",by Ernesto Morgado (IST-Portugal);(in Portuguese)

 SUBMISSION OF PAPERS
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Authors must submit five (5) complete printed copies of their
papers to the "EPIA'95 submission address". Fax or electronic
submissions will not be accepted. Submissions must be printed
on A4 or 8 1/2"x11" paper using 12 point type. Each page must
have a maximum of 38 lines and an average of 75 characters
per line (corresponding to the LaTeX article-style, 12
point). Double-sided printing is strongly encouraged. The
body of submitted papers must be at most 12 pages, including
title, abstract, figures, tables, and diagrams, but excluding
the title page and bibliography.

 ELECTRONIC ABSTRACT
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In addition to submitting the paper copies, authors should
send to epia95-abstractsinesc.pt a short (200 words)
electronic abstract of their paper to aid the reviewing
process. The electronic abstract must be in plain ASCII text
(no LaTeX)) in the following format:
 TITLE: (title of the paper)
 FIRST AUTHOR: (last name, first name)
 EMAIL: (email of the first author)
 FIRST ADDRESS: (first author address)
 COAUTHORS: (their names, if any)
 KEYWORDS: (keywords separated by commas)
 ABSTRACT: (text of the abstract)
Authors are requested to select 1-3 appropriate keywords from
the list below. Authors are welcome to add additional
keywords descriptors as needed. Applications, agent-oriented
programming, automated reasoning, belief revision, case-based
reasoning, common sense reasoning, constraint satisfaction,
distributed AI, expert systems, genetic algorithms, knowledge
representation, logic programming, machine learning, natural
language understanding, nonmonotonic reasoning, planning,
qualitative reasoning, real-time systems, robotics, spatial
reasoning, theorem proving, theory of computation, tutoring
systems.

 REVIEW OF PAPERS
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Submissions will be judged on significance, originality,
quality and clarity. Reviewing will be blind to the
identities of the authors. This requires that authors
exercise some care not to identify themselves in their
papers. Each copy of the paper must have a title page,
separated from the body of the paper, including the title of
the paper, the names and addresses of all authors, a list of
content areas (see above) and any acknowledgments. The second
page should include the same title, a short abstract of less
than 200 words, and the exact same contents areas, but not
the names nor affiliations of the authors. This page may
include text of the paper. The references should include all
published literature relevant to the paper, including
previous works of the authors, but should not include
unpublished works of the authors. When referring to one's own
work, use the third person. For example, say "previously,
Peter [17] has shown that ...". Try to avoid including any
information in the body of the paper or references that would
identify the authors or their institutions. Such information
can be added to the final camera-ready version for
publication. Please do not staple the title page to the body
of the paper. Submitted papers must be unpublished.

 PUBLICATION
 ~~~~~~~~~~~
The proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag (lecture
notes in A.I. series). Authors will be required to transfer
copyright of their paper to Springer-Verlag.

 ASSOCIATED WORKSHOPS
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In the framework of the conference three workshops will be
organized: Applications of Expert Systems, Fuzzy Logic and
Neural Networks in Engineering, and Applications of
Artificial Intelligence to Robotics and Vision Systems. Real
world applications, running systems, and demos are welcome.

 CONFERENCE & PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Carlos Pinto-Ferreira Nuno Mamede
Instituto Superior Tecnico Instituto Superior Tecnico
ISR, Av. Rovisco Pais INESC, Apartado 13069
1000 Lisboa, Portugal 1000 Lisboa, Portugal
Voice: +351 (1) 8475105 Voice: +351 (1) 310-0234
Fax: +351 (1) 3523014 Fax: +351 (1) 525843
Email: cpfkappa.ist.utl.pt Email: njminesc.pt

 PROGRAM COMMITTEE
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Antonio Porto (Portugal) Lauiri Carlson (Finland)
Benjamin Kuipers (USA) Luc Steels (Belgium)
Bernhard Nebel (Germany) Luigia Aiello (Italy)
David Makinson (Germany) Luis Moniz Pereira (Portugal)
Erik Sandewall (Sweden) Luis Monteiro (Portugal)
Ernesto Costa (Portugal) Manuela Veloso (USA)
Helder Coelho (Portugal) Maria Cravo (Portugal)
Joao Martins (Portugal) Miguel Filgueiras (Portugal)
John Self (UK) Yoav Shoham (USA)
Jose Carmo (Portugal) Yves Kodratoff (France)

 DEADLINES
 ~~~~~~~~~
 Papers Submission: ................. March 20, 1995
 Notification of acceptance: ........ May 15, 1995
 Camera Ready Copies Due: ........... June 12, 1995

 SUBMISSION & INQUIRIES ADDRESS
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
EPIA95
INESC, Apartado 13069
1000 Lisboa, Portugal
Voice: +351 (1) 310-0325
Fax: +351 (1) 525843
Email: epia95inesc.pt

 SUPPORTERS
 ~~~~~~~~~~
Banco Nacional Ultramarino Governo Regional da Madeira
Instituto Superior Tecnico SISCOG - Sistemas Cognitivos
INESC CITMA
IBM TAPair Portugal

 PLANNING TO ATTEND
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
People planning to submit a paper or/and to attend the
conference or attend a workshop are asked to complete and
return the following form (by fax or email) to the inquiries
address standing their intention. It will help the conference
organizers to estimate the facilities needed for the
conference and will enable all interested people to receive
updated information.

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