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Tue Jun 25 2013

FYI: NASSLLI 2014: Call for Proposals

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <>

Date: 24-Jun-2013
From: Mandy Simons <>
Subject: NASSLLI 2014: Call for Proposals
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North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information 2014

June 23-27 2014, University of Maryland, College Park

1st Call for Course and Workshop Proposals

The sixth NASSLLI (after previous editions at UT Austin, Stanford University, Indiana University and UCLA) will be hosted at the University of Maryland, College Park, June 23-27 2014.The summer school, aimed at graduate students and advanced undergraduates in a wide variety of fields, is loosely modeled on the long-running ESSLLI series in Europe. It will consist of a number of courses and workshops, selected on the basis of proposals. By default, courses and workshops meet for 90 minutes on each of five days.

Proposals are invited for courses or workshops that present interdisciplinary work between the areas of logic, linguistics, computer science, cognitive science, philosophy and artificial intelligence, though work in just one area is within the scope of the summer school if it can be applied in other fields. Examples of possible topics would include e.g. logics for communication, computational semantics, modal logics, game theory and decision theory, dynamic semantics, machine learning, Bayesian cognitive modeling, probabilistic models of language and communication, and automated theorem proving. We encourage potential course or workshop contributors to check out previous programs at:


Courses and workshops should aim to be accessible to an
interdisciplinary, graduate level audience. Courses may certainly focus on a single area, but lecturers should then include introductory background, try to avoid specialized notation that cannot be applied more widely, and spend time on the question of how the topic is relevant to other fields. A workshop can be more accessible if its program is bracketed by broader-audience talks that introduce and summarize the week's presentations.

Associated Workshops/Conferences: In addition to courses and workshops taking place during the main NASSLLI five day session, NASSLLI welcomes proposals for 1-3 day workshops or conferences hosted on campus immediately before or after the summer school, thus on the weekends of June 20-22 and June 28-30 2014. Previous such associated meetings have included the Dynamic Epistemic Logic Workshop, the Mathematics of Language conference, and the Theoretical Aspects of Reasoning About Knowledge (TARK) conference.

Submission Details:
Submissions should be submitted using EasyChair (, and should indicate

1) person(s) in charge of the course/workshop and affiliation(s)
2) type of event (one week course or workshop, 90 min a day)
3) course/workshop title
4) an outline of the course/workshop up to 500 words
5) Special equipment (if any) needed to teach the course (beamer, computer ...)
6) a statement about the instructor's experience in teaching in
interdisciplinary settings
7) expected costs (whether you want to be paid hotel and/or travel, and descriptions of funding in hand or for which you will apply)

Financial Details:
A course may be taught by one or two persons. Conference fees are waived for all instructors. However, we can only guarantee paid accommodation for one instructor per course. Where need arises, we hope to be able to reimburse instructors for reasonable travel expenses. However, we encourage all lecturers to fund their own travel if this is feasible, since this will allow us to use our available funding for student scholarships. We must also stress that while proposals from all over the world are welcomed, the Summer School can in general expect only to reimburse travel costs for travel from destinations within North America to Maryland, although exceptions can be made depending on the financial situation.

Workshops are more complicated financially than courses, and a
proposal for a workshop should include a plan to obtain some outside funding for the speakers.

September 1 2013 - Review of course proposals will begin; we will continue to accept proposals until the schedule is filled;
October 1 2013 - Course/workshop proposers notified of p.c. decisions;
May 15, 2014 - Material for courses available for printing;

Local Organizers and Program Committee:
The local organizer for NASSLI 2014 is Eric Pacuit. The Program Committee is co-chaired by Thomas Icard (Stanford) and Mandy Simons (CMU). The full committee will be announced soon on the NASSLI 2014 website.

Contact Information:
For questions relating to proposals and proposal submission, send email to

Standing NASSLLI Steering Committee:
David Beaver, University of Texas, Austin
Phokion Kolaitis, UC Santa Cruz and IBM Almaden Research Center
Lawrence S. Moss, Indiana University
Valeria de Paiva , Rearden Commerce, Inc.
Stuart Shieber, Harvard University
Moshe Vardi, Rice University

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics

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