LINGUIST List 14.248

Thu Jan 23 2003

Calls: Artificial Intelligence/Alphabetics

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  1. Nathalie.Colineau, French Artificial Intelligence Review Special Issue
  2. kokin, Alphabetics Graduate Student Conference, MA USA

Message 1: French Artificial Intelligence Review Special Issue

Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 10:16:17 +1100
From: Nathalie.Colineau <>
Subject: French Artificial Intelligence Review Special Issue

Call for papers RIA - (Revue d'Intelligence Artificielle) 
"Artificial Intelligence Review"
(Hermes Publisher)

Special Issue on

Tailored Information Delivery
including both Tailored Virtual Documents and Tailored Displays

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Special issue Editors:
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Cecile Paris, CSIRO - Mathematical and Information Sciences, Australia
Nathalie Colineau, CSIRO - Mathematical and Information Sciences,

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As an increasing amount of information becomes available, the number
of systems and services that deliver customised information on a
variety of media have increased. To be able to answer the user's
information needs, these systems must address a wide range of issues
and deploy increasingly sophisticated techniques.

This special issue is concerned with Tailored Information Delivery
(including both Tailored Virtual Documents and Tailored Displays). The
objective of this special issue is to present research on systems that
deliver information relevant to users in the context of a task or an
information need, using techniques to filter and extract information
from heterogeneous sources, and mechanisms to organise and integrate
the content to be presented. Research in this domain is typically
based on a characterisation of the data (size, modality, media), the
users, their tasks and information needs, and coherence or narrative

This special issue aims at encompassing work on current applications,
methodologies, techniques and evaluations related to this research

We thus seek submissions related to the following:
	-	Application Domains and systems;
	-	Models, Techniques and Tools;
	-	Principles, Representation Issues, and Integration and
Layout Techniques;
	-	Evaluation; and,
	-	Perspectives and Future Trends.

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Submission Details:
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We will be seeking full papers describing original and unpublished 
research that are not simultaneously submitted for publication
elsewhere. The y"apers may be written in either French and
English. We expect papers to be about 20 pages long, in the format
described in the instructions for authors (please refer to the
Journal web site:

Papers will be reviewed by at least two expert reviewers.

The paper should be sent as an attached document (word, ps or pdf
file, format A4) and emailed to

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Important Dates:
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May 30, 2003:	Submission Deadline
September 15, 2003:	Author Notification
October 31, 2003:	Camera-ready Paper Submission

The Special Issue is expected to be published in December 2003.
RIA is a main AI journal in France.

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International Program Committee:
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Elisabeth Andr�, Augsburg University, Germany
Jean-Yves Antoine, VALORIA, France
Michel Beaudoin-Lafon, LRI - Paris-Sud University, France
Paul De Bra, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Patrick Br�zillon, LIP6 - Paris 6 University, France
Marie-France Bruandet, CLIPS - IMAG, France
Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Ga�lle Calvary, CLIPS - IMAG, France
Kathy Mc Coy, University of Delaware, USA
Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
Tony Hartley, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Daniele H�rin, LIRMM - University of Montpellier II, France
Richard Kittredge, CoGenTex, USA
Guy Lapalme, Montreal University, Canada
Philippe Lenca, ENST Bretagne, France
Mark Maybury, MITRE Corporation, USA
Alain Mille, LISI - Lyon 1 University, France
Catherine Pelachaud, "La Sapienza" University, Italy
Jean-Marie Pierrel, LORIA, France
Fiorella de Rosis, University of Bari, Italy
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
G�rard Sabah, LIMSI, France
Oliviero Stock, ICT - IRST, Italy
Peter Stockinger, ESCoM - MSH, France
Jacques Siroux, IRISA - Rennes 1 University, France
Andr� Tricot, CERFI - University of Toulouse-le-Mirail, France
Keith Vander Linden, Calvin College, USA
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Message 2: Alphabetics Graduate Student Conference, MA USA

Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 10:01:59 +0000
From: kokin <>
Subject: Alphabetics Graduate Student Conference, MA USA

Alphabetics: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

Short Title: Alphabetics
Location: Cambridge, MA USA
Date: 26-Apr-2003 - 27-Apr-2003 
Call Deadline: 10-Feb-2003

Contact Person: Daniel Kokin
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): Writing Systems 

Meeting Description: 


The Harvard Humanities Center Proudly Presents

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, 2003
Letters are ubiquitous, multifunctional, and largely ignored. While
each discipline must to some degree acknowledge the contribution of
alphabets to knowledge production, transmission, and organization,
rarely do alphabetics take the center stage of scholarly attention
across the disciplines. This conference aims to expose participants
from various fields and the general academic community to the wide
range of uses and interpretations 'literary, political, mystical,
artistic, linguistic, etc.' for which alphabets and their component
letters have been marshaled. Do letters constitute a universal
repository of meaning? Is there a the alphabet? All proposals
treating letters, alphabets, or alternate writing system are welcome,
but special consideration will be given to topics that fall into one
or more of the following areas: 

Letter as Symbol
(Letters in math or scientific notation, alphabet as code, semiotics,
mystical alphabets, music, alphabet as organizational concept)

Letter in Visual Arts, Letter as Visual Art
(Alphabet and architecture, textuality of art, visual literacy, letter in
film, calligraphy, human alphabets, digital effects, watermarks)

Literary Effects of the Alphabet
(Combinatorial literature, letter play [e.g. figured poetry, alphabet
rhymes, letter games, puns, rebuses, acrostics, palindromes, anagrams,
lipograms, univocalics, spoonerisms], chirography, children's
literature, primers)

Alphabets and Society
(History of the book, orthographic reforms, nation and alphabet,
religion and alphabet, literacy, the teaching of alphabets, the
signature, alphabet in psychoanalysis)

Special Conference Events:
1. A Concert of Baroque Alphabetic Music
2. Printing Press Demonstration (tentative)
3. Keynote Address (Speaker TBA)
4. Houghton Library Exhibition: 16 March - 30 April
Please submit e-mail abstracts of up to 500 words to by February 10, 2003. Include your name,
department, area of specialization, and suggestions you may have for
the Houghton exhibit!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Erika Boeckeler (Comparative Literature) and Daniel Kokin (History)
Conference Organizers
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