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mercoled�, maggio 13, 2009

[Reminder] Conference: The Philosophy of Computer Games 2009

Conference Announcement
(Please excuse multiple sendings)

We are pleased to announce the fourth conference  on the Philosophy of Computer Games, to be held  in Oslo, Norway 13-15 August 2009.

The keynote speakers include Kendall Walton,  author of "Mimesis as Make-Believe: On the  Foundations of the Representational Arts"  (Harvard University Press, 1993), Miguel Sicart,  author of "The Ethics of Computer Games" (The MIT  Press, 2009) and Grant Tavinor, author of "The  Art of Video Games" (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming  in October 2009).

For the Call for Papers, registration and more details about the conference, please visit

Deadline for submission of abstracts is June 1.

The conference is a part of an effort to develop  discussions about philosophical issues that arise  in the study of computer games. The topics for  this years conference include fictionality,  definitions of computer games and ethical and political issues. 
The target audience is media researchers and  philosophers, but the conference is open to  anyone with with a professional interest in  computer games.

Nordic Game Research Network is organizing a  pre-conference workshop for Ph.d. students on  August 12.

With best regards

Olav Asheim
Miguel Sicart
Frans M�yr�
Patrick Coppock
Sten Ludvigsen
Ole Ertl�v Hansen
Stephan G�nzel
Rune Klevjer
John Richard Sageng
Ragnhild Tronstad

Organizational partners:

Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of  Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo, Norway  (Main conference host)
Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo, Norway
Digital Games Research Center, University of Potsdam, Germany
Department of Social, Cognitive and Quantitative  Science at the University of Modena & Reggio 
Emilia, Italy
Nordic Game Research Network
Intermedia, University of Oslo, Norway
Games Research Lab, University of Tampere, Finland
Center for Computer Games Research at the IT-University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Philosophical Project Centre, Oslo, Norway
Department of Information Science and Media  Studies, University of Bergen, Norway

luned�, aprile 03, 2006

Fwd: [peirce-l] Knowledge Management

>ECAI'2006 Workshop on Knowledge Management and Organizational Memories
>Riva del Garda, Italy, August 28 or 29, 2006
>Knowledge Management (KM) is one of the key progress factors in
>organizations. It aims at capturing explicit and
>tacit knowledge of an organization in order to
>facilitate the access, sharing, and reuse of
>that knowledge as well as creation of new
>knowledge and organizational learning. KM must
>be guided by a strategic vision to fulfill its
>primary organizational objectives: improving
>knowledge sharing and cooperative work inside
>the organization; disseminating best practices;
>improving relationships with the external world;
>preserving past knowledge of the organization
>for reuse; improving the quality of projects and
>innovations; anticipating the evolution of the
>external environment; and preparing for
>unexpected events and managing urgency and crisis
>One approach for KM consists of building a corporate memory or
>organizational memory (OM). Several techniques
>can be considered, according to the type of
>organization, its needs and its culture:
>knowledge-based approaches, document-based
>approaches, workflow-based approaches, CBR-based
>approaches, CSCW and cooperative approaches,
>ontology-based approaches, corporate Semantic
>Webs, Web-based
>approaches, agent-based approaches, distributed OMs, etc.
>Several scenarios of KM can be tackled through
>OMs: project memory, skills management,
>communities of practice, strategic or
>technological watch, e-learning, e-government,
>etc. The workshop aims at gathering researchers
>from multiple disciplines, industrial
>participants and students in order to discuss
>models, methodologies, techniques and
>application dealing with these scenarios and
>Papers are welcome in any area concerning knowledge management.
>Examples of interesting topics are:
>* Skill management
>* Project memory
>* Community memory
>* Strategic or technological watch, Business Intelligence
>* E-learning
>* E-government
>* Inter-organization cooperation
>* ?
>* Organizational dimensions of KM
>* Enterprise modelling and business process modelling
>* ?
>* Knowledge-based approaches
>* Document-based approaches
>* Workflow-based approaches
>* Process-oriented approaches
>* CBR-based approaches
>* CSCW and cooperative approaches
>* Ontology-based approaches
>* Corporate Semantic Webs
>* Web-based approaches
>* Agent-based approaches
>* Peer-to-peer approaches
>* Distributed approaches
>* ?
>* Design
>* Medical domain
>* Biology
>* Telecommunications
>* Aeronautics and space
>* Automobile
>* Building sector
>* ?
>Important dates
>Submission deadline:
>April 15, 2006
>Notification of acceptance: May 10, 2006
>Early registration deadline
>May 18, 2006
>Camera (Web)-ready: May 24, 2006
>Workshop: August 28-29, 2006
>Submission format
>Contributions are invited in the form of a full
>paper (max. 20 pages), following the formatting
>style for ECAI-2006 . The title page should
>include name, affiliation, and e-mail address of
>the contributor. Papers will be judged according
>to their contribution to the discussion. They
>should be submitted electronically (in
>PostScript or pdf) to
>The title, authors and list of keywords should
>also be sent in ascii by E-mail. The best papers
>will be published later in a book, as for the
>previous ECAI/IJCAI workshops on KM & OM from
>1999 to 2001.
>Remark: All workshop participants must register for ECAI-2006
>Workshop organizing committee
>Jean Paul Barthss
>Address: University of Technology of Compiegne,
>Departement of Genie Informatique, BP.60319
>60203 Compisgne Cedex France
>Rose Dieng-Kuntz (co-chair)
>Address: INRIA Acacia Project, 2004 route des Lucioles, BP 93
>06902 Sophia-Antipolis Cedex FRANCE
>E-mail: <>
>Knut Hinkelmann
>Address: University of Applied Sciences Solothurn
>Riggenbachstrasse 16
>CH-4600 Olten
>Ann Macintosh
>Address: International Teledemocracy Centre
>Napier University
>10 Colinton Road
>Edinburgh, EH10 5DT
>Nada Matta (co-chair)
>Address: Universits de Technologie de Troyes (GSID/Tech-CICO)
>12, rue Marie Curie BP. 2060,
>10010 Troyes Cedex France
>Ulrich Reimer
>Adress: Business Operations Systems, Switzerland
>Carla Simone
>Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication
>University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy)
>Programme committee
>Andreas Abecker, DFKI, Germany (to be confirmed)
>Marie-Hslsne Abel, UTC
>Mark Ackerman, University of California, Irvine (USA) (to be
>Klaus-Dieter Althoff (to be confirmed)
>Imed Boughzala (INT)
>Joost Breuker (Univ. Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
>S Buckingham Shum, Open University (UK) (to be confirmed)
>Jessica Chen-Burger, University of Edinburgh, UK
>Jeff Conklin, Corporate Memories systems (USA)
>John Debenham, University of Technology, (Sydney, Australia) (to
>be confirmed)
>Jean-Louis Ermine, CEA, (Paris, France)
>Fabien Gandon, INRIA-Sophia-Antipolis (France)
>Michel Grundstein, MG Conseil (France)
>Robert Jasper (USA) (to be confirmed)
>Gilles Kassel, LARIA, Amiens (France)
>Alain Lsger, France Telecom R&D
>Myriam Lewkowicz, Tech-CICO, UTT (Troyes, France)
>Alain Mille, Univ. Lyon (to be confirmed)
>Myriam Ribisre, Motorola (France)
>David G. Schwartz, Bar-Ilan University (Israel) (to be confirmed)
>Camille Rosenthal-Sabroux, LAMSADE, Paris-Dauphine, (France)
>Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz, (Germany)
>Manuel Zacklad, Tech-CICO, UTT (Troyes, France)

sabato, marzo 04, 2006


French, Spanish and German versions follow

This is the first call for papers for the 9th World Congress of Semiotics, to be held on June 11-17, 2007 at the University of Helsinki, and at International Semiotics Institute at Imatra. The congress will take place in the two locations as follows: Helsinki: Monday-Wednesday, 11-13 June 2007; Imatra: Thursday-Saturday, 14-17 2007.

Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2006. You may send your submissions earlier than the given deadline, and receive the official acceptance letter from the Committee within one month from the receipt of your proposal (as proof to obtain funding from your home institutions).

Content of proposal: (1) an abstract of approximately 300 words; (2) a short CV, including professional / institutional affiliation (maximum length: 1 page).

Proposals may be sent as follows:
(1) as word-processing (.rtf or .doc) file attachments to:
(2) or as print-copy + file on disk via regular mail to:
IASS 9 Local Organizing Committee International Semiotics Institute, Imatra Cultural Center, Virastokatu 1, 55100 Imatra, FINLAND.

Fees: The participation fee for the congress is 180 Euros (100 Euros for students), which should be paid to the bank account of the congress no later than March 31, 2007. After this date, the participation fee will be raised to 240 Euros. The fee includes two buffet receptions, one-way transportation from Helsinki to Imatra by a special congress train, plus materials and services during the event.

BANK TRANSFER INFORMATION Sampo bank international account number: FI2780001671123165 BIC/SWIFT-code PSPBFIHH

The congress does not pay travel expenses except for those of the Board and plenary speakers. There are some grants available to scholars that are attending the congress as active participants from the following countries outside the EU: Norway, Switzerland, US, Canada, Australia and Japan.

The proceedings of the congress will be published as an anthology in the international series Acta Semiotica Fennica.

The accepted languages of the congress and the publication are the official ones of the IASS/AIS: English, French, Spanish and German.


Ceci est le premier appel � contribution concernant le 9�me Congr�s Mondial de S�miotique, qui se tiendra du 11 au 17 juin 2007 � l'Universit� d'Helsinki et � l'Institut International de S�miotique d'Imatra. Le congr�s se d�roulera sur ces deux lieux de la fa�on suivante : � Helsinki du lundi 11 au mercredi 13 juin 2007 ; � Imatra du jeudi 14 au samedi 17 juin 2007.

Nous vous prions de bien vouloir envoyer vos propositions pour les tables rondes, ateliers et conf�rences individuelles au Comit� d'Organisation Local avant le 30 novembre 2006, � l'adresse suivante : International Semiotics Institute, Imatra Cultural Center, Virastokatu 1, 55100 IMATRA, FINLANDE.

Vous pouvez cependant le faire plus t�t ; vous recevrez la lettre de confirmation officielle du Comit� dans le mois qui suivra la r�ception de votre proposition (pour appuyer les �ventuelles aides financi�res que vous demanderez � vos institutions d'origine).

Chaque proposition doit contenir un r�sum� d'environ 300 mots et un bref CV (une page maximum) pr�cisant votre affiliation. Vous pouvez nous l'envoyer par e-mail (en document joint, fichier .doc ou .rtf) ou par courrier (imprim�e sur papier ou enregistr�e sur disque).

Les frais de participation au congr�s seront de 180 euros (100 euros pour les �tudiants), qui devront �tre vers�s sur le compte bancaire du congr�s avant le 31 mars 2007. Au-del� de cette date, le paiement s'�l�vera � 240 euros. Ces frais comprennent deux buffets de r�ception, un trajet Helsinki-Imatra dans un train sp�cialement pr�vu pour le congr�s, les mat�riels et services accord�s durant le d�roulement de la manifestation.

BANK TRANSFER INFORMATION Sampo bank international account number: FI2780001671123165 BIC/SWIFT-code PSPBFIHH

Le congr�s ne paie aucun frais de voyage, sauf pour les membres du Conseil et les conf�renciers.

Des allocations sont disponibles pour les chercheurs participant activement au congr�s et issus de pays hors CEE et autres que : la Norv�ge, la Suisse, les �tats-Unis, le Canada, l'Australie et le Japon.

Une anthologie des actes du congr�s sera publi�e dans la collection internationale Acta Semiotica Fennica.

Pour le congr�s ainsi que pour cette publication, les langues officielles seront celles de l'IASS/AIS, c'est-�-dire l'anglais, le fran�ais, l'espagnol et l'allemand.


Esta es la primera circular para recoger propuestas de comunicaci�n para el Noveno Congreso Mundial de Semi�tica que se celebrar� entre el 7 y el 11 de Junio de 2007 en la Universidad de Helsinki y en el Instituto Internacional de Semi�tica de Imatra. El congreso tendr� lugar en dos emplazamientos diferentes, tal y como se expone a continuaci�n: Helsinki: Lunes-Mi�rcoles Junio 11-13; Imatra: Jueves-S�bado Junio 14-17, 2007.

Les animamos a enviar sus propuestas para mesas redondas, seminarios o presentaciones individuales, antes del 30 de noviembre de 2006, al comit� organizador local a la direcci�n que se detalla a continuaci�n: International Semiotics Institute, Imatra Cultural Center, Virastokatu 1, 55100 Imatra.

No obstante, tienen la posibilidad de enviarlo con anterioridad, y recibir as� la carta de aceptaci�n, expedida por el Comit� un mes despu�s de la llegada de la propuesta (para becas o reembolsos en las instituciones de origen).

Cada propuesta ha de constar de un abstract (de aproximadamente 300 palabras) y un breve CV que incluya su afiliaci�n (m�ximo 1 p�gina). Se pueden enviar tanto por correo electr�nico (documento adjunto con extensi�n doc. o rtf.) o por correo ordinario (1 copia y un disco con el archivo).

La matr�cula para el congreso ser� de 180 euros (100 euros para estudiantes), que se ingresar�n en una cuenta especial para el congreso antes del 31 de marzo de 2007. El precio se elevar� a 240 euros despu�s de esta fecha. La matr�cula incluye dos recepciones con buffet, un viaje de ida desde Helsinki a Imatra (en un tren fletado especialmente para el congreso), y materiales y servicios a lo largo del congreso.

BANK TRANSFER INFORMATION Sampo bank international account number: FI2780001671123165 BIC/SWIFT-code PSPBFIHH

El congreso no reembolsar� ning�n tipo de gastos de viaje exceptuando a los miembros del consejo y a los conferenciantes plenarios.

Existen becas a disposici�n de los participantes que asistan al congreso y provengan de pa�ses fuera de la Uni�n Europea, Noruega, Suiza, Estados Unidos, Canad�, Australia y Jap�n.

Los actos del congreso ser�n publicados a modo de antolog�a en la serie internacional Acta Semiotica Fennica.

Los idiomas del congreso y la comunicaci�n ser�n los oficiales del IASS/AIS, es decir, ingl�s, franc�s, espa�ol y alem�n.


Dies ist die erste Aufforderung, Papiere zum 9. Weltkongress f�r Semiotik einzusenden, der vom 11.-17. Juni 2007 an der Universit�t Helsinki und im Internationalen Institut f�r Semiotik in Imatra abgehalten wird. Der Kongress wird an zwei Orten stattfinden: Helsinki vom 11.-13. Juni (Montag-Mittwoch); Imatra vom 14.-17. Juni 2007 (Donnerstag-Samstag).

Wir m�chten Sie bitten, Ihre Vorschl�ge f�r Diskussionen am Runden Tisch und f�r die Workshops, wie auch f�r eigene Vortr�ge bis zum 30. November 2006 unter der Adresse: International Semiotics Institute, Imatra Cultural Center, Virastokatu 1, 55100 Imatra, an das �rtliche Organisationskomitee zu senden.

Sie k�nnen sich auch schon fr�her anmelden, und erhalten dann die offizielle Einladung des Komitees einen Monat nach Einsendung Ihres Vorschlags (falls Sie z.B. an Ihrem Institut ein Stipendium beantragen m�chten).

Jeder Vorschlag sollte ein Abstract im Umfang von etwa 300 Worten und ein kurzes Curriculum vitae mit Adressenangabe im Umfang von maximal einer Seite beinhalten. Beides sollte entweder per e-Mail (als angeh�ngte in doc- oder rtf-Datei) oder per Post (in gedruckter Form und als Diskette) gesendet werden.

Die Teilnahmekosten am Kongress betragen 180 Euro (100 Euro f�r Studierende), die bis zum 31. M�rz 2007 auf das Bankkonto des Kongresses eingezahlt werden sollten. Der Preis betr�gt danach 240 Euro. Im Preis sind zwei Buffet-Empf�nge, die Hinreise von Helsinki nach Imatra mit einem speziellen Kongresszug, Materialien und sonstige Dienste w�hrend des Kongresses enthalten.

BANK TRANSFER INFORMATION Sampo bank international account number: FI2780001671123165 BIC/SWIFT-code PSPBFIHH

Die Kongressgeb�hr enth�lt keine Reisekosten. F�r die Kongressleitung und die Plenarteilnehmer werden die Reisekosten �bernommen.

Es stehen einige Stipendien f�r Studierende oder Wissenschaftler, die am Kongress aktiv teilnehmen und keine B�rger der EU, Norwegens, der Schweiz, der USA, Kanadas, Australiens oder Japans sind.

Die Kongressschriften werden in Auswahl in der internationalen Schriftenreihe Acta Semiotica Fennica publiziert.

Die Sprachen des Kongresses und der Publikationen sind die offiziellen Sprachen der IASS/AIS, d.h. Englisch, Franz�sisch, Spanisch und Deutsch.

Very sincerely yours / Tr�s cordialement / Atentamente / Mit den besten Gr�ssen

Eero Tarasti, President of the IASS/AIS

Jos� Maria Paz Gago, Secretary General of the IASS/AIS

The local organising committee / Le Comit� d'Organisation Local / El Comit� Organizador local / Das �rtliches Organisationskomitee

Organizing Committee of the 9th IASS/AIS congress

venerd�, marzo 03, 2006

2nd CFP: Models and Simulations (Paris, 12-13 June 2006)



Two-day conference in Paris, 12-13 June 2006


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Robert Batterman (Western Ontario) and Paul
Humphreys (University of Virginia)

ORGANIZERS: Roman Frigg (LSE), Stephan Hartmann (LSE), and Cyrille
Imbert (IHPST/Paris I)

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE: Robert Batterman (Western Ontario), Jacques
Dubucs (IHPST/CNRS), Roman Frigg (LSE), Stephan Hartmann (LSE), Paul
Humphreys (University of Virginia), Cyrille Imbert (IHPST/Paris I),
and Eric Winsberg (University of South Florida)

PUBLICATION: Revised versions of selected papers will be published
in a special issue of Synthese. The deadline for submission of the
final version of the paper is 1 September 2006.

The conference is generously supported by the CNRS and IHPST, Paris.

The conference language is English.


Computer simulations play a crucial role in many sciences, but they
have not yet received the attention they deserve from philosophers of
science. This conference attempts to systematically explore
methodological issues in connection with computer simulations and the
implications of these for traditional questions in the philosophy of
science. Special emphasis is put on the relation between models and
simulations as well as on the role of computers in the practice of

The papers presented at the conference will address, among others,
the following questions:

1. What difference does the essentially dynamic nature of simulations
make to modeling, particularly in their representational abilities?
2. Is there a difference between simulations that have an explicit
model or theory behind them and those that do not?
3. When there is no model, what form does the representational
connection between the simulation and the world take?
4. Can any sense be made of claims that the world itself is carrying
out computations and simulating itself?
5. What role does intentionality play in simulations or such
apparently automatic representational processes as genetic algorithms?
6. Are there principles that one can use to decide whether a
simulation is to be interpreted realistically or only instrumentally?
7. At what level (e.g. the machine code, the algorithmic, the
scientific language) does a simulation represent a system?
8. It is well-known hat models enter into different relationships
such as isomorphism, embedding, or being a submodel of. Are there
analogous relations between simulations?
9. What would qualify as an equivalence relation between simulations?
10. What is the relation between simulations used as an experimental
tool and real experiments?
11. How does the methodology of simulations compare with experimentation?
12. How, if at all, do models and simulations explain?
13. What are the implications of the growing use of simulations in
science for our understanding of science?
14. What are the implications of the repeated use of the same models
and simulations within different fields of science?
15. How reliable are the results of simulations, and how is the
reliability of a simulation determined?
16. What role does mathematics play in simulations?
17. Is there a difference between the use of simulations across
different fields such as physics, biology, and the social sciences?
18. Is there a difference between the use of simulations in
fundamental science and in applied science?


Please send extended abstracts of 1000 words to
<> by
15 March 2006. Decisions will be made by 1 April. A few travel
bursaries for graduate students are available; if you wish to be
considered please submit a short (tentative) travel budget and a CV
together with your paper. There will also be a Best Graduate Paper
Award of 500 EUROS. For details, visit the conference website.

Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2006

Although the conference has a philosophical orientation,
contributions by historians and sociologists of science are welcome
too. We particularly encourage working scientists to submit papers.

Stephan Hartmann

domenica, gennaio 29, 2006

[Context list] CFP: Context Representation and Reasoning Workshop

CRR 2006


in conjunction with ECAI 2006

Riva del Garda - Italy
August 29, 2006


Paper submission: April 15, 2006
Author notification: May 10, 2006
Camera ready copy: May 24, 2006


Context plays a crucial role in human knowledge representation and
reasoning. Thus, computer systems which act �intelligently� need the
ability to represent, utilize and reason about contexts, and the AI
community has seen a number of projects devoted to the definition and
usage of context in intelligent KR systems.
With the advent of the web and the ubiquitous connectivity, context
has become a relevant notion also in other, more recent, disciplines.
Many application areas such as, "Information Integration", "Distributed
Knowledge Management", "Semantic Web", "MultiAgent Systems",
"Distributed Reasoning", "Data Grid and Grid Computing", and "Peer to
Peer cooperation systems", have acknowledged the need of methods to
represent, and reason about, knowledge which is scattered in a large
set of local and autonomous inter-related contexts, and have studied
various aspects of the context phenomena.

Representing and Reasoning on context is therefore a research issue
spanning several interdisciplinary areas and, in recent years, a
number of different aspects of context have been studied, and a number
of different approaches to model context representation and reasoning
have been proposed.

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers in AI, KR, KM,
semantic web, MAS and other related fields who are interested in
theoretical and practical aspects of context representation and


- logic of context
- logic for distributed knowledge
- context and common-sense reasoning
- distributed/contextual reasoning algorithms
- complexity of distributed/contextual reasoning
- context and knowledge representation
- ontologies and/vs contexts
- contextual reasoning and Semantic Web
- applications of contextual reasoning in semantic-based
(distributed) systems (e.g., peer-to-peer networks, federated
databases, distributed database)
- context for information integration


We are soliciting both high quality technical papers that describe
research results and system demos on the relevant topic areas. All
papers will be peer-reviewed by members of the CRR 2006 program
committee and by additional expert reviewers from relevant research
communities. Papers for CRR 2006 should be maximum 12 pages (technical
papers) formatted according to the Springer-Verlag LNCS style. Paper
can be submitted through the workshop web page. Papers will be
published in the as CRR 2006 working notes. In addition, selected best
papers will be considered for journal publication.


Chiara Ghidini, ITC-IRST, Italy
Luciano Serafini, ITC-IRST, Italy
Paolo Bouquet, University of Trento, Italy


Natasha Alechina, University of Nottingham, UK
Horacio Arlo-Costa, Carnegie Mellon, USA
Massimo Benerecetti, University of Napoli ``Federico II'', Italy
Alex Borgida, Rugers University, USA
Valeria De Paiva, Xerox PARC, USA
Aldo Gangemi, ICST, Italy
Christopher Gauker, University of Cincinnati, USA
Nicola Guarino, Laboratory for Applied Ontologies, Italy
David Leake, Indiana University, USA
Bernardo Magnini, ITC-IRST, Italy
Natasha Noy, Stanford Medical Informatics, USA
Carlo Penco, University of Genoa, Italy
Riccardo Rosati, University of Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
Thomas Roth-Berghofer, DFKI, Germany
Heiner Stuckenschmidt, University of Mannheim, Germany
Andrei Tamilin, ITC-IRST, Italy
Sergio Tessaris, Free University of Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
Rich Thomason, University of Michigan, USA
Roy Turner, University of Maine, USA
Ludger van Elst, DFKI, Germany
Frank Wolter, University of Liverpool, UK
Roger Young, University of Dundee, UK


Paper submission: April 15, 2006
Authors notification: May 10, 2006
Camera ready copy: May 24, 2006

[Context list] CFP on Web Information Retrieval

Dear Colleague:

Call For Papers

Web Information Retrieval
Special Issue - Journal of Digital Information Management - 2006

Issue Editors:

Keith van Rijsbergen (
Iadh Ounis (
Pit.Pichappan ( or

Scope of the Issue/Significance of Web information retrieval

The amount of available information on the Web is continuously increasing. Web
search techniques were initially based on the analysis of the Web structure,
as well as the documents' textual content. Recent applications, such as the
retrieval from blogs, enterprise and intranet searching, or context-dependent
searching, require new retrieval techniques.

This special issue of the Journal of Digital Information Management will
address recent and original developments in the Web information retrieval
field, including those described above. We welcome high-quality papers
addressing the theoretical and/or the practical issues underlying the
retrieval of information from the Web.

Submissions to the special issue should not be under consideration in any
other journal or conference and will be evaluated according to the Journal of
Digital Information Management reviewing criteria and appropriateness to the
special issue. Papers will be reviewed for their content, technical feature,
methodology, originality and results.


Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following areas:

Adversarial search (anti-spamming techniques)
Blog and online-community search
Building Web test collections
Clustering and categorization
Context-dependent Web search
Data fusion and metasearch engines
Distributed and P2P retrieval techniques
Enterprise/Intranet search
Formal Web retrieval models
Machine learning
Natural language processing techniques
New Web search applications
News search and filtering
Open source architectures and systems
Performance, compression and scalability
Personalisation and information filtering
Question answering
Semi-structured data
Types of web search
User interfaces and visualization
User behaviour
Web mining and Web usage mining
Web structure analysis

Submission of Papers:

The papers can be submitted to any of the editors electronically either in pdf
or doc format.

Important Dates:

Paper Submission Due: 30 March 2006
Review and acceptance or revision notification: 30 May 2006
Camera Ready Papers: 30 July 2006
Publication: Sep. - Dec. 2006


ECAI'06 Workshop Abduction and Induction



ECAI'06 Workshop on

"Abduction and Induction in AI and Scientific Modelling"

Riva Del Garda, August 29, 2006

Submission deadline: April 5, 2006



Abduction and induction are forms of logical reasoning with incomplete
information that have many applications in AI. Abduction reasons from
effects to possible causes and has been used in tasks such as planning
and diagnosis. Induction learns general rules for observed data and is
typically used for classification and knowledge acquisition.

As our understanding of abduction and induction continues to grow and
our computational methods improve, it is becoming apparent that there
are potentially significant benefits to be gained by integrating them
both in an incremental cycle of knowledge development. By providing
a means of extending prior knowledge in the light of new experience,
such techniques could be useful in scientific and other AI modelling
applications. Indeed, some promising results are beginning to emerge
from the very first tentative applications of such hybrid systems.



The purpose of this Workshop is to identify novel techniques for the
integration of abduction and induction, and to explore the practical
utility of such methods in scientific and other modelling domains.

The primary aims of the Workshop are

1) To better understand the role of abduction and induction in theory
formation and revision; and to explore methods for combining them
both within an incremental cycle of knowledge development;

2) To identify different conceptual models for integrating abduction
and induction and to investigate how this integration can be done
in a computationally viable way;

3) To determine the benefits that could result from the combination of
abduction and induction and to characterise the classes of problems
that can be usefully solved with such techniques;

4) To examine possible application areas (such as systems biology) and
to assess in more detail the utility of such integrated frameworks.

The Workshop will also aim to examine the relations to other approaches
(philosophical or cognitive) for modelling scientific and other domains.



To promote a genuine workshop atmosphere, short papers (of 2-5 pages
in length) are preferred over full conference style technical papers.
These should be written for this Workshop and should address at least
one of its general focus points. Position papers, system descriptions
and original applications are especially welcome. An effort should be
made to cover both abductive and inductive reasoning, as opposed to
focusing mainly on one of the two.

Papers should be prepared in Latex using the ECAI 2006 guidelines and
style files (available on the web page cited at the top of this mail).
Please send the pdf via email to "" with the subject
"aiai06submission". Submissions should be sent by the 5th of April.

Papers will be reviewed by a Program Committee, who will be assessing
their relevance, quality and/or potential impact. Authors of selected
papers will be invited to present their research at the Workshop.
Authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection by the 5th of May.



Jan 10th, 2006 --- Call for papers.
Apr 5th, 2006 --- Paper submission deadline.
May 5th, 2006 --- Notification of acceptance.
May 18th, 2006 --- Early registration deadline.
May 20th, 2006 --- Camera ready copy deadline.
Aug 29th, 2006 --- Date of the Workshop.



Peter Flach (University of Bristol, UK)
Katsumi Inoue (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Antonis Kakas (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
Lorenzo Magnani (University of Pavia, Italy)
Stephen Muggleton (Imperial College London, UK)
Oliver Ray (Imperial College London, UK)
Alessandra Russo (Imperial College London, UK)
Chiaki Sakama (Wakayama University, Japan)



Peter Flach
Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol, UK

Antonis Kakas
Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Lorenzo Magnani
Department of Philosophy, University of Pavia, Italy

Oliver Ray (primary contact)
Department of Computing, Imperial College London, UK


[for more information, please see]

Patrick J. Coppock
Researcher: Philosophy and Theory of Language
Department of Social, Cognitive and Quantitative Sciences
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Reggio Emilia
phone: + 39 0522.522404 : fax. + 39 0522.522512

[Context list] CFP: FOCA @ ESSLLI06


Formal Ontologies for Communicating Agents (FOCA)
July 31 - August 4, 2006

organized as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language
and Information
July 31 - August 11, 2006 in Malaga



Roberta Ferrario (ferrario at
Nicola Guarino (guarino at
Laurent Prevot (prevotlaurent at



In recent years lots of efforts have been devoted to formal studies of
human and artificial agent communication. Research advancements have
been achieved along three main lines: (i) agent's internal states and
dynamics, (ii) social interaction and conventional communicative
patterns, (iii) semantics-pragmatics interface - especially in the
dialogue context (i.e. the interplay between the semantic content of
messages and the communicative acts themselves). There is a recent
trend of studies trying to integrate these approaches in many ways.
On the other hand, formal ontology has been consecrated as a good
solution for comparing and integrating information and thus its
application to this specific domain is very promising . More
precisely, an ontological analysis of the fundamental ingredients of
interaction and communication will make explicit the hidden
ontological assumptions underlying all these proposals.
Ontology has also proven to be a very powerful means to address
issues related to the exchange of meaningful communication across
autonomous entities, which can organize and use information
The purpose of the workshop is therefore to gather contributions that
(i) take seriously into account the ontological aspects of
communication and interaction and (ii) use formal ontologies for
achieving a better semantic coordination between interacting and
communicating agents.



We encourage contributions concerning the two main areas listed below
with a particular attention to explore the interplay between
ontological analysis and its applications in practical cases.

* Ontological aspects of interaction and communication
- Ontological analysis of interaction and communication
- Studies on the structure and coherence of interaction
- Logical models for communicative acts
- Primitives of interaction and communication
- Formal semantics of dialogue

*Semantic coordination through formal ontologies
- Dialogue semantics and formal ontology
- Dynamic ontology sharing
- Ontological primitives for meaning negotiation, ontological
alignment and semantic interoperability
- Ontology evolution through communication
- Concrete problems and experiences in terminological
disambiguation and integration


Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract describing
original contributions to the workshop topics. Submissions should
range between 3 and 5 pages.
The following formats are accepted: .doc, .tex, .pdf (please, always
include source files).

Please send your submission electronically to the following email address:

esslli06 at

by the deadline listed below. The submissions will be reviewed by
the workshop's programme committee and additional reviewers. The
accepted papers will
appear in the workshop proceedings published by ESSLLI. The
format for the final version will be .pdf.
A selection of the best papers accepted at the workshop will be
considered for publication in the international journal 'Applied
Ontology' (



The workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI
participants. It will consist of five 90-minute sessions
held over five consecutive days in the first week
of ESSLLI. There will be 2 or 3 slots for paper presentation
and discussion per session. On the first day the workshop
organizers will give an introduction to the topic.



Submissions : March 8, 2006
Notification : April 21, 2006
Full paper deadline: May 1st, 2006
Final programme : June 21, 2006
Workshop Dates : July 31 - August 4, 2006



Thomas ADDIS (University of Portsmouth)
Nicholas ASHER (University of Texas, Austin, USA)
John BATEMAN (University of Bremen, Germany)
Paolo BOUQUET (University of Trento, Italy)
Herbert CLARK (Stanford University, USA)
Marco COLOMBETTI (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Scott FARRAR (University of Bremen, Germany)
Roberta FERRARIO (LOA-ISTC, CNR, Trento, Italy)
Aldo GANGEMI (LOA-ISTC, CNR, Roma, Italy)
Nicola GUARINO (LOA-ISTC, CNR, Trento, Italy)
Andreas HERZIG (IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse, France)
Joris HULSTIJN (Utrecht University, the Nehterlands)
Kepa KORTA (Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain)
Laurent PREVOT (Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan)
Matt PURVER (CSLI, Stanford, USA)
William RAPAPORT (University of Buffalo, USA)
Johan VAN BENTHEM (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Rogier VAN EIJK (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)
Laure VIEU (IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse, France)



All workshop participants including the presenters will be
required to register for ESSLLI. The registration fee for
authors presenting a paper will correspond to the early
student/workshop speaker registration fee. Moreover, a number
of additional fee waiver grants might be made available by
the local organizing committee on a competitive basis and
workshop participants are eligible to apply for those.

There will be no reimbursement for travel costs or accommodation.
Workshop speakers who have difficulty in finding funding
should contact the local organizing committee to ask for the
possibilities of a grant.



About the workshop:

luned�, dicembre 08, 2003


The Project� "Euroscreen21"
PAN-Forum of Art, Germany

The name "Euroscreen21" denotes a project performed by artists from European countries who are working in the area of Video/New Media Art.
The accelerating technical and political developments render a new meaning to time and space. Communication with people even in remote countries works fast and easily by means of rapidly improving techniques and data networks.
A united Europe offers new chances for an innovative community.
"Euroscreen21" arises in the year 2002 on this background. Art has always promoted the discourse and understanding among different cultures.
The concept� basing explicity on a European cooperation, presents new approaches to art as well as communication; a circulating of pictures beyond all restrictions by language problems: an experiment performed by artists of various countries, reflecting issues of present political, philosophical and aesthetic concern.
The presentations will take place in the world wide web,museums and galleries as well as in easily accessible public areas.
Works will be shown in various European locations at the same time - depending on opportunities. Simultaneous demonstration will increase the communicative impact of the presented issues.
The participants live in the geografic Europe in England, France, Hungaria, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Turkey, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Luxembourg, Greece, Denmark, Finland, Czech Republic, Russia, ...
The development and results of the project will be shown on this website.
First exhibition location of the project will be the PAN-Forum of Art, in Emmerich, Germany, opening in 2003.

Semiotics of multimedia (Aarhus University)

Interessante questo spazio di rete, che presenta un corso sulla semiotica dei nuovi media sviluppato in rete dal dipartimento delle scienze di media e informazione all'Universit� di Aarhus in Danemarca con mezzi Europei (Leonardo). Coordinatore: Bo Fibiger

Qui si trova tra altro un'introduzione generale mirata alla teoria e la pratica di analisi e desegnio degli ambiti multimediali sia su CD-ROM che in rete. Da home page del progetto si invita di seguirlo sia in inglese che spagnolo che francese, ma per adesso gli materiali sono acessibile solitamente in inglese. Qui ci sono qualche mancanze dal punto di vista linguistica, ma la presentazion � semplice, e ci sono idee interessanti di trovare, e alcuni utili riferimenti bibliografici e links ai siti web con materiali aggiuntivi.

Il corso si autopresenta cos�:

"The aim of the course is to secure producers (project managers, authors, programmers, graphic providers) as well as teachers in the multimedia area a theoretical background for good practice in the development of new products on web and CD-ROM.

The course targets the following:

managing multimedia productions
multimedia as communication
visualisation of multimedia
narration and interaction in multimedia
multimedia and copyright

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