(John Lazzaro )

From:    John Lazzaro  <lazzaro(at)CS.BERKELEY.EDU>
Date:    Mon, 6 Feb 1995 18:28:40 -0800

Here's the call for papers for NIPS 95, and the call for proposals for the post-NIPS workshops. --john lazzaro CALL FOR PAPERS Neural Information Processing Systems Natural and Synthetic Monday, Nov. 27 - Saturday, Dec. 2, 1995 Denver, Colorado This is the ninth meeting of an interdisciplinary conference which brings together neuroscientists, engineers, computer scientists, cognitive scientists, physicists, and mathematicians interested in all aspects of neural processing and computation. The confer- ence will include invited talks, and oral and poster presenta- tions of refereed papers. There will be no parallel sessions. There will also be one day of tutorial presentations (Nov. 27) preceding the regular session, and two days of focused workshops will follow at a nearby ski area (Dec. 1-2). Major categories for paper submission, with example subcategories, are as follows: Neuroscience: systems physiology, signal and noise analysis, oscillations, synchronization, mechanisms of inhibition and neuromodulation, synaptic plasticity, computational models Theory: computational learning theory, complexity theory, dynamical systems, statistical mechanics, probability and statistics, approximation and estimation theory Implementation: analog and digital VLSI, novel neuro-devices, neurocomputing systems, optical, simulation tools, parallelism Algorithms and Architectures: learning algorithms, decision trees constructive/pruning algorithms, localized basis func- tions, recurrent networks, genetic algorithms, combinatorial optimization, performance comparisons Visual Processing: image recognition, coding and classifica- tion, stereopsis, motion detection and tracking, visual psycho- physics Speech, Handwriting and Signal Processing: speech recognition, coding and synthesis, handwriting recognition, adaptive equali- zation, nonlinear noise removal, auditory scene analysis Applications: time-series prediction, medical diagnosis, finan- cial analysis, DNA/protein sequence analysis, music processing, expert systems, database mining Cognitive Science & AI: natural language, human learning and memory, perception and psychophysics, symbolic reasoning Control, Navigation, and Planning: robotic motor control, pro- cess control, navigation, path planning, exploration, dynamic programming, reinforcement learning Review Criteria: All submitted papers will be thoroughly refereed on the basis of technical quality, novelty, significance, and clarity. Submissions should contain new results that have not been published previously. Authors should not be dissuaded from submitting recent work, as there will be an opportunity after the meeting to revise accepted manuscripts before submitting final camera-ready copy. Paper Format: Submitted papers may be up to eight pages in length, including figures and references. The page limit will be strictly enforced, and any submission exceeding eight pages will not be considered. Authors are encouraged (but not required) to use the NIPS style files obtainable by anonymous FTP at the sites given below. Papers must include physical and e-mail addresses of all authors, and MUST indicate one of the nine major categories listed above. Authors may also indicate a subcategory, and their preference, if any, for oral or poster presentation; this preference will play no role in paper acceptance. Unless otherwise indicated, correspondence will be sent to the first au- thor. Submission Instructions: Send six copies of submitted papers to the address below; electronic or FAX submission is not accept- able. Include one additional copy of the abstract only, to be used for preparation of the abstracts booklet distributed at the meeting. Submissions mailed first-class from within the US or Canada, or sent from overseas via Federal Express/Airborne/DHL or similar carrier must be POSTMARKED by May 20, 1995. All other submissions must ARRIVE by this date. Mail submissions to: Michael Mozer NIPS*95 Program Chair Department of Computer Science University of Colorado Colorado Avenue and Regent Drive Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA Mail general inquiries/requests for registration material to: NIPS*95 Registration Dept. of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO 80401 USA FAX: (303) 273-3875 e-mail: nips95(at)mines.colorado.edu Sites for LaTex style files: Copies of "nips.tex" and "nips.sty" are available via anonymous ftp at helper.systems.caltech.edu ( in /pub/nips, b.gp.cs.cmu.edu ( in /usr/dst/public/nips. The style files and other conference information may also be retrieved via World Wide Web at http://www.cs.cmu.edu:8001/Web/Groups/NIPS/NIPS.html NIPS*95 Organizing Committee: General Chair, David S. Touretzky, CMU; Program Chair, Michael Mozer, U. Colorado; Publications Chair, Michael Hasselmo, Harvard; Tutorial Chair, Jack Cowan, U. Chicago; Workshops Chair, Michael Perrone, IBM; Publicity Chair, David Cohn, MIT; Local Arrangements, Manavendra Misra, Colorado School of Mines; Treasurer, John Lazzaro, Berkeley. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS MAY 20, 1995 (POSTMARKED) -please post- CALL FOR PROPOSALS NIPS*95 Post Conference Workshops December 1 and 2, 1995 Vail, Colorado Following the regular program of the Neural Information Processing Systems 1995 conference, workshops on current topics in neural information processing will be held on December 1 and 2, 1995, in Vail, Colorado. Proposals by qualified individuals interested in chairing one of these workshops are solicited. Past topics have included: active learning and control, architectural issues, at- tention, bayesian analysis, benchmarking neural network applica- tions, computational complexity issues, computational neurosci- ence, fast training techniques, genetic algorithms, music, neural network dynamics, optimization, recurrent nets, rules and connec- tionist models, self-organization, sensory biophysics, speech, time series prediction, vision and audition, implementations, and grammars. The goal of the workshops is to provide an informal forum for researchers to discuss important issues of current interest. Sessions will meet in the morning and in the afternoon of both days, with free time in between for ongoing individual exchange or outdoor activities. Concrete open and/or controversial issues are encouraged and preferred as workshop topics. Representation of alternative viewpoints and panel-style discussions are partic- ularly encouraged. Individuals proposing to chair a workshop will have responsibilities including: 1) arranging short informal presentations by experts working on the topic, 2) moderating or leading the discussion and reporting its high points, findings, and conclusions to the group during evening plenary sessions (the "gong show"), and 3) writing a brief summary. Submission Instructions: Interested parties should submit a short proposal for a workshop of interest postmarked by May 20, 1995. (Express mail is not necessary. Submissions by electronic mail will also be accepted.) Proposals should include a title, a description of what the workshop is to address and accomplish, the proposed length of the workshop (one day or two days), and the planned format. It should motivate why the topic is of in- terest or controversial, why it should be discussed and what the targeted group of participants is. In addition, please send a brief resume of the prospective workshop chair, a list of publi- cations and evidence of scholarship in the field of interest. Submissions should include contact name, address, email address, phone number and fax number if available. Mail proposals to: Michael P. Perrone NIPS*95 Workshops Chair IBM T.J. Watson Research Center P.O. Box 704 Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 (email: mpp(at)watson.ibm.com) PROPOSALS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY MAY 20, 1995 -Please Post-

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