NIPS*96 Call for Papers/Workshops (John Lazzaro )

Subject: NIPS*96 Call for Papers/Workshops
From:    John Lazzaro  <lazzaro(at)CS.BERKELEY.EDU>
Date:    Sun, 3 Mar 1996 16:22:40 -0800

CALL FOR PAPERS Neural Information Processing Systems -- Natural and Synthetic Monday December 2 - Saturday December 7, 1996 Denver, Colorado This is the tenth meeting of an interdisciplinary conference which brings together cognitive scientists, computer scientists, engineers, neuro- scientists, physicists, and mathematicians interested in all aspects of neural processing and computation. The conference will include invited talks and oral and poster presentations of refereed papers. The conference is single track and is highly selective. Preceding the main session, there will be one day of tutorial presentations (Dec. 2), and following will be two days of focused workshops on topical issues at a nearby ski area (Dec. 6-7). Major categories for paper submission, with example subcategories, are as follows: Algorithms and Architectures: supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms, constructive/pruning algorithms, decision trees, localized basis functions, layered networks, recurrent networks, Monte Carlo algorithms, combinatorial optimization, performance comparisons Applications: database mining, DNA/protein sequence analysis, expert systems, fault diagnosis, financial analysis, medical diagnosis, music processing, time-series prediction Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science: perception, natural language, human learning and memory, problem solving, decision making, inductive reasoning, hybrid symbolic-subsymbolic systems Control, Navigation, and Planning: robotic motor control, process control, navigation, path planning, exploration, dynamic programming, reinforcement learning Implementation: analog and digital VLSI, optical neurocomputing systems, novel neuro-devices, simulation tools, parallelism Neuroscience: systems physiology, signal and noise analysis, oscillations, synchronization, mechanisms of inhibition and neuromodulation, synaptic plasticity, computational models Speech, Handwriting, and Signal Processing: speech recognition, coding, and synthesis, handwriting recognition, adaptive equalization, nonlinear noise removal, auditory scene analysis Theory: computational learning theory, complexity theory, dynamical systems, statistical mechanics, probability and statistics, approximation and estimation theory Visual Processing: image processing, image coding and classification, object recognition, stereopsis, motion detection and tracking, visual psychophysics Review Criteria: All submitted papers will be thoroughly refereed on the basis of technical quality, significance, and clarity. Novelty of the work is also a strong consideration in paper selection, but, to encourage interdisciplinary contributions, we will consider work which has been submitted or presented in part elsewhere, if it is unlikely to have been seen by the NIPS audience. 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 seven pages in length, including figures and references, using a font no smaller than 10 point. Submissions failing to follow these guidelines will not be considered. Authors are encouraged to use the NIPS LaTeX style files obtainable by anonymous FTP at the site given below. Papers must indicate (1) physical and e-mail addresses of all authors; (2) one of the nine major categories listed above, and, if desired, a subcategory; (3) if the work, or any substantial part thereof, has been submitted to or has appeared in other scientific conferences; (4) the authors' preference, if any, for oral or poster presentation; this preference will play no role in paper acceptance; and (5) author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Submission Instructions: Send six copies of submitted papers to the address below; electronic or FAX submission is not acceptable. Include one additional copy of the abstract only, to be used for preparation of the abstracts booklet distributed at the meeting. SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 24, 1996. From within the U.S., submissions will be accepted if mailed first class and postmarked by May 21, 1996. Mail submissions to: Michael Jordan NIPS*96 Program Chair Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, E10-034D Massachusetts Institute of Technology 79 Amherst Street Cambridge, MA 02139 USA Mail general inquiries and requests for registration material to: NIPS*96 Registration Conference Consulting Associates 451 N. Sycamore Monticello, IA 52310 fax: (319) 465-6709 (attn: Denise Prull) e-mail: nipsinfo(at) Copies of the LaTeX style files for NIPS are available via anonymous ftp at ( in /afs/cs/Web/Groups/NIPS/formatting The style files and other conference information may also be retrieved via World Wide Web at NIPS*96 Organizing Committee: General Chair, Michael Mozer, U. Colorado; Program Chair, Michael Jordan, MIT; Publications Chair, Thomas Petsche, Siemens; Tutorial Chair, John Lazzaro, Berkeley; Workshops Co-Chairs, Michael Perrone, IBM, and Steven Nowlan, Lexicus; Publicity Chair, Suzanna Becker, McMaster; Local Arrangements, Marijke Augusteijn, U. Colorado; Treasurer, Eric Mjolsness, UCSD; Government/Corporate Liaison, John Moody, OGI; Contracts, Steve Hanson, Siemens, Scott Kirkpatrick, IBM, Gerry Tesauro, IBM. Conference arrangements by Conference Consulting Associates, Monticello, IA. DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF SUBMISSIONS IS MAY 24, 1996 - please post - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ CALL FOR PROPOSALS NIPS*96 Post Conference Workshops December 6 and 7, 1996 Snowmass, Colorado Following the regular program of the Neural Information Processing Systems 1996 conference, workshops on current topics in neural information processing will be held on December 6 and 7, 1996, in Snowmass, Colorado. Proposals by qualified individuals interested in chairing one of these workshops are solicited. Past topics have included: Active Learning, Architectural Issues, Attention, Audition, Bayesian Analysis, Bayesian Networks, Benchmarking, Computational Complexity, Computational Molecular Biology, Control, Neuroscience, Genetic Algorithms, Grammars, Hybrid HMM/ANN Systems, Implementations, Music, Neural Hardware, Network Dynamics, Neurophysiology, On-Line Learning, Optimization, Recurrent Nets, Robot Learning, Rule Extraction, Self-Organization, Sensory Biophysics, Signal Processing, Symbolic Dynamics, Speech, Time Series, Topological Maps, and Vision. The goal of the workshops is to provide an informal forum for researchers to discuss important issues of current interest. There will be two workshop sessions a day, for a total of six hours, 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 particularly encouraged. Workshop organizers will have responsibilities including: 1) coordinating workshop participation and content, which involves arranging short informal presentations by experts working in an area, arranging for expert commentators to sit on a discussion panel and formulating a set of discussion topics, etc. 2) moderating or leading the discussion and reporting its high points, findings, and conclusions to the group during evening plenary sessions 3) writing a brief summary and/or coordinating submitted material for post-conference electronic dissemination. Submission Instructions ----------------------- Interested parties should submit via e-mail a short proposal for a workshop of interest by May 20, 1996. 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), the planned format (mini-conference, panel discussion, or group discussion, combinations of the above, etc), and the proposed number of speakers. Where possible, please also indicate potential invitees (particularly for panel discussions). Please note that this year we are looking for fewer "mini-conference" workshops and greater variety of workshop formats. Also, the time allotted to workshops has been increased to six hours each day. We strongly encourage that the organizers reserve a significant portion of time for open discussion. The proposal should motivate why the topic is of interest or controversial, why it should be discussed and who the targeted group of participants is. In addition, please send a brief resume of the prospective workshop chair, a list of publications, and evidence of scholarship in the field of interest. Submissions should include contact name, address, e-mail address, phone number and fax number if available. Proposals should be mailed electronically to mpp(at) All proposals must be RECEIVED by May 20, 1996. If e-mail is unavailable, mail so as to arrive by the deadline to: NIPS*96 Workshops c/o Michael P. Perrone IBM T. J. Watson Research Center P.O. Box 218, 36-207 Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 Questions may be addressed to either of the Workshop Co-Chairs: Michael P. Perrone Steven J. Nowlan IBM T.J. Watson Research Center Motorola, Lexicus Division mpp(at) steven(at) PROPOSALS MUST BE SENT BY MAY 20, 1996 -Please Post-

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