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AISB'06: Adaptation in Artificial and Biological Systems

CALL FOR SYMPOSIUM PROPOSALS

EXTENDED DEADLINE: 11 September 2005


The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) is pleased to announce its forthcoming convention and to invite proposals for the Symposia which will largely constitute the event.

DATES: April 3-6 2006 inclusive

LOCATION: University of Bristol, Bristol, England

FORMAT: approximately 10 serial/parallel Symposia on AI or Cognitive Science topics preferably related to the overall Convention theme of Adaptation in Artificial and Biological Systems

CONVENTION CHAIRS, ORGANISERS and LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS:

Local Organising Committee:

THE AISB'06 SYMPOSIA

By default an AISB'06 Symposium will last for two days within the four days of the Convention. However, we will also consider proposals for one-day and three-day Symposia.

Each Symposium will have a Programme Chair, who will be responsible for administration of the programme, recruiting a programme committee, arranging the refereeing of extended abstracts for presentation of papers at the event, and collecting full papers for a pre-proceedings. It is hoped that each Symposium programme chair will try to arrange for post-Convention publication of revised papers from the Symposia in the form of book, special journal issue, etc. Given that the name of the Society includes the phrase "Simulation of Behaviour" we welcome Symposia that have a Cognitive Science or interdisciplinary flavour as opposed to a more narrowly Artificial Intelligence flavour.


OTHER ASPECTS OF THE CONVENTION

We plan for there to be approximately four invited plenary keynote talks, including:

CONVENTION THEME:

ADAPTATION IN ARTIFICIAL AND BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

Adaptation is key to intelligence. Seemingly intelligent behaviour is brittle unless it is adaptive. Intelligence in biological systems has arisen as a result of adaptation on multiple levels, including evolutionary, social, and individual. Similarly, Turing proposed that artificial intelligence be pursued through adaptation when he outlined his idea of an artificial child.

Although biological inspiration has long played a role in engineering artificial systems, the flow of ideas and tools in the other direction has been increasing. Neural networks were inspired by brain function and in turn are used to model it. So too with reinforcement learning. Genetic algorithms are inspired by evolutionary processes and now form the basis of models used to investigate evolutionary theory. Algorithms derived from social insect research find applications in engineering, while computer models of insect colonies advance understanding of the decision-making capabilities of these natural systems.

Artificial systems are typically engineered in (or, rather, on top of) silicon, but recent work on DNA and cellular computing has blurred the lines between the implementation details of artificial and natural systems.

The convention theme reflects the rich interaction between study of the artificial and biological. While the theme covers a huge range of potential symposia, we are particularly interested in those which touch on both areas.

Example areas include, but are not limited to:

***However, it is to be emphasised that PROPOSALS IN ALL AREAS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE WILL BE CONSIDERED***

We would welcome sequels to symposia held at previous AISB conventions, and co-location: AISB symposia that do double duty as members of some other series. Symposia held at previous AISB conventions can be found on their web sites via:

http://www.aisb.org.uk/convention/index.shtml


INTERNATIONAL NATURE

Although the AISB may be thought of as a national AI society for the United Kingdom, we enthusiastically welcome Symposium proposals and participants from anywhere in the world.


MAKING A PROPOSAL

Proposals should be made by EMAILING IN PLAIN TEXT to Tim Kovacs at aisb06@aisb.org.uk, enclosing the following information. (Prior informal email enquiries from possible proposers are welcomed):

TITLE of Symposium

NAME & AFFILIATION of Symposium Chair - including both postal and email addresses and both fax and telephone numbers.

ABSTRACT for Symposium - not more than 200 words, explaining the remit of the Symposium. This should be suitable for inclusion in a call for papers.

CASE FOR SUPPORT - not more than 1000 words, arguing the case for including your Symposium at the AISB'06 event. You may put observations about your own background and suitability in the Additional Comments section below.

SYMPOSIUM LENGTH JUSTIFICATION -- if you are proposing a Symposium of a length other than two days, please briefly indicate the reasons.

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE - names and affiliations of (at least) four people who have agreed in principle to serve on your Symposium's programme committee. The programme committee should represent (at least) four different institutions, preferably including international participation. It should as far as possible cover the intended breadth of the Symposium, especially if it is multidisciplinary.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS -- no more than 500 words, on, for example, the relevance of your background to the proposed Symposium.

BIBLIOGRAPHY -- any literature references cited above.

Proposals will be selected with the aid of the Committee of the AISB. Unless there are very special circumstances, please do not expect us to consider web pages or other documents referenced by the proposal.

*** TO FACILITATE THE PROPOSAL CONSIDERATION PROCESS, PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANYTHING OTHER THAN PLAIN-TEXT EMAILS. SO, no Word attachments, postscript, HTML, etc.


TIMETABLE

Symposium Proposal submission deadline: 11 September 2005
Notification re Symposium acceptance: 23 September 2005
Required submission deadline for Full Papers: To be announced

Convention: 3-6 April 2006

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