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AISB event Bulletin Item

2nd CALL for COURSE and WORKSHOP PROPOSALS: Summer School in Logic, Language and Information, June 18-22 2012, USA


NASSLLI 2012-North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information 2012 University of Texas at Austin

The fifth NASSLLI (after previous editions at Stanford University, Indiana University and UCLA) 
will be hosted at the University of Texas at Austin, on June 18 - 22, 2012. The summer school, 
loosely modeled on the long- running ESSLLI series in Europe, will consist of a number of courses 
and workshops, selected on the basis of the proposals. By default, courses and workshops meet for 
90 minutes on each of five days.

Proposals are invited that present interdisciplinary work between the areas of logic, linguistics, 
computer science, cognitive science, philosophy and artificial intelligence, though work in just 
one area is within the scope of the summer school if it can be applied in other fields. Examples 
of possible topics would include e.g. logics for communication, computational semantics, game 
theory (for logic, language and/or computation), dynamic semantics, modal logics, linear logic, 
machine learning techniques, statistical language models, and automated theorem proving. We 
encourage potential course or workshop contributors to check out previous programs at:

* http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/nasslli04/program.html
* http://www.stanford.edu/group/nasslli/
* http://www.indiana.edu/~nasslli/2003/program.html
* http://www.indiana.edu/~nasslli/

Courses and workshops should aim to be accessible to an interdisciplinary, graduate level audience.
Courses may certainly focus on a single area, but lecturers should then include introductory 
background, try to avoid specialized notation that cannot be applied more widely, and spend time 
on the question of how the topic is relevant to other fields. A workshop can be more accessible if 
its program is bracketed by broader-audience talks that introduce and summarize the week's 

Associated Workshops/Conferences: In addition to courses and workshops taking place during the main
NASSLLI five day session, NASSLLI welcomes proposals for 1-3 day workshops or conferences hosted 
on campus immediately before or after the summer school, thus on the weekends of June 15-17 and 
June 23-25 2012. Previous such associated meetings have included the Dynamic Epistemic Logic 
Workshop, the Mathematics of Language conference, and the Theoretical Aspects of Reasoning About 
Knowledge (TARK) conference.

Submission Details:

Submissions should be submitted using EasyChair 
(http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nasslli2012), and should indicate

1) person(s) in charge of the course/workshop and affiliation(s)
2) type of event (one week course or workshop, 2 hours a day)
3) an outline of the course/workshop up to 500 words
4) Special equipment (if any) needed to teach the course (beamer, computer ...)
5) a statement about the instructor's experience in teaching in interdisciplinary settings
6) expected costs (whether you want to be paid hotel and/or travel, and descriptions of funding in hand or for which you will apply)

Financial Details:

A course may be taught by one or two persons. Conference fees are waived for all instructors. 
However, we are only able to pay for the full travel and expenses of one instructor per course. 
If two persons are lecturing, they may share a lump sum paid for both. We must also stress that 
while proposals from all over the world are welcomed, the Summer School can in general guarantee 
only to reimburse travel costs for travel from destinations within North America to Texas, although
exceptions can be made depending on the financial situation. Furthermore, we encourage all lecturers to fund their own travel if this is feasible, since this will allow us to use our available funding for student scholarships.

Workshops are more complicated financially than courses, and a proposal for a workshop should 
include a plan to obtain some outside funding for the speakers.


July 31, 2011 - Deadline for submissions; 
August 31, 2011 - Course/workshop proposers notified of p.c. decisions; 
May 15, 2012 - Material for courses available for printing;

Program Committee:

Carlos Areces (co-chair), Universidad Nacional de Crdoba David Beaver, University of Texas, 
Austin Emily Bender, University of Washington Josh Dever, University of Texas, Austin Valeria 
de Paiva (co-chair), Rearden Commerce, Inc. Angelika Kratzer, University of Massachusetts Lawrence Moss, Indiana University Vladimir Lifschitz, University of Texas, Austin Eric Pacuit, Maryland University Chris Potts, Stanford University Chung-chieh Shan, Rutgers University Annie Zaenen, Stanford University and PARC

Standing NASSLLI Steering Committee:

David Beaver,  University of Texas, Austin Phokion Kolaitis,  UC Santa Cruz and IBM Almaden 
Research Center Lawrence S. Moss,  Indiana University Valeria de Paiva , Rearden Commerce, Inc.
Stuart Shieber,  Harvard University
Moshe Vardi,  Rice University