[Humanist] 23.222 events: art; web semantics; language; VR

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Fri Aug 7 07:57:41 CEST 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 222.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "Robert W. Lindeman" <gogo at wpi.edu>                       (27)
        Subject: cfp: IEEE Virtual Reality 2010.

  [2]   From:    "Reimer, Torsten" <torsten.reimer at kcl.ac.uk>              (94)
        Subject: Web Semantics in Action: Web 3.0 in e-Science

  [3]   From:    Beryl Graham <beryl.graham at sunderland.ac.uk>              (78)
        Subject: CRUMB curating events in Belfast in August, Liverpool in

  [4]   From:    "carlos.martin at urv.cat" <carlos.martin at urv.cat>          (165)
        Subject: LATA 2010: call for papers

        Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 07:04:44 +0100
        From: "Robert W. Lindeman" <gogo at wpi.edu>
        Subject: cfp: IEEE Virtual Reality 2010.
        In-Reply-To: <11f4a83e0908031929q6ac686a7i7f700fe9901e4af1 at mail.gmail.com>

*** Call for Participation
*** IEEE Virtual Reality 2010
*** March 20-26, 2010
*** Waltham, MA, USA
*** http://conferences.computer.org/vr/2010/

IEEE VR 2010 is the premier international conference and exhibition on
virtual reality.

You will find the brightest minds, the most innovative research, the
leading companies, and the most stimulating discussions in the fields
of virtual environments, augmented reality, 3D user interfaces, and
haptics, all gathered March 20-26, 2010 in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
(just west of Boston). We invite you to submit your work, show your
products, and join us for a fascinating week of presentations,
exhibits, workshops, and special events.

The greater Boston area is home to over 50 video-game companies. At
this year's conference, we will promote the cross-fertilization of
gaming and VR through several efforts. In addition to traditional VR
topics, if your work lies at the intersection of VR and gaming, e.g.,
Serious Games for Education or Health, or MMO design and
implementation, we look forward to your contributions.

Once again, IEEE VR 2010 is pleased to be co-located with the IEEE
Symposium on 3D User Interfaces
(http://conferences.computer.org/3dui/3dui2010/), which will share the
opening weekend (March 20-21) with the VR Tutorials and Workshops, and
the Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environments and
Teleoperator Systems (http://www.hapticssymposium.org/), which will
follow VR on March 25-26.


        Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 14:47:40 +0100
        From: "Reimer, Torsten" <torsten.reimer at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Web Semantics in Action: Web 3.0 in e-Science

- Annamaria Carusi, OeRC, University of Oxford
- Tim Clark, Harvard Medical School and Massachussets General Institute 
for Neurodegenerative Disease
- M. Scott Marshall, University of Amsterdam, & co-chair of HCLS

Semantic Web technologies have moved beyond the point of being promising 
futuristic technologies and demonstration projects, to being 
technologies in action in realistic contexts and conditions. Semantic 
Web applications are being developed for many aspects of scientific 
research, from experimental data management, discovery and retrieval, to 
analytic workflows, hypothesis development and testing, to research 
publishing and dissemination.

This workshop intends to explore the questions that arise as Semantic 
Web applications are increasingly grounded within the actual lifecycle 
of scientific research, from observation and hypothesis formulation to 
publication, dissemination and criticism. We aim to bring together 
researchers across the disciplines, to discuss the use, development and 
embedding of these technologies in varied research domains and contexts. 
We will discuss the actuality of Semantic Web technologies in use and 
the emergent practices through which they are being developed and 
deployed. We aim to encourage vigorous discussion around aims, methods, 
applications and pragmatics.

This workshop will look at the theoretical, methodological and pragmatic 
issues of grounding the development, deployment and evolution of 
ontologies and applications in Semantic e-Science in practical 
scientific problems and activity. How do we ground deductive Semantic 
Web information management and retrieval in the practical conditions of 
evolving sciences based on experiment, observation and induction?  How 
do we bridge gaps and conflicts in approach between computer scientists 
developing research tools, and research practitioners using those tools? 
  Is it possible to develop Semantic Web practices in e-Science that 
deal explicitly with hypothesis formulation, testing, challenge and 

Semantic Web applications have the potential to substantially accelerate 
research. Are all domains of research equally promising for the 
development of targeted semantic web applications? Are “semantic” 
domains defined by particular areas of research, by a particular form of 
scientific question, by discipline or sub-discipline or by particular 
aspects or stages of the scientific process?  Are there types of enquiry 
which are intractable to the solutions offered by the Semantic Web, and 
if so, why?  What are the specific challenges of Semantic Web 
applications in different disciplines, and how might Semantic Web 
applications shape and be shaped by them?

The incorporation of semantic technologies with existing social web 
practices – "Web 3.0" – promises to change the scientific research, 
publication and discussion model we now have to a much more fluid, 
"higher-velocity" model.  It also poses many questions for technologists 
and researchers alike.

Can abstract and formal understandings of the underlying ontologies be 
supplemented or even replaced by more informal social conceptions of 
ontologies? What are the advantages and disadvantages of top-down or 
bottom-up development processes? What are best practices regarding user 
engagement and usability; what are the different roles of stakeholders 
in the process of development and deployment? What if any changes in 
scientific practice may be required to exploit the promise of semantic 

Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

     * Semantic Web applications in use by researchers in specific 
domains with issues raised and lessons learned in practice;
     *  Requirements engineering for Semantic Web;
     * Spectrum and evolutionary models of ontology development;
     * Relations in practice between taxonomies, vocabularies, and 
ontologies; formal versus informal ontologies;
     * Social studies of Semantic Web in action;
     * Activity theory and other HCI approaches as applied to Semantic Web.
     * Semantics of things, processes and discourse;
     * Formal approaches to ontology development in e-Science, and 
practical outcomes;
     * Research questions, methods and methodologies particularly suited 
or unsuited to being addressed by semantic web applications;
     * Semantics of Hypotheses, evidence and relationships;
     * Humanities and e-Social Science approaches and applications in 
Semantic Web.

500 word proposals are invited, on any one of these topics or a related 
topic. Proposals should reach us by September 1, 2009, and should be 
sent to annamaria.carusi at oerc.ox.ac.uk or tim_clark at harvard.edu.

Programme Committee will include:

Anita de Waard (Elsevier)

William Hayes (Biogen Idec)

Dave Randall (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Simon Buckingham Shum (Open University / Knowledge Media Institute)

David Shotton (University of Oxford)

Susie Stephens (Johnson & Johnson)

Mark Wilkinson (University of British Columbia)

        Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 19:31:38 +0100
        From: Beryl Graham <beryl.graham at sunderland.ac.uk>
        Subject: CRUMB curating events in Belfast in August, Liverpool in September
        In-Reply-To: <11f4a83e0908031929q6ac686a7i7f700fe9901e4af1 at mail.gmail.com>

CRUMB announce two forthcoming events:

1. Workshops at ISEA in Belfast 27th-29th August.
2. Conference ‘Real-time: Showing Art in the Age of New Media’ in 
Liverpool 24th September.

27th-29th August 2009
No booking necessary, further details from http://www.isea2009.org/

Open Bliss is a series of workshops illuminating new media art and the 
practice of curating hosted by CRUMB, the online resource for curators 
of new media art (www.crumbweb.org). CRUMB excels at creating informal, 
dialogical social settings for professional development, often 
involving a nice cup of tea. For ISEA09, each workshop will involve 
special guests.

CRUMB Open Bliss Workshop 1: Participatory Practices
Thursday 27th August 3:00pm-4:30pm at Interface, University of Ulster
Will use the online and object-based Random Information Exchange 
project (http://ptechnic.org) in order to document a range of knowledge 
concerning participative art projects.
CRUMB Open Bliss Workshop 2: Protective Zones
Friday 28th August 3:00pm-4:30pm at the Linen Hall Library.
It will take the form of a discussion of curating as working with/in 
(instead of ‘on’) 'zones of disturbance'. Is curating always creating a 
'protective zone'? What about the equality of territories? A 'daily 
paper' will be produced.
CRUMB Open Bliss Workshop 3: Local/Global
Saturday 29th August 3:00pm-4:30pm at Golden Thread Gallery.
Will take the form of a conversation between practicing curators, 
bringing together contemporary art and new media art concerning local, 
site-specific and global, networked practices.

One-day conference as part of the Abandon Normal Devices festival 23-27 
September 2009

Thursday 24th September 2009. 9:30am-4:30pm.
The Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University,
Duckinfield Street, Off Brownlow Hill, Liverpool

Showing time-based art is very different to showing art objects. But 
how is art which uses the Internet, interactivity, social systems, or 
real-time computing different from video, live art, or performance? 
Rather than progressing along a smooth curve of development, art 
practices ‘other’ than those traditionally supported by the mainstream 
often seem to lurch along a rollercoaster-like path from avant-gardism 
to hyperbole, rejection to appropriation. New and emerging forms of 
art, such as online art, can go from being cutting edge to 
out-of-fashion shockingly quickly, without ever establishing the 
longevity necessary to garner a critical vocabulary and appreciation 
around the work. Which histories, whether from the field of art or 
technology, could inform the life-cycle of 'art after new media'? Which 
histories might allow for a more reflective approach to newly emergent 
forms of art, and could help viewers with short-attention spans to see 
beyond the hype?

This one-day conference aims to share the knowledge of those involved 
in exhibition practices beyond the object of art, and asks, should we 
abandon ‘normal’ curating practices, or adapt these modes to integrate 
‘the new’? This event draws experts and researchers from the fields of 
art making, curating, history and criticism to confront the slippery 
question of time -- including the timelines of production, of showing, 
and of participation.
Speakers and workshop leaders include:

-Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance 
Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
-Gavin Wade, director of Eastside Projects in Birmingham.
-Mark Nash, Head of Department of Curating Contemporary Art at the 
Royal College of Art (TBC).
-Franz Thalmair, co-founder of CONT3XT.NET collaborative curatorial 
group in Vienna with Michael Kargl (aka carlos katastrofsky) and Sabine 
-Kelli Dipple, Curator, Intermedia, at Tate Modern in London.

Tickets £18.50/ £15.50 to be purchased from http://shop.fact.co.uk/
For updates of the programme check http://www.andfestival.co.uk
For more info contact hello at andfestival.org.uk

This event is a collaboration for AND between CRUMB the resource for 
curators of new media art, and Charlie Gere of University of Lancaster. 
CRUMB has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research 
Council, and Arts Council England.

        Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 19:37:32 +0100
        From: "carlos.martin at urv.cat" <carlos.martin at urv.cat>
        Subject: LATA 2010: call for papers

1st Call for Papers


Trier, Germany, May 24-28, 2010




LATA is a yearly conference in theoretical computer science and its applications. As linked to the International PhD School in Formal Languages and Applications that was developed at Rovira i Virgili University (the host of the previous three editions and co-organizer of this one) in the period 2002-2006, LATA 2010 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career. It will aim at attracting contributions from both classical theory fields and application areas (bioinformatics, systems biology, language technology, artificial intelligence, etc.).


Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to:

- algebraic language theory
- algorithms on automata and words
- automata and logic
- automata for system analysis and programme verification
- automata, concurrency and Petri nets
- cellular automata
- combinatorics on words
- computability
- computational complexity
- computer linguistics
- data and image compression
- decidability questions on words and languages
- descriptional complexity
- DNA and other models of bio-inspired computing
- document engineering
- foundations of finite state technology
- fuzzy and rough languages
- grammars (Chomsky hierarchy, contextual, multidimensional, unification, categorial, etc.)
- grammars and automata architectures
- grammatical inference and algorithmic learning
- graphs and graph transformation
- language varieties and semigroups
- language-based cryptography
- language-theoretic foundations of artificial intelligence and artificial life
- neural networks
- parallel and regulated rewriting
- parsing
- pattern matching and pattern recognition
- patterns and codes
- power series
- quantum, chemical and optical computing
- semantics
- string and combinatorial issues in computational biology and bioinformatics
- symbolic dynamics
- term rewriting
- text algorithms
- text retrieval
- transducers
- trees, tree languages and tree machines
- weighted machines


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