[Humanist] 23.555 events: textual scholarship; memory; DH basics; computability;

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Sun Jan 10 10:51:47 CET 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 555.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Christian Wittern <cwittern at gmail.com>                    (12)
        Subject: Registration for conference New Directions in Textual
                Scholarship now open

  [2]   From:    Cyril Brom <brom at ksvi.mff.cuni.cz>                       (119)
        Subject: 2nd Call For Papers: Remembering Who We Are - Human Memory
                for Artificial Agents, at AISB 2010

  [3]   From:    Emily Cullen <e.cullen at RIA.IE>                            (21)
        Subject: DHO event at University College Cork, 14th/15th January

  [4]   From:    S B Cooper <pmt6sbc at maths.leeds.ac.uk>                    (65)
        Subject: CiE 2010 - Final Call for Papers

        Date: Sat, 09 Jan 2010 10:06:14 +0900
        From: Christian Wittern <cwittern at gmail.com>
        Subject: Registration for conference New Directions in Textual Scholarship now open

This is just a short note to inform you that registration is now open[1] for
the international conference "New Directions in Textual Scholarship", to be
held March 25 to 27 in Saitama and Tokyo, Japan.  More information about the
conference and the accepted speakers can be found on the website.  We hope
to see you all in Japan come March!

On behalf of the program committee and the organizing team,

Christian Wittern

[1] http://www.kyy.saitama-u.ac.jp/users/myojo/textjapan/registration.html

 Christian Wittern
 Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University
 47 Higashiogura-cho, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8265, JAPAN

        Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 16:18:39 +0000
        From: Cyril Brom <brom at ksvi.mff.cuni.cz>
        Subject: 2nd Call For Papers: Remembering Who We Are - Human Memory for Artificial Agents, at AISB 2010



A one day symposium on 29th March 2010
In conjunction with the AISB 2010 Convention
De Montfort University, Leicester
The symposium is supported by the European FP7 Project LIREC

Memory gives us identity, shapes our personality and drives our
reactions to different situations in life. We actively create
expectations, track the fulfilment of these expectations and
dynamically modify our memory when new experiences demand it. Yet up
to date, many important social aspects of human memory (for instance,
emotional memory and episodic memory) to artificial intelligent agents
have not been given much attention. The challenge might lie in the
amount of memories one can have in a life time. Take a narrative agent
for example, how can we generate a lifetime’s worth of memories for
this agent? Can we easily record human experiences for this purpose?
What trust and privacy issues will this entail? On the other hand,
without this type of memory, can the agent generate believable life
stories given that it is what colors our lives in retrospect? For an
agent that continuously interacts with users or other agents, how can
we design it with the capability to generate memories worth
remembering in its lifetime? How can the agent record experiences of
others during interaction? Can the agent maintain its relationship
with others without any information about its past experiences with

Artificial agent researchers have been constantly coming up with
computational cognitive models inspired by the human brain to create
characters that are more natural, believable and behave in human
plausible ways. However, memory components in these models are usually
oversimplified. Memory components which have been widely accepted and
modelled are the long-term memory including procedural and declarative
memories, the short-term memory and the sensory memory. What about the
more ‘socially-aware’ memory which allows us to be effectively
involved in social interactions and which fundamentally supports the
creation of our life stories including the significance of events and
their emotional impact? It is important to review artificial agents
without this kind of memory particularly those designed for social
interactions, and reflect on the effects of this shortcoming.
Additionally, many existing models do not take into consideration the
bio-mechanisms of human memory operations such as those involved in
retrieval and forgetting processes. The most commonly adopted approach
to forgetting is decay but the human brain performs other processes
such as generalisation, reconstruction and repression to list a few.

This symposium offers an opportunity for interdisciplinary discussions
on human-like memory for artificial agents including organisational
structures and mechanisms. We hope to bring together memory
researchers, psychologists, computer scientists and neurologists to
discuss issues on memory modelling, memory data collection and
application to achieve a better understanding of which, when and how
human-like memory can contribute to artificial agents modelling.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

* Role of memory in artificial agents
* Type of memory and application
* Memory and emotion modelling
* Human-agent/human-robot interaction history
* Effective memory data collection
* Privacy issues related to data collection
* Bio-inspiration to memory modelling
* Memory mechanisms for encoding, storage and retrieval
* Memory influence on reasoning and decision-making
* Modelling forgetting in episodic memory
* Ethological aspects of memory
* Spatial memory


We are seeking submissions of original papers (up to 8 pages) that fit
well with the symposium theme and topics. Papers should be submitted
through the EasyChair system
(http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rwwa10). You will have to
register with EasyChair if you do not already have an account. Please
submit your paper in PDF format (according to the AISB 2010 formatting
guidelines - templates available on the AISB 2010
convention website). All submissions will be peer reviewed. Authors of
accepted contributions will be asked to prepare the final versions (up
to 8 pages) for inclusion in the symposium proceedings. At least one
author of each accepted paper will be required to register and attend
the symposium to present their work.

Important Dates

* 15th January 2010: Submission deadline of full-length paper
* 8th February 2010: Notification for paper acceptance
* 1st March 2010: Submission of camera-ready final papers
* 29th March 2010: Symposium

Program Committee

Cyril Brom, Charles University Prague
Sibylle Enz, University of Bamberg
Stan Franklin, The University of Memphis
Wan Ching Ho, University of Hertfordshire (co-chair)
Mei Yii Lim, Heriot-Watt University (co-chair)
Andrew Nuxoll, University of Portland
Alexei Samsonovich, George Mason University
Holger Schultheis, University of Bremen
Dan Tecuci, University of Texas
Patricia A. Vargas, Heriot-Watt University

Official Website


Dr. Mei Yii Lim
Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, EH14 4AS, UK
Email: M.Lim at hw.ac.uk
Homepage: http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~myl/
Tel: (44) 131 4514162
Fax: (44) 131 4513327

Dr. Wan Ching Ho
STRI, University of Hertfordshire,
College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB, UK
Email: W.C.Ho at herts.ac.uk
Homepage: http://homepages.feis.herts.ac.uk/~comqwch/
Tel: (44) 170 7285111
Fax: (44) 170 7284185

Heriot-Watt University is a Scottish charity
registered under charity number SC000278.


Cyril Brom
Charles University in Prague
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Department of Software and Computer Science Education

        Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 11:18:39 +0000
        From: Emily Cullen <e.cullen at RIA.IE>
        Subject: DHO event at University College Cork, 14th/15th January

The DHO is delighted to announce a two-day digital humanities event run in conjunction with University College Cork.

The symposia and workshops will take place on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th January at U.C.C. The first day will be devoted to digital project management and include hands-on sessions with some of the tools available for researchers. The second day will provide an introduction into markup, metadata and encoding principles, followed by a more focused afternoon workshop on TEI.

Led by the DHO's Visiting Metadata Manager, Kevin Hawkins, and Digital Humanities Specialist, Dr. K Faith Lawrence, this event offers attendees a change to gain an introduction to some of the fundamental principles and issues faced by digital humanities projects and researchers. While attendance is free and open to anyone, the afternoon sessions have limited places and registration is required. Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so prompt action is recommended.

For more information and instructions on how to register, please see the event page at http://dho.ie/node/667

Emily Cullen, Ph.D.,
Programme Co-ordinator
Digital Humanities Observatory
28-32 Upper Pembroke Street
Dublin 2

Tel: +353(0)1-2342442
E-mail: e.cullen at ria.ie<mailto:e.cullen at ria.ie>
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        Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 13:57:08 +0000
        From: S B Cooper <pmt6sbc at maths.leeds.ac.uk>
        Subject: CiE 2010 - Final Call for Papers

Final call for papers

            COMPUTABILITY IN EUROPE 2010: Programs, Proofs, Processes
               Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal
                   June 30 to July 4, 2010

            Deadline for submissions: 20 JANUARY 2010

Computability in Europe provides the largest international conference 
dealing with the full spectrum of computability-related research.

CiE 2010 in the Azores is the sixth conference of the Series, held in a 
geographically unique and dramatic location, Europe's most Westerly 
outpost. The theme of CiE 2010 - "Programs, Proofs, Processes" - points 
to the usual CiE synergy of Computer Science, Mathematics and Logic, with 
important computability-theoretic connections to science and the real 

TUTORIALS: Jeffrey Bub (Information, Computation and Physics),
Bruno Codenotti (Computational Game Theory).

INVITED SPEAKERS: Eric Allender, Jose L. Balcazar, Shafi Goldwasser, 
Denis Hirschfeldt, Seth Lloyd, Sara Negri, Toniann Pitassi, and 
Ronald de Wolf.


Biological Computing, organizers: Paola Bonizzoni, Krishna Narayanan
Invited speakers: Giancarlo Mauri, Natasha Jonoska, Stephane Vialette, 
Yasubumi Sakakibara

Computational Complexity, organizers: Luis Antunes, Alan Selman
Invited speakers: Eric Allender, Christian Glasser, John Hitchcock, 
Rahul Santhanam

Computability of the Physical, organizers: Barry Cooper, Cris Calude
Invited speakers: Giuseppe Longo, Yuri Manin, Cris Moore, David Wolpert

Proof Theory and Computation, organizers: Martin Hyland, Fernando Ferreira
Invited speakers: Thorsten Altenkirch, Samuel Mimram, Paulo Oliva, 
Lutz Strassburger

Reasoning and Computation from Leibniz to Boole, organizers: Benedikt Loewe, 
Guglielmo Tamburrini
Confirmed speakers: Volker Peckhaus, Olga Pombo, Sara Uckelman

Web Algorithms and Computation, organizers: Martin Olsen, Thomas Erlebach
Confirmed speaker: Debora Donato


CiE serves as an interdisciplinary forum for research in all aspects of 
computability and foundations of computer science, as well as the 
interplay of these theoretical areas with practical issues in computer 
science and with other disciplines such as biology, mathematics, 
philosophy, or physics.

Formal systems, attendant proofs, and the possibility of their 
computer generation and manipulation (for instance, into programs) 
have been changing a whole spectrum of disciplines. The conference will 
address not only the more established lines of research of 
Computational Complexity and the interplay between Proofs and 
Computation, but also novel views that rely on physical and biological 
processes and models to find new ways of tackling computations and 
improving their efficiency.

We particularly invite papers that build bridges between different parts 
of the research community. Since women are underrepresented in 
mathematics and computer science, we emphatically encourage submissions 
by female authors. The Elsevier Foundation is supporting the CiE 
conference series in the programme "Increasing representation of female 
researchers in the computability community". This programme will allow 
us to fund child-care support, a mentoring system for young female 
researchers, and also a small number of grants for junior female 
researchers (see below).

The dates around the submission process are as follows:

Submission Deadline: 20 January 2010
Notification to Authors: 18 March 2010
Deadline for Final Version: 8 April 2010


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