[Humanist] 25.14 events: London Seminar; DH2011; cognition

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Thu May 12 07:56:42 CEST 2011

                        Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 14.
            Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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[1]   From:    Glen Worthey <gworthey at stanford.edu>                      (49)
       Subject: David Rumsey to open DH2011

[2]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (32)
       Subject: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship 2011-12

[3]   From:    Nathaniel Bobbitt <flautabaja at hotmail.com>                (73)

Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 21:50:24 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship 2011-12


London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship

Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London,
Centre for Digital Humanities, University College London,

The London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship invites seminars for
the 2011-12 academic year, October through May. Seminars may be on any
aspect of digital textual studies, whether literary, linguistic,
philological, lexicographic, historical, cultural or otherwise. Seminars
are held in the facilities of the Institute of English Studies,
Institute of Advanced Study, University of London, Thursday evenings
once per month.

The London Seminar focuses on the ways in which the digital medium
remakes the relationship of readers, writers, scholars, technical
practitioners and designers to the manuscript and printed book. Its
discussions are intended to inform public debate and policy as well as
to stimulate research and provide a broad forum in which to present its
results. Although the forum is primarily for those working in textual
and literary studies, history of the book, humanities computing and
related fields, its mandate is to address and involve an audience of
non-specialists. Wherever possible the issues it raises are meant to
engage all those who are interested in a digital future for the book.

Please contact the co-convenor, Professor Willard McCarty
(willard.mccarty at kcl.ac.uk), to discuss the possibilities.

Professor Willard McCarty, Department of Digital Humanities, King's
College London; Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western
Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.isr-journal.org);
Editor, Humanist (www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 13:29:27 -0700
From: Glen Worthey <gworthey at stanford.edu>
Subject: David Rumsey to open DH2011

We are thrilled to announce that the DH2011 opening keynote will be
given by David Rumsey, a renowned collector of historical maps, digital
librarian, online publisher, builder, and philanthropist. Rumsey's
lecture at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium on
the Stanford University campus, is free and open to the public.

Rumsey's lecture is titled/Reading Historical Maps Digitally: How
Spatial Technologies Can Enable Close, Distant and Dynamic
Interpretations/and here is its abstract:

Maps are dense, complex information systems arranged spatially.
While they share similarities with other visual artifacts, their
uniqueness as spatially arranged visual information both allows for
and demands special digital approaches to understand and reuse their
content. Georeferencing, vectorization, virtual reality, image
databases, and GIS-related tools all work to unite our eyes, minds,
and computers in new ways that can make historical maps more
valuable and accessible to humanists concerned with place and space
over time. Rumsey will explore the tools and techniques that have
implications for the ways digital humanists approach visual information.


David Rumsey's collection of more than 150,000 maps is one of the
largest private map collections in the United States, and herecently
announced his intention to donate it to the Stanford University
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2009/february4/oldmaps-020409.html for
long-term preservation and scholarly access. With his growing online
collection of more than 26,000 maps, available to all in high resolution
and with expert cataloging, Rumsey is one of the most visible and
important modern distributors of historical treasures for the common
good, a pioneer Internet philanthropist, and a public Internet
intellectual. Visit the David Rumsey Map Collection online

With his experimental approaches to GIS and historic maps, his
innovative use of virtual worlds for purveyance of serious scholarly
materials, and his outspoken and concrete actions toward the building of
a real public digital library, David Rumsey is a rare and exemplary
figure of antiquarian in the digital world, and entrepeneur in the
academy. Please join us for what is sure to be a stimulating and
stunning opener for DH2011.


Registration for DH2011 is open and waiting for you at

Looking forward to seeing you all at Stanford in just about 40 days,

Glen Worthey & Matthew Jockers
your local hosts

Glen Worthey, Digital Humanities Librarian
Humanities Digital Information Service
Stanford University Libraries
(ph) +1-650-213-6759; (f) +1-650-723-9383

Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 14:55:58 -0700
From: Nathaniel Bobbitt <flautabaja at hotmail.com>

We invite submissions to the Springer journal Cognitive Computation for a
special issue on Pointing at Boundaries: Integrating Computation and
Cognition on Biological Grounds. The submission deadline is May 16, 2011.

===================== FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS ===================== 

Spurred by the advancement in synthetic biology (Gibson et al., 2010) at the J. Craig
Venter Research Institute the editors of Cognitive Computation Journal
(Springer Publishers) invite submissions to a special issue on biological
substrates as a computational diaphragm. This topic leads to further
research questions on computation and the bio-signals produced by living

We anticipate submissions will contribute to the identification of a new
breed of technologies: 1.) bio- computing applications (synthetic biology);
2.) chemical/microbial induced biological configurations; 3.) enhancing
cognition and animal models; and 4.) neuroengineering sensory circuits and
clinical/biomedical research. This special issue will provide a forum for
interdisciplinary discussion that points towards the next step in cognition
and computing through the excitability of biological substrates. 

The integration of computation and cognition on biological grounds has the
prospect of pointing at a boundary system that is excitable, configurable,
and manipulated within the framework of living organisms and their
biological substrates. The next step in the development of natural computing
hinges upon the development of biological substrates as a computational
diaphragm. Authors are invited to submit unpublished research, original
position papers, or literature reviews that address challenges unique to
bio-inspired computation. Relevant areas of investigation and expertise
include, but are not limited to:

• synthetic biology, systematic biology, soft-computing• computation theory (membrane, natural, quantum, or evolutionary)
• bio-nanotechnology, computational biology, computational linguistics
• medical informatics (decision making, medical diagnostics, catastrophic disease research)
• underlying spatial and self-modulating aspects of biological substrates (sRNA, siRNA, proteomics)
• bio-optics: quorum sensing, bio-markers, molecular probes
• neurobiology, gene regulation, neural circuits
• pharmaceutical and biomedical cellular delivery systems
• chemical ecology, interfacing with aliphatic odors (GPCR encoding)
• neural signal transduction, neurotransmitters
• neuroimaging, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology
• mirror neurons, neuropsychology, theory of mind, simulation theory
• swarm intelligence, theory of intelligence, consciousness
• hierarchical temporal memory, heterogenous logic
• neuroplasticity, learning, memory
• “games with purpose” or collaborative task experimentation
• bayesian biomedical techniques (clinical studies, morphological data, in vitro embryo selection)
• translational cognition for decision support in critical care environments
• soft-computing research and control of unknown diseases
• “molecule to man” decision support in individualized e-health
• biomedical informatics and pharmacogenomics
• animal behavior, transgenics models
• developmental biology, embryology
• linguistic or philosophic barriers to bio-computing
 • cladistics,
detecting and overcoming systematic errors in genome-scale phylogenies 

This special issue places into perspective computation and cognition from a
post-genome viewpoint. Since the Human Genome Project recent discovieries
suggest a bio-computation that specifies a more complex mechanisms along a
multi-scale. Where a micro-meso-macro feedback occurs as a systemic
self-organization with non-linear dynamics. 

Participation in this project proposes to advance the break with the "dogma"
of one gene producing only one class of protein, assumed in the classic
Monod-Changeux-Jacob model of the "Operon." Without the idea of a DNA
"program" determining the phenotype of living systems the incubation of
bio-computing may gain strides through experimental literature on "small
RNAs" (sRNA) interfering with gene expression and protein production.
Through the manipulation of biological substrates emerges the prospect to
identify recipes for combinatorial, multidimensional, and topological
organizations with a dynamics that escape conventional spatial or
temporal-spatial representation. A biological substrate represents a
self-contained symbolic and logical neighborhood. 

This special issue is expected to appear in JUN 2012. 

Post submissions at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/cogn/ Co-Editors
Alfredo Pereira Jr., Eduardo Massad, Nathaniel Bobbitt bobbittn at cwu.edu

Important Dates---------------------
Submission of full paper (to be received by): MAY 16, 2011
First notification of acceptance: AUG. 15, 2011
Submission of revised papers: OCT 15, 2011
Final notification to the authors: JAN 15, 2011
Submission of final/camera-ready papers: FEB 15, 2012

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