[Humanist] 25.373 cfp: Solomonoff conference

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Oct 13 07:27:05 CEST 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 373.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

        Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:53:01 +1100
        From: Dianne Nguyen <dianne.nguyen at monash.edu>
        Subject: CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - Solomonoff 85th Memorial Conference

Solomonoff 85th Memorial Conference

Dear Colleague

The Solomonoff Organising Committee cordially invites you to participate at
the upcoming Solomonoff 85th Memorial Conference to be held at Monash
University, Clayton Campus, between Wedn 30 November and Fri 2 December

The Conference is being held in honour and memory of Ray Solomonoff

Solomonoff was the father of algorithmic information theory (before
Kolmogorov and Chaitin), perhaps the first to advocate probabilistic
artificial intelligence, and (in 1985) one of the first to write on the
technological singularity.

Solomonoff is also mentioned in the recent "New Scientist" magazine article
of Sat 10/Sept/2011 (pp42-45) for having the pioneering ideas in the 1960s
of modern theories of intelligence. His January 2010 New York Times obituary
is linked to from www.csse.monash.edu.au/~dld/MML.html#rjs.

Keynote Speakers

The Conference program includes three distinguished guest speakers:

Prof. Leonid Levin, Boston University, USA - famous for (e.g.) the
Cook-Levin theorem of NP-Completeness, the computable Kt complexity
approximation to (uncomputable) Kolmogorov complexity, the universal Levin
search, etc.

Prof. Ming Li, University of Waterloo, Canada - widely known for the Li &
Vitanyi "An introduction to Kolmogorov complexity and its Applications" book
and for current research in bioinformatics.

Grace Solomonoff, USA

Program Committee (includes 2 Turing Award winners)

Andrew Barron, Statistics, Yale University, USA
Greg Chaitin, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
Fouad Chedid, Notre Dame University, Lebanon
Bertrand Clarke, Medical Statistics, University of Miami, USA
A. Phil Dawid, Statistics, Cambridge University, UK
Peter Gacs, Boston University, USA
Alex Gammerman, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
John Goldsmith, Linguistics, University of Chicago, USA
Marcus Hutter, Australian National University, Australia
Leonid Levin, Boston University, USA
Ming Li, Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Canada
John McCarthy, Stanford University, USA (Turing Award winner)
Marvin Minsky, MIT, USA (Turing Award winner)
Kee Siong Ng, ANU & EMC Corp, Australia
David Paganin, Physics, Monash University, Australia
Teemu Roos, University of Helsinki, Finland
Juergen Schmidhuber, IDSIA, Switzerland
William Uther, NICTA and University of New South Wales, Australia
Farshid Vahid, Econometrics, Monash University, Australia
Paul Vitanyi, CWI, The Netherlands
Vladimir Vovk, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK


This is a multi-disciplinary conference based on the wide range of
applications of work related to or inspired by that of Ray Solomonoff. The
contributions sought for this conference include, but are not restricted to,
the following:-

Statistical inference and prediction, Econometrics (including time series
and panel data), in Principle proofs of financial market inefficiency,
Theories of (quantifying) intelligence and new forms of (universal)
intelligence test (for robotic, terrestrial and extra-terrestrial life), the
Singularity (or infinity point, when machine intelligence surpasses that of
humans), the future of science, Philosophy of science, the Problem of
induction, Evolutionary (tree) models in biology and linguistics, Geography,
Climate modelling and bush-fire detection, Environmental science, Image
processing, Spectral analysis, Engineering, Artificial intelligence, Machine
learning, Statistics and Philosophy, Mathematics, Linguistics, Computer
science, Data mining, Bioinformatics, Computational intelligence,
Computational science, Life sciences, Physics, Knowledge discovery, Ethics,
Computational biology, Computational linguistics, Collective intelligence,
structure and computing connectivity of random nets, effect of Heisenberg's
principle on channel capacity, Arguments that entropy is not the arrow of
time, and etc.


For information on registration and payment, please visit:


Please feel at liberty to forward announcement to interested staff and

I look forward to receiving your registration and participation at the

Kind regards

Dr Dianne Q. Nguyen (Co-ordinator) and (chairman) A/Prof. David L. Dowe.

More information about the Humanist mailing list