[Humanist] 28.198 events: natural computing; critical GIS; social networks

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun Jul 13 18:06:36 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 198.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    GRLMC <grlmc at urv.cat>                                     (58)
        Subject: TPNC 2014: extended submission deadline 24 July

  [2]   From:    Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki <tkach at japan.email.ne.jp>           (31)
        Subject: CFP for DISC 2014 (Daegu, Dec. 2014)

  [3]   From:    Luke Bergmann <lrb9 at uw.edu>                               (94)
        Subject: Revisiting Critical GIS - A short meeting at Friday Harbor,

        Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:39:47 +0000
        From: GRLMC <grlmc at urv.cat>
        Subject: TPNC 2014: extended submission deadline 24 July


TPNC 2014

Granada, Spain

December 9-11, 2014

Organized by:

Soft Computing and Intelligent Information Systems (SCI2S)
University of Granada

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University



TPNC is a conference series intending to cover the wide spectrum of
computational principles, models and techniques inspired by information
processing in nature. TPNC 2014 will reserve significant room for young
scholars at the beginning of their career. It aims at attracting
contributions to nature-inspired models of computation, synthesizing nature
by means of computation, nature-inspired materials, and information
processing in nature.


TPNC 2014 will take place in Granada, in the region of Andalucía, to the
south of Spain. The city is the seat of a rich Islamic historical legacy,
including the Moorish citadel and palace called Alhambra.


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

* Nature-inspired models of computation:

- amorphous computing
- cellular automata 
- chaos and dynamical systems based computing
- evolutionary computing
- membrane computing
- neural computing
- optical computing  
- swarm intelligence 

* Synthesizing nature by means of computation:

- artificial chemistry
- artificial immune systems
- artificial life

* Nature-inspired materials:

- computing with DNA
- nanocomputing
- physarum computing
- quantum computing and quantum information
- reaction-diffusion computing

* Information processing in nature:

- developmental systems 
- fractal geometry
- gene assembly in unicellular organisms
- rough/fuzzy computing in nature
- synthetic biology
- systems biology

Applications of natural computing to: algorithms, bioinformatics, control,
cryptography, design, economics, graphics, hardware, learning, logistics,
optimization, pattern recognition, programming, robotics, telecommunications

A flexible "theory to/from practice" approach would be the perfect focus for
the expected contributions.


        Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:31:30 +0000
        From: Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki <tkach at japan.email.ne.jp>
        Subject: CFP for DISC 2014 (Daegu, Dec. 2014)

International Social Network Conference
Daegu (South Korea), 11-14 December 2014

Dear Colleagues,

Daegu is *the* destination for conferences this year!

Please consider submitting an abstract for DISC 2014,
to be held in Daegu, December 11 to 14, 2014.

Deadline for abstracts: September 5, 2014

CFP for the Conference:


Methodological Workshops will be held during the
conference as well:


Personal Note: The methodological workshops at
DISC 2013 were outstanding.

Special note: Cash awards for outstanding papers.

Plus, publication opportunities in the following

TFSC (Technological Forecasting and Social Change) accepted Special
Issue on DISC 2014.


The JCEA (Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia) is also organizing
another Special Issue. Here is DISC 2013 special issue.


Looking forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,

Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki
(Member, International Advisory Board, DISC 2014)
(Associate Professr, University of Tsukuba, Japan)

        Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:03:33 -0700
        From: Luke Bergmann <lrb9 at uw.edu>
        Subject: Revisiting Critical GIS - A short meeting at Friday Harbor, WA

Dear Humanists,

We very much welcome digital humanists with interests in things critical and spatial to consider participating in a meeting we hope will be both provocative and productive.

Luke Bergmann

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
University of Washington


Revisiting Critical GIS

The rapid development and dissemination of digital geospatial technologies,
datasets, and practices raise questions about how various arguments of
'critical GIS' remain as relevant as ever, require rejuvenation, or have
run their course. Drawing in part on such developments, but also on
enthusiasm for the digital humanities and on new materialist and even
speculative realist currents of thought within social and cultural theory,
the prospects for a renewed engagement between critical human and
quantitative geographies appears more hopeful today than they have for some
time (Barnes 2009). This forum provides a venue within which participants
can think through these and other issues collaboratively, emerging with
fresh ideas and perspectives to bring to research and teaching.

To this end, the 2+ day format will blend pre-planned and collaboratively
organized sessions. Four sessions have been organized around broad themes
that touch upon recent discussions in the cognate literatures. Each
participant will be associated with one of these planned sessions and will
co-organize its content and format with others. Additionally, there are
three periods scheduled for collaboratively formed sessions (collective or
break-out) that emerge from the discussions at the conference.

The event will be held from later on Friday, October 17th to the morning of
Monday, October 20th at the University of Washington?s Friday Harbor
Laboratories on San Juan Island <https://depts.washington.edu/fhl/>.

Day 0 (Friday)

Afternoon / evening arrivals, welcome event


Note: Ferry/flight schedules tend to be such that one needs to arrive at
this time in order to be present for the critical first sessions in the

Day 1 (Saturday)


Session 1: Getting to know one another: who we are, why we?re here, and
what we want to do

Session 2: The story so far: critical GIS, GIScience, and 'not only... but


Session 3: Hybrids: Critical Quantification and Digital Humanities

Session 4: Collaborative session I (Collective or break-out)


Collaboration and creativity

Day 2 (Sunday)


Session 5: Corporatization of spatial information and our response

Session 6: What tools? What theory?


Session 7: Collaborative session II (Collective or break-out)

Session 8: Collaborative session III (Collective or break-out)


Collaboration and creativity

Day 3 (Monday)


Session 9: Concluding Session: Paths Forward


Given the nature of this event, the number of participants will be limited
to fewer than thirty, with a firm aim towards inclusivity (including, but
not limited to academic seniority; students, early career faculty, and
#alt-ac are strongly encouraged to participate).

Would-be participants should submit a short prospectus (300 word maximum).
The prospectus should address what the participant hopes to do at the
gathering and muse about what s/he hopes might emerge in the time beyond--a
forward-looking aspirational piece, rather than a description of previous

Prospectuses are due August 1, 2014 and successful applicants will be
informed by September 1, 2014. Please submit your prospectus via email to
revisitingcritgis at gmail.com.

The cost of attendance is estimated to be approximately $345 for faculty
and $225 for students, meals and shared accommodations included.
Confirmation of costs will be provided at time of acceptance. Limited
support may be available to assist graduate student attendance. Please
apply and we will try to make a solution work.

Organizing Committee

Luke Bergmann, University of Washington
Jim Thatcher, University of Washington - Tacoma
David O'Sullivan, University of California - Berkeley
Jeremy Crampton, University of Kentucky
Sarah Elwood, University of Washington
Reuben Rose-Redwood, University of Victoria
Nadine Schuurman, Simon Fraser
Matt Wilson, University of Kentucky


Barnes TJ. 2009. Not Only... But Also: Critical and Quantitative Geography. The
Professional Geographer 61, 1442-54.


Luke Bergmann
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
University of Washington

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