[Om-announce] 1st Call for Proposals: NASSLLI 2014 / North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information

Patricia Rich prich at andrew.cmu.edu
Tue Jun 18 20:07:12 CEST 2013


North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
June 23-27 2014, University of Maryland, College Park


The sixth NASSLLI (after previous editions at UT Austin, Stanford University,
Indiana University and UCLA) will be hosted at the University of
Maryland, College Park, June 23-27 2014.
The summer school, aimed at graduate students and advanced
undergraduates in a wide variety of fields,
is loosely modeled on the long-running ESSLLI series in Europe. It
will consist of a number
of courses and workshops, selected on the basis of proposals. By
default, courses and workshops meet for 90 minutes on each of five

Proposals are invited for courses or workshops that present
interdisciplinary work between the
areas of logic, linguistics, computer science, cognitive science,
philosophy and artificial intelligence, though work in just one area
is within the scope of the summer school if it can be applied in other
fields. Examples of possible topics would include e.g. logics for
communication, computational semantics, modal logics, game theory and
decision theory, dynamic semantics,
machine learning, Bayesian cognitive modeling, probabilistic models of
language and communication,
and automated theorem proving. We encourage potential course or workshop
contributors to check out previous programs at:

* http://nasslli2012.com/
* http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/nasslli04/program.html
* http://www.stanford.edu/group/nasslli/
* http://www.indiana.edu/~nasslli/2003/program.html
* http://www.indiana.edu/~nasslli/

Courses and workshops should aim to be accessible to an
interdisciplinary, graduate level audience. Courses may certainly
focus on a single area, but lecturers should then include introductory
background, try to avoid specialized notation that cannot be applied
more widely, and spend time on the question of how the topic is
relevant to other fields. A workshop can be more accessible if its
program is bracketed by broader-audience talks that introduce and
summarize the week's presentations.

Associated Workshops/Conferences: In addition to courses and workshops
taking place during the main NASSLLI five day session, NASSLLI
welcomes proposals for 1-3 day workshops or conferences hosted on
campus immediately before or after the summer school, thus on the
weekends of June 15-17 and June 23-25 2012. Previous such associated
meetings have included the Dynamic Epistemic Logic Workshop, the
Mathematics of Language conference, and the Theoretical Aspects of
Reasoning About Knowledge (TARK) conference.

Submission Details:

Submissions should be submitted using EasyChair
(https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nasslli2014), and should

1) person(s) in charge of the course/workshop and affiliation(s)
2) type of event (one week course or workshop, 90 min a day)
3) course/workshop title
4) an outline of the course/workshop up to 500 words
5) Special equipment (if any) needed to teach the course (beamer, computer ...)
6) a statement about the instructor's experience in teaching in
interdisciplinary settings
7) expected costs (whether you want to be paid hotel and/or travel,
and descriptions of funding in hand or for which you will apply)

Financial Details:

A course may be taught by one or two persons. Conference fees are
waived for all instructors. However, we can only guarantee paid
accommodation for one instructor per course. Where need arises, we
hope to be able to reimburse instructors for reasonable travel
expenses. However, we encourage all lecturers to fund their own travel
if this is feasible, since this will allow us to use our available
funding for student scholarships. We must also
stress that while proposals from all over the world are welcomed, the
Summer School can in general expect only to reimburse travel costs
for travel from destinations within North America to Maryland, although
exceptions can be made depending on the financial situation.

Workshops are more complicated financially than courses, and a
proposal for a workshop should include a plan to obtain some outside
funding for the speakers.

Schedule:September 1 2013 - Review of course proposals will begin; we
will continue to accept proposals until the schedule is filled;October
1 2013 - Course/workshop proposers notified of p.c. decisions;May 15,
2014 - Material for courses available for printing;

Local Organizers and Program Committee:
The local organizer for NASSLI 2014 is Eric Pacuit. The Program
Committee is co-chaired by
Thomas Icard (Stanford) and Mandy Simons (CMU). The full committee
will be announced soon on
the NASSLI 2014 website.

Contact Information:
For questions relating to proposals and proposal submission, send
email to pc at nasslli2014.com
For questions relating to local organization, send email to oc at nasslli2014.com

Standing NASSLLI Steering Committee:
David Beaver,  University of Texas, Austin
Phokion Kolaitis,  UC Santa Cruz and IBM Almaden Research Center
Lawrence S. Moss,  Indiana University
Valeria de Paiva , Rearden Commerce, Inc.
Stuart Shieber,  Harvard University
Moshe Vardi,  Rice University
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