[loginf] ESSLLI 2011 Call for Course and Workshop Proposals

Makoto Kanazawa kanazawa.makoto at gmail.com
Wed Apr 14 14:00:06 CEST 2010

    23rd European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
			     ESSLLI 2011
			  August 1-12, 2011
			 Ljubljana, Slovenia
		Call for Course and Workshop Proposals

The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) is organized every year by the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI, http://www.folli.org/) in different sites around Europe.  The main focus of ESSLLI is on the interface between linguistics, logic and computer science.  ESSLLI offers foundational, introductory and advanced courses, as well as workshops, covering a wide variety of topics within or around the three main areas of interest: Language and Computation, Language and Logic, and Logic and Computation.  Previous summer schools have been highly successful, attracting up to 500 students from Europe and elsewhere.  The school has developed into an important meeting place and forum for discussion for students and researchers interested in the interdisciplinary study of Logic, Language and Information.  For more information, visit the FoLLI website, as well as the ESSLLI 2010 website: http://esslli2010cph.info/.


The ESSLLI 2011 Program Committee invites proposals for foundational, introductory, and advanced courses, and for workshops for the 23rd annual Summer School on important topics of active research in the broad interdisciplinary area connecting logic, linguistics, computer science and the cognitive sciences. 

All proposals should be submitted, using a prescribed form that will be available soon on the ESSLLI 2011 website, no later than:

June 14, 2010

Authors of proposals will be notified of the committee's decision by September 15, 2010.


Proposers of courses and workshops should follow the guidelines below while preparing their submissions; proposals that do not conform with these guidelines may not be considered.

Courses are taught by 1 or max. 2 lecturers, and workshops are organized by 1 or max. 2 organizers.  Lecturers and organizers must have obtained a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree at the time of the submission deadline.  Courses and workshops run over one week (Monday-Friday) and consist of five 90-minute sessions.  Lecturers who want to offer a long, two-week course should submit two independent one-week courses (for example, an introductory course in the first week and an advance course in the second).  The ESSLLI program committee has the right to select only one of the two proposed courses.


These are strictly elementary courses not assuming any background knowledge.  They are intended for people who wish to get acquainted with the problems and techniques of areas new to them.  Ideally, they should allow researchers from other fields to acquire the key competencies of neighboring disciplines, thus encouraging the development of a truly interdisciplinary research community.  Foundational courses should have no special prerequisites, but may presuppose some experience with scientific methods and general appreciation of the field of the course. 


Introductory courses are central to the activities of the Summer School.  They are intended to provide an introduction to the (interdisciplinary) field for students, young researchers, and other non-specialists, and to equip them with a good understanding of the field's basic methods and techniques.  Such courses should enable experienced researchers from other fields to acquire the key competencies of neighboring disciplines, thus encouraging the development of a truly interdisciplinary research community.  Introductory courses in a topic at the interface of two fields can build on some knowledge of the component fields; e.g., an introductory course in computational linguistics should address an audience which is familiar with the basics of linguistics and computation.  Proposals for introductory courses should indicate the level of the course as compared to standard texts in the area (if available). 


Advanced courses should be pitched at an audience of advanced Masters or Ph.D. students.  Proposals for advanced courses should specify the prerequisites in detail. 

Jun 14, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline
Sep 15, 2010: Notification Deadline
Jun  1, 2011: Deadline for receipt of camera-ready course material by the ESSLLI 2011 local organizers 


The aim of the workshops is to provide a forum for advanced Ph.D. students and other researchers to present and discuss their work.  Workshops should have a well-defined theme, and workshop organizers should be specialists in the theme of the workshop.  The proposals for workshops should justify the choice of topic, give an estimate of the number of attendants and expected submissions, and provide a list of at least 15 potential submitters working in the field of the workshop.  The organizers are required to give a general introduction to the theme during the first session of the workshop.  They are also responsible for various organizational matters, including soliciting submissions, reviewing, drawing up the program, taking care of expenses of invited speakers, etc.  In particular, each workshop organizer will be responsible for sending out a Call for Papers for the workshop and to organize the selection of the submissions by the deadlines specified below.  The call for workshop submissions must make it clear that the workshop is open to all members of the ESSLLI community and should indicate that all workshop contributors must register for the Summer School.

Jun 14, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline
Sep 15, 2010: Notification Deadline
Oct 15, 2010: Deadline for submission of the Calls for Papers to ESSLLI 2011 PC chair
Nov  1, 2010: Workshop organizers send out First Call for Papers
Dec 15, 2010: Workshop organizers send out Second Call for Papers
Jan 15, 2011: Workshop organizers send out Third Call for Papers 
Feb 15, 2011: Deadline for submissions to the workshops 
Apr 15, 2011: Suggested deadline for notification of workshop contributors
Jun  1, 2011: Deadline for submission of camera-ready copy of workshop proceedings to the ESSLLI 2011 Local Organizers. 

Workshop speakers will be required to register for the Summer School; however, they will be able to register at a reduced rate to be determined by the Local Organizers. 


A form for submitting course and workshop proposals will be available soon on the ESSLLI 2011 web site: http://esslli2011.ijs.si/. 

The proposers are required to submit the following information:

* Contact address and fax number
* Name, email, affiliation, homepage of each lecturer / workshop organizer (at most two per course or workshop)
* Title of proposed course/workshop
* Abstract (abstract of the proposal, max 150 words)
* Type (workshop, foundational, introductory, or advanced course)
* Areas (one or more of: Computation, Language, Logic, or Other)
* Description (describe the proposed contents of the course and substantiate timeliness and relevance to ESSLLI in at most one A4 page)
* Tentative outline of the course / expected participation in the workshop
* External funding (whether the proposers will be able to obtain external funding for travel and accommodation expenses)
* Further particulars (e.g., course prerequisites, previous teaching experiences, etc.)


Prospective lecturers and workshop organizers should be aware that all teaching and organizing at the summer schools is done on a voluntary basis in order to keep the participants' fees as low as possible.  Lecturers and organizers are not paid for their contribution, but are reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses (up to fixed maximum amounts, which will be communicated to the lecturers upon notification).  Lecturers and workshop organizers will have their registration fee waived.  In case a course or workshop is to be taught/organized by two people, a lump sum will be reimbursed to cover travel and accommodation expenses for one of them; the splitting of the sum is up to the lecturers/organizers.  It should be stressed that while proposals from all over the world are welcomed, the School cannot guarantee full reimbursement of travel costs, especially from destinations outside Europe.  

The local organizers would highly appreciate it if, whenever possible, lecturers and workshop organizers find alternative funding to cover travel and accommodation expenses, as that would help us keep the cost of attending ESSLLI 2011 lower.


Chair: Makoto Kanazawa (National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo)
Local Co-chair: Andrej Bauer (University of Ljubljana)

Area specialists:
Language and Computation:
	Markus Egg (Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin)
	Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Language and Logic:
	Hans-Christian Schmitz (Fraunhofer FIT, Sankt Augustin) 
	Louise McNally (UPF, Barcelona)
Logic and Computation:
	Ralph Matthes (IRIT, CNRS and University of Toulouse)
	Eric Pacuit (Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Tilburg)

Chair: Darja Fiser (University of Ljubljana)

ESSLLI 2011 website: http://esslli2011.ijs.si/

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