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When Sep 17, 2008 - Sep 19, 2008
Where Porvoo, Finland
Submission Deadline Mar 7, 2008
Notification Due Apr 25, 2008
Categories    knowledge representation   NLP   machine learning   cognitive science

Call For Papers


Following the successful 2005 conference, AKRR 2008 will be
organized in Finland in 17-19 September 2008 at Haikko Manor,
Porvoo, 30-40 minutes from Helsinki. The conference site was
elected in 2007 by Mercury International to be the best one in

More information is available at

The conference is co-organized with ESTSP'08, European Symposium
on Time Series Prediction.


In the modern society, knowledge representation and reasoning are
underlying building blocks in various kinds of information systems and
networks. Knowledge representation and reasoning are also central
themes in cognitive science and epistemology. Relevant questions
include how do humans know, understand, anticipate, make decisions and
collaborate, and, on the other hand, how to analyze, model and
simulate complex phenomena in general. Relevant modeling methods
include statistical machine learning, artificial neural networks,
signal processing, pattern recognition and dynamical systems.


The aim of the AKRR'08 conference is to bring together scientists who
study complex phenomena in empirical sciences and scientists who
develop computational methods for dealing with complexity. From the
empirical sciences, we especially welcome researchers in cognitive
science, sociology, educational psychology, economics and
medicine. From the methodological sciences, we welcome researchers who
develop, for instance, statistical machine learning, dynamical systems
theory and adaptive systems.

The conference also aims to be relevant for practitioners who
encounter complex phenomena continuously and who are looking for new
ways to deal with challenges related to management and strategic
decision making.


We invite three kinds of papers:

* Refereed papers for publication in the Proceedings, up to 8 pages.
If accepted to be published as proceedings papers, the papers will
be presented at the conference either as talks or as posters.

* Symposium papers related to one of the special symposia below or
proposals for a complete 90-minute symposium on current research
topics. Symposium papers may be up to 8 pages with the exception of
tutorial like survey papers that may be up to 15 pages.

* Publication or practice based presentations by a) researchers with a
solid scientific track record of publishing on the topics of their
proposed talks, or b) established practitioners on a field relevant
to the area of the conference or one of the symposia. Publication or
practice based papers may either be submitted as 1-2 page abstracts
or full papers with up to 8 pages with the exception of tutorial
like survey papers that may be up to 15 pages. Papers in this
category will be considered as invited papers.

The papers that are accepted to be presented in the conference and
included in the Proceedings will be labeled according to their
category (peer reviewed, invited, keynote).

The conference and symposia topics and themes are described below.


We invite novel high-quality papers that are related to the conference
themes including but not limited to:

Themes related to empirical sciences

* Adaptive, dynamical and probabilistic models and simulations of
social and societal structures and processes
* Probabilistic and pattern-based reasoning on financial and
* Non-symbolic ontologies and adaptive knowledge representation for
the web
* Emergent and evolutionary representations for creative and
design processes
* Models of natural language understanding and translation
* Learning schemas and language games

* Cognitive models of perceptually grounded reasoning processes
* Multimodality in cognitive and artificial systems
* Analysis and modeling of emotions and decision making
* Relationship between individual, social and cultural development
* Natural and artificial general intelligence

* Analysis and development of conceptual spaces
* Emerging representations in active agents
* Empirical and theoretical study of practices and activities

Methodological themes

* Contextuality in statistical analysis and reasoning
* Models of temporal processes and reasoning
* Knowledge representation and reasoning in non-stationary
* Spatial representations of knowledge
* Analyses of the limitations of logic-based representations and

* Hybrid systems and emergence of symbolic representations
* Continuous formal systems
* Dynamical systems models of knowledge
* Pattern-based reasoning
* Unsupervised and reinforcement learning models for knowledge
acquisition and representation

* Bayesian models of learning and reasoning
* Emergent representations based on independent
component analysis and self-organizing maps
* Biologically inspired computing including artificial immune systems


The following symposia are being prepared. More information on
them will be available at the conference web site

* Adaptive systems in organizational theory and economic sciences

* Adaptive machine translation

* Computational wisdom, modeling emotions and decision making

* New generation of semantic web: social and multimodal grounding of
knowledge and understanding

* Adaptive systems in medical education, research and practice


* Refereed paper submission due: 7 March 2008
* Acceptance notification for refereed papers: 25 April 2008

* Symposium proposal or paper submission due: 9 May 2008
* Acceptance notification for symposia or
symposium papers: 20 June 2008

* Publication or practice based presentation submission due:
10 June 2008
* Acceptance notification for publication or practice based
presentations: 20 June 2008

* Deadline for early registration: 15 July 2008

* Camera-ready paper due: 1 August 2008

* Symposia and conference: 17-19 September 2008


Programme committee and conference chair

Timo Honkela
Helsinki University of Technology
Adaptive Informatics Research Centre

Organizing committee chair

Olli Simula
Helsinki University of Technology
Adaptive Informatics Research Centre

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