18.170 events and a PhD programme

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 07:02:03 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 18, No. 170.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: "Alun Edwards" <alun.edwards_at_computing- (37)
         Subject: Resource / Reading List Software - The Reality

   [2] From: "MJ.Cox" <MJ.cox_at_kcl.ac.uk> (57)
         Subject: WCCE 2005 - What works

   [3] From: "Carlos Martin-Vide" <cmv_at_astor.urv.es> (132)
         Subject: 4th International PhD School in Formal Languages and

         Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 06:37:46 +0100
         From: "Alun Edwards" <alun.edwards_at_computing-services.oxford.ac.uk>
         Subject: Resource / Reading List Software - The Reality

JIBS: Resource / Reading List Software - The Reality.
Thursday 9th September 2004, 10:00 - 16:30
Venue - Said Business School at the University of Oxford

The workshop will bring together both major vendors from this growing
marketplace and librarians who are implementing and utilising the systems.
We hope that delegates will go away with an overall picture of the current
state of play in this fast developing area in the e-learning landscape.

The booking form is available from

Programme (tbc)
10:00 - 10:30 Registration
10:30 - 10:35 Welcome
10:35 - 11:05 Karen Reece - TALIS
11:05 - 11:35 Gary Brewerton - LORLS: An open source approach to
reading/resource list management 11:35 - 12:05 Adam Morris - Sentient
Discover 12:05 - 12:30 Questions
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Christine Middleton - LORLS at the University of Nottingham
14:00 - 14:30 Alan Brine -TALIS at De Monfort University 14:30 - 15:00
Juliet Ralph - Sentient Discover at Oxford University: the story so far
15:00 - 15:30 Tea and Coffee
15:30 - 16:00 Howard Noble - Relating reading lists software to other
elearning initiatives. 16:00 - 16:30 Questions and discussions

The JIBS User Group is one of the major means of feedback for end-users of
the UK's networked resources. It encompasses users and librarians in both
the higher education (HE) and further education (FE) sector. JIBS originated
as the user group for 'JIsc (assisted) Bibliographic dataserviceS' but now
sees its remit as extending beyond bibliographic material to all electronic
content of interest to HE and FE institutions available either via JISC's
Information Environment (IE), or delivered independently by other sources.
See http://www.jibs.ac.uk/ for further details.

Regards Ally

Alun Edwards
(JIBS committee member)
Humbul Humanities Hub
Oxford University Computing Services

         Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 06:40:51 +0100
         From: "MJ.Cox" <MJ.cox_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: WCCE 2005 - What works

World Conference on Computers in Education 2005 - July - South Africa
This conference (details below) may be of interest and there is still a few
days left to submit abstracts for papers. This conference occurs every 5
years and has been very useful. Academics from all over the world attend
and it also has workshops, focus groups etc. It covers all stages of
education from 'Early learning to HE and beyond"


40 Years of Computers in Education
The 2005 World Conference on Computers in Education will be hosted at the
University of Stellenbosch, just outside Cape Town, South Africa from the 4
- 7 July 2005.

For 4 days, you will be able to share the knowledge and imagination of some
of the greatest leaders in the field of education and technology in the
magnificent settings of the Cape Wine-lands one of South Africas greatest
claims to fame.

To appreciate the academic and technological significance of this event,
you need to consider the far-reaching effects a gathering of this magnitude
is bound to have. You can participate in the setting of new standards,
exploring new territories and finding better ways to educate and utilise
technology. Not to mention the relationships that will be formed with over
1000 key players in the various fields from across the globe expected to
attend this event.

Further information about WCCE 2005 can be obtained on our web site:
<http://www.wcce2005.org.za/>www.wcce2005.org.za where you will find
details regarding the opportunities for speakers, exhibitors and sponsors.

Alternatively, if you would like to download a pdf of the call for
participation brochure, click here:

Note the important dates for speakers:
early September 2005 Submission of Abstracts
15 September 2005 Notification of Acceptance
30 September 2005 Speakers to confirm they will speak
31 January 2005 Submission of Final Paper
30 March 2005 Submission of Presentation Material

Be sure not to miss out on the opportunity to participate in WCCE 2005 and
complete the enquiry form on our web site now to indicate your area of

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards

Peter Aspinall
Managing Director
WCCE 2005 Organising
Committee SBS Conferences

Ps: please forward this to colleagues and associates whom you feel may also
be interested in participating.

Conference Secretariat: SBS Conferences, P O Box 1059, Bellville, 7535,
South Africa
Email: <mailto:Registrar_at_sbs.co.za>Registrar_at_sbs.co.za
Tele: +(2721) 914 2888
Fax: +(2721) 914 2890

best wishes

         Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 06:45:24 +0100
         From: "Carlos Martin-Vide" <cmv_at_astor.urv.es>
         Subject: 4th International PhD School in Formal Languages and


Rovira i Virgili University
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics
Tarragona, Spain

Awarded with the Mark of Quality (Mencion de Calidad) by the
Spanish Ministry for Education and Science, MCD2003-00820

Courses and professors 1st term (March­July 2005)

Formal Languages: Foundations, Roots, Sources and Applications (Solomon
Marcus, Bucharest)
Languages (Zoltan Esik, Tarragona)
Combinatorics on Words (Tero Harju, Turku)
Varieties of Formal Languages (Jean-Eric Pin, Paris)
Regular Grammars (Masami Ito, Kyoto)
Context-Free Grammars (Manfred Kudlek, Hamburg)
Context-Sensitive Grammars (Victor Mitrana, Tarragona)
Mildly Context-Sensitive Grammars (Henning Bordihn, Potsdam)
Finite Automata (Sheng Yu, London ON)
Pushdown Automata (Hendrik Jan Hoogeboom, Leiden)
Turing Machines (Maurice Margenstern, Metz)
Computational Complexity (Markus Holzer, Munich)
Descriptional Complexity of Automata and Grammars (Detlef Wotschke, Frankfurt)

Introduction to Kolmogorov Complexity and Its Applications (for example, in
Formal Languages and Automata) (Paul Vitanyi, Amsterdam)
Patterns (Kai Salomaa, Kingston ON)
Infinite Words (Juhani Karhumaki, Turku)
Sturmian Words (Jean Berstel, Marne-la-Vallee)
Two-Dimensional Languages (Kenichi Morita, Hiroshima)
Probabilistic Automata: Background, Related Topics and Generalization
(Azaria Paz, Haifa)
Grammars with Regulated Rewriting (Juergen Dassow, Magdeburg)
Contextual Grammars (Carlos Martin-Vide, Tarragona)
Parallel Grammars (Henning Fernau, Tuebingen)
Grammar Systems (Erzsebet Csuhaj-Varju, Budapest)
Tree Automata and Tree Languages (Magnus Steinby, Turku)
Tree Transducers (Zoltan Fulop, Szeged)
Tree Adjoining Grammars (James Rogers, Richmond IN)
Formal Languages and Concurrent Systems (Jetty Kleijn, Leiden)
Graph Grammars and Graph Transformation (Hans-Joerg Kreowski, Bremen)
Restarting Automata (Friedrich Otto, Kassel)
Decision Problems of Rational Relations (Christian Choffrut, Paris)

Courses and professors 2nd term (September­December 2005)
Formal Power Series (Werner Kuich, Vienna)
Fuzzy Formal Languages (Claudio Moraga, Dortmund)
DNA Computing: Theory and Experiments (Mitsunori Ogihara, Rochester NY)
Splicing Systems (Rani Siromoney, Chennai)
Aqueous Computing (Tom Head, Binghamton NY)
Cellular Automata (Giancarlo Mauri, Milan)
Unification Grammars (Shuly Wintner, Haifa)
Context-Free Grammar Parsing (Giorgio Satta, Padua)
Probabilistic Parsing (Mark-Jan Nederhof, Groningen)
Categorial Grammars (Michael Moortgat, Utrecht)
Weighted Automata (Manfred Droste, Leipzig)
Weighted Finite-State Transducers (Mehryar Mohri, Florham Park NJ)
Grammatical Inference (Colin de la Higuera, Saint-Etienne)
Mathematical Foundations of Learning Theory (Satoshi Kobayashi, Tokyo)
Natural Language Processing with Symbolic Neural Networks (Risto
Miikkulainen, Austin TX)
Stochastic Learning Automata (John Oommen, Ottawa ON)
Text Retrieval: Foundations (Maxime Crochemore, Marne-la-Vallee)
Text Retrieval: Applications (Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Santiago de Chile)
Mathematical Evolutionary Genomics (David Sankoff, Ottawa ON)
Quantum Automata (Jozef Gruska, Brno)
Formal Languages and Logic (Vincenzo Manca, Verona)
Codes (Fernando Guzman, Binghamton NY)
Cryptography (Valtteri Niemi, Helsinki)
String Complexity (Lucian Ilie, London ON)
Image Compression (Jarkko Kari, Turku)
Topics in Asynchronous Circuit Theory (John Brzozowski, Waterloo ON)
Grammar-Theoretic Models in Artificial Life (Jozef Kelemen, Opava)
Syntactic Methods in Pattern Recognition (Rudolf Freund, Vienna)
Automata-Theoretic Techniques for Verification and Other Decision Problems
(Oscar Ibarra, Santa Barbara CA)



Candidate students for the programme are welcome from around the world.
Most appropriate degrees include: Computer Science and Mathematics. Other
students (for instance, from Linguistics, Logic or Engineering) could be
accepted provided they have a good undergraduate background in discrete
mathematics. At the beginning of the first term, a series of lessons on
discrete mathematics advanced pre-requisites will be offered, in order to
homogenize the students’ mathematical background.

Before applying to the programme and in order to check eligibility, the
student must be certain that the highest university degree s/he got enables
her/him to be enrolled in a doctoral programme in her/his home country.

Tuition Fees:

1,867 euros in total, approximately.


After following the courses, the students enrolled in the programme will
have to write and defend a research project and, later, a dissertation in
English in their own area of interest, in order to get the so-called
European PhD degree (which is a standard PhD degree with an additional mark
of quality). All the professors in the programme will be allowed to
supervise students’ work.


During the teaching semesters, funding opportunities will be provided by
the Spanish Ministry for Education and Science (mobility grants), by the
Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Becas MAE), and by the European
Commission (Alban scheme, for Latin American citizens). Additionally, the
university may have a very limited amount of economic resources itself for
covering the tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses of a few more

Immediately after the courses and during the writing of the PhD
dissertation, some of the best students will be offered 4-year research
fellowships, which will allow them to work in the framework of the host
research group.

Pre-Registration Procedure:

In order to be pre-registered, one should post to the programme chairman:

• xerocopy of the main page of the passport,
• xerocopy of the highest university education diploma,
• xerocopy of the academic record,
• full CV,
• letters of recommendation (optional),
• any other document to prove background, interest and motivation (optional).


Announcement of the programme: July 31, 2004
Pre-registration deadline: October 31, 2004
Selection of students: November 5, 2004
Starting of the 1st term (tentative): March 29, 2005
End of the 1st term (tentative): July 11, 2005
Starting of the 2nd term (tentative): September 12, 2005
End of the 2nd term (tentative): December 23, 2005
Defense of the research project (tentative): September 16, 2006
DEA examination (tentative): March 17, 2007

Questions and Further Information:

Please, contact the programme chairman, Carlos Martin-Vide, at cmv_at_astor.urv.es

Postal Address:

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics
Rovira i Virgili University
Pl. Imperial Tarraco, 1
43005 Tarragona, Spain
Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-559597
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