September 16 to 18, 1998

Madrid, Spain

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It is universally recognized that learning is an essential process both for living beings and for physical machines or computational programs to be efficient in carrying out complex tasks or when working in changing environments: consequently, more and more intensive research is being dedicated to its many aspects.

Most of this research adopts a particular point of view: biological, psychological, educational, mathematical, algorithmic, computational, etc. Nevertheless, many researchers consider that perspectives coming from other scientific fields are important, sometimes critical, to produce significant advances and useful results.

LEARNING'98 is intended to provide a forum for interdisciplinary study and discussion of the different aspects of learning: during two days and a half, it will host invited lectures by well-known experts, oral presentations, poster sessions, and round tables to discuss how the different approaches can help one another.

The final goal of this technical meeting is to create a (series of) network(s) which allow a fluid interchange of different kinds of know-how to accelerate the progress along different research conceptions and lines.

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Original and not published papers are invited on the following subjects and topics (without excluding contributions related to additional aspects of learning):

  1. Human & Machine Learning
    1. Biological and machine learning paradigms
    2. Computational models for biological learning
    3. Biological principles applied to artificial learning
  2. Mathematical Models of Learning
    1. Constructing and validating models and architectures
    2. Defining goals and objectives
    3. Training methods and algorithms
    4. Generalization aspects in learning processes
  3. Facing the Principal Learning Difficulties
    1. Complexity and learning
    2. Nonstationary environments: evolution and learning
    3. Learning in active environments
    4. Learning strategies
  4. Applications
    1. Computational learning applications
    2. Intelligent Agents and their applications
    3. Teaching to learn
    4. Technology for human training and learning

It is expected to dedicate one session to each one of these four blocks: each session will include an invited lecture plus 2/3 oral presentations (20 m) plus 8/12 poster contributions.

The publication of a special issue of a technical journal and a book including extended versions of selected papers is under negotiation. More information to follow on http://learn98.tsc.uc3m.es.

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The following speakers have expressed their acceptance to present invited talks:

  • Dr. John C. Casti, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, USA
    Lecture title: ``Would-Be Worlds: The Science and the Surprise of Artificial Worlds''
  • Dr. Jean-Arcady Meyer, Dept. of Biologie, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France
    Lecture title: ``Learning in Navigating Animats''
  • Dr. Nestor Schmajuk, Dept. of Psychology (Experimental), Duke University, Durham, UC, USA
    Lecture title: ``Models of Behavior, Models of the Brain: A Computational Approach to the Neurophysiology of Animal Learning and Cognition''
  • Dr. Vladimir Vapnik, AT&T Bell Labs, Holmdel, NJ, USA
    Lecture title: ``Problem of Learning and Generalization''
  • Dr. Yves Demazeau, Institut IMAG, Grenoble, France
    Lecture title: ``Learning in and with Multi-Agents Systems''

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  • S.C. Ahalt, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
  • A. Artes-Rodriguez, Univ. Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
  • G. Ayala, Univ. de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico
  • D. Borrajo, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • J.C. Casti, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, USA
  • O. Herreras, Hospital Ramon y Cajal, Madrid, Spain
  • B. McGonigle, Univ. of Edinburgh, UK
  • J.-A. Meyer, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France
  • H.L. Roitblat, Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA
  • E. de Schutter, Univ. of Antwerp, Belgium
  • G. Sicuranza, Univ. of Trieste, Italy

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  • Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Sección Española del IEEE
  • Office of Naval Research International Field Office - Europe together with the European Research Office, U.S. Army.
  • Cátedra ERICSSON - Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Foro AIRTEL - Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Telefónica I+D

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  • Aníbal R. Figueiras-Vidal (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), Chairman
  • Antonio R. de-las-Heras (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), ViceChairman
  • Ignacio Aedo-Cuevas (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
  • Antonio Artés-Rodríguez (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
  • Carlos Bousoño-Calzón (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
  • Fernando Díaz-de-María (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
  • Jose R. Dorronsoro (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • Carlos Martín-Pascual (CSIC-Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
  • Juan A. Siguenza (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

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Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of an extended abstract, which should be composed of the title of the paper, author's names, addresses, e-mail, telephone, fax, and a text of about 1000 words. The abstract should be written in HTML and must be sent to the Secretariat via e-mail, as an attachment, by March 31st, 1998.

The contact form given below must accompany submitted extended abstracts.

Their acceptance/rejection will be communicated, as well as the corresponding instructions to prepare a written version for the Proceedings (4000 words for oral and 2000 for poster presentations), by May 15th, 1998. The papers will be due via e-mail by September 1st, and should be accompanied of a copyright transfer agreement.

It follows a summary of Deadlines:

  • Submission of abstracts: March 31, 1998
  • Notification of acceptance: May 15, 1998
  • Submission of the paper: September 1, 1998

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A Registration form is attached to this Call and is also available in the web (click here).

Registration fees:

  • Until July 31st:

    • General fee 38,000 pta. (or US$ 250)
    • Student fee 10,000 pta. (or US$ 65)
  • After July 31st:
    • General fee 45,000 pta. (or US$ 300)
    • Student fee 12,000 pta. (or US$ 80)
NOTE: Students must fax the appropriate accreditation along with the registration form and show the original document at the workshop.

The fee includes:

  • Welcome cocktail
  • A copy of the Proceedings (to be distributed after the workshop)
  • Noon meals
  • Morning and afternoon coffee or refreshment
  • The official dinner (to be held during an excursion to Toledo).

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Four hotels have been selected for your choice. Two of them are at walking distance to the venue, in GETAFE (15 km to the south of Madrid). The two others are in Downtown Madrid, close to the rail station joining GETAFE and MADRID (service every 10 minutes).

  • Student Residence of the University
    Avda. de las Ciudades, 1
    28903, Getafe (Madrid)
    Price: 5,600 pta/night + taxes (double room in single occupation)
  • HOTEL CARLOS III (* * *)
    C/ Velasco, 7
    28901, Getafe (Madrid)
    Prices: 6,800 pta/night + taxes (double room)
    5,000 pta/night + taxes (double room in single occupation)
  • HOTEL SUR (* * *)
    Po. Infanta Isabel, 9
    28014 Madrid (Special prices for the weekend following Learning'98!)
    Prices: 15,200 pta/night + taxes (double room)
    12,800 pta/night + taxes (single room)
  • HOTEL NACIONAL (* * * *)
    Po. del Prado, 48
    28014 Madrid
    Price: 16,900 pta/night + taxes
    (double room in single occupation)

An Accommodation Form is provided with this Call (click here). This Form must reach the Secretariat before July, 15th. The reservations will be done on the basis of ``first call, first served!''.

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The Carlos III University lies to the south of Madrid in the cities of Getafe and Leganes. The center of Madrid is little more than 10 km from the two University campuses. The meeting will be celebrated at the Getafe Campus.

There are basically three options to get Getafe Campus from Madrid:

The Student Residence and Hotel Carlos III are in Getafe and at walking distance from Getafe Campus:
Finally, you can visit a map of the Getafe campus at http://www.uc3m.es/uc3m/gral/IG/plano3.html. The workshop will be at building no. 8.

Last updated, September 15th 1998