call for papers

CfP: OpenOffice.org annual international conference, OOoCon 2008 - Beijing, China, November 5th-7th

The OpenOffice.org Community invites potential speakers to submit
proposals for papers for the OpenOffice.org annual international
conference, OOoCon 2008. Whether you are a seasoned presenter, or have
never stood up in public before, if you have something interesting to
share about OpenOffice.org - we want to hear from you. Please note the
Conference language is English.

OOoCon 2008 - to be held in Beijing, China from 5th-7th November - will
see the biggest concentration of OOo developers ever assembled in one
location on this planet. For this reason, we particularly welcome
proposals from developers with information to share with fellow
developers, from how to get started with simple extensions, through to the
deep, dirty, and downright technical aspects of hacking the OpenOffice.org
codebase.

Papers are also welcomed on any topic of interest to the Community: to the
thousands of people who have joined one of our Projects and design,
develop, maintain, translate, test, document, support, promote, or in any
other way help us bring OpenOffice.org's products and services to the
world. As this is the first OOoCon to be held in Asia, we encourage local
communities to submit papers for a special feature on local success
stories.

For further details of how, where, and when to submit a proposal:
http://marketing.openoffice.org/ooocon2008/cfp

For further details of OOoCon 2008:
http://marketing.openoffice.org/ooocon2008

The conference organisers look forward to hearing from you!

The OOoCon 2008 organising committee.

Cfp: "Urban metabolism: measuring the ecological city" (Prague, Czechia)

The Charles University in Prague is organising ConAccount 2008: “Urban metabolism: measuring the ecological city". Abstract submission deadline is March 15.

Details via
http://www.czp.cuni.cz/conaccount/search.php?rsvelikost=sab&rstext=all-p... .

Call for Papers: Scientific Information for Society

SPECIAL CALL FOR PAPERS FROM YOUNG SCIENTISTS

Deadline for Abstract Submission:
31 May 2008

CODATA is pleased to announce a Special Call for Papers from young scientists working in the scientific data community. You are invited to submit abstracts for possible presentation at the 21 st CODATA conference “Scientific Information for Society- from Today to the Future”. The CODATA 2008 Conference takes place at the National Technical University, KPI, in Kyiv , Ukraine on 5-8 October 2008, see http://www.codata.org/08conf/index.html .

The papers will be reviewed by the International Scientific Program Committee in consultation with members of the newly appointed CODATA Young Scientists Committee . A number of papers will be selected for special presentation at the conference. The registration fee will be waived for the selected speakers and their local costs will be covered.

Deadline for Submission is: 31 May 2008

What is a young scientist?
To be eligible to be considered you must ideally be under 35 years. In certain cases exceptions may be made but the absolute age limit cannot be over 40. Ideally a Young Scientist should have received a PhD or equivalent within three years prior to the Conference.
Submissions should relate to one of the Conference topics.
Details via
http://www.codata.org/08conf/callforpapers-youngsci.html .

CODATA (Committee on Data for Science and Technology) was established in 1966 as an interdisciplinary committee of the International Council of Science (ICSU), formerly the International Council of Scientific Unions. It seeks to improve the compilation, critical evaluation, storage, and retrieval of data of importance to science and technology.

CfP: Workshop "From Biology To Concurrency and back" (FBTC 2008), Reykjavík, Iceland

Call For Papers
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Second International Workshop

From Biology To Concurrency and back (FBTC 2008)

A Satellite Workshop of ICALP 2008

July 12, 2008, Reykjavik, Iceland

http://www.cs.le.ac.uk/events/FBTC2008

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SUMMARY:

In computational theory, several formal approaches make use of
biology as inspiration for the development of problem solving techniques.
Most of them are taken from complex, inherently concurrent, systems.
Some examples of "biologically inspired computing" are artificial immune
systems, cellular automata, genetic algorithms, membrane computing,
neural networks, organic computing, swarm intelligence.

On the other hand, concurrency has begun to inspire an emerging research
area in Biology. Regev and Shapiro coined the Cells-as-Computation
metaphor as the "much-needed abstraction for biomolecular systems".
Computers and biomolecular systems both start from a small set of
elementary components from which, layer by layer, more complex entities
are constructed with evermore sophisticated functions. In computational
systems biology, the abstractions, tools and methods used to specify and
study concurrent and distributed systems can therefore be naturally
adopted to model and better understand the complex biomolecular systems.

In this workshop we intend to explore this "cross-fertilization" between
computational sciences and biology, with a special attention to
concurrent models in biology and formal foundations in bio-inspired
computing. Concurrency theory permits hypotheses generation and testing.
Models can therefore be simulated, analyzed, checked and validated.
A growing "arsenal" of theoretical models, logics, and tools for
understanding concurrent systems has been developed. We recognize that
concurrency permeates not only computer systems but also nature and
living organisms. We can find concurrency at the molecular level as well
as at those of cells, organs, individuals, communities and ecological
systems. Also, biologically inspired computing could benefit from
concurrency theory.

SPECIFIC TOPICS OF INTEREST INCLUDE (BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO):

* Biologically inspired developments in concurrency theory;
* Biologically inspired models and software tools for concurrent
computation;
* Applications of computer science formalisms with concurrency flavour,
such as process algebras, Petri nets, automata, statecharts, rewrite
systems, P systems, in systems biology;
* Challenges in compositional modelling of biological systems at
different level of detail: molecular, cellular, tissue, organs,
organism, community;
* Use of concurrency software tools in the modelling, simulation and
analysis of biological systems.

PAPER SUBMISSION:

We solicit unpublished papers reporting on original research on the
topics of interest of FBTC workshops. The title and the abstract of each
paper should be sent to the email address of the workshop by

Wednesday 12 of March, 2008

and papers should be submitted via EasyChair
(http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fbtc2008) by

Wednesday 19 of March 2008.

Authors will be notified of acceptance by Friday, 2 May 2008.
Submissions from the PC members are allowed.

Prospective authors may need to register with EasyChair first if they do
not have an account there yet. Papers should take the form of a pdf file
in ENTCS format, whose length should not exceed 15 pages. Please follow
the instructions at http://www.entcs.org/prelim.html for downloading
the correct prentcsmacro.sty file for FBTC 2008. If necessary, detailed
proofs of technical results and other additional information can be
included in a clearly-labelled "Appendix for referees". This is in
addition to 15 pages stated above; and the material may be read at
the discretion of the PC but will be included in the final version of
the paper. Submissions from the PC members are allowed.

Proceedings: Bound preliminary proceedings will be available at
the meeting. The final proceedings of the workshop will appear
as a volume in the ENTCS series.

IMPORTANT DATES:

* Submission of title and abstract: 12 March 2008
* Submission of paper: 19 March 2008
* Notification: 2 May 2008
* Final version: 23 May 2008
* Workshop: Saturday, 12 July 2008
* Final ENTCS version: 22 August 2008

CfP: 9th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Montreal, Canada

ITS'2008 - CALL FOR PAPERS

9th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems
June 23-27, 2008 Montreal, Canada

http://gdac.dinfo.uqam.ca/its2008/

******** Important Announcement *********************

NEW deadline extended until January 24, 12h PM (midnight) Easter time

******** REVISED Dates *********************

January 24th, 2008 : Paper & Poster submission.

January 24th, 2008 : Workshop & tutorial proposal due.

March 7th, 2008 : Notification of acceptance (full papers & posters).

=== April 1st, 2008 : Young Researchers Track submission. ===

April 6th, 2008 : Copyright form submission (full papers & posters).

April 6th, 2008 : Final camera-ready manuscript (full papers & posters).

April 16th, 2008 : Author registration deadline .

April 20th to May 8th : Workshop, Demonstrations and tutorial deadlines.

**** Theme: Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Past and Future *********

The 9th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems provides a
leading international forum for the dissemination of original results in the
design, implementation, and evaluation of intelligent tutoring systems and
related areas. The conference will draw researchers from a broad spectrum of
disciplines ranging from artificial intelligence and cognitive sciences to
pedagogy and educational psychology. The conference explores the real world
impact of intelligent tutoring systems (ITSs) on an increasingly global
scale.

Improved authoring tools and learning object standards enable fielding
systems and curricula in real world settings on an unprecedented scale.
Researchers deploy ITSs in ever larger studies, and increasingly use data
from real students, tasks, and settings to guide new research. With high
volumes of student interaction data, data mining and machine learning,
tutoring systems can learn from experience and improve their teaching
performance.

Increasing number of realistic evaluation studies also broaden researchers'
knowledge about the educational contexts for which ITSs are best suited. At
the same time, researchers explore how to expand and improve student-tutor
communication, for example, how to achieve more flexible and responsive
discourse with students, help students integrate Web resources into
learning, use mobile technologies and games to enhance student motivation
and learning, and address multicultural perspectives.

ITS'2008 will be supported by a strong international program committee that
will ensure full and effective refereeing of all submitted papers.

********** Topics of ************

Original papers related to the design, implementation and evaluation of
intelligent tutoring systems are solicited. Topics include, but are not
limited to, the followings:

- Adaptive Hypermedia
- Evaluation of Instructional Systems
- Learning Environments
- Affect and Models of Emotion
- Human Factors and Interface Design
- Machine Learning in ITS
- Agent-based Tutoring Systems
- Instructional Design
- Narratives in Learning
- Natural Language and Discourse
- Architectures
- Instructor Networking
- Pedagogical Agent
- Assessment
- Intelligent Agents
- Pedagogical Planning
- Authoring Systems
- Intelligent Web-Based Learning
- Situated Learning
- Case-Based Reasoning Systems
- Intelligent Multimedia Systems
- Speech and Dialogue Systems
- Cognitive Modeling
- Internet Environments
- Student Modeling
- Collaborative Learning
- Knowledge Acquisition
- Virtual Reality
- Digital Learning Games
- Knowledge Construction
- Web-based Training Systems
- Distributed Learning Environments
- Knowledge Representation
- Wireless and Mobile Learning
- Electronic Commerce and Learning
- Learning Companions

********** Contacts and Paper Submission ******************

Roger Nkambou (co-chair), University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada -
nkambou.roger@uqam.ca Susanne Lajoie (co-chair), McGill, Canada -
lajoie@mcgill.ca

Conference website: http://gdac.dinfo.uqam.ca/its2008

Proceedings of the conference will be published by Springer Verlag in its
Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.