ICONIP'02 Final Call for Papers: Submissions due June 30

Lipo Wang elpwang at ntu.edu.sg
Mon Jun 17 21:35:32 EST 2002

[We have so far received about 600 submissions, not including
    about 30 special sessions currently being organized. 
    Due to numerous requests, especially from participants 
    to some major conferences held in May 2002, we are pleased 
    to revise the submission deadline as below.]

    9th International Conference on Neural Information Processing 
    4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Simulated Evolution And Learning 
   International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery 
        November 18 - 22, 2002, Orchid Country Club, Singapore

             Home Page: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/home/nef
           Mirror Page: http://www.cic.unb.br/~weigang/nef

          *** (NEW!) Submission Deadline: June 30, 2002 ***

                         Organized by:
           School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
             Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

                         Sponsored by:
               Asia-Pacific Neural Network Assembly
                 SEAL & FSKD Steering Committees
                Singapore Neuroscience Association

                      In Co-Operation with:
                   IEEE Neural Network Society
               International Neural Network Society 
                  European Neural Network Society 

                         Supported by:
                        Lee Foundation
                       US AOARD, ARO-FE
            Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau 
                    Novartis Pharmaceuticals


ICONIP'02, SEAL'02, and FSKD'02 will be jointly held in Orchid Country
Club, Singapore from November 18 to 22, 2002. The conferences will not
only feature the most up-to-date research results in natural and arti-
ficial neural systems, evolutionary computation, fuzzy systems, and 
knowledge discovery, but also promote cross-fertilization over these 
exciting and yet closely-related areas. Registration to any one of the 
conferences will entitle a participant to the technical sessions and 
the proceedings of all three conferences, as well as the conference 
banquet, buffet lunches, and tours to two of the major attractions in 
Singapore, i.e., Night Safari and Sentosa Resort Island. Many well-
known researchers will present keynote speeches, panel discussions, 
invited lectures, and tutorials.

About Singapore
Located at one of the most important crossroads of the world, 
Singapore is truly a place where East and West come together. Here you 
will find Chinese, Indian, and Malay communities living together, 
their long established cultures forming a unique backdrop to a clean 
and modern garden city. English is spoken everywhere and is the common 
business language of all. Few places on earth promise such a delight 
for the palate, with gourmet cuisine from over 30 countries. Exotic 
resorts in neighboring countries are only a short bus/ferry ride away.

Orchid Country Club (OCC)
The venue for this year's conferences is at one of Singapore's 
premier country clubs, a 25-minute bus ride from the city. Away from 
the hustle and bustle of downtown Singapore, the tranquil setting of 
the resort is ideal for serious technical discussions with an 
accommodating space and ambience for relaxation. Not to miss out on 
the splendor of downtown Singapore, the organizer has also secured 
good quality and affordable accommodation in the heart of the city 
with pre-arranged transport to/from the OCC. For golf enthusiasts, 
OCC is equipped with the largest computerized driving range in South 
East Asia and boasts of a 27-hole golf course with facilities for 
night golfing, ideal for relaxation after each day of technical 
discussions. Visit the OCC website at http://www.orchidclub.com

Night Safari and Sentosa Resort Island 
It is said that a visit to Singapore is not complete without making 
a trip to two of the Republic's famous attractions. The only one of 
its kind in the world, the Night Safari provides a setting for 
visitors to experience what it is like to observe animals in their 
nocturnal habitat. The island of Sentosa offers some unique 
attractions and a visit there will also provide a glimpse and 
imagery of Singapore's past and present. Visits to these two 
attractions will be included as recreation for the joint conference.
(Websites: http://www.zoo.com.sg/safari/, http://www.sentosa.com.sg)

Topics of Interest 
The joint conferences welcomes paper submissions from researchers, 
practitioners, and students worldwide in but not limited to the 
following areas.

   ARTIFICIAL NEURAL MODELS - Learning algorithms, Neural modeling and 
       architectures, Neurodynamics
   NATURAL NEURAL SYSTEMS - Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Neuro-
       physiology, Brain imaging, Learning and memory
   COGNITIVE SCIENCE - Perception, emotion, and cognition, Selective 
       attention, Vision and auditory models
   HARDWARD IMPLEMENTATION - Artificial retina & cochlear chips
   HYBRID SYSTEMS - Neuro-fuzzy systems, Evolutionary neural nets, etc
   APPLICATIONS - Bioinformatics, Finance, Manufacturing, etc.

   THEORY - Co-evolution, Coding methods, Collective behavior
   METHODOLOGY - Evolution strategies, Genetic algorithms, Genetic 
       programming, Molecular and quantum computing, Evolvable 
       hardware, Multi-objective optimization, Ant colony, Artificial 
   EVOLUTIONARY LEARNING - Artificial life, Bayesian evolutionary 
   HYBRID SYSTEMS - Evolutionary neuro-fuzzy systems, Soft computing
   APPLICATIONS - Scheduling, Operations research, Design, etc

   THEORY AND FOUNDATIONS - Fuzzy theory and models, Uncertainty 
       management, Statistical & probabilistic data mining, Computing 
       with words, Rough sets, Intelligent agents
   METHODS AND ALGORITHMS - Classification, Clustering, Information 
       retrieval &  fusion, Data warehousing & OLAP, Fuzzy hardware,
       Visualization, Decision trees, Data preprocessing
   HYBRID SYSTEMS - Evolutionary neuro-fuzzy systems, Soft computing
   APPLICATIONS - Control, Optimization, Natural language processing,
       Forecasting, Human-computer interaction, etc.

Special Sessions
The conferences will feature special sessions on specialized topics 
to encourage in-depth discussions. To propose a special session, 
please follow the instructions on the conference web page.  

Sponsorship / Exhibition
The conferences will offer product vendors a sponsorship package 
and/or an opportunity to interact with conference participants. 
Product demonstration and exhibition can also be arranged. For more 
information, please visit the conference web page.  

Keynote Speakers 
Shun-ichi Amari, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan
David Fogel, Natural Selection, Inc., USA
Mitsuo Kawato, ATR, Japan
Xin Yao, The University of Birmingham, UK
Lotfi A. Zadeh, University of California, USA

Panel Discussions:
"Future Challenges in Soft Computing: Theory? Cmputational Paradigms? 
    Organized by Jacek M. Zurada
"Oh sure, my method is connectionist too. Who said it's not?" 
    Organized by Asim Roy 

The registration fee for regular participants before August 15, 2002
is S$680 (approximately US$370 as at February 6, 2002), which includes
the proceedings, lunches, banquet, and tours.

Submission of Papers 
Authors are invited to submit electronic files (postscript, pdf or 
Word format) through the conference home page. Papers should be 
double-column and use 10 pt Times Roman or similar fonts. The final
version of a paper should not exceed 5 pages in length. A selected 
number of accepted papers will be expanded and revised for possible 
inclusion in edited books and peer-reviewed journals, such as 
"Soft Computing" and "Knowledge and Information Systems: An 
International Journal" by Springer-Verlag.

Honorary Conference Chairs
	Shun-ichi Amari, Japan
	Hans-Paul Schwefel, Germany
	Lotfi A. Zadeh, USA

International Advisory Board
	Sung-Yang Bang, Korea 
	Meng Hwa Er, Singapore  
	David B. Fogel, USA  
	Toshio Fukuda, Japan  
	A. Galushkin, Russia
	Tom Gedeon, Australia  
	Zhenya He, China  
	Mo Jamshidi, USA
	Nikola Kasabov, New Zealand  
	Sun-Yuan Kung, USA  
	Tong Heng Lee, Singapore  
	Erkki Oja, Finland 
	Nikhil R. Pal, India 
	Enrique H. Ruspini,USA 
	Harcharan Singh, Singapore  
	Ah Chung Tsoi, Australia  
	Shiro Usui, Toyohashi, Japan
	Lei Xu, China  
	Benjamin W. Wah, USA  
	Donald C. Wunsch II, USA
	Xindong Wu, USA 
	Youshou Wu, China 
	Yixin Zhong, China  
	Jacek M. Zurada, USA

	Alex C. Kot, Singapore

General Chair
	Lipo Wang, Singapore

Program Co-Chairs
		Kunihiko Fukushima, Japan
		Soo-Young Lee, Korea
		Jagath C. Rajapakse, Singapore
		Takeshi Furuhashi, Japan
		Jong-Hwan Kim, Korea
		Kay Chen Tan, Singapore
		Saman Halgamuge, Australia
	Special Sessions:    
		Xin Yao, UK

Finance Chair
	Charoensak Charayaphan, Singapore

Local Arrangement Chair
	Meng Hiot Lim, Singapore

Proceedings Chair
	Farook Sattar, Singapore

Publicity Co-Chairs
	Hepu Deng, Australia
	Chunru Wan, Singapore
	Li Weigang, Brazil
	Zili Zhang, Australia

Sponsorship/Exhibition Chair
	Tong Seng Quah, Singapore

Tutorial Chair
	P. N. Suganthan, Singapore

Support Team Leader
	Sophia Kuo, Singapore

Conference Secretariat 
	FSKD'02-ICONIP'02-SEAL'02 Secretariat
	Conference Management Center/CCE, NTU
	Administration Annex Building #04-06
	42 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639815
	Phone: +65 6790 6372
	Fax:   +65 6793 0997

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