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Workshop on spatiotemporal models

Luis B. Almeida lba at inesc.pt
Thu Feb 8 11:33:58 EST 1996


                         Preliminary announcement

                            Sintra Workshop on
         Spatiotemporal Models in Biological and Artificial Systems

                   Sintra, Portugal, 6-8 November 1996

A workshop is being organized, on the topic of Spatiotemporal Models in
Biological and Artificial Systems, to foster the discussion of the
latest developments in these fields, and the cross-fertilization of
ideas between people from the areas of biological and artificial
information processing systems. This is a preliminary announcement of
the workshop, to allow potential participants enough time to prepare
their works for submission.

The size of the workshop is planned to be relatively small (around 50
people), to enhance the communication among participants. Submissions
will be subjected to an international peer review procedure. All
accepted submissions will be scheduled for poster presentation. The
authors of the best-rated submissions will make oral presentations, in
addition to their poster presentations. Presentation of an accepted
contribution is mandatory for participation in the workshop. There
will also be a number of presentations by renowned invited speakers.


Submissions will consist of the full papers in their final form. Paper
revision after the review is not expected to be possible. The
camera-ready paper format is not available yet, but a rough indication
is eight A4 pages, typed single-spaced in a 12 point font, with 3.5 cm
margins all around. The accepted contributions will be published by a
major scientific publisher. The proceedings volume is planned to be
distributed to the participants at the beginning of the workshop.


The workshop will take place on 6-8 November 1996 in Sintra,
Portugal. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Deadline for paper submission		30 April 1996
Results of paper review			31 July 1996
Workshop				6-8 November 1996

The workshop is planned to have a duration of two and a half days,
from a wednesday afternoon through the next friday afternoon. The
participants who so desire will have the opportunity to stay the
following weekend, for sightseeing.


We have received confirmation that the Office of Naval Research
(U.S.A.) will provide partial funding for the workshop. Among other
things (e.g. funding the invited speakers), this will allow us, almost
certainly, to partially subsidize the participants' expenses. The
amounts and modalities of the subsidies have not been fixed yet.

Funding applications have also been sent to several other
institutions. Therefore, some more funding may become available in the


Sintra is a beautiful little town, located about 20 km west of
Lisbon. It used to be a vacation place of the Portuguese aristocracy,
and has in its vicinity a number of beautiful palaces, a moor castle,
a monastery carved in the rock and other interesting spots. It is on
the edge of a small mountain that creates a microclimate with a
luxurious vegetation. Sintra has recently been designated World

Visit our web page (see below) if you wish to see some photographs of


Further announcements of the workshop will be made, but people who
wish to stay informed can send e-mail to Luis B. Almeida (see below),
to be included in the workshop's mailing list.

Visit the workshop's web page at "http://aleph.inesc.pt/smbas/".

Access to this site, from abroad, is known to be slow. We have
arranged to have a mirror page at
which should be easier to access for most people. Currently this
mirror contains only the text (no nice pictures of Sintra yet). This
will be corrected soon.

Come back to these web pages. We'll keep them up-to-date, with the
latest information.



Fernando Lopes da Silva
Amsterdam University, The Netherlands

Technical program

Jose C. Principe
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
principe at synapse.ee.ufl.edu

Local arrangements

Luis B. Almeida
Instituto Superior Tecnico / INESC, Lisbon, Portugal
luis.almeida at inesc.pt

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