ISUMA 2003, College Park, MD; Sept 20-24, 2003

ISUMA 2003, College Park, MD; Sept 20-24, 2003

Post by Ni » Sun, 31 Aug 2003 05:16:25

Welcome to ISUMA'03

Over the last three decades, significant progress in the understanding
of the nature of uncertainty in information and knowledge, and the
fuzzy processing of information has been achieved.  The application
areas are numerous and diverse, and include all fields of engineering,
computer science, systems control, agriculture, environmental
engineering and finance.  The theme of our meeting is a better
understanding of uncertainty and the application of its theories.

The response that we have received for the fourth International
Symposium on Uncertainty Modeling and Analysis (ISUMA) has been
excellent.  This is evidence of the great interest and development in
these areas.  The conference will be held at the Center of Adult
Education at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland on
September 21-24, 2003.  The conference is expected to be truly an
international meeting with a high level of participation from many

The conference organizers have developed a program that strikes a
balance between theoretical and application development.  The program
was designed to accommodate the interests of a large segment of
researchers and engineers from a wide variety of subject areas.  The
presentations will focus on the application of uncertainty modeling
and analysis to elucidation of complexities in these subject areas.

The organizers look forward to welcoming you to the University of
Maryland at College Park during the conference, and to your active
participation in ISUMA 2003.

On behalf of the organizing committees,
Bilal M. Ayyub and Nii O. Attoh-Okine
Co-Chairs - ISUMA 2003

Organizing Institution
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA
University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA

General Chairs
Bilal M. Ayyub, University of Maryland at College Park, USA
Nii O. Attoh-Okine, University of Delaware, USA

Conference Co-Chairs
D. Dubois, University Paul Sabatier, France
H. Furuta, Kansai University, Japan
Madan M. Gupta, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
A. Kandel, University of Southern Florida, USA
E.H. Mamdani, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine,
G. J. Klir, SUNY AT Binghamton, USA

International Program Committee
G. Abu-Lebdeh, USA
A. Ang, USA
E.K. Antonsson, USA
G. Apostolakis, USA
I. Assakkaf, USA
J. Beach, USA
G. Beacher, USA
D. Bentil, USA
H. Bersini, Belgium
M. Bethold, USA
J.C. Bezdek, USA
Z. Bien, South Korea
V. Bier, USA
D. Blockley, England
I. Bogardi, USA
P. Bonissone, USA
B. Bouchon-Meunier, France
J. Buckley, USA
O.Y. Chang, Taiwan
D. Dasgupta, USA
B. De Baets, Belgium
J.-L. Deng, P.R. China
G. F. de Souza, Brazil
G. Deodatis, USA
A. Dinovitzer, Canada
Z.A. Eldukair, Saudi Arabia     D. Frangopol, USA
G. Fu, USA
J. Garrett, Jr, USA
L. Graham, USA
A. Gupta, USA
Y. Haimes, USA
A. Haldar, USA
D. Halpin, USA
P.E. Hess III, USA
U. Hohle, Germany
P.A. Johnson, USA
C. Joslyn, USA
J. Kacprzyk, Poland
M. Kaminskiy, USA
L. Kanal, USA
Z. Karaszewski, USA
J.M. Keller, USA
E. Kerre, Belgium
G. Klir, USA
T.S. Koko, Canada
D.H. Kraft, USA
S. Lin, China
J. Lua, USA
M.A. Maes, Canada
N.J. Mattei, USA
M.N. McAllister, USA
R. McCuen, USA  M. Modarres, USA
D. Moser, USA
M. Mukaidono, Japan
A. Naess, Norway
Y. Najjar, USA
R. Patev, USA
N. Pegg, Canada
C. Pettit, USA
H. Prade, France
C. Putcha, USA
G.I. Schueller, Austria
D. Segalman, USA
G. Shafer, USA
P. Shenoy, USA
H. Shibata, Japan
A. Shlyakhter, USA
T. Sudkamp, USA
W. Tang, USA
I.B. Turksen, Canada
T. Vamos, Hungary
Y.K. Wen, USA
T. Whalen, USA
R. Wilcox, USA
R.R. Yager, USA
H. Zimmermann, Germany
I. Elishakoff, USA
Local Organizing Committee
Ibrahim Assakkaf
Michael Chajes
Arde Faghri
Andrew Blair
Juel Gibbons
Mark Kaminskiy
Zbigniew Karaszewski
Shinya Kikuchi
Stephen Mensah
Maged Morcos
Khalid Nejaim
Robb Wilcox

Conference Secretariat
ISUMA 2003 Secretariat
Attn: Professor  Nii O. Attoh-Okine
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of  Delaware
Newark, DE 19716 USA
Telephone:  302-831-4532
FAX:  302-831-3640

National Science Foundation
Center for Technology and Systems Management, University of Maryland
BMA Engineering, Inc., Potomac, MD


The conference proceedings will be published by the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE-Computer Society.  Each
registered participant will receive a copy of the proceedings as part
of the registration materials given during the conference.  Additional
copies may be purchased at the registration desk, or from the
IEEE-Computer Society Press, 10662 Los Vaqueros Circle, Los Alamitos,
CA 90720, USA, telephone 714-821-8380, and FAX 714-821-4010.
The official language of the conference is English.
Location and Transportation
The Center of Adult Education of the University of Maryland, College
Park, Maryland, is a complete conference facility located adjacent to
the College Park Campus, inside the Capital Beltway (I-495), about 10
miles from the center of Washington D.C.  The center is located at the
intersection of University Blvd. and Adelphi Road, College Park,
Maryland 20742-1606, USA.  The center can be contacted by telephone at
301-985-7308 or FAX at 301-985-7850.  Airports that serve the area in
order of proximity are the Baltimore-Washington Airport (12 miles)
the Washington National Airport (15 miles) and Dulles International
Airport (30 miles).  Taxi service is available from these airports to
the center, and direct ground transportation is available from
Baltimore-Washington Airport to the center.

Accommodations for the conference will be provided at the Center of
Adult Education, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
20742-1606, USA, telephone 301-985-7310, FAX 301-985-7850.  A block of
rooms at the center has been reserved for participants in the
conference.  The room rates are about $90 to $150.  Hotel reservations
should be sent either by air mail or FAX directly to the Center of
Adult Education, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-1606,
USA, telephone 301-985-7310, FAX 301-985-7850.  Reservations should
make reference to ISUM A2003 and use the code ISOU in order to receive
the special rates of the conference.


Welcoming Reception
A wine and cheese welcoming reception will be held in the Chesapeake
room on Monday, September 22, 2003, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  There is
no charge to registered participants and accompanying persons.

Conference Banquet
The conference banquet will be held in the Chesapeake room on Tuesday,
September 23, 2003, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  There is no charge to
registered participants.  Tickets can be purchased for accompanying
persons.  No-host pre-dinner cocktails will be served beginning at
6:30 pm.

Sightseeing Tour of Washington, DC
A special sightseeing tour of Washington, DC, that highlights many of
the historic attractions will be offered.  The landmarks that will be
visited include the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, Vietnam Memorial,
and US Capitol and White House areas.  The tour is scheduled from 1:30
to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, September 24, 2003.  The cost of the tour
will be $50.00 per person.

Center of Adult Education, University of Maryland, College Park,
Maryland, USA
Sunday, September 21, 2003, from 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Monday, September 22, 2003, from 7:00 am to 10:30 am
Opening Session
(Monday, September 22, 2003, 8:00 - 8:30 am, VFF Room)

Presiding: Bilal M. Ayyub, University of Maryland, College Park, MD,
Madan M. Gupta, Honorary Co-Chairman, University of Saskatchewan,
Saskatoon, Canada
George J. Klir, Honorary Co-Chairman State University of New York at
Binghamton, USA
Nariman Farvardin, Dean of College of Engineering, University of
Maryland, USA
Michael Chajes, Chairman of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department, University of Maryland, USA
Ali Haghani, Chairman of Civil Engineering Department, University of
Maryland, USA
Nii O. Attoh-Okine, University of Delaware, USA

Keynote Lectures
(Monday, September 22, 2003, 8:30 - 10:30 am, VFF Room)

Presiding: Bilal M. Ayyub, University of Maryland, College Park, MD,

8:30 am - 9:30 am       "Diversity and Unity of Uncertainty Theories"        
        George J. Klir, State University of New York at Binghamton, USA
 9:30 am - 10:30 am     "Neural Networks: Some Future Directions"
        Madan Gupta, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada  

Parallel Sessions
(From Monday September 22, 2003, 11:00 am to Wednesday September 24,
2003, 1:00 pm, Rooms VFF, 2100, 2102, and 2104)

The papers presented in these sessions are listed in the technical

Closing Session
(Wednesday, September 24, 2003, 12:30 - 1:00 pm, VFF Room)

Presiding:  H. Furuta,, Kansai University, Japan

"Technical Summary," Madan M. Gupta, University of Saskatchewan,
"Future Plans for ISUMA," Bilal M. Ayyub, University of Maryland, USA

(Sunday, September 21, 2003, 2:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Room 2100, 2102 and
(Tutorials are provided for additional fees)
        1.      Generalized Information Theory
        (G.J. Klir)
2.      Stochastic Search and Optimization
        (J. Spall)
3.      Neural Computing Systems: Introduction to Theory and Applications
        (M.M. Gupta)


1. CFP - Translating and the Computer 25 Conference, 20-21 November 2003, London

This conference is one of the few international events which focuses
on the user aspects of translation software and as such has been
particularly beneficial to a very wide audience including translators,
business managers, researchers and language experts. The event, which
is organised by Aslib, has the support of EAMT, IAMT, BCS - Natural
Language Group, Institute of Linguists.
Once again, this year the conference will address the latest
developments in translation (and translation-related) software. It
will address the needs of the following conference attendees:
- industry
- public administration
- agencies
- freelancers
- development
This call for papers invites abstracts of papers to be presented at
the conference. The papers (and the presentations) should focus on the
user aspects of translation or translation-related software rather
than on theoretical issues. Presentations accompanied by
demonstrations are especially welcome.
The range of topics includes (but is not limited to)
- use of MT systems
- machine-aided translation and translation aids
- controlled languages and their use in MT
- speech translation
- terminology
- localisation
- multilingual document management/workflow
- case studies of technology-based solutions
- the Internet and translation aids/services
- the value of "free" versus "charging" services/sites on the Internet
Authors are required to submit an abstract of a MINIMUM of 500 words
of the paper they would like to present, together with an outline of
the structure of the paper and short BIOGRAPHY. Abstracts should be
sent by POST or EMAIL before 15th June 2003 to:
Nicole Adamides, Conference Organiser
Aslib, The Association for Information Management
Temple Chambers, 3-7 Temple Avenue, London, EC4Y 0HP
Tel: +44(0) 20 7583 8900 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7583 8401

The abstracts will be considered by the Programme Chairs, namely:
Daniel Grasmick and Chris Pyne, SAP; Professor Ruslan Mitkov,
University of Wolverhampton and Olaf-Michael Stefanov, United Nations.
The authors of abstracts will be notified of acceptance or rejection
of their submissions by 1 August 2003. The full length versions of the
accepted papers (authors will be provided with detailed camera-ready
copy guidelines) will be included in the conference proceedings and
must be submitted by 10th October 2003.

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5. CFP: EvoHybridNP-2003 (GECCO-2003 Workshop)

6. student loans

7. Final CFP - Future of Neural Networks 2003 (FUNN 2003)

8. Multithreading and DOM

9. CFP: EvoHybridNP-2003 (GECCO-2003 Workshop)

10. WILF 2003 October 9-11, 2003 Napoli, ITALY

11. CFP: EvoHybridNP-2003 (GECCO-2003 Workshop)

12. CFP: (BASeWEB 2003) in conjunction with AI2003, June 11-14, 2003, Halifax, Canada

13. CFP: (Extended Deadline)- BASeWEB'2003 workshop at AI'2003, Canada