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ESSLLI 05, Edinburgh (August 2005)


Seventeenth European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information


                  August 8--19, 2005, Edinburgh, U.K.



The Seventeenth European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
will be held at Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.  The Summer
Schools focus on the interface between linguistics, logic and
computation.  Foundational, introductory and advanced courses together
with workshops cover a wide variety of topics within the three areas
of interest: Language and Computation, Language and Logic, and Logic
and Computation.

Previous summer schools have been highly successful, attracting up to
500 students from Europe and elsewhere.  The school has developed into
an important meeting place and forum for discussion for students and
researchers interested in the interdisciplinary study of Logic,
Language and Information.  ESSLLI-2005 is organized under the auspices
of the European Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI).

The ESSLLI-2005 Program Committee invites proposals for foundational,
introductory, and advanced courses, and for workshops for the 17-th
annual Summer School on a wide range of timely topics that have
demonstrated their relevance in the following fields:


Besides courses and workshops the Student Session will be held again.
Contributions for the Student Session will be solicited in a separate

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: Proposals should be submitted through a web form
available at <http://www.esslli.org/2005/submission.html>.

All proposals should be submitted no later than Thursday July 15,
2004.  Authors of proposals will be notified of the committee's
decision no later than Wednesday September 15, 2004.  Proposers should
follow the guidelines below while preparing their submissions;
proposals that deviate can not be considered.

ALL COURSES: Courses are taught by 1 or maximally 2 lecturers.  They
typically consist of five sessions (a one-week course) or ten sessions
(a two-week course).  Each session lasts 90 minutes.  Courses are given
on three levels.

FOUNDATIONAL COURSES: These are really elementary courses not assuming
any background knowledge. They are intended for people to get
acquainted with the problems and techniques of areas new to them.
Ideally, they should allow researchers from other fields to acquire
the key competences of neighboring disciplines, thus encouraging the
development of a truly interdisciplinary research community.
Foundational courses may presuppose some experience with scientific
methods in general, so as to be able to concentrate on the issues that
are germane to the area of the course.

INTRODUCTORY COURSES: Introductory courses are central to the
activities of the Summer School.  They are intended to equip students
and young researchers with a good understanding of a field's basic
methods and techniques.  Introductory courses in, for instance,
Language and Computation, can build on some knowledge of the component
fields; e.g., an introductory course in computational linguistics
should address an audience which is familiar with the basics of
linguistics and computation.  Proposals for introductory courses
should indicate the level of the course as compared to standard texts
in the area (if available).

ADVANCED COURSES: Advanced courses should be pitched at an audience of
advanced Masters or PhD students.  Proposals for advanced courses
should specify the prerequisites in some detail.

TIMETABLE for the Submission of Course Proposals

    Jul 15, 2004: Proposal Submission Deadline
    Sep 15, 2004: Notification
    Nov 15, 2004: Deadline for receipt of title, abstract,
                  lecturer(s) information, course description
                  and prerequisites
    Jun  1, 2005: Deadline for receipt of camera-ready course

WORKSHOPS: The aim of the workshops is to provide a forum for advanced
Ph.D. students and other researchers to present and discuss their
work.  A workshop centers around a specific theme and the
organizers should be specialists in the theme of the workshop and give
a general introduction in the first session. A workshop consists of
five sessions (a one-week workshop). Sessions are normally 90 minutes.

Workshop organizers are responsible for the program of the workshop,
i.e., for finding speakers.  Each organizer will be responsible for
producing a Call for Papers for the workshop by November 15, 2004.  The
call must make it clear that the workshop is open to all members of the
LLI community. It should also note that all workshop contributors must
register for the Summer School.

TIMETABLE for the Submission of Workshop Proposals:

    Jul 15, 2004: Proposal Submission Deadline
    Sep 15, 2004: Notification
    Nov 15, 2004: Deadline for receipt of Call for Papers
                  (by ESSLLI PC chair)
    Dec  1, 2004: Workshop organizers send out (First) Call for Papers
    Mar 15, 2005: Deadline for Papers (suggested)
    May  1, 2005: Notification of Workshop Contributors (suggested)
    May 15, 2005: Deadline for Provisional Workshop Program
    Jun  1, 2005: Deadline for receipt of camera-ready copy of Workshop
    Jun  1, 2005: Deadline for Final Workshop Program

FORMAT FOR PROPOSALS: Course and workshop proposals can be submitted at
<http://www.esslli.org/2005/submission.html>.  You will be required to
submit the following information:

    * Name (name(s) of proposed lecturer(s)/organizer)

    * Address (contact addresses of proposed lecturer(s)/organizer;
      where possible, please include phone and fax numbers)

    * Title (title of proposed course/workshop)

    * Type (is this a workshop, a foundational course, an introductory
      course, or an advanced course?)

    * Section (does your proposal fit in Language & Computation,
      Language & Logic or Logic & Computation? name only one)

    * Description (in at most 150 words, describe the proposed contents
      and substantiate timeliness and relevance to ESSLLI)

    * External funding (will you be able to find external funding to
      help fund your travel and accommodation expenses? if so, how?)

    * Further particulars (any further information that is required by
      the above guidelines should be included here)

FINANCIAL ASPECTS: Prospective lecturers and workshop organizers
should be aware that all teaching and organizing at the summer schools
is done on a voluntary basis in order to keep the participants fees as
low as possible.  Lecturers and organizers are not paid for their
contribution, but are reimbursed for travel and accommodation.

The guidelines for funding and reimbursement are as follows.
For each workshop and for each one week course, one lecturer/organizer
will be reimbursed for his/her travel expenses (economy/APEX only) and
his/her accomodation for the duration of the one week course/workshop 
(plus the weekend preceding or following the course, so as to enable the
purchase of reasonably priced plane tickets).  Lecturers/organizers of
one week courses/workshops are entitled to attend the entire two-week
summer school without having to pay registration fees; their
accommodation will only be paid for for a single week, though.

In case a course is taught by two lecturers, a lump sum is paid
to cover travel and accommodation expenses.  The splitting of the sum
is up to the lecturers.  In exceptional cases, a course may last two
weeks instead of a single week; for the purpose of reimbursements, a
two week course counts as two one week courses, which means that up to
two lecturers can get their travel expenses refunded (economy/APEX
only), and either two lecturers can each get one week of accommodation
or a single lecturer gets the full two weeks of accommodation
refunded. Two week workshops are not an option.

Please allow us to underline that the organizers highly appreciate it
if, whenever possible, lecturers and workshop organizers find
alternative funding to cover travel and accommodation expenses.

Workshop speakers are required to register for the Summer School;
however, workshop speakers will be able to register at a reduced rate
to be determined by the Organizing Committee.

Finally, it should be stressed that while proposals from all over the
world are welcomed, the Summer School can in general guarantee only to
reimburse travel costs for travel from destinations within Europe to
Edinburgh.  Exceptions will be made depending on the financial


    Paul Dekker
    Attn: ESSLLI-2005
    Institute for Logic, Language and Computation
    University of Amsterdam
    Nieuwe Doelenstraat 15
    NL-1012 CP, Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:  +31 (0)20 5254541
    Email:  P.J.E.Dekker@uva.nl

Local co-chair:
    Joe Wells (jbw@macs.hw.ac.uk)

Language and Logic:
    Josef Van Genabith (josef@computing.dcu.ie)
    Christian Retor? (retore@labri.fr)

Logic and Computation:
    Diego Calvanese (calvanese@inf.unibz.it)
    Wiebe van der Hoek (WiebevanderHoek@csc.liv.ac.uk)

Language and Computation:
    Giorgio Satta (satta@dei.unipd.it)
    Bonnie Webber (bonnie@inf.ed.ac.uk)

    Fairouz Kamareddine (chair, fairouz@macs.hw.ac.uk)

FURTHER INFORMATION: To obtain further information, visit the ESSLLI
site through <http://www.esslli.org>.  For this year's summer school,
please see the web site for ESSLLI-2004 at <http://esslli2004.loria.fr/>.