North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Proposals
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Carnegie Mellon University
Saturday, 23 June 2018 to Friday, 29 June 2018
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Submission Deadline: 
Saturday, 30 September 2017

North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
June 23 - 29 2018
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
The eighth North American Summer School for Logic, Language, and Information (NASSLLI) will be hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, from June 23 - June 29, 2018. The summer school is aimed at graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the fields of Linguistics, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Logic, Philosophy, and other related areas. NASSLLI brings these disciplines together with the goal of producing excellence in the study of how minds and machines represent, communicate, manipulate and reason with information. The NASSLLI community recognizes that advances in modeling and analyzing these processes requires the contributions of multiple inter-related disciplines. NASSLLI provides a venue where students and researchers from one discipline can learn approaches, frameworks and tools from related disciplines to apply to their own work. Courses offered at NASSLLI range from intensive, graduate level introductory courses to inter-disciplinary workshops featuring prominent researchers presenting their work in progress.
NASSLLI 2018 will consist of a series of courses and workshops, most running daily from Monday June 25 - Friday June 29.  In addition, there will be intensive training in a small set of foundational topics the weekend prior to the start of courses (Saturday June 23 - Sunday June 24). Students will have the opportunity to present work at student sessions throughout the event; the call for student submissions will be circulated in early 2018.

We invite proposals for courses and workshops that address topics of relevance to NASSLLI's central goal. We particularly encourage submissions which illustrate cross-disciplinary approaches, especially courses showing the applicability of computational methods to theoretical work, and the use of theoretical work in practical applications. Courses involving a hands-on component (e.g. actual experience with NLP tools, coding, or machine learning algorithms) will be very welcome. We also welcome proposals from researchers and practitioners working on relevant areas in the technology industries. NASSLLI welcomes a variety of approaches and methodologies (logics, cognitive and computational modeling, machine learning, experimental approaches) as long as the material is relevant to language, information or communication. All courses should be accessible to a heterogeneous audience of motivated graduate students. By default, courses and workshops meet for 90 minutes on each of five days. Classes may be co-taught by up to two people. (See below for more information on workshop organization.)
We encourage potential attendees and instructors to check out previous NASSLLI programs at:

Rutgers University, New Brunswick 2016
University of Maryland, College Park 2014
University of Texas, Austin 2012
Indiana University, 2010
UCLA 2004
Indiana University 2003
Stanford University 2002

Courses and workshops should aim to be accessible to an interdisciplinary, graduate level audience. Courses may bridge multiple areas, or focus on a single area, in which case instructors should include introductory background, try to avoid specialized notation that cannot be applied more widely, and spend some time discussing how the topic is relevant to other fields.
Workshop schedules are identical to course schedules, but usually consist of a series of presentations by different researchers; they may also include panel discussions. A workshop will be more accessible if its program is bracketed by broader-audience talks that introduce and summarize the week's presentations. Please note that NASSLLI cannot provide reimbursement for travel and accommodation for workshop presenters. Workshop proposals must include information about how the organizers expect these expenses to be covered.
Course and workshop proposals from women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged.

Submissions should be submitted using EasyChair and should indicate:

Person in charge of the workshop/course and affiliation(s).
Type of event (one week course or workshop).
Course/workshop title.
An outline of the course/workshop up to 500 words.
Special equipment (if any) needed to teach the course.
A statement about the instructor's experience in teaching (including in interdisciplinary settings).
Anticipated travel costs.
Workshop proposals must include (a) acknowledgement of the organizers' understanding that NASSLLI will not provide reimbursement for invited participants and (b) an explanation of how these costs will be covered.

September 30, 2017:   Course and Workshop Proposals are Due
October 1, 2017:         Review of Course and Workshop Proposals Begins
December 1, 2017:     Decision Notifications are Sent
The final program will be circulated in December 2017.

Course instructors and workshop organizers
All instructors and workshop organizers will receive a reduced rate for registration. We will aim to reimburse reasonable travel expenses for at most two instructors per course, and at most two organizers per workshop. In addition, we will make available appropriate accommodation for participating faculty, and will aim to cover the accommodation costs for instructors/organizers utilizing this accommodation, subject to the two-person per course/workshop limit. The availability of reimbursement will depend on available funding, which is still uncertain. We encourage all instructors/workshop organizers to fund their own travel and accommodation if this is feasible, since this will allow us to use more of our funding for students scholarships and for reimbursement for instructors without funding sources.
Please note that reimbursable travel is restricted to direct travel to and from Pittsburgh. (Instructors with more complex travel plans must contact the organizing committee before booking.) Due to federal mandates, we can only reimburse air travel booked on US-based airlines.

Additional information for workshop organizers
NASSLLI2018 cannot reimburse travel, accommodation or registration expenses for lecturers/speakers invited by workshop organizers. Registration for these invitees will be at reduced cost. Workshop proposals should include a plan to obtain funding for reimbursement of invitees, or should state that all invitees will fund their own travel and accommodation.
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