[DL] ESSLLI 2011: first call for course and workshop proposals

Herzig Andreas Andreas.Herzig at irit.fr
Fri Apr 15 14:20:56 CEST 2011

24th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
August 6-17, 2012
Opole, Poland
Call for Course and Workshop Proposals

The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) is
organized every year by the Association for Logic, Language and Information
(FoLLI, http://www.folli.org/) in different sites around Europe. The main focus of
ESSLLI is on the interface between linguistics, logic and computer science.
ESSLLI offers foundational, introductory and advanced courses, as well as
workshops, covering a wide variety of topics within or around the three main 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. For
more information, visit the FoLLI website, as well as the ESSLLI 2011 website:


The ESSLLI 2012 Program Committee invites proposals for foundational,
introductory, and advanced courses, and for workshops for the 24th annual
Summer School on important topics of active research in the broad interdisciplinary
area connecting logic, linguistics, computer science and the cognitive sciences.

All proposals should be submitted via the EasyChair system, using a prescribed
form that is available on the ESSLLI 2012 website, no later than:

June 14, 2011

Authors of proposals will be notified of the committee's decision by September 15,


Proposers of courses and workshops should follow the guidelines below while
preparing their submissions; proposals that do not conform with these guidelines
may not be considered.

Courses are taught by 1 or max. 2 lecturers, and workshops are organized by 1 or
max. 2 organizers. Lecturers and organizers must have obtained a Ph.D. or an
equivalent degree at the time of the submission deadline. Courses and workshops
run over one week (Monday-Friday) and consist of five 90-minute sessions.
Lecturers who want to offer a long, two-week course should submit two
independent one-week courses (for example, an introductory course in the first
week and an advance course in the second). The ESSLLI program committee has
the right to select only one of the two proposed courses.


These are strictly elementary courses not assuming any background knowledge.
They are intended for people who wish 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 competencies of neighboring disciplines, thus 
encouraging the development of a truly interdisciplinary research community.
Foundational courses should have no special prerequisites, but may presuppose
some experience with scientific methods and general appreciation of the field of
the course.


Introductory courses are central to the activities of the Summer School. They are
intended to provide an introduction to the (interdisciplinary) field for students,
young researchers, and other non-specialists, and to equip them with a good
understanding of the field's basic methods and techniques. Such courses should
enable experienced researchers from other fields to acquire the key competencies
of neighboring disciplines, thus encouraging the development of a truly 
interdisciplinary research community. Introductory courses in a topic at the
interface of two fields 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 should be pitched at an audience of advanced Masters or Ph.D.
students. Proposals for advanced courses should specify the prerequisites in detail.

Jun 15, 2011: Proposal Submission Deadline
Sep 15, 2011: Notification Deadline
Jun 1, 2012: Deadline for receipt of camera-ready course material by the ESSLLI
2012 local organizers


The aim of the workshops is to provide a forum for advanced Ph.D. students and
other researchers to present and discuss their work. Workshops should have a
well-defined theme, and workshop organizers should be specialists in the theme of
the workshop. The proposals for workshops should justify the choice of topic, give
an estimate of the number of attendants and expected submissions, and provide a
list of at least 15 potential submitters working in the field of the workshop. The
organizers are required to give a general introduction to the theme during the first
session of the workshop. They are also responsible for various organizational
matters, including soliciting submissions, reviewing, drawing up the program,
taking care of expenses of invited speakers, etc. In particular, each workshop
organizer will be responsible for sending out a Call for Papers for the workshop
and to organize the selection of the submissions by the deadlines specified below.
The call for workshop submissions must make it clear that the workshop is open to
all members of the ESSLLI community and should indicate that all workshop
contributors must register for the Summer School.

Jun 14, 2011: Proposal Submission Deadline
Sep 15, 2011: Notification Deadline
Oct 15, 2011: Deadline for submission of the Calls for Papers to ESSLLI 2012 PC
Nov 1, 2011: Workshop organizers send out First Call for Papers
Dec 15, 2011: Workshop organizers send out Second Call for Papers
Jan 15, 2012: Workshop organizers send out Third Call for Papers
Feb 15, 2012: Deadline for submissions to the workshops
Apr 15, 2012: Suggested deadline for notification of workshop contributors
Jun 1, 2012: Deadline for submission of camera-ready copy of workshop
proceedings to the ESSLLI 2012 Local Organizers.

Workshop speakers will be required to register for the Summer School; however,
they will be able to register at a reduced rate to be determined by the Local Organizers.


Forms for submitting course and workshop proposals are available on the ESSLLI 2012 website.

The proposers are required to submit the following information:

* Contact address and fax number
* Name, email, affiliation, homepage of each lecturer / workshop organizer (at most
two per course or workshop)
* Title of proposed course/workshop
* Abstract (abstract of the proposal, max 150 words)
* Type (workshop, foundational, introductory, or advanced course)
* Areas (one or more of: Computation, Language, Logic, or Other)
* Description (describe the proposed contents of the course and substantiate
timeliness and relevance to ESSLLI in at most one A4 page)
* Tentative outline of the course / expected participation in the workshop
* External funding (whether the proposers will be able to obtain external funding for
travel and accommodation expenses)
* Further particulars (e.g., course prerequisites, previous teaching experiences, etc.)


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 expenses (up
to fixed maximum amounts, which will be communicated to the lecturers upon
notification). Lecturers and workshop organizers will have their registration fee
waived. In case a course or workshop is to be taught/organized by two people, a
lump sum will be reimbursed to cover travel and accommodation expenses for one
of them; the splitting of the sum is up to the lecturers/organizers. It should be
stressed that while proposals from all over the world are welcome, the School
cannot guarantee full reimbursement of travel costs, especially if lecturers or
organizers have to come from outside of Europe.

The local organizers would highly appreciate it if, whenever possible, lecturers and
workshop organizers find alternative funding to cover travel and accommodation
expenses, as that would help us keep the cost of attending ESSLLI 2012 lower.


Chair: Andreas Herzig (Institut de recherche en informatique de Toulouse and CNRS)
Local Co-chair: Anna Pietryga (Opole)

Area specialists:
Language and Computation:
       Miriam Butt (Sprachwissenschaft, University of Konstanz)
       Gosse Bouma (Groningen University)
Language and Logic:
       Regine Eckardt (Language and Literature, University of Göttingen)
       Rick Nouwen (UiL-OTS, Utrecht University)
Logic and Computation:
       Natasha Alechina (CS, University of Nottingham)
       Andreas Weiermann (Mathematics and Computation, Ghent University)

Chair: Urszula Wybraniec-Skardowska and Janusz Czelakowski (University of Opole)

ESSLLI 2012 website: http://www.esslli2012.pl

EasyChair submission page:

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