[ecoop-info] NASSLLI 2020 @ Brandeis University

NASSLLI 2020 nasslli at brandeis.edu
Fri Jun 14 20:26:00 CEST 2019

North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information


July 12-17 2020

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA


The ninth North American Summer School for Logic, Language, and Information
(NASSLLI) will be hosted from July 12-July 17, 2020, by Brandeis University
in Waltham, MA (in the Boston area). The summer school is aimed at graduate
students and advanced undergraduates in the fields of Linguistics, Computer
Science, Cognitive Science, Logic, Philosophy, AI, 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.

NASSLLI 2020 will consist of a series of courses and workshops, most
running daily from Monday July 13 - Friday July 17. In addition, there will
be intensive mini-courses the day prior to the start of courses (Sunday
July 12). The 2020 NASSLLI will also have a theme - Formal and
Computational Pragmatics and Models of Dialogue.

Call for Course and Workshop Proposals:


   Proposal submission deadline: September 30, 2019

   Notification: December 1, 2019

We invite proposals for courses and workshops that address topics of
relevance to NASSLLI's central goal. Appropriate areas for courses include
but are not limited to: semantics; pragmatics; computational linguistics;
cognitive science; formal methodologies for the study of language and
information; methods for data collection and analysis; logic and its
applications; game and decision theory and their applications; philosophy
of language; philosophy of mind. We particularly encourage submissions
which address the theme (Formal and Computational Pragmatics and Models of
Dialogue), and those representing 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. NASSLLI
welcomes a variety of approaches and methodologies (logics, cognitive and
computational modeling, formal semantics/pragmatics, machine learning,
experimental approaches) as long as the material is relevant to language,
information or communication.

Each course and workshop will consist of five 90 minute sessions, offered
daily (Monday-Friday) during the week of the summer school.  Sunday
mini-courses will run for 3 to 5 hours.

We encourage potential attendees and instructors to check out previous
NASSLLI programs at:

 * Carnegie Mellon University 2018: www.cmu.edu/nasslli2018/

 * Rutgers University, New Brunswick 2016: nasslli2016.rutgers.edu/

 * University of Maryland, College Park 2014: www.nasslli2014.com/

 * University of Texas, Austin 2012: www.nasslli2012.com/

 * Indiana University 2010: www.indiana.edu/~nasslli/

 * UCLA 2004: linguistics.ucla.edu/nasslli04/program.html

 * Indiana University 2003: indiana.edu/~nasslli/2003/program.html

 * Stanford University 2002: web.stanford.edu/group/nasslli/

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
broadly, and spend some time discussing how the topic is relevant to other

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.


Proposals should be submitted in PDF format using EasyChair:
and should indicate the following:


   person(s) in charge of the course/workshop and affiliation(s)

   type of event (Sunday mini-course, one week course, or workshop)

      For mini-courses, specify how many hours you’d like them to be

   course/workshop title

   motivation, description, and an outline of the course/workshop up to 500
   words, plus appropriate references

   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.

Course instructors and workshop organizers

All instructional and organizational work at NASSLLI is performed
completely on a voluntary basis, so as to keep participation fees to a
minimum. However, organizers and instructors have their registration fees
waived, and are reimbursed for travel expenses up to a level to be
determined and communicated with the proposal notification, for at most one
instructor per course, and at most one organizer per workshop, and cannot
guarantee full reimbursement of travel costs for lecturers or organizers
from outside of the US. 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 limit of two persons per course/workshop.

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 student scholarships and for reimbursement to
instructors without funding sources.

Due to federal mandates, we can only reimburse air travel booked on
US-based airlines.

Additional information for workshop organizers

NASSLLI 2020 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.


Sophia Malamud (Brandeis University) smalamud at brandeis.edu

James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University) jamesp at brandeis.edu


For questions relating to proposals and proposal submission, please email
nasslli2020 at easychair.org

For questions relating to local organization, please email
nasslli at brandeis.edu

More information to come on our website


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