[Fis] FIS Conference

Mark Burgin markburg at cs.ucla.edu
Fri Sep 18 08:07:49 CEST 2020

Dear Marcin and other honorable members of the IS4SI, 
I would like to give a more detailed explanation of my suggestions for publications of the materials of the Summit and ask your opinion on this. 

It might be advantageous for the participants if we will organize the following three-tier sequence of publications. 

1st tier : Preconference publication in the online Book of Abstracts of the 2021 IS4SI Summit . 
The Book will contain abstract having length 1-2 pages. It must be on the web site of the Summit, which in turn, has to be connected to the web site of the IS4SI. 
The goal of this publication is to inform other participants not only of the topic but also of the content of the presentation. It will allow participants to make better choices of what they would like to listen and/or discuss; to better prepare in advance to listening and/or discussion; and to better understand the research of other participants. 
It would be reasonable to divide the Book into the following parts: 
1. Welcome letter of the President 
2. Abstracts of the plenary lectures 
To form this part, the organizers must ask each plenary lecturer to write, at least, 5 sentences but better 1-2 pages about her/his lecture 
3, 4, 5, … Abstracts of the conferences and workshops 
The suggested difference: workshops have less than 10 participants while conferences have more than or at least 10 participants) 
I would also like to suggest a nonstandard part of the Book: 
10. Abstracts for Discussion 
In this part, researchers who cannot or don’t want to personally present their results will be able to participate and discuss these results with other participants. 
Another possibility is to publish Abstracts for Discussion in the parts of the relevant conferences and workshops. 

2nd tier : During presentations and subsequent discussions, remarks and questions of other participants can help the presenter to improve the initial abstract adding some new materials. That is why it would be beneficial to provide the opportunity to publish extended abstract (3-5 pages) in the journal Proceedings. This is a good tradition originated in Gothenburg (thanks to Gordana) and continued after Berkeley. 

3rd tier : In addition, participants will have a possibility to write a full-size paper (10 or more pages) based on the materials from extended abstracts and publish them in journals and books related to the Summit. 

It would be reasonable to preserve information about all the publications on the web site of the IS4SI. 

Mark Burgin 

From: "Marcin SCHROEDER" <mjs at gl.aiu.ac.jp> 
To: fis at listas.unizar.es 
Sent: Sunday, September 13, 2020 10:44:49 AM 
Subject: [Fis] FIS Conference 

Dear Colleagues, I am resending my earlier message. 

	Sat, Sep 12, 11:09 PM (2 days ago) 


to Krassimir , fis 

Dear Krassimir, Pedro and other FIS colleagues, 
Thank you for your response and interest in helping to organize the FIS Conference in the 2021 IS4SI Summit. 
It is a very difficult time and the preparation of the IS4SI Summit is a big challenge. It will be the first online summit, this means a big risk of the unknown. I am scared, but I try to think about it not as a risky business, but as an opportunity. What kind of opportunity? At the moment, I think about it as an opportunity to build connections. The more we are separated by the pandemic, the more we need cooperation, connection, mutual understanding. So I try to organize the Summit as a medium for getting to know each other. This is why I am approaching different communities interested in Information or Related Concepts Study. At the moment I have confirmations from the organizers of seven conferences contributing to the 2021 IS4SI Summit: 
1) MORCOM (Gordana & Marcin) 
2) Global Forum on Artificial Intelligence, GFAI (Yixin) 
3) Symmetry and Information (Denes Nagy & Marcin) 
4) Intl. Workshop on Natural Computing (Masami Hagiya, Yasuhiro Suzuki & Marcin) 
5) TIS (Mark Burgin) 
6) Habits and Rituals (Raffaela). 
7) The 5 th International Conference on Philosophy of Information (ICPI) at the 2021 IS4SI Summit.(Wu Kun, Joe Brenner) 
Two other conferences hopefully will be confirmed soon. I haven't heard yet from some other communities. 
I think that this would have been a real loss, if we don't have the next FIS Conference at the Summit. After all, the FIS community always was the driving force beyond the information study. 
Someone could ask about why so many conferences. As I wrote, I would like to foster communication and interaction. The conferences do not have to be big. Actually, more important than arranging many presentations is a generation of many discussions. Mark Burgin, Joe Brenner and others were very supportive of the idea to generate discussions. My original idea was to prepare discussions on specific topics only, but (I agree now) we should be open to more spontaneous discussions on topics which are generated by presentations or earlier discussions. 
The limit is logistics. I have to admit that my background in IT is limited. As probably everybody else, I taught online courses, organized some online discussions and workshops, but on a relatively small scale. I will need a lot of help. So, I am really happy that Krassimir offered his help. I will contact you Krassimir directly by email. 
I will be really happy to hear from everyone suggestions, advice, etc. 
Regarding the publication of papers presented at the Summit, there will be different venues. I promised some organizers the right to publish their own proceedings. Other conferences may use the arrangements made by IS4SI. It is important that Extended Abstracts are published BEFORE the Summit (see below). 
Now, back from the dream to reality. I organized two earlier FIS Conferences, but this time I will mainly support conferences of newcomers from the communities in which I have been active, but which did not have any contact with IS4SI. This is why it is important that someone could take care of organization of the FIS Conference. I really don't see I can commit to the organization of any additional conferences. 
What does have to be done? 
1) SOON : Writing the Call for Papers, including the title for the conference. Mark Burgin suggested and I am in full support of this idea that all conferences should have calls for Extended Abstracts (a couple of pages) to be published BEFORE the Summit. This will help in generating discussions. 
2) MUCH LATER: Review of submissions and preparation of the program for the conference. Program means list of presentations, Invited Lectures, etc. 
3) Cooperation in building the schedule. We have to coordinate schedules of most likely more than 10 conferences. It will be possible only after we have programs of all conferences. 
I am looking forward to hearing from you. 

Marcin J. Schroeder, Ph.D. 
Specially Appointed Professor 
Global Learning Center 
IEHE (Institute for Excellence in Higher Education) ( 高度教養教育・学生支援機構) 
Tohoku University ( 東北大学) 
41 Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8576 JAPAN ( 〒980-8576 仙台市青葉区川内41) 
schroeder.marcin.e4 at tohoku.ac.jp 
Professor Emeritus 
Akita International University, Akita Japan 
mjs at gl.aiu.ac.jp 
Editor-in-Chief President 
Philosophies (MDPI Basel Switzerland) International Society for the Study of Information (IS4SI) 
https://www.mdpi.com/journal/philosophies is4si.org/about-is4si/organisation/board/ 

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