MBR'01 Conference

Lorenzo Magnani lmagnani@cc.gatech.edu
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                      MODEL-BASED REASONING:

 SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY, TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION, VALUES  (MBR'01), 
               
                  Pavia, Italy, May 17-19, 2001. 

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       Up-to date information on the conference will be found at 
  
                http://philos.unipv.it/courses/progra1.html
             or
        http://www.unipv.it/webphilos_lab/courses/progra1.html
   
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GENERAL INFORMATION 
 
From Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 May 2001 (three days) the 
International Conference "MODEL-BASED REASONING. SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY,
TECNOLOGICAL INNOVATION, VALUES" will be held at the University of 
Pavia (near Milan, Italy). 
 

PROGRAM  

The conference will deal with the logical, epistemological, and 
cognitive aspects of modeling practices employed in scientific 
discovery and technological innovation, including computational
models of such practices. Abduction is widely recognized as a 
significant reasoning process in discovery whose features are 
in need of explication. We will solicit papers that examine various
forms of model-based reasoning, such as analogical and visual 
modeling, from philosophical, historical, sociological, psychological,
or computational perspectives. We also plan to address the problem 
of model-based reasoning in ethics reasoning, especially pertaining
to science and technology. 
 

RELEVANT RESEARCH AREAS  
 
We shall call for papers that cover topics from the following list:   
   
- abduction   
- analogical reasoning    
- causal and counterfactual reasoning in model construction
- computational models of model-based reasoning and scientific reasoning 
- conceptual combination and theory formation   
- hypothetical and explanatory reasoning   
- logical analyses that may contribute to our understanding 
  of the issues in model-based reasoning   
- model-based reasoning in ethics
- models and manipulative reasoning  
- models and technological innovation
- thought experimenting   
- visual, spatial, imagistic modeling, reasoning, and simulation  

 
 
SUBMISSIONS OF PAPERS 
 
All submitted papers will be carefully refereed. The precise format 
of the conference will be fixed after we have an idea of the number of 
accepted papers. We are thinking in terms of presentations of 40 and 
20 minutes. The funding is Italian and US, but we are also looking
elsewhere 
for further financing (and would appreciate any suggestions).  
A selected subset will be invited for inclusion (subject to refereeing)
in a book which will constitute an advanced handbook for scientists
and researchers. The book will be published by an international
publishing house. Moreover another selected subset will be invited 
for inclusion (subject to refereeing) in special issues of suitable 
international Journals. 
 

FORMAT 
 
Authors must submit three printed copies and an electronic version
- formatted in Microsoft Word, RTF, PDF, or Postcript format -
of an extended abstract (about 1000 words) not later than 

November  30, 2000.

Please send electronically the extended abstract 
to the program chair at the address

lmagnani@cc.gatech.edu

in case of problem with the above address please use
lorenzo@philos.unipv.it or
lmagnaniusa@netscape.net
 
 
REGISTRATION AND FURTHER INFORMATION 
 
Registration Fees:

Before 15 March 2001:
Normal:   ITL. 300.000 = appr. US$ 155  (EUR 154.93)
                                        (to participate in all
                                        the activities of the
Conference)
Students:  Free

After  15 March 2001:
Normal:   ITL. 350.000 = appr. US$ 175   (EUR 180.75) 
                                         (to participate in all
                                         the activities of the
Conference)
Students: Free

METHOD OF PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION DEADLINE:

Bank (Swift) Transfer to BANCA REGIONALE EUROPEA S.p.A
BRANCH PAVIA - Sede
SWIFT BREUITM2 301
Bank Code 06906.11301
Acc. n. 520 Dipartimento di Filosofia
indicating  CONVEGNO INTERNAZIONALE MBR'01

PLEASE REGISTER by email, fax or air mail (before March 15, 2001) by
sending PROGRAM CHAIR first and last name, function, institution, full
address, phone, fax and email.

For information about paper submission and the program that is not  
available on the web site, please contact the program chair.
 

IMPORTANT DATES 

Registration deadline............................15 March 2001 
Submission deadline..............................30 Nov   2000 
Notification of acceptance.....................28 Feb   2001
Final papers 
(from those selected for publication) due........30 June  2001
Conference....................................17-19 May   2001
 
PROGRAM CHAIR

Lorenzo MAGNANI
School of Public Policy and College of Computing
Program in Philosophy, Science, & Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology, 685 Cherry Street
Atlanta, GA, 30332 - 0345, USA
Office: 404-894-0950 & 404-385-0884, Home: 404-875-3566
Fax: 404-385-0504 & 404-894-2970 
Email: lorenzo.magnani@cc.gatech.edu

Address in Italy:
Department of Philosophy and Computational Philosophy Laboratory
University of Pavia,
Piazza Botta 6, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Office: +39-0382-506283, Home: +39-0383-371067
Fax: +39-0382-23215
Email: lorenzo@philos.unipv.it

PROGRAM CO-CHAIR

Nancy J. NERSESSIAN (Program Co-Chair) 
Program in Cognitive Science
School of Public Policy and College of Computing, 
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA  
Email: nancyn@cc.gatech.edu

PROGRAM CO-CHAIR

Kenneth J. KNOESPEL (Program Co-Chair)
School of History, Technology, and Society, and
Program in Cognitive Science
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA  
Email: kenneth.knoespel@hts.gatech.edu


PROGRAM COMMITTEE 

- Ann Bostrom, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute
 of Technology,
  Atlanta, GA, USA
- Elena Gagliasso, Department of Philosophical and Epistemological
Studies, 
  University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome, ITALY
- Dedre Gentner, Psychology Department, Northwestern University,
Evanston,
  IL 60208, USA
- Ronald N. Giere, Department of Philosophy, University of Minnesota,
MN, USA
- Mark L. Johnson, Department of Philosophy, 1295 University of Oregon,
  Eugene, OR, USA
- Kenneth Knoespel, School of History, Technology, and Society, Georgia 
  Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
- Lorenzo Magnani, Department of Philosophy, University of Pavia, Pavia,
ITALY
  and School of Public Policy and College of Computing, Georgia 
  Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA 
- Pat Langley, Adaptive Systems Group, DaimlerChrysler Research &
Technology
  Center, Palo Alto, CA, USA
- Nancy J. Nersessian, School of Public Policy and College of Computing,
Georgia 
  Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
- Brian Norton, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of
Technology,
  Atlanta, GA, USA
- Claudio Pizzi, Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences,
University of 
  Siena, Siena, ITALY
- Mario Stefanelli, Department of Computer Science, University of Pavia, 
  Pavia, ITALY
- Paul Thagard, Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo,
Waterloo, 
  CANADA
- Ryan D. Tweney, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, USA
- Stella Vosniadou, Department of Philosophy and History of Science, 
  Brain and Cognitive Science Division, National and Capodistrian
University
  of Athens, Athens, GREECE.


LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
 
Riccardo Dossena (riki.dox@libero), Elena Gandini (elegand@yahoo.com), 
Rosella Gennari (gennari@hum.uva.nl), Lorenzo Magnani
(lmagnani@cc.gatech.edu), 
Massimo Manganaro (triskel@worldonline.it), Stefania Pernice
(stepernice@libero.it),
Matteo Piazza (pimat@yahoo.com), Giulio Poletti (philosophia@libero.it)
Stefano Rini (s.rini@philos.unipv.it), Andrea Venturi
 (aventuri@philos.unipv.,it) (Department of Philosophy, University of
Pavia, Pavia, Italy), Mario Stefanelli (mstefa@ipvstefa.unipv.it)
(Department of Computer Science, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy).


IMPORTANT ADDRESSES 

LORENZO MAGNANI (Conference Chair)
School of Public Policy and College of Computing
Program in Philosophy, Science, & Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology, 685 Cherry Street
Atlanta, GA, 30332 - 0345, USA
Office: 404-894-9050 & 404-385-0884, Home: 404-875-3566
Fax: 404-385-0504 & 404-894-2970 
Email: lorenzo.magnani@cc.gatech.edu

Address in Italy:
Department of Philosophy and Computational Philosophy Laboratory
University of Pavia,
Piazza Botta 6, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Office: +39-0382-506283, Home: +39-0383-371067
Fax: +39-0382-23215
Email: lorenzo@philos.unipv.it



CONFERENCE SITE:

Collegio Ghislieri, Piazza Ghislieri, 27100 PAVIA, Italy,
phone +39 0382 22044. 



The Conference is sponsored by  
UNIVERSITY OF PAVIA, ITALY
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, ATLANTA, GA, USA
UNIVERSITY OF SIENA, ITALY
UNIVERSITY OF ROME "LA SAPIENZA", ITALY,
MURST (Ministero dell'UniversitÓ e della Ricerca Scientifica e
Tecnologica), 
ITALY,
CARIPLO (CASSA DI RISPARMIO DELLE PROVINCIE LOMBARDE, MILAN, ITALY)

HOW TO REACH PAVIA 

LINATE Airport:
People arriving by plane at LINATE should take the bus to the
CENTRAL STATION of Milan (cf below fron this Station to Pavia).
In LINATE it could be convenient to take a Taxi because the 
airport is close to the center of Milan. Moreover, The bus 
company SGEA offers six runs from LINATE to Pavia at 
9.00, 10.00, 12.00 AM and 2.00, 5.00, 8.30 PM. The last stop
is Pavia, near the station (see again our updated web page for
possible alterations of this time-table) (from Pavia to LINATE
six runs at 5,00, 7.45, 10.00 AM, 1.00, 4.00, 6.00 PM)
(one hour trip). In Pavia there is only one station. 
The easiest way to reach the center of the town is to 
get off at the station and than take the bus n. 3.


MALPENSA 2000 and OLD MALPENSA Airports (usually people
arrive to Malpensa 2000 and not to OLD MALPENSA):
People arriving by plane at MALPENSA 2000 (also called MALPENSA
2000 Terminal 1) or at "old" MALPENSA (now called MALPENSA NORTH
but also called Malpensa 2000 Terminal 2) should  take the bus
to the CENTRAL STATION of  Milan. There is also a bus AND A 
TRAIN from Malpensa 2000 to the NORTH STATION (Piazzale Cadorna)
of Milan, in this case from NORTH Station you will have to take
the underground MM1 to the Central Station: trains to Pavia leave
from Central station). Moreover, the bus company SGEA offers 
four runs from MALPENSA 2000 to Pavia at 9.00 AM, 1:30 PM, 
5.00 PM, and 9:30 PM - from Malpensa North (OLD Malpensa or 
Malpensa 2000 Terminal 2 5 munutes later) (from Pavia to MALPENSA
2000 and to OLD MALPENSA four runs at 7.00 AM, 11:00 AM, 3.15 PM,
and 7:00 PM) (one hour and half trip). The last stop is Pavia,
near the station (see again our updated web page for possible
alterations of this time-table) In Pavia there is  only one 
station. The easiest way to reach the center of the town is to 
get off at the station and than take the bus n. 3.


There are trains from MILAN (Central Station) to PAVIA and vice
Versa about every an hour (routes: MILAN-GENOVA; MILAN-VENTIMIGLIA;
MILAN-LA SPEZIA; MILAN-SAVONA; MILAN-SESTRI LEVANTE; MILAN-IMPERIA;
MILAN-ALBENGA; Pavia is the first stop only if the train is not slow,
that is, if it is not, in ITALIAN, "L", locale).

In Pavia there is only one rail station. The easiest way to reach the
center of the town is to get off at the station and than take the bus
n. 3.  


ACCOMMODATION

The WEB site of the Tourist Office is
http://www.systemy.it/pavia/home.html
(new! sorry, only in Italian). The email address is info@apt.pv.it. When 
available you will find the whole list of hotels
and other information concerning Pavia and its history. See also 
http://www.itwg.com/ct_00036.asp.

In case of accommodation problems remember we will have at our 
disposal some rooms at special "conference rates" in the Colleges 
of the University. For further information  please contact the 
Program Chair. As the the conferences dates are very close to 
summer holidays we recommend making your reservations as early
as possible and before March 31, 2000 at the latest.


ALL ACCOMMODATIONS (EXCEPT FOR INVITED SPEAKERS)
 WILL BE PROCESSED BY:

Agenzia Viaggi ALOHATOUR
Corso Cairoli 11
I - 27100 PAVIA
Italy
Phone: +39-0382-539565
Fax:   +39-0382-539572 
         +39-0382-539504 
email (only to request information): aloha@buonviaggio.it

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ACCOMMODATION FORM - MBR'01

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TO BE FAXED:   +39-0382-539572 
                             +39-0382-539504 
OR MAILED:     Agenzia Viaggi ALOHATOUR
               Corso Cairoli 11
               I - 27100 PAVIA
               Italy
email (only to request information): aloha@buonviaggio.it
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FILL IN CAPITAL LETTERS, PLEASE

LAST NAME:___________________FIRST NAME:_____________Prof./Dr./Mr./Ms.

AFFILIATION/UNIVERSITY/DEPT.__________________________________________

STREET:_______________________________________________________________

TOWN:___________________________CODE:_____________COUNTRY:____________

PHONE:__________________FAX:__________________E-MAIL:_________________

TYPE OF TRAVELLING:__________________DATE OF ARRIVAL:_________________

DATE OF DEPARTURE:___________________NUMBER OF NIGHTS:________________

CREDIT CARD
NUMBER AND TYPE__________________________ EXPIRATION_____________

(you can also pay by bank transfer and postal order, please see below)


ACCOMMODATION INCL. BREAKFAST

                  SINGLE ROOM+BATH.  /   DOUBLE ROOM+BATH.  

***HOTEL EXCELSIOR,
Piazza Stazione,
PAVIA                 LIT. 100.000   /   LIT. 150.000   ______________
                     (EUR. 51.64    /    EUR.  77.46) 
****HOTEL ARISTON,
Via Scopoli,
PAVIA                 LIT. 130.000   /   LIT. 190.000   +_____________
                     (EUR. 67.13     /    EUR.  98.12)                   
****HOTEL MODERNO,
Viale V. Emanuele,
PAVIA                 LIT. 170.000   /   LIT. 230.000   +_____________
                      (EUR. 87.79  /    EUR.  118.78) 

RESERVATION CHARGE             LIT.  25.000   +_______
                              (EUR.  12.91) 


TOTAL AMOUNT:                                           =_____________


ACCOMMODATION DEPOSIT:     ONE NIGHT     LIT.........  - _____________
                                        (EUR)            

ACCOMMODATION BALANCE:                   LIT.........   =_____________
                                        (EUR)........    

Hotel Excelsior (from the station walk east)
Hotel Moderno (from the station walk north)
To reach Hotel Ariston take the bus n. 3 or taxi.
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PLEASE FAX OR MAIL THIS FORM AND 
PAY BY *CREDIT CARD* BEFORE *15 MARCH 2001* 
TO:
 FAX:   +39-0382-539572 
                             +39-0382-539504 
MAIL ADDRESS:     Agenzia Viaggi ALOHATOUR
               Corso Cairoli 11
               I - 27100 PAVIA
               Italy
email (only to request information): aloha@buonviaggio.it
DATE OF PAYMENT____________YOUR SIGNATURE____________________
________________________________________________________________________

PLEASE FAX OR MAIL THIS FORM AND PAY BY *BANK TRANSFER*
BEFORE *15 MARCH 2001* (fax or mail also a copy of the bank transfer)
TO:
BANCA REGIONALE EUROPEA
S.p.A.BRANCH PAVIA - SedeSWIFT BREUITM2
301Bank Code 6906.11301
Agenzia Viaggi ALOHATOUR S.r.l. Acc.n 19952/4  

DATE OF PAYMENT____________YOUR SIGNATURE___________________
________________________________________________________________________

PLEASE FAX OR MAIL THIS FORM AND PAY BY *POSTAL ORDER*
BEFORE* 15 MARCH 2001* 
(fax or mail also a copy of the postal receipt) TO:
Agenzia Viaggi ALOHATOUR
Corso Cairoli 11
I - 27100 
PAVIA
Italy                                                                     
DATE OF PAYMENT______________________YOUR
SIGNATURE______________________

_________________________________________________________________________
ALHOATOUR WILL MAIL OR FAX YOU THE RESERVATION VOUCHER  

ALOHATOUR WILL SATISFY THE REQUESTS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE. 
IF NOT POSSIBLE, ANOTHER SIMILAR ACCOMMODATION WILL BE 
ARRANGED.