[Comp-neuro] Solomonoff Memorial Conf, Melbourne, Nov/Dec 2011, Call for Participation

Dianne Nguyen dianne.nguyen at monash.edu
Thu Nov 10 08:55:55 CET 2011

Apologies for cross posting

Solomonoff 85th Memorial Conference

Dear Colleague

The Solomonoff Organising Committee cordially invites you to participate at
the upcoming Solomonoff 85th Memorial Conference to be held at Monash
University, Clayton Campus, between Wedn 30 November and Fri 2 December

To take advantage of the Early Bird Registration fee we encourage you to
register as soon as possible.

The Conference is being held in honour and memory of Ray Solomonoff

Solomonoff was the father of algorithmic information theory (before
Kolmogorov and Chaitin), perhaps the first to advocate probabilistic
artificial intelligence, and (in 1985) one of the first to write on the
technological singularity.

Solomonoff is also mentioned in the recent "New Scientist" magazine article
of Sat 10/Sept/2011 (pp42-45) for having the pioneering ideas in the 1960s
of modern theories of intelligence. His January 2010 New York Times
obituary is linked to from www.csse.monash.edu.au/~dld/MML.html#rjs.

Keynote Speakers

The Conference program includes three distinguished guest speakers:

Prof. Leonid Levin, Boston University, USA - famous for (e.g.) the
Cook-Levin theorem of NP-Completeness, the computable Kt complexity
approximation to (uncomputable) Kolmogorov complexity, the universal Levin
search, etc.

Prof. Ming Li, University of Waterloo, Canada - widely known for the Li &
Vitanyi "An introduction to Kolmogorov complexity and its Applications"
book and for current research in bioinformatics.

Grace Solomonoff, USA

Program Committee (includes 2 Turing Award winners)

Andrew Barron, Statistics, Yale University, USA

Greg Chaitin, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

Fouad Chedid, Notre Dame University, Lebanon

Bertrand Clarke, Medical Statistics, University of Miami, USA

A. Phil Dawid, Statistics, Cambridge University, UK

Peter Gacs, Boston University, USA

Alex Gammerman, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

John Goldsmith, Linguistics, University of Chicago, USA

Marcus Hutter, Australian National University, Australia

Leonid Levin, Boston University, USA

Ming Li, Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Canada

John McCarthy, Stanford University, USA (Turing Award winner)

Marvin Minsky, MIT, USA (Turing Award winner)

Kee Siong Ng, ANU & EMC Corp, Australia

David Paganin, Physics, Monash University, Australia

Teemu Roos, University of Helsinki, Finland

Juergen Schmidhuber, IDSIA, Switzerland

William Uther, NICTA and University of New South Wales, Australia

Farshid Vahid, Econometrics, Monash University, Australia

Paul Vitanyi, CWI, The Netherlands

Vladimir Vovk, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK


This is a multi-disciplinary conference based on the wide range of
applications of work related to or inspired by that of Ray Solomonoff. The
contributions sought for this conference include, but are not restricted
to, the following:-

Statistical inference and prediction, Econometrics (including time series
and panel data), in Principle proofs of financial market inefficiency,
Theories of (quantifying) intelligence and new forms of (universal)
intelligence test (for robotic, terrestrial and extra-terrestrial life),
the Singularity (or infinity point, when machine intelligence surpasses
that of humans), the future of science, Philosophy of science, the Problem
of induction, Evolutionary (tree) models in biology and linguistics,
Geography, Climate modelling and bush-fire detection, Environmental
science, Image processing, Spectral analysis, Engineering, Artificial
intelligence, Machine learning, Statistics and Philosophy, Mathematics,
Linguistics, Computer science, Data mining, Bioinformatics, Computational
intelligence, Computational science, Life sciences, Physics, Knowledge
discovery, Ethics, Computational biology, Computational linguistics,
Collective intelligence, structure and computing connectivity of random
nets, effect of Heisenberg's principle on channel capacity, Arguments that
entropy is not the arrow of time, and etc.

Accepted Papers

A list of accepted papers is available at the following link:



For information on registration and payment, please visit:


Please feel at liberty to forward announcement to interested staff and

I look forward to receiving your registration and participation at the

Kind regards

Dr Dianne Q. Nguyen (Co-ordinator) and (chairman) A/Prof. David L. Dowe.
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