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In this issue: submission date reminders, and a sneak peek at never-before-seen Wiener archives to be featured in Melbourne!
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Conference Newsletter
Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century:
Thinking Machines in the Physical World

 
January 2016: Upcoming Deadlines and a "Sneak Preview"
 
Greetings, and Happy New Year!
 
The July 13th conference start-date is less than six months away, which means that the 21CW submission deadline of February 14th is also quickly approaching.

You can submit either a full paper for peer-review and publication (6 pages, IEEE format), or an abstract (2 pages) of your paper for presentation only. Instructions for sending in your material are available on the 21CW website, and the official submissions site is up and running (scroll down to the "21CW 2016" panel).

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

And now, a sneak preview of an exciting new Norbert Wiener archive that will be featured in Melbourne...

When Wiener travelled to Japan in 1935, he corresponded with a former doctoral student Shikao Ikehara, with whom he had worked on what is known as the "Ikehara-Wiener" theorem. We were delighted to learn this month that Ikehara not only saved his correspondence with his mentor, but also created a rich archive of photographs and newspaper articles documenting Wiener's trip to Japan.

Ikehara passed on the complete collection to his final doctoral student (Osamu Hirota, the current director of the Quantum ICT research institute at Tokyo's Tamagawa University), who has generously opened the archive to the 21CW Melbourne event.

Here's a preview of what's in store--more to come at the conference!


 
As always, we invite you to check out the CFP, visit the conference website, and add your name to our linkedin group. In addition, join our mailing list to receive monthly conference newsletters that feature:
  • Interviews with keynotes Dr. James Hughes (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies), Prof. M. Vidyasagar (University of Texas at Dallas) and the IBM Watson team
  • Details about the conference location, venue, special events, and excursions
  • Important reminders as we continue along the Conference Count-Down
  • Recent media stories and scholarly articles related to Norbert Wiener and “Thinking Machines”
 
We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne in July!
January Conference Count-Down: 
3 weeks: Special Session Proposal, Paper, or Abstract Submission Deadline (14 February 2016)
2 months: Confirmation of Acceptance (14 March 2016)
3.5 months: Complete Papers Due (30 April 2016)
6 months: Conference Kick-Off (13 July 2016)
Check out Eliza Strickland's story, in IEEE Spectrum, about how we all need to "Get Ready for the World's First Cyborg Olympics." This coming October, she explains, Zurich will be hosting the first ever Olympics event at which "the competitors will use advanced technologies to compensate for disabilities like paralysis and limb amputation." (photo: Nathaniel Welch)
On this recent Science Podcast, hosted by Susanne Bard, "Brenden Lake discusses a new computational model that rivals the human ability to learn new concepts based on just a single example."

This is one of a series of Conference newsletters. 
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