IMPRECISE PROBABILITIES AND THEIR APPLICATIONS
ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
29 June - 2 July 1999
ISIPTA'99, the First International Symposium
on Imprecise Probabilities and Their Applications, will be held in Ghent,
Belgium, from 29 June until 2 July 1999.
Imprecise probability is a generic
term for the many mathematical models which measure chance or uncertainty
without sharp numerical probabilities. Such models are needed in inference
problems where the relevant information is scarce, vague or conflicting,
and in decision problems where preferences are incomplete. Imprecise probability
models are being studied and applied by a large number of researchers working
in a great variety of fields. The aim of this symposium is to bring these
people together to present recent research and to discuss issues of common
Since the symposium is intended to promote
discussion and interaction between participants, it will have a slightly
unusual format in some aspects: there will be no invited speakers; the
symposium will include group discussions on topics that are important,
controversial and of general interest; there will be no parallel sessions;
and besides the plenary sessions we will have poster presentations in order
to promote easy communication in an informal atmosphere.
About 50 papers will be presented at the symposium,
on a wide range of topics. They include a number of survey papers on applications
and problems of current interest. The topics include mathematical models
for uncertainty, conditioning rules, models for independence, combination
of uncertainties, algorithms for computing inferences, coherence, hierarchical
models, imprecise Markov processes, decision making, uncertainty aversion,
the value of information, and Ellsberg's paradox. The applications to be
presented at the symposium include applications in economics, decision
making, statistical inference, experimental studies of human judgement,
artificial intelligence, reliability, dynamical systems, robotics, civil
engineering, classification, and medical and legal problems.
On Tuesday 29 June,
the day before the actual ISIPTA symposium begins, there will be three
tutorials on some of the fundamental concepts of imprecise probability.
These tutorials are aimed primarily at students and others who wish to
learn more about the basic ideas, and also at ISIPTA participants who may
want to understand the background to some of the papers that will be presented
during the symposium, especially the papers on decision making, economic
applications and experimental psychology. Unlike the papers presented during
ISIPTA, the tutorials will be mainly concerned with very basic concepts
and not with advanced or recent research. For more information, consult
the TUTORIALS page.
of the papers
The accepted papers will be presented in plenary
and poster sessions, from Wednesday 30 June until Friday 2 July. The group
discussions will also take place during these three days. There will be
no parallel sessions.
The first ISIPTA '99 symposium will be held
in conference room Rector Vermeylen (second floor) of Het Pand
, a former Dominican monastery (13th century), now owned by the Universiteit
Gent. Het Pand is located in the historic centre of Ghent, at the
following address: Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent. For more information, consult
the VENUE AND TOURIST INFORMATION page.
Ghent is one of the oldest cities in Flanders,
the Dutch speaking northern part of Belgium. It is a city rich in history,
architecture, art, culture and gastronomy. It is also very close to other
historical Flemish cities such as Bruges and Antwerp. More details, and
links to tourist information about Ghent, Flanders and Belgium can also
be found on the VENUE AND TOURIST INFORMATION page.
You can request hotel accommodation in Ghent,
at a range of prices, from the Belgian Tourist Reservation board ( before
1 June 1999). More details, and the appropriate reservation form, can
be found on the FINDING ACCOMMODATION page.
Please book your accommodation early, as June and July are very busy months
procedure, fees and deadlines
Detailed information about registration fees,
and about how to register for participation can be found on the HOW
TO REGISTER FOR PARTICIPATION page.
deadline for early registration: 31 May
symposium: 29 June - 2 July 1999
tutorials: 29 June 1999
sessions: 30 June - 2 July 1999
If you have any questions about the symposium,
please contact the ISIPTA '99 Secretariat.
If you want to be kept informed about the
current symposium and later symposia, you can use our ELECTRONIC
The working language of the symposium will
be English. No simultaneous translation in other languages will be available.
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