Major International Conference on Information Science Set for March

February 13, 2002


About 400 engineers, scientists and technology managers from 34 countries are expected to attend the sixth Joint Conference on Information Sciences in Research Triangle Park next month to discuss the latest high-tech developments in areas such as artificial intelligence and optical ommunications.

The meeting, which will include 10 workshops and specialty conferences, will be held March 8-13 at the Imperial Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center in Durham.

"The concept is to bring together researchers from related fields of study," said Paul P. Wang, general chair of the conference and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. "It is rare for these leading researchers to talk together.

"This conference emphasizes brain and mind research, especially the information processing of the brain,because information technology, including artificial intelligence and man-machine interfaces, is crucial to contemporary society."

The theme of this year's conference is artificial intelligence and photonics, a field that exploits light for communications.

In addition to speakers on general interest subjects, more than 300 research reports will be presented at the conference. There also will be three panel discussions: "Computational Biology and Genome Informatics," at 3:50 p.m., March 9; "Unity of Information Sciences," 3:50 p.m., March 11; and "The Future of Photonics and Networking," 3:50 p.m., March 13. John Staddon, James B. Duke Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Duke, will deliver the banquet address at 8:45 p.m., March 11.

Participants scheduled to attend will be coming from Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela.