The 16th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information, organized by LORIA, takes place in Nancy, France, August 9-20, 2004.The ESSLLI Summer Schools are organized under the auspices of FoLLI, the European Association for Logic, Language and Information.
The main focus of ESSLLI is on the interface between linguistics, logic and computation. The school has developed into an important meeting place and forum for discussion for students, researchers and IT professionals interested in the interdisciplinary study of Logic, Language and Information.
In previous editions of ESSLLI the courses covered a wide variety of topics within six areas of interest: Logic, Computation, Language, Logic and Computation, Computation and Language, Language and Logic. Since the 14th edition of ESSLLI special emphasis is given to the interface between the basic areas (Logic, Language, and Computation) offering about 50 courses, organized into three interdisciplinary areas (Language & Computation, Language & Logic, and Logic & Computation), at a variety of levels (foundational, introductory, advanced), as well as a number of workshops.
Foundational courses aim to provide truly introductory courses into a field. The courses presuppose absolutely no background knowledge. In particular, they should be accessible to people from other disciplines.
Introductory courses are intended to equip students and young researchers with a good understanding of a field's basic methods and techniques, and to allow experienced researchers from other fields to acquire the key competences of neighboring disciplines, thus encouraging the development of a truly interdisciplinary research community.
Advanced courses are intended to enable participants to acquire more specialized knowledge about topics they are already familiar with.
Workshops are intended to encourage collaboration and the cross-fertilization of ideas by stimulating in-depth discussion of issues which are at the forefront of current research in the field. In these workshops, students and researchers can give presentations of their research.
In addition to courses and workshops there are evening lectures, a student session and a number of satellite events (to be announced later). The aim of the student session is to provide Masters and PhD students with an opportunity to present their own work to a professional audience, thereby getting informed feedback on their own results. Unlike workshops, the student session is not tied to any specific theme.
Previous ESSLLI summer schools have been highly successful, attracting around 500 participants from Europe and elsewhere.