Eighth conference on



July 8-10, 2001
Certosa di Pontignano, University of Siena, Italy

About the conference

The mission of the bi-annual TARK conferences is to bring together researchers from a wide variety of fields - including Artificial
Intelligence, Cryptography, Distributed Computing, Economics and Game Theory, Linguistics, Logic, Philosophy, and Psychology -- in order to further our understanding of interdisciplinary issues involving reasoning about rationality and knowledge. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, semantic models for knowledge, for belief, and for uncertainty, bounded rationality and resource-bounded reasoning, commonsense epistemic reasoning, epistemic logic, logics of knowledge and action, formal analysis of games, applications of reasoning about knowledge and other mental states, belief revision, and the role of knowledge in general information flow.

TARK has been influential in building interfaces between the above disciplines, and in accelerating new research trends, both through the actual event and the circulation of its proceedings. The 2001 conference will no doubt again serve this important purpose by its mix of contributed and invited talks reflecting the state of the art.

TARK and LOFT (the Conference on Logic and the Foundations of Game and Decision Theory) cover similar subject matter, and have been coordinated, so that TARK is held in odd-numbered years and LOFT is held in even-numbered years.

Previously a by-invitation-only conference, TARK is now open to all interested attendees.

Information for Authors

Submissions are now invited to TARK-VIII.  Please submit a detailed electronic abstract (not a full paper) plus 14 hard copies by ordinary mail to the address below.

Strong preference will be given to papers whose topic is of interest to an interdisciplinary audience, and papers should be accessible to such an audience. Papers will be held to the usual high standards of research publications. In particular, they should 1) contain enough information to enable the program committee to identify the main contribution of the work; 2) explain the significance of the work -- its novelty and its practical or theoretical implications; and 3) include comparisons with and references to relevant literature.

Abstracts should be no longer than ten double-spaced pages (4,000 words). If possible, an email address for the contact author should be included. Papers arriving late or departing significantly from these guidelines risk immediate rejection.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 14, 2001. Authors will be notified of acceptance by April 14, 2001. Camera-ready copies of the accepted papers will be due by May 14, 2001.  One author of each accepted paper will be expected to present the paper at the conference. The conference proceedings will be published.

Program Committee:

        Samson Abramsky (Computer Science, University of Edinburgh)
        Giacomo Bonanno (Economics, University of California at Davis)
        Nicola Dimitri (Political Economics, University of Siena)
        Joseph Halpern (Computer Science, Cornell University)
        Wiebe van der Hoek (Computer Science, Utrecht University)
        Angelika Kratzer (Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
        Bart Lipman (Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison)
        Hans Rott (Philosophy, University of Regensburg)
        Ariel Rubinstein (Economics, Tel Aviv and Princeton University)
        Gabriel Sandu (Philosophy, University of Helsinki)
        Yoav Shoham (Computer Science, Stanford University)
        Tuomas Sandholm (Computer Science, Washington University, Saint Louis)

Program Chair:

        Johan van Benthem (University of Amsterdam, Computer Science, and Stanford, Philosophy)
        email: johan@wins.uva.nl

Address for Submissions:

        TARK 2001
        c/o Ms. Ingrid van Loon,
        Institute for Logic, Language and Computation
        University of Amsterdam, Plantage Muidergracht 24
        1018 TV AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands
        tel. + 31.20.5256051, fax +31.20.5255206
        email: ingrid@wins.uva.nl

Local Arrangements:

        Professor Nicola Dimitri and
        Professor Alessandro Vercelli,
        Department of Political Economics
        University of Siena
        tel. +.39.577.298695, fax +.39.577.298661
        email: dimitri@unisi.it