ISIS: Information, Statistics and Induction in Science

Melbourne, Australia, 20-23 August 1996


Conference Chair: David Dowe
Co-chairs: Kevin Korb and Jonathan Oliver


Henry Kyburg, Jr. (University of Rochester, NY)
J. Ross Quinlan (Sydney University)
Jorma J. Rissanen (IBM Almaden Research, San Jose, California)
Ray Solomonoff (U.S.A.)


Hirotugu Akaike, Lloyd Allison, Mark Bedau, Hamparsum Bozdogan, Wray Buntine, Peter Cheeseman, Honghua Dai, David Dowe, Usama Fayyad, Doug Fisher, Alex Gammerman, Clark Glymour, Randy Goebel, Josef Gruska, David Hand, Bill Harper, David Heckerman, Colin Howson, Lawrence Hunter, Frank Jackson, Max King, Kevin Korb, Henry Kyburg, Ming Li, Nozomu Matsubara, Aleksandar Milosavljevic, Richard Neapolitan, Jonathan Oliver, Michael Pazzani, J. Ross Quinlan, Glenn Shafer, Peter Slezak, Ray Solomonoff, Paul Thagard, Neil Thomason, Raul Valdes-Perez, Tim van Gelder, Paul Vitanyi, Chris Wallace, Geoff Webb, Xindong Wu, Jan Zytkow.

Inquiries to:
David Dowe:
Kevin Korb: or
Jonathan Oliver:

Complete information is available on the WWW at:

This conference will explore the use of computational modelling to understand and emulate inductive processes in science. The problems involved in building and using such computer models reflect methodological and foundational concerns common to a variety of academic disciplines, especially statistics, artificial intelligence (AI) and the philosophy of science. This conference aims to bring together researchers from these and related fields to present new computational technologies for supporting or analysing scientific inference and to engage in collegial debate over the merits and difficulties underlying the various approaches to automating inductive and statistical inference.


The following streams/subject areas are of particular interest to the organisers:


Prospective authors should mail five copies of their papers to Dr. David Dowe, ISIS chair. Alternatively, authors may submit by email to Email submissions must be in LaTex (using the ISIS style guide [will be available at the ISIS WWW page]). Submitted papers should be in double-column format in 10 point font and not exceeding 10 pages. An additional page should display the title, author(s) and affiliation(s), abstract, keywords and identification of which of the eight areas of interest (see are most relevant to the paper. Refereeing will be blind; that is, this additional page will not be passed along to referees.

The proceedings will be published; details have not yet been settled with the prospective publisher. Accepted papers will have to be represented by at least one author in attendance to be published.

Papers should be sent to:

Dr David Dowe
ISIS chair
Department of Computer Science
Monash University
Clayton Victoria 3168
Phone: +61-3-9 905 5226
FAX: +61-3-9 905 5146

Submission (receipt) deadline: 11 March, 1996
Notification of acceptance: 10 June, 1996
Camera-ready copy (receipt) deadline: 15 July, 1996


ISIS will be held at the Old Melbourne Hotel, 5-17 Flemington Rd. North Melbourne.

The Old Melbourne Hotel is within easy walking distance of downtown Melbourne, Melbourne University, many restaurants (on Lygon Street) and the Melbourne Zoo. It is about fifteen to twenty minutes drive from the airport.


A registration form will be available at the WWW site, or by mail from the conference chair. Dates for registration will be considered to be met assuming that legible postmarks are on or before the dates and airmail is used. Student registrations will be available at a discount (but prices have not yet been fixed). Relevant dates are:

Early registration (at a discount): 3 June, 1996
Final registration: 1 July, 1996

The Electronic Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 4 (Spring 1996)