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1  Conferences or Events in ... / Society / ALAMAT : 1st International Conference on Myths and Symbols | November 26, 2008 on: November 25, 2008, 11:45:08 AM
ALAMAT : 1st International Conference on Myths and Symbols
National Museum of the Philippines
P. Burgos St.
Manila
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Conference Begins On: 11/26/2008
Sponsoring Institution: University of the Philippines, Manila
Conference Will Be Held at: Manila, XX

Theme: "Flood Stories, Lost Lands and Drowned Continents"

(Rediscovering the Contemporary Significance of Ancient Myths and Symbols for Healing the Earth)

Visit: http://cas.upm.edu.ph/alamat

CALL FOR PAPERS

In celebration of the University of the Philippines' Centennial this 2008, the Department of Arts and Communication of the College of Arts and Sciences, (University of the Philippines Manila) is pleased to
announce its holding of ALAMAT : The 1st International Conference on Myths and Symbols, with the theme "Flood Stories, Lost Lands and Drowned Continents" to be held on November 26-29, 2008 at the Bulwagang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater), Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

The University of the Philippines Manila, through the Alamat Conference and its theme, "Flood Stories, Lost Lands, and Drowned Continents" enters the international discussion on environmental and earth-healing to avert an impending repetition of a long past semi-mythical, semi-prehistorical event, great floods, lost lands, drowned continents, causing massive dispersals and migrations of people around the world. This mythical event might likely become a reality, once again, given the human-caused global warming phenomenon, resulting climate. To answer this problem, a new myth has to be discovered, or an old one re-discovered and re-invented to heal the divided consciousness of the people of the earth that is causing this great peril to the world. A healed consciousness might lead to a healed earth. To this end, the University of the Philippines Manila, as a Health Sciences Campus, sees the need to extend the concept of healing to "Healing the Self" and "Healing the Earth". To this end the contemporary significance of ancient myths and symbols in healing might be re-discovered.

The Main Speaker for the Opening Program will be Dr. Stephen Oppenheimer, M.D. of Green College and School of Anthropology , Oxford University , England.

His book, Eden in the East : The Drowned Continent of Southeast Asia , has inspired the organizers to explore his thesis in line with the need to heal the earth through myths and symbols as a part of addressing the international concern on the perils of global warming and climate change.

The Closing Speaker will be Mr. Paul Kekai Manansala, an independent researcher and journalist from Sacramento , California , USA . Mr. Manansala has written books on the history and pre-history of Southeast Asia and related regions, namely, The Naga Race (1994), Quests of the Dragon and Bird Clan (2006) and Sailing the Black Current (2007).

Selected panel discussants from other parts of the world, the ASEAN and Pacific regions, as well as the Philippines, will lead the framing the Conference resolutions by the participants, and gear them towards healing the earth in response to the perils posed by global warming and climate change.

In this connection, the Organizing Committee calls for papers from all interested parties in the local, national and international levels ? from the academic and educational sector; business and industry sector; media and communications sector; arts, culture and creative industries sector; religious sector; civil society groups, NGOs, POs ; military and police sector; environmentalists; and governmental organizations and units - to participate in this international conference , as paper presenters, poster exhibitors, art exhibitors, or participants.

Any person or group that has an unpublished research work or study on myths and symbols covering the Conference Theme (Flood Stories, Lost Lands and Drowned Continents), from the academe, independent researchers, and other sectors all over the world, is invited to participate. Moreover, those who can relate their own disciplinal studies with the Conference Theme and objectives, especially social engineers, visionaries, philosophers, whose works lead toward healing the earth or eco-therapy are also welcome. Present-day narratives of mythical dimensions, from persons victimized by contemporary natural catastrophes, as well as from those concerned with environmental protection and safety by reporting on endangered sites and species - are most welcome to pass their abstracts. They just have to find their own appropriate panel session topics to write on, based on their on training, experience and orientation.

Abstracts of not more than 800 words must be submitted by August 30, 2008 , based on a chosen topic given below.

The topics covered by the conference are as follow:

- The Theme of Flood Stories, Lost Lands, and Drowned Continents in the Myths and Symbols of the World : State of the Art, Case Studies, Area Studies, Comparative Studies

- Survivals, Remnants and Vestiges of Probable Ante-Diluvian Myths, Symbols, and Artifacts in the Arts and Cultures of the World (Assumes that there are surviving myths, symbols and artifacts that may be traced from probable ante-diluvian "lost lands" revealed in the arts, myths, religion, etc. of the world)

- Science and Social Science-Related Investigations, Issues and Controversies Pertaining to the Myths and Symbols (evaluating scientific, historical, geological, linguistic, astronomical, archeological,
genetics, anthropological evidence that serve as bases for the existence and survival of the myths and symbols - local, national,regional, international)

- Philippine-Based Myths and Symbols on 'Mu' , 'Lemuria' or Related 'Lost Lands' : Views, Visions, Prophecies, and Revelations from Traditional, Folk, or Urban-Based Groups (personal accounts and group narratives by folk religious leaders and members of esoteric, mystical, millenarian, "kapatiran" (brotherhood / sisterhood) popular movements in line with their interpretations of 'Mu' , Lemuria, etc.)

- Rediscovering the Ancient Myths and Symbols of the Flood, Lost Lands and Drowned Continents in the World for the New Millennium : Visions, Programs, Strategies, Projects, and Innovative Applications for Healing the Earth (Visions, programs, and applications of these mythical themes and motifs for individual, national, regional, and global renewal, transformation, empowerment, liberation for the new millennium)

- Contemporary Flood Stories, Lost Lands, and Endangered Sites / Species of the World : Reports and Personal Narratives (Narratives of experiences by victims of contemporary natural catastrophes such of great floods, earthquakes, etc, as well as reports of endangered sites and species in the world caused by global warming and climate change)

The abstract must contain the following parts: Introduction (which indicates the thesis of the paper and the methodology of the study), Presentation of Data, Analysis and Interpretation, and Preliminary Conclusion of the Study / Paper.

A 20-member Review Committee representing several fields and disciplines of study, including some representatives from selected sectors will evaluate the submitted drafts. Please submit all abstracts as an e-mail attachment to the Coordinator of the Organizing Committee by Aug. 30, 2008:

Prof. Grace Odal-Devora
e-mail address : mutisalah@yahoo. com

For more information on this Conference, please log on at http://cas.upm.edu.ph/alamat.

There will be two screenings on the papers submitted. The first is the screening of the abstracts submitted based on the Call for Papers. The second is the screening of the completed paper sent based on the approved abstracts.

Abstracts will be screened based on their adherence to the theme of the conference, clarity of idea or thesis presented by the paper, and orderly presentation of the data.

The completed papers will be evaluated based on their adherence to the abstract approved by the Panel of Reviewers. Upon notification of the Panel's acceptance of the abstract, the "Technical Guidelines in Paper-Writing" will be sent to the participant, who then writes the paper in full, following the technical guidelines set by the Panel of Reviewers. Deadline for the submission of the completed paper based on the approved abstract is August 30, 2008 .

Since all completed papers will be pre-printed in one volume in time for the Conference, approved papers by the Panel will be referred to the Editorial Committee for copy editing.

Please e-mail the abstract accompanied by a one-paged resume of the writer / scholar / researcher/ participant.

The accepted abstract (not over 800 words) must be completed as a full paper with a maximum of 5,000 words. For the completed paper, illustrations will be limited to a maximum of eight photos / pictures.

The photos must be numbered and be provided with a caption and photo credits Each presenter will be given the maximum time of 30 minutes per presentation using powerpoint as a tool for communication. Hence, the presenter needs to bring a CD for his / her powerpoint presentation.

The Conference Program and further details on the conference will be released only after all the approved abstracts have been fully written, and the completed versions duly sent via e-mail to the Over-All Coordinator, for submission to the Editorial Committee -leading to their printing in one compiled volume which will be available during the conference.

Since only 24 speakers will be accommodated for oral presentation during the four-day conference, (inclusive of the Opening Program, the Poster Exhibit and the Closing program), all abstracts received will be ranked from 1-24. Those whose abstracts have been approved but did not make it to the group of 24 paper presenters, will be accommodated as Poster Exhibitors, instead. However, they will also be asked to
submit their completed papers for inclusion in the pre-printed volume of papers approved and compiled for the conference. Once the approved abstracts are released, guidelines to the technical requirements to be
followed in writing and submitting the completed paper will be e-mailed as " Technical Guidelines for Paper-Writing / Printing", or out in the website, together with a letter of consent to be signed by the writer to authorize the Organizers to have a pre-printed copy of the conference papers. Approval of the abstract for paper-reading does not necessarily make it a part of the pre-printed copy of papers. It merely becomes a candidate for publication. The quality of the completed papers will determine the final choice of papers for publication - according to the criteria already given. The papers finally approved by the Panel of Reviewers will then be passed on to the Publication Committee for copy editing.

Because of the tight budget of the Conference, there shall be no financial assistance provided for the speakers or paper presenters.

However, to help them make it to the conference, the Organizing Committee members have decided to waive off their registration or conference fees. Furthermore, each presenter and poster exhibitor will receive one free copy of the pre-printed volume of conference papers in their conference kits.

Regular conference kits will include the conference program, souvenir program, name tags, the abstracts of papers, a pen and sheets of blank paper.

There are available hotel accommodations within the area of Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex. These can be can be personally and directly arranged by the presenters by phone, e-mail, letter, etc., or can be arranged for them by the

Organizing Committee, upon request. Details on these housing accommodations, with their corresponding cost per day shall be provided in April 2008.

Transport from the airport to the venue, and from the venue back, can also be arranged personally upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport or the Centennial Airport, through the airport transport system. However, if the presenters so request, they can be picked up from the airport at their specific time of arrival and then driven back to it at their specific time of departure, by a private vehicle hired by the conference staff, at a cost regularly charged for such private pick-up arrangements.

Food preferences (vegetarian diet or not) must also be communicated to the Coordinator of the Conference.

Optional post-conference tour packages for the participants are also being arranged through the assistance of the Department of Tourism, at a certain cost. Details on these specific tour packages (connected and not connected to the conference theme) will be announced after the final list of speakers and poster exhibitors for the conference is released by April 2008.

Details on the Poster Exhibits shall also be given in April 2008.

For the local participants, endorsements from the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Education will be provided to all participants upon request.

Please watch out for periodic Conference updates in the web.

NOTES:

1. The word "kapatiran" is a Philippine term from the lexeme "kapatid" (brother / sister) formed from the prefix "ka" (partner, double) and the root word "patid" (to cut off, as from a tie or cord; hence,
literally, cut off from the same umbilical cord). This word applies to groups of mixed Christian and indigenous beliefs, operating based on the principle of brotherhood and sisterhood, whose members claim to be guardians of a secret ancestral wisdom revealed to chosen individuals.

They claim to have a hidden revelation on the Philippines being once a part of a ancient civilization that vanished - that will one day arise and reveal its renewed former glory to the whole world)
2  Conferences or Events in ... / Education / International Conference on Knowledge Networking in ICT era | January 22, 2009 on: November 25, 2008, 11:23:29 AM
International Conference on Knowledge Networking in ICT Era
January 22 – 24, 2009
Country: India
State: Chennai
City: G. S T Road, Vandalur
Email: p_panneer@yahoo.com


Jointly Organized by
Central Library
B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Engineering College
&
Society for the Advancement of Library & Information Science


ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The revolution of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) across the globe made tremendous changes in all sections of the society. It also made a significant impact on the global knowledge economy, which reduced the gab between the information rich and poor and digital divide.

Social Networking is one of the emerging web technologies for collaborative social network services. Second-generation web technologies such as WEB 2.0, wikis, weblogs, podcosts, RSS feeds, LIB 2.0, social software provide opportunities for the researchers and technologists to create new community, partnerships between industries, academics and other institutions for knowledge creation and sharing.

Libraries/Information and Knowledge Management Centres exploit the new technologies for information processing, storage and retrieval, knowledge storage and dissemination, creating collaborative tools, designing user-friendly interfaces to provide customized services to the end users. These new tools facilitate for global partnership, networking of institutions for knowledge creation, preservation and sharing. Libraries and Knowledge centres are at the forefront of experimenting and implementing the new technologies for providing information to the people. Professionals need constant updating skills to manage knowledge resources in the changing environments. Information professionals need to enhance their capabilities and demonstrate their skills to manage the emerging technologies to provide information services to the end users.

The B. S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Engineering College, India in association with SALIS (Society for the Advancement of Library & Information Science) organising this International conference to bring the IT sector, Academics and LIS professionals together for collaborative networks for knowledge creation and sharing for mutual benefits.

Objectives

The objectives of the conference are:

§ To discuss, understand, develop and implement emerging ICT tools and techniques for information management, bridging the digital divide for social empowerment.

§ To discuss, adapt and develop interactive applications using next generation web technologies for social networking and knowledge creation and sharing.

§ To discuss and understand, plan, initiate and implement Knowledge Management practices and strategies in different types of organization for knowledge sharing.

§ To design, develop and implement interactive user interfaces and applications using new web tools and services for collaborative information services.

§ To promote ICT, Information Literacy, HR skills and to empower students, professionals and communities to meet the challenges in the changing environment in the ICT era.

§ To bring the technologists, academics, intermediates and the end users together to discuss and implement innovative technologies for collaborative global partnership and networking among institutions.


CALL FOR PAPERS

Articles/papers are invited for presentation in the following themes (but not limited to) in conformance with the main theme. Original case studies, research, new ideas, innovations and reports on good practices will be given preference for presentation and publication.

Main Themes and Sub-Themes

1. ICT
Next Generation Knowledge Networks, ICT – New tools, Internet Technology and Applications, Mobile Networks & Services, Taking ICT to rural place, Future ICT technologies, Access, Security and Network Technology, etc.

2. Emerging Web Technologies
Wikis-WEB 2.0-LIB 2.0, RSS Feed, Web Blog, Podcasting, Ajax -CSS-Mashup, Interactive web applications using WEB 2.0 for information activities, etc.

3. Information Systems and Next generation Search engines
Information system: Processing, Management and Applications, Next generation search engines, Text mining- Data Mining, etc.

4. Content Creation and Management
Standards – tools & techniques, e-Publishing, Site management, etc.

5. Technology Enhanced E-learning - Virtual Learning Environment
Learning Management Systems (LMS), Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)), Components - Tools and Techniques for e-learning, Module- features – applications, Designing and Implementation of Web based Online Courses, etc.

6. Knowledge Management (KM)
KM: initiatives – Practices – Strategies – Vision, Cultural change in an Organisaiton. Business Process Reengineering, Implementation of KM in Software and corporate offices, etc.

7. Digital Library (DL) of the future
Design- Methodology-Standards- innovations -Requirements- Implementation, Open Access Initiatives (OAI)-Protocols and Standards, Institutional Repositories / Archives, e-Resources, Semantic Web- Ontology, etc.

8. Next generation Library Interfaces
New Web tools and techniques for information services, Global resource sharing, Redefining Library services, Creating LIB 2.0 applications using WEB 2.0, Electronic Document Delivery services, etc.

9. Security Systems and Implementation
RFID- Antenna- Reader- Standards, Smart card-Biometrics, Wireless networks-Mobile applications, Implementation – problems and solutions, etc.

10. ICT/Information Literacy
Standards and Models, IL Skill and assessment, early literacy and life long learning, Outreach programmes for capacity building, etc.

11. IPR and copyrights in the networked environment
IPR and copyrights, Information ethics, ICT ethics, privacy, Security, etc.

12. Capacity Building Initiatives and Strategies
Human Resources Development and Management, ICT Skill Development for the new environment, Leadership Skill-Soft Skills, Customer Service Management, Managing Information/Knowledge centers in changing environment, etc.

Pre - Conference Tutorial
Topic: e-Learning: Creating online virtual courses using Module
Date: 22.1.2009 (11.00 a.m.to 5.00 p.m) (theory & practical sessions)

Who Should Attend?

§ IT Professionals
§ Knowledge Workers
§ Information Specialist
§ Practicing Librarians
§ Technology Firms
§ Knowledge Managers
§ Content Manager
§ e-Publishing House
§ Students and Faculty members from
Engineering and other institutions

Resource Persons

Each session will focus on a specific emerging topic with special keynote address from an expert. Experts from multinational software companies, corporate houses, academic institutions from various parts of the globe have been invited to present papers in each session, which will also be included in the conference proceedings.

Submission of Papers

Authors are requested to submit abstract(s) on the main and sub themes of the conference. The abstract should be 250-300 words with minimum of 5 keywords. Accepted abstracts will be intimated to the author by e-mail. Authors are requested to submit two copies of full paper in IEEE format (double column - per sheet) on A4 size paper (Times Roman 12 points) in camera-ready form and also a softcopy on CD in MS-Word along with the Registration fee. Charts, graphs, photographs, if any, should be inserted at the proper place in the paper. The full paper should not exceed 8 pages of A4 size paper.

Papers without registration fee will not be accepted.

A declaration by the author(s) should be given separately stating that the paper has not been presented/published elsewhere. Papers accepted for presentation will be intimated to the corresponding author by e-mail. The decision of the Review Committee regarding the acceptance of the paper will be final.

Last date for submission of paper: 30.10.2008
Last date for Registration: 15.01.2009

Exhibition

Stalls are available for exhibiting information technology products and services

Registration Fee

Early Bird Registration(On or before 31.12.2008) Amount Registration(Between 01.01.09 and 15.01.09) Amount
Sponsored Candidates Rs.2000.00 Sponsored Candidates Rs.2500.00
Individuals Rs.1000.00 Individuals Rs.1500.00
Students (Regular) Rs.750.00 Students (Regular) Rs.1000.00
SARRC Countries Rs.2000.00 SARRC Countries Rs.2500.00
Other Countries US$100.00 Other Countries US$150.00

Tutorials : Rs.500/ in addition to the registration fee.

The registration fee may be paid through Demand Draft in favour of the “Organising Secretary, KNICT 09” payable at Chennai, India.

Accommodation

Chennai is a Metro city. Number of hotels (including Star category) are available near the conference venue ranging from Rs.300 to Rs.30000. Accommodation will be arranged only on request. Accommodation is also available in the college hostel (limited numbers) on twin basis for reasonable price. It will be done by first come first serve basis, on request.

Transport

B.S.Abdur Rahman Crescent Engineering College is on the Grant Southern Trunk (GST) road, Chennai, which is well connected by Air, Train and Bus. The college is about 15 km away from the Chennai Airport and 30 K.M from Chennai Central Railway Station. Sub-urban trains are available from Central Railway & Egmore railway stations to Tambaram station. The Call taxi, Auto, Bus facilities are available, frequently. The college is situated near Vandalur Zoological Park.

Transport will be arranged to pick-up the delegates, on request.

B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Engineering College

B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Engineering College is one of the leading self-financing Engineering Colleges in India, started in the year 1984. Currently it offers 8 Undergraduate programmes, 8 Postgraduate programmes and seven of its departments are recognized as Research departments by the premier Anna University, Chennai for the award of M.S (by research) and Ph.D degree. This college has excellent infrastructure facility coupled with well-qualified and experienced faculty. Year after year, the motivated students of B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Engineering College secure most of the top ten University ranks. All the programmes are accredited by National Board of Accreditation, AICTE. This institute is an ISO 9001:2000 certified, quality conscious premier institute in the Southern India.

The 2008-2009 academic year of B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Engineering College is being celebrated as Silver Jubilee year. As a part of the celebrations, the Central Library is organizing this International Conference.

SALIS (Society for the Advancement of Library and Information Science)

SALIS is a registered professional body, actively involved in the development of all spheres of Library and Information Science by organizing various professional programmes including seminars, lectures, and workshops on emerging areas. It has various chapters located at different places to provide services in the respective regions. One of the objectives of SALIS is to train the LIS professionals to handle the latest IT tools and techniques more effectively and efficiently in order to provide quality-based services.

About CHENNAI

Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital of Tamil Nadu state and is India's fourth largest metropolitan city. It is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal with an estimated population of 6.98 million (2006). The 368-year-old city is the 34th largest metropolitan area in the world.

Chennai is the third largest commercial and industrial centre in India, and is known for its cultural heritage and temple architecture. It is also a hub for south Indian classical music and dance performances.

Chennai is considered the automobile capital of India,’ with a major percentage of the automobile industry having a base here and a major portion of the nation's vehicles being produced here. This has led to Chennai being referred to as the Detroit of South Asia. Many multinational software companies are located in Chennai. It has also become a major centre for outsourced jobs from the West. The 12-kilometre long Marina Beach forms the city's east coast. Chennai is also one of the rare cities to accommodate a Zoological Park, the Guindy National Park, within its city limits.

Nearest Tourist Places

Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Puducherry (erstwhile Pondicherry), Arabindo Ashram, Thirupathi, Thiruthani, Marina Beach, Crocodile park, Vandalur Zoo and Theme parks are some of the near by places to visit.

Temples: Many temples are located in and around Chennai.
Site seeing: A site seeing will be arranged on payment and prior request


COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Chief Patrons

Alhaj. Dr. B.S. Abdur Rahman, Chairman
Alhaj Abdul Qadir A. Rahman Buhari, Correspondent
Alhaj M K Mohmed Hassan, Treasurer

Patrons

Dr. V.M. Periasamy, Principal, BSACEC
Alhaj VNA Jalal, General Manager, AIIF
Dr. V. Sankaranarayanan, Director, BSACEC

Co-Patrons

Dr. T.R. Rangaswamy, Dean (Academic)
Dr. R. Ganesan, Dean (Research)
Dr. Mohamed Bilal, Dean (Planning & Development)

Convener

Dr. R. Raja Prabu, Professor in-charge/Library & Professor & Head/EEE, BSACEC

Conference Directors

Dr. Harish Chandra, Librarian, IIT - Madras
Dr. Manorama Srinath, Head (Rtd), DIS, University of Madras
Mr. A. Hariharan, SERC, Chennai

Organising Secretary

Mr. P. Panneerselvam, Librarian, BSACEC


International Advisory Committee

Dr. Ajit K. Pyati, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Dr. Alan C Webb, C. University of Ulster, UK
Prof. Allireza Noruzi, University of Tehran, Iran
Dr. Diljit Singh, University of Malaya
Prof. Edward Proctor, Missouri State University, USA
Dr. Gorman G.E,Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Dr. Hari Srihari, K. Binghamton University, USA
Prof. Jay Bhatt, Drexel University, U.S.A.
Prof. Pradeepa Wijetunge, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Dr. Rajwant S. Chilana, University of Illinois, USA
Prof. Reuben G P, Ministry Of Health, Sultanate Of Oman
Prof. Robert Davison, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

National Advisory Committee

Dr. Alli Sornam, Head/DLIS, Bishop Heber College, Trichy
Dr. Amudhavalli, Head/DIS, University of Madras
Dr. Anilkumar H, Librarian/IIM, Ahamadabad
Mr. Avudiappan, Director, Cannemara Public Library, Chennai
Dr. Goswami P R., Director/NASSDOC, ICSSR, New Delhi
Dr. Jagdar Singh, Professor/DLIS, Punjabi University
Dr. Jagdish Arora, Director/INFLIBNET, Ahamedabad
Dr. Karisidappa, Chairman/DLIS, Karnataka University
Dr. Lakshmana Rao, Head/DLIS, Osmania University
Prof. Malhan I V, Professor/DLIS, University of Jammu
Dr. Moorthy A L., Director/DESIDOC, New Delhi
Dr. Muralidhar S, Scientist ‘E’, CVRDE, Chennai
Dr. Nagarajan S, Head/DLIS, Annamalai University
Dr. Nithyanandam K, Special Officer/Anna University, Chennai
Dr. Prasad ARD., DRDO, Bangalore
Dr. Rajiyalakshmi D, Head/DLIS, Nagpur University
Dr. Suriya, Librarian, Annamalai University

Organsing Committee

Dr. Chinnasamy, Head/DLIS, Alagappa University, Karaikudi
Dr. Ganesan A, Head/DLIS, Poondi Pushpam College, Tanjore
Mr. Jesudos Manalan, Librarian/BHC, Trichy
Dr. Krishnamoorthy G, Librarian, Anna University, Chennai
Dr. Kumaravel S, Madurai Kamaraj University
Mr. Kumaresan S C, Librarian/BITS Pilani, Dubai
Ms. Lata Suresh, Librarian, IIHM, Jaipur
Mr. Parisutharaj L, Librarian, NIT- Trichy
Ms. Sakthi Regha V, Librarian/MSSW, Chennai.
Dr. Sanjay Kataria, JIIT University, NOIDA, Delhi
Dr. Srinivasa Raghavan, Librarian/Bharathidhasan University, Trichy
Dr. Suriyanarayanan S, Librarian/SPC, Thirunelveli
Dr. Vinayakamoorthy P, Librarian/Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore

Working Committee

Ms. Chithrakala S.P, Chennai
Dr. Dominic J, Librarian/Karunya University, Coimbatore
Ms. Kamatchi S, Librarian/NKTCE, Chennai
Mr. Karunairaghavan K, Librarian/SPEC, Chennai
Mr. Pattabhi Raman T, Asst.Librarian/BSACEC, Chennai
Mr. Sankaran A, Deputy Librarian/The Hindu, Chennai
Mr. Selvantony A, Asst.Librarian/BSACEC, Chennai
Mr. Sivakumar G.G, Librarian/RMKEC, Chennai
Mr. Sivakumaren K.S, Asst.Librarian/MIT, Chennai
Mr. Srinivasan M.P, Asst.Librarian/BSACEC, Chennai
Mr. Swaminathan S, Librarian/SRCE, Coimbatore
Dr. Tamilchelvan M, Librarian/SKCET, Coimbatore
Ms. Vinitha P, Librarian/NEC, Kovilpatti
Dr. Yesudoss, P Asst.Librarian/SRM, Chennai

Address for communication (Paper(s) submission, Registration, Accommodation, Sponsorship, etc.)

Mr. P. Panneerselvam
Organizing Secretary – KNICT 09
B. S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Engineering College
G.S.T. Road, Vandalur
Chennai - 600 048, India
(Near Anna Zoological Park)
Tel : +91-44-22751347/348/350/375
Fax : +91-44-22750520
Mobile: (0) 9841103912
Email : knict_crescentlib@crescentcollege.org, knict_crescentlib@yahoo.com
p_panneer@yahoo.com, pspanneerselvam@gmail.com

OTHER INFO
Registration Fee

Early Bird Registration(On or before 31.12.2008) Amount Registration(Between 01.01.09 and 15.01.09) Amount
Sponsored Candidates Rs.2000.00 Sponsored Candidates Rs.2500.00
Individuals Rs.1000.00 Individuals Rs.1500.00
Students (Regular) Rs.750.00 Students (Regular) Rs.1000.00
SARRC Countries Rs.2000.00 SARRC Countries Rs.2500.00
Other Countries US$100.00 Other Countries US$150.00

Tutorials : Rs.500/ in addition to the registration fee.

The registration fee may be paid through Demand Draft in favour of the “Organising Secretary, KNICT 09” payable at Chennai, India.

Accommodation

Chennai is a Metro city. Number of hotels (including Star category) are available near the conference venue ranging from Rs.300 to Rs.30000. Accommodation will be arranged only on request. Accommodation is also available in the college hostel (limited numbers) on twin basis for reasonable price. It will be done by first come first serve basis, on request.
3  Conferences or Events in ... / Arts & Humanities / Digitizing Architecture: Formalization & Content | May 11, 2009 | Bahrain on: November 25, 2008, 11:11:46 AM
Digitizing Architecture: Formalization & Content
The Fourth International Conference of The Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design
(ASCAAD 2009)

Organized by
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture
College of Engineering
University of Bahrain
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
11-12 May 2009

Theme
CAAD is constantly provoking and raising many potentials, challenges and arguments in academia, practice, and even in the theory of architecture itself. This process starts with the pedagogy of designing and the ongoing questions such as how much of CAAD should be incorporated in teaching, and ends with digital design technologies and the new emerging questions such as how biologically inspired computational processes alter the form of our architecture and the typical design process.
Architecture originates from peoples’ needs and beliefs. The new forms of digital architecture generate debates in terms of various important issues, ranging from emotional and social factors to sustainability and global warming.
The focus area of the conference can be shaped, as follows: considering all these potentials, challenges, and arguments, which we have to benefit from and cope with, are there truly legitimate concerns about the future of our architecture and its content in particular from human and environmental dimensions? Can we develop our own ways of benefiting from the new technology that cater for our environment and culture? Can we still see the form of architecture in the traditional way or should we change our
perspectives? In other words the conference concentrates on bridging between the new
digital forms and the traditional human content.

Conference Areas
The conference calls for submissions of papers on the following areas including but not limited to the following:
3D Modelling Systems
Artificial Life.
CAAD Curriculum: education, research and practice
Computer-Aided Manufacturing
Creative Visualisation
Design Methods and Representations
Digital Design Tools
Digital Fabrication
Generative Forms
Generative Systems
Human-Computer Interaction
Information Visualization
Intelligent Design and Case Reasoning
Parametric Design
Shape Grammar
Simulation and Virtual Prototyping
Synthetic Methods of 3D Visualisation
Systems for Collaborative Design
Urban City Modelling
Virtual Environment and Knowledge Management
Virtual Reality
Web-Based Design and Networking
Important Dates
First Call for papers Thursday 25 September 2008
Reminder of call for papers before deadline
submission Wednesday 15 October 2008
Deadline for abstracts submission Thursday 20 November 2008
Notification of abstract acceptance Monday 15 December 2008
Full paper submission Friday 30 January 2009
Notification of full paper acceptance Sunday 15 March 2009
Dates of the Conference Monday-Tuesday 11-12 May 2009

Submission and Languages
Two types of papers could be submitted. Long papers that describe well-developed or completed research should be about 16 pages including the images (about 7000 words). Short papers that describe research in progress should be about 7 pages including the images (about 3000 words). All papers (long and short) will undergo international blind reviews and should not contain any information that may identify the author(s) and their institution(s). Abstract submission must be in English with no more than 700 words. Full paper submission could be either in English or Arabic (no translation provided). Submissions should be sent in Word Document Format, using the ASCAAD paper formatting guidelines or template.

Organizing Committee
Dr. Wael Abdelhameed wael.abdelhameed@gmail.com
Dr. Hashim Al-Madani madanihshm@eng.uob.bh
Prof. Dr. Sina Berkoz sberkoz@eng.uob.bh
Dr. Mohamed Al-Koheji alkoheji2000@yahoo.co.uk
Dr. Ali Abdul-Raof alialraouf@yahoo.com
Dr. Mohsen Al-Alawi malalawi@eng.uob.bh
Dr. Ranjith Dayaratne ranjithd1@hotmail.com
Department of
Civil Engineering and
Architecture,
College of Engineering,
University of Bahrain
Scientific Committee
Committee co-chairs:
Dr Wael Abdelhameed Dr Neveen Hamza Dr Amar Bennadji
Assistant Professor
College of Engineering
University of Bahrain
wael.abdelhameed@gmail.com
Lecturer
School of Architecture, Planning and
Landscape
Newcastle University, UK
n.hamza@newcastle.ac.uk
Lecturer
School of Architecture and Built
Environment,
The Robert Gordon University, UK
a.bennadji@rgu.ac.uk

Please visit the conference website http://www.ascaad.org/conference/2009/ for more information
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Make sure your slides and handouts are legible to everyone. You know you've lost when you have to say: "I know you can't read this slide, but there's some very important information here."

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Shout, move around, gesticulate ... do what you have to do to keep the energy in the room up. If you're funny, tell some jokes. If you're angry, yell. If you're sleepy, mumbling or not very interested, stay home.

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Interesting seminars are a series of problems and solutions, ups and downs that keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Beginners often tip their hand early and are stuck with repeating their key points over and over to fill the hour.

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Conference rooms are ugly places, and great speakers project the audience's attention into the outside world with anecdotes, slides, photos and videos that make the ideas and stories more tangible than the gray surroundings.

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Make the experience special ... always dress better than your audience. Have your shoes shined, your hair cut and your best foot forward. Show that you care about being on stage and making the day memorable.

X. Follow Up
Leave behind a paper handout or -- better yet -- a Web page link so that people can contact you afterward. Make the link live so that there's a reason for people to click back again. A successful presentation is only the beginning of your relationship with the audience.
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