Hypercomputation Research Network

International Interdisciplinary Workshop on

Future Trends in Hypercomputation

Call for Papers / Call for Participation
Sheffield UK, 11-13 September 2006

Registration | Programme Details

For further details of this workshop, including registration and travel details,
please visit http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/workshop/
at the University of Sheffield web site.

Calls for PapersPre-Proceedings | Proceedings
Workshop Goals | Related Meetings | Programme and Structure | Confirmed Participants
Registration | Accommodation | Important Dates and Deadlines | Bursaries | Follow-On Network (and Elections)

With Thanks to our Sponsors
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Workshop Goals

Hypercomputation - the study of 'super-Turing' systems - is a novel research area, with relevant work being conducted across a wide range of disparate disciplines, including computer science, mathematics, quantum theory, biology, neural networks, general relativity theory, the theory of intelligence and philosophy. With such a wide research base, researchers are inevitably unaware of related developments in other disciplines. Our aim is to bring together this disparate band of researchers. An important theme of the Workshop will be the identification of key research questions; the ensuing Research Network will take it as its mandate to attempt a solution to these, and other, questions.

Participants and Pre-Proceedings Papers

The following pre-proceedings papers have been received. Further papers will be added as they arrive. If you want to submit a pre-proceedings paper, please email it to the organisers at hypertrends@hypercomputation.net, preferably in PDF format.

Clive Blackwell
(Royal Holloway University London, UK)
Gillian Callaghan
José Félix Costa
(Lisboa, Portugal)
Five Views over Hypercomputation
Simon Foster
(Sheffield, UK)
Marian Gheorghe
(Sheffield, UK)
Mark Hogarth
(Cambridge, UK)
Not yet submitted
Andrew Hughes
(Sheffield, UK)
Tien Kieu
(Swinburne, Australia)
On quantum hypercomputation
Mariam Kiran
(Sheffield, UK)
Tale of the Oracle
Peter Kugel
(Boston, USA)
David Love
(Sheffield Hallam, UK)
Bruce MacLennan
(Tennessee, USA)
Super-Turing or Non-Turing?
Mike Stannett
Welcome & Overview (OHP Presentation)
Susan Stepney
(York, UK)
Hypercomputation and the Grand Challenge in Non-Classical Computation
Georg Struth
(Sheffield, UK)
Apostolos Syropoulos
(Xanthi, Greece)
Can we debug the Universe?
Benjamin Wells
(San Francisco, USA)
[not attending]
An Example of Hypercomputation in Algebra and Logic
Frank Wilson
(Sheffield, UK)

Related Meeting: UC '06 (York, 4-8 Sep)

Much of the work currently undertaken in hypercomputation theory is related to the wider discipline of Unconventional Computation (UC). We have scheduled our workshop to tie-in with the Fifth International Conference on Unconventional Computation (UC '06), taking place in the nearby city of York one week earlier. Overseas participants may find this arrangement particularly helpful, as it will enable them to attend both events while incurring only one set of travel costs. Further details of UC 2006 are available online at http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/nature/uc06.


Registration is now open at www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/workshop, and is being handled for us by Gillian Callaghan of the Dept of Computer Science at Sheffield University. To encourage participation, the cost of registration will be minimal, at just 30 per participant. We are not currently planning a workshop 'banquet'; instead we envisage participants sharing an informal meal on the second evening, with a view to encouraging conversation and networking. Registration is free for invited speakers and students with accommodation bursaries.


To keep costs to a minimum, we will not be providing accommodation (except for invited speakers). However, the Registration site (www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/workshop) includes comprehensive information explaining how to book sensibly priced accommodation in Sheffield, and we will do our best to help you. UK research students may be able to obtain a bursary to help cover the costs of accommodation (see below). If you have emailed us to express an interest in attending, we will notify you in advance when registration formally opens. We would like to thank Gillian Callaghan of the Department of Computer Science at Sheffield University for handling much of the workshop administration, including the provision of registration facilities.

Follow-On Network Funding

This workshop is funded in the UK by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under the terms of their Interdisciplinary Workshop with Follow-On Network Funding programme. The workshop will close with the election of a steering committee, whose task will be to help determine the formation and direction of the proposed Follow-On Research Network.

UK Research Student Bursaries

Many of those attending will be invited researchers in the field, but we are also keen to attract newcomers, and especially the next generation of hypercomputation researchers. Twelve (12) student bursaries, each worth up to 125, are therefore available for UK students to assist with the costs of accommodation. Details of how to apply for a bursary will appear here no later than 1 August 2006. If you have emailed us to express an interest in attending, we will notify you in advance when the application procedure is about to formally open.

Important Dates and Deadlines (2006)

1 July Further workshop details will appear on this web page.
13 August Deadline for submission of extended abstracts and position papers for the Workshop Pre-Proceedings.
21 August Workshop Pre-Proceedings will be distributed to all registered participants for reading prior to arrival in Sheffield.
11 September Workshop begins
13 September Election of Steering Committee to oversee the construction of the Follow-On Network Funding proposal. End of Workshop
1 October (t.b.c.) Deadline for submission of full papers for the formal Workshop Proceedings.
3 December (t.b.c.) Deadline for completing peer-review Workshop Proceedings submissions.
11 December Authors to be notified of peer-review decisions.

Calls for Papers

Participants will be given TWO opportunities to disseminate their work and ideas.
  • Workshop Pre-Proceedings
    All participants (including non-speakers) are asked to supply a 4-side outline of their research ideas well in advance of the Workshop, for inclusion in the Workshop Pre-Proceedings. This will typically give a short summary outline of current work, or else topics you consider interesting or relevant to the future direction of hypercomputation research (LaTeX preferred). These summaries will be collated into a Workshop Pre-Proceedings, which will be re-distributed back to participants in advance of the workshop. Participants are asked to ensure they read these summaries before attending. Copies of the Pre-Proceedings will be made permanently available for the public to download from this web site (hypercomputation.net). Your 4-page pre-proceedings paper should arrive no later than 13 August 2006 (at hypertrends@hypercomputation.net).
  • Workshop Proceedings
    A second set of papers will be requested following the workshop, to allow participants an opportunity to take account of comments received at the Workshop. These papers will be subject to full refereeing in the usual way, and are currently scheduled to appear in a special issue of the Int. J. Unconventional Computing. Authors are encouraged to begin on their papers as soon as possible, and should expect a requirement for papers to be produced using a variant of the LaTeX article class. FULL INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS WILL BE CIRCULATED AT A LATER DATE - THE CfP IS NOT RESTRICTED TO WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS.

More: Draft Programme and Workshop Structure

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