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2010-05-31 | CfP: 4th. International Conference on the Foundations of Information Science, Beijin, 20-23 August 2010

posted 17 Mar 2010, 03:10 by José María Díaz Nafría   [ updated 6 Sept 2010, 12:52 ]

Fourth International Conference on the Foundations of Information Science

FlS 2010Towards a New Science of Information

Beijing: 20-23 August, 2010

New conference website: http://www.sciforum.net/conf/fis2010www.fis2010.cn

Continuing the series of FIS Conferences (Madrid 1994, Vienna 1996, Paris 2005) a new venue will be held in Beijing 2010.
  In our times, an increasing number of disciplines are dealing with information in very different ways: from information society and information technology to communication studies (and related subjects like codes, meaning, knowledge, and intelligence), as well as quantum information, bioinformation, knowledge economy, network science, computer science and Internet, to name but a few. At the same time, an increasing number of scientists in the East and the West have been engaged with the foundational problems underlying this development, to such an extent that the integration of disciplines revolving around information seems an idea whose time has come. A new science of information can be envisaged that explores the possibilities of establishing a common ground around the information concept, of constructing a new scientific perspective that connects the different information-related disciplines and provides a new framework for transdisciplinary research.

The purpose of this conference is thus: 

  • to enable the discussion of different concepts, theories and approaches to the information field,
  • to facilitate the exchange between informational disciplines concerning different but complementary tasks, objects of study, and methodologies,
  • to network researchers and research institutions as well as knowledge transfer institutions in the promotion of the new science of information,
  • to create a new community of scholars and to promote a new style of scholarship,
  • to advance a new point of view on global problems. 

Topics may comprise:

1.      The Impact of a New Science of Information on Society

2.      The Position of Intelligence Science in Information Science

a.       Information and Intelligence

b.      Intelligence Science as an Engineering Informatics in Information Science

3. The Role of Other Applied Information Science Disciplines (Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Information and Communication Technologies and Society, Library and Documentation Science, …)

4.      The Basis of a New Science of Information

a.       Feasibility of a single generic concept of information

b.      Concepts, Principles, and Methodology of a “General Informatics” or “Theoretical Informatics”

c.       Knowledge Structure of a Unified Theory of Information

5.      Philosophy of Information

a.       Information Ethics

b.      Epistemology (Information and the Scientific Method, …)

c.       Ontology of Information

d.      Information and Philosophy of Science (Information and the System of Sciences – Transdisciplinarity – Consilience, …)

6.      Science of Information in Real-World Systems

a.       Science of Information in Physical and Chemical Systems (Quantum Information, Molecular Recognition, …)

b.      Science of Information in Living Systems (Biosemiotics, Systems Biology, Bioinformation, …)

c.       Science of Information in Human / Social Systems

i.      Science of Information in Human Cognition (Mind-Brain Theory, Consciousness, …)

ii.      Science of Information in Human Communication (Linguistics, Social Networking, Communication Studies, …)

iii.      Science of Information in Human Cooperation (Collective Intelligence, Knowledge Management, Advanced Intelligence, …)

7. Science of the Information Society / Age (Information Society Theory, Internet Research, Social Informatics, New Media Studies, …)

8.      Other related topics



All accepted papers will be published in the online journal tripleC (www.triple-c.at) and available at the conference. Selected papers will be published in the online journal Entropy after the conference. At least one author of an accepted paper must register at the conference and present the paper at the conference. FIS 2010 Best Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference on the authors of (1) the best research paper and (2) the best application paper.

Paper Submission:

Papers should be no longer than 10 pages including all tables, figures, and references but excluding a cover page. Fonts should be in 10-12 pt. Each submission must include one cover page which should contain (see paper template provided at the website):

FIS 2010 Beijing, China” at the left corner in top line of the cover page;

Title of the paper with an abstract of no more than 500 words;

A few keywords, from the list above where possible, giving a clear indication of topics;

Author name(s) with affiliation(s), complete postal address(es), and phone number(s);

Email address of the contact author;

First (ONLY) author’s register photo (2-inch) and a resume, attached to author(s)’ published paper.

  • All papers for FIS 2010 should be submitted by Email to zrli@hubu.edu.cnsisi2006@126.com.
  • All paper submissions will be peer reviewed.
  • Accepted papers will be published and available at the conference.
  • At least one author of an accepted paper must register at the conference and present the paper at the conference.
  • FIS 2010 Best Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference on the authors of (1) the best research paper and (2) the best application paper.

Important dates

  • Deadline of Paper Submission: May 31, 2010
  • Acceptance Notification: June 20, 2010
  • Camera-Ready Paper: July 10, 2010
  • Paper Collection Published: August 20, 2010


  • Technical Committee on Artificial Intelligence Theory (TCAIT), Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI), Beijing
  • Foundations of Information Science (FIS)Zaragoza
  • Science of Information Institute (SoII), Washington


  • Beijing Institute of Graphical Communication, China
  • BITrum Research Group, León, Spain
  • Center for Information Policy Research, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
  • Institut für Design Science e.V., Munich, Germany
  • International Center for Transdisciplinary Research (CIRET), Paris, France
  • Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI), Basel, Switzerland
  • Symmetrion, Budapest, Hungary
  • Unified Theory of Information (UTI) Research Group, Vienna, Austria
  • Washington Evolutionary Systems Society (WESS), Washington, USA


Technical Committee on Artificial Intelligence Theory (TCAIT), Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI), Beijing, China


  • Beijing Institute of Graphical Communication, China
  • Wuhan Wutong-Rain Culture Development Limited Company, China
  • Center for Information Policy Research, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA

Conference Honorary Chairs:

  • Yi-Xin Zhong
  • Zhong-Zhi Shi

International Advisory Board:

  • Joseph Brenner (International Center for Transdisciplinary Research, Paris, France)
  • Søren Brier (Professor in the Semiotics of Information, Cognitive and Communication Science, Department of International Culture and Communication Studies, Centre for Language, Cognition, and Mentality, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
  • Elizabeth A. Buchanan (Center for Information Policy Research, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA)
  • Mark Burgin (Visiting Scholar, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Jerry Chandler (Research Professor, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies, George Mason University, USA)
  • John Collier (Professor, Philosophy and Ethics, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)
  • György Darvas (Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Research Organization, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)
  • José María Díaz Nafría (Visiting Professor, University of León, Spain)
  • Dail Doucette (Director, Science of Information Institute, Washington, USA)
  • Charles Ess (Visiting Professor, Department of Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus, Denmark)
  • Peter Fleissner (retired University Professor, Institute of Design and Assesment of Technology, Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
  • Luciano Floridi (Research Chair in Philosophy of Information, Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Hertfordshire, UK)
  • Ted Goranson (Sirius Beta, USA)
  • Soraj Hongladarom (Director, Center for Ethics of Science and Technology, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
  • Alicia Juarrero (Professor, Prince George’s Community College, USA)
  • Allenna Leonard (President, International Society for the Systems Sciences, Canada)
  • Michael Leyton (Professor, DIMACS Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, Rutgers University, USA)
  • An-Shun Li (President, Wuhan Wutong-Rain Culture Development Institute, China)
  • Shu-Kun Lin (Molecular Diversity Preservation International, Basel, Switzerland)
  • Robert K. Logan (Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Ai-Nai Ma (Professor, Peking University, China)
  • Shi-Long Ma (Professor, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China)
  • Dong-Sheng Miao (Professor, Renmin University of China, China)
  • Basarab Nicolescu (Professor, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
  • Toru Nishigaki (Professor, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Michel Petitjean (MTi, INSERM, Université Paris Diderot, France)
  • Stuart A. Umpleby (Professor, Department of Management, Rutgers University, USA)
  • Kun Wu (Professor, Xian Jiaotong University, China)
  • Tom Ziemke (Professor of Cognitive Science and Cognitive Robotics, Cognition and Interaction Lab, University of Skövde, Sweden)
  • Rainer E. Zimmermann (Professor of Philosophy, University of Applied Sciences Munich, Germany)

 General Chairs:

  • Hua-Can He (TCAIT, CAAI)
  • Pedro Marijuan (FIS)
  • Wolfgang Hofkirchner (SoII)

 Programme Co-Chairs:

  • Prof. Zong-Rong Li
  • Prof. Xin-Zheng Jin
  • Prof. Jing-Shan Wang
  • Dr. Shu-Feng Li

 Organization Co-Chairs:

  • Prof. Jing-Shan Wang
  • Prof. Jun-Ping Du
  • Wei-Ning Wang
  • Dr. Dan Yu

 General Secretary: