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KSCO-2012 Final Arrangements - Register and Book Your Hotel Now

A gentle reminder that the conference rates for the hotels are available until January 31st. Please reserve your room before that or you will risk the rate being higher.
 
We have conference rates available at two hotels: The Courtyard Marriott Pensacola Downtown and the Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel. Directions for reserving a room, as well as some pros and cons for the two hotels are available on the KSCO web site: http://ksco.info/ksco-2012.html.
 
Likewise, if you have not registered for the conference, please do so. While there is no cut-off date for the registration, the sooner you register, the better we will be able to estimate the number of attendees and prepare for the conference. We also have two exciting social activities planned for the conference, a reception on Wednesday evening and the conference dinner on Thursday night.
 
Registration for the conference is available at: http://ksco2012.eventbrite.com/. Conference registration is only $100 ($50 if you are a student). You can pay either using a credit card or pay at the door via check or cash (select the pay at door option when you register). Please note that if you wish to use a credit card, you must register online -  we do not have any means to process your credit card onsite.
 
The preliminary program for the conference has been posted on the website. We have an exciting program this year, including some excellent keynote speakers and panels. Please note that the program is still in some flux, and we urge everyone to stay through Friday afternoon - as there is a very good possibility that the program will be extended through Friday afternoon. We are still awaiting confirmation for a keynote speaker and two additional speakers.
 
Also, as you plan your travel, keep in mind that the conference occurs just before the Mardi Gras celebration throughout the Gulf Coast. If you are *very* adventurous, you could try to go to New Orleans for the weekend (a three hour drive). But, many hotels have already sold out and those that are still available will be expensive.
 
While Pensacola is not New Orleans, we do have a Mardi Gras parade here in town on Saturday, February 18th. Here is a web site with some information: http://www.pensacolamardigras.com/. Please email me if you would like any specific information.
 
Also,  Pensacola is renowned for our Beaches. While the weather may be cold in February, you might find warm days to visit the beach (it was 72 degrees (F), 21 degrees (C) today!). Here is a website about our beaches: http://www.visitpensacolabeach.com/.
 
Unfortunately, Pensacola is not known for its public transportation! If you stay at one of the conference hotels, you will be within walking distance to IHMC (the conference location). You are also within walking distance to the downtown area (for example, to go to the parade). If you want to explore other areas, you will most likely have to rent a car or rely on taxis.
 
Here is some general information about the city: http://www.visitpensacola.com/.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the city, lodging, restaurants, transportation, etc. Also, please forward this to your colleagues that may not be on this list.
 
Thanks and look forward to seeing many of you in Pensacola!
 
Cheers,
Niranjan
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Niranjan Suri, Ph.D.
nsuri@ihmc.us
Research Scientist at Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition
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IEEE Intelligent Systems - KSCO Special Issue Call for Papers

Tthe call for KSCO papers for the high quality IEEE Intelligent Systems journal is now published at http://www.computer.org/portal/web/computingnow/iscfp1

Submissions are requested by 1st May 2012 and the papers selected will apperar in the January/February 2013 issue.

We will be discussing plans for this and potential contributions from the KSCO community on the last day of KSCO-2012.

This information is also on the special issue page in the KSCO web site for convenience at http://ksco.info/ieee-is-ksco-2013.html

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KSCO-2012 Programme Available

Its all go now folks... the preliminary program for KSCO-2012 is available.. and what a great program Niranjan Suri and his colleagues at IHMC in Pensacola have put together.  You really don't want to miss this one.  It has the makings of the best KSCO to date. Three generals are lined up to give keynotes.  Some superb cross-programme panels will communicate what is happening across agencies and countries... which is one of the main reasons the KSCO community meets.  No tax payer money wasting if we all communicate, share and don't reinvent the wheel.

Get the programme and the details of the conference registration and hotels (book by 31st January to get  the conference rate) from http://ksco.info/ksco-2012.html

The Mardi Gras celebrations are on at the time too, and the day after KSCO-2012 there is a big parade in Pensacola if you can stay over. The hotels have agreed to extend the stay period to allow you to stay over if you wish.

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KSCO-2012 Registration Now Available

Conference registration is now open. Please register to facilitate conference arrangements. You can pay by credit card, PayPal, or elect to pay by cheque (made payable to "IHMC") or cash at the door.

The conference fee of $100 (students $50) covers the costs of the meeting facilities, refreshments and lunches. A conference reception on Wednesday evening, and group dinner on Thursday evening is proposed also.

Conference Hotel 1 (nearest IHMC): Crown Plaza, Pensacola Grand, 200 East Gregory Street, Pensacola, Florida 32501

Conference Hotel 2 (also within Walking Distance): Courtyard by Marriott Pensacola Downtown, 700 E. Chase St., Pensacola, FL 32502

  • Conference Group Rate valid if hotel booked by 31st January 2012.
  • Book Conference Hotel at Special Rate ($102 per night per room). Enter KSCKSCA (King Room) or KSCKSCB (Dbl Queen Room) under "Special Rates, Group Code".
  • Guests can also call the Marriott 800 number (800-321-2211) or call direct to (850) 439-3330 and request the KSCO group rate

Alternative conference hotels are available in the area if required. Please contact Niranjan Suri at IHMC to discuss if you wish.

As usual all details are brought together at thwe conference web site: http://ksco.info/ksco-2012.html

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KSCO-2012 Conference Hotel Rate Available to 31st January 2012

Conference Hotel

Conference Hotel 1 (nearest IHMC): Crown Plaza, Pensacola Grand, 200 East Gregory Street, Pensacola, Florida 32501

Conference Hotel 2 (also within Walking Distance): Courtyard by Marriott Pensacola Downtown, 700 E. Chase St., Pensacola, FL 32502

  • Conference Group Rate valid if hotel booked by 31st January 2012.
  • Book Conference Hotel at Special Rate ($102 per night per room). Enter KSCKSCA (King Room) or KSCKSCB (Dbl Queen Room) under "Special Rates, Group Code".
  • Guests can also call the Marriott 800 number (800-321-2211) or call direct to (850) 439-3330 and request the KSCO group rate

Alternative conference hotels are available in the area if required. Please contact Niranjan Suri at IHMC to discuss if you wish.

Conference Registration and Fee

We will shortly ask you to register for the conference so numbers are known. A conference fee will be charged to cover the costs of the meeting facilities, refreshments and lunches. A conference reception on Wednesday evening, and group dinner on Thursday evening is proposed also. Details will follow.

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KSCO-2012 Paper submission final date now 23rd December 2011

Revised final submission date for KSCO-2012 is Dec 23rd. See http://ksco.info/ksco-2012.html for more details.

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KSCO Special Isssue of IEEE Intelligent Systems Planned

Best papers from KSCO-2012 alongside other submissions will be included in a Special Issue on Knowledge Systems for Coalition Operations of IEEE Intelligent Systems in early 2013. For more details see http://ksco.info/ieee-is-ksco-2013.html.

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KSCO-2012 paper submission deadline

KSCO-2012 paper submission deadline is November 30th.

See http://openvce.net/ksco-2012 or http://ksco.info/ksco-2012.html for details and full Call for Papers

Special KSCO issue of IEEE Intelligent Systems approved. More details soon.

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KSCO-2012 Paper Submission Dates Announced

KSCO-2012 will be a two and a half day meeting to be held at IHMC, Pensacola, Florida from 9am on Wednesday 15th February to lunch time on Friday 17th February 2012.

The conference information on this page is also be accessible via the normal conference web URL of http://ksco.info/ksco-2012.html

  • Submission deadline: 15 November 2011
  • Acceptance notification: 6 January 2012
  • Final Papers deadline: 3 February 2012
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KSCO-2010 Papers and Presentations Available Online

All KSCO-2010 papers and presentations up now at http://ksco.info/ksco-2010.html

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KSCO Expo Area in Second Life

We have established a (largely empty) KSCO building space on the VCE region in Second Life... alongside the WoSCR facility, and offices used by the Cyber unit from the State of Virginia (VOICCE) and the US Army Research Labs, etc.

It can be reached via this URL (get an avatar in Second Life first): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VCE/193/233/23

 

Plenty of space  if we want to rig up an Exposition, etc.  We likely will use the more actively supported I-Rooms and amphitheatre on the VCE region for meetings and workshops.

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Second Life KSCO Expo Pavilion

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P.S. if you want to reduce mailings from the KSCO Group on OpenVCE.net look at your own profile, and the notifications area, and you can choose the frequency of mailings from seeing each individual every one to a digest for a time period up to a week long.  Change that anytime it gets too heavy.

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KSCO-2012 Event Page established on OpenVCE.net

The event page to support KSCO-2012 is now up with URL http://openvce.net/ksco-2012 and it will be used to support preparatory working groups and sub-communities as they work together in advance of the main event to be held in February 2012 at IHMC in Pensacola, Florida.

This page will also aggregate tweets with tag #ksco for convenience.  Usually tweets with that tag in the last few weeks show up.

A 3D virtual meeting space and expo area for KSCO will be established shortly on the VCE region in Second Life to support KSCO activities.

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KSCO Community to use OpenVCE.net and related web 2.0 tools

The KSCO community at the KSCO-2010 meeting in Vancouver agreed to try to make use of web collaboration tools and social media in it's work and preparations for KSCO-2012.

In particular initially the OpenVCE.net KSCO community area at http://openvce.net/ksco will be used to ease management of the KSCO mailing list (currently using a mailing list manager with relatively manual updates) and help users self manage their subscriptions to the list and the ways in which they receive notifications. OpenVCE.net includes links to a community Wiki (based on MediaWiki as used in Wikipedia) for improved sharing of community knowledge , and the area can link to event management, status feeds such as via Twitter, media for images and videos, and even provides links for teleconferencing support via Abobe Connect and virtual world based 3D meeting spaces.

Note that most content for the KSCO area on OpenVCE.net can be read without login, but only members can post messages, add Wiki content and receive notifications of updates.

For better context awareness within the community, the Twitter tag #ksco will be used, so add that search to your own timeline.

In the next few months a couple of mailings to the KSCO mailing list will be made explaining the use of the new facilities, as we wind down use of the old mailing list. We encourage all involved with KSCO to join in the new area by registering at http://openvce.net

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KSCO-2012 set for February 2012 in Pensacola Florida

Knowledge Systems for Coalition Operations 2012 will be held in Pensacola, Florida in February 2012 with preparatory working groups meeting (it is hoped usinfg OpenVCE.net facilities) to prepare some theme areas in mid 2011. Proposals for the themes will be solicited.

Niranjan Suri and Jeff Bradshaw at IHMC will be local chairs, with James Lawton of EOARD the Program Chair as for recent KSCO events.

The KSCO working group will again assist with organisation. IHMC was due to host the KSCO-2004 event, which had to be cancelled following the damage done by Hurricane Ivan to the Pensacola area and IHMC facilities. The 2012 event is being set well out of the traditional hurricane season!

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KSCO-2010 Completed and Publication Information

KSCO-2010 has now finished and the exchanges were very valuable. Papers, presentations and some pictures will be posted next week after we all return to our home bases.

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KSCO-2010 Pictures

Here are some images from KSCO-2010 held at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University in Downtown Vancouver, and the event group dinner which took place at the "Top of Vancouver" revolving restaurant.

 

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KSCO-2010 Outline Programme Available

The outline programme of panels and papers for KSCO-2010, is now available at http://ksco.info/ksco-2010.html.  Papers in a range of areas will be presented, and discussions will look to create future international collaborative project opportunities in the KSCO community. The programme includes panels on:

  • Lessons and Training for Major Events Safety and Security
  • Knowledge Systems for Cyber Operations

KSCO-2010 is to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from 21st to 23rd September 2010.  You are warmly invited to come along.  Please complete the registration form at http://ksco.info/ksco-2010.html

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KSCO-2010 Registration Now Open

Knowledge Systems for Coalition Operations 2010 registration is now open - see: http://ksco.info/ksco-2010.html

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KSCO-2010 Call for Papers Issued

Call for papers and conference details for KSCO-2010 - Knowledge Systems for Coalition Operations - which will be held September 21-23, 2010 in Vancouver, BC, Canada is now available at http://ksco.info/ksco-2010.html

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Welcome to the KSCO Virtual Collaboration Environment and 3D Space

The KSCO community can make use of the community networking and 3D virtual collaboration environment facilities on OpenVCE.net

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