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IMA Period of Concentration
Forging an Appropriate Immune Response as a Problem
in Distributed Artificial Intelligence
October 19-23, 1998


Organizers:

Stephanie Forrest
University of New Mexico

and

Lee Segel
Weizmann Institute of Science


How are the vast collections of cells and molecules that comprise the immune system organized to provide appropriate responses (selected from an extensive set of possible responses) to the wide variety of evolving pathogens that attack the organism during its lifetime? It is the premise of this workshop that problems such as ``response choice" and its solution in natural immune systems can usefully be viewed as examples of bottom-up and distributed artificial intelligence, and/or as guides to understanding the behavior of a variety of distributed autonomous systems.

Major relevant concepts in immunology and in artificial systems will be discussed and compared. Also to be discussed will be examples of the application of immune system principles to computer security against ``viruses" and other intrusions. It is expected that this workshop will be mutually beneficial for experimental and theoretical immunologists as well as mathematicians, theoretical physicists and computer scientists.


PERIOD OF CONCENTRATION SCHEDULE

All talks are in Lecture Hall EE/CS 3-180 unless otherwise noted.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19
8:45 am Registration and Coffee Reception Room EE/CS 3-176
9:15 am Fred Dulles
IMA
Introduction
9:30 am Lee Segel
Weizmann Institute of Science
Feedbacks Toward Multiple Conflicting Partial Goals in Immunological and Other Distributed Autonomous Systems
10:30 am Coffee Break Lind Hall Room 400
11:00 am Jeff Kephart
IBM Research Laboratory
An Anti-Computer Virus Immune System
NOTE SPECIAL LOCATION AND TIME: Computer Science Seminar Room EE/CS 3-125
2:30 pm Stephanie Forrest
University of New Mexico
New Approaches to Computer Security: Immunology and Intrusion Detection
3:40 pm Matthew Mescher
Center for Immunology
University of Minnesota
Activation of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (`killer cells')
4:45 pm IMA Tea Lind Hall 400
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20
All talks are in Lecture Hall EE/CS 3-180 unless otherwise noted.
9:00 am Marc Jenkins
Center for Immunology
U of Minnesota
The Anatomy of T-Cell Activation and Tolerance
10:30 am Coffee Break EE/CS 3-176
11:00 am Eli Sercarz
La Jolla Inst. for Allergy
& Immunology
[I.] On the meaning of self, and why we make self-reactiveresponses
First of two lectures, with subtitles
Overall Abstract: Homunculi and Golems: Determinism and Unpredictability in the Immune System
2:00 pm Steve Hofmeier
Computer Science
University of New Mexico
Ideas from immunology for promoting computer security
3:30 pm Coffee Break EE/CS 3-176
4:00 pm Jeff Kephart Lecture 2 (if patent formalities permit)
Otherwise: Stephanie Forrest
TBA
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21
All talks are in Lecture Hall EE/CS 3-180 unless otherwise noted
9:30 am Eli Sercarz
La Jolla Inst. for Allergy
& Immunology
[II.] Antigen Presentation and Processing and the MHC
11:00 am Diana Richards
Department of Political Science
University of Minnesota
Collective Choice and Mutual Knowledge Structures
Joint work with B.D. McKay and W.A. Richards.
2:00 pm Bob Blakley
IBM
Forging an Ineffective Immune Response: Lessons from Two Decades of Computer Security
3:30 pm Coffee Break EE/CS 3-176
4:00 pm Nikos Papanikolopoulos
Computer Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota
Distributed Reconfigurable Robots and Applications
6:00 pm Period of Concentration Dinner  
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22
To be announced.

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