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			   Call for Papers
			       PODP 96
		   Third International Workshop on
		  Principles of Document Processing
			 September 23, 1996
		        Palo Alto, California

PODP 96 is the third in a series of international workshops that
provide forums to discuss the modeling of document processing systems
using theories and techniques from, for example, computer science,
mathematics, and psychology.  PODP 96 will take place in conjunction
with EP 96 at Xerox Corporation's conference center in Palo Alto,
California.  (PODP 96 is, however, a workshop and not a conference.)
The workshop will be held on one day, Monday, September 23, 1996.

The charter of PODP is deliberately ambitious and its scope broad.
The current state of electronic document processing can be
characterized as a plethora of tools without a clear articulation of
unifying principles and concepts underlying them.  The practical
and commercial impact of these tools --- formatters, composition
systems, word processing systems, structured editors, document
management systems --- is too pervasive and obvious to require further
elaboration and emphasis.  However, with the rapid development in
hardware technology (processors, memory, and especially high bandwidth
networks) the notion of a document and of document processing itself
is undergoing a profound change.  It is imperative that this change be
fueled, not only by enabling technologies and tools, but also by
precise, computational, and conceptual models of documents and
document processing.  To this end, we hope to bring to bear theories
and techniques developed by researchers in other areas of science,
mathematics, engineering and the humanities (such as databases, formal
specification languages and methodologies, optimization, workflow
analysis, and user interface design.)

PODP is organized to promote a happy marriage between documents and
document processing, and theories and techniques.  PODP provides an
ideal opportunity for discussion and information exchange between
researchers who are grappling with problems in ANY area of document

We invite researchers to submit papers that attempt to find a good
balance between theory and practice in document processing.  Papers
that address both on a somewhat equal basis are preferred.  We
recommend that papers not exceed ten pages in length.

One author of each accepted paper will be expected to present the
paper at the workshop.  Presentations will last about 25 minutes, plus
questions.  Draft proceedings will be distributed at the workshop, and
may be publicly available afterward over the Internet.  We are,
however, searching for publishers so that some of the accepted papers
will be further reviewed and published in a widely available journal
or book subsequent to the workshop.  Papers from PODP 92 and PODP 94
were published in special issues of the journal ``Mathematical and
Computer Modelling'' (Pergamon Press), which is well-known and
respected in the operations research community, and in various circles
of applied mathematics.


Major topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Digital Libraries		Document Conversion		
Document Databases		Document Editing		
Document Formatting		Document Recognition
Document Standards		Document Transformation
Hypertext			Information Retrieval
Multimedia Documents		SGML, HTML, and the World Wide Web
Theories of Documents


You are invited to submit SIX copies of a detailed abstract or a
complete paper by April 15, 1996 to either program co-chair:

	Charles Nicholas
	Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
	Baltimore, MD 21228-5398 USA

	Derick Wood
	Department of Computer Science
	Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, HONG KONG.

Each submission should have a cover page, which indicates the name,
affiliation, address, electronic mail address, and telephone number of
the contact author.  Submission by e-mail (to or
to is acceptable.  In this case the paper should be
in ASCII, LaTeX, or Postscript (in the latter case, it is crucial that
there are line breaks).


Paper Submission Deadline: 	April 15, 1996
Notification of Acceptance:	May 28, 1996
Final Papers Due:		June 30, 1996


The program committee consists of researchers who are active in the
area of document processing, and researchers who are active in
relevant areas of computer science, such as databases, and are
interested in documents.
	Howard Blair(USA)
	Heather Brown(UK)
	Anne Brueggemann-Klein(Germany)
	Richard Furuta(USA)
	Heikki Mannila(Finland)
	Ethan Munson(USA)
	Makoto Murata(Japan)
	Charles Nicholas(USA) Co-Chair
	James Sasaki(USA)
	Derick Wood(Hong Kong) Co-Chair


Xerox Corporation's conference center in Palo Alto.


The registration procedure will be announced in the call for
participants in March.


Further information will be available over the Web at and at, and via the PODP mailing
list.  To subscribe to PODP, send the message "subscribe PODP" without
quotes, in the body (not the subject line) of an email message to