Tuesday, September 07, 2010

More of the worst conference descriptions ever

Well, I got invited to another conference that is brought to you by the same people who brought us what I thought was possibly the worst conference ever: Science Conference SPAM: ICEME2011 on all of engineering & metaengineering.  But amazingly this one is just as bad.  Well, actually, these ones - it is two conferences. See http://www.iiis2011.org/imcic/website/default.asp?vc=28 and http://www.iiis2011.org/imcic/website/default.asp?vc=3. I guess I could show you the title of the conference but the web address is informative.  I would bet that some other numbers at the end end up being used for other conferences.

Anyway see the letter at the end of this post - it is very similar to the one for the ICEME meeting.  The best part is when one goes to the "About the conference" sections.  For example see here
CCCT 2011 is an International Conference that will bring together researchers, developers, practitioners, consultants and users of Computer, Communications and Control Technologies, with the aim to serve as a forum to present current and future work, solutions and problems in these fields, as well as in the relationships among them. Consequently, efforts will be done in order to promote and to foster the analogical thinking required by the Systems Approach for interdisciplinary cross-fertilization, "epistemic things" generation and "technical objects" production.

Or even better check out this one here.  For example:
Data are a necessary condition for information, but they are not a sufficient one. Human interpretation is required to transform the data into information. As it is known, Bjorn Langefors distinguished 'data' and 'information' establishing the equation I = i (D, S, T) where I stands for information, i for the interpretation process, D for the data, S for the recipient's previous knowledge as a result of a personal experience, and T for time. (Johannesson and Söderström, 2008, Information Systems Engineering, p. vi). Details regarding the conceptual differentiation between 'data' and 'information' can be found in Callaos and Callaos, 2002, "Toward a Systemic Notion of Information: Practical Consequences," Informing Science Journal, Volume 5 No 1, athttp://www.inform.nu/Articles/Vol5/v5n1p001-011.pdf

Information Systems based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have two basic macro sub-systems: 1) ICT-based electronic data processing and 2) Human (individual, group, or organization) data and information processing. Both sub-systems interact with each other producing cybernetic loops (negative and positive feedback) which if, adequately developed, implemented, and deployed regulate each other and generate a synergic integration, probably with emergent properties in the integrated whole.

And the figure at the bottom is amazing too ...

Anyway, here is the latest letter:

Dear J. Eisen:
We invite you to submit a paper/abstract to the joint event of The 17th International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis: ISAS 2011 (www.2011iiisconferences.org/ISAS), and The SPRING 9th International Conference on Computing, Communications and Control Technologies: CCCT 2011 (www.2011iiisconferences.org/CCCT) to be held on March 27th - 30th, 2011 in Orlando, Florida, USA

If you have any colleagues who might be interested in making a submission to the conference, please feel free to forward this e-mail to them.

Below are the deadlines (check the conferences Web sites for possible extensions):

Papers/Abstracts Submission and Invited Session Proposals: September 29th, 2010

Authors Notifications: November 8th, 2010

Camera-ready, full papers: November 29th, 2010

Technical keynote speakers will be selected from early submissions because this selection requires an additional evaluation according to the quality of the paper, assessed by its reviewers, the authors' CV and the paper's topic.

Pre-Conference and Post-conference Virtual sessions (via electronic forums) will be held for each session included in the conference program, so that sessions papers can be read before the conference, and authors presenting at the same session can interact during one week before and after the conference. Authors can also participate in peer-to-peer reviewing in virtual sessions.

Submissions for Face-to-Face or for Virtual Participation are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings.

All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. These three kinds of review will support the selection process of those papers/abstracts that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal.

Registration fees of an effective invited session organizer will be waived according to the policy described in the web page  (click on 'Invited Session', then on 'Benefits for the Organizers of Invited Sessions'), where you can get information about the ten benefits for an invited session organizer. For Invited Sessions Proposals, please visit the conference web site, or directly to http://www.2011iiisconferences.org/isas/organizer.asp

Authors of the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference (included those virtually presented) will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, with no additional processing cost.

Best regards,

ISAS/CCCT 2011 Organizing Committees

If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please send an email to remove@mail.2011iiisconferences.org with REMOVE MLCONFERENCES in the subject line. Address: Torre Profesional La California, Av. Francisco de Miranda, Caracas, Venezuela.


  1. Have you been able to get off their e-mail lists? I've tried everything and the spam keeps coming. I'm not a scientist/engineer. I'm a writer/editor/librarian.

  2. @Shirl: I have the same problem. My imperfect solution is an email rule that archives messages containing the unusual (and often ridiculou)s phrases included in multiple messages. Currently (in gmail-speak) the rule archives any messages containing
    "adapt their papers for their publication" OR "other collocated conferences," OR "MLCONFERENCES" OR "the conference structure and its main topic areas." OR "2910-595 Setubal, Portugal" OR "awaiting the confirmation of indexation" AND (-"fake" -fraud -from:caltech)

    The rule excludes messages from caltech so it doesn't apply to my sent messages, likewise fake and fraud to skip messages discussing the phenomenon.


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