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Info-Metrics Institute | Workshop, Spring 2015

Philosophy of Information and Information Processing


The overall objective of this workshop is to study open questions within the philosophy of information and information processing, with an emphasis on the value of observed information and its measurement. Interest in the philosophy, meaning and value of information goes back half a century but has rapidly increased recently with many new directions of research into the meaning, quantification and measures of information and its complexity. Theoretic advances in these directions will have a huge impact on a wide range of real world applications.

In our first workshop on the topic (October, 2011) we focused on one aspect of the philosophy of information: the different techniques to measure information and to identify meaningful information. In our second workshop (April, 2013) we focused on another aspect of the philosophy of information: the value of information. Building on our earlier workshops and recent development. In this one-day workshop we will broaden the scope from the philosophy of information to the philosophy of information processing. While we welcome the continuing discussions on traditional topics on philosophy of information, we wish to encourage new studies on information-theoretic metrics that take into account of the processing of information. These new topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Fundamentals of Info-metrics: measuring information, and its related properties e.g., value, uncertainty, trust, complexity, and so on.

  • Info-metrics for Information Processing: measuring meaningfulness, noisiness, complementary and contradicting information, inter-relationship between information, value of processing, correctness of processing, and other processing-related properties.


Workshop Co-Chairs:

Min Chen (University of Oxford)

Luciano Floridi (University of Oxford)


Program Committee:

Anil K. Bera (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Marine Carrasco (Université de Montréal, Montréal)

Ariel Caticha (University at Albany)

Michael Dunn (Indiana-Bloomington)

Ramo Gencay (Simon Fraser University)

Amos Golan (American University)

Alastair Hall (University of Manchester)

Nathan Harshman (American University)

Heath Henderson (Inter-American Development Bank)

Maria Heracleous (European University Institute)

Atsushi Inoue (Southern Methodist University)

Nicholas M Kiefer (Cornell University)

Robin Lumsdaine (American University)

Esfandiar Maasoumi (Emory University)

Jeffrey Racine (McMaster University)

Teddy Seidenfeld (Carnegie Mellon University)

Wojciech (Wojtek) Szpankowski (Purdue University)

David Wolpert (Santa Fe Institute)

Ximing Wu (Texas A&M University)


March 27, 2015
Pembroke College, Oxford, UK

Registration Open


Call for Paper Submissions

Online submission:

You may need to register as a new user in order to submit a paper. You may submit an extended abstract (2000 words or more) or preferably a draft paper. No specific page formatting is required at this stage. Allowed file formats are .pdf, .docx, and .doc. Please do not submit any paper that has been published or is under review by another venue. Submission Deadline: September 15, 2014 by 23:59 (PDT).

For each accepted submission, one author will be offered a free
registration to attend the workshop. In order to facilitate interaction and discourse, this one-day workshop will feature short presentations and panel discussions. All attendees will have opportunities to contribute, though it may not be in the form of traditional paper presentation. We are considering the possibility of a post-workshop publication.


Airports: Heathrow airport (LHR) - closest, Gatwick airport (LGW), Birmingham airport (BHX)

From London: 

By train: Departs from Paddington Station in London and normally takes an hour (for fast connections) and 1 hour and 45 minutes (for slow connections). For more information: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk or http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk

By coach: London (by Coach) is also connected to Oxford by frequent coach services, Oxford Tube (every 15/20 minutes, URL: http://www.oxfordtube.com) and X90 (every 20 minutes, URL: http://x90.oxfordbus.co.uk). Both take about 100 minutes.

By air: Other airports, such as London City, London Luton, London Stansted and Bristol, may also be used though the connections will be a bit more complicated.



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