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Herman J. Woltring
12-06-1988, 08:59 PM
Dear Colleagues,

As of today, we have 32 known subscribers on EARN/BITNET/NETNORTH, with
recently joined parties from Western Germany following an announcement
about BIOMCH-L on MEDINF-L@DEARN; the latter is a medical informatics
newslist with about 150 subscribers world-wide.

(1) Bitnet's NETMONTH

For current information on general EARN/BITNET/NETNORTH developments, you
might wish to subscribe to the monthly BITNET email magazine. Just send
the interactive message

(VAX/VMS): SEND LISTSERV@MARIST SUBSCRIBE NETMONTH "your_personal_name"
(IBM): TELL LISTSERV AT MARIST SUBSCRIBE NETMONTH "your_personal_name"

or an email containing the "SUB..." text in its first line to LISTSERV@MARIST.
The November 1988 issue contains, among others, details on how to obtain
information from the USA National Science Foundation.

(2) SELF-ORGANIZATION IN BIOLOGICAL WORK SPACES

This "triple-issue" special of Human Movement Science 7(1988)2-4, pp. 91-408
was edited by Peter N. Kugler from the University of Illinois, Urbana/USA; it
contains the following contributions:

Kugler & Turvey, Self-organization, flow fields, and information
Rosem Similarity and dissimilarity: A partial overview
Shaw & Kinsella-Shaw, Ecological mechanics: A physical geometry for
intentional constraints
Solomon, Movement-produced invariants in haptic explorations: An example
of a self-organizing, information-driven, intentional system
Bingham, Task-specific devices and the perceptual bottleneck
Riccio & Stoffregen, Affordances as constraints on the control of stance
Beek & Beek, Tools for constructing dynamical models of rhythmic movement
Kay, The dimensionality of movement trajectories and the degrees of freedom
problem: A tutorial
Vogt, Stadler & Kruse, Self-organization aspects of the temporal formation
of movement gestalts

(3) BOOK ANNOUNCEMENTS

3.1 Wilhelm Braune & Otto Fischer, The Human Gait. Translated from the
original German papers (1895-1904) by P. Maquet (Belgium) and R. Furlong (UK),
VIII+440 pp., 170 ill., 120 tables, DM 258,00;
Springer-Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg-New York 1987, ISBN 3-540-15270-9;
Springer-Verlag, New York-Berlin-Heidelberg 1987, ISBN 0-387-15270-9.

A timely translation of the Braune & Fischer studies hitherto not available
in English (apart from a summarized translation of part of this work in a
Wright Patterson Air Force Base report from 1963). Especially interesting
is the availability of B & F's data in tabular form, allowing a contemporary
student to replicate their work. In a time that computers and automatic
movement monitoring equipment was not available, their work excelled in its
careful experimental design and achieved spatial accuracy.

3.2 P. Morasso & V. Tagliasco (Eds), Human Movement Understanding -- From
Computational Geometry to Artificial Intelligence, X+328 pp, US $ 86.75/
H.Fl. 195.00. Series Advances in Psychology 33, North-Holland, Amsterdam 1986.
The editors are with the Department of Communication, Computer and Systems
Science, University of Genoa, Italy.

Contributions:
I. ACTION:
Morasso, Trajectory formation
Baratto, Morasso & Zaccaria, Complex Motor Patterns: Walking
Camurri et al, Dance and Movement Notation
Marino et al, NEM: a language for the Representation of Motor Knowledge
II. ENVIRONMENT:
Mussa Ivaldi, Compliance
Adorni et al, Cognitive Modeling of Purpose Action
III. SHAPE:
Gaglio et al, Analysis and Synthesis of of Smooth Shapes
Boccardo et al, Shape and Movement
IV. TIME:
Marino et al, Concurrent Parallel Processes
Camurri et al, Describing and Performing Musical Processes