Paper Generator


Under the headline Conference Jamming Hard Bloggin’ Scientist Mathias writes about his invitation to submit a paper to the 10th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI 2006), and particularly about it’s quality level (quoted from Wikipedia):

“WMSCI attracted publicity of a less favorable sort in 2005 when three graduate students at MIT succeeded in getting a paper accepted as a “non-reviewed paper” to the conference that had been randomly generated by a computer program called SCIgen.”

The SCIGen Paper Generator is still online and good fun. It’s pretty scary, though, that computer-generated papers still can get accepted at conferences:

Gülan made a presentation on “Problems of Interactivity in Education” at the conference last winter, and then he generated this paper while they were preparing the print proceedings and submitted it “as an example: both to show the problems of academy and the possibilities of electronic interactivity.” The author also added his own digital art works at the end of the paper, to give reference to visual arts. An amazing thing about this paper is that Professor Gülan added an endnote to the paper explaining that it was randomly generated by SCIgen, and it was still accepted! According to the good professor, this is a “OK” conference in his area in terms of quality, but apparently they don’t read their submissions.

Here’s the paper my co-blogger and I, uhm, wrote:

Abstract: Unified mobile algorithms have led to many intuitive advances, including IPv7 and the lookaside buffer. After years of intuitive research into fiber-optic cables, we argue the synthesis of lambda calculus. We concentrate our efforts on proving that the well-known distributed algorithm for the visualization of the Turing machine [5] is NP-complete.