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Subject: [ E-CFP ] PRE-CogSci 2013 -- Production of Referring Expressions: Bridging the gap between cognitive and computational approaches
From: <albert.gatt_(on)_um.edu.mt>
Date received: 18 Apr 2013
Deadline: -
Start date: 31 Jul 2013

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Production of Referring Expressions: Bridging the gap between
cognitive and computational approaches to reference (PRE-CogSci

31 July 2013, Berlin, Germany.

Website: http://pre2013.uvt.nl/ [coming soon] Email:

This workshop is organized as part of the 35th Annual Meeting of
the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2013), and is a follow-up
to successful workshops on the production of referring
expressions in Amsterdam
(http://pre2009.uvt.nl<http://pre2009.uvt.nl/>) and Boston

Invited speakers:

- Herb Clark (Stanford)
- Noah Goodman (Stanford)


We invite submissions on all topics related to reference
production, and particularly encourage work that combines
experimental, computational and theoretical approaches. Specific
topics include, but are not limited to:

- collaborative reference, referring expressions in interactive
  settings, audience/recipient design
- non-determinism in reference production: how to algorithmically
  model non-determinism and individual variation in human
  reference production?
- interaction between comprehension and production of referring
- visual scene perception and its influence on the production of
  referring expressions
- psychologically plausible computational models of reference
- when and how do human speakers produce complex descriptions
  (e.g., plurals, quantified descriptions, relational
- vagueness: the use of vague (e.g. gradable) predicates in
  referring expressions
- referential over- and underspecification: why and how do
  speakers produce over- or underspecified descriptions?
- common ground, cooperativeness and shared/private information
  in reference
- realization of referring expressions (including speech and
- how do social and contextual factors influence reference
- data-collection and experimental evaluation method

Extended abstract submission: Paper selection will be based on
extended, 1000-word abstracts. The only accepted format for
submitted abstracts is PDF. Abstracts should be submitted via

Final submission: Upon acceptance, authors are invited to prepare
a 4-6 page paper using the CogSci author kit. Final versions need
to be submitted as PDF. Papers will be published in on line
proceedings, and the authors retain the copyrights.

Special issue: Following previous issues of the PRE-Cogsci
workshop, a Special Issue was/is edited (PRE-CogSCi 2009: Topics
in Cognitive Science. PRE-CogSCi 2011: Language and Cognitive
Processes). Similar options are being considered for the present
issue of the workshop; one possibility currently under discussion
is a research topic for the Open Access journal Frontiers in

Financial support: We gratefully acknowledge financial support
- the (Dutch) NWO-VICI project Bridging the gap between
  psycholinguistics and computational linguistics: the case of
  Referring Expressions (Krahmer, 2009 - 2013),
- the (British) EPSRC project RefNet: An Interdisciplinary
  Network Focussing on Reference, (Bard and van Deemter,
  2012-2015), and
- the Cognitive Science society,

Satellite event: RefNet plans to organize a cross-pollination
meeting, probably on the day before the PRE-CogSci 2013 workshop,
in which researchers will interact with practitioners in
Human-Computer Interaction, Robotics, and Geographical
Information Systems, to discuss challenges involving reference
that come from real applications. More information about this
event will be made available in due course.

PRE-CogSci 2013 Organizers:

- Albert Gatt, University of Malta
- Roger van Gompel, University of Dundee
- Ellen Gurman Bard, University of Edinburgh
- Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University
- Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen

The following researchers have agreed to be members of the
Program Committee:

- Mira Ariel, Tel Aviv University, Israel
- Jennifer Arnold, University of North Carolina, USA
- Adrian Bangerter, Univ. of Neuchatel, Switzerland
- Dale Barr, University of Glasgow, UK
- Eva Belke, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
- Holly Branigan, University of Edinburgh, UK
- Susan Brennan, Stony Brook University, USA
- Sarah Brown-Schmidt, Univ. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
- Herb Clark, Stanford University, USA
- Victor Ferreira, University of California, USA
- Jeanette Gundel, University of Minnesota, USA
- Martijn Goudbeek, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
- Markus Guhe, University of Edinburgh, UK
- Daphna Heller, University of Toronto, Canada
- John Kelleher, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
- Frank Keller, University of Edinburgh, UK
- Ralf Klabunde, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
- Daniel Matthews, University of Sheffield, UK
- Margaret Mitchell, Johns Hopkins University, USA
- Paul Piwek, Open University, UK
- Massimo Poesio, University of Essex, UK
- Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK
- Amanda Stent, AT&T and Stony Brook University, USA
- Matthew Stone, Rutgers University, USA
- Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Inst. of Technology, Japan

Albert Gatt Institute of Linguistics Rm 22, Block A Car Park 6
University of Malta Tal-Qroqq Msida MSD2080 Malta

tel: (+356) 2340 2150 http://staff.um.edu.mt/albert.gatt/

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