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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Workshop on Computational Spatial Language Interpretation (CoSLI) - 2nd Call
Email:   robert.j.ross_(on)_gmail.com
Date received:   06 Apr 2010
Deadline:   01 May 2010
Start date:   15 Aug 2010

Workshop on Computational Spatial Language Interpretation (CoSLI) http://www.cosli.org 2nd Call for Papers In conjunction with Spatial Cognition 2010 Mt Hood / Portland Oregon, Aug 15 2010 Description: Competence in spatial language requires that we assign appropriate meaning to spatial terms such as projective, perspective, topological, distance, and path descriptive markers. However, it is not the case that a given linguistic unit such as a spatial preposition has a meaning that can be described in terms of a single qualitative or quantitative model. The same preposition can have multiple meanings, and such variance must be handled through either underspecified models that can be stretched to particular situations, or models which incorporate multiple disparate meanings that are assigned to terms as a situation invites, or models that take into account vague interpretations in situated contexts. In spite of some formal proposals in this area, such heterogeneous meaning accounts are rarely seen in practical computational systems. Moreover, while early models of spatial term interpretation focused on the geometric interpretation of spatial language, it is now widely recognized that spatial term meaning is also dependent on functional and pragmatic features. Competent models of spatial language must thus draw on complex models of situated meaning, and while some early proposals exist, it is not at all clear how geometric, functional and pragmatic features should be integrated in computational models of spatial language interpretation. Aims: The aim of this workshop is to draw together the often orthogonal views on formal semantic and embodied spatial language interpretation in order to foster theories which adequately draw on both geometric and functional spatial language meaning. On one hand, formal semantic approaches have attempted to assign meaning to spatial terms through well defined theories that provide a natural symbolic backbone to connect spatial meaning with heterogeneous sources of knowledge and reasoning. These symbolic models, however, often simplify and generalize spatial term meanings and ignore their various situated interpretations. On the other hand, embodied quantitative interpretation models assign meaning to spatial terms through spatial templates which relate the symbolic level to sub-symbolic knowledge such as sensory-motor information and spatial representations more suited to real situated systems. These quantitative models, however, often define templates in a rigid way that allows only few generalizations. By drawing together these formal semantic and embodied models of spatial meaning we wish to move the research community towards models of spatial meaning which couple embodied geometric and functional features in order to improve and support situated natural language interpretation systems. Submissions: We particularly welcome contributions that address the following: * Computational models of spatial language that incorporate both geometric and functional or pragmatic context either in terms of implemented systems, computational models, empirical findings, or position papers that make clear a novel approach to this problem More generally we also invite papers that address topics including: * Formal semantic theories of spatial language and its use * Computational models of spatial language interpretation based on formal symbolic and qualitative theories. * Computational models of spatial language interpretation based on embodied or quantitative models * Connectionist theories of spatial language meaning * Dynamic systems models of spatial term meaning * Empirically motivated models of spatial term meaning * Implemented robotics and situated systems which incorporate models of spatial language interpretation * Computational models of spatial language interpretation based on spatial calculi or spatial ontologies * Uncertain or vague theories and applications for spatial language interpretation systems All papers should be submitted in English as PDF documents. We welcome papers of length 6-8 pages formatted in accordance with the Springer LNCS style (see http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html). Submissions can be made shortly via the EasyChair website. Submission information is available from the workshop website at : http://www.cosli.org Important Dates: Submission Deadline 1 May Notification of Acceptance / Rejection 15 June Updated Paper Due 15 July Workshop 15 August Organizers: Robert Ross Artificial Intelligence Group Dublin Institute of Technology Ireland Joana Hois SFB/TR8 Spatial Cognition University of Bremen Germany John Kelleher Artificial Intelligence Group Dublin Institute of Technology Ireland Program Committee: * John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany * Brandon Bennett, University of Leeds, UK * Kenny Coventry, Northumbria University, UK * Max J. Egenhofer, University of Maine, USA * Carola Eschenbach, University of Hamburg, Germany * Ben Kuipers, University of Michigan, USA * Reinhard Moratz, University of Maine, USA * Philippe Muller, Université Paul Sabatier, France * Robert Porzel, University of Bremen, Germany * Terry Regier, UC Berkeley, USA * David Schlangen, University of Potsdam, Germany * Andrea Tyler, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(at)_mailman.let.uu.nl http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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