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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Artificial Intelligence Journal: Special Issue on CONNECTING LANGUAGE TO THE WORLD
From:   Ehud Reiter
Email:   ereiter_(on)_csd.abdn.ac.uk
Date received:   15 Jun 2004
Deadline:   25 Jul 2004

Call for Papers (2nd call, extended deadline) Artificial Intelligence Journal: Special Issue on CONNECTING LANGUAGE TO THE WORLD Web: http://www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/%7Eereiter/langworld Guest editors: * Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, ereiter_(on)_csd.abdn.ac.uk * Deb Roy, MIT Media Lab, dkroy_(on)_media.mit.edu NOTE: Submissions are now due on 25 July 2004 (instead of 30 June 2004) Language allows us to talk about the world that we perceive and act upon. The challenge of relating language to the non-linguistic world is one of the oldest challenges of AI, and overlaps with issues such as symbol grounding (in knowledge representation), perceptual anchoring (in robotics), object and event perception (in vision), computational semantics and pragmatics (in natural language processing), and language learning (in machine learning). Recent advances in these and other subareas of AI have led to exciting new efforts that seek to connect language to the world; these efforts often involve bringing together research ideas from different areas of AI. This work has both practical significance (for example, enabling computer systems to interact in rich ways with both humans and the physical world), and theoretical significance (leading to better understanding of language, vision, action, and knowledge representation). The goal of the special issue is to bring together articles describing recent theoretical and experimental developments in connecting language to the world. On the "language" side, papers can address either spoken or written language, and can focus on language understanding, language generation, or dialogue. Papers can address language as a whole, or focus on specific aspects of language, such as syntax, word choice, or pragmatics. On the "world" side, papers can examine sensor data (inputs) or effector controls (outputs), Sensor data can be similar to human sense data (images, video, aural, tactile), or it can be computer-specific data (such as heart rate monitors, vibration detectors, and laser range-finders). We welcome papers that use data from simulated worlds (such as RoboCup) provided that the simulated data is similar to real-world sensor data. Topics of interest include (but are not restricted to): - Natural language interfaces for robots and other situated systems - Generation and understanding of natural-language descriptions of sensor data - Grounded / situated / embodied language learning - Cross-modal representations that link language to machine perception and action SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS Submissions for the special issue should conform to the standard rules for submissions set out in the Authors Guide for Artificial Intelligence (http://authors.elsevier.com/journal/artint). As the amount of time available for reviewing is limited, submissions should be no more than 40 pages long. We welcome short papers as well as well as full-length papers, but short papers will be reviewed and published on the same schedule as full length papers (unlike AIJ Research Notes, which are published on an expedited schedule). Papers should be submitted to the AIJ office in Linkoping, along with a separate one-page description of the paper (available from http://www.ida.liu.se/ext/aijd/top/article-description/form.txt). Email submission to aij_(on)_ida.liu.se is preferred, ideally as a PDF file. See the AIJ authors guide for instructions on hard-copy submission. Please state in your email or cover letter that this submission is intended for the special issue on Connecting Language to the World. In addition, we request that authors who are intending to submit papers if possible email in advance a short "intention to submit", including authors, title, and draft abstract, to dkroy_(on)_media.mit.edu This will help organise and expedite the reviewing process SCHEDULE (REVISED) July 1, 2004: intention to submit (optional) July 25, 2004: submissions due Nov 30, 2004: authors notified (accept, reject, revise&resubmit) Jan 31, 2005: revised versions of paper due Feb 28, 2005: authors notified (for revise&resubmit papers) late 2005 (tentative): special issue appears For additional information, please contact Deb Roy at dkroy_(on)_media.mit.edu _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_mailman.elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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