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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Workshop "Coordination & Action" at ESSLLI XIII (Helsinki)
From:   P. Kuehn
Email:   pkuehnle_(on)_lili59.lili.uni-bielefeld.de
Date received:   15 Nov 2000
Deadline:   28 Feb 2001
Start date:   20 Aug 2001

Coordination and Action ======================= Workshop at ESSLLI XIII (Helsinki) August 20th - 24th, 2001 (http://www.lili.uni-bielefeld.de/%7Epkuehnle/HELSINKI) Background & Scope: =================== Coordination is at present one of the most powerful explanatory devices used in various cognitive sciences (philosophy, psychology, linguistics, logics, AI). The original impetus came from philosophy, especially from D. Lewis' work on coordination and convention (Lewis, 1969). Later on the concept gained considerable acceptance due to the work of the psychologist H. Clark and his collaborators (Clark (ed.), 1992; Clark, 1996) who investigated various problems of language use, such as reference and agents' information states. They showed that multi-agent dialogue is based on coordination and joint action, grounding and mutual belief. These concepts rapidly found their way into dialogue theories based on discourse analysis or speech act theory. A slightly different perspective on coordination can be found in theories using the notion of dialogue game (Levin and Moore, 1978; Mann, 1988; Carletta et al., 1997; Ginzburg, 1997; Power, 1979). Dialogue games are applied in a variety of research contexts, inter alia in the research initiatives VERBMOBIL (Germany) and TRINDI (UK, Germany, Sweden). The concept of dialogue games also stimulated reconstructions in more formal theories such as DRT (Lascarides & Asher, 1999; Poesio, 1998) or various forms of update semantics (Hulstijn, 2000). The notion of joint action received support from philosophy (e.g. Bratman (1992) on cooperativity, Searle (1990) on collective intention) and especially from the AI community working on shared plans in interaction (Grosz and collaborators, 1996). It was repeatedly taken up by logicians, especially those working on information states, mutuality or BDI-architectures (Fagin et al., 1995; Herzig and collaborators, 1999; Sadek, 1992). Research topics coming to the fore at present are coordination of information between different hierarchical levels of language and speech, a topic already discussed in H. Clark's work, and coordination of information coming from different channels (such as visual-gestural and verbal-auditory). Especially research with a multi-media objective contributed by linguistics, psychology and AI is of relevance in this context. The intention-based concept of coordination is also used in robotics and simulation work for agent-architectures combining high-level deliberative patterns with low-level reactive devices for which the well-known RoboCup setting provides a good example. Workshop format: ================ The workshop will be held on five subsequent days. Each session will consist of two talks plus discussion (30" + 15" each). The workshop language will be English. Submission guidelines: ====================== The organizers welcome contributions from different fields of Cognitive Science, especially from projects implementing interdisciplinary research strategies. Above all, masters students and PhD candidates are encouraged to submit contributions. For the abstracts, LaTeX, DVI, PostScript, Word, and PDF documents will be accepted. Please, send abstracts until Feb., 28th 2001 to pkuehnle@lili.uni-bielefeld.de For the final papers, we will accept LaTeX2e only. A LaTeX2e class will be provided in due time. Important dates (2001): ======================= Feb., 28th: Deadline for abstracts Mar., 31st: Notification of acceptance May, 31st: Deadline for accepted papers Aug., 20th- 24th: Workshop at ESSLLI Further information: ==================== For local arrangements, please contact the ESSLLI organizers, and see http://www.helsinki.fi/esslli For further information on the workshop, please contact pkuehnle@lili.uni-bielefeld.de, and see http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/%7Epkuehnle/HELSINKI Organization: ============= Peter Kuehnlein (Bielefeld Univ., Germany), Alison Newlands (Univ. of Strathclyde, UK) and Hannes Rieser (Bielefeld Univ., Germany)

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