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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Final CfP (and Deadline Extension): Workshop on Computational Models for Spatial Language Interpretation and Generation
Email:   joana_(on)_informatik.uni-bremen.de
Date received:   17 May 2011
Deadline:   20 May 2011
Start date:   20 Jul 2011

* Apologies for cross posting * ========================================================= Workshop on Computational Models for Spatial Language Interpretation and Generation (CoSLI-2) http://www.cosli.org In conjunction with CogSci 2011 Boston, USA, 20-23 July *Extended Submission Deadline: 20 May 2011* ========================================================= WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Competence in spatial language modeling is a cardinal issue in disciplines including Cognitive Psychology, Computational Linguistics, and Computer Science. Within Cognitive Psychology, the relation of spatial language to models of spatial representation and reasoning is considered essential to the development of more complete models of psycholinguistic and cognitive linguistic theories. Meanwhile, within Computer Science and Computational Linguistics, the development of a wide class of so-called situated systems such as robotics, virtual characters, and Geographic Information Systems is heavily dependent on the existence of adequate models of spatial language use. Achieving competence in spatial language requires that appropriate meanings be assigned to spatial terms used in language, such as location, motion, orientation, perspective, projective, topological, distance, or path descriptive markers. The computational modeling of such spatial language meanings in turn supports the interpretation of an intended spatial meaning as well as the generation of adequate linguistic expressions in certain situations and contexts. It is now widely recognized that spatial term meaning depends on functional and pragmatic features in many ways. Competent models of spatial language interpretation and generation must thus draw on complex models of situated meaning by developing heterogeneous approaches with qualitative and quantitative models and by combining geometric, functional, pragmatic, and cognitive features in multi-modal contexts and applications. AIMS The main objective of the CoSLI-2 workshop is to foster computational formalisms and approaches for interpreting or generating spatial language that take into account cognitive, functional, or embodiment criteria in modeling. In particular, this year’s workshop theme is "Function in Spatial Language: From evidence to execution", and we welcome in particular any contributions which aim to address the issues of modeling function or pragmatic features in spatial language interpretation or generation. More generally, the workshop also welcomes contributions that address symbolic and embodied spatial language interpretation and generation. This topic remains an ongoing issue in both natural language processing and cognitive science, and novel work is encouraged. Such work includes both formal and empirical models of spatial language templates and linguistic calculi, corpus-based and statistical methods, combinations of symbolic and sub-symbolic representations, and aspects of sensory-motor and multi-modal information. Contributions to spatial language interpretation and generation that integrate results from empirical and psychological frameworks for spatial language and that can improve and support situated natural language systems are also particularly welcomed. TOPICS We particularly welcome contributions that address the following: * Computational models of spatial language that integrate cognitive, functional, or pragmatic aspects 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 invite papers that address topics including: * Computational models of spatial language processing based on formal symbolic and qualitative theories * Computational models of spatial language processing based on embodied or quantitative models * Models for processing spatial language in vision recognition systems, GIS, dialogue systems, robotics, and other applications * Connectionist theories of spatial language * Dynamic systems models of spatial term meaning * Linguistically-inspired formal spatial calculi and their applications * Metaphorical use of spatial language and its processing * Computing spatial alignments in human-computer interaction * Models for cross-cultural natural language processing * Spatial language corpora for certain tasks or applications * Models for sign languages and spatial gestures SUBMISSION All papers should be submitted in English as PDF documents. We welcome full papers of length 4-6 pages formatted in accordance with the Springer LNCS style (see http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html ). Submissions can be made via the EasyChair website at: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cosli2 IMPORTANT DATES: Submission Deadline 20 May 2011 (extended) Notification 13 June 2011 Final Version Deadline 1 July 2011 Workshop Day 20 July 2011 ORGANIZERS: Joana Hois University of Bremen Germany Robert Ross Artificial Intelligence Group Dublin Institute of Technology Ireland John Kelleher Artificial Intelligence Group Dublin Institute of Technology Ireland John Bateman Appliable English Linguistics / SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition University of Bremen Germany PROGRAM COMMITTEE: * Marios Avraamides, University of Cyprus, Cyprus * Kenny Coventry, Northumbria University, UK * Alexander Klippel, Penn State, USA * Alexander Koller, University of Potsdam, Germany * Gérard Ligozat, University of Paris-Sud, France * Matt Mac Mahon, Google, USA * Amitabha Mukerjee, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India * Philippe Muller, Université Paul Sabatier, France * Robert Porzel, University of Bremen, Germany * David Schlangen, University of Bielefeld, Germany * Emile van der Zee, University of Lincoln, UK * Joost Zwarts, Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(at)_mailman.let.uu.nl http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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