[Elsnet-list] CMNA4 @ ECAI-04 - call for short papers/demos
F.Grasso at csc.liv.ac.uk
Mon Apr 26 09:00:36 CEST 2004
REMINDER - DEADLINE SHORT PAPERS/DEMO - MAY 3rd
4th Workshop on
Computational Models of Natural Argument
at ECAI 2004
29 Mar 2004 Deadline long papers --------(CLOSED)
3 May 2004 Deadline short papers
15 May 2004 Notification of acceptance
1 June 2004 Camera-ready papers
23-24 Aug 2004 CMNA4 at ECAI-2004
The series of workshops on Computational Models of Natural Argument is
continuing to attract high quality submissions from researchers around
the world. CMNA 1 was held at ICCS in San Francisco in 2001, CMNA 2
was held at ECAI in Lyon in 2002, and CMNA 3 was held at IJCAI in
Acapulco in 2003. Like the past editions, CMNA 4 intends to recognise
and consolidate the critical mass that research in the field
overlapping Argumentation Theory and Artificial Intelligence has
developed in recent years.
Areas of interest
* The characteristics of "natural" arguments: ontological aspects
and cognitive issues.
* The use of models from informal logic and argumentation theory,
and in particular, approaches to specific schools of thought
developed in informal logic and argumentation.
* Rhetoric and affect: the role of emotions, personalities,
etc. in models of argumentation.
* The roles of licentiousness and deceit and the ethical
implications of implemented systems demonstrating such features.
* The linguistic characteristics of natural argumentation,
including discourse markers, sentence format, referring
expressions, and style. Persuasive discourse processing
(discourse goals and structure, speaker/hearer models, content
selection, etc.). Language dependence and multilingual
approaches. Empirical work based on corpora looking at these
topics would be especially welcomed.
* Non-monotonic, defeasible and uncertain argumentation.
* Natural argumentation and media: visual arguments, multi-modal
arguments, spoken arguments.
* Models of argumentation in multi-agent systems inspired by or
based upon theories of human argument.
* Empirically driven models of argument in AI and Law.
* Evaluative arguments and their application in AI systems (such
as decision support and advice giving).
* Issues of domain specificity, and in particular, the
independence of argumentation techniques from the domain of
* Applications of computer supported collaborative argumentation,
in realistic domains in which argument plays a key role,
including pedagogy, e-democracy and public debate.
* Applications of argumentation based systems, including, for
example, the pedagogical, health-related, political, and
* Methods to better convey the structure of complex argument,
including representation and summarisation.
* Tools for interacting with structures of argument, including
visualisation tools and interfaces supporting natural, stylised
or formal dialogue.
* The building of computational resources such as online corpora
related to argumentation.
* In addition to discursive and theoretical pieces, CMNA 4
specifically encourages early results from applications and
implementations of the ideas from earlier workshops.
The workshop encourages submissions in three categories:
* Long papers, either reporting on completed work or offering a
polemic discussion on a burning issue (up to 6000 words)
* Short papers describing work in progress (up to 3000 words)
* Demonstration of implemented systems: submissions should be
accompanied by written reports (up to 3000 words). Authors
should contact the organisers to ensure suitable equipment is
Electronic submissions should be received by one of the organisers no
later than 29 March 2004 for long papers, and 3 May 2004 for short
papers and demonstration reports.
It is highly recommended to submit papers using the final camera-ready
ECAI 2004 conference paper style.
Extended versions of the papers accepted to CMNA 1, CMNA 2 and CMNA 3
are currently being solicited for a special issue of the International
Journal of Intelligent Systems. Similar avenues will be explored for
All participants are expected to register for the main ECAI 2004
conference, and registration to the workshop is done through the main
Leila Amgoud, IRIT, France
Trevor Bench-Capon, University of Liverpool, UK
Simon Buckingham Shum, Open University, UK
Alison Cawsey, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Fiorella de Rosis, University of Bari, Italy
Rino Falcone, Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology - CNR, Italy
Tom Gordon, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin, Germany
Nancy Green, University of North Carolina Greensboro, US
Helmut Horacek, University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany
Peter McBurney, University of Liverpool, UK
David Moore, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Henry Prakken, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Doug Walton, University of Winnipeg, Canada
Floriana Grasso (Chair)
Department of Computer Science
University of Liverpool
Liverpool L69 3BF, UK
floriana at csc.liv.ac.uk
Department of Applied Computing
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN, UK
chris at computing.dundee.ac.uk
Department of Computer Science
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z4
carenini at cs.ubc.ca
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