[Elsnet-list] CMNA4 @ ECAI-04 - call for short papers/demos

Floriana Grasso F.Grasso at csc.liv.ac.uk
Mon Apr 26 09:00:36 CEST 2004


                                 CMNA 4

                            4th Workshop on
                 Computational Models of Natural Argument

                              at ECAI 2004


Important Dates
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.

Submission Instructions
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
conference registration.

Programme Committee  
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

Organising Committee
Floriana Grasso (Chair)
Department of Computer Science
University of Liverpool
Liverpool L69 3BF, UK
floriana at csc.liv.ac.uk

Chris Reed
Department of Applied Computing
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN, UK
chris at computing.dundee.ac.uk

Giuseppe Carenini
Department of Computer Science
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z4
carenini at cs.ubc.ca

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