[Elsnet-list] Connecting Language to the World: AIJ special issue (2nd call, extended deadline)

Ehud Reiter ereiter at csd.abdn.ac.uk
Mon Jun 14 14:29:58 CEST 2004

Call for Papers (2nd call, extended deadline)

Artificial Intelligence Journal:

Web: http://www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/~ereiter/langworld

Guest editors:
* Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, ereiter at csd.abdn.ac.uk
* Deb Roy, MIT Media Lab, dkroy at 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


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
Email submission to aij at 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 at media.mit.edu
This will help organise and expedite the reviewing process

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 at media.mit.edu 

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