[Elsnet-list] CMNA 5 at IJCAI 2005

Floriana Grasso F.Grasso at csc.liv.ac.uk
Mon Jan 17 08:31:48 CET 2005

                           CMNA 5

   5th Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument 

             A one day workshop to be held in the 
IJCAI 2005 Workshop Programme, 30 Jul - 1 Aug 2005, Edinburgh, UK


Important Dates
20 Feb 2005 - Deadline long papers
20 Mar 2005 - Deadline short papers and demos
20 Apr 2005 - Notification of acceptance
20 May 2005 - Camera-ready papers
30 Jul 2005 - CMNA workshop at IJCAI

Call for Papers
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, CMNA 3 was held at IJCAI in Acapulco
in 2003, and CMNA  4 was held again at ECAI in  Valencia in 2004. Like
the past  editions, CMNA  5 intends to  recognise and  consolidate the
critical  mass that  research in  the field  overlapping Argumentation
Theory and Artificial Intelligence has developed in recent years.

AI has  witnessed a  growth in uses  of research in  the philosophical
theory  of  argumentation,  in   informal  logic,  and  in  dialectics
throughout many of its  subdisciplines. Recent successes include agent
system  negotiation  protocols   that  demonstrate  higher  levels  of
sophistication   and   robustness;   argumentation-based   models   of
evidential  relations and  legal processes  that are  more expressive;
models  of  language  generation  that use  rhetorical  structures  to
produce  effective arguments;  groupwork  tools that  use argument  to
structure interaction  and debate; computer-based  learning tools that
exploit  monological and dialogical  argument structures  in designing
pedagogic  environments;  decision  support  systems that  build  upon
argumentation  theoretic models  of deliberation  to  better integrate
with human  reasoning; and models of  knowledge engineering structured
around core concepts of argument to simplify knowledge elicitation and
representation   problems.   Similarly,   argumentation   theory   has
benefitted from applied AI work on new tools for teaching and research
in  argumentation and  critical  thinking, and  from  AI problems  and
issues that have offered a proving ground and evaluation framework for
theories of argumentation.  The CMNA series is acting  to support this

Areas of Interest
The   workshop   focuses  on   the   issue   of  modelling   "natural"
argumentation.  The need  for more  "naturalness" has  been  raised in
several occasions, and several  interpretations have been given to the
attribute.  Especially  when  the  human  is  involved  in  the  loop,
arguments which  are, for instance, expressed in  natural language are
definitely more appropriate. But the use of human languages is not the
only way to make the  reasoning process closer to its addressees. Some
researchers have,  for instance, acknowledged that  the development of
the argument  itself can take advantages of  human reasoning abilities
and, among  other things, the ability  to infer implicit  steps of the
argument.  Naturalness may  involve the  use of  means which  are more
immediate than  language to  illustrate a point,  such as  graphics or
multimedia.  Naturalness can  also relate  to the  preference  for one
particular  style of  reasoning  as opposed  to  another to  structure
complex  arguments. Or  to the  use of  more  sophisticated rhetorical
devices,  interacting  at  various   layers  of  abstraction.  Or  the
exploitation  of  "extra-rational"  characteristics of  the  audience,
taking  into account  emotions and  affective factors.  In particular,
contributions will  be solicited addressing,  but not limited  to, the
following 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
- 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 application.
- 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 promotional.
- 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.
- Early  results from  applications and  implementations of  the ideas
  from earlier CMNA 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 available.

Electronic submissions should be received  by one of the organisers no
later than  20 February 2005  for long papers,  and 20 March  2005 for
short papers and demonstration reports.

Extended versions  of selected papers accepted  to CMNA 1,  CMNA 2 and
CMNA 3 are  to appear in a special issue  of the International Journal
of Intelligent  Systems. Similar avenues  will be explored for  CMNA 4
and CMNA 5.


Registration  to the  workshop is  done via  the IJCAI  conference web
site. Note: workshop participants are NOT required to register for the
main IJCAI conference.

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

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

Rodger Kibble
Department of Computing
Goldsmiths College, University of London
New Cross, London, SE14 6NW, UK
R.Kibble at gold.ac.uk

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, Saarbr 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

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