[Elsnet-list] [ E-CFP ] LECEMS - Workshop at the 7th International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces [extended deadline]

Elouazizi, N. N.Elouazizi at let.leidenuniv.nl
Mon Jul 18 04:36:22 CEST 2005

Linguistic Engineering Meets Cognitive Engineering 
in the Interface Design of Multimodal Systems 
Workshop at the 7th International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces
October 3, 2005, Trento, Italy

Theme Description
Multimodal systems demand innovative approaches in terms of
information selection, extraction and presentation (fission), 
software architectures, interactive techniques and devices. 
As such, various kinds of rules, guidelines and strategies 
have been proposed for deciding how to present information 
in multimodal interfaces, making the best use of multimodal options. 
Yet, many cognitive aspects as related to the user's interaction with information
are overlooked. This is due to the absence of formal cognitive models 
which can model and map such interactions.
Many of those who create multimodal systems, are often unaware
of the formal cognitive techniques that can be applied 
to deepen our understanding of how the representation of information works, 
how it can support reasoning, how it activates the user's channels of perception
in an optimal way, etc. Therefore, it follows that the application of the formal theories
of cognition to the principles of design, implementation and evaluation of 
multimodal interface technology is needed more than ever. For, there is 
a growing need to formally understand the cognitive processes, 
which underlie human-machine multimodal communication. 
This will help in predicting the usability preferences of the user, 
the optimal vs. non-optimal aspects of multimodal information processing, etc.
Moreover, the attempts to use multiple media to represent information
in an automatically generated environment have far led to new problems. 
For example, there is a lack of a unified meta-model which formalizes 
the cross-media references. The engineering of concepts from 
natural language processing (eg. cohesion, anaphora, referring expressions etc.)
can allow a useful transfer of concepts to implement in the design of the output 
of multimodal systems, however; the discourse of an artificial multimodal system
requires an explicit representation of the syntax and semantics of the visual, 
auditory and textual discourse to conform to the optimal processing requirements
of human-cognitive channels of perception. In this respect, among the questions
that the workshop will focus on: (i) Are the existing models of linguistic reference
transferable to the context of multimodal reference? (e.g. in automatically generated 
multimedia systems, etc. ), (ii) Are the processes of cognitive referring and 
reference resolution in natural languages akin to those in artificial multimodal systems? 
The questions related to how to determine, cognitive relevance in the processes
of information representation in multimodal systems by 
stepping on referring models leaves much to desire. 
In sum, the task of bringing "intelligence" into the technology of multimodal interfaces 
is channeled through a relevant, useful and productive combination of "cognitive engineering"
and "linguistic engineering".
Important Dates
Paper submission deadline:      July 22, 2005
Acceptance notification:          July 29, 2005
Camera ready papers due:       September 15, 2005
Early registration due:              August 31, 2005
Workshop day:                        October 3, 2005
Workshop Topics
Falling within the general guidelines described in the 
main theme of the workshop above, we invite 
scientific contributions (papers) on the following topics
and the related ones:
· Formal models of multimodal referring 
· Computational modeling for the generation of referring expressions 
                in a multimodal discourse environment
· Handling and presenting of arbitrary and ambiguous information in different media
· Cognitive processes of visual and auditory identification, reasoning 
                and resolution in multimodal environments
· The integration of natural language and speech processing technology 
                with other modalities (e.g. graphics, etc.) 
· Knowledge representation of referential relations in multimodal systems 
· Visualization and interpretation of referential concepts in multimodal systems, 
                which combine speech and gesture, etc.  
· NLP Features- engineering for multimedia automatic generation
· Embodied conversational agents and multimodal systems 
· Intelligent presentation of information retrieved from heterogeneous multimedia databases 
· Reasoning in/on multimodal interactive systems
· Multimodal architectures for heterogeneous reasoning in multimodal interactive systems
· Representation of knowledge about modalities for multimodal/multimedia systems

Workshop Organisers
Noureddine Elouazizi (University of Leiden)
n.elouazizi at let.leidenuniv.nl
Yulia Bachvarova (University of Twente)
y.s.bachvarova at ewi.utwente.nl
Anton Nijholt (University of Twente)
A.Nijholt at ewi.utwente.nl

Programme Committee
1. Elisabeth André  (Universität Augsburg, Germany)
2. Antal van den Bosch (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
3. Harry Bunt  (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
4. Thierry Declerck, (DFKI GmbH, Germany)
5. Eduard Hovy  (University of Southern California, USA) 
6. Franciska de Jong  (Twente University, the Netherlands) 
7. Karon MacLean (University of British Columbia, Canada)
8. Mark Maybury (MITRE, USA)
9. Sharon Oviatt  (Oregon Health & Sciences University , USA) 
10. Jon Oberlander (University of Edinburgh,  Scotland)
11. Francis Jeffry Pelletier  ( Simon Fraser University, Canada)
12. Fred Popowhich (Simon Fraser University, Canada) 
13. Laurent Romary (LORIA, France) 
14. Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh, Scotland)
15. Keith Stenning  (University of Edinburgh, Scotland)
16.           Hari Sundaram (Arizona State University, USA

Invited Speaker
Professor Sharon Oviatt from the Oregon Health & Sciences University (USA) 
will give an invited talk.

Paper Submission
We invite research papers (maximum 8 pages). 
Submitted papers must be original, containing new 
and original results. All submissions will be reviewed 
and selected based on originality and contribution to the workshop topics. 
Submissions are welcome from the academic and industrial institutes.
Please send your submissions as a single PDF or PS file
to the following address lecems at cs.utwente.nl
In the body of your paper submission email, please include 
the following identification information:
   * Title
   * Author(s) name(s), affiliation(s), and e-mail address(es)
   * Abstract: short summary (up to 5 lines maxi.)
For the format, we strongly recommend to use ACM SIG Proceedings Templates. 
More detailed information about the format of submissions can be found here: 

All papers accepted for the workshop will be published in the
Workshop Proceedings provided by ITC. In addition, we plan that a selected number of the 
accepted workshop papers will be expanded and revised for inclusion 
into a possible post-workshop special journal issue.

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