[Elsnet-list] Last call for long papers: ECAI workshop on argumentation

Floriana Grasso F.Grasso at csc.liv.ac.uk
Mon Mar 20 14:28:59 CET 2006

This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting long papers to CMNA6 
(the 6th workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument) is on

    MONDAY March 26th

Please find below a summary of the call.

With apologies for cross-postings.

                                   CMNA 6

                               6th Workshop on

                   Computational Models of Natural Argument

                     Riva del Garda, Italy, 28 August 2006


Submission  are   invited  to   the  6th  International   Workshop  on
Computational Models  of Natural Argument, to  be held as  part of the
ECAI 2006 workshop programme

- Deadline long papers: 26 March 2006
- Deadline short papers: 23 April 2006
- Notification: 10 May 2006
- Deadline camera ready versions: 24 May 2006

The   workshop   focuses  on   the   issue   of  modelling   "natural"
argumentation. 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.
     * The   linguistic  characteristics   of   natural  argumentation,
       including   discourse   markers,   sentence  format,   referring
       expressions,  and style.  The  generation of  linguistic natural
       argument: techniques  in natural language  generation to account
       for  argumentation  and  persuasion  (including  techniques  for
       handling 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.
     * Models of argument in Artificial Intelligence and Law.
     * Rhetoric  and  affect:  the  role  of  emotions,  personalities,
       etc. in models of argumentation.
     * Issues   of   domain  specificity,   and   in  particular,   the
       independence  of  argumentation techniques  from  the domain  of
     * The  roles   of  licentiousness  and  deceit   and  the  ethical
       implications of implemented systems demonstrating such features.
     * Argumentation in multi-agent systems
     * Methods  to better  convey  the structure  of complex  argument,
       including representation and summarisation.
     * Natural argumentation  and media: visual  arguments, multi-modal
       arguments, spoken arguments.
     * Evaluative arguments  and their application in  AI systems (such
       as decision support and advice giving).
     * Non-monotonic, defeasible and uncertain argumentation.
     * Computer supported collaborative argumentation, for pedagogy,
       e-democracy and public debate.
     * 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
     * Applications  of  argumentation  based systems,  including,  for
       example,   the  pedagogical,   health-related,   political,  and

Papers are solicited that fall into one of three categories:

(1) reports on completed work (system demonstrations are especially
(2) descriptions of current, but mature, work in progress, and 
(3) more polemic essays on burning issues.

Electronic submissions should be received  by one of the organisers no
later than 26 March 2006 for  long papers, and 23 April 2006 for short
papers and demonstration reports.

Extended versions of the papers  accepted to CMNA-1, CMNA-2 and CMNA-3
have been collated for a special issue of the International Journal of
Intelligent  Systems.  Similar  avenues will  be explored  for CMNA-4,
CMNA-5 and CMNA-6.

Floriana Grasso 
Department of Computer Science 
University of Liverpool
Liverpool L69 3BF, UK
Phone: (+44)(0)151 794 3680
Fax: (+44)(0)151 794 3715
email: floriana at csc.liv.ac.uk

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

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

Leila Amgoud, IRIT, France 
Trevor Bench-Capon, University of Liverpool, UK
Ulises Cortes, UPC, Spain
Fiorella de Rosis, University of Bari, Italy
Tom Gordon, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin, Germany
Nancy Green, University of North Carolina Greensboro, US
Helmut Horacek, University of the Saarland, Saarbruken, Germany 
Anthony Hunter, University College London, UK 
Peter McBurney, University of Liverpool, UK
David Moore, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Ephraim Nissan, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Henry Prakken, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands 
Oliviero Stock, ITC-IRST, Italy
Doug Walton, University of Winnipeg, Canada

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