[Elsnet-list] 2nd CFP Production of referring expressions - Workshop at CogSci 2009

Gatt, A. a.gatt at abdn.ac.uk
Thu Apr 30 09:10:37 CEST 2009

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Bridging the gap between computational and empirical approaches to reference
(29 July 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)


Deadline for abstract submission: May 10, 2009

PRE-CogSci 2009 is organized as part of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2009 <http://cognitivesciencesociety.org/conference2009/>)

Invited speakers are:

- Deb Roy (MIT, USA)
- William S. Horton (Northwestern University, USA)

There is a long research tradition of work on the production of referring expressions, in the area of computational linguistics as well as in psycholinguistics and cognitive science. This encompasses work on definite descriptions, deictic expressions, anaphora, and many other topics. Both research traditions have resulted in many interesting findings, but so far the interaction between these two traditions has been very limited. We believe that much is to be gained from more interaction, for both research traditions involved.

This workshop aims to bring together --for the first time-- psycholinguists with an interest in computational modeling and computational linguists with an interest in human speech production. In addition, the workshop is expected to be of interest to theoretical linguists whose work borders on other areas of cognitive science, particularly those with an interest in discourse structure, and those interested in models of human language that are grounded in cognitive principles.

The workshop will open with a short introductory talk about the production or referring expressions, to make the workshop broadly accessible. The rest of the day will consist of a mixture of regular 20 minute talks, poster presentations and two invited talks by renowned experts in the field.

We received financial support from The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), via the Vici project "Bridging the gap between computational linguistics and psycholinguistics: The case of referring expressions" (Krahmer; 277-70-007), which is gratefully acknowledged.

We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen
Albert Gatt, University of Aberdeen & University of Malta
Roger van Gompel, University of Dundee
Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University



We invite substantial, original, and unpublished submissions on all topics related to the production of referring expressions. Contributions may focus on computational or experimental approaches to reference, with combinations of the two especially appreciated. Note that we particularly welcome new results, but given the purpose of the workshop, papers that present an original overview of previously published work tailored to this workshop may also be acceptable.

Topics of interest include computational and/or experimental approaches to:
- different kinds of referring expressions; when are which types of reference (pronouns, descriptions, etc.) most appropriate?
- plural and quantified references
- vagueness: the use of vague (e.g. gradable) predicates in referring expressions
- referential overspecification: why and how do speakers overspecify?
- referential underspecification: production of descriptions which do not uniquely identify a referent
- referring expressions in interactive settings; audience design, adaptation and alignment
- ambiguity avoidance in references
- common ground, cooperativeness and shared/private information in reference
- realization of referring expressions (including speech and gesture)
- visual scene perception and its influence on the production of referring expressions
- social and contextual factors in reference
- data-collection and experimental evaluation methods

Extended abstract submission:
Paper selection will be based on extended abstracts (max 2000 words). The only accepted format for submitted abstracts is Adobe PDF. Abstracts should be sent to k.vdeemter at abdn.ac.uk.

Final submission:
Upon acceptance, authors are invited to prepare a 4-6 page paper using the COGSCI author kit (http://cognitivesciencesociety.org/conference2009/submissions.html). Final versions need to be submitted as pdf. Papers will be published in on line proceedings, and the authors retain the copyrights. Final versions of accepted papers should be sent to k.vdeemter at abdn.ac.uk.

Special Issue
We hope to edit a special issue based on the workshop results. More information about this will follow.

If authors have any questions, they should contact the workshop organizers.



Mira Ariel, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Jennifer Arnold, University of North Carolina, USA
Adrian Bangerter, Universite de Neuchatel, Switzerland
Dale Barr, University of California, USA
Susan Brennan, Stony Brook University, USA
Sarah Brown-Schmidt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
Fernanda Ferreira, University of Edinburgh, UK
Victor Ferreira, University of California, USA
Claire Gardent, CNRS, France
Ellen Gurman Bard, University of Edinburgh, UK
Helmut Horacek, University of the Saarland, Germany
John Kelleher, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Alfons Maes, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Linda Moxey, University of Glasgow, UK
Martin Pickering, University of Edinburgh, UK
Massimo Poesio, University of Trento, Italy
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK
David Reitter, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Jan-Peter de Ruiter, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Advaith Siddharthan, Cambridge University, UK
Matthew Stone, Rutgers University, USA
Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan



May 10, 2009: Deadline for abstract submission

June 8, 2009: Notification of acceptance

June 26, 2009: Early registration deadline

July 8, 2009: Deadline for full paper submission

July 29, 2009: Workshop



PRE-COGSCI 2009 is organized by:

Kees van Deemter
Computing Science Department
Meston Building
King's College
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UE, Scotland, UK
k.vdeemter at abdn.ac.uk

Albert Gatt
Computing Science Department
Meston Building
King's College
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UE, Scotland, UK
a.gatt at abdn.ac.uk

Roger van Gompel
School of Psychology
University of Dundee
Scotland, UK
r.p.g.vangompel at dundee.ac.uk

Emiel Krahmer
Tilburg centre for Creative Computing / Communication and Cognition
Department of Communication and Information Sciences
Tilburg University
P.O.Box 90153
NL-5000 LE Tilburg
The Netherlands
e.j.krahmer at uvt.nl

The University of Aberdeen is a charity registered in Scotland, No SC013683.

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