[Elsnet-list] Workshop on Computational Spatial Language Interpretation (CoSLI) - Final Call!!

Robert Ross robertr at informatik.uni-bremen.de
Sun Apr 25 14:57:31 CEST 2010

apologies for cross postings!

          Workshop on Computational Spatial
           Language Interpretation (CoSLI)

                Final Call for Papers

      In conjunction with Spatial Cognition 2010

         Mt Hood / Portland Oregon, Aug 15 2010


Competence in spatial language requires that we assign appropriate
meaning to spatial terms such as projective, perspective, topological,
distance, and path descriptive markers. However, it is not the case
that a given linguistic unit such as a spatial preposition has a
meaning that can be described in terms of a single qualitative or
quantitative model. The same preposition can have multiple meanings,
and such variance must be handled through either underspecified models
that can be stretched to particular situations, or models which
incorporate multiple disparate meanings that are assigned to terms as
a situation invites, or models that take into account vague
interpretations in situated contexts. In spite of some formal
proposals in this area, such heterogeneous meaning accounts are rarely
seen in practical computational systems. Moreover, while early models
of spatial term interpretation focused on the geometric interpretation
of spatial language, it is now widely recognized that spatial term
meaning is also dependent on functional and pragmatic features.
Competent models of spatial language must thus draw on complex models
of situated meaning, and while some early proposals exist, it is not
at all clear how geometric, functional and pragmatic features should
be integrated in computational models of spatial language


The aim of this workshop is to draw together the often orthogonal
views on formal semantic and embodied spatial language interpretation
in order to foster theories which adequately draw on both geometric
and functional spatial language meaning. On one hand, formal semantic
approaches have attempted to assign meaning to spatial terms through
well defined theories that provide a natural symbolic backbone to
connect spatial meaning with heterogeneous sources of knowledge and
reasoning. These symbolic models, however, often simplify and
generalize spatial term meanings and ignore their various situated
interpretations. On the other hand, embodied quantitative
interpretation models assign meaning to spatial terms through spatial
templates which relate the symbolic level to sub-symbolic knowledge
such as sensory-motor information and spatial representations more
suited to real situated systems. These quantitative models, however,
often define templates in a rigid way that allows only few
generalizations. By drawing together these formal semantic and
embodied models of spatial meaning we wish to move the research
community towards models of spatial meaning which couple embodied
geometric and functional features in order to improve and support
situated natural language interpretation systems.


We particularly welcome contributions that address the following:

   * Computational models of spatial language that incorporate both
geometric and functional or pragmatic context either in terms of
implemented systems, computational models, empirical findings, or
position papers that make clear a novel approach to this problem

More generally we also invite papers that address topics including:

  * Formal semantic theories of spatial language and its use
   * Computational models of spatial language interpretation based on
formal symbolic and qualitative theories.
   * Computational models of spatial language interpretation based on
embodied or quantitative models
   * Connectionist theories of spatial language meaning
   * Dynamic systems models of spatial term meaning
   * Empirically motivated models of spatial term meaning
   * Implemented robotics and situated systems which incorporate
models of spatial language interpretation
   * Computational models of spatial language interpretation based on
spatial calculi or spatial ontologies
   * Uncertain or vague theories and applications for spatial
language interpretation systems

All papers should be submitted in English as PDF documents. We welcome
papers of length 6-8 pages formatted in accordance with the Springer
LNCS style (see http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html).

Proceedings for the workshop will be published through CEUR-WS.org
archive. Depending on the quality of submissions, we are also planning
on publishing a full post-proceedings with extended papers.

Submissions can be made shortly via the EasyChair website. Submission
information is available from the workshop website at :

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline                           1 May
Notification of Acceptance / Rejection       15 June
Updated Paper Due                            15 July
Workshop                                     15 August


Robert Ross
Artificial Intelligence Group
Dublin Institute of Technology

Joana Hois
SFB/TR8 Spatial Cognition
University of Bremen

John Kelleher
Artificial Intelligence Group
Dublin Institute of Technology

Program Committee:

* John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany
* Brandon Bennett, University of Leeds, UK
* Kenny Coventry, Northumbria University, UK
* Max J. Egenhofer, University of Maine, USA
* Carola Eschenbach, University of Hamburg, Germany
* Ben Kuipers, University of Michigan, USA
* Reinhard Moratz, University of Maine, USA
* Philippe Muller, Université Paul Sabatier, France
* Robert Porzel, University of Bremen, Germany
* Terry Regier, UC Berkeley, USA
* David Schlangen, University of Potsdam, Germany
* Andrea Tyler, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA

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