[Elsnet-list] CFP: AAAI 2011 Workshop on 'Language-Action Tools for Cognitive Artificial Agents'

Katerina Pastra kpastra at csri.gr
Fri Apr 15 10:31:13 CEST 2011

<Apologies for cross-posting>

Final               Call for Papers:

International Workshop on 

“Language - Action Tools for Cognitive Artificial Agents: 
Integrating Vision, Action and Language“
 A  Satellite event of the 
25th Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-2011), 
7-11 August, 2011, San Francisco, USA 

Endowing           artificial agents with language and action abilities has been           
a quest in many Artificial Intelligence (AI) subfields. A           number of AI 
applications require coupling of language and           motoric or visual action 
(and objects), ranging from           language-based human-robot interaction to 
event recognition.           Recent years have witnessed great advances in 
different           disciplines that provide the theoretical and technological           
framework for an interdisciplinary approach to language-action           
integration. Neuroscience research provides more and more           evidence on 
a common neural basis for language and action,           both in perception and 
in production. A growing body of           experimental cognitive science 
findings sheds light on the           close interaction and reciprocal influence 
of language and           action in a number of tasks, such as categorisation 
and           learning.  On their part, technological           advances in 
multisensory human behaviour measurement have           enabled the development 
of recognitive and generative           algorithms for the analysis of 
sensorimotor representations, ones that are analogical to           language 
analysis and generation models. How could           language-action integration 
benefit from all such           developments? If it does, will this lead beyond 
the current           state of the art in real-life AI applications that require           
generalisation and optimality in language-action integration?
The goal of           this workshop is to bring together an interdisciplinary 
group           of computational linguists, computer vision researchers,           
roboticists and neuroscientists that will address the issue of developing 
biologically-inspired language and action             technology for artificial 
agents. The focus is both on

(a) how             individual technologies can benefit from interdisciplinary             
research for going beyond the state of art in             language-action 
integration tasks, and 

(b) how             language processing, visual processing and/or motor control             
algorithms can be integrated in artificial agents allowing             for 
behaviour generalisation and optimisation. 

The workshop           will be a two-day meeting, which will comprise of a mix           
of invited talks, paper presentations and panel discussions.           System 
demonstrations will also take place in break-out           sessions that will 
allow for more interaction among           participants.  

We              invite original contributions on topics that include, but are           
not limited to:
-        Embodied language processing,           Neurolinguistics
-        Cognitive vision tools 
-        Active multisensory perception 
-        Neuroscience findings that           impinge in technology 
-        Language-Action tools for Visual           Scene Understanding /Event 
-        Verbal requests for           accomplishing everyday tasks (Human-Robot 

* Submission deadline: April 22, 2011
* Notification date: May 13, 2011
* Author accepted paper submission           deadline: May 27, 2011
The workshop proceedings will           appear as a AAAI Technical Report. 
Submissions must be in AAAI format 
(http://www.aaai.org/Publications/Author/author.php)           and be up to 6 
pages in length. 

Please submit as PDF via email to the workshop chair, Katerina           Pastra, 
kpastra at ilsp.gr
Organizing              Committee
Katerina             Pastra (kpastra at ilsp.gr, Institute for Language and Speech 
Processing, Greece)
Yiannis Aloimonos (yiannis at cs.umd.edu, University of Maryland, USA)
Giorgio                Metta (giorgio.metta at iit.it,           Italian Institute 
of Technology, Italy)
Luciano                Fadiga (fdl at unife.it, University of           Ferrara & 
Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)
Sponsors : 
Support from Google and the EUCognition network is gratefully acknowledged.
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