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

Katerina Pastra kpastra at ilsp.gr
Wed Feb 9 14:35:16 CET 2011

<Apologies for cross-posting>

*****First Call for Papers:

International Workshop on *

"*Language - Action Tools for Cognitive Artificial Agents: *

*Integrating Vision, Action and Language*"


  ASatellite event of the

*/25^th 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 (Neuro-robotics)

-Language-Action tools for Visual Scene Understanding /Event Recognition

-Verbal requests for accomplishing everyday tasks (Human-Robot interaction)

* 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 <mailto:kpastra at ilsp.gr>

        Organizing Committee

Katerina Pastra <http://www.ilsp.gr/homepages/pastra_eng.html> 
(kpastra at ilsp.gr <mailto:kpastra at ilsp.gr>, Institute for Language and 
Speech Processing, Greece)

Yiannis Aloimonos <http://www.cfar.umd.edu/%7Eyiannis/> 
(yiannis at cs.umd.edu <mailto:yiannis at cs.umd.edu>, University of Maryland, 

Giorgio Metta 
(giorgio.metta at iit.it <mailto:giorgio.metta at iit.it>, Italian Institute 
of Technology, Italy)

Luciano Fadiga 
(fdl at unife.it <mailto:fdl at unife.it>, University of Ferrara & Italian 
Institute of Technology, Italy)

*Sponsors *(full list TBA):
Support from Google is gratefully acknowledged

Dr. Katerina Pastra
Research Fellow
Language Technology Group
Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP)
Artemidos 6&  Epidavrou
P.C. 151-25, Athens, Greece
tel: + 30 210 6875430 --- fax: +30 210 6852620

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