[Elsnet-list] 2nd CFP: Computational Models of Narrative 2012
markaf at MIT.EDU
Wed Jan 18 18:49:08 CET 2012
Second Call for Papers
2012 Workshop on
Computational Models of Narrative
May 26-27, 2012 (1.5 days)
Lütfi Kirdar Istanbul Exhibition and Congress Centre
to be co-located with the
2012 Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC'2012)
(note: workshop dates have changed slightly since the first call)
Paper submission deadline: **February 24, 2012**
Invited Speaker: Prof. Dr. Jan Christoph Meister, Universität Hamburg
**Note:** There will be a number of travel grants available to authors
who have papers at the workshop, but would otherwise be unable to attend
because of financial constraints.
Narratives are ubiquitous in human experience. We use them to
communicate, convince, explain, and entertain. As far as we know, every
society in the world has narratives, which suggests they are rooted in
our psychology and serve an important cognitive function. It is becoming
increasingly clear that, to truly understand and explain human
intelligence, beliefs, and behaviors, we will have to understand why
narrative is universal and explain (or explain away) the function it
serves. The aim of this workshop series is to address key, fundamental
questions about narrative, using computational techniques, so to advance
our understanding of cognition, culture, and society.
Special Focus: Shared Resources
In addition to fundamental questions, the field has yet to address key
needs with regard to shared resources and corpora that could smooth and
hasten the way forward. The vast majority of work on narrative uses
fewer than four stories to perform their experiments, and rarely re-uses
narratives from previous studies. Because NLP technology cannot yet take
us all the way to the highly-accurate formal representations of language
semantics, this implies significant amounts of repeated work in
annotation. The way forward could be catalyzed by carefully constructed
This meeting will be an appropriate venue for papers addressing
fundamental topics and questions regarding narrative. Moreover, the
meeting will have a special focus on the identification, collection, and
construction of shared resources and corpora that facilitate the
computational modeling of narrative. Papers should focus on issues
fundamental to computational modeling and scientific understanding, or
issues related to building shared resources to advance the field.
Discussing technological applications or motivations is not discouraged,
but is not required.
Illustrative Topics and Questions
-What kinds of shared resources are required for the computational study
-What content and modalities should be put in a “Story Bank”? What
formal representations should be used?
-What shared resources are available, or how can already-extant
resources be adapted to common needs?
-What makes narrative different from a list of events or facts? What is
special that makes something a narrative?
-What are the details of the relationship between narrative and common
-How are narratives indexed and retrieved? Is there a "universal" scheme
for encoding episodes?
-What impact do the purpose, function, and genre of a narrative have on
its form and content?
-What comprises the set of possible narrative arcs? Is there such a set?
How many possible story lines are there?
-Are there systematic differences in the formal properties of narratives
from different cultures?
-What are appropriate representations for narrative? What
representations underlie the extraction of narrative schemas?
-How should we evaluate computational models of narrative?
-February 24, 2012 - Submissions due
-March 19, 2012 - Notification of acceptance
-April 4, 2012 - Camera-ready versions due
-May 26-27, 2012 - Workshop (1.5 days)
Submissions should be made through the workshop's START paper submission
website at https://www.softconf.com/lrec2012/Narrative2012/. Papers may
fall into one of three categories: long papers (8 page limit), short
papers (4 page limit), or position papers (2 page limit). Papers should
follow the LREC style as specified on the main LREC site.
-Mark A. Finlayson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
-Pablo Gervás, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
-Deniz Yuret, Koc University, Turkey
-Floris Bex, University of Dundee, UK
-Barbara Dancygier, University of British Columbia, Canada
-Andrew Gordon, Intitute for Creative Technologies, USA
-Benedikt Löwe, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
-Whitman Richards, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
-Bart Verheij, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
-Patrick Winston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
-R. Michael Young, North Carolina State University, USA
In preparation is an arrangement with a noted international journal for
a special issue featuring expanded versions of the best papers from the
-Office of Naval Research
-Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
-2010 AAAI Fall Symposium on Computational Models of Narrative
-2009 MIT Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative
Mark A. Finlayson
Research Scientist, MIT CSAIL
32 Vassar St. Room 32-258, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
+1.617.253.0287 (office); +1.617.515.0708 (mobile); markaf at mit.edu
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