[Elsnet-list] PRE-CogSci 2013: Second call for papers

Albert Gatt albert.gatt at um.edu.mt
Mon May 13 12:25:00 CEST 2013

[apologies for cross-posting]


Production of Referring Expressions: Bridging the gap between cognitive and
computational approaches to reference (PRE-CogSci 2013)

Abstract submission deadline: May 19, 2013
Workshop date: 31 July 2013, Berlin, Germany.

Website: http://pre2013.uvt.nl/
Email: precogsci2013 at gmail.com

This workshop is organized as part of the 35th Annual Meeting of the
Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2013), and is a follow-up to successful
workshops on the production of referring expressions in Amsterdam (
http://pre2009.uvt.nl) and Boston (http://pre2011.uvt.nl).

Invited speakers:

- Herb Clark (Stanford)
- Noah Goodman (Stanford)


We invite submissions on all topics related to reference production, and
particularly encourage work that combines experimental, computational and
theoretical approaches. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

- collaborative reference, referring expressions in interactive settings,
audience/recipient design
- non-determinism in reference production: how to algorithmically model
non-determinism and individual variation in human reference production?
- interaction between comprehension and production of referring expressions
- visual scene perception and its influence on the production of referring
- psychologically plausible computational models of reference production
- when and how do human speakers produce complex descriptions (e.g.,
plurals, quantified descriptions, relational descriptions)?
- vagueness: the use of vague (e.g. gradable) predicates in referring
- referential over- and underspecification: why and how do speakers produce
over- or underspecified descriptions?
- common ground, cooperativeness and shared/private information in reference
- realization of referring expressions (including speech and gesture)
- how do social and contextual factors influence reference production
- data-collection and experimental evaluation method

Extended abstract submission:
Paper selection will be based on extended, 1000-word abstracts. The only
accepted format for submitted abstracts is PDF. Abstracts should be
submitted via EasyChair:

Final submission:
Upon acceptance, authors are invited to prepare a 4-6 page paper using the
CogSci author kit. Final versions need to be submitted as PDF. Papers will
be published in on line proceedings, and the authors retain the copyrights.

Special issue:
Following previous issues of the PRE-Cogsci workshop, a Special Issue
was/is edited (PRE-CogSCi 2009: Topics in Cognitive Science. PRE-CogSCi
2011: Language and Cognitive Processes). Similar options are being
considered for the present issue of the workshop; one possibility currently
under discussion is a research topic for the Open Access journal Frontiers
in Psychology.

Financial support:
We gratefully acknowledge financial support from:
- the (Dutch) NWO-VICI project Bridging the gap between psycholinguistics
and computational linguistics: the case of Referring Expressions (Krahmer,
2009 – 2013),
- the (British) EPSRC project RefNet: An Interdisciplinary Network
Focussing on Reference, (Bard and van Deemter, 2012-2015), and
- the Cognitive Science society,

Satellite event:
RefNet plans to organize a cross-pollination meeting, probably on the day
before the PRE-CogSci 2013 workshop, in which researchers will interact
with practitioners in Human-Computer Interaction, Robotics, and
Geographical Information Systems, to discuss challenges involving reference
that come from real applications. More information about this event will be
made available in due course.

PRE-CogSci 2013 Organizers:

- Albert Gatt, University of Malta
- Roger van Gompel, University of Dundee
- Ellen Gurman Bard, University of Edinburgh
- Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University
- Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen

The following researchers have agreed to be members of the Program

- Mira Ariel, Tel Aviv University, Israel
- Jennifer Arnold, University of North Carolina, USA
- Adrian Bangerter, Univ. of Neuchatel, Switzerland
- Dale Barr, University of Glasgow, UK
- Eva Belke, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
- Holly Branigan, University of Edinburgh, UK
- Susan Brennan, Stony Brook University, USA
- Sarah Brown-Schmidt, Univ. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
- Herb Clark, Stanford University, USA
- Victor Ferreira, University of California, USA
- Jeanette Gundel, University of Minnesota, USA
- Martijn Goudbeek, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
- Markus Guhe, University of Edinburgh, UK
- Daphna Heller, University of Toronto, Canada
- John Kelleher, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
- Frank Keller, University of Edinburgh, UK
- Ralf Klabunde, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
- Daniel Matthews, University of Sheffield, UK
- Margaret Mitchell, Johns Hopkins University, USA
- Paul Piwek, Open University, UK
- Massimo Poesio, University of Essex, UK
- Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK
- Amanda Stent, AT&T and Stony Brook University, USA
- Matthew Stone, Rutgers University, USA
- Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Inst. of Technology, Japan
- Mariet Theune, Twente University, Netherlands.

Important Dates:

- May 19, 2013: Deadline for Abstract submission
- June 15, 2013: Notification of Acceptance
- July 15, 2013: Deadline for full papers
- July 31, 2013: Workshop
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