[Elsnet-list] Second Announcement Sixth Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN'15) - Atlanta, USA

Antonio Lieto lieto.antonio at gmail.com
Mon Dec 15 10:13:03 CET 2014

[Apologies for multiple copies of the announcement]


Second Announcement
Sixth Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN'15)
Special Focus: Cognitive Systems and Computational Narrative

in association with:
The Third Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems (ACS)

May 26-28, 2015
Tech Square Research Building, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta,
Georgia, USA


February 2, 2015. Submission deadline.
March 6, 2015. Notification of acceptance.
March 30, 2015.  Final Versions Due.
May 26- May 28, 2015.  Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia.
May 29-31, 2015.  ACS 2015.


Narrative provides a framing structure for understanding, communicating,
influencing, and organizing human experience.  Systems for its analysis and
production are increasingly found embedded in devices and processes,
influencing decision-making in venues as diverse as politics, economics,
intelligence, and cultural production.  In order to appreciate this
influence, it is becoming increasingly clear that research must address the
technical implementation of narrative systems, the theoretical bases of
these frameworks, and our general understanding of narrative at multiple
levels: from the psychological and cognitive impact of narratives to our
ability to model narrative responses computationally.

Special Focus: Cognitive Systems
This inter-disciplinary workshop will be an appropriate venue for papers
addressing fundamental topics and questions regarding narrative.  Papers
should be relevant to issues fundamental to the computational modeling and
scientific understanding of narrative. The workshop will have a special
focus on the building cognitive systems that are distinguished by a focus
on high-level cognition and decision making, reliance on rich, structured
representations, a systems-level perspective, use of heuristics to handle
complexity, and incorporation of insights about human thinking, meaning we
especially welcome papers relevant to the cognitive aspects of narrative.
Regardless of its topic, reported work should provide some sort of insight
of use to computational modeling of narratives. Discussing technological
applications or motivations is not prohibited, but is not required. We
accept both finished research and more tentative exploratory work.


Janet H. Murray, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA


- How is narrative knowledge captured and represented?
- How are narratives indexed and retrieved? Is there a universal scheme for
encoding episodic information?
- How can we study narrative from a cognitive point of view?
- Can narrative be subsumed by current models of higher-level cognition, or
does it require new approaches?
- How do narratives mediate our cognitive experiences, or affect our
cognitive abilities?
- What comprises the set of possible narrative arcs? Is there such a set?
How many possible story lines are there?
- Is narrative structure universal, or are there systematic differences in
narratives from different cultures?
- What makes narrative different from a list of events or facts?
- How do conceptions and models of spatiality or temporality influence
narrative and cognitive systems?
- What are the details of the relationship between narrative and common
- What shared resources are required for the computational study of
narrative? What should a “Story Bank” contain?
- What shared resources and tools are available, or how can already-extant
resources be adapted to the study of narrative?
- What are appropriate formal or computational representations for
- How should we evaluate computational and formal models of narrative?
- How can narrative systems be applied to problem-solving?
- What aspects of cross-linguistic work has narrative research neglected?


- Mark A. Finlayson (Florida International University, USA)
- Antonio Lieto (University of Turin, Italy)
- Ben Miller (Georgia State University, USA)
- Remi Ronfard (Inria, LJK, University of Grenoble, France)


- Floris Bex, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
- Fritz Breithaupt, Indiana University, USA
- Mehul Bhatt, University of Bremen, Germany
- Neil Cohn, University of California, USA
- Rossana Damiano, Università di Torino, Italy
- Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
- David K. Elson, Google, USA
- Pablo Gervás, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
- Richard Gerrig, SUNY Stony Brook, USA
- Andrew Gordon, University of Southern California, Institute for Creative
Technologies, USA
- Ken Kishida, Virginia Tech, USA
- Benedikt Löwe, University of Hamburg, Germany and University of
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Chris Meister, University of Hamburg, Germany
- Livia Polanyi, Stanford University, USA
- Marie-Laure Ryan, USA
- Erik T. Mueller, IBM, USA
- Moshe Shoshan, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
- Timothy Tangherlini, University of California at Los Angeles, USA
- Mariët Theune, University of Twente, The Netherlands
- Atif Waraich, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
- Patrick Henry Winston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Antonio Lieto,
E-mail: lieto.antonio at gmail.com
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