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LOT Announcements / events
Credits for PhD/RM-students affiliated with LOT for EMLAR 2018, Utrecht, April 18-20, 2018

EMLAR 2018, 18-20 April 2018


EMLAR provides specific training in experimental methods for language acquisition research, and is organized yearly in Utrecht. RM/PhD students can earn LOT credits through participation in EMLAR.

RM/PhD students enrolled at one of the Dutch universities can also earn credits by participating in EMLAR and other local training activities scheduled at one of the LOT institutes. Starting in 2018, these credits will be signed off as LOT credits, so they can be used to replace participation in one of the LOT schools. Students who participate in all three days of EMLAR, including tutorials can earn 2,5 ects. Certficates will be sent out by the LOT bureau after fulfillment of all obligations. Students can complete this to fulfill the 5 ects requirement of participation in a national graduate school by writing a paper under the supervision of a supervisor from their local institute. The requirements on the paper are determined by the local MA programme director.

Registration for EMLAR 2018 is open as of December 2017. Consult the EMLAR website for details: http://emlar.wp.hum.uu.nl/

Registration LOT Summer School 2018 Groningen (June 18-29) is open! Deadline registration: May 22, 2018
Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen

Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: https://bit.ly/1HM9brF


Klinkers oefenen in de ruimte
https://www.nemokennislink.nl/publicaties/klinkers...
Hoor jij het verschil tussen het Engelse ‘celery’ en ‘salary’? En tussen ‘full’ en ‘fool’? Nijmeegse taalwetenschappers ontwikkelden de app Vowel Space Travel, waarmee je deze subtiele klankverschillen beter leert onderscheiden.

'De taal van de straat is meer dan straattaal'
https://www.nemokennislink.nl/publicaties/de-taal-...
Ga jij ook altijd als vanzelf op dezelfde plek aan tafel zitten? Ook jongeren die in een park aan het chillen zijn, weten precies waar zij wel en niet moeten zitten. En ze zijn zich ook nog eens heel bewust van hun manier van praten. Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van taalkundige Jacomine Nortier en stadsgeograaf Irina van Aalst in het Utrechtse Wilhelminapark.

Begrijpen autisten gebaren op dezelfde manier?
https://www.nemokennislink.nl/publicaties/begrijpe...
Het eind van het promotietraject van James Trujillo komt in zicht. Ligt de promovendus een beetje op schema? En is er nog tijd voor dat ene laatste experiment? NEMO Kennislink vraagt hem naar zijn plannen.

Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
UiL OTS Colloquium, Utrecht University, Utrecht, session April 19th, 2018 + overview sessions 2017-2018

Overview sessions 2017-2018


April 19th - Jeff Lidz

May 17th - Aoju Chen

June 21st - Asifa Majid


More information: https://uilotscolloquium.wp.hum.uu.nl/


Followed by drinks!

Talk Matilde Marcolli (CalTech) on the Geometry of Syntax, Utrecht University, Utrecht, April 17, 2018 [NEW PLACE & TIME]

Abstract

Chomsky's "Principles and Parameters" model proposes that syntactic structures can be encoded into a set of binary syntactic parameters. A main problem in this approach is identifying a good set of independent variables among these syntactic parameters. Mathematically, this can be thought of as the question of finding a good set of coordinates on the ``geometry of syntax". We consider two existing databases of syntactic structures of world languages, the SSWL database and another independent set of data recently published by Giuseppe Longobardi. We consider various mathematical methods to detect computationally the presence of relations between syntactic parameters. In the talk we focus on three of these methods: recoverability in sparse distributed memories (Kanerva networks), error correcting codes and the position in the space of code parameters, and a heat-kernel method of dimensional reduction of Belkin--Niyogi. We will illustrate some of the structures that become visible through these different methods.

This talk can be viewed as a continuation of the mathematics colloquium talk with the same title, that will take place on April 12, which will cover other methods applied to the same problem (persistent topology, phylogenetic algebraic geometry, and spin glass systems). While the two talks are closely related, they will be self-contained and largely independent. No advanced mathematics background is required for this talk.

Lectures Francqui Chair Luc Steels, KU Leuven, Leuven, April 17-May 3, 2018

From April to May 2018, Luc Steels will give a series of five talks at the KU Leuven, as part of the Francqui chair he was awarded this year for his academic achievements in the field of language evolution and AI. You are cordially invited to attend the lectures. Apart from the inaugural talk on 17 April and the opera FAUSTO, which will be performed following the last lecture on 3 May, registration is not required. More information, including a detailed programme, can be found here: https://www.arts.kuleuven.be/english/francqui-chair.

LUCL Colloquium: Martin Hilpert (Université de Neuchâtel), Sarcastic much?, Leiden University, Leiden, April 19, 2018

LUCL Colloquium: Martin Hilpert (Université de Neuchâtel), Sarcastic much?

Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
Thursday, April 19th
Vrieshof 2 / 004
Tea and coffee from 15h30. Talk at 16h00, followed by drinks in the LUCL common room

Annual junior researcher day (Juniorendag), Tilburg, April 20, 2018 [REGISTRATION UNTIL APRIL 13, 2018]

(English below)

Op vrijdag 20 april 2018 wordt de jaarlijkse Anéla/VIOT juniorendag georganiseerd in Tilburg. Op deze jaarlijkse Juniorendag presenteren studenten, net afgestudeerden en promovendi in een informele sfeer hun scriptie- of promotieonderzoek op het gebied van toegepaste taalkunde.

De Juniorendag begint met een plenaire lezing van dr. Wyke Stommel. In de middag zal Prof. dr. Jos Swanenberg nog een plenaire lezing verzorgen. Informatie over de rest van het programma vind je op de website: http://www.anela.nl/activiteiten/juniorendag/. Tijdens de Juniorendag worden er tevens prijzen uitgereikt: de posterprijs voor de beste poster van de dag én de jaarlijkse Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs voor de beste scriptie binnen het vakgebied.

Vanaf heden is het mogelijk om je in te schrijven voor deze dag. Kijk op: http://www.anela.nl/activiteiten/juniorendag/regis... De inschrijving is open tot 13 april.*

Eventuele vragen kun je mailen naar anelaviotjuniorendag@gmail.com. Tot ziens op 20 april!

* Afmelden kan kosteloos tot 13 april. Vanaf 13 april wordt bij afwezigheid gevraagd het hele registratiebedrag te betalen.

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On Friday, April 20 2018, Anéla and VIOT (the Dutch and Flemish associations for applied linguistics and discourse studies) organize their annual junior researcher day (Juniorendag) in Tilburg. At the Juniorendag, graduate students, junior researchers and PhD candidates in the field of applied linguistics present their work.

Plenaries are held by dr. Wyke Stommel and Prof. dr. Jos Swanenberg. More details on the program can be found on the website: http://www.anela.nl/activiteiten/juniorendag/. During the Juniorendag, several prizes will be awarded: a poster prize for the best poster presentation of the day and the annual Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs to the best MA-thesis in the field of applied linguistics.

The website for registration is open from now until April 13: http://www.anela.nl/activiteiten/juniorendag/regis...

If you have any more questions, please contact us at anelaviotjuniorendag@gmail.com. See you on April 20th!

* Cancellation free of charge up until the 13th of April. When one does not attend the Juniorendag without informing us one will be obliged to pay the registration fee.

Publiekslezing Tweetaligheid door Antonella Sorace, Universiteit Utrecht, Utrecht, April 25, 2018

Uitnodiging publiekslezing Antonella Sorace

Bridging the divide: science and public understanding of bilingualism

Graag nodigen we u uit voor een lezing op 25 april a.s. van Antonella Sorace over tweetaligheid. Na haar lezing zullen drie taalexperts van de Universiteit Utrecht nader ingaan op het maatschappelijk belang van het onderzoek naar tweetaligheid. Deze bijeenkomst is interessant voor zowel onderzoekers op het gebied van meertaligheid, als ook voor professionals die in hun werk hiermee te maken hebben.

Antonella Sorace is professor in Development Linguistics aan de Universiteit van Edinburgh. Zij is een linguïst van naam en faam, gespecialiseerd in tweetaligheid, en buitengewoon succesvol in het begrijpelijk maken van complexe linguïstische kennis over meertaligheid en meertalige ontwikkelingen voor een niet-academisch publiek. Zij is de oprichter van netwerkorganisatie Bilingualism Matters.

Het programma ziet er als volgt uit:


Keynote:

Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh) Bridging the divide: science and public understanding of bilingualism


Summary There are both old and new misconceptions about bilingualism. For example, many people still think that early bilingualism makes children confused and puts them at a disadvantage at school. In contrast, research shows that when there are differences between monolingual and bilingual children, these are almost invariably in favour of bilinguals: bilingual children tend to have a better sense of how language works, an earlier understanding of other people’s points of view, and more mental flexibility in dealing with complex information. Some of these benefits have also been found in adult second language learners, both young and older. At the same time, new myths are emerging about supposed brain-enhancing and therapeutic virtues of bilingualism. I will first illustrate the main facts and challenges of bilingualism, and their implications for an increasingly multilingual society. I will then show how the information and public engagement centre ‘Bilingualism Matters’ is enabling different community sectors, in Scotland and internationally, to make informed and realistic decisions on bilingualism and language learning across the lifespan.


Referenten:


Paul Leseman (Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen) The situation of Moroccan and Turkish families in the Netherlands (which differs quite substantially from that of families [most] often targeted in the scientific literature).

Ellen Gerrits (Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen) Dealing with bilingualism in the context of diagnosing and treating developmental language disorders.

Sergio Baauw en Marie Steffens (beiden Faculteit Geestestwetenschappen) Bilingualism, education and inclusion of newly arrived immigrants. Moderator: Frank Wijnen (Faculteit Geestestwetenschappen) Er is ruim gelegenheid voor discussie en het stellen van vragen.

Datum: 25 april 2018.
Tijd: 17.00 uur -18.30 uur.
Locatie: Academiegebouw Domplein 29, Johanna Westerdijkkamer.
Voertaal: Engels.
Toegang: gratis, graag aanmelden via cfh@uu.nl.

Organisatie:
Het Centre for the Humanities in samenwerking met het Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS

PhD Defence Lena Karvovskaya, Leiden University, Leiden, May 2, 2018

We are happy to announce that Lena Karvovskaya will be defending her dissertation "The typology and formal semantics of adnominal possession" on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

The defense will take place at 13:45 at the Academy Building (Rapenburg 73) in Leiden. Everyone is welcome!

The defense will be followed by a reception and a party.

PhD Defence Varun DeCastro-Arrazola & workshop, Leiden University, Leiden, May 3 & 4, 2018

PhD Defence Varun DeCastro-Arrazola, Leiden, May 3 2018



Dear colleagues and friends of Varun,


We are happy to announce that Varun will be defending his dissertation on the "Typological tendencies in verse and their cognitive grounding" on Thursday May 3!

The defence will take place at 13:45 at the Academy Building (Rapenburg 73) in Leiden. Everyone is welcome!



The following morning, on Friday May 4, from 10:00 to 13:00, a workshop on the occasion of Varun's defence will take place at the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam. The topic will be metrics and phonology in relation to song and poetry. The following speakers have confirmed their participation:


- Jean-Louis Aroui (University of Paris 8)

- Nigel Fabb (University of Strathclyde)

- Paula Fikkert (Radboud University Nijmegen)


More information about the workshop will follow.

Everyone can attend but we kindly ask you to register by sending an email to mirella.de.sisto@meertens.knaw.nl.



There won't be any joint present nor wishlist.


For any question do not hesitate to contact either

Mirella (mirella.de.sisto@meertens.knaw.nl) or

Edoardo (cavirani.edoardo@gmail.com)


Hope to see you soon!


The paranymphs,

Mirella De Sisto & Edoardo Cavirani


Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research (EMLAR) XIV, Utrecht, April 18-20, 2018

Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research (EMLAR) XIV

Lectures and hands-on sessions on methodological aspects of language acquisition research

We remind you that the fourteenth edition of EMLAR is taking place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from April 18th to April 20th 2018 (Wednesday to Friday). Many participants have signed up already and the tutorials are filling up fast, so sign up quickly to catch a spot at your tutorials of choice!

The workshop aims at training advanced MA and PhD students working on first and second language acquisition in experimental research. Experts in various domains of language acquisition research are giving various lectures and practices (see below).


Important! RM/PhD students enrolled at one of the Dutch universities can earn credits by participating in EMLAR! Starting in 2018, these credits will be signed off as LOT credits, so they can be used to replace participation in one of the LOT schools. Students who participate in all three days of EMLAR, including tutorials can earn 2 ECTS. Certficates will be sent out by the LOT bureau after fulfillment of all obligations. Students can complete this to fulfill the 5 ECTS requirement of participation in a national graduate school by writing a paper under the supervision of a supervisor from their local institute. The requirements on the paper are determined by the local MA programme director.

PhD students are invited to present a poster!

Further details on the program of EMLAR XIV and details about the registration procedure are available at: http://emlar.wp.hum.uu.nl/

Registration deadline: March 31st 2018!

For further questions, contact us at: emlar2018@uu.nl

Keynote & UiL-OTS Colloquium speaker:

• Jeffrey Lidz (University of Maryland)

Invited speakers:

• Beppie van den Bogaerde (University of Amsterdam);

• Hans Rutger Bosker (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics);

• Juliana Gerard (Ulster University in Northern Ireland);

• Ileana Grama (Utrecht University);

• Paul Meara (University of Oxford);

• Maria Carmen Parafita-Couto (Leiden University);

• Paul Vogt (Tilburg University);

Tutorials:

•Behavioral Methods in Infant Research

•CHILDES

•Computational Models

•ERP

•Ethical Decisions in Psycholinguistics

•Eye Tracking: Reading

•Eye Tracking: Visual World Paradigm

•LENA & Analysis of Spontaneous Speech

•LimeSurvey

•Multilevel Analysis

•The “New” Statistics: effect sizes and meta-analytic methods

•PRAAT

•SPSS

•Statistics with R

•Tools for Researching Vocabulary

Workshop 'The syntax of possession', Utrecht, 20 April, 2018

We are happy to announce that on the occasion of Jolien Scholten's PhD defence there will be a workshop "The syntax of possession: The ins and outs and what's beyond". The workshop will take place On 20 April, in Drift 25, room 001 (entrance through the University Library, Drift 27).

The program:

9.45-9.50 Marjo van Koppen & Norbert Corver: Welcome
9.50-10.30 Johan Rooryck: There is no inalienable possession in French
10.30-10.40 Break
10.40-11.20 Eva Dekany: DP structure and (in)alienability in Hungarian Sign Language
11.20-12.00 Marcel den Dikken: Objective external possessor constructions: Contrasting the PP and particle types

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you on April 20th!
Lena Karvovskaya (lena.karvovskaya@gmail.com) &
Heidi Klockmann (hklockmann@gmail.com)

Conference Tense, Aspect and Modality in L2 (TAML2), Leiden University, Leiden, April 20-21, 2018
Conference on Frisian Humanities, Leeuwarden, 23-26 April 2018 [PROGRAM CHANGE!]

1st Conference on Frisian Humanities

23 - 26 April 2018

INVITATION

Invitation!

We’d like to invite you to our first Conference on Frisian Humanities, in

the Municipal Theatre De Harmonie in Leeuwarden, from 23 till 26

April 2018, as part of the project Lân fan taal (Country of languages) of

Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018. We’re happy to

present you the preliminary program of the four symposia on the

conference!

(Preview) program

In the four symposia - about Language and Linguistics, Literature,

Medieval Frisia and Multilingualism - there will be about a hundred

lectures!

A little preview of the lectures/speakers at the different topics:

• Language and Linguistics (23 and 24 April) – Naomi Nagy (University

of Toronto) – ‘Francoprovençal in Europa and North America: Vitality

and Variability’; Peter Schrijver (Utrecht University) ‘The origins of the

Frisian language: inheritance and contact’

• Literature (23, 24 and 25 April) – Wilken Engelbrecht (Palacký University,

Olomouc): ‘Fries en Friese literatuur vanuit een Centraal-Europees

perspectief’ (Frisian and Frisian literature from a central European perspective);

Goffe Jensma (University of Groningen): ‘Yntermedialiteit yn

de Fryske poëzy, 1992-2017’ (Intermediality in the Frisian poetry,

1992-2017)

• Medieval Frisia (23 and 24 April) – Helle Vogt (University of

Copenhagen); Arnoud Jan Bijsterveld (Tilburg University)

• Multilingualism (25 and 26 April) - Jim Cummins (University of

Toronto); Itesh Sachdev (SOAS University of London): ‘Vitality of Urban

Multilingualism: Towards a social psychological model’.

For the complete programs of the four symposia please visit:

www.fryske-akademy.nl/frisianhumanities

Registration/Conference fee

Please visit www.frisianhumanities.nl for your registration.

The fee is € 80 per topic. The fee for the whole conference (2 symposia/

4 days) is € 160. Students can register for 50%. The conference fee

includes lunch, coffee and tea, and refreshments.

Lodging

After your registration you will be informed about accommodation,

with special rates at various choice hotels in Leeuwarden. Note that

the number of rooms is limited, so our advice is to register for the conference as soon as possible, so that you can also book a room as soon

as possible.

We are looking forward to the first Conference on Frisian Humanities

and we hope to meet you at the end of April in Leeuwarden!

With kind regards,

The Conference committee

Drs. Cor van der Meer (chair and session on Multilingualism)

Dr. Eric Hoekstra (Literature)

Dr. Han Nijdam (Medieval Frisia)

Dr. Hans Van de Velde (Language and Linguistics)

More information/contact

info@frisianhumanities.nl or call +31 (0)58 20 45 200 (Congresbureau

Friesland)

International Spring School 'High performance computing', San Sebastián/Donostia, Spain, April 23-27, 2018

INTERNATIONAL SPRING SCHOOL ON HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING

HighPer 2018

San Sebastián / Donostia, Spain

April 23-27, 2018

Organized by:

Materials Physics Center (CSIC-UPV/EHU),

Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC),

and

Rovira i Virgili University

http://grammars.grlmc.com/HighPer2018/

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SCOPE:

HighPer 2018 will be a research training event with a global scope aiming at updating participants about the most recent advances in the critical and fast developing area of high performance computing, which covers a large spectrum of current exciting research and industrial innovation with an extraordinary potential for a huge impact on scientific discoveries, medicine, engineering, business models, and society itself. Renowned academics and industry pioneers will lecture and share their views with the audience.

Most subareas of high performance computing will be displayed, from foundations, infrastructure and management to applications. Major challenges in the field will be identified through 2 keynote lectures, 24 five-hour and fifteen-minute courses, and 1 round table, which will tackle the most active and promising topics. The organizers are convinced that outstanding speakers will attract the brightest and most motivated students. Interaction will be a main component of the event.

An open session will give participants the opportunity to present their own work in progress in 5 minutes. Moreover, there will be two special sessions with industrial and recruitment profiles.

ADDRESSED TO:

Master students, PhD students, postdocs, and industry practitioners will be typical profiles of participants. However, there are no formal pre-requisites for attendance in terms of academic degrees. Since there will be a variety of levels, specific knowledge background may be assumed for some of the courses. Overall, HighPer 2018 is addressed to students, researchers and practitioners who want to keep themselves updated about recent developments and future trends. All will surely find it fruitful to listen and discuss with major researchers, industry leaders and innovators.

STRUCTURE:

3 courses will run in parallel during the whole event. Participants will be able to freely choose the courses they wish to attend as well as to move from one to another.

VENUE:

HighPer 2018 will take place in San Sebastián, a famous touristic coastal city in the Basque Country which was European Capital of Culture 2016. The venue will be:

Centro Ignacio María Barriola

Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

Campus de Gipuzkoa

Plaza Elhuyar, 1

20018 San Sebastián / Donostia

Spain

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Federico Calzolari (Scuola Normale Superiore), Supercomputing: From CERN to Our Lives

Tony Hey (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK Science and Technology Facilities Council), Big Scientific Data and Data Science

PROFESSORS AND COURSES: (to be completed)

Srinivas Aluru (Georgia Institute of Technology), [intermediate] High Performance Computational Biology

David A. Bader (Georgia Institute of Technology), [introductory/intermediate] Massive-scale Graph Analytics

Ümit V. Çatalyürek (Georgia Institute of Technology), [introductory/intermediate] HPC Graph Analytics

Alan Edelman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), [introductory] High Performance Computing on Parallel Computers and GPUs with Julia

Richard Fujimoto (Georgia Institute of Technology), [intermediate] Parallel Discrete Event Simulation

Timothy C. Germann (Los Alamos National Laboratory), [intermediate] HPC Frontiers in Computational Materials Science and Engineering

Lennart Johnsson (University of Houston), [introductory/intermediate] Energy Efficient Computing

Alfio Lazzaro (University of Zurich), [introductory/intermediate] Code Performance Optimizations

Andrew Lumsdaine (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), [intermediate/advanced] Modern C++ for High-performance Computing

Madhav Marathe (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), [introductory/advanced] Studying Massively Interacting Bio-social Systems: Pervasive, Personalized and Precision Analytics

Frank Mueller (North Carolina State University), [advanced] Embracing the Exascale Challenge: From Accelerators over Scalable Program Tracing to Resilience

J. (Ram) Ramanujam (Louisiana State University), tba

Adrian Sandu (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), [introductory/intermediate] Revealing Parallelism: How to Decompose your Problem into Concurrent Tasks

Vivek Sarkar (Georgia Institute of Technology), [introductory] Fundamentals of Parallel, Concurrent, and Distributed Programming

Marc Snir (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), [introductory] Programming Models and Run-times for High-Performance Computing

El-Ghazali Talbi (University of Lille 1), [introductory] Parallel Metaheuristics for Optimization and Machine Learning

Josep Torrellas (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), [intermediate/advanced] Parallel Computer Architecture Concepts

Todd J. Treangen (University of Maryland, College Park), [intermediate] Metagenomic Assembly and Validation

Elena Vataga (University of Southampton), [introductory] Hands-on Introduction to HPC for Life Scientists

Jeffrey S. Vetter (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), [intermediate] Exploiting Deep Memory Hierarchies

Uzi Vishkin (University of Maryland, College Park), [introductory/intermediate] Parallel Algorithmic Thinking and How It Has Been Affecting Architecture

David Walker (Cardiff University), [intermediate] Parallel Programming with OpenMP, MPI, and CUDA

OPEN SESSION

An open session will collect 5-minute voluntary presentations of work in progress by participants. They should submit a half-page abstract containing title, authors, and summary of the research to david.silva409 (at) yahoo.com by April 16, 2018.

INDUSTRIAL SESSION:

A session will be devoted to 10-minute demonstrations of practical applications of high performance computing in industry. Companies interested in contributing are welcome to submit a 1-page abstract containing the program of the demonstration and the logistics needed. At least one of the people participating in the demonstration should have registered for the event. Expressions of interest have to be submitted to david.silva409 (at) yahoo.com by April 16, 2018.

EMPLOYER SESSION:

Firms searching for personnel well skilled in high performance computing will have a space reserved for one-to-one contacts. At least one of the people in charge of the search should have registered for the event. Expressions of interest have to be submitted to david.silva409 (at) yahoo.com by April 16, 2018.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

Íñigo Aldazabal Mensa (co-chair)

Carlos Martín-Vide (co-chair)

Manuel J. Parra-Royón

Txomin Romero Asturiano (co-chair)

David Silva

REGISTRATION:

It has to be done at

http://grammars.grlmc.com/HighPer2018/registration...

The selection of up to 8 courses requested in the registration template is only tentative and non-binding. For logistic reasons, it will be helpful to have an estimation of the respective demand for each course. During the event, participants will be free to attend the courses they wish.

Since the capacity of the venue is limited, registration requests will be processed on a first come first served basis. The registration period will be closed and the on-line registration facility disabled when the capacity of the venue is exhausted. It is highly recommended to register prior to the event.

FEES:

Fees comprise access to all courses and lunches. There are several early registration deadlines. Fees depend on the registration deadline.

ACCOMMODATION:

Suggestions for accommodation will be available in due time.

CERTIFICATE:

Participants will be delivered a certificate of attendance indicating the number of hours of lectures.

QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

david.silva409 (at) yahoo.com

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

Centro de Física de Materiales (CSIC-UPV/EHU)

Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC)

Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Workshop 'Annotation, Recognition and Evaluation of Actions', Miyazaki, Japan, May 7, 2018

AREA - Annotation, Recognition and Evaluation of Actions ==========================================
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

The first AREA workshop will take place in conjunction with the 11th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2018) and is organized as a half-day session with plenary talks, posters and demonstrations. AREA is a SIGSEM-sponsored workshop. AREA includes a keynote by Simon Dobnik (University of Gothenburg).

Date: 7 May 2018
Venue: the Phoenix Seagaia Resort
Location: Miyazaki, Japan
http://www.areaworkshop.org/


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION MOTIVATION AND TOPICS
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There has recently been increased interest in modeling actions, as described by natural language expressions and gestures, and as depicted by images and videos. Additionally, action modeling has emerged as an important topic in robotics and HCI. The goal of this workshop is to gather and discuss advances in research areas in which actions are paramount e.g., virtual embodied agents, robotics, human-computer communication, document design, as well as modeling multimodal human-human interactions involving actions. Action modeling is an inherently multi-disciplinary area, involving contributions from computational linguistics, AI, semantics, robotics, psychology, and formal logic.

While there has been considerable attention in the community paid to the representation and recognition of events (e.g., the development of ISO-TimeML and associated specifications, and the 4 Workshops on “EVENTS: Definition, Detection, Coreference, and Representation”), the goals of this workshop are focused specifically on actions undertaken by embodied agents as opposed to events in the abstract. By concentrating on actions, we hope to attract those researchers working in computational semantics, gesture, dialogue, HCI, robotics, and other areas, in order to develop a community around action as a communicative modality where their work can be communicated and shared. This community will be a venue for the development and evaluation of resources regarding the integration of action recognition and processing in human-computer communication.

AREA PROGRAMME
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9.00 - 9.15 Introduction
9.15 - 10.00 Keynote: Language, Action, and Perception, Simon Dobnik (University of Gothenburg)
10.00 - 10.10 Discussion
10.10 - 10.30 Action Hierarchy Extraction and its Application, Aliaksandr Huminski, Hao Zhang
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 - 11.20 Human-Robot Dialogue and Collaboration in Search and Navigation, Claire Bonial, Stephanie Lukin, Ashley Foots, Cassidy Henry, Matthew Marge,Ron Artstein, David Traum, Clare R. Voss
11.20 - 12.30 Poster presentations (see below)
12.30 - 13.00 Road Map Discussion

Posters:
- Laughter and Body Movements as Communicative Actions in Encounters
Kristiina Jokinen, Trung Ngo Trong
- Learning Actions from Events Using Agent Motions
Nikhil Krishnaswamy, Tuan Do, and James Pustejovsky
- Action Identification and Local Equivalence of Action Verbs: the Annotation Framework of the IMAGACT Ontology
Massimo Moneglia, Alessandro Panunzi, Lorenzo Gregori
- Action Categorisation in Multimodal Instructions
Ielka van der Sluis, Renate Vergeer, Gisela Redeker
-VANNOTATOR: a Gesture-driven Annotation Framework for Linguistic and Multimodal Annotation
Christian Spiekermann, Giuseppe Abrami, Alexander Mehler


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For more information visit the workshop webpage at: http://www.areaworkshop.org/
Or contact us at: jamesp@cs.brandeis.edu, i.f.van.der.Sluis@rug.nl


PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
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Jan Alexanderson, DFKI
Yiannis Aloimonos, University of Maryland
Anja Belz, University of Brighton
Johan Bos, University of Groningen
Kirsten Bergmann, Bielefeld University
Harry Bunt, Tilburg University
Simon Dobnik, University of Gothenburg
Eren Erdal Aksoy, Karlsruhe Institut fur Technologie
Kristiina Jokinen, AIRC AIST
Johan Kwisthout, Radboud University Nijmegen
Nikhil Krishnaswamy, Brandeis University
Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh
Andy Lucking, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Siddharth Narayanaswamy, University of Oxford
Paul Piwek, Open University
Matthias Rehm, Aalborg University
Gisela Redeker, University of Groningen
Daniel Sonntag, DFKI
Michael McTear, University of Ulster
Mariet Theune, University of Twente
David Traum, USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Florentin Wörgötte, Georg-August University Göttingen
Luke Zettlemoyer, UW CSE


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James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University
Ielka van de Sluis, University of Groningen

International Scientific Conference on Language Acquisition: Problems and Perspective, Liepaja University, Liepāja, Latvia, May 11, 2018

You are welcome to participate in the

15th International Scientific Conference

LANGUAGE ACQUISITION:

PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVE

May 11, 2018

Look for more information at our website

https://vapplapp.liepu.lv/en

Participants are requested to register for the conference by

April 13, 2018



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Anéla Applied Linguistics Conference 2018, Egmond aan Zee, June 1-2, 2018

De early-bird inschrijving voor de Anéla meerdaagse conferentie is verlengd tot 8 april! Schrijf je op tijd in, want na deze datum kunnen we geen plek in het hotel meer voor je garanderen. De late-registratie zal 10 euro per dag meer bedragen. Alle informatie (inclusief programma plus registratieformulieren) vind je hier: http://anela.nl/en/activiteiten/anela-conferentie/#

Registration early-bird fee for the Anéla conference has been extended to April 8th! Register in time, because we cannot guarantee hotel-rooms after this date. Late registration will be 10 euro's per day extra. All information (including programme and registration forms) can be found through: http://anela.nl/en/activiteiten/anela-conferentie/

Summer School 'Infant Studies on Language Development in Europe' ISOLDE, Potsdam, Germany, June 11-15, 2018

Infant Studies on LanguageDevelopment in Europe


We would like to draw your attention to the 3rd Summer School ISOLDE (Infant Studies on Language Development in Europe) that will take place from 11 to 15 of June 2018 in Potsdam/Germany.

This summer school is specifically organised to bring together Pre- and Post-docs working on infant language acquisition in Europe.


Six courses (two on methods) will be taught by experts in the field of infant language acquisition:

- Christina Bergmann (Nijmegen): Computational modelling (6 hours)

- Catherine Best (Sydney): The effects of input variability on speech perception and word learning (6 hours)

- Barbara Höhle (Potsdam): Prosody in early language acquisition (3 hours)

- Ágnes Lukács (Budapest): Cognitive functions in specific language impairment (6 hours)

- Claudia Männel (Leipzig): Event-related brain potentials in language acquisition research (3 hours)

- Aude Noiray (Potsdam): Ultrasound imaging (3 hours)


In addition to the courses, there will be a poster session where participants can present their own work (planned or completed) as well as social activities as an opportunity to exchange ideas and share experiences.


The registration is now open:

www.uni-potsdam.de/en/isolde/registration


The registration fee is 120 € (early bird registration of 100 € until 31st of Jan).


Please feel free to circulate this announcement.


Kind regards,

the ISOLDE organising team


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Annika Unger

Antonia Götz

Caroline Wellmann

Elina Rubertus

Rowena Garcia

Tom Fritzsche

Barbara Höhle


University of Potsdam

Department of Linguistics, H.14 R.240

ISOLDE-Team

Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25

14476 Potsdam


Tel.: +49 331 977-2296

Fax: +49 331 977-2095

E-Mail: isolde2018@uni-potsdam.de

UNILOG-World Congress and School on Universal Logic, Vichy, France, June 16-26, 2018

The 6th UNILOG - WORLD CONGRESS AND SCHOOL ON UNIVERSAL LOGIC

will take place in Vichy, France, June 16-26, 2018

after previous editions in Montreux 2005, Xi'an 2007, Lisbon 2010, Rio

2013 and Istanbul 2015:

http://www.uni-log.org/vichy2018


Along these years UNILOG has been a leading international logical event

with the participation of many famous logicians such as Wilfrid Hodges,

Daniele Mundici, Saul Kripke, Jaakko Hintikka, Dov Gabbay, Arnon Avron,

Benedikt Löwe, David Makinson, Yde Venema, Newton da Costa, Mike Dunn,

Val Goranko, Yuri Gurevich, Janusz Czelakowski, Stephen Read, Sara Negri,

Arnold Koslow, Peter Schröder-Heister, Gila Sher, Hiroakira Ono, John Corcoran,

Hartry Field, Gerhard Jaeger, Ernest Lepore, Marcus Kracht, Melvin Fitting,

Luciano Floridi, Patrick Blackburn, Jan Wolenski, Krister Segerberg,

Dale Jacquette, Sun-Joo Shin, Jouko Väänänen, John Woods and many

more.


UNILOG is a logic event in a broad sense. It gathers people from many horizons

(philosophy, mathematics, linguistics, computer science, semiotics, cognitive science ...)

and the idea is to promote interaction between all these people.


The previous edition in Istanbul gathered more than 400 logicians from

about 50 different countries.

For the 6th edition we will follow a similar format:

- A school of logic of 5 days with 30 tutorials

- A congress of 6 days with about 30 sessions/workshops

- Award of Logic Prizes from about 10 countries

- A secret speaker (speaker whose identity is revealed only at the time

of her / its / his speech).


Vichy is a charming relaxing thermal city at the middle of France,

developed by Napoleon III in the second half of the 19th century, who in

particular created beautiful parks with species of trees from all over

the world. Vichy, in the Duchy of Bourbon, a region full of castles,

is a small city, where it is possible to go everywhere just by walking.

The event will take place at the university campus nearby the Celestins spring,

the banks of the Allier river (where it is possible to swim) and the city center.

June is a very nice time to be in Vichy with lots of animations,

including on June 21 a very lively musical day celebrating summertime.


Deadline to submit an abstract: September 15, 2017


Looking forward to seeing you in Vichy in June 2018

Jean-Yves Beziau (University of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris)

Christophe Rey (University Clermont Auvergne, CNRS, LIMOS)

Organizers of UNILOG'2018

Summer School 'Limits of Variability in Language', Potsdam, Germany, June 18-22, 2018

Summer School “Limits of Variability in Language”
June 18-22, 2018, Potsdam, Germany

The summer school will bring together leading international experts from different subfields of linguistics, covering the span from modern sociolinguistics, via dialect research, to grammar theory and the formal study of African languages. The school’s central topic is the empirical study and theoretical modelling of variability and its constraints at various levels of language. The more practical objective of the school is to bring together graduates with different empirical, methodological, and theoretical backgrounds, and to create a platform for mutual exchange and joint learning.

Courses on Formal approaches to social meaning, variation and identity construction (Heather Burnett, Paris), Linguistic variation and change in social context (Sali Tagliamonte, Toronto),Morphophonemic and morphosyntactic variation in Bantu (Larry Hyman, Berkeley & Jenneke van der Wal, Leiden), and Discovering parameters: from micro- to macro-variation (Marjo van Koppen, Utrecht & Jeroen van Craenenbroeck, Leuven) are complemented by lectures of Sjef Barbiers (Leiden), who is a Mercator Fellow in the SFB.

Deadline for a binding registration is May 15. Late applicants might be considered. Please send an E-Mail with the header “Summer School” stating your name and affiliation to SFB1287@uni-potsdam.de. Please state the morning session (A or B) that you want to attend. Due to limited space the applications will be dealt with on a first-come-first-serve basis. The participation fee is 20 €.

The summer school is organized by the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1287 “Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social Aspects“. For further information please feel free to contact SFB1287@uni-potsdam.de.
More and constantly updated information can be found here: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/sfb1287/summer-schoo...

Intercoder Reliability Workshop in Content Analysis, Tilburg University, Tilburg, 6 July, 2018

Invitation to 3rd Intercoder Reliability Workshop in Content Analysis
Theme: unitizing
Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 6 July, 2018


Content analysis is an important method in the social sciences and humanities. However, it can be very difficult to achieve a satisfactory level of intercoder agreement. In most studies, annotating consists of coding predefined items, where coders only have to choose a category for each item. However, when the data is a continuum (e.g., text, audio, video), coders also have to choose the relevant parts of the continuum (units) before they categorize them. This is called unitizing.

It is difficult to get a good agreement value for coding of predefined items, in particular when variables are subjective (e.g., metaphor types, coherence relations, informal language, filmic narratives). But it is even more difficult in the case of unitizing since there are additional disagreements possible concerning the position and the presence of units. Correspondingly, methods to assess agreement for unitizing are much more difficult to elaborate than the ones for predefined items (such as the famous Cohen’s kappa) because there are two types of discrepancies (position and category) that interfere.

The 3rd Intercoder Reliability (ICR) Workshop is about this complex phenomenon of unitizing. What does unitizing entail? How to assess agreement? Which problems do researchers have? To what extent are these problems subject-dependent? What solutions are possible? These and similar questions will be addressed in this workshop.

Keynote

The keynote speaker of the workshop is Yann Mathet, researcher at Université de Caen and the research group Human Language Technology in the GREYC research lab in digital sciences. Mathet’s research is focused on unitizing in the fields of Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing. One of his leading publications is called ‘On the reliability of unitizing textual continua: Further developments’ for which he collaborated with (inter alia) Klaus Krippendorff.

Set up

Yann Mathet will first give a lecture on unitizing, followed by a hands-on workshop in the afternoon. In between, participants can give a (poster) presentation about their own experiences with unitizing, emphasizing difficulties they cope with in their research. It is not needed to present solutions per se, we strongly invite participants to describe their problems as input for a small-scaled group discussion. We aim at participants who have experience with quantitative corpus analyses but are not yet advanced in unitizing. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.

Invitation

We invite scholars from the social sciences and humanities to participate in this workshop:
- Scholars can give an oral presentation: please email your abstract.
- Scholars can prepare a poster presentation: please email your abstract.
- Scholars can attend as visitor: please enroll via email.

Guidelines for abstracts

Scholars who would like to give an oral or poster presentation can submit an abstract of 300 words. The duration of an oral presentation is 30 minutes (approximately 15 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion).
If you want to submit an abstract, please structure it as follows:
- Title, author(s), affiliation(s), contact email and phone number for first author
- Abstract
- Keywords (3-5)
- Preferred category (oral / poster presentation)
Please note that if your presentation is selected for inclusion in the workshop program, the organizers
will do their best to accommodate your preferred choice. However, the final category will ultimately
depend on a number of factors, including the availability of spaces and time slots in the schedule.

Important dates

- Deadline for submission abstracts: April 23, 2018
- Notification presentations: April 26, 2018
- Deadline for enrollment participants without presentation: 15 June (first come, first served;
maximum 25 participants)
- ICR 2018: July 6, 2018
Abstracts and enrollment notifications can be sent to Renske van Enschot (r.vanenschot@uvt.nl).

Topics, approaches and modes

ICR 2018 solicits papers on any topic or approach in any mode (verbal, visual, audio, video,
multimodal, etc.) related to intercoder reliability and unitizing. General topics and approaches of
interest include, but are not limited to:
- Affect/emotion and sentiment
- Coherence relations
- Conversational human voice
- Grammar errors and youth language
- Language intensity and hyperboles
- Negotiation strategies
- Nonverbal behavior
- Multimedia and multimodality
- Sarcasm and irony
- Metaphors
- Argumentation
- Natural Language Processing
- Computational linguistics
- Conversation analysis
- Interview analysis
- Storytelling and narratives


ICR is organized by the Department of Communication and Cognition (DCC) of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) at Tilburg University. The organizing committee consists of Renske van Enschot and Christine Liebrecht.

Prior ICR Workshops were organized by Radboud University Nijmegen (2014) and VU University Amsterdam (2015).

LEAD Summer School in Second Language Acquisition, University of Tübingen, Germany, July 23-27, 2018

LEAD Summer School in Second Language Acquisition University of Tübingen, July 23-27, 2018


www.leadsummerschool.de


The University of Tübingen is pleased to host the LEAD Summer School in Second Language Acquisition in July 2018. The LEAD Summer School is a major international event that draws together leading researchers and students from a variety of disciplines (theoretical and applied linguistics, psychology, education, language testing) in order to discuss current trends and future directions in second language research.


The Summer School is an initiative of the Heritage Language Consortium, a new strategic partnership between Tübingen University, Lancaster University, the University of Lisbon, the University of Minho, NOVA University of Lisbon, the University of Porto, and the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The event free is offered free of charge but prior registration is required. Registration includes coffee breaks, a welcome reception (Monday) light lunch during Wednesday’s poster session, and a Stocherkahn trip up the Neckar river. However, delegates have to pay for travel/accommodation expenses and make their own arrangements for lunch (except Wednesday).


Space at the summer school is limited to 40 registered participants. To secure your place, please visit our website. For questions, please email the organizers at leadsummerschool@gmail.com.


Topics include:

Heritage language learning

Language learning and technology

Individual differences in language learning Language testing Corpus approaches to L2 acquisition Computational linguistics and SLA Instructed SLA Cognitive foundations of language learning and teaching Task-based language teaching Linguistics and education


We look forward to welcoming you to Tübingen in the summer!


Patrick (Rebuschat), Detmar (Meurers), Katharina (Wendebourg) and Simon (Ruiz)


Dr. Patrick Rebuschat

Department of Linguistics and English Language Lancaster University County South C73 Lancaster LA1 4YL United Kingdom


Personal website: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/rebuschat International pages: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/linguistics-abroad/

Lancaster-Ghent partnership: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/lancaster-ghent/

The Russian Language Summer School in Minsk, Belarus, July 9-22, 2018

The Center of Slavic Languages and Cultures is teaching Slavic languages in Belarus. They also specialize in teaching Russian language for foreigners.

This year they organize the Summer School of the Russian Language and invite everyone to participate in the training.

The students will be able to begin to learn Russian from scratch or to improve their language on classes with native speakers. To learn more about the program and the terms of the training, see attached presentation.

International Summer School on Deep Learning, Genova, Italy, July 23-27, 2018

2nd INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL ON DEEP LEARNING

DeepLearn 2018

Genova, Italy

July 23-27, 2018

Organized by:
University of Genova
IRDTA – Brussels/London

http://grammars.grlmc.com/DeepLearn2018/

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SCOPE:

DeepLearn 2018 will be a research training event with a global scope aiming at updating participants about the most recent advances in the critical and fast developing area of deep learning. This is a branch of artificial intelligence covering a spectrum of current exciting machine learning research and industrial innovation that provides more efficient algorithms to deal with large-scale data in neurosciences, computer vision, speech recognition, language processing, human-computer interaction, drug discovery, biomedical informatics, healthcare, recommender systems, learning theory, robotics, games, etc. Renowned academics and industry pioneers will lecture and share their views with the audience.

Most deep learning subareas will be displayed, and main challenges identified through 2 keynote lectures, 24 six-hour courses, and 1 round table, which will tackle the most active and promising topics. The organizers are convinced that outstanding speakers will attract the brightest and most motivated students. Interaction will be a main component of the event.

An open session will give participants the opportunity to present their own work in progress in 5 minutes. Moreover, there will be two special sessions with industrial and recruitment profiles.

ADDRESSED TO:

Master's students, PhD students, postdocs, and industry practitioners will be typical profiles of participants. However, there are no formal pre-requisites for attendance in terms of academic degrees. Since there will be a variety of levels, specific knowledge background may be assumed for some of the courses. Overall, DeepLearn 2018 is addressed to students, researchers and practitioners who want to keep themselves updated about recent developments and future trends. All will surely find it fruitful to listen and discuss with major researchers, industry leaders and innovators.

STRUCTURE:

3 courses will run in parallel during the whole event. Participants will be able to freely choose the courses they wish to attend as well as to move from one to another.

VENUE:

DeepLearn 2018 will take place in Genova, the capital city of Liguria, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and with one of the most important ports of the Mediterranean. The venue will be:

Porto Antico di Genova – Centro Congressi
Magazzini del Cotone – Module 10
16128 Genova, Italy

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

tba

PROFESSORS AND COURSES: (to be completed)

Pierre Baldi (University of California, Irvine), [intermediate/advanced] Deep Learning: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications to the Natural Sciences

Thomas Breuel (NVIDIA Corporation), [intermediate] Design and Implementation of Deep Learning Applications

Joachim M. Buhmann (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), [introductory/advanced] Model Selection by Algorithm Validation

Li Deng (Citadel), tba

Sergei V. Gleyzer (University of Florida), [introductory/intermediate] Feature Extraction, End-end Deep Learning and Applications to Very Large Scientific Data: Rare Signal Extraction, Uncertainty Estimation and Realtime Machine Learning Applications in Software and Hardware

Michael Gschwind (IBM Global Chief Data Office), [introductory/intermediate] Deploying Deep Learning at Enterprise Scale

Xiaodong He (Microsoft Research), [intermediate/advanced] Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing and Language-Vision Multimodal Intelligence

Namkug Kim (Asan Medical Center), [intermediate] Deep Learning for Computer Aided Detection/Diagnosis in Radiology and Pathology

Sun-Yuan Kung (Princeton University), [introductory] Systematic (Analytical and Empirical) Optimization/Generalization of Deep Learning Networks

Li Erran Li (Uber ATG), [intermediate/advanced] Deep Reinforcement Learning: Foundations, Recent Advances and Frontiers

Dimitris N. Metaxas (Rutgers University), [advanced] Adversarial, Discriminative, Recurrent, and Scalable Deep Learning Methods for Human Motion Analytics, Medical Image Analysis, Scene Understanding and Image Generation

Hermann Ney (RWTH Aachen University), [intermediate/advanced] Speech Recognition and Machine Translation: From Statistical Decision Theory to Machine Learning and Deep Neural Networks

Jose C. Principe (University of Florida), [introductory/advanced] Cognitive Architectures for Object Recognition in Video

Björn Schuller (Imperial College London), [intermediate/advanced] Deep Learning for Signal Analysis

Michèle Sebag (French National Center for Scientific Research, Gif-sur-Yvette), [intermediate] Representation Learning, Domain Adaptation and Generative Models with Deep Learning

Ponnuthurai N Suganthan (Nanyang Technological University), [introductory/intermediate] Learning Algorithms for Classification, Forecasting and Visual Tracking

Johan Suykens (KU Leuven), [introductory/intermediate] Deep Learning and Kernel Machines

Kenji Suzuki (Tokyo Institute of Technology), [introductory/advanced] Deep Learning in Medical Image Processing, Analysis and Diagnosis

Gökhan Tür (Google Research), [intermediate/advanced] Deep Learning in Conversational AI

Eric P. Xing (Carnegie Mellon University), [intermediate/advanced] A Statistical Machine Learning Perspective of Deep Learning: Algorithm, Theory, Scalable Computing

Ming-Hsuan Yang (University of California, Merced), [intermediate/advanced] Learning to Track Objects

Yudong Zhang (Nanjing Normal University), [introductory/intermediate] Convolutional Neural Network and Its Variants

OPEN SESSION:

An open session will collect 5-minute voluntary presentations of work in progress by participants. They should submit a half-page abstract containing title, authors, and summary of the research to david@irdta.eu by July 15, 2018.

INDUSTRIAL SESSION:

A session will be devoted to 10-minute demonstrations of practical applications of deep learning in industry. Companies interested in contributing are welcome to submit a 1-page abstract containing the program of the demonstration and the logistics needed. At least one of the people participating in the demonstration must register for the event. Expressions of interest have to be submitted to david@irdta.eu by July 15, 2018.

EMPLOYERS SESSION:

Firms searching for personnel well skilled in deep learning will have a space reserved for one-to-one contacts. At least one of the people in charge of the search must register for the event. Expressions of interest have to be submitted to david@irdta.eu by July 15, 2018.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

Francesco Masulli (Genova, co-chair)
Sara Morales (Brussels)
Manuel J. Parra-Royón (Granada)
David Silva (London, co-chair)

REGISTRATION:

It has to be done at

http://grammars.grlmc.com/DeepLearn2018/registrati...

The selection of up to 8 courses requested in the registration template is only tentative and non-binding. For the sake of organization, it will be helpful to have an estimation of the respective demand for each course. During the event, participants will be free to attend the courses they wish.

Since the capacity of the venue is limited, registration requests will be processed on a first come first served basis. The registration period will be closed and the on-line registration facility disabled when the capacity of the venue is exhausted. It is highly recommended to register prior to the event.

FEES:

Fees comprise access to all courses and lunches. There are several early registration deadlines. Fees depend on the registration deadline.

ACCOMMODATION:

Suggestions for accommodation can be found at

http://www.deeplearn-hotels.promoest.com/hp.aspx?s...

CERTIFICATE:

A certificate of successful participation in the event will be delivered indicating the number of hours of lectures.

QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

david@irdta.eu

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

Università degli studi di Genova
Institute for Research Development, Training and Advice (IRDTA) – Brussels/London

Summer School in Logic, Language and Information ESSLLI, Sofia, Bulgaria, August 6-17, 2018

30th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information

ESSLLI 2018


Sofia University "St. Kl. Ohridski"

Sofia, BULGARIA

August 6-17, 2018


http://esslli2018.folli.info/



The 30th edition of ESSLLI (European Summer School in Logic, Language and

Information) will take place from 6 August to 17 August 2018 at Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria. The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information is an event organized every year in a different European country under the auspices of the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI).


Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski” and the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IICT-BAS), will jointly host ESSLLI 2018.


ESSLLI 2018 will be held under the patronage of Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia Capital Municipality.


We are pleased to announce that the program schedule is now available for the two weeks of the school.

Under 'Program' section you can also check the information about the satellite Formal Grammar Conference as well as the Student Session.


The ESSLLI 2018 Organization Team

Conference Language, Individual and Society, Bulgaria, August 26-30, 2018

Conference Language, Individual and society


12th International Conference

26-30 August 2018

Elenite Holiday Village, Bulgaria


Organized by

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Union of Scientists in Bulgaria

Science & Education Foundation, Bulgaria

Institute of Philosophy and Social and Political Studies of the Southern Federal University, Russia

For more information, see: https://www.sciencebg.net/en/conferences/language-...

International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG), Tilburg University, Tilburg, November 5-8, 2018

International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG).


INLG 2018 will be held at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, from November 5 to November 8. This means the conference takes place immediately after EMNLP 2018, which this year will be held in Brussels, just a train ride away from Tilburg.


The conference is being organised by Emiel Krahmer and Martijn Goudbeek.


Further information and calls will be announced soon.


Third International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics, Ahwaz, Iran, January 31 - February 1, 2019

Third International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics

31 January-1 February, 2019

Ahwaz, Iran

WWW.LLLD.IR


Academics and university lecturers are cordially invited to present their research in English, Arabic or Persian:

Optional Services for Non-Iranian Nationality Presenters (If they wish to use)

A) Free Accommodation: ((1) accommodation will be in the university hostel or guest house, (2) Accommodation will be for four days (30th & 31st January & 1st & 2nd February 2019, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday). (3) Three or four participants will stay in each room).

B) Free Transportation: All transportation from Ahwaz airport to the accommodation place, to the conference venue and vice versa will be free.

C) Free Food: During 31st January & 1st February 2019 (Thursday, Friday) lunch and dinner will be free.

D) Free Tour: One Day Shoustar Historical City Tour - 2nd February, 2019 (Saturday) will be free.

E) Other Notable Free Services.

(For the last year, the articles were received from more than 30 countries)

Please feel free to write if there is any query.

The Conference Secretariat,
Pazhoheshgaran Andishmand Institute,
Ahwaz 61335-4619 Iran

Email: info@pahi.ir

Tel: (+98) 61-32931199

Fax: (+98) 61-32931198

Mobile: (+98) 916-508-8772

WhatsApp Number: (+98) 916-776-5914


Job Announcements / Vacancies
Three Assistant Professor positions in Communication and Cognition, Tilburg University, Tilburg, deadline: April 20, 2018

3The Department of Communication and Cognition in the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences is looking for enthusiastic colleagues for the position of Assistant Professor.

The candidates contribute (both in terms of teaching and organization) to one of the leading programs in the Netherlands in in Communication and Information Sciences (CIS) With the new positions, we seek to strengthen the three tracks of the program:
The (new) track New Media Design (NMD) emphasizes on creativity and design for and with new media technologies, with topics including user-centered design methods, interaction design, prototyping, usability evaluation, storytelling with data, and research and development of emerging technologies such as virtual /mixed reality, and social robots.
The track Business Communication and Digital Media (BDM) covers the fields of strategic communication, with topics marketing and persuasive communication, corporate and management communication, and strategic use of social and mobile media.
The track Text and Communication (TC) focuses on human communication as a multimodal phenomenon, with a strong emphasis on the interplay between verbal and visual modalities in interactive and non-interactive forms of communication (human-human, human-machine, computer-mediated).

Moreover, the candidate is expected to initiate and conduct fundamental and applied research in the research program Language, Communication and Cognition (LCC). LCC explores cognitive and social aspects of human communication through a multidisciplinary approach, combining careful experimentation with survey methods, corpus analyses and computational modeling. Core research domains include communication and technology, business communication, cross-cultural communication, social media research, information visualization/design research, language production, and non-verbal communication. The candidate is expected to develop new lines of research fitting in the program related to the development, evaluation and societal impact of new media technologies.

The successful candidate
Has a PhD in a discipline relevant to (one of the three tracks of) our program.
Has published in international journals or proceedings.
Has a strong record in developing and teaching Bachelor and (Research) Master courses, and experience with supervising Bachelor’s and Master’s theses.
Has strong statistical, methodological and computational skills.
Has good didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students
Has the ability to acquire external funding for research.
Has a promising profile in academic management.
Has strong communication skills, and is able to work in a multidisciplinary team and department.
Has acquired (or is willing to acquire) the Basic Teaching Qualification.
Is able (or willing to learn) to communicate in Dutch.

Terms of employment
The positions will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as assistant professor (“universitair docent”). The starting gross salary for a full-time appointment is (minimally) € 3.475 in scale 11 up to (maximally) €4.757,- gross per month per month (max €66.388 ,- gross all in per year). Positions are full time or 80%, with tasks divided between teaching/management (65%) and research (35%).

The start of the employment is negotiable, preferably August 1. 2018. Successful candidates receive a 2 year contract. A permanent contract or an extension of the contract is depending on a positive evaluation, the success of the teaching programm Communication and Information Sciences and obtaining the Basic Teaching Qualification.

Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers and has excellent terms of employment. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The Tilburg School of Humanities will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The university offers very good fringe benefits (it is one of the best non-profit employers in the Netherlands), such as a holiday allowance, an options model for terms and conditions of employment and reimbursement of moving expenses.

Information
For more information on this position, please contact prof. dr. Alfons Maes, head of department (maes@uvt.nl) +31134662058.

Applications
Applications should include a cover letter in English, a Curriculum Vitae (including two references), and a statement on the candidate’s contribution to the research program LCC and the teaching program CIS.
The only way to apply is online by following this link: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/about-tilburg-university/working-at/wp/. The application deadline is April 20. Positions open until filled.

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) conducts scientific research and education in the fields of Communication and Information Sciences, Philosophy, Religious studies and Language and Culture studies. The School of Humanities features three departments, several research institutes and a faculty office. Each year around 275 students commence a Bachelor or (Pre) Master Program. The School has approximately 1300 students and 250 employees.

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

Recruitment code
Tilburg University applies the recruitmentcode of the Dutch Association for Personnel Management & Organization Development (NVP).

Disclaimer
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2 PhD positions on contemporary political satire, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, deadline: April 30, 2018

The Department of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam currently has vacancies for two PhD positions. Both positions are on the topic of contemporary political satire, and are funded through an NWO/VIDI grant awarded to dr. Christian Burgers. You can find more information about the vacancies here (https://www.vu.nl/nl/werken-bij-de-vu/vacatures/20... ) and here (https://www.vu.nl/nl/werken-bij-de-vu/vacatures/20... ). Interested candidates can apply until 30 April 2018.

Four PhD positions in Linguistics, University of Groningen, Groningen, deadline: May, 13, 2018 [CORRECTED DEADLINE]
Calls for papers for events
CfP for workshop on Ambiguity: Perspectives on Representation and Resolution (ARR) @ ESSLLI 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria, August 6-17, 2018, deadline: April 13, 2018

Final CALL FOR EXTENDED ABSTRACTS !!extended deadline: April 13!!

Workshop on *Ambiguity: Perspectives on Representation and Resolution (ARR)*

Workshop at ESSLLI 2018
August 6-10, 2018

https://ambiguity2018.phil.hhu.de

INVITED SPEAKERS

Gemma Boleda (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Diego Valota (Università degli Studi di Milano)

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

Natural language is overloaded in the sense that linguistic symbols can, and usually have, two or more (but enumerably many) possible interpretations from which the hearer has to choose a specific one without being explicitely told to do so. This is what we want to call ambiguity, distinguishing it from the notions of underspecification and vagueness. Understood in this general way, ambiguity exists and arises on virtually all levels of linguistic modelling, and resolving ambiguity undoubtly is one of the main challenges when dealing with language in communication.

As a consequence of this diversity, a variety of perspectives exists on how to represent and resolve ambiguity. Also depending on the linguistic object at hand, some represent ambiguity in the semantics by means of, for example, plain disjunction, complex types, or game theoretic models. Some leave it to syntax and assume, for example, two lexical entries for /bank/ that reflect the two different readings. At the same time, however, it is still unclear what semantic ambiguity should be attributed to in logical terms. Finally, if resolution fails, from a philosophical or inferential point of view, one should be interested in the question: given a sentence ambiguous between two readings, does another sentence follow from the two of them? Hence possible treatments of ambiguity include resolution, representation and reasoning.

Our main goal is hence to work towards a unified perspective on ambiguity, and for this, we want to bring together researchers from various backgrounds (linguistics, computational linguistics, computer science, logic, philosophy) to approach (among other) the following
questions:

1. How can ambiguity be represented in terms of logic, distributional vectors, weighted (deep) networks etc.?

2. Is there a “core” notion of ambiguity, and what does it look like?
How does it relate to similar phenomena such as polysemy?

3. What sort of ambiguity should be treated in semantics proper? In particular, when does one want to get rid of ambiguity, and when should we prefer to keep track of it?

4. What can be gained by combining different approaches to ambiguity, for example simple context-based word disambiguation and disambiguation based on semantic content? Are there underlying methods which always work (e.g. game theory)?

5. What sort of knowledge is needed for resolving ambiguity? And how can the interaction between knowledge and resolution be modelled?

6. How can we formalize the distinction between polysemy (including
metonymy) and homonymy? Where do we need this distinction, and where not?

7. What constraints exists on which meanings an ambiguous term can have? And how can we capture this?

Our special focus is thus on bringing together approaches seeing ambiguity as a mere computational problem and approaches seeing it as a linguistic phenomenon with some interest in itself.

TOPICS

The conference invites extended abstracts related to themes including but not limited to:

The semantic content of ambiguity and its properties
Disambiguation tasks
Vector-based semantics, ambiguity and disambiguation
Ambiguity as a syntactic and/or semantic phenomenon: differences and common ground
How much semantics is needed to handle ambiguity? Are simple contexts sufficient?

These topics do not restrict the scope of contributions; actually we would like to encourage a variety of submissions relating to any dimension of ambiguity.

IMPORTANT DATES

April *13*, submission deadline (extended deadline)
May 02, notification
May 14, camera-ready version

Deadlines are midnight Pacific Standard Time (UTC−8).

SUBMISSIONS

Extended abstracts should lay out original, unpublished research and/or implementation results. We invite extended abstracts of 2 pages, excluding references. All submissions are electronic and in PDF format via the EasyChair system. Information about the author(s) and other identifying information such as obvious self-references (e.g., “We showed in [12] …”) and financial or personal acknowledgements should be omitted in the submitted abstracts whenever feasible.

Extended abstracts may contain a clearly marked appendix and data files to support its claims. While reviewers are urged to consult this extra material for better comprehension, it is at their discretion whether they do so. Such extra material should also be anonymized to the extent feasible.

Use the following link for submission:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=arr18

SPECIAL ISSUE

Depending on number and quality of submissions, and interest of authors, we plan to edit a special issue of worked out papers of contributions to the workshop.

CONTACT

Chairs & Organizers

Timm Lichte (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf) Christian Wurm (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf)

Email: ambiguity2018 at phil dot hhu dot de

Further information about the conference is available at the website:
https://ambiguity2018.phil.hhu.de

CfP Forum for Linguistic Sharing, Lisbon, Portugal, July 7, 2018, deadline: April 15, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS

XIII Forum for Linguistic Sharing

7 July 2018, Lisbon, Portugal

The Young Researchers Group of CLUNL is pleased to announce the XIII Forum for Linguistic Sharing, which will take place on 7 of July 2018, at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal).

XIII Forum for Linguistic Sharing is integrated into 5th edition of NOVA - Lisbon Summer School in Linguistics and it aims to give the opportunity to young researchers to present and discuss their work in a relaxed and intellectually stimulating environment.

We invite postgraduate (Masters and PhD) students to submit abstracts for oral presentation on any area of linguistics, including: educational linguistics, historical linguistics, language acquisition, lexicography and lexicology, morphology, phonology, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, semantics, syntax, sociolinguistics, terminology and text linguistics. The abstracts should be submitted on https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=13xfpl until 15 April. Accepted papers will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Each author may submit at most one abstract of a maximum of 500 words. References should only be in the submitted pdf format. The abstracts can be written in Portuguese or English, which will be the working languages of the conference.

Please use the online registration form to submit your abstract, available at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=13xfpl

We expect to publish the proceedings of the conference in the online Journal NOVAling.

KEY DATES

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 April 2018

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 May 2018

For any enquiry, please write to jiclunl@fcsh.unl.pt

CfP CLARIN Annual Conference 2018, Pisa, Italy, October 8-10, 2018, deadline: April 16, 2018

Call for Papers: CLARIN Annual Conference 2018


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS


CLARIN ERIC is happy to announce the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 and calls for the submission of extended abstracts. CLARIN is a research infrastructure that makes digital language resources available to scholars, researchers, students and citizen-scientists from all disciplines, coordinates work on collecting language resources and tools, and offers advanced tools to discover, explore, exploit, annotate, analyse or combine such datasets, wherever they are located.


LOCATION


The 7th CLARIN Annual Conference will be held in Pisa, Italy.


IMPORTANT DATES



17 January 2018: First call published and submission system open

16 April 2018: Submission deadline

2 July 2018: Notification of acceptance

10 September 2018: Final version of extended abstracts due

8–10 October 2018: CLARIN Annual Conference


CONFERENCE AIMS


The CLARIN Annual Conference is organized for the wider Humanities and Social Sciences communities in order to exchange ideas and experiences with the CLARIN infrastructure. This includes the design, construction and operation of the CLARIN infrastructure, the data, tools and services that it contains or should contain, its actual use by researchers, its relation to other infrastructures and projects, and the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure.


CONFERENCE TOPICS


Special topic: multimedia, multimodality, speech


We especially invite papers for a thematic session in the areas of multimedia, multimodality and speech. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the collection, annotation, processing and study of audio, visual or multimedia data with language as an important part of the content, for instance the following:


• Multimedia (including image/video processing and multimedia/interactive/algorithmic literature)


• Spoken data (including dialogue and media studies)


• Multimodal data (including Oral History, sign languages and e-learning)


Other topics


Use of the CLARIN infrastructure, e.g.

•Use of the CLARIN infrastructure in Humanities and Social Sciences research

•Usability studies and evaluations of CLARIN services

•Analysis of the CLARIN infrastructure usage, identification of user audience and impact studies

•Showcases, demonstrations and research projects in Humanities and Social Sciences that are relevant to CLARIN


Design and construction of the CLARIN infrastructure, e.g.

•Recent tools and resources added to the CLARIN infrastructure

•Metadata and concept registries, cataloguing and browsing

•Persistent identifiers and citation mechanisms

•Access, including single sign-on authentication and authorisation

•Search, including Federated Content Search

•Web applications, web services, workflows

•Standards and solutions for interoperability of language resources, tools and services

•Models for the sustainability of the infrastructure, including issues in curation, migration, financing and cooperation

•Legal and ethical issues in operating the infrastructure


CLARIN Knowledge Infrastructure and Dissemination, e.g.

•User assistance (help desks, user manuals, FAQs)

•CLARIN portals and outreach to users

•Videos, screencasts, recorded lectures

•Researcher training activities

•Knowledge infrastructure centres


CLARIN in relation with other infrastructures and projects, e.g.

•Relations with other SSH research infrastructures such as DARIAH, CESSDA, etc.

•Relations with meta-infrastructure projects such as EUDAT, RDA and Digital Humanities

•Relations with national and regional initiatives


FORMAT OF THE PROGRAMME SESSIONS


The programme of both the general sessions and the thematic session may include oral presentations, posters, and demos. The type of session for which a paper will be selected will be not be dependent on the quality of the paper but only on the appropriateness of the type of communication (more or less interactive) in view of the content of the paper.


SUBMISSIONS


Proposals for oral or poster presentations (optionally with demo) must be submitted as extended abstracts (length: 3-4 pages A4 including references) in PDF format, in accordance with the template. Authors can freely choose between anonymous and non-anonymous submission.

Extended abstracts should address one or more topics that are relevant to the CLARIN activities, resources, tools or services, and this relevance should be explicitly articulated in the proposal. Contributions addressing desiderata for the CLARIN infrastructure that are currently not in place are also eligible. It is not required that the authors are or have been directly involved in national or cross-national CLARIN projects.


Extended abstracts must be submitted through the EasyChair submission system and will be reviewed by the Programme Committee. All proposals will be reviewed on the basis of both individual criteria and global criteria. The latter include thematic, linguistic and geographical spread. Individual acceptance criteria are the following:

•Appropriateness: the contribution must pertain to the CLARIN infrastructure or be relevant for it (e.g., its use, design, construction, operation, exploitation, illustration of possible applications, etc.). In addition, submissions to the special thematic session will be selected on the basis of their appropriateness to the special topic.

•Soundness and correctness: the content must be technically and factually correct and methods must be scientifically sound, according to best practice, and preferably evaluated.

•Meaningful comparison: the abstract must indicate that the author is aware of alternative approaches, if any, and highlight relevant differences.

•Substance: concrete work and experiences will be preferred over ideas and plans.

•Impact: contributions with a higher impact on the research community and society at large will be preferred over papers with lower impact.

•Clarity: the extended abstract must be informative, clear and understandable for the CLARIN audience.

•Timeliness and novelty: the work must convey relevant new knowledge to the audience at this event.


ATTENDANCE


For each accepted presentation one author will be granted reimbursement of travel costs (up to 220 Euros), free accommodation and meals.


PROCEEDINGS


Accepted submissions will be published in the conference Book of Abstracts. After the conference, the author(s) of accepted submissions will be invited to submit full papers (max. 12 pages) to be reviewed according to the same criteria as the abstracts. Accepted full papers will be published in a digital conference proceedings volume at Linköping University Electronic Press within about 8 months after the conference.


CONFERENCE PROGRAMME COMMITTEE


The Programme Committee for the conference consists of the following members:

•Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

•António Branco, University of Lisbon, Portugal

•Griet Depoorter, Dutch Language Institute, The Netherlands/Flanders

•Koenraad De Smedt, University of Bergen, Norway

•Tomaž Erjavec, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

•Eva Hajičová, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic

•Erhard Hinrichs, University of Tübingen, Germany

•Nicolas Larrousse, Huma-Num, France

•Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki, Finland

•Bente Maegaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

•Monica Monachini, Institute of Computational Linguistics «A. Zampolli», Italy

•Karlheinz Mörth, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

•Jan Odijk, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

•Maciej Piasecki, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland

•Stelios Piperidis, ILSP, Athena Research Center, Greece

•Kiril Simov, IICT, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

•Inguna Skadiņa, University of Latvia, Latvia (chair)

•Jurgita Vaičenonienė, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

•Tamás Váradi, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

•Kadri Vider, University of Tartu, Estonia

•Martin Wynne, University of Oxford, United Kingdom


LINKS

•CLARIN ERIC website: http://www.clarin.eu

•CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 website: https://www.clarin.eu/event/2018/clarin-annual-con...

•EasyChair submission: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=clarin2018

•Template for submissions: https://www.clarin.eu/sites/default/files/CLARIN20...

•Proceedings of selected papers from previous CLARIN conferences ◦CLARIN 2014: http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/contents.asp?issue=116

◦CLARIN 2015: http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/contents.asp?issue=123

◦CLARIN 2016: http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/contents.asp?issue=136


•Contact for general information on the conference: events@clarin.eu

•Contact for information on the call for papers and programme: clarin2018@easychair.org

CfP 7th Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA 2018), Warsaw, Poland, September 12-14, 2018, deadline: April 20, 2018

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7th International COMMA Conference
12th-14th September 2018, Warsaw, Poland
http://comma2018.argdiap.pl

Submission deadline: 20th April 2018
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CALL FOR PAPERS AND DEMOS

The International Conference on Computational Models of Argument, COMMA, is a regular forum for presentation and exchange of the latest research results concerning theory and applications of computational argumentation. After the successful editions in Liverpool (2006), Toulouse (2008), Desenzano del Garda (2010), Vienna (2012), Pitlochry (2014), and Potsdam (2016), the biennial COMMA event will be hosted this year by the Institute for Philosophy & Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN).

COMMA 2018 will be part of a series of events of the Warsaw Argumentation Week, WAW 2018 (6-16 Sept 2018, the webpage will be available soon), which will include the next edition of the Summer School on Argumentation (SSA 2018), themed COMMA workshops, the 16th ArgDiap conference, and other cognate meetings and events.

COMMA topics include, but are not limited to:

Formal, semi-formal and informal models for argumentation
Argumentation and Non-monotonic Reasoning
Dialogue based on argumentation
Strategies in argumentation
Argumentation and game theory
Argumentation and probability
Argumentation and narrative
Argumentation and computational linguistics
Argument mining
Analogical argumentation
Computational properties of argumentation
Reasoning about action and time with argumentation
Decision making based on argumentation
Argumentation in agent and multi-agent systems
Argumentation for coordination and coalition formation
Argumentation-based negotiation
Argumentation, trust and reputation
Argumentation and human-computer interaction
Systems for learning through argument
Implementation of argumentation systems
Tools for supporting argumentation
Demonstrations of innovative working applications and tools

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CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite submission of original and unpublished work. Parallel submission to journals or other conferences or workshops with published proceedings is not permitted. Reviewing is single-blinded.

The conference includes a Regular Track and an Innovative Applications Track. As to the latter, we encourage the submission of original papers about innovative applications, e.g., in law, medicine, e-democracy, risk assessment, intelligent user interfaces, recommender systems, argument mining etc. Innovative applications papers will be assessed in an equally rigorous reviewing procedure as regular track papers.

Paper submission, in PDF format, will be managed through EasyChair and will be open between March 26 and April 20, 2018.

The proceedings of the conference will be published by IOS Press as an open-access book.

Authors should prepare their submission following the instructions given by IOS Press (http://www.iospress.nl/service/authors/latex-and-word-tools-for-book-authors/). The length of each submission for both Regular and Innovative Applications papers must not exceed 12 pages. For papers submitted to the Innovative Applications Track please insert: "Submitted to IAT." at the beginning of the Latex \thanks{} footnote in the first page.

Important Dates

Paper submission open: 26 March 2018
Paper submission deadline: 20 April 2018
Notification of acceptance: 20 June 2018

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CALL FOR DEMONSTRATIONS

A session will be organized for the demonstration of innovative working applications and tools. Systems of interest include (but are not limited to):

Innovative applications in law, medicine, e-democracy, risk assessment, intelligent user interfaces, recommender systems
Argumentation-based reasoners
Systems for generating arguments from knowledge bases
Systems for editing, presenting and judging arguments and counterarguments
Collaborative and social systems based on argumentation
Simulations of dialogue-based argumentation
Argumentation-based agents and multi-agent systems
Decision support systems based on argumentation
Argument mining systems

All those intending to demonstrate a system should notify the demonstrations coordinator (John Lawrence j.lawrence@dundee.ac.uk) by e-mail no later than March 31 2018, specifying whether the demo is connected to a paper in a conference track.

Where a demonstration is not connected to a paper in a track, a two page extended abstract about the system must also be submitted for review. Accepted extended abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. For those demonstrations that are connected to a paper in the standard track or innovative applications track, no separate abstract about the demonstration should be submitted.

The submission site, format and deadlines for extended abstracts are the same as for regular COMMA papers.

Important Dates

Deadline for notification to the demo coordinator: 31 March 2018
Extended abstract submission deadline: 20 April 2018
Notification of acceptance: 20 June 2018


CfP RuleML Rules and Reasoning, Luxembourg, September 18-21, 2018, deadline: April 20, 2018

RuleML+RR 2018 FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS


RuleML+RR 2018: International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning


http://2018.ruleml-rr.org


Part of Luxembourg Logic for AI Summit (LuxLogAI, https://luxlogai.uni.lu)


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The International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning (RuleML+RR), the leading international joint conference in the field of rule-based reasoning, calls for high-quality papers related to theoretical advances, novel technologies, and innovative applications concerning knowledge representation and reasoning with rules. Stemming from the synergy between the well-known RuleML and RR events, one of the main goals of this conference is to build bridges between academia and industry.


RuleML+RR 2018 aims to bring together rigorous researchers and inventive

practitioners, interested in the foundations and applications of rules and reasoning in academia, industry, engineering, business, finance, healthcare and other application areas. It will provide a forum for stimulating cooperation and cross-fertilization between the many different communities focused on the research, development and applications of rule-based systems.


RuleML+RR 2018 will take place in Luxembourg on September 18th-21th 2018 and will be part of the Luxembourg Logic for AI Summit (LuxLogAI) "Methods and Tools for Responsible AI", bringing together RuleML+RR 2018, DecisionCAMP 2018, the Reasoning Web Summer School (RW 2018), and the Global Conference on Artificial Intelligence (GCAI 2018).


== TOPICS ==


RuleML+RR welcomes original research from all areas of Rules and Reasoning.


Topics of particular interest include:


* Rule-based languages for intelligent information access and for the semantic web

* Vocabularies, ontologies, and business rules

* Ontology-based data access

* Data management, and data interoperability for web data

* Distributed agent-based systems for the web

* Scalability and expressive power of logics for the semantic web

* Reasoning with incomplete, inconsistent and uncertain data

* Non-monotonic, common-sense, and closed-world reasoning for web data

* Non-classical logics and the Web

* Constraint programming

* Logic programming

* Production & business rules systems

* Streaming data and complex event processing

* Rules for machine learning, knowledge extraction and information retrieval

* Rule-based approaches to natural language processing

* Rule discovery, extraction and transformation

* Rules and ontology learning

* Deep Learning for rules and ontologies

* Neural Networks and logic rules

* Neural Networks and ontologies

* Rule-based approaches to agents

* Higher-order and modal rules

* Rules for knowledge graphs

* Pragmatic web reasoning and distributed rule inference / rule execution

* Big data reasoning with rules

* Rule markup languages and rule interchange formats

* Rule-based policies, reputation, and trust

* Scalability and expressive power of logics for rules

* System descriptions, applications and experiences

* Rules and human language technology

* Rules in online market research and online marketing

* Applications of rule technologies in healthcare and life sciences

* Applications of rule technologies in law, regulation and finance

* Industrial applications of rules

* Rules and social media

* Rules of ethics, laws, policies, and regulations


Particularly encouraged are submissions that combine one or several of the above topics with the overall focus theme of the LuxLogAI Summit: Methods and Tools for Responsible AI


== SUBMISSIONS ==


We accept the following submission formats for papers:


* Full papers (up to 15 pages in LNCS style)

* Technical Communications (up to 8 pages in LNCS style)


Submitted full papers should present original and significant research results.

They must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference/workshop with formal proceedings. Double submission to a workshop with informal proceedings is allowed.


Technical communications are intended for promising but possibly preliminary work, position papers, system descriptions, and applications descriptions (which may be accompanied by a demo).


Submissions: via EasyChair

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rulemlrr20...


The RuleML+RR 2018 best papers will be invited for rapid publication in the Journal of Theory and Practice of Logic Programming (TPLP).


In addition to regular submissions, RuleML+RR 2018 will host an Industry Track, a Doctoral Consortium, the 12th International Rule Challenge.


== PUBLICATION ==


The conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (LNCS). All submissions must be prepared in Springer's LaTeX style llncs (http://www.springer.com/comp/lncs/authors.html).


== IMPORTANT DATES ==


Title and Abstract submission: 20 Apr 2018 Full papers submission: 27 Apr 2018 Notification of acceptance: 1 June 2018 Camera-ready submission: 15 June 2018

Conference: 18-21 Sept 2018


For each of these deadlines, a cut-off point of 23:59 AOE (anywhere on earth) applies.


== ORGANISATION ==


Summit Chairs (LuxLogAI):

Leon van der Torre, Martin Theobald (U Luxembourg) General Chair (RuleML+RR):

Xavier Parent (U Luxembourg)

Program Chairs:

Christoph Benzmueller (U Luxembourg & FU Berlin)

Francesco Ricca (U Calabria)

Proceedings Chair:

Dumitru Roman (SINTEF/U Oslo)

Industry Track Chair:

Silvie Spreeuwenberg (LibRT Amsterdam) Int'l Rule Challenge Chairs:

Giovanni De Gasperis (U L'Aquila)

Adrian Giurca (BTU Cottbus- Senftenberg) Reasoning Web (RW) Summer School

to be announced

Publicity Chairs:

Frank Olken, Frank Olken Consulting



== PROGRAM COMMITTEE ==


Full list available at: http://2018.ruleml-rr.org

CfP Linguists' day of the LSB, University of Liège, Belgium, May 25, 2018, deadline: April 21, 2018

LINGUISTS’ DAY OF THE LSB 2018

Friday 25 May 2018

University of Liège

Call for Papers

(Dutch and French versions below)

The annual Linguists’ Day of the LSB (Linguistic Society of Belgium) will be organized this year on Friday 25 May 2018 at the Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres of the Université de Liège.

Abstracts

Lectures (20’ presentation + 10’ discussion) can deal with any linguistic topic and can be given in one of the three national languages (Dutch, French, German) or in English. Abstracts (max. 500 words, without references) should clearly indicate the subject, the objectives, the used data and method and the (provisional) results. All abstracts can be submitted until Friday 21 April 2018 to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cbl20180. Before 1 May 2018 you will be informed about acceptance of your abstract.

Venue

All activities (lectures and lunch) will take place in the central building (A1) of the City Centre Campus of the University of Liège, located Place du 20 août, 4000 Liège. It is at a walking distance from Liège-Palais train station. TEC operates regular services from Liège-Guillemins train station to the city centre. Get off at the “Opéra” stop and follow Place de la République française and Rue de l’Université, which lead to Place du 20 août. Note that you can charge your MOBIB-card to pay your bus fares.

Attendance

Attendance is free of charge (this holds for members and non-members). If you want to give a lecture you must be a member of the LSB. This means that you have to be registered on the website and have paid your contribution --€ 40 if you wish to obtain the latest volume of the Belgian Journal of Linguistics for 2018, € 20 without.

Award

Like we did last year the board will be organizing the Best Paper Presentation Award for doctoral students. If you wish to participate make sure you mention it when you submit your proposition.

Important dates:

· 21 April 2018: deadline submission abstracts

· 1 May 2018: notification of acceptance

· 18 May 2018: deadline registration lunch

· 25 May 2018: Linguists’ Day

Organization:

Marie Steffens

Julien Perrez

Laurent Rasier

Lot Brems

An Van linden

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TAALDAG BKL 2018

Zoals elk jaar organiseert de BKL (Belgische Kring voor Linguïstiek) ook dit jaar een Taaldag. Deze zal plaatsvinden op vrijdag 25 mei 2018 aan de Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres van de Université de Liège.

Abstracts

Lezingen (20’ presentatie + 10’ discussie) mogen gaan over elk mogelijk taalkundig onderwerp en kunnen worden gepresenteerd in een van de drie landstalen (Nederlands, Frans, Duits) of in het Engels. Abstracts (max. 500 woorden, exclusief referenties) vermelden duidelijk het onderwerp, de doelstellingen, de gebruikte data en methode en de (voorlopige) resultaten. De abstracts (met vermelding van naam en affiliatie van de auteurs) dienen ten laatste op vrijdag 21 april 2018 ingediend te worden bij https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cbl20180. U krijgt ten laatste op 1 mei antwoord van ons.

Plaats

Alle activiteiten (lezingen en lunch) zullen plaatsvinden in het hoofdgebouw (A1) van de stadscampus van de Université de Liège. Het adres is Place du 20 août, 4000 Liège. Het ligt op wandelafstand van het station Luik-Palais. Van het station Luik-Guillemins neem je best de bus (TEC) tot aan de halte “Opéra”, vanwaar je via de Place de la République française en de Rue de l’Université het universiteitsgebouw kan bereiken. Je kan je TEC-biljetten op je MOBIB-kaart (NMBS) laden.

Deelname

Deelname aan de taaldag is gratis, zowel voor leden als niet-leden. Wie een lezing wil geven moet echter wel lid zijn op het moment dat zij/hij de abstract indient. Nieuwe leden vullen via de website een ledenformulier in en betalen hun lidgeld voor de Taaldag --€ 40 voor wie het laatste volume van Belgian Journal of Linguistics in 2018 wil ontvangen, zo niet € 20.

Prijs

Zoals vorig jaar is er ook dit jaar een prijs voor de beste presentatie door een doctoraatsstudent. Indien u hieraan wenst deel te nemen dient u dit expliciet te vermelden in uw mail bij het indienen van uw abstract.

Belangrijke data:

· 21 april 2018: deadline indienen abstracts

· 1 mei 2018: bevestiging acceptatie abstracts

· 18 mei 2018: deadline inchrijven voor de lunch

· 25 mei 2018: Taaldag

Organisatie:

Marie Steffens

Julien Perrez

Laurent Rasier

Lot Brems

An Van linden

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JOURNÉE LINGUISTIQUE DU CBL 2018

Comme chaque année, le CBL (Cercle Belge de Linguistique) organise une journée linguistique. Cette année la conférence aura lieu le vendredi 25 mai 2018 à la Faculté de Lettres et Philosophie de l’Université de Liège.

Propositions

Les communications (20’ de présentation + 10’ de discussion) peuvent traiter d’un sujet linguistique quelconque et peuvent se faire dans une des trois langues nationales (néerlandais, français, allemande) ou en anglais. Les propositions (max. 500 mots, sans références) doivent indiquer clairement le sujet, les objectifs, les données et la méthode utilisées ainsi que les résultats (provisoires). Toutes les propositions (avec le nom et l’affiliation des auteurs) peuvent être envoyées à https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cbl20180, jusqu’au vendredi 21 avril 2018. Avant le 1 mai 2018 vous serez mis au courant de l’acceptation de votre proposition.

Lieu

Toutes les activités (conférences et déjeuner) auront lieu dans le bâtiment principal (A1) du campus de la ville de l'Université de Liège. L'adresse est Place du 20 août, 4000 Liège. Il est à distance de marche de la gare de Liège-Palais. De la gare de Liège-Guillemins, prenez le bus (TEC) jusqu'à l'arrêt "Opéra", d'où vous pourrez rejoindre le bâtiment de l'université par la place de la République française et la rue de l'Université. Vous pouvez charger vos tickets TEC sur votre carte MOBIB (SNCB).

Participation

La participation à la journée linguistique est gratuite pour les membres ainsi que pour les non-membres. Ceux qui veulent faire une communication doivent être membres. Les nouveaux membres ont rempli la fiche d’adhésion et payé la cotisation -- € 40 pour ceux qui veulent obtenir le dernier volume du Belgian Journal of Linguistics pour l’année 2018, autrement € 20.

Prix

Comme l’année passée, cette année il y aura également un prix pour la meilleure présentation par un doctorant. Si vous désirez participer, vous devez le mentionner lors de la soumission de votre proposition.

Dates importantes :

· 21 avril 2018 : date limite pour la soumission des propositions

· 1 mai 2018 : confirmation d’acceptation

· 18 mai 2018 : date limite pour l’inscription pour le déjeuner

· 25 mai 2018 : Journée Linguistique

Organisation:

Marie Steffens

Julien Perrez

Laurent Rasier

Lot Brems

An Van linden

CfP International Workshop on Automated Reasoning in Quantified Non-Classical Logics (ARQNL 2018), Oxford, UK, July 18, 2018, deadline: April 22, 2018

ARQNL 2018 Final Call for Papers

3rd International Workshop on
Automated Reasoning in Quantified Non-Classical Logics
(associated with FLoC and IJCAR 2018)
18 July 2018, Oxford, UK

http://iltp.de/ARQNL-2018/

INVITED SPEAKERS

* Larry Moss (Indiana University)
* Giles Reger (University of Manchester)

IMPORTANT DATES

Abstract submission: 8 April 2018
Paper submission: 22 April 2018
Author notification: 15 May 2018
Final paper version: 25 May 2018

MOTIVATION

Non-classical logics - such as modal logics, conditional logics, intuitionistic logic, description logics, temporal logics, linear logic, dynamic logic, deontic logics, fuzzy logic, paraconsistent logic, relevance logic - have many applications in AI, Computer Science, Philosophy, Linguistics, and Mathematics. Hence, the automation of proof search in these logics is a crucial task.

AIMS AND SCOPE

The ARQNL workshop aims at fostering the development of proof calculi, automated theorem proving systems and model finders for all sorts of quantified non-classical logics. The workshop will provide a forum for researchers to present and discuss recent developments in this area. The contributions may range from theory to system descriptions and implementations. Contributions may also outline relevant applications, describe problem formalizations, example problems, and benchmarks. We welcome contributions from computer scientists, linguists, philosophers, and mathematicians.

Topics of the ARQNL workshop will cover all aspects related to the automation of quantified non-classical logics, including but not limited to:

* Proof theory, semantics, meta theory, and cut-elimination
* Proof search calculi, including sequent calculi, tableau calculi,
connection calculi, resolution calculi, and instance-based calculi
* Modal logic, conditional logic, intuitionistic logic, description
logic, temporal logic, linear logic, multivalued logic, dynamic
logic, deontic logic, fuzzy logic, paraconsistent logic, relevance
logic, free logic, and natural logic
* Techniques, strategies and heuristics to deal with first-order or
higher-order quantification
* Implementation of theorem provers and experimental evaluations
* Problem libraries and benchmarking for theorem provers
* Applications, formalizations, and example problems
* User interfaces, proof representation, and syntax issues

ARQNL 2018 is associated with IJCAR 2018, the International Joint Conference on Automated Reasoning, which is part of FLoC.

PAPER SUBMISSIONS

Submissions of papers are solicited in two categories:
* Full papers (up to 15 pages)
* Short papers, talk abstracts, system demonstrations (up to 8 pages)

Submission is electronically, through EasyChair (see the ARQNL website for further details). Submissions will be refereed by the programme committee, and evaluated with respect to relevance, originality, and correctness. Proceedings will be published in the CEUR Workshop Proceedings (CEURWS) or the EasyChair Proceedings in Computing (EPiC) series. They will also be included on the FLoC USB flash drive distributed to all participants. We will also consider producing a special issue of a recognized journal on the topic of the workshop.

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Christoph Benzmueller (Freie Universitaet Berlin), co-chair Jose Luiz Fiadeiro (Royal Holloway University of London) Marcelo Finger (University of Sao Paulo) Didier Galmiche (LORIA - Universite de Lorraine) Rajeev Gore (The Australian National University) Andreas Herzig (IRIT-CNRS) Sven Linker (University of Liverpool) Aniello Murano (University of Naples Federico II) Hans De Nivelle (Nazarbayev University) Jens Otten (University of Oslo), co-chair Valeria De Paiva (Nuance Communications) Xavier Parent (University of Luxembourg) Revantha Ramanayak (Vienna University of Technology) Giselle Reis (Carnegie Mellon University - Qatar) Leila Ribeiro (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul) Bruno Woltzenlogel Paleo (Vienna University of Technology)

CfP Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology (MBR 2018), Sevilla, Spain, October 24-26, 2018, deadline: April 25, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: EXTENDED DEADLINE April 25th, 2018

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MODEL-BASED REASONING IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Inferential Models for Logic, Language, Cognition and Computation

20th Anniversary

Sevilla, Spain, October 24th -26th, 2018

Chairs:

Angel Nepomuceno Fernandez, Lorenzo Magnani and Francisco Salguero Lamillar

MBR18_SPAIN

(Eighth International MBR Conference)

Central University of Seville Building

University of Seville, Calle San Fernando 4


MBR COMMUNITY WEB SITE: http://www.unipv.it/webphilos_lab/cpl2/

CONGRESS WEB SITE: http://gestioneventos.us.es/go/MBR18_SPAIN

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University of Sevilla (US): School of Philosophy (US), School of Philology (US)

School of Computer Sciences (US),

Department of Philosophy, Logic and Philosophy of Sciences (US)

Research Group on Logic, Language and Information (HUM-502- US)



University of Pavia, Department of Humanities, Philosophy Section, Pavia, Italy



Italian Society of Logic and Philosophy of Science (SILFS)



Sociedad de L—gica, Metodolog’a y Filosof’a de la Ciencia, Spain

Lekta, Doc-fil-us


GENERAL INFORMATION

The International Conference MODEL-BASED REASONING IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY will be held at Tobacco Factory Building (University of Seville) in the town of Sevilla (Spain), from Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th of October 2018. The conference is promoted by the Logic, Language and Information Group of the University of Sevilla (Spain) and the Department of Humanities, Philosophy Section and Computational Philosophy Lab of the University of Pavia (Italy).

PROCEEDINGS

Proceedings will be published by Springer (series "SAPERE'' http://www.springer.com/series/10087). Selected technical papers will be published in one or two special issues of the Logic Journal of IGPL (https://academic.oup.com/jigpal) or in another renowned international journal.

Previously unpublished papers in English should be sent in LaTex or DOC MAX 18/20 pages. In case LATEX is preferred, the use of BIBTEX is encouraged.

Final papers............................due... January 15th, 2019

CONFERENCE SITE

Central University of Seville Building

http://www.andalucia.org/en/cultural-tourism/visit...

University of Seville

Calle San Fernando 4

41004, Sevilla, Spain


The conference derives from an international research cooperation and is promoted by the Research Group on Logic, Language and Information Group at the University of Seville and the Department of Humanities (Philosophy Section) and the Computational Philosophy Lab of the University of Pavia, (Italy). It continues the topics and traditions of past conferences: Model-Based Reasoning in Scientific Discovery MBR'98; Model-Based Reasoning: Scientific Discovery, Technological Innovation, and Values MBR'01; Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Engineering: Abduction, Visualization, and Simulation MBR'04; Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Medicine MBR06_CHINA; Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology. Abduction, Logic, and Computational Discovery MBR09_BRAZIL; Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology. Theoretical and Cognitive Issues MBR12_ITALY; and Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology. Models and Inferences: Logical, Epistemological, and Cognitive Issues MBR15_ITALY.



Previous volumes derived from those conferences are:

L. Magnani, N. J. Nersessian, and P. Thagard (eds.) (1999), Model-Based Reasoning in Scientific Discovery, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York. http://www.wkap.nl/prod/b/0-306-46292-3 (Chinese edition, translated and edited by Q. Yu and T. Wang, China Science and Technology Press, Beijing, 2000).

L. Magnani and N. J. Nersessian (eds.) (2002), Model-Based Reasoning. Science, Technology, Values, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York. http://www.wkap.nl/prod/b/0-306-47244-9

L. Magnani, N. J. Nersessian, and C. Pizzi (eds.) (2002), Logical and Computational Aspects of Model-Based Reasoning, Kluwer Academic, Dordrecht. http://www.wkap.nl/prod/b/1-4020-0791-4

P. Li, X. Chen, Z. Zhang, and H. Zhang (eds.)(2004), Science, Cognition, and Consciousness, JiangXi People's Press, Nanchang, China.

L. Magnani and Li. Ping (eds.) (2006), Philosophical Investigations from a Perspective of Cognition, Guangdong People's Publishing House, Guangzhou, (published in Chinese).

L. Magnani (2006) (ed.), Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Engineering. Cognitive Science, Epistemology, Logic, College Publications, London. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Model-Based-Reasoning-Scie...

L. Magnani and P. Li (eds.) (2007), Model-Based Reasoning in Science, Technology, and Medicine, Series "Studies in Computational Intelligence", Vol. 64, Springer, Berlin/New York. http://www.springer.com/engineering/book/978-3-540...

L. Magnani, W. Carnielli, C. Pizzi (eds.) (2010) Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology Abduction, Logic, and Computational Discovery, Series "Studies in Computational Intelligence", Vol. 314, Springer, Heidelberg/Berlin. http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783642152221

L. Magnani (ed.) (2014) Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology. Theoretical and Cognitive Issues, Series "Sapere", Vol. 8, Springer, Heidelberg/Berlin. http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783642374272

L. Magnani and C. Casadio (eds.) (2016), Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology. Logical, Epistemological, and Cognitive Issues, Springer, Switzerland, Series "Sapere" http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319389820

Selected papers of the previous conferences were published in international journals (Philosophia, Foundations of Science, Logic Journal of the IGPL).


A recent HANDBOOK fruit of the research of the MBR community is

L. Magnani and T. Bertolotti (eds.) (2017) Springer Handbook of Model-Based Science, Springer, Switzerland http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319305257


PROGRAM

The conference will deal with the logical, epistemological, and cognitive aspects of modeling practices employed in science, technology, and cognitive science, including logical and computational models of such practices. We solicit papers that examine the role of abduction, visualization, simulation, and other aspects in model-based reasoning from philosophical, logical, epistemological, historical, sociological, psychological, or computational perspectives. The conference is also devoted to examine the impact of Model-Based Reasoning research in the enhancement of various kinds of human cognitive skills, mental, hybrid, manipulative, etc.

RELEVANT RESEARCH AREAS

We call for papers that cover topics pertaining to model-based reasoning in science and human cognition as presented on the following list:

- General theoretical and cognitive issues

- Models as fictions, distortions, credible worlds

- Models and games of make-believe

- Ontology of models

- Affordances, artifacts, and model-based reasoning

- Brain, neuroscience, and model-based reasoning

- Abduction

- Logical analyses related to model-based reasoning

- Inferences, interaction and duality in logic and language

- Visual, spatial, imagistic modeling and reasoning

- Simulative modeling

- The role of diagrammatic representations

- Computational models of visual and simulative reasoning

- Causal and counterfactual reasoning in model construction

- Visual analogy

- Thought experiments

- Manipulative reasoning

- Distributed model-based reasoning

- Distributed cognition, embodiment, and model-based reasoning

- Models of rationality and inference patterns in decision making

- Model-based reasoning in scientific discovery and conceptual change

- Model-based reasoning and ethics

- Model-based reasoning and history of philosophy

- Model-based reasoning and semiotics

- Model-based reasoning in scientific explanation

- Model-based medical diagnosis

- Model-based reasoning in engineering and robotics

- Model-based reasoning and technological artifacts

- Model-based reasoning and knowledge management

- Model-based reasoning and information technology

- The role of models in scientific and technological thinking

- Model- based reasoning and learning

- Model- based reasoning and language


PROGRAM COMMITTEE (to be confirmed)

Selene Arfini, Department of Philosophy, Education and Economical-Quantitive Sciences, University of Chieti-Pescara and Computational Philosophy lab. University of Pavia, ITALY

Francesco Amigoni, Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione, e Bioingegneria, Milano, ITALY

Tommaso Bertolotti, Department of Humanities, Philosophy Section, University of Pavia, ITALY

Otavio Bueno, Department of Philosophy, University of Miami, Coral Gables, USA

Walter Carnielli, Department of Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences, State University of Campinas, BRAZIL

Claudia Casadio, Department of Philosophy, Education and Economical-Quantitative Sciences, Università di Chieti-Pescara, ITALY

Sanjay Chandrasekharan, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, INDIA

Sara Dell'Antonio, Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, University of Trento, ITALY

Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Applied Information Technology,Göteborg, SWEDEN

Maria Gulia Dondero, Maître de recherches du FNRS, Université de Liège, BELGIUM

Steven French, Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Roman Frigg. London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Marcello Frixione, Department of Communication Sciences, University of Salerno, ITALY

Dov Gabbay, Department of Computer Science, King's College, London, UK

Axel Gelfert, Professor of Philosophy, Technical University of Berlin, GERMANY


Valeria Giardino, Laboratoire d'Histoire des Sciences et de Philosophie - Archives Henri-PoincarŽ UMR 7117 CNRS - UniversitŽ de Lorraine, NANCY, FRANCE

Marcello Guarini, Department of Philosophy, University of Windsor, CANADA

Ricardo Gudwin, Department of Computer Engineering and Industrial Automation, the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, State University of Campinas, BRAZIL

Albrecht Heeffer, Centre for History of Science, Ghent University, BELGIUM.

Decio Krause, Departamento de Filosofia, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, BRAZIL

Ping Li, Department of Philosophy, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, P.R. CHINA

Angelo Loula, Department of Exact Sciences, State University of Feira de Santana, BRAZIL

Lorenzo Magnani, Department of Humanities, Philosophy Section & Computational Philosophy Laboratory, University of Pavia, ITALY

Joke Meheus, Vakgroep Wijsbegeerte, Universiteit Gent, Gent, BELGIUM

Luis Moniz Pereira, Departamento de Informática, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, PORTUGAL

Michael Moortgat, Utrecht University, Institute of Linguistics (OTS), Utrecht, THE NETHERLANDS

Woosuk Park, Humanities & Social Sciences, KAIST, Guseong-dong, Yuseong-gu Daejeon, SOUTH KOREA

Claudio Pizzi, Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences, University of Siena, Siena, ITALY

Demetris Portides, Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, CYPRUS

Joao Queiroz, Institute of Arts and Design. Federal University of Juiz de Fora, BRAZIL

Shahid Rahman, U.F.R. de Philosophie, Université Lille 3, Villeneuve d'Ascq, FRANCE

Oliver Ray, Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol, Bristol, UNITED KINGDOM

Flavia Santoiani. Dipartimento Studi Umanistici. Università di Napoli Federico II, ITALY

Colin Schmidt, Le Mans University & ENSAM-ParisTech, FRANCE

Gerhard Schurz, Institute for Philosophy, Heinrich-Heine University, Frankfurt, GERMANY

Nora Alejandrina Schwartz, Faculty of Economics, Universidad de Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA

Cameron Shelley, Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, CANADA

Sonja Smets, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

Nik Swoboda, Departamento de Inteligencia Artificial, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, SPAIN

Adam Toon, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter, UNITED KINGDOM

Paul Thagard, Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, CANADA

Barbara Tversky, Department of Psychology, Stanford University and Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA

Ryan D. Tweney, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, USA

Fernando Velazquez, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

Riccardo Viale, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan and Herbert Simon Society, Turin, ITALY

John Woods, Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia, CANADA


LOCAL PROGRAM COMMITTEE


Cristina Bares. Department of Logic, Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, University of Seville. SPAIN.

Alfredo Burrieza. UILLI-AT, Department of Philosophy, University of Malaga, SPAIN

Matthieu Fontaine. CFCUL, University of Lisbon, PORTUGAL.

Teresa Lopez-Soto. English Language Department. University of Seville. SPAIN.

Angel Nepomuceno. Department of Logic, Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, University of Seville, SPAIN.

Jose F Quesada. Department of Computer Sciences and Artificial Intelligence, University of Seville, SPAIN.

Francisco J. Salguero. Spanish Language, Linguistics and Theory of Literature Department, University of Seville, SPAIN.

Fernando Soler. Department of Logic, Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, University of Seville. SPAIN.


INVITED SPEAKERS AND PLENARY PRESENTATIONS

Atocha Aliseda, Instituto de Investigaciones Filosoficas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), MEXICO

Walter Carnielli, Department of Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences, State University of Campinas, BRAZIL.

Hans van Ditmarsch, LORIA, Nancy. FRANCE.

Nancy J Nersessian, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA. (to be confirmed).

Lorenzo Magnani, Department of Humanities, Philosophy Section & Computational Philosophy Laboratory, University of Pavia, ITALY.

Mario J. Pérez, Department of Computer Sciences, European Academy of Sciences, Sevilla University, SPAIN.

Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen, Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallin University of Technology, ESTONIA / School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nazarbayev University. KAZAKHSTAN (to be confirmed).

Olga Pombo, Centro de Filosofia das Ciencias Universidade de Lisboa CFCUL, PORTUGAL.

Shahid Rahman, U.F.R. de Philosophie, Université Lille 3, Villeneuve d'Ascq, FRANCE.

Paul Thagard, Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, CANADA.

John Woods, Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia, CANADA.


SUBMISSIONS OF EXTENDED ABSTRACT AND SYMPOSIA PROPOSALS

All submitted extended abstracts will be carefully refereed. The precise format of the conference will be fixed once the revision process is over. We expect approximately 60/80 contributed presentations. Proposals will be reviewed and may obtain three scores:

1) Accepted for presentation of half an hour;

2) Accepted for poster session;

3) Rejected

In cases 1) and 2) the complete paper may be submitted for publication.

There will be several invited presentations of 1 hour. A selected subset of accepted papers will be invited for inclusion (subject to additional refereeing) in a book, which will constitute an advanced handbook for researchers in this area. The book will be published by Springer (Series "SAPERE" http://www.springer.com/series/10087). Moreover, another selected subset of papers will be invited for inclusion (subject to additional refereeing) in one or two special issues of the Logic Journal of IGPL or of other renowned international journals.Final papers due January 15th,2019.


EXTENDED ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

Presentation Proposal

To participate in the conference authors must submit an electronic version (by April 25th, 2018) - (PDF sent as attached file) - of an extended abstract (total word count approximately 1000-1500). The file must also contain a 300-word abstract that will be used for the conference web site/booklet.

Deadline April 25th, 2018. Please send both abstracts electronically by EasyChair.

Symposia Proposal (intended for approx. 4-5 participants):

No later than April 25th, 2018. Please send a 2-page symposium proposal.

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mbr18-spai...

REGISTRATION FEES

Participation in all the activities of the Conference and Social Dinner included:

Before June 20th, 2018.

Standard: 250 euros

PhD Students and independent researchers: 150 euros

Master and Undergraduate students: 60 euros

After June 20th, 2018:

Standard: 300 euros

PhD Students and independent researchers: 200 euros

Master and Undergraduate Students: 75 euros

One day only: 100 euros

Social Dinner Only: 40 euros

No refunds will be granted after September 20th 2018. Terms & Conditions: an administration fee of 75 euros will be charged for cancellations confirmed in writing by September 20th 2018.


METHOD OF PAYMENT: Credit card or transfer. Follow Register in congress web: http://gestioneventos.us.es/go/MBR18_SPAIN


IMPORTANT DATES

Submission deadline (extended deadline)............................April 25th, 2018

Notification of acceptance...................May 20th, 2018

Registration discount price....................June 20th, 2018

Conference...........................................October 24th-26th, 2018

Final papers .................due... January 15th, 2019


PROGRAM CHAIRS:

Angel Nepomuceno. Department of Logic, Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, University of Seville, SPAIN (nepomuce@us.es)

Lorenzo Magnani. Director, Computational Philosophy Laboratory http://www.unipv.it/webphilos_lab/, Department of Humanities, Philosophy Section, University of Pavia, Piazza Botta 6, 27100 Pavia, ITALY (lmagnani@unipv.it)

Francisco J. Salguero. Spanish Language, Linguistics and Theory of Literature Department, University of Seville, SPAIN (salguero@us.es)


LOCAL ORGANIZATION COORDINATOR

Cristina Bares-Gomez mbr18@us.es


LOCAL AND ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE

Selene Arfini, Department of Philosophy, Education and Economical-Quantitive Sciences, University of Chieti-Pescara and Computational Philosophy lab. University of Pavia, ITALY

Cristina Bares. Department of Logic, Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, University of Seville, SPAIN

Tommaso Bertolotti, Department of Humanities, Philosophy Section, University of Pavia, ITALY

Alfredo Burrieza. UILLI-AT, Department of Philosophy, University of Malaga, SPAIN

Matthieu Fontaine. CFCUL, University of Lisbon, PORTUGAL

Andres Cordon. Department of Computer Sciences and Artificial Intelligence, University of Sevilla, SPAIN

Emilio Gomez-Caminero. IES. SPAIN

Nino Guallart. Department of Logic, Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, University of Seville, SPAIN

Diego Jimenez. Spanish Language, Linguistics and Theory of Literature Department, University of Seville, SPAIN

Teresa Lopez-Soto. English Language Department, University of Seville, SPAIN

Lorenzo Magnani, Department of Humanities, Philosophy Section & Computational Philosophy Laboratory, University of Pavia, ITALY

Angel Nepomuceno. Department of Logic, Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, University of Seville, SPAIN

Jose Luis Pro. Department of Computer Sciences and Artificial Intelligence, University of Seville, SPAIN

Jose F Quesada. Department of Computer Sciences and Artificial Intelligence, University of Seville, SPAIN

Rocío Ramirez Maraver. Department of Logic, Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, University of Seville, SPAIN

Francisco J. Salguero. Spanish Language, Linguistics and Theory of Literature Department, University of Seville, SPAIN

Pablo Sierra. Department of Logic, Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, University of Seville, SPAIN

Fernando Soler. Department of Logic, Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, University of Seville, SPAIN

HOW TO REACH SEVILLA

In Practical information: http://gestioneventos.us.es/go/MBR18_SPAIN


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Cristina Barés Gómez

LLI. Post-Doctoral Researcher VPPI-US

Department of Philosophy, Logic and Philosophy of Science

University of Sevilla

Spain

crisbares@gmail.com

CfP for workshop Building the Gap between Human and Automated Reasoning, Stockholm, Sweden, July 2018, deadline: April 25, 2018

Fourth Workshop on

Bridging the Gap between Human and Automated Reasoning

a FAIM workshop (supported by IFIP TC12) Stockholm, Sweden

Reasoning is a core ability in human cognition. Its power lies in the ability to theorize about the environment, to make implicit knowledge explicit, to generalize given knowledge and to gain new insights. There are a lot of findings in cognitive science research which are based on experimental data about reasoning tasks, among others models for the Wason selection task or the suppression task discussed by Byrne and others. This research is supported also by brain researchers, who aim at localizing reasoning processes within the brain.

Early work often used propositional logic as a normative framework. Any deviation from it has been considered an error. Central results like findings from the Wason selection task or the suppression task inspired a shift from propositional logic and the assumption of monotonicity in human reasoning towards other reasoning approaches. This includes but is not limited to models using probabilistic approaches, mental models, or non-monotonic logics.
Considering cognitive theories for syllogistic reasoning show that none of the existing theories is close to the existing data. But some formally inspired cognitive complexity measures can predict human reasoning difficulty for instance in spatial relational reasoning.

Automated deduction, on the other hand, is mainly focusing on the automated proof search in logical calculi. And indeed there is tremendous success during the last decades. Recently a coupling of the areas of cognitive science and automated reasoning is addressed in several approaches. For example there is increasing interest in modeling human reasoning within automated reasoning systems including modeling with answer set programming, deontic logic or abductive logic programming. There are also various approaches within AI research for common sense reasoning and in the meantime there even exist benchmarks for commonsense reasoning, like the Winograd and the COPA challenge.
Despite a common research interest - reasoning - there are still several milestones necessary to foster a better interdisciplinary research. First, to develop a better understanding of methods, techniques, and approaches applied in both research fields. Second, to have a synopsis of the relevant state-of-the-art in both research directions. Third, to combine methods and techniques from both fields and find synergies. E.g., techniques and methods from computational logic have never been directly applied to model adequately human reasoning. They have always been adapted and changed. Fourth, we need more and better experimental data that can be used as a benchmark system. Fifth, cognitive theories can benefit from a computational modeling. Hence, both fields
- human and automated reasoning - can both contribute to these milestones and are in fact a conditio sine qua non. Achievements in both fields can inform the others. Deviations between fields can inspire to seek a new and profound understanding of the nature of reasoning.

This is the fourth workshop in a series of successful Bridging the Gap Between Human and Automated Reasoning workshops.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
- benchmark problems relevant in both fields
- approaches to tackle Benchmark problems like the Winograd Schema Challenge
or the COPA challenge
- limits and differences between automated and human reasoning
- psychology of deduction and common sense reasoning
- logics modeling human reasoning
- non-monotonic, defeasible, and classical reasoning

The workshop is part of the FAIM workshop program located at the Federated Artificial Intelligence Meeting (FAIM) which includes the major conferences IJCAI, ECAI, ICML, AAMAS, ICCBR and SoCS. The Bridging workshop is supported by IFIP TC12.

IMPORTANT DATES
Full Paper submission deadline: 25th of April, 2018
Notification: 3rd of June, 2018
Final submission: 17th of June, 2018
Workshop: July 2018

SUBMISSION AND CONTRIBUTION FORMAT
Papers, including the description of work in progress are welcome and should be formatted according to IJCAI guidelines. The length should not exceed 6 pages excluding references. All papers must be submitted in PDF. Formatting instructions and the style files can be obtained from http://www.ijcai.org/authors_kit. The EasyChair submission site is available
at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bridging20...

PROCEEDINGS
Proceedings of the workshop will be published as CEUR workshop proceedings.

ORGANIZERS
Ulrich Furbach, University of Koblenz
Sageet Khemlani, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC Oliver Obst, Western Sydney University Marco Ragni, University of Freiburg Claudia Schon, University of Koblenz

PROGRAM COMMITTEE
- Emmanuelle Diez Saldanha, University of Dresden
- Ulrich Furbach, University of Koblenz
- Steffen Hoelldobler, University of Dresden
- Antonis C. Kakas, University Cyprus, Cyprus
- Gabriele Kern-Isberner, TU Dortmund
- Sangeet Khemlani, Naval Research Lab, USA
- Robert A. Kowalski Imperial College London, GB
- Oliver Obst, Western Sydney University
- Luis Moniz Pereira, Universidade Nova Lisboa, Portugal
- Marco Ragni, University of Freiburg
- Claudia Schon, University of Koblenz
- Frieder Stolzenburg, Harz University of Applied Sciences
- to be completed

Contact: Claudia Schon, schon@uni-koblenz.de

CfPresentations 'Integrating content in the language classroom in higher education', Leiden University, Leiden, June 8, 2018, deadline: April 30, 2018

The Language Learning Resource Centre at Leiden University is organizing a one-day conference (June 8th, 2018) on the topic of:

Integrating content in the language classroom in higher education

Issues, research and good practices

The object of this one-day conference is to share current findings and best practices on the topic of integrating content in language classrooms. The focus within this topic will be on higher education, but proposals discussing relevant research or best practices in other settings are welcome. Presentations can be in different formats:

1) Research-oriented presentation
2) Discussion-oriented presentation
3) Exposé of good practice

When submitting your abstract (200 words, deadline April 30th), please indicate which form your presentation will take. We propose research-oriented presentations to be 30 minutes (including discussion) and exposés of good practices to be 20 minutes. However, you may indicate alternative time slots in the submission form

Potential subjects to be discussed in either of these types include (the list is not exhaustive):
- How to integrate language and content in the classroom?
- How is teaching a subject (e.g. literature, arts, culture, politics) in a foreign/second language different from teaching in the native language – both for students and teachers?
- Which kinds of content are suitable? Appropriate? Relevant?
- Target-language use and codeswitching in the content-focused classroom

Abstracts can be submitted through this form.

Important dates:
- Deadline submission of abstracts: April 30th, 2018
- Acknowledgement of acceptance: May 7th, 2018
- Registration deadline: May 20th, 2018
- Conference: June 8th, 2018

CfP Harvard Celtic Colloquium, Cambridge, USA, October 5-7, 2018, deadline: May 1, 2018

Thirty-Eighth Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium

5-7 October 2018

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Call for Papers

The Harvard Department of Celtic Languages & Literatures cordially invites proposals for papers on topics which relate directly to Celtic studies or Celtic languages and literatures in any phase; and papers on relevant cultural, historical or social science topics, theoretical perspectives, etc. for the 38th Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium. Papers concerning interdisciplinary research with a Celtic focus are also invited.

The colloquium will take place at Harvard University on 5-7 October 2018.

Attendance is free. Presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes, with a short discussion period after each paper. Papers given at the Colloquium may later be submitted for consideration by the editorial committee for publication in the Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium.

Potential presenters should submit a 200-250 word abstract and a brief biographical sketch. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to hcc@fas.harvard.edu. Please send submissions in the body of the email or as an attached Word Document.

Abstracts due May 1st, 2018

Further information available at our website: http://www.hcc.fas.harvard.edu

We’re pleased to announce that this year’s John V. Kelleher Lecture will be delivered by:

William Gillies

University of Edinburgh


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Thursday, October 4th at 5 pm.

Harvard Faculty Club

20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

CfP 'Events and Objects in Perception, Cognition, and Language', University of Latvia, Estonia, December 8-9, 2018, deadline: May 1, 2018

First Call for papers
13th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication
Events and Objects in Perception, Cognition, and Language.
https://www.lpcs.lu.lv/13thsymposium/

December 8 and 9, 2018
Laboratory for Perceptual and Cognitive Systems, Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia

Speakers include

Michael Glanzberg (Northwestern University, USA)
Robert Goldstone (Indiana University, USA)
Alexis Wellwood (University of Southern California, USA)
Amanda Woodward (University of Chicago, USA)
Chris Sinha (Hunan University, China)
Jeff Zacks (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)

Program Committee

Michael Glanzberg (Northwestern University, USA)
Nora Newcombe (Temple University, USA)
Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
Alexis Wellwood (University of Southern California, USA)
Jurģis Šķilters (University of Latvia, Latvia)
Jurģis Strautmanis (University Childrens Clinical Hospital, Latvia)


The symposium is organized by Laboratory of Perceptual and Cognitive Systems, Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia in collaboration of and with support by the Baltic Child Neurology Association, Robert Blumberg (the honorary consul of the Republic of Latvia in Illinois), the software company Accenture, and the University of Latvia Foundation.
The conference will include the Robert Blumberg Distinguished Lecture, founded and supported by Robert Blumberg, the honorary consul of the Republic of Latvia in Illinois.


Call for Papers

Object and event perception are core features of human cognitive processing. Further, these core human cognitive abilities may be reflected differently in language and in perception. This symposium aims to integrate perspectives from different areas (including psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, AI, and philosophy). The symposium will focus primarily on the following topics, but is not limited to them:

Events and objects
Events in space and time
Event perception from a developmental perspective
Developmental origins of event and object perception
Neural principles of event and object perception
Perception of causality
Relations between objects and events
Typology of events and objects
Events in semantics


Deadlines:
Abstracts of no more than 250 words are to be submitted by May 1 (lpcs@lu.lv). (Abstracts should contain a brief description of relevant theory, research design and methods, and results.) Authors will be notified in the second week of May.
https://www.lpcs.lu.lv/13thsymposium/

Call for Workshops Conference 'Annotation, Recognition and Evaluation of Actions', Miyazaki, Japan, May 7, deadline: May 7, 2018 (Workshop) [EXTENDED]

AREA will take place in conjunction with the 11th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2018) and is organized as a half-day session with plenary talks, posters and demonstrations.

Date: 7 May 2018

Venue: the Phoenix Seagaia Resort

Location: Miyazaki, Japan

http://www.areaworkshop.org/

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION MOTIVATION AND TOPICS

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There has recently been increased interest in modeling actions, as described by natural language expressions and gestures, and as depicted by images and videos. Additionally, action modeling has emerged as an important topic in robotics and HCI. The goal of this workshop is to gather and discuss advances in research areas in which actions are paramount e.g., virtual embodied agents, robotics, human-computer communication, document design, as well as modeling multimodal human-human interactions involving actions. Action modeling is an inherently multi-disciplinary area, involving contributions from computational linguistics, AI, semantics, robotics, psychology, and formal logic.

While there has been considerable attention in the community paid to the representation and recognition of events (e.g., the development of ISO-TimeML and associated specifications, and the 4 Workshops on “EVENTS: Definition, Detection, Coreference, and Representation”), the goals of this workshop are focused specifically on actions undertaken by embodied agents as opposed to events in the abstract. By concentrating on actions, we hope to attract those researchers working in computational semantics, gesture, dialogue, HCI, robotics, and other areas, in order to develop a community around action as a communicative modality where their work can be communicated and shared. This community will be a venue for the development and evaluation of resources regarding the integration of action recognition and processing in human-computer communication.

We invite submissions on foundational, conceptual, and practical issues involving modeling actions, as described by natural language expressions and gestures, and as depicted by images and videos. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

- dynamic models of actions

- formal semantic models of actions

- affordance modeling

- manipulation action modeling

- linking multimodal descriptions and presentations of actions (image, text, icon, video)

- automatic action recognition from text, images, and videos

- communicating and performing actions with robots or avatars for joint tasks

- action language grounding

- evaluation of action models

IMPORTANT DATES

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Deadline for paper submission: 14 January 2018

Review deadline: 1 February 2018

Notification of acceptance: 11 February 2018

Deadline for camera-ready version: 1 March 2018

Early registration deadline: TBA

Workshop Date: 7 May 2018

SUBMISSION

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Three types of submissions are invited:

- Research papers, describing original research; these can be either long (6-8 pages, not including references) or short (3-4 pages, not including references);

- Project notes, describing recent, ongoing or planned projects (2-4 pages including references);

- Demonstration notes, accompanying demonstration of software, tools, or systems (2-4 pages including references).

We will decide whether to have an oral or poster presentation, depending on reviewer suggestions and the overall workshop schedule.

Papers should be in compliance with the style sheet adopted for the LREC Proceedings. The AREA proceedings will be published in the LREC 2018 proceedings.

Papers should be submitted through the START conference manager set up for LREC 2018. When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be asked to provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of your research. Moreover, ELRA encourages all LREC authors to share the described LRs (data, tools, services, etc.) to enable their reuse and replicability of experiments (including evaluation ones).

MORE INFORMATION

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For more information visit the workshop webpage at: http://www.areaworkshop.org/

Or contact us at: jamesp@cs.brandeis.edu, i.f.van.der.Sluis@rug.nl

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

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Jan Alexanderson DFKI

Yiannis Aloimonos University of Maryland

Anja Belz University of Brighton

Johan Bos University of Groningen

Kirsten Bergmann Bielefeld University

Harry Bunt Tilburg University

Simon Dobnik University of Gothenburg

Eren Erdal Aksoy Karlsruhe Institut fur Technologie

Kristiina Jokinen AIRC AIST

Johan Kwisthout Radboud University Nijmegen

Alex Lascarides University of Edinburgh

Andy Lucking Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Siddharth Narayanaswamy University of Oxford

Paul Piwek Open University

Matthias Rehm Aalborg University

Gisela Redeker University of Groningen

Daniel Sonntag DFKI

Michael McTear University of Ulster

Mariet Theune University of Twente

David Traum USC Institute for Creative Technologies

Florentin Wörgötte Georg-August University Göttingen

Luke Zettlemoyer UW CSE

ORGANIZERS

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James Pustejovsky Brandeis University

Ielka van de Sluis University of Groningen



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CfP Parallels Between Phonology and Syntax, Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam, July 9, 2018, deadline: May 12, 2018

Parallels Between Phonology and Syntax
Amsterdam, Meertens Instituut, July 9, 2018
Call for papers

Date: July 9, 2018
Venue: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185, Amsterdam Aula 2.18


Although syntax and phonology at first sight seem to study very similar objects – modules of human cognition involved with the form of language – the two disciplines seem to have grown apart, employing formal tools that differ radically.

According to some scholars, this is a logical and even desirable development, and a consequence of the methodological assumption that the mind is modular. There is then no need to believe that different 'modules' of grammar have a similar architecture or refer to similar objects. Others point out however, that it seems unlikely that modules that have such similar tasks and furthermore clearly have to interface would be so different.

What are the differences between syntax and phonology in terms of derivational mechanisms and representational devices? Are syntactic findings on the working of grammar still relevant to phonologists and vice versa? Do notions like constituency, features refer to ontologically similar objects or are they radically different?

On July 9, 2018, the Meertens Instituut will host a 1-day workshop on parallels between phonology and syntax. This workshop is organized in collaboration with the Leiden University Center for Linguistics and the Center for Language Studies of Radboud University. The workshop will take place right in the historical center of Amsterdam.

Invited speaker: Prof. Harry van der Hulst (University of Connecticut).

Call: Please submit an abstract of any length (at some point the reviewers might stop reading) for a 20 minutes talk to Marc.van.Oostendorp@meertens.knaw.nl before May 12, 2018, 14:00 CET. Notification of acceptance: May 20, 2018.

Organizers: Marc van Oostendorp (Radboud University) and Janet Grijzenhout (Leiden University).

More information: http://phonology.eu/parallels/

CfP LACompLing2018 - Logic and Algorithms in Computational Linguistics 2018, Stockholm, Sweden, August 28-31, 2018, deadline: May 15, 2018

Symposium Logic and Algorithms in Computational Linguistics 2018 (LACompLing2018)
Stockholm, 28-31 August 2018
Department of Mathematics, Stockholm University

http://staff.math.su.se/rloukanova/LACompLing2018-...
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DESCRIPTION
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Computational linguistics studies natural language in its various manifestations from a computational point of view, both on the theoretical level (modeling grammar modules dealing with natural language form and meaning, and the relation between these two) and on the practical level (developing applications for language and speech technology). Right from the start in the 1950ties, there have been strong links with computer science, logic, and many areas of mathematics - one can think of Chomsky's contributions to the theory of formal languages and automata, or Lambek's logical modeling of natural language syntax. The workshop assesses the place of logic, mathematics, and computer science in present day computational linguistics. It intends to be a forum for presenting new results as well as work in progress.
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SCOPE
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The workshop focuses mainly on logical approaches to computational processing of natural language, and on the applicability of methods and techniques from the study of artificial languages (programming/logic) in computational linguistics. We invite participation and submissions from other relevant approaches too, especially if they can inspire new work and approaches.

The topics of LACompLing2018 include, but are not limited to:

- Computational theories of human language
- Computational syntax
- Computational semantics
- Computational syntax-semantics interface
- Interfaces between morphology, lexicon, syntax, semantics, speech, text, pragmatics
- Computational grammar
- Logic and reasoning systems for linguistics
- Type theories for linguistics
- Models of computation and algorithms for linguistics
- Language processing
- Parsing algorithms
- Generation of language from semantic representations
- Large-scale grammars of natural languages
- Multilingual processing
- Data science in language processing
- Machine learning of language
- Interdisciplinary methods
- Integration of formal, computational, model theoretic, graphical, diagrammatic, statistical, and other related methods
- Logic for information extraction or expression in written and spoken language
- Language theories based on biological fundamentals of information and languages
- Computational neuroscience of language

IMPORTANT DATES
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Submission deadline, regular papers: 15 May 2018 (Anywhere on Earth / AoE)
Submission deadline, abstracts: 31 May 2018 (AoE)
Notifications: 15 June 2018
Final submissions: TBA
LACompLing2018: between 28-31 Aug 2018 (few days, depending on the program)

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
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We invite original, regular papers that are not submitted concurrently to another conference or for publication elsewhere. Abstracts of presentations can be on work submitted or published elsewhere.

- Regular papers: maximum 10 pages, including figures and references
- Abstracts of contributed presentations: not more than 2 pages
- The submissions of proposed papers and abstracts have to be in pdf
- The camera-ready submissions require the pdf and their sources

Authors are required to use Springer LNCS style files. Styles and templates can be downloaded from Springer, for LaTeX and Microsoft:

http://www.springer.com/jp/computer-science/lncs/c...

The submissions are via the EasyChair management system of LACompLing2018:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lacompling...

PUBLICATIONS
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- The proceedings of LACompLing2018 will be published digitally by the DiVA system of Stockholm University:
http://su.diva-portal.org

- Improved and extended versions of selected papers, which have been presented at the workshop LACompLing2018, will be published in a special issue of a journal after the workshop.

ORGANIZERS
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Krasimir Angelov, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Kristina Liefke, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
Roussanka Loukanova, Stockholm University, Sweden (chair)
Michael Moortgat, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Satoshi Tojo, School of Information Science, JAIST, Japan

CONTACT
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Roussanka Loukanova (rloukanova@gmail.com)
Kristina Liefke (Liefke@lingua.uni-frankfurt.de)

CfP for Workshop on Semantic Deep Learning (SemDeep-3) - collocated with COLING 2018, Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 20-25, 2018, deadline: May 25, 2018

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Second Call for Papers for

SemDeep-3

http://www.dfki.de/semdeep-3/callforpapers.html

Workshop on Semantic Deep Learning collocated with COLING 2018.

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IMPORTANT DATES

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STRICT Paper Submission Deadline: May 25, 2018 (11:50 pm CET)

Notification of Acceptance: June 20, 2018

Camera-Ready Papers Due: June 30, 2018

Workshop Dates: August 20-21, 2018

Conference Dates: August 20-25, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS

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With the experiences gained from two previous workshops on Semantic Deep Learning,

we would like to take this endeavor one step further by providing a platform at COLING 2018

where researchers and professionals in computational linguistics are invited to report results and

systems on the possible contributions of Deep Learning to classic problems in semantic applications,

such as meaning representation, dependency parsing, semantic role labelling, word sense

disambiguation, semantic relation extraction, statistical relational learning, knowledge base

completion, or semantically grounded inference.

There are notable examples of contributions leveraging either deep neural architectures or distributed

representations learned via deep neural networks in the broad area of Semantic Web technologies.

These include, among others: (lightweight) ontology learning, ontology alignment , ontology annotation,

and ontology prediction. Ontologies, on the other hand, have been repeatedly utilized as background

knowledge for machine learning tasks. As an example, there is a myriad of hybrid approaches for

learning embeddings by jointly incorporating corpus-based evidence and semantic resources.

This interplay between structured knowledge and corpus-based approaches has given way to

knowledge-rich embeddings, which in turn have proven useful for tasks such as hypernym discovery ,

collocation discovery and classification, word sense disambiguation, and many others.

We thus invite submissions that illustrate how NLP can benefit from the interaction between deep learning

and Semantic Web resources and technologies. At the same time, we are interested in submissions that

show how knowledge representation can assist in deep learning tasks deployed in the field of NLP

and how knowledge representation systems can build on top of deep learning results, for example

in the field of Neural Machine Translation (NMT).

TOPICS OF INTEREST

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Structured knowledge in deep learning:

- neural networks and logic rules for semantic compositionality

- learning and applying knowledge graph embeddings to NLP tasks

- learning semantic similarity and encoding distances as knowledge graph

- ontology-based text classification

- multilingual resources for neural representations of linguistics

- semantic role labeling

Deep reasoning and inferences:

- commonsense reasoning and vector space models

- reasoning with deep learning methods

Learning knowledge representations with deep learning

- deep learning methods for knowledge-base completion

- deep learning models for learning knowledge representations from text

- deep learning ontological annotations

Joint tasks:

- information retrieval and extraction with knowledge graphs and deep learning models

- knowledge-based deep word sense disambiguation and entity linking

- investigation of compatibilities and incompatibilities between deep learning and Semantic Web approaches

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

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Authors are invited to submit papers describing original, unpublished

work, completed or in progress. The papers should be maximally 9

pages with maximally 2 additional pages for references.

The COLING 2018 templates must be used. Paper submission will be

electronic in PDF format through the SoftConf conference management system.

Workshop Proceedings will be published by COLING 2018.

REVIEWING POLICY

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Reviewing will be double-blind, so authors need to conceal their

identity. The paper should not include the authors' names and affiliations, nor any acknowledgements. Limit anonymized

self-references only to articles that are relevant for reviewers.

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

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Luis Espinosa Anke, Cardiff University, UK

Thierry Declerck, German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH), Saarbrücken, Germany

Dagmar Gromann, Technical University Dresden (TU Dresden), Dresden, Germany

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

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Kemo Adrian, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC), Bellaterra, Spain

Luu Ahn Tuan (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore)

Miguel Ballesteros, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

Jose Camacho-Collados, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Gerard Casamayor, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

Stamatia Dasiopoulou, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

Maarten Grachten, Austrian Research Institute for AI, Vienna, Austria

Dario Garcia-Casulla, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Barcelona, Spain

Jorge Gracia Del Río, University of Zaragoza, Spain

Jindrich Helcl, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Dirk Hovy, Computer Science Department of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Petya Osenova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

Martin Riedel, Hamburg University, Germany

Stephen Roller, Facebook AI Research

Francesco Ronzano, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain

Enrico Santus, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Francois Scharffe, Axon Research, New York, USA

Vered Shwartz, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Isreal

Kiril Simov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

Michael Spranger, Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc., Tokyo, Japan

Armand Vilalta, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Barcelona, Spain

Arkaitz Zubiaga, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

CfP 'Once upon a time... Semantic approaches to fiction, literature, and narrative', University of Groningen, Groningen, September 17-18, 2018, deadline: May 25, 2018

Call for Papers (deadline: May 25)

Once upon a time... Semantic approaches to fiction, literature, and narrative.

https://sites.google.com/view/fiction2018/

September 17-18, 2018, University of Groningen

We seem to approach a text that we know to be a work of fiction rather differently than a newspaper article, or a conversation about the weather. An influential view in philosophy is that fictional narratives are prescriptions for the reader to imagine some fictional world, while regular assertions are proposals to update the common ground. But whatever the eventual diagnosis, the (apparent) difference between the interpretation of fiction and of non-fiction already raises interesting linguistic questions: How does a reader even know that a text is fiction? Are there linguistic clues an author may leave that mark a given text as such? And is our formal semantic toolkit, developed for dealing with assertions in every day communication, suitable and sufficient for dealing with the peculiarities of narrative fiction and literary style?

In this workshop we want to bring together linguists and philosophers interested in applying formal semantic tools to linguistic phenomena characteristic of fiction/narrative. Examples of questions we would like to address include:

Are there languages with dedicated markers of fiction or story-telling (e.g. "fiction-evidentials")?

What exactly are so-called historical/narrative uses of present tense? Are there other tense/aspect/mood configurations characteristic of narrative?

What is the role of imagination in the semantics of fiction?

Conversely, what is the role of the usual foundational semantic concepts like truth, reference, truth-conditions, and common ground?

Can/should we distinguish fiction and non-fiction at a discourse level, e.g. in terms of discourse structure, coherence relations etc.?

How to model free indirect discourse and other forms of perspective shifting, and to what extent are these constructions characteristic of narrative fiction?

What is the role of (direct) speech/thought representation in literature?

How can we model different types of narration/narrators (omniscient third person, first/second person narration, unreliable narrators) semantically?

Can we push our semantics beyond literary/textual narrative to e.g. oral storytelling, comics, picture books, movies, or narrative music/dance?

INVITED SPEAKERS
Márta Abrusán (Paris)
Stefan Hinterwimmer (Köln)
Hans Kamp (Austin/Stuttgart)
Alessandro Zucchi (Milan)

SUBMISSION We invite submissions of anonymous two-page abstracts (including references etc.) for 25 minute talks (plus 10 minutes discussion). With enough high quality submissions we'll also organize a poster session with lightning talks.

LOCATION University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Exact conference location in Groningen to be announced. We can offer (a limited number of) daycare spots, contact the organizers.

DATES Workshop: Mo, Sept 17, 2018 -- Tue, Sept 18, 2018
Deadline for abstract submission: May 25, 2018
Notification: June 10, 2018

CfP International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech processing, Mons Belgium, October 15-17, 2018, deadline: May 27, 2018

6th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON STATISTICAL LANGUAGE AND SPEECH PROCESSING

SLSP 2018

Mons, Belgium

October 15-17, 2018

Co-organized by:

NUMEDIART Institute

University of Mons

LANGUAGE Institute

University of Mons

Institute for Research Development, Training and Advice (IRDTA), Brussels/London

http://slsp2018.irdta.eu/

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AIMS:

SLSP is a yearly conference series aimed at promoting and displaying excellent research on the wide spectrum of statistical methods that are currently in use in computational language or speech processing. It aims at attracting contributions from both fields. Though there exist large, well-known conferences and workshops hosting contributions to any of these areas, SLSP is a more focused meeting where synergies between subdomains and people will hopefully happen. In SLSP 2018, significant room will be reserved to young scholars at the beginning of their career and particular focus will be put on methodology.

VENUE:

SLSP 2018 will take place in Mons, which was European Capital of Culture in 2015. The venue will be:

University of Mons

31 Bvd Dolez, 7000 Mons

Belgium

SCOPE:

The conference invites submissions discussing the employment of statistical models (including machine learning) within language and speech processing. Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to:

anaphora and coreference resolution

authorship identification, plagiarism and spam filtering

computer-aided translation

corpora and language resources

data mining and semantic web

information extraction

information retrieval

knowledge representation and ontologies

lexicons and dictionaries

machine translation

multimodal technologies

natural language understanding

neural representation of speech and language

opinion mining and sentiment analysis

parsing

part-of-speech tagging

question-answering systems

semantic role labelling

speaker identification and verification

speech and language generation

speech recognition

speech synthesis

speech transcription

spelling correction

spoken dialogue systems

term extraction

text categorisation

text summarisation

user modeling

STRUCTURE:

SLSP 2018 will consist of:

invited talks

peer-reviewed contributions

posters

INVITED SPEAKERS:

tba

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE:

Steven Abney (University of Michigan, US)

Srinivas Bangalore (Interactions LLC, US)

Jean-François Bonastre (University of Avignon et Pays du Vaucluse, FR)

Pierrette Bouillon (University of Geneva, CH)

Nicoletta Calzolari (Italian National Research Council, IT)

Erik Cambria (Nanyang Technological University, SG)

Kenneth W. Church (Baidu Research, US)

Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp, BE)

Thierry Dutoit (University of Mons, BE)

Marcello Federico (Bruno Kessler Foundation, IT)

Robert Gaizauskas (University of Sheffield, UK)

Ralph Grishman (New York University, US)

Udo Hahn (University of Jena, DE)

Siegfried Handschuh (University of Passau, DE)

Mark Hasegawa-Johnson (University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, US)

Keikichi Hirose (University of Tokyo, JP)

Julia Hirschberg (Columbia University, US)

Nancy Ide (Vassar College, US)

Gareth Jones (Dublin City University, IE)

Philipp Koehn (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Haizhou Li (National University of Singapore, SG)

Carlos Martín-Vide (Rovira i Virgili University, ES, chair)

Yuji Matsumoto (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, JP)

Alessandro Moschitti (Qatar Computing Research Institute, QA)

Hermann Ney (RWTH Aachen University, DE)

Jian-Yun Nie (University of Montréal, CA)

Elmar Nöth (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, DE)

Cecile Paris (CSIRO Data61, AU)

Jong C. Park (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, KR)

Alexandros Potamianos (National Technical University of Athens, GR)

Paul Rayson (Lancaster University, UK)

Mats Rooth (Cornell University, US)

Paolo Rosso (Polytechnic University of Valencia, ES)

Alexander Rudnicky (Carnegie Mellon University, US)

Tanja Schultz (University of Bremen, DE)

Holger Schwenk (Facebook AI Research, FR)

Vijay K. Shanker (University of Delaware, US)

Richard Sproat (Google Research, US)

Tomoki Toda (Nagoya University, JP)

Gökhan Tür (Google Research, US)

Yorick Wilks (Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, US)

Phil Woodland (University of Cambridge, UK)

Dekai Wu (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK)

Junichi Yamagishi (University of Edinburgh, UK)

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

Stéphane Dupont (Mons)

Thierry Dutoit (Mons, co-chair)

Kévin El Haddad (Mons)

Kathy Huet (Mons)

Sara Morales (Brussels)

Manuel J. Parra Royón (Granada)

Gueorgui Pironkov (Mons)

David Silva (London, co-chair)

SUBMISSIONS:

Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (all included) and should be prepared according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).

Submissions have to be uploaded to:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=slsp2018

PUBLICATIONS:

A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS/LNAI series will be available by the time of the conference.

A special issue of a major journal will be later published containing peer-reviewed substantially extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.

REGISTRATION:

The registration form can be found at:

http://slsp2018.irdta.eu/Registration.php

DEADLINES (all at 23:59 CET):

Paper submission: May 27, 2018

Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: July 3, 2018

Final version of the paper for the LNCS/LNAI proceedings: July 13, 2018

Early registration: July 13, 2018

Late registration: October 1, 2018

Submission to the journal special issue: January 17, 2019

QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

david.silva409@yahoo.com

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

Université de Mons

Institute for Research Development, Training and Advice (IRDTA), Brussels/London

CfP RomTiN5 Romance linguistics, University of Groningen, Groningen, June 22, 2018, deadline: May 31, 2018

Call for Papers: RomTiN5, University of Groningen, June 22, 2018, deadline: May 31, 2018

English (Dutch below)

Are you a (recently or almost graduated) MA-student or a PhDstudent? And are you doing linguistic research on Romance languages? Then, RomTiN is for you! RomTiN is an informal workshop at which junior researchers in Romance linguistics can present their work to other junior and senior colleagues. It is an excellent chance to meet other people working on Romance Linguistics in an informal setting and to get feedback on your research. RomTiN5 will take place on Friday afternoon June 22, 2018 at the University of Groningen.

Sounds good? Then submit on Thursday May 31, 2018 at the latest a small abstract of max. 200 words to r.de.jonge@rug.nl. We welcome submissions from any subdiscipline (Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Acquisition, Phonetics, Phonology, Syntax, Pragmatics, Corpus Linguistics, etc.) as long as it pertains to the Romance languages.

Talks will be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

If you have any questions, please contact Bob de Jonge via email: r.de.jonge@rug.nl. Submission deadline: Thursday 31 May, 2018 Workshop date: Friday 22 June, 2018. Workshop venue: University of Groningen, Harmony building, Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26, room 1315.0036. Talks: 20 minutes + 10 for discussion, on any topic within Romance linguistics. Organizer: Bob de Jonge.

Dutch (English above)

Ben jij een (net of bijna afgestudeerde) MA-student of een AIO? Doe je taalkundig onderzoek naar de Romaanse talen? Dan is RomTiN ideaal voor jou! RomTiN is een informele workshop waar junior onderzoekers op het gebied van de Romaanse taalkunde hun onderzoeksresultaten kunnen presenteren aan een gemengd publiek van zowel senior onderzoekers als mede-AIOs/MA-studenten. RomTiN is dé ideale gelegenheid om kennis te maken met andere
onderzoekers op het gebied van de Romaanse taalkunde en om feedback te krijgen op je onderzoek. RomTiN5 zal plaatsvinden op vrijdag 22 juni aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Geïnteresseerd? Dien dan uiterlijk donderdag 31 mei 2018 een korte beschrijving (max. 200 woorden) van hetgeen je wilt presenteren in door te mailen naar r.de.jonge@rug.nl. Presentaties over elk onderwerp binnen de Romaanse taalkunde (Semantiek, sociolinguïstiek, acquisitie, fonologie, fonetiek, syntaxis, pragmatiek en corpuslinguïstiek) zijn van harte welkom.

De presentaties zullen ieder 20 minuten duren gevolgd door 10 minuten discussie.

Voor nadere informatie, neem contact op met Bob de Jonge: r.de.jonge@rug.nl. Deadline voor het indienen van abstracts: donderdag 31 mei 2018 Datum workshop: vrijdag 22 juni 2018 Plaats: Harmonie, RUG, zaal 1315.0036. Presentaties: 20 minuten + 10 voor discussie, elk onderwerp binnen de Romaanse taalkunde welkom. Organisatie: Bob de Jonge.

CfP Formals 2018, Formal Reasoning and Semantics, Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 24-28, 2018, deadline: June 1, 2018

FORMALS 2018: Formal Reasoning and Semantics

http://formals.ufzg.hr/


24-28 Sep 2018

Dubrovnik, Croatia


Co-located with the 7th conference Logic and Applications (LAP 2018)


Submission deadline: 1 June 2018


The 1st workshop of Formal Reasoning and Semantics will be held at the Inter-University Center Dubrovnik (IUC) as a part of the 7th conference Logic and Applications (LAP 2018) 24-28 September 2018. The workshop is organized within the research project Formal Reasoning and Semantics (FORMALS) supported by Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ), UIP-2017-05-9219.


We have several 30 min slots available for contributed talks. All contributions which broadly fit the main goal of the project - mutual enrichment of pure and applied logic - are welcome, including, but not limited to, specific project topics listed below.


The emphasis of the project is on applications of logic in computer science, and vice versa, the application of computational tools in logical and mathematical research. Another goal is to apply logic to specific problems of linguistics or, more generally, cognitive and information sciences, as well as interdisciplinary areas in which economics and mathematics overlap (game theory, social choice theory). Even though logic is at the first glance a formal and theoretical discipline, logic is also exceptionally applicable, and it is surprising to see applications of the same or similar formal systems, especially modal logics, in a variety of areas. Formalization brings conceptual precision, clarity and confidence. Formalization also provides new insights of the complexity of problems and allows for discovery of new issues that remain hidden in informal reasoning.


The theoretical aspects of the project include:

1) exploring the expressive power of formal languages by methods of model theory

2) soundness and completeness, decidability and complexity of formal systems, especially modal logics

3) exploring the possibilities of developing an abstract theory of formal semantics.


Application aspects are:

1) development, research and formalization of mathematical models for problems of other disciplines

2) development and implementation of algorithms

3) detection of links between seemingly unrelated domains through related formalizations.


INVITED SPEAKERS

1. Vivek Nigam, Federal University of Paraba, Joao Pessoa, Brazil and fortiss An-Institut Technische Universität München, Germany

2. TBA


IMPORTANT DATES

Abstract Submission: 1 June 2018

Author Notification: 25 June 2018

Final version: 5 July 2018


REGISTRATION

Participants need to be registered for the main conference LAP 2018. Registration fee is 50 EUR and covers both the main conference and the workshop. It is payable in cash upon arrival.


SUBMISSION

Authors should submit an abstract in LaTeX format, not exceeding three pages, to tin.perkov@ufzg.hr with the subject "FORMALS 2018".


PRACTICAL INFORMATION

https://www.iuc.hr/


ORGANIZERS (RESEARCH PROJECT GROUP)

Tin Perkov, Tajana Ban Kirigin, Marcel Maretic, Benedikt Perak, Aleksandar Hatzivelkos, Luka Mikec, Branimir Stojanovic

CfP SEMDIAL 2018 Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, Aix-en-Provence, France, November 8-10, 2018, deadline: June 1, 2018

**** SEMDIAL 2018 (AixDial) - 1st Call for Papers ****

THE 22st WORKSHOP ON THE SEMANTICS AND

PRAGMATICS OF DIALOGUE


8-10th November 2018


Aix-en-Provence, France


AixDial will be the 22nd edition of the SemDial workshop series,

which aims to bring together researchers working on the semantics

and pragmatics of dialogue in fields such as formal semantics and

pragmatics, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy,

psychology, and neuroscience. In 2018 the workshop will be hosted

by Aix Marseille University, and organized by the Language and

Speech Lab (LPL) as well as the Computer Science Lab (LIS). It will

be collocated with the Workshop on Prosody and Meaning: Information

Structure and Beyond,.


WEBSITE: http://semdial.hypotheses.org/


**KEYNOTES: TBA**


*SCOPE*


We invite papers on all topics related to the semantics and pragmatics

of dialogue, including, but not limited to:


- semantic/pragmatic interpretation in dialogue

- common ground/mutual belief

- goals, intentions and commitments in communication

- turn-taking and interaction control

- multimodality: gesture, gaze, intonational meaning in communication

- dialogue and discourse structure

- the dynamics of agents' information states in dialogue

- interpretation and reasoning in spoken dialogue systems

- dialogue management

- categorisation of dialogue phenomena in corpora

- child-adult interaction

- language learning through dialogue

- designing and evaluating dialogue systems

- machine learning applied to dialogue

- experimental approaches to dialogue (eye-tracking, time responses,...)

- using physiological mesures (breathing, pulse, perspiration,...) for dialogue study

- neurophysiology of dialogue (EEG, FMRi, FNIRS,...)



*SUBMISSIONS*


Authors should submit an *anonymous* paper of at most 8 pages of

content (up to 2 additional pages are allowed for references).

Formatting instructions and the URL of the submission site will be available

on the AixDial website soon. There will be a later a call for 2-page abstracts

describing system demonstrations and/or ongoing projects relevant to the topics of

the workshop.



*IMPORTANT DATES*


Submissions due : June 1st, 2018

Notification : July 20th, 2018

Demo / Project deadline : September, 7th, 2018

Final version due : October 1st, 2018

SemDial : November 8-10th, 2018



*TECHNICAL PROGRAMME CHAIRS:*


Benoît Favre (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)

Magalie Ochs (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)

Laurent Prévot (LPL, Aix Marseille Université)


*LOCAL ORGANISATION:*


Stéphanie Desous (LPL, Aix Marseille Université)

Benoît Favre (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)

Simone Fuscone (LPL-LIS, Aix Marseille Université)

Magalie Ochs (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)

Laurent Prévot (LPL, Aix Marseille Université)



*******


*SEMDIAL BOARD CHAIRS*


Raquel Fernandez (University of Amsterdam)

David Schlangen (Bielefeld University)


CfP AWIA Symposium 'Psychotheraypy, psychiatry and emotions', Nijmegen, October 4-5, 2018, deadline: June 1, 2018

AWIA symposium 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS

Graag vragen we jullie aandacht voor het 14e AWIA symposium dat we organiseren op 4-5 oktober 2018 aan de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. De buitenlandse gast die centraal staat tijdens de eerste dag van het symposium is Prof. Anssi Peräkylä (University of Helsinki), die heeft gekozen voor het volgende thema : ‘Psychotheraypy, psychiatry and emotions’. Anssi zal twee lezingen geven passend bij het thema en een datasessie leiden. De tweede dag is gereserveerd voor onderzoekspresentaties.

Bij dezen nodigen we Nederlandse en Vlaamse onderzoekers van harte uit een abstract in te dienen over interactie-/conversatieanalytisch onderzoek. We moedigen indieners aan om aan te sluiten bij het thema ‘Psychotheraypy, psychiatry and emotions’, maar ook andere onderwerpen zijn welkom. We bieden graag zowel beginnend als gevorderd onderzoekers een podium om hun (lopende) onderzoek te presenteren.

Abstracts hebben een maximum lengte van 500 woorden (inclusief eventuele data, exclusief referentielijst) en moeten in het Engels geschreven zijn. Om de gastspreker in staat te stellen deel te nemen aan de discussie is de voertaal tijdens het symposium Engels.

Voeg de namen van de auteur(s), eventueel de relevante organisatie(s) en de titel van het abstract toe in het document. Je kunt je abstract als bijlage bij een email versturen aan [w.stommel@let.ru.nl ] tot uiterlijk 1 juni 2018.

Notificaties van acceptatie of niet-acceptatie zullen half juli 2018 worden verzonden.

Voor meer informatie, zie de Anéla website: http://www.anela.nl/activiteiten/awia-symposium/


Wyke Stommel w.stommel@let.ru.nl

Guusje Jol g.jol@let.ru.nl


PSYCHOTHERAPY, PSYCHIATRY AND EMOTIONS

Anssi Peräkylä

In the plenary presentations, I will be presenting conversation analytical studies on psychotherapy (presentation 1) and studies on emotion in interaction using combinations of conversation analytical and experimental methods (presentation 2). The data to be explored in the data session involves psychiatric intake interview.

The first presentation will lay out an overall view of conversation analytic (CA) study on psychotherapy. In a sociological perspective, psychotherapy is to be understood as a particular form of institutional interaction. The key characteristic of psychotherapy as institutional interaction arises from its particular inferential frameworks (see Drew and Heritage 1992: 21-25): the clients’ talk is understood beyond the speaker’s intended meaning, as indication of the particular (usually dysfunctional) ways of working of the patient’s mind (Peräkylä 2013). The goal of psychotherapy, accordingly, is to transform these ways of working of the mind in the client. In achieving that goal, psychotherapy is organized around sequences of actions, which can be characterized as being initiatory, responsive, or “third position” actions. CA studies have mostly focused on therapist’s actions, such as questions, formulations and interpretations. I will be arguing that through the sequences of actions, three transformation processes take place: the transformation of referents, emotions, and momentary relations between the participants. I will argue that these are key processes in enhancing therapeutic change in the patient. Key challenges for CA studies on psychotherapy will be discussed. One of them involves study designs that encompass long term processes extending the boundaries of single session. Another key challenge involves the understanding of interaction patterns pertaining to specific psychic disorders (such as depression, anxiety, or personality disorder). Finally, the contribution of CA on psychotherapy to CA studies on institutional interaction more generally will be discussed: particularly, I will argue that CA of psychotherapy highlights the importance of management of referents and the processes that go beyond single sequences and encounters, as targets of CA analysis.

The second presentation will give an overview of a string of studies on emotions in interaction using CA and experimental methods. In studies on facial expression, we have been exploring how facial expressions are coordinated with the initiation and completion of turns at talk, doing work to initiate, enhance or transform the emotional stances that are being conveyed by the speakers. In studies on emotion in psychotherapy, we have explored the different combinations of empathy and challenge in therapists’ responses to patients’ emotional expressions and narratives. For example, prosodic matching and mismatching between the patient’s and the therapist’s talk anticipatorily conveys either empathy or challenge by the therapist, in relation to the patient’s emotion descriptions. In a set of experimental studies, we have explored the ways in which the expressed stance of stories, and the affiliation displayed by the story recipients, are linked to the autonomous nervous system responses in the participants. These studies have uncovered linkages between the “interaction order”, and the physiological processes in the participants, thus elaborating Goffmanian view of interaction.

The data session will focus on psychiatric assessment interviews in an outpatient clinic. The data are in Finnish. The goal of psychiatric assessment is to define the patient’s diagnosis and treatment plan. In discussing diagnosis, the roles of the clinician and the patient seem to be different from what they are in somatic medicine: in the psychiatric assessment, the clinician seems to encourage and solicit patient participation in discussion on diagnosis, in ways that are rather rare in somatic medicine.

Call for Course and Workshop Proposals ESSLLI 2019: Logic, Language & Information, Riga, Latvia, August 5-16, 2018, deadline: June 15, 2018

ESSLLI 2019: Logic, Language & Information
5-16 Aug 2018
Riga, Latvia

Call for Course and Workshop Proposals

31st European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information - ESSLLI 2019
5-16 August, 2019, Riga, Latvia
http://esslli2019.folli.info/

IMPORTANT DATES

15 June 2018: Proposal submission deadline
15 September 2018: Notification

SUBMISSION PORTAL
Please submit your proposals here:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=esslli2019

TOPICS AND FORMAT

Proposals for courses and workshops at ESSLLI 2019 are invited in all areas of Logic, Linguistics and Computing Sciences. Cross-disciplinary and innovative topics are particularly encouraged.

Each course and workshop will consist of five 90 minute sessions, offered daily (Monday-Friday) in a single week. Proposals for two-week courses should be structured and submitted as two independent one-week courses, e.g. as an introductory course followed by an advanced one.
In such cases, the ESSLLI programme committee reserves the right to accept just one of the two proposals.

All instructional and organizational work at ESSLLI is performed completely on a voluntary basis, so as to keep participation fees to a minimum. However, organizers and instructors have their registration fees waived, and are reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses up to a level to be determined and communicated with the proposal notification. ESSLLI can only guarantee reimbursement for at most one course/workshop organizer, and can not guarantee full reimbursement of travel costs for lecturers or organizers from outside of Europe. The ESSLLI organizers would appreciate any help in controlling the School's expenses by seeking complete coverage of travel and accommodation expenses from other sources.

The organizers want to point at the possibility of an EACSL sponsorship, mentioned at the end of this call.

CATEGORIES

Each proposal should fall under one of the following categories.

* FOUNDATIONAL COURSES *
Such courses are designed to present the basics of a research area, to people with no prior knowledge in that area. They should be of elementary level, without prerequisites in the course's topic, though possibly assuming a level of general scientific maturity in the relevant discipline. They should enable researchers from related disciplines to develop a level of comfort with the fundamental concepts and techniques of the course's topic, thereby contributing to the interdisciplinary nature of our research community.

* INTRODUCTORY COURSES *
Introductory courses are central to ESSLLI's mission. They are intended to introduce a research field to students, young researchers, and other non-specialists, and to foster a sound understanding of its basic methods and techniques. Such courses should enable researchers from related disciplines to develop some comfort and competence in the topic considered. Introductory courses in a cross-disciplinary area may presuppose general knowledge of the related disciplines.

* ADVANCED COURSES *
Advanced courses are targeted primarily to graduate students who wish to acquire a level of comfort and understanding in the current research of a field.

* WORKSHOPS *
Workshops focus on specialized topics, usually of current interest.
Workshops organizers are responsible for soliciting papers and selecting the workshop programme. They are also responsible for publishing proceedings if they decide to have proceedings.

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES

Course and workshop proposals should follow closely the following guidelines to ensure full consideration.

Course and Workshop proposals can be submitted by no more than two lecturers/organizers and they are presented by no more than these two lecturers/organizers. All instructors and organizers must possess a PhD or equivalent degree by the submission deadline.

Course proposals should mention explicitly the intended course category. Proposals for introductory courses should indicate the intended level, for example as it relates to standard textbooks and monographs in the area. Proposals for advanced courses should specify the prerequisites in detail.

Proposals must be submitted in PDF format via:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=esslli2019

and include all of the following:

a. Personal information for each proposer: Name, affiliation, contact
address, email, homepage (optional)

b. General proposal information: Title, category

c. Contents information:
Abstract of up to 150 words
Motivation and description (up to two pages)
Tentative outline
Expected level and prerequisites
Appropriate references (e.g. textbooks, monographs, proceedings,
surveys)

d. Practical information:
Relevant preceding meetings and events, if applicable
Potential external funding for participants

EACSL SPONSORSHIP

The EACSL offers to act as a sponsor for one course or workshop in the areas of Logic and Computation covered by the Computer Science Logic
(CSL) conferences. This course or workshop will be designated an EACSL course/workshop. If you wish to be considered for this, please indicate so on your proposal.

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Chair:
Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) Local Co-chair:
Jurģis Šķilters (U. Latvia, Riga)

Area Chairs Language and Computation:
Kees van Deemter (U. Aberdeen)
Raquel Fernández (U. Amsterdam)
Tal Linzen (Johns Hopkins U.)

Area Chairs Language and Logic:
Heather Burnett (CNRS/U. Paris-Diderot)
Itamar Francez (U. Chicago)
Justyna Grudzińska (U. Warsaw)

Area Chairs Logic and Computation:
Bob Coecke (Oxford)
Nina Gierasimczuk (Danish Technical U.)
Gabriel Sandu (U. Helsinki)

FURTHER INFORMATION:
Please send any queries you may have to louise dot mcnally at upf dot edu


The University of Aberdeen is a charity registered in Scotland, No SC013683.
Tha Oilthigh Obar Dheathain na charthannas clàraichte ann an Alba, Àir. SC013683.

​Call for Workshop Proposals International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG), Tilburg University, Tilburg, November 5-8, 2018, deadline: June 30, 2018

Call for Workshop Proposals

For the third time since its inception, the International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG) will this year include independently organised workshops. These will take place after or immediately prior to the main conference (November 4 or 8).

The INLG organisers and SIGGEN invite further proposals for one-day or half-day workshops at INLG 2018.

Workshops can focus on any topic that is viewed as relevant to the Natural Language Generation community. We especially invite proposals for workshops in relatively new areas which have recently begun to attract interest in the research community, or topics where greater interaction between the NLG community and another established research community can be beneficial to both fields. Proposals for workshops which form part of an existing series are also welcome.

The workshops will provide an informal setting where participants will have the opportunity to discuss technical topics in an atmosphere that fosters the active exchange of ideas. Proposals should also describe the workshop format. We encourage formats that will foster discussion and exchange of ideas (talks, posters, panels, invited speakers if any, …). Workshops at INLG 2018 should be planned as half-day or full one-day events.

Proposals should be sent directly to the INLG 2018 Workshop Chairs: workshops.inlg2018@gmail.com.

Format:

* Approx. 2 pages long
* The names and affiliations of the organisers
* The name of the workshop and its duration (half-day or full-day)
* A description of the workshop aims
* A short description of the format of planned activities
* An indication of the research communities that the workshop is expected to target
* A list of programme committee members

Important dates:

* 1 June 2018: Deadline for receipt of workshop proposals
* 15 June 2018: Notification of acceptance

If the workshop invites paper submissions, the suggested timeline for workshop organisers following acceptance is:

* Call for workshop papers or abstracts: 30 June 2018
* Submissions due: August 31, 2018
* Notification of acceptance: September 31, 2018
* Camera-ready papers due: October 15, 2018

CfP 11th International Conference on Natural Language Generation, Tilburg University, Tilburg, November 5-8, 2018, deadline: July 9, 2018

11th International Conference on Natural LanguageGeneration

Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 5-8 November, 2018


Website: https://inlg2018.uvt.nl

Contact: inlg2018@uvt.nl

The 11th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG 2018) will be held in Tilburg, The Netherlands, November 5-8,2018. The conference takes place immediately after EMNLP 2018, organised in nearby Brussels, Belgium.

INLG 2018 is organised by the Tilburg University Language Production (TULP) researchgroup, part of the Departmentof Communication and Cognition (DCC) of the TilburgSchool of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) The event is organised under the auspices of the Special Interest Group on Natural Language Generation (SIGGEN) of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

We invite the submission of long and short papers, as well as system demonstrations, related to all aspects of Natural Language Generation(NLG), including data-to-text, concept-to-text, text-to-text and vision-to-text approaches. Accepted papers will be presented as oral talks or posters.

Important dates

- Deadline for submissions: July 9, 2018

- Notification: September 7, 2018

- Camera ready: October 1, 2018

- INLG 2018: November 5-8, 2018

All deadlines are at 11.59 PM, UTC-8.

Topics

INLG 2018 solicits papers on any topic related to NLG. The conference will include two special tracks:


(1) Generating Text with Affect, Style and Personality (sponsored by The Netherlands Organizationfor Scienfitic Research, NWO), and

(2) Conversational Interfaces, Chatbots and NLG (organised in collaboration with flow.ai).

General topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Affect/emotion generation

- Applications for people with disabilities

- Cognitive modelling of language production

- Content and text planning

- Corpora for NLG

- Deep learning models for NLG

- Evaluation of NLG systems

- Grounded language generation

- Lexicalisation

- Multimedia and multimodality in generation

- Storytelling and narrative generation

- NLG and accessibility

- NLG in dialogue

- NLG for embodied agents and robots

- NLG for real-world applications

- Paraphrasing and Summarisation

- Personalisation and variation in text

- Referring expression generation

- Resources for NLG

- Surface realisation

- Systems architecture

A separate call for workshops and generation challenges will be released soon.

Submissions & Format

Submissions should follow the new ACLAuthor Guidelines and policies for submission, review and citation,and be anonymised for double blind reviewing. ACL 2018 offers both LaTeX style files and Microsoft Word templates Papers should be submitted electronically through the START conference management system (to be opened in due course).

Three kinds of papers can be submitted:

- Long papers are most appropriate for presenting substantial research results and must not exceed eight (8) pages of content, with up to two additional pages for references.

- Short papers are more appropriate for presenting an ongoing research effort and must not exceed four (4) pages, with up to one extra page for references.

- Demo papers should be no more than two (2) pages in length, including references, and should describe implemented systems which are of relevance to the NLG community. Authors of demo papers should be willing to present a demo of their system during INLG 2018.

All accepted papers will be published in the INLG 2018 proceedings and included in the ACL anthology. A paper accepted for presentation at INLG 2018 must not have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. Dual submission to other conferences is permitted, provided that authors clearly indicate this in the "Acknowledgements" section of the paper when submitted. If the paper is accepted at both venues, the authors will need to choose which venue to present at, since they can not present the same paper twice.

Program chairs

- Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

- Martijn Goudbeek, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

- Albert Gatt, Malta University, Malta

Workshop & Challenges chairs

- Sina Zarrieß, Bielefeld University, Germany

- Mariët Theune, University of Twente, TheNetherlands
CfP LNAT4: Scales in language and logic, Brussels, Belgium, September 20-21, 2018, deadline: June 15, 2018

CRISSP is proud to present the fourth installment of Logic Now And Then:
Scales in language and logic
Brussels, September 20-21, 2018

Call for Papers

Theme description

Scalarity is a rich field of study in linguistics and logic. Linguistically, it enters into the meaning of a wide range of expressions. The best-known case in degree semantics may well be the gradable adjective (tall, short, likely, good ), but crosscategorially many other cases have been detected and analysed in similar scalar terms:

* Verbs: degree achievement verbs (broaden, widen), directed motion (rise, drop ), measure verbs (cost), psych-verbs (like, amuse);
* Nouns: gradable nouns (an utter fool, a slight disappointment);
* Adverbs: intensifying (hard/much), focus associating (only, even, merely);
* Prepositions: (above, before, under);
* Cardinal and ordinal numerals (five, sixth);
* Quantifiers (many, more, most, all, few).

Given the crucial role of scalarity in the semantics of vague adjectives and nouns (e.g. tall, heap), it can help to understand the sorites paradox, which has been studied extensively in philosophical logic (Keefe 2000). Some solutions to this paradox, such as Williamson’s (1994) epistemicism, stick to classical logic, while others move to systems of many-valued logic. An interesting philosophical question is whether the latter move can or should be understood as transforming truth itself into a scalar notion.

The semantic scales that have been proposed in degree semantics to account for gradability are standardly (Kennedy 2007, Solt 2015) viewed as (i) a set of values (ii) with an associated ordering relation and (iii) a dimension of measurement. But that is where the uniformity ends, given that there are – in many cases real, in some cases possibly eliminable – elements of variation for each of the three components of a scale. Some scales are viewed as involving a discrete linear order of values, others as dense (with a third value between any two other values), though it has also been argued (Fox & Hackl 2006) that all measurement is dense. Some scales involve conventionalized units of measurement (cm, min , etc.), others don’t. Some have scalar endpoints at both ends, some at neither, and some at one end (Kennedy & McNally 2005). The values on the scales have been identified as degrees, which can be thought as points on the scale (Beck 2011), but also as extents (Seuren 1973), vectors (Zwarts 2003), etc. (cf. Solt 2015, 23) And while there is a wide range of possible dimensions (volume, weight, age, duration, distance, etc.), the orders they involve come in a limited number of types (ordinal, interval or ratio orders). Moreover, such types of scales seem to be metaphorically connected to properties of spatial axes in a constrained number of ways (Nouwen, sd): vertical in the case of number (under 50 attendants), very often horizontal for time expressions (after three minutes), for instance.

Given that linguistic expressions of scalar opposition are so often latched on to spatial experience, it would also be useful to discover whether and, if so, which kinds of geometrical diagrams for scalarity have been proposed in the literature (a case in point are those introduced in Ogden 1932, 16). While the question which diagrams have been proposed has a historical interest in its own right, the features of such diagrams may provide clarifying perspectives on the phenomenon itself. Since a nonlinear relation between causal stimuli and their mental representation – in the form of compressed logarithmic scales – is characteristic of several modes of perception (colour vision, overtones in music, touch, taste, etc.), the possible connection between such perceptual scales in human cognition and scalarity as it surfaces in language and logic is an issue of considerable interest (cf. Dehaene et al. 2009 on number).

In view of the above, we welcome papers which contribute to the correct identification of (i) the nature and variation of scalarity in language and logic, (ii) the diagrams proposed for scalar notions, as well as (iii) the nature of possible connections between logico-linguistic scalar concepts and perception scales.

Invited speakers

We are pleased to announce that the following invited speakers have agreed to give a talk at LNAT4:

* Christopher Kennedy (University of Chicago)

https://linguistics.uchicago.edu/faculty/kennedy

* Stefanie Solt (Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS))

http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/mitarbeiter_solt.html

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should be in PDF-format, anonymous, at most one page long, and should include any example sentences. A second page may be added for bibliographical references only. Please submit abstracts through EasyChair, using the following link:

* https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lnat4
* Conference e-mail: lnat4@crissp.be

Authors may submit at most one individual and one co-authored abstract.

The abstract submission deadline is 15 June 2018, midnight, Brussels time.

Notification of acceptance will be on July 15, 2018.

Important Dates

First call for papers: April 1, 2018
Second call for papers: May 1, 2018
Abstract submission deadline: June 15, 2018 Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2018
Conference: September 20-21, 2018

References

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Dehaene, Stanislas, Véronique Izard, Elizabeth Spelke, Pierre Pica. 2009. Log or Linear? Distinct Intuitions of the Number Scale in Western and Amazonian Indigene Cultures. Science 323, 38c DOI: 10.1126/science.1164878.

Fox, Danny & Martin Hackl. 2006. The universal density of measurement. Linguistics and Philosophy , Vol. 29, No. 5, pp. 537-586.

Keefe, Rosanna. 2000. Theories of Vagueness . 2000. Cambridge University Press.

Kennedy, Christopher, and Louise McNally. 2005. Scale structure, degree modification and the semantics of gradable predicates. Language 81. 345–81.

Kennedy, Christopher. 2007. Vagueness and grammar: The semantics of relative and absolute gradable adjectives. Linguistics and Philosophy 30. 1–45.

Nouwen, Rick. s.d. On the vertical orientation of quantity, unpublished ms.

Ogden, C.K. 1967 [1932]. Opposition – A linguistic and psychological analysis. With a new introduction by I.A. Richards. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Seuren, P. A. M. 1973. The Comparative, in: Kiefer, F. and N. Ruwet (Eds.) Generative Grammar in Europe . Dordrecht: Reidel.

Solt, Stefanie 2015. Measurement scales in natural language. Language and Linguistics Compass . 14-32.

Williamson, T. 1994. Vagueness. London: Routledge

Zwarts, J. 2003. Vectors across spatial domains: From place to size, orientation, shape and parts. In Emile van der Zee and John Slack, eds., Representing Direction in Language and Space . Oxford: Oxford University Press. 39–68.

Organizing Committee

Lorenz Demey
Dany Jaspers
Cora Pots
Hans Smessaert
Jolijn Sonnaert
Tanja Temmerman
Jeroen van Craenenbroeck
Guido vanden Wyngaerd

Call for Abstracts colloquium Reasoning in Social Context, Amsterdam, May 31-June 2, 2018, deadline: May 1, 2018

Colloquium of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences on:

REASONING IN SOCIAL CONTEXT

31 MAY - 2 JUNE, 2018

Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam

https://sites.google.com/site/reasoningcolloquium/...

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:

We welcome submissions for short presentations on the theme of the colloquium.
Submissions of 1 page abstracts (in pdf format) should be uploaded on the easychair submission webpage (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=reasoning2018), by May 1st 2018. Authors will be notified of acceptance by May 7th 2018.

DEADLINE ABSTRACTS: May 1st, 2018.


THEME:

The central question that we address in this colloquium focusses on the models that can represent the first level and higher-level beliefs of agents, their knowledge as well as the changes of beliefs and knowledge in a community. We aim to understand the nature of the logic that can model how the beliefs of agents in a group are affected by the opinions and belief changes of others in a social network. The logical study of belief formation, belief revision and knowledge updates in a community is gaining importance as these logical methods can be applied to a number of real life scenarios in the social sciences.

A number of logical systems are already available to deal with the complex multi-agent scenarios in which an individual, or groups of agents, update their knowledge and change their beliefs. An important player in this field is dynamic epistemic logic, which refers to a collection of logical systems that are united in their method to deal with information dynamics. Guided by the methodology of dynamic epistemic logic, we approach the questions at this colloquium from an interdisciplinary angle. As such we welcome any insights on the topic coming from areas such as Game Theory, Belief Revision Theory, Formal Epistemology, Social Science, Network Theory, Cognitive Science and AI (multi-agent systems).

The overall focus includes (but is not restricted to) the following topics:

_ formal representations of higher-order belief, knowledge and belief revision strategies
_ epistemic and doxastic influence
_ belief merge
_ information flow in social networks
_ evidential support of epistemic attitudes
_ trust and trust revision

The Following Key-note Speakers have confirmed their participation at the Academy Colloquium on Reasoning in Social Context in Amsterdam:


Marta Bilkova, Charles University Prague and Czech Academy of Sciences
Franz Berto, University of Amsterdam
Adam Bjorndahl, Carnegie Mellon University
Thomas Bolander, Technical University of Denmark
Jeroen Bruggeman, University of Amsterdam

Branden Fitelson, Northeastern University
Nina Gierasimczuk, Technical University of Denmark

Valentin Goranko, Stockholm University
Davide Grossi, University of Groningen

Vincent Hendricks, University of Copenhagen
Barteld Kooi, University of Groningen

Christian List, London School of Economics

Ondrej Majer, Charles University Prague and Czech Academy of Sciences
Sara Negri, University of Helsinki

Eric Pacuit, University of Maryland
Jan-Willem Romeijn, University of Groningen
Olivier Roy, University of Bayreuth
Gabriel Sandu, University of Helsinki

MASTER CLASS:

In relation to the colloquium we also organize a Master Class on the same topic from 30 May till 15 June. Information about the Master Class is available at https://sites.google.com/site/reasoningcolloquium/


ORGANISATION: Sonja Smets and Alexandru Baltag, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation. University of Amsterdam.

CfP Journal 'Computational Linguistics' on 'Computational approaches in historical linguistic after the quantitative turn', deadline: July 15, 2018

Call for papers for the journal "ComputationalLinguistics" on "Computational approaches in historical linguisticsafter the quantitative turn", guest-edited by Taraka Rama, Simon J.Greenhill, Harald Hammarström, Johann-Mattis List, and Gerhard Jäger.



The deadline is July 15, 2018, and detailed information can be found in theattached PDF, which you can also download at http://calc.digling.org/resources/call-si-cl.pdf.

CfP IfCoLog Journal of Logics and their Applications, Special issue 'Reasoning on Legal Texts', deadline: July 31, 2018

IfCoLog Journal of Logics and their Applications


Special issue "Reasoning on Legal Texts"


** Paper submission deadline: Jul 31st, 2018 **


Guest editors:

Livio Robaldo - University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg) Sotiris Batsakis - University of Huddersfield (UK) Maria Vanina Martinez - Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina) Christoph Benzmueller - Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)


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Regulations are a widespread and important part of governments and businesses.

They encode how products are manufactured, and how the processes are to be performed. Such regulations, in general, are difficult to understand and apply.

Undoubtedly, the law, for example, as the reflection of human society, presents the broadest range of expression and interpretation, since the interpretation of even the most common words becomes problematic. Even individual regulations may be self-contradictory as a result of their gradual development process, as well as the lack of a formal drafting process.


In an increasingly complicated environment, as well as regulatory review, automated reasoning processes become more and more necessary. Current state-of-the-art technologies enforce reasoning applications on legal texts such as decision making and compliance checking starting from logical and/or ontology-based representations of norms. These semantic representations are typically obtained via Natural Language Processing (NLP) in an automatic fashion, in order to avoid huge time-consuming manual effort.


To bridge such challenges, several research projects in the legal domain have been recently funded by the EU and similar institutions, among which is

"MIREL: MIning and REasoning with Legal texts". The aim of the MIREL project is to bridge the gap between the community working on legal ontologies and NLP methods applied to legal documents, and the community working on reasoning methods and formal logic, towards the objectives described above.


This special issue focuses on legal reasoning, thus welcoming submissions describing novel approaches for reasoning in the legal domain starting from logical or ontology-based representations of legal knowledge.


A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:


- Logical formalization of legal knowledge

- Norm enforcement and compliance

- Decision making methods and applications

- Computational methods for legal reasoning

- Legal argumentation

- Dynamics of normative knowledge

- Formal models of norms, normative systems, and norm-governed societies

- Using logic formalisms and technologies in large legal document collections

- Legislative and case-law metadata models

- Semantic annotations for legal texts

- Inconsistency handling and exception-tolerant reasoning

- Legal reasoning under uncertainty and incomplete information

- Legal reasoning with vague notions

- Defeasible normative systems

- Implementations and applications in the legal domain

- Large-scale normative reasoning



*Important Dates*

- Paper submission: Jul 31st, 2018

- Notification to authors: November 30th, 2018

- Camera-ready: January 1st, 2019


*Submission Instructions*

Papers submitted to the special issue must be sent to Jane Spurr (jane.spurr@kcl.ac.uk). Please specify this special issue in the email subject.

We expect papers of about 15-30 pages; however, justified exceptions are possible. Each submission will be assigned with two reviewers.


If have any enquiries/comments, please contact Livio Robaldo at:

livio.robaldo@uni.lu

Extra
HAHA - Humor Analysis based on Human Annotation, IberEval 2018

*** Call for Participation HAHA track at IberEval 2018 ***

HAHA - Humor Analysis based on Human Annotation at IberEval 2018

https://www.fing.edu.uy/inco/grupos/pln/haha/

While humor has been historically studied from a psychological, cognitive and linguistic standpoint, its study from a computational perspective is an area yet to be explored in Machine Learning and Computational Linguistics. The aim of this track is to gain better insight into what is humorous and what causes laughter. The HAHA evaluation campaign proposes three different subtasks related to automatic humor detection in Spanish.

We will provide a corpus of 20,000 crowd-annotated tweets in Spanish divided in 16,000 tweets for training and 4,000 tweets for testing. The annotation follows a voting scheme, in which users could select one of six options: the tweet does not contain humor, or the tweet contains humor and a number of stars from one to five. All tweets have at least five votes.

Three subtasks are proposed:

* Humor Detection: telling if a tweet is a joke or not (intended humor by the author or not).

* Funniness Score Prediction: predicting a Funniness Score value for a tweet in a 5-star ranking, supposing it is a joke, based on a crowd-annotated corpus.

* Funniness Distribution Prediction (experimental): the final task goes beyond the previous one by asking a prediction of the distribution of votes for a tweet (i.e., what percentage of votes for each one of the 5 stars).


How to participate:

If you want to participate in this task, please join the Google Group hahaibereval2018. We will be sharing news and important information about the task in that group.

Important Dates:

* March 26th, 2018: 16,000 tweets for training.

* April 23rd, 2018: 4,000 tweets for testing.

* April 30th, 2018: results submission page.

* May 7th, 2018: publication of results.

* May 21st, 2018: working notes paper submission.

* June 18th, 2018: notification of acceptance.

* June 27th, 2018: camera ready paper submission.

* September 18th, 2018: IberEval Workshop at SEPLN 2018.


The organizers of the task are:

B.E. Santiago Castro

MSc. Luis Chiruzzo

PhD. Aiala Rosá

Grupo PLN, Instituto de Computación, Facultad de Ingeniería, UDELAR (Uruguay)