LINGUIST List 13.2891

Fri Nov 8 2002

Calls: Altaic/Cognitive Modeling of Agents

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  1. MaryAnn Walter, Altaic in Formal Linguistics
  2. rsun, Cognitive Modeling of Agents and Multi-agent Interactions

Message 1: Altaic in Formal Linguistics

Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2002 18:15:39 -0500 (EST)
From: MaryAnn Walter <waltermaMIT.EDU>
Subject: Altaic in Formal Linguistics


Workshop on Altaic in Formal Linguistics

May 16-18, 2003

Mark your calendars! Following the success of the Altaic Workshop,
held in conjunction with FAJL in 2001, MIT will host the first
Workshop on Altaic in Formal Linguistics (WAFL) on May 16-18, 2003.
Papers are solicited from any area of formal linguistics and on any
Altaic language -- including, but not limited to, Turkish, Japanese,
Korean, and Mongolian. Comparative studies are particularly

Check our website for further information in the coming weeks:

We'll see you at WAFL!
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Message 2: Cognitive Modeling of Agents and Multi-agent Interactions

Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2002 09:47:39 -0600
From: rsun <>
Subject: Cognitive Modeling of Agents and Multi-agent Interactions

 Workshop on 
 Cognitive Modeling of Agents and Multi-Agent Interactions

 During IJCAI'2003 
 9-11 August, 2003. Acapulco, Mexico

Computational models of cognitive agents that incorporate a wide range
of cognitive functionalities (such as a variety of
memory/representation, various types of learning, and sensory motor
capabilities) have been developed in both AI and cognitive science.
In AI, they appear under the rubric of intelligent agents and
multi-agent systems. In cognitive science, they are often known as
cognitive architectures. These strands of research provide useful
paradigms for addressing some fundamental questions in AI and
Cognitive Science.

Artificial intelligence started out with the goal of designing
functioning intelligent agents. However, faced with the enormous
difficulty of the task, the focus has largely been on modeling
specific aspects of intelligence, often in highly restricted domains.
Nevertheless, some researchers have focused on putting the pieces
together with the goal of designing autonomous agents. More important,
there is a growing interest in multi-agent interactions that addresses
issues of coordination and cooperation among cognitive agents.

On the other side, traditionally, the main focus of research in
cognitive science has been on specific components of cognition (e.g.,
perception, memory, learning, language). Recent developments in
computational modeling of cognitive architectures provide new avenues
for precisely specifying complex cognitive processes in tangible ways,
thereby addressing foundational questions in cognitive science. Such
developments need to be extended to multi-agent interactions and there
are promising developments in this regard (see e.g. recent papers in
this area in the journal Cognitive Systems Research).

Against this background, this workshop seeks to bring together
cognitive scientists and AI researchers, with a wide range of
background and expertise, to discuss research problems in
understanding cognition at the individual level as well as at the
collective level.

The workshop is open to all members of the AI and CogSci research
communities. We invite submissions on all aspects of cognitive
modeling of agents and multi-agent interactions, including, but not
limited to:

 * Cognitive architectures of individual cognitive agents. 

 * Cognitive models of multi-agent interactions (e.g., communication, 
 cooperation, and negotiation, in relation to cognition).

 * Cognitive models of multi-agent organizations (e.g., organizational 
 structure, economies, culture, and other coordination structures and 
 mechanisms, in relation to cognition).

 * Cognitive models of co-learning of multiple cognitive agents.

 * Computational models of evolution of cognition and behavior.

 * Computational abstractions, languages, and tools for cognitive modeling
 of agents and multi-agent interactions.

The discussions at the workshop will focus on the following issues,
among many others:

 * What are the characteristics of the successful cognitive architectures for 
 modeling individual cognitive agents?

 * What are the suitable characteristics of cognitive architectures for 
 modeling both individual cognitive agents and multi-agent interactions?

 * What are the fundamental ways of understanding and modeling multi-agent 
 interactions? Can they be reduced to individual cognition?

 * How can we best characterize and model social structures and organizations 
 in relation to cognition?
 * How important is evolution in shaping individual cognition and collective
 behavior? How can we model that aspect?


If you are interested in giving a presentation at the workshop, please
submit a full paper, 6-10 pages, in the IJCAI paper format. If you are
only interested in attending, submit a brief abstract (one page or
less) describing your interest.

Use the IJCAI paper format (and templates) for your papers. 
See the IJCAI Web site: for details.

Electronic submission is required. Only the Postscript or PDF format
is accepted. Send your paper (in PS or PDF) as an email attachment.

In the body of your email, include (in plain ASCII): names of all
authors, their affiliations, their physical addresses, and their email
addresses. In addition, the same information should also be included
in your paper itself.

All submissions should be sent to:

Each paper will be reviewed for technical soundness, relevance,
significance, and clarity.

An edited book volume, as well as a special issue of the journal
Cognitive System Research, is planned for a selected subset of the
papers of the workshop.

 * Deadline for the submission of full papers (6 to 10 pages) or abstracts (1
 page): March 1, 2003.
 * Notification of acceptance/rejection: March 30, 2003.
 * Deadline for the receipt of camera-ready papers: May 1, 2003


Prof. Ron Sun (Chair)
CECS Department, 201 EBW
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211-2060

Prof. Cristiano Castelfranchi
Department of Communication Sciences
University of Siena 
Siena, Italy

Prof. Jan Treur 
Department of Artificial Intelligence 
Faculty of Sciences 
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 
1081 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Dr. Robert L. West
Department of Psychology and Department of Cognitive Science
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6

Dr. Christian Lebiere
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
School of Computer Science 
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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See the workshop Web page at:

Professor Ron Sun, Ph.D 
CECS Department, 201 EBW phone: (573) 884-7662
University of Missouri-Columbia fax: (573) 882 8318 
Columbia, MO 65211-2060 email:

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