LINGUIST List 15.1875

Mon Jun 21 2004

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  1. pietarin, Logic, Games and Philosophy: Foundational Perspectives
  2. ernst, Workshop on Advanced Topics in Modeling Natural Language Dialog

Message 1: Logic, Games and Philosophy: Foundational Perspectives

Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 04:24:52 -0400 (EDT)
From: pietarin <pietarincc.helsinki.fi>
Subject: Logic, Games and Philosophy: Foundational Perspectives

Logic, Games and Philosophy: Foundational Perspectives 

Date: 28-Sep-2004 - 01-Oct-2004
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Contact: Ondrej Majer
Contact Email: lannasite.cas.cz 
Meeting URL: http://www.flu.cas.cz/Logica/Aconf/col2004.html 

Linguistic Sub-field: Philosophy of Language 

Call Deadline: 09-Jul-2004 


Meeting Description:

LOGIC, GAMES AND PHILOSOPHY: FOUNDATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

Prague International Colloquium 

28 September - 1 October 2004, Prague, Czech Republic

Games, like logics, are tools for investigating the world, language,
and their relationship. Semantic, dialogic, evolutionary,
interrogative, argumentative, and pragmatic methods have been included
into the toolkit. Following the recent increase in investment on
games and game-theoretic methods in logic, language, computation and
communication, we still need a better understanding of the
possibilities of forming methodologies underlying these diverse
contemporary currents. The purpose of the Prague Conference on Logic,
Games and Philosophy: Foundational Perspectives is to explore the
interfaces between logic and games with the eye on philosophical,
methodological and foundational issues.

Organised by 
Department of Logic, Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of
the Czech Republic, and

Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki

Preference is given to papers that make a definite contribution to
philosophical, methodological and foundational issues underlying
game-theoretic approaches to logical, computational or linguistic
research, including relevant historical and philosophical issues on
the Theory of Games itself.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

* Wittgenstein, C. S. Peirce
* Language Games
* Game-Theoretic Semantics
* Dialogue Games
* Interrogative Games/Philosophy of Science
* Evolutionary Games
* Diachronicity/Semantic-Pragmatic Change
* Game-Theoretic Methods in Logic, Language, Computation, Communication

Among the invited speakers of the colloquium are Mathieu Marion
(Qu�bec � Montr�al), Shahid Rahman (Lille 3), Gabriel Sandu
(Helsinki), Wim Veldman (Nijmegen).

Potential contributors are asked to submit a two page (including
references) abstract; the deadline is

** 9 July 2004 ** 

Abstracts are to be submitted by e-mail (preferably as PDF, PS or MS
Word files) prepared for anonymous reviewing. (To prevent problems
caused by e-mail failures, the receipt of every abstract will be
confirmed within one week.) Notification of acceptance will be
distributed by 15 July 2004. Contributed papers are scheduled for
approx. 40 minutes (including discussion).

Please direct your abstracts to: 
lannasite.cas.cz

The proceedings of the Prague International Colloquium will be offered
to Kluwer Academic Publishers for inclusion in their series Logic,
Epistemology and the Unity of Science (the papers will be reviewed).

If you need more information, please contact us at: 
lannasite.cas.cz 

The conference website is 
http://www.flu.cas.cz/Logica/Aconf/col2004.html

Program Committee:

Gabriel Sandu (Chair, Helsinki)
Johan van Benthem (Amsterdam, Stanford)
Mathieu Marion (Qu�bec � Montr�al)			
Jaroslav Peregrin (Prague)	
Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen (Helsinki)
Shahid Rahman (Lille 3)
Tero Tulenheimo (Helsinki)
Wim Veldman (Nijmegen)

Organising Committee:

Ondrej Majer (Prague)
Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen (Helsinki)
Tero Tulenheimo (Helsinki)
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Message 2: Workshop on Advanced Topics in Modeling Natural Language Dialog

Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2004 12:02:21 -0400 (EDT)
From: ernst <ernstai.univie.ac.at>
Subject: Workshop on Advanced Topics in Modeling Natural Language Dialog

Workshop on Advanced Topics in Modeling Natural Language Dialog

Date: 14-Sep-2004 - 14-Sep-2004
Location: Vienna, Austria
Contact: Helmut Horacek
Contact Email: horacekcs.uni-sb.de 
Meeting URL: http://www.ags.uni-sb.de/~horacek/KONVENS04-WS.html 

Linguistic Sub-field: Computational Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 20-Jul-2004 


Meeting Description:

Advanced Topics in Modeling Natural Language Dialog is a workshop held
at KONVENS 2004. The goal of the workshop is to discuss approaches
that model aspects of dialogs involved in flexible conversations.

 Call for Papers


 ADVANCED TOPICS IN MODELING NATURAL LANGUAGE DIALOG
 (Workshop at KONVENS 2004)

 14 September 2004
 Vienna, Austria

 http://www.ags.uni-sb.de/~horacek/KONVENS04-WS.html



Natural language dialogs are increasingly important for supporting
information access and electronic commerce. It is a
not-too-distant-future vision for people to be talking to all kinds of
devices, applications and services as they move around their homes,
offices and cities. Such interfaces will need to provide natural,
intuitive and flexible interaction, and adapt to different users and
ever-changing situations.

Over the past two decades, computational dialogue modeling has made
considerable progress. However, most currently available systems
severely limit the space of possible interactions, both from the
viewpoint of dialogue strategies and input/output natural language
expressivity. This results in inflexible, boring and time-consuming
dialogues. Consequently, enhancing dialog capabilities of machine
conversants is urgently required.

The goal of this workshop is to discuss approaches that model aspects
of dialogs involved in flexible conversations. These include, in
particular,

* dialog models supporting flexible dialog (e.g., information state 
 update based, rather than strict scripting and finite state models),
* modeling the semantics and pragmatics of various types of dialog acts
* modeling various discourse semantic and pragmatic phenomena, such 
 as anaphoric reference, rhetorical relations, temporal relations, 
 information structure, presupposition accommodation, etc.
* modeling negotiation and argumentation, subjectivity, opinions and 
 semantic orientation
* modeling more fine grained aspects of spoken and textual input and 
 output realization, such as prosody, word order, varied syntactic 
 structure, discourse markers, etc.
* adaptive multimodalinput and output, fusion and fission.

The goal of the workshop is to survey current work which addresses
such aspects of dialogue modeling, in terms of their effectiveness,
coverage and limitations, as well as ways to combine models addressing
complementary issues. Approaches with a strong empirical grounding are
especially welcome.

Substantial and original submissions on the above topics are welcome.
Accepted papers will be scheduled for presentation. Since this is a
workshop, we encourage papers that describe speculative ideas, work in
progress, and discussions of important issues.


Workshop chairs

Helmut Horacek, Saarland University
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova, Saarland University

Programme Committee (to be announced)


Submissions

Papers describing original work related to the workshop focus topics
above, should be submitted electronically. Papers may range from
extended abstracts to fully elaborate presentations, 4-8 pages long
(inclusive of references, tables, figures and equations) in PDF
format, in accordance with the guidelines at the KONVENS site
(http://www.oefai.at/konvens2004). Authors are strongly encouraged to
use the following style file:
http://www.oefai.at/konvens2004/KONVENS-2004_files/colacl.sty.

Send your submission to Helmut Horacek (horacekcs.uni-sb.de) or Ivana
Kruijff-Korbayova (korbaycoli.uni-sb.de).

Important dates

Paper submissions: 20 July 2004
Notification of acceptance: 4 August 2004
Camera-ready copies due: 20 August 2004
Registration deadline: as KONVENS
Workshop dates: 14 September 2004 (afternoon)


Registration

The registration fees include attendance of the workshop and a copy of
workshop proceedings. Follow the registration instructions at the
KONVENS site (http://www.oefai.at/konvens2004) and indicate that you
would like to attend the workshop.

Participation without Submission

People wishing to attend the workshop but not submitting papers should
send a notification of attendance: a 1-2 page stating interest to
participate, work done in NLG so far, and potential contributions /
material for discussions about one of the topics. This information
will help with the organisation of discussions and allow for an
informal and highly interactive workshop.

Contact Information

Notifications of attendance should be sent to
Helmut Horacek (horacekcs.uni-sb.de) or 
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova (korbaycoli.uni-sb.de). 
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