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FYI: CFP - External Symbol Grounding Workshop 2006

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        1.    Tony Belpaeme, CFP - External Symbol Grounding Workshop 2006

Message 1: CFP - External Symbol Grounding Workshop 2006
Date: 22-Mar-2006
From: Tony Belpaeme <tony.belpaemeplymouth.ac.uk>
Subject: CFP - External Symbol Grounding Workshop 2006


External Symbol Grounding Workshop 2006
3 and 4 July 2006,
University of Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom


The External Symbol Grounding Workshop 2006 (ESG2006) is an international
workshop for research on grounding external signs and symbols.
Specifically, we wish to invite contributions viewing language and
cognition as linking what goes on in the head with causal processes that
are intersubjective, multimodal, affect-laden, and organised by
historically rooted customs and artefacts. We aim to bring together
linguists, psychologists, ethologists and social biologists, social and
cognitive neuroscientists, philosophers, computer scientists, and
roboticists for an intense two days of presenting and discussing
(potentially incompatible) views. The purpose of the workshop is not so
much to present completed work as to find new ways of tackling a complex
issue and to launch collaboration among participants to that end.

Since the workshop focuses on how symbol grounding can be reconsidered when
language is viewed as a dynamical process rooted in both culture and
biology, research related to robotic or computer modelling of symbol
grounding, psychological and linguistic viewpoints on cognitive development
and semiotic dynamics are of great interest. We have invited a range of
speakers who will bring their specialised expertise to bear on the issue of
external symbol grounding, and we are looking for additional researchers
who would like to contribute to this exciting new initiative.

ESG2006 is the successor to the first Distributed Language Group’s
Conference on Cognitive Dynamics and the Language Sciences, held at Sidney
Sussex College, Cambridge on 9-11 September 2005.


Participants will be invited to submit papers to Interaction Studies for
the special issue on external symbol grounding to be published in 2007.
Papers will be selected based on an independent peer review.


Deadline for submission of two-page abstract (or paper): 15 April 2006
Notification of acceptance: 1 May 2006
Workshop: 3 and 4 July 2006


Authors are invited to submit a two page abstract for presentation at the
workshop. Alternatively, they may submit papers that are not to exceed 12
pages. Submitted abstracts and papers will be refereed and selected for
half-hour oral presentations on the basis of quality and relevance to
issues surrounding the external grounding of signs and signals. Accepted
papers will be included in the proceedings and will be made accessible
through the web. Copies of the proceedings will be available at the workshop.

Authors are strongly encouraged to submit their papers electronically (MS
Word or PDF preferred). Please email your submission to
ESG2006plymouth.ac.uk. If you cannot send your submission through email,
please send a hardcopy to

Stephen J. Cowley
School of Psychology
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
AL10 9AB Hatfield
United Kingdom

The deadline for submission is 15 April 2006.


Michael Anderson (University of Maryland, MD, USA)
Angelo Cangelosi (University of Plymouth)
Stephen Cowley (University of Hertfordshire)
Stevan Harnad (Université du Québec à Montréal, provisional)
Karl MacDorman (Indiana University, IN, USA)
Paul Thibault (Agder University College, Kristiansand, Norway)
Paul Vogt (University of Tilburg, The Netherlands)


Tony Belpaeme (University of Plymouth)

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