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LINGUIST List 18.1294

Mon Apr 30 2007

Calls: Syntax/India; Computational Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Ania Kubisz <anialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Tanmoy Bhattacharya, 2nd Linguistics Spring School in the Indian Mountains
        2.    Christel Kemke, Communication Between Human and Artificial Agents

Message 1: 2nd Linguistics Spring School in the Indian Mountains
Date: 28-Apr-2007
From: Tanmoy Bhattacharya <secretaryfosssil.in>
Subject: 2nd Linguistics Spring School in the Indian Mountains

Full Title: 2nd Linguistics Spring School in the Indian Mountains
Short Title: 2nd LISSIM

Date: 02-Sep-2007 - 13-Sep-2007
Location: Dharmkot, Himachal Pradesh, India
Contact Person: Tanmoy Bhattacharya
Meeting Email: secretaryfosssil.in
Web Site: http://www.fosssil.in/

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2007

Meeting Description:

After the success of the 1st LISSIM, FOSSSIL announces the 2nd LISSIM to take
place in a little village called Dharamkot, 1 km above McLeodganj, the abode of
Dalai Lama, at 2100 meters, overlooking the Dhaula Dhar range of Himalayan
mountains from September 2nd-13th, 2007. Set among pine forests, the Autumn
School venue is ideal for communal leaving and learning, devoid of the usual
distractions of a city, town or even a touristy hill station.

2nd Linguistics Spring School in the Indian Mountains

The teaching faculty will consist of the following established experts in formal
linguistics topics:

Tim Stowell, University of California, LA
-Hilda Koopman, University of California, LA
-Dominque Sportiche, University of California, LA
-Andrew Nevins, Harvard University
-Halldor Sigurdsson, University of Lund, Sweden

The topics to be discussed are as follows:
- Syntax of Tense and Mood
- Reconstruction/ binding
- Morphology/ syntax interface
- Verbal complexes
- Syntactic PF
- Impersonal (null) subject
- Generalised pro-drop
In addition, there will be a one-day workshop on Control on the 6th of September
led by Cilene Rodrigues.

Since the number of student participants is limited to 20, prospective
participants are therefore requested to apply as soon as possible. Students from
India are requested to apply for membership to FOSSSIL by writing an email of
intention to secretaryfosssil.in. All prospective students for the School are
requested to send an email to the same address with the following information
latest by 15th June, 2007:
Qualification in Linguistics:
PhD/ Research Topic:
Reason for Participating inLISSIM: (max 500 words)
The registration fees structure is as follows:
Students from India: Rs. 3000
Students/ others from outside India: Euros 250/ US Dollars 325/ Pounds 168.
Others from India: Rs 4500
The fees will cover accommodation and food for 13 days of the School,
registration fee for the School and annual membership of the society which will
entitle them to two issues of the journal of the Society (Indian Journal of
Formal Linguistics), 6 issues of the Newsletter and free access to one annual

Applicants will be informed of their selection by 30th June, 2007. Those wishing
to present a paper in the conference on the 6th of September in addition to
participating in the School, are requested to send by email an abstract with
their application not exceeding 500 words on the workshop topic.

Formal Studies in the Syntax and Semantics
of Indian Languages (FOSSSIL)
Message 2: Communication Between Human and Artificial Agents
Date: 28-Apr-2007
From: Christel Kemke <ckemkecs.umanitoba.ca>
Subject: Communication Between Human and Artificial Agents

Full Title: Communication Between Human and Artificial Agents
Short Title: CHAA-07

Date: 02-Sep-2007 - 05-Sep-2007
Location: Silicon Valley, USA
Contact Person: Christel Kemke
Meeting Email: ckemkecs.umanitoba.ca
Web Site: http://www.cs.umanitoba.ca/~ckemke/CHAA-07/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 25-May-2007

Meeting Description:

Second International Workshop on

Communication Between Human and Artificial Agents (CHAA-07)

Silicon Valley, 2-5 November 2007


Workshop Description:

The ability to communicate in a complex manner with others, to exchange ideas
and thoughts, to convey factual information as well as wishes, goals, and plans,
to issue commands, instructions and questions, and to express emotions and
interact on a social level, is one of the most important and distinguishing
aspects of humankind. If artificial agents want to progress to the next level,
and truly and deeply interact with humans, they must possess expanded
communicative abilities.

Interdisciplinary research, integrating methods and models from computer
science, psychology, engineering, linguistics, philosophy, mathematics, and
others, has provided a basis for the development of artificial agents and an
extension of their ''human'' characteristics and abilities.

Building on the approaches developed so far, this workshop focuses on new
methods and models to describe and implement communication between human and
artificial agents, in all forms and on all levels. The ultimate goal of this
endeavour is to bridge the gap between the richness, complexity and
expressiveness of human communication, and the (in)ability of artificial agents
to interact and communicate adequately with their human partners.

Topic Areas:

- models of communicative behaviour
- natural language and speech as interaction medium
- dialogue in human-agent communication
- gestures and facial expressions
- emotions, affective computing
- multi-modal communication
- human-like virtual and physical agents
- human-robot interaction
- knowledge representation and ontologies for communication
- action ontology, action theory, action representation
- context modelling (physical, spatial, temporal, dialogue context)
- speech characteristics in communication
- learning of interactive behaviours,
- learning in interactions, imitation learning
- cooperative behaviour, negotiation, judgement
- social interaction, social behaviours, social norms and roles
- applications, e.g. games, virtual reality, user interfaces
- technical realization

Important Dates:

- Paper submission: 25 May 2007
- Author notification: 2 August 2007
- Camera-ready copy: 17 August 2007
- Workshop: 1 day during IAT/WI/GrC/BIBM Conference, 2-5 Nov 2007

Paper Submission:

All papers accepted for the workshop will be included in the Workshop
Proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press, which are indexed by EI.

Submission Instructions: TBA.

Workshop Chair:

- Christel Kemke, University of Manitoba, Canada
e-mail: ckemkecs.umanitoba.ca

Organizing Committee:

- Jamal Bentahar, Concordia University, Canada
e-mail: bentaharciise.concordia.ca
- Nicolas Sabouret, Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6, France
e-mail: NicolasSabouret at lip6.fr
- Stephen Helmreich, New Mexico State University, USA
e-mail: shelmreicrl.nmsu.edu

Program Committee:

- Elisabeth Andre, University of Augsburg, Germany
- Jamal Bentahar, Concordia University, Canada
- Rafael H. Bordini, University of Durham, UK
- Klaus Fischer, DFKI, Germany
- Hans W. Guesgen, Massey University, New Zealand
- Karin Harbusch, University of Koblenz, Germany
- Stephen Helmreich, New Mexico State University, USA
- Pourang Irani, University of Manitoba, Canada
- Geert-Jan Kruijff, DFKI, Germany
- Marc Erich Latoschik, University of Bielefeld, Germany
- Jiming Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University and University of Windsor, Canada
- Xin Lu, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
- Lilia Moshkina, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
- Bill Ogden, New Mexico State University, USA
- Helmut Prendinger, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
- Nicolas Sabouret, Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6, France
- Lorenz Sichelschmidt, University of Bielefeld, Germany
- Tran Cao Son, New Mexico State University, USA
- Andre Trudel, Acadia University, Canada
- Robert Trypuz, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Italy
- Sven Wachsmuth, University of Bielefeld, Germany
- Ron Zacharski, University of Mary Washington, USA

Web Pages:

CHAA-07 Workshop: http://www.cs.umanitoba.ca/~ckemke/CHAA-07/
IAT/WI/GrC/BIBM Conference: http://www.cs.sjsu.edu/wi07/

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