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LINGUIST List 22.2115

Wed May 18 2011

Calls: Cognitive Sci, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Comp Ling/USA

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        1.     Wende Frost , AAAI Symposium on Building Common Ground with Intelligent Agents

Message 1: AAAI Symposium on Building Common Ground with Intelligent Agents
Date: 17-May-2011
From: Wende Frost <wende.frostasu.edu>
Subject: AAAI Symposium on Building Common Ground with Intelligent Agents
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Full Title: AAAI Symposium on Building Common Ground with Intelligent Agents

Date: 04-Nov-2011 - 06-Nov-2011
Location: Arlington, VA, USA
Contact Person: Wende Frost
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: https://sites.google.com/site/buildingcommonground2011/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 30-May-2011

Meeting Description:

Building Representations of Common Ground with Intelligent Agents

Much of the success of natural language interaction is caused by the participants' mutual understanding of the circumstances surrounding the communication. These circumstances range from reminiscing about a shared experience, such as a birthday party, to coordinating fire-fighting efforts amongst a team using joint beliefs about mutual capabilities. This mutual understanding of perceived context is termed 'common ground,' and is made up of all of the background and shared information that will lead to the eventual success of the communication. Some measure of common ground is used in most, if not all, successful interactions between human actors. For humans to have a convincing and beneficial experience interacting with intelligent agents, the agents must have mechanisms that support the fundamentals of common ground. Otherwise, the consequence may be unsuccessful and incomplete interactions.

This symposium aims to bring together researchers from robotics, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, computational linguistics, and cognitive modeling to share their diverse perspectives on common ground and its component factors. This investigation of how existing work explicitly or implicitly uses aspects of common ground will bring us closer to a practical approach for a complete common ground in intelligent, computational agents. Work to be presented may consist of currently implemented applications that contain common ground components, theoretical formalisms of these components, proposed frameworks, and work in progress.

Call for Papers:


Components of common ground include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Background knowledge
- World knowledge
- Presuppositions
- Mutual knowledge
- Mutual beliefs
- Beliefs about beliefs
- Conversational maxims

Examples of how these components may have been incorporated into current work include:

- Building of shared histories between actors
- Representations of beliefs or beliefs about beliefs
- Identifying and representing suppositions and presuppositions
- Reasoning about other actors' beliefs
- Creating untruthful or deceptive common ground
- Formalizations of any common ground component
- Agents or models which use common ground components in interaction
- Discourse or dialogue models which use some aspect of common ground
- Extraction of perlocutionary actions or effects from utterances
- Inferring common ground
- Using common ground to ground referents


Extended abstracts (500 words maximum) are due on 5/30/2011. If chosen, full papers submitted to our symposium need to follow AAAI's formatting requirements and be 6-8 pages in length.

For more information, see our website: https://sites.google.com/site/buildingcommonground2011/

Organizing Committee:

Sam Blisard (Naval Research Laboratory, sam.blisardnrl.navy.mil)
Will Bridewell (Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Resesarch, willbcslil.stanford.edu)
Wende Frost (Naval Research Laboratory, wende.frostnrl.navy.mil)
Arthi Murugesan (Naval Research Laboratory, arthi.murugesan.ctrnrl.navy.mil)
Candace Sidner (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, sidnerwpi.edu)
Alan Wagner (Georgia Tech Research Institute, alan.wagnergtri.gatech.edu)

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