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LINGUIST List 23.1591

Thu Mar 29 2012

Calls: Computational Linguistics/France

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Date: 29-Mar-2012
From: Remi van Trijp <remicsl.sony.fr>
Subject: ECAI2012 Satellite Workshop on Language and Robots
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Full Title: ECAI2012 Satellite Workshop on Language and Robots
Short Title: LANGROBO2012

Date: 27-Aug-2012 - 28-Aug-2012
Location: Montpellier, France
Contact Person: Remi van Trijp
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://langrobo.fcg-net.org/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 28-May-2012

Meeting Description:

Robust and open-ended language grounding in robots is an extraordinarily challenging research topic. State-of-the-art methodology demands a whole systems approach for modeling, experimentation, and analysis. This workshop brings together experts from different subfields, covering embodiment, sensorimotor processing, perception, high-level knowledge processing and representation, reasoning and communication, system integration, and more.

Within a prototypical experiment on language grounding, robots try to achieve communicative goals through language, e.g., one robot may ask another to perform a certain action, or draw its attention to an object/event in the scene (see Figure on top of the screen). The goal of this workshop is to discuss how a whole-systems-approach can be an all-encompassing framework which:

- (re-)integrates the findings of the aforementioned subfields
- leads to radical breakthroughs in all subfields
- makes technology transfer among subfields more efficient
- ensures compatibility and repeatability of results

The workshop will therefore appreciate partial solutions in the aforementioned subfields of interest, if they have already been (or at least could potentially be) integrated with other processing modules on a real robot. We will highly encourage papers and presentations which include working examples and real-world demonstrations.

Call for Papers:

Contributions are solicited on all aspects of the grand challenge of language grounding on robots. They should preferably be based on mechanisms that have been effectively implemented and demonstrated to work on real robots. More specifically, submissions are solicited on the following topics:

- Perception and motor control, grounded body models
- Behavioral control, evolving behaviors
- Computational formalisms for grounded rich semantics and grammar
- Language Game experiments
- Robust and open-ended human-robot and robot-robot interaction

All contributions must contain the following parts:

- An abstract of the work, including a motivation why the research is relevant for grounding language on robots (max. 200 words)
- Type of submission: The workshop accepts the following submission types:

1. Poster: can be accompanied with a video or system demonstration
2. Presentation: contributors can either submit a paper that has already been submitted elsewhere, or submit an extended abstract of 2 pages
3. Robot/system demonstration: short description of the platform

- (Optional but highly encouraged) supplementary materials (e.g. link to website with video materials, pictures, software, etc.) for the reviewers


You can submit your paper at langrob through the following link:


Submissions have to consist of a single PDF-file. You can optionally attach a zip-file with supporting materials. However, the reviewers are not obliged to take these supporting materials into account.

Deadline of submission is 28 May 2012, at 23h59 CET. For more information, please contact us at langrobofcg-net.org.

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