LINGUIST List 23.2568

Fri Jun 01 2012

Calls: Computational Ling, Cognitive Sci, Discourse Analysis, Semantics/USA

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Date: 31-May-2012
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Subject: AAAI Fall Symposium on Artificial Intelligence of Humor
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Full Title: AAAI Fall Symposium on Artificial Intelligence of Humor Short Title: AAAI FSS 2012 AIH
Date: 02-Nov-2012 - 04-Nov-2012 Location: Arlington, VA, USA Contact Person: Julia Taylor
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Semantics

Call Deadline: 10-Jun-2012

Meeting Description:

Human ability to communicate is incomplete without the use of humor. The ultimate goal of the proposed Symposium is to advance the state of the art in developing an AI system capable of understanding jokes, comedy, and humorous situations, but we recognize that this goal is an 'AI complete' problem. It will not be fully realized until every other aspect of human intelligence has been successfully implemented in AI systems. Therefore, we are inviting researchers from any discipline that can advance any aspect that may contribute to the goal of understanding humor. The effort is multidisciplinary in nature, and the participants from all of the contributing disciplines, viz., computational semantics, knowledge representation, computational psychology, AI theory, humanoid robotics, human-computer interface, human factors, to name just a few, are invited to participate. We will also welcome discussions on such phenomena as novelty, surprise, disruption, incongruity, etc, that may not be humorous by themselves but are important factors in humor. Similarly, research that is not computational per se but deal with an aspect of humor that bears on its computation belong in the Symposium as well.

Call for Papers:


The topics include (but are not limited to):

- Humor detection and generation- Semantic representation of jokes- Reasoning within jokes- Priming and saliency in jokes- Humor preferences- Humor ontology- Modeling humor competence- Modeling humor performance- Humor in humanoid robotics- Social computing with humor- (Computable) sociology of humor- (Computable) psychology of humor- Detecting humor trends- Computational humor for education- Aspects of novelty, surprise, or other features that are also characteristic of humor

Format of Symposium:

The Symposium will include a few invited papers, submitted research papers, and encourage the participants to suggest panels, round table discussions, mini-symposia, special sessions, etc. There will be a clear focus on discussion: in fact, to the extent possible, we will encourage the electronic circulation of invited and accepted presentations prior to the Symposium, so that most of the time allotted to each paper be spent on its discussion.

Submission Requirements (Deadline for one-page abstract: June 10, 2012):

We invite regular research paper submissions (around 8 pp.), short research papers (around 4 pp.), extended abstracts of the above (1 p.), proposals for panels, round-table discussions, special sections, listing the rationale and committed participants (1 p.). Full versions of accepted papers or descriptions will be due by September 1, 2012. Poster presentations, with or without a paper, outlining early-stage research, are also encouraged, especially from students. Submit to Symposium Managing Co-Chair, Julia M. Taylor at, PSYCH, University of Zurich, Department of Psychology, Personality and Assessment, Binzm├╝hlestr. 14/7, CH-8050 Z├╝rich, Switzerland

Symposium URL:

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