[DL] 1st CfP: Workshop on "Cognition and Ontologies" (CAOS) 2017 - AISB 2017, April 18-21, 2017/University of Bath, UK

Tarek R. Besold tarek.besold at googlemail.com
Mon Dec 19 17:30:35 CET 2016

AISB CAOS 2017: Cognition And OntologieS 
(April 18-21, 2017 / University of Bath, UK)

*** DEADLINE: Monday, 15 February 2017, ALL submissions***

Accepted Submissions:

Short papers: max. 6 pages, 15 minutes presentation 
Position papers: max. 6 pages, 15 minutes presentations
Full research papers: max. 12 pages, 30 minutes presentation 
(Page number includes references, presentations include Q&A.)

Submission Procedure:

All submissions are to be done via EasyChair website:

Also see the symposium website for details: http://caos.inf.unibz.it/

CAOS 2017 welcomes researchers from all career stages to participate. Work
in progress and student projects are also welcome for submission as the
primary goal of the workshop is discussion. 

All paper must be original and not submitted to or accepted by any other
workshop, conference or journal and should follow the template provided by
AISB. All accepted papers will be part of the AISB 2017 convention
proceedings. All contributions will be peer-reviewed, and the review process
will be managed in a collaborative and transparent manner using the
EasyChair System. The interdisciplinary nature necessitates an equally mixed
program committee.

Important dates: 

Submission deadline: 15th February
Notification of acceptance: 1st March
Camera-ready version: 7th March


CAOS addresses the difficult and topical question how key cognitive
phenomena and concepts (and the involved terminology) that can be found
across language, psychology and reasoning, can be formally and ontologically
understood, analysed and represented. It moreover seeks answers to ways such
formalisations and ontological analysis can be exploited in Artificial
Intelligence and information systems in general. 

The notion of embodied experience has become increasingly influential in
terms of how concepts are thought to develop from a cognitive perspective
and also on how concept invention could be formally modelled. In this
perspective, several key notions from cognitive science are seen to be
important. For example, image schemas are suggested to be conceptual
building blocks deriving from the embodied experience, and in turn, in
essence they are often seen to model object affordances in the environment.
The theory of image schemas has been an influential theory in linguistics
(not the least in metaphor research) and in developmental psychology for
over twenty years, and has recently been looked at from research in
artificial intelligence as a means to approach the symbol grounding problem
and natural language understanding. On the other hand, criticism towards the
embodied perspective has been brought forward by many proponents of more
classical approaches to AI and cognitive modelling, with the discussion
still ongoing and the outcome uncertain.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for researchers from a range
of perspectives and disciplines who are interested in discussing these
questions further. We welcome submissions on topics related to the ontology
of hypothesised building blocks of cognition (such as, for instance, image
schemas, affordances, and related notions) and of cognitive capacities (such
as, for instance, concept invention), as well as system-demonstrations
modelling these capacities in application settings.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:  

Cognitive knowledge representation:
- Modelling cognitive phenomena
- Computational language acquisition
- Formalisation of language, image schemas and/or affordance

Cognition and language:
- Embodied cognition
- Concept invention
- Cognitive development from an ontological perspective 
- Image schemas / affordances in natural language

Artificial intelligence and applications:
- AI for language understanding
- Image schemas / affordances in artificial intelligence  
- Natural language applications / system-demonstrations
- Embodied approaches to knowledge acquisition in AI and Robotics
- Concept invention and concept-based computational creativity

Symposium Organisers:

- Maria M. Hedblom: Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany. 
- Tarek R. Besold: University of Bremen, Germany.
- Oliver Kutz: Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.

Programme Committee:

- Mihailo Antović: Faculty of Philosophy, University of Niš, Serbia
- John Bateman: Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies, University of
Bremen, Germany
- Brandon Bennett: School of computing, University of Leeds, UK
- Stephano Borgo: Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy
- Cem Bozsahin: Cognitive Science Department, Informatics Institute, METU,
- Roberta Ferrario: Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Italy
- Bipin Indurkhya: Computer Science Department at AGH University, Krakow,
- Alessandro Oltramari: Bosch Research and Technology Center, Pittsburgh, US
- Rafael Penaloza Nyssen: KRDB Research Centre for Knowledge and Data, Free
University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
- Sebastian Rudolph: Faculty of computer science, Technische Universität
Dresden, Germany
- Marco Schorlemmer: IIIA-CSIC, Bellaterra, Spain
- Gem Stapleton: Computer Science Faculty, University of Brighton, UK

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