5.0018 Confs: Non-Literal Cmptng; Informal Cmptng (2/176)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Fri, 10 May 91 11:19:57 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0018. Friday, 10 May 1991.

(1) Date: 9 May 91 10:05 -0700 (94 lines)
From: <fass@cs.sfu.ca>
Subject: IJCAI workshop on non-lit. lang. submission deadline now May 30

(2) Date: Thu, 09 May 91 11:45:34 -0400 (82 lines)
From: Jon Shultis <jon@incsys.com>
Subject: FYI - Informal Computing Workshop Program

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Date: 9 May 91 10:05 -0700
From: <fass@cs.sfu.ca>
Subject: IJCAI workshop on non-lit. lang. submission deadline now May 30




Dan Fass, James Martin, Elizabeth Hinkelman

Sydney, Australia, 24th August 1991

o New deadline for submissions Thursday May 30th
o New notification of acceptance/rejection Friday June 7th

1. Focus of the Workshop

The purpose of the workshop is to stimulate exchange and discussion of
theoretical issues and practical problems of artificial intelligence (AI)
models of non-literal language. Non-literal language includes metaphor,
idiom, "indirect" speech acts, implicature, hyperbole, metonymy, irony,
simile, sarcasm, and other devices whose meaning cannot be obtained by direct
composition of their constituent words. Non-literal language is increasingly
acknowledged as pervasive in natural language and is important to subfields of
natural language processing like machine translation and parsing ill-formed
input. Non-literal language has also attracted interest from researchers in
knowledge representation, planning and plan recognition, learning, belief
modeling, and other subfields of AI.

Researchers are invited to submit papers on topics including (but not limited
to) the computer recognition, interpretation, acquisition, generation, and
robust parsing of non-literal language. Issues of interest include:

o the relationship of non-literal to literal language,
o the adequacy of various forms of knowledge representation (symbolic vs
connectionist vs statistical),
o static vs dynamic mechanisms,
o general vs idiosyncratic treatment of instances,
o instances as novel vs conventional forms,
o comparison and contrast of models of the various forms of non-literal
o broader implications for AI.

2. Organizing Committee

Dan Fass James Martin
Centre for Systems Science, Computer Science Department and
Simon Fraser University, Institute of Cognitive Science,
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada. University of Colorado at Boulder,
Tel: (604) 291-3208 Box 430, Boulder, CO 80309-0430, USA.
Fax: (604) 291-4951 Tel: (303) 492-3552
E-mail: fass@cs.sfu.ca Fax: (303) 492-2844
E-mail: martin@boulder.colorado.edu

Elizabeth Hinkelman
Center for Information and Language Studies,
University of Chicago, 1100 E. 57th Street,
Chicago, IL 60637, USA.
Tel: (312) 702-8887
Fax: (312) 702-0775
E-mail: eliz@tira.uchicago.edu

3. Submission Details

Authors should mail three (3) copies of a submission in hard copy form.
Submissions should be no longer than 8 pages (excluding title page); have 1
inch margins on the top, sides and bottom; and use no smaller than 10 point
type. The title page, separate from the body of the paper, should contain
title, names of authors, their affiliation, address, phone, e-mail address,
and an abstract of 100-200 words. Papers that do not conform to this format
will not be reviewed. Send submissions to Dan Fass at his address, given
above. Please do not send submissions to James Martin or Elizabeth Hinkelman.

4. Workshop Details

Attendance at the workshop will be limited to 30 participants. Only one
invitation will be issued per accepted submission. To cover costs, it will be
necessary to charge a fee of $US65 for each participant. Participants will be
given further instructions on preparation of camera ready copy and session
format when they receive notification of acceptance. Final papers will be
collected into a set of proceedings and circulated to participants at the

Arrangements (yet to be confirmed) are being made for a Special Edition of
Computational Intelligence journal, edited by Fass, Martin and Hinkelman, in
which selected papers from the workshop will appear.
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Date: Thu, 09 May 91 11:45:34 -0400
From: Jon Shultis <jon@incsys.com>
Subject: FYI - Informal Computing Workshop Program

Workshop on Informal Computing

29-31 May 1991
Santa Cruz, California


Wednesday 29 May Conversational Computing and Adaptive Languages

8:15 Opening Remarks,
Jon Shultis, Incremental Systems
8:30 Natural Language Techniques in Formal Languages,
David Mundie, Incremental Systems
9:30 Building and Exploiting a User Model In Natural Language Information
Sandra Carberry, University of Delaware
10:30 Break
10:45 Informalism in Interfaces,
Larry Reeker, Institutes for Defense Analyses
11:45 Natural Language Programming in Solving Problems of Search,
Alan Biermann, Duke University
12:30 Lunch
13:45 Linguistic Structure from a Cognitive Grammar Perspective,
Karen van Hoek, University of California at San Diego
14:45 Notational Formalisms, Computational Mechanisms: Models or Metaphors?
A Linguistic Perspective,
Catherine Harris, University of California at San Diego
15:45 Break
16:00 Discussion
18:00 Break for dinner

Thursday 30 May Informal Knowledge and Reasoning
8:15 What is Informalism?,
David Fisher, Incremental Systems
9:15 Reaction in Real-Time Decision Making,
Bruce D'Ambrosio, Oregon State University
10:15 Break
10:30 Decision Making with Informal, Plausible Reasoning,
David Littman, George Mason University
11:15 Title to be announced,
Tim Standish, University of California at Irvine
12:15 Lunch
13:30 Intensional Logic and the Metaphysics of Intensionality,
Edward Zalta, Stanford University
14:30 Connecting Object to Symbol in Modeling Cognition,
Stevan Harnad, Princeton University
15:30 Break
15:45 Discussion
17:45 Break
19:00 Banquet

Friday 31 May Modeling and Interpretation

8:15 A Model of Modeling Based on Reference, Purpose and
Jeff Rothenberg, RAND
9:15 Mathematical Modeling of Digital Systems,
Donald Good, Computational Logic, Inc.
10:15 Break
10:30 Ideographs, Epistemic Types, and Interpretive Semantics,
Jon Shultis, Incremental Systems
11:30 Discussion
12:30 Lunch and End of the Workshop
13:45 Steering Committee Meeting for Informalism '92 Conference,
all interested participants are invited.

Jon Shultis
Incremental Systems Corp.
319 S. Craig St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

(412) 621-8888
(412) 621-0259 (FAX)