17.117 cfp: Computational Approaches to Style: JASIST special issue

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 117.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 06:54:37 +0100
             From: "Prof. Shlomo Argamon" <argamon@iit.edu>
             Subject: CFP: JASIST special issue on Computational Approaches to

                                 Call for Papers
                         Special Topic Issue of _JASIST_
              Computational Methods for Style Analysis and Synthesis

         The next Special Topics Issue of the _Journal of the American
         Society for Information Science and Technology_ (JASIST) is
         scheduled to come out in early 2004 on the topic of Computational
         Methods for Style Analysis and Synthesis. The guest editor for
         this special issue will be Shlomo Argamon of the Illinois Institute
         of Technology in Chicago, IL.

         In recent years a growing number of researchers working in a
         variety of different areas have focused on explicitly addressing
         recognition and generation of style in their various disciplines,
         research that contrasts with traditional emphases on 'performance'
         or 'content' or 'meaning'. Indeed, in some media such as music,
         visual art and to a lesser extent, film and even expressive speech,
         'meaning' itself comprises mainly factors such as excitation and
         calmness or other emotional expressions that can be considered
         aspects of style instead of what is usually thought of as content.

         Recent achievements in style research include systems for
         authorship attribution, organizing and retrieving documents based
         on their writing style, composing new music in a given composer's
         style, rendering animation in different motion styles, and more.
         Work in all media shares the problem of formalizing a notion of
         style, and developing a modeling language that supports the
         representation of differing styles. The precise methodology used
         may depend upon the use of stylistic variation in a domain. Often,
         style is used to place a work into a genre, i.e. a context of other
         works. In other cases, style can be used to connect affect to
         content, as in the generation of animation sequences. Such
         different uses of style in some medium can be analyzed and such
         analysis used to categorize or identify particular works as well as
         to enable automatic generation of works with particular styles.

         Beyond purely utilitarian considerations are other important issues
         specifically related to using computers as an adjunct to artists in
         various media (graphics, music, text, etc.), and here we may
         examine the expressive qualities expressed by different stylistic
         mechanisms. Here the fundamental questions are: How may stylistic
         features be formalized? How may they be extracted from a given
         performance or piece? How do such features correlate with the
         "feeling" being conveyed? How may style be incorporated or added
         to a performance or piece?

         We seek submissions that address all aspects of style analysis and
         synthesis from a computational perspective, but are particularly
         interested to see work that addresses some of the following

         - What is style, and how may it be formalized?
         - What kinds of features indicate style (as opposed to function or
         - How is style related to short- and long-term temporal
           dependencies, such as found in music or text?
         - How do stylistic features correlate with affect of the
         - How may style be effectively combined with pre-existing content?
         - What sorts of formal modeling methods are useful in representing
         - How may one effectively learn a style of expression and then
           execute it?
         - How does perceived style depend on the observer's context?
         - How may presentation style affect comprehension?
         - What connections can be drawn from stylistic methods used for one
           domain to another?

         We seek papers that discuss research in the area of Style Analysis
         and Synthesis in all media and from many angles. Inquiries can be
         made to the guest editor at argamon@iit.edu.

           Manuscript submissions (four copies of full articles) should be
           addressed to:

           Professor Shlomo Argamon
           Department of Computer Science
           Illinois Institute of Technology
           10 W. 31st Street
           Chicago, IL 60616

           (312) 567-5289 voice
           (312) 567-5067 fax
           argamon@iit.edu email

         The deadline for accepting manuscripts for consideration for
         publication in this special issue is August 31, 2003. All
         manuscripts will be reviewed by a select panel of referees, and
         those accepted will be published in a special issue of
         _JASIST_. Original artwork and a signed copy of the copyright
         release form will be required for all accepted papers.

         A copy of the call for papers will be available on the World Wide
         Web as is further information about _JASIST_, at http://www.asis.org/.

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