17.803 Symposium on Style and Meaning in Language, Art, Music, Design

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 803.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 07:23:53 +0100
             From: Shlomo Argamon <argamon@iit.edu>
             Subject: CFP: AAAI Fall Symposium on Style and Meaning

    AAAI 2004 Fall Symposium Series

    October 21-24 in Washington, D.C

    In recent years a growing number of researchers working in artificial
    intelligence, cognitive science, computer graphics, computer music,
    and multimedia have begun to explicitly address issues of 'style' or
    connotative semantics in their work. While it is still difficult to
    precisely characterize these concepts satisfactorily (we know it when
    we see it), common denominators of much of this work are: an emphasis
    on manner rather than topic, a focus on affective aspects of
    expression and understanding, and a search for 'dense' representations
    of meaning in which elements simultaneously symbolize multiple layers
    of meaning at once.

    Recent areas of research in this vein have included forensic
    authorship attribution, information retrieval based on document genre
    or affect, composition of new music in a given composer's style,
    rendering animation in different motion styles, analyzing
    architectural styles for function and affect, and much 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. However, due to the widely varying technical
    requirements of work in different media, little communication has
    traditionally existed between different 'style researchers'. The goal
    of this symposium is to bring such individuals together, to seek out
    common languages and frameworks for discussion, as well as to
    establish a shared set of stylistic tasks, which can be used as a
    testbed for extending and generalizing stylistic work.

    While much work remains in developing shared formalisms for research
    on style and connotation, we outlined a set of questions, which are
    more-or-less common to work in all various media. These "challenge
    questions" will serve as foci for the symposium, but should not limit
    presentation/discussion of other relevant work:

    Is there a general theory for style, which cuts across all kinds of
    human intellectual behavior? What is the relation between style and
    other content (e.g. informational) in the work you will be reporting
    at the symposium?

    Is there a general theoretical structure for the context that
    informs style and connotation that can be applied usefully in
    disparate media? Are there lessons in work you will be reporting at
    the symposium that are generalizable across media and genre?

    In operational terms, what are useful models and effective
    algorithms of the process of learning and producing style, and how can
    such models inform our understanding of stylistic features in the
    resulting work? In the work you will be reporting at the symposium -
    can the models and algorithms be used for both understanding style and
    generating style?

    Is style at the forefront of people's understanding the medium and
    discourse in the community you have worked with? How is style
    explicitly discussed or implicitly understood? How are stylistic
    distinctions learnt and transmitted to others within the community of
    recipients? In the work you are presenting, how is style understood by
    the intended audience?

    How can we usefully model the social context of a work, as a
    resource for understanding its style, its meaning, and its effect?
    Does the work you report take the context and effect of style outside
    the medium itself into account?

    What are the processes affecting stylistic diffusion among members
    of a discourse community? What properties of the social context may
    affect the transmission or evolution of distinctive styles? How is
    the work you are presenting affected by understanding the social
    networks in which style is embedded?


    We encourage submissions from researchers working in all
    media. Particularly, in addition to academic researchers, we are
    interested in presentations or demonstrations by practitioners and
    artists using computational methods in their own

    Potential participants are invited to submit research papers, posters
    abstracts, demonstration, performance, or exhibition proposals, and
    panel discussion proposals on computational aspects of style modeling
    and related areas, before May 3, 2004. Papers should not exceed 8
    pages in length and should be submitted by email to

    Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA (co-chair)
    Shlomo Dubnov, Univestiry of California San Diego, USA (co-chair)
    Julie Jupp, The University of Sydney, Australia (co-chair)

    Roger Dannenberg, Carnegie Mellon, USA
    Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada
    Jussi Karlgren, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden
    Moshe Koppel, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
    Rivka Oxman, Technion, Israel
    Mine Ozkar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
    James Shanahan, Clairvoyance Corporation, USA

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