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Call for Papers for 2013 Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative

August 14, 2012 Leave a comment

2013 Workshop on
Computational Models of Narrative
August 4-6, 2013
Hamburg, Germany
a Satellite Event of:
the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Berlin, Germany

First Announcement
Paper submission deadline: February 24, 2013

Workshop Aims
Narratives are ubiquitous in human experience. We use them to communicate,
convince, explain, and entertain. As far as we know, every society in the
world has narratives, which suggests they are rooted in our psychology and
serve an important cognitive function. It is becoming increasingly clear
that, to truly understand and explain human intelligence, beliefs, and
behaviors, we will have to understand why and to what extent narrative is
universal and explain (or explain away) the function it serves. The aim of
this workshop series is to address key questions that advance our
understanding of narrative and our ability to model it computationally.

Special Focus: Cognitive Science
This workshop will be an appropriate venue for papers addressing fundamental
topics and questions regarding narrative.The workshop will be held as a
satellite event of the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
(to be held in Berlin 31st July – 3rd August), and so will have a special
focus on the cognitive science of narrative. Papers should be relevant to
issues fundamental to the computational modeling and scientific understanding
of narrative; we especially welcome papers relevant to the cognitive,
linguistic, or philosophical aspects of narrative. Cognitive psychological or
neuroscientific experimental work which may provide insights critical to
computational modeling is appropriate for this workshop, and is encouraged.
Discussing technological applications or motivations is not prohibited, but is
not required. We accept both finished research and more tentative exploratory

Illustrative Topics and Questions
* What cognitive competencies underlie narrative, and how may they be studied?
* Can narrative be subsumed by current models of higher-level cognition, or
does it require new approaches?
* How do narratives mediate our cognitive experiences, or affect our cognitive
* How are narratives indexed and retrieved?Is there a universal scheme for
encoding episodic information?
* What comprises the set of possible narrative arcs?Is there such a set? How
many possible story lines are there?
* Is narrative structure universal, or are there systematic differences in
narratives from different cultures?
* What makes narrative different from a list of events or facts? What is
special that makes something a narrative?
* What are the details of the relationship between narrative and common sense?
* What shared resources are required for the computational study of narrative?
* What should a “Story Bank” contain?
* What shared resources are available, or how can already-extant resources be
adapted to the study of narrative?
* What impact do the purpose, function, and genre of a narrative have on its
form and content?
* What are appropriate formal or computational representations for narrative?
* How should we evaluate computational and formal models of narrative?

Organizing Committee
* Mark A. Finlayson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
* Benedikt Löwe, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Universität
Hamburg, Germany
* Bernhard Fisseni, Universität Duisburg-Essen and Universität Hamburg, Germany
* Jan Christoph Meister, Universität Hamburg, Germany

Questions should be directed to:

Laughter Turing Test

Can you identify which sounds are computer generated and which ones come from a person??

ICIW News Release

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Here is the link to the ICIW new release posted on the AFIT public website:

From Carrie Solberg

QUEST Discussion Topics and News for Apr 23

April 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Weekly Discussion Topics and Weekly News

Apr 23, 2010

1.) This Friday we are honored to have Dr. John Salerno as a guest lecturer for QUEST.  Dr. Salerno is a world-class expert in many areas that are the focus of QUEST including fusion and situation awareness.  For this week’s lecture we’ve asked Dr. Salerno to focus on his work on SITA, Situation Identification and Threat Assessment – understanding the adversary.  In addition to QUEST interest with respect to solutions to this area (SITA) as a layered sensing driver problem, I hope to stimulate a discussion of the use of SITA ideas as a means to baseline a Libet soup generation of the competing plausible narratives.   The idea being that we need to generate many possible interpretations of the world we are sensing that compete with the winning narrative becoming what we perceive (our qualia).  SITA could provide an approach to generate the competing possible plausible narratives.

Salerno paper

Salerno Slides for QUEST

Weekly Discussion Topics and News Stories

Designing Conscious Systems by Igor Aleksander

Murray Shanahan article