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CMN 2012 : Computational Models of Narrative


When May 26, 2012 - May 27, 2012
Where Istanbul, Turkey
Submission Deadline Feb 24, 2012
Categories    computer science   cognitive science   neuroscience   narrative

Call For Papers

Second Call for Papers:

2012 Workshop on
Computational Models of Narrative

May 26-27, 2012 (1.5 days)
Lütfi Kirdar Istanbul Exhibition and Congress Centre
Istanbul, Turkey

to be co-located with the
2012 Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC'2012)

(note: workshop dates have changed slightly since the first call)

Paper submission deadline: **February 24, 2012**

Invited Speaker: Prof. Dr. Jan Christoph Meister, Universität Hamburg

**Note:** There will be a number of travel grants available to authors who have papers at the workshop, but would otherwise be unable to attend because of financial constraints.

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 narrative is universal and explain (or explain away) the function it serves. The aim of this workshop series is to address key, fundamental questions about narrative, using computational techniques, so to advance our understanding of cognition, culture, and society.

Special Focus: Shared Resources
In addition to fundamental questions, the field has yet to address key needs with regard to shared resources and corpora that could smooth and hasten the way forward. The vast majority of work on narrative uses fewer than four stories to perform their experiments, and rarely re-uses narratives from previous studies. Because NLP technology cannot yet take us all the way to the highly-accurate formal representations of language semantics, this implies significant amounts of repeated work in annotation. The way forward could be catalyzed by carefully constructed shared resources.

This meeting will be an appropriate venue for papers addressing fundamental topics and questions regarding narrative. Moreover, the meeting will have a special focus on the identification, collection, and construction of shared resources and corpora that facilitate the computational modeling of narrative. Papers should focus on issues fundamental to computational modeling and scientific understanding, or issues related to building shared resources to advance the field. Discussing technological applications or motivations is not discouraged, but is not required.

Illustrative Topics and Questions
-What kinds of shared resources are required for the computational study of narrative?
-What content and modalities should be put in a “Story Bank”? What formal representations should be used?
-What shared resources are available, or how can already-extant resources be adapted to common needs?
-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?
-How are narratives indexed and retrieved? Is there a "universal" scheme for encoding episodes?
-What impact do the purpose, function, and genre of a narrative have on its form and content?
-What comprises the set of possible narrative arcs? Is there such a set? How many possible story lines are there?
-Are there systematic differences in the formal properties of narratives from different cultures?
-What are appropriate representations for narrative? What representations underlie the extraction of narrative schemas?
-How should we evaluate computational models of narrative?

Important Dates
-February 24, 2012 - Submissions due
-March 19, 2012 - Notification of acceptance
-April 4, 2012 - Camera-ready versions due
-May 26-27, 2012 - Workshop (1.5 days)

Submission Details
Submissions should be made through the workshop's START paper submission website at Papers may fall into one of three categories: long papers (8 page limit), short papers (4 page limit), or position papers (2 page limit). Papers should follow the LREC style as specified on the main LREC site.

Organizing Committee
-Mark A. Finlayson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
-Pablo Gervás, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
-Deniz Yuret, Koc University, Turkey
-Floris Bex, University of Dundee, UK

Program Committee
-Barbara Dancygier, University of British Columbia, Canada
-Andrew Gordon, Intitute for Creative Technologies, USA
-Benedikt Löwe, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
-Whitman Richards, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
-Bart Verheij, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
-Patrick Winston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
-R. Michael Young, North Carolina State University, USA

Additional Information
In preparation is an arrangement with a noted international journal for a special issue featuring expanded versions of the best papers from the workshop.

-ONR Global
-Office of Naval Research
-Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Previous Meetings
-2010 AAAI Fall Symposium on Computational Models of Narrative
-2009 MIT Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative

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