8.0310 CFP: Time, Space and Movement (1/208)

Thu, 17 Nov 1994 18:25:53 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 8, No. 0310. Thursday, 17 Nov 1994.

Date: Tue, 15 Nov 1994 18:02:54 +0000
From: Pascal AMSILI <amsili@lrc.irit.fr>
Subject: Call for Papers to Post

Title : Time, Space and Movement
Date : 23-27 June 1995
Location : Gascony (near Toulouse), France

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5th Toulouse International Workshop

Meaning and Knowledge in the Sensible World

Organized by the ``Langue, Raisonnement, Calcul'' Group
IRIT, Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse
ERSS, Universite de Toulouse-Le Mirail
CNRS URA 1399, URA 1033

Gascony (near Toulouse), France
23-28 June, 1995


This workshop will be the fifth one in a series which began in 1989.
Like previous editions, it aims at gathering researchers from a
variety of fields around the themes of the semantics of Time, Space
and Movement, in a castle in the middle of the beautiful landscape of
Gascony. Unlike previous ones, though, next year's workshop will not
gather only invited researchers, but will be open to participants
submitting a contribution. Wishing to preserve the friendly and
cheerful atmosphere that characterized the series, we will limit the
number of participants to 50, and will achieve a balance between
invited talks and submitted contributions.


When natural language utterances are about sensible world, the
computation of the spatial and spatio-temporal reference plays a major
part in the construction of their formal representation. If the
understanding of a discourse is the ability to infer adequate answers
to questions about its informational content, the ability to deduce
properties of the discourse objects (like their localisation, their
structure or their shape) from the discourse representation, allows
the cognitive validation of these representations.

The most recent works in discourse theory (DRT, SDRT) clearly show the
necessity to take into account, in addition to linguistic and
pragmatic information, common knowledge about the universe of
discourse. In its whole generality, the formal representation of this
component of the meaning can very well be hopeless. We propose to
focus the attention on a specific category of discourses, namely
discourses which refer to the sensible world. In this case, common
knowledge reflects the structure and the properties of mental
representations of space, movement and time, these representations
being available not only through the analysis of linguistic
expressions but also through the analysis of different forms of
reasoning and decision-taking associated with perception.


We propose to discuss the possible contributions of spatial and
spatio-temporal knowledge representation and reasoning to discourse
interpretation; as well as the possible contributions of the analysis
of time, space and movement in language to the comprehension of the
organization of the perceived objects, and to the identification of
their cognitively relevant properties.

Contributions are invited on substantial and original research on
various aspects of time, space and movement, including, but not
limited to, the following.

A. Semantics of time, space and movement in natural language

- Lexical semantics : from linguistic and conceptual description
to formalisation
- From lexicon to sentence and discourse: role of the spatial and
spatio-temporal (S & ST) common-sense knowledge in discourse
- Logics and deductive mechanisms:
* for the computation of the S & ST reference
* for the cognitive validation of discourse representations

B. Knowledge representation and S & ST reasoning

- Ontology of S & ST entities : philosophical analysis and
- Mental representations of space, time and movement
- Mathematics of the sensible world
- Naive physics, qualitative S & ST reasoning
- Logics and visual reasoning
- Contributions to discourse representation

C. Relations between language and perception

- Imaginal and/or propositional structures of mental
- From language to visual perception: from propositional to
numerical structures (image synthesis)
- From visual perception to language: from numerical to
propositional structures (image interpretation)
- Mathematical and logical problems of hybrid reasoning


Nicholas Asher, Linguistics and Philosophy, Austin
Patrick Blackburn, Logic and Computational Linguistics,
Mimo Caenepeel*, Linguistics, Edinburgh
Anthony Cohn, Artificial Intelligence, Leeds
John Etchemendy, Philosophy, Stanford
Luis Farinas del Cerro, Logics and Computer Science, Toulouse
Christian Freksa*, Cognitive Science, Hamburg
Christopher Habel*, Cognitive Science, Hamburg
Patrick Hayes*, Artificial Intelligence, Urbana
Gerd Herzog, Artificial Intelligence, Saarbruecken
Hans Kamp*, Linguistics and Philosophy, Stuttgart
Manfred Krifka, Linguistics, Austin
Carlota Smith, Linguistics, Austin
Barbara Tversky*, Psychology, Stanford
Claude Vandeloise, Linguistics, Baton-Rouge
Achille Varzi, Philosophy, Trento
Henk Verkuyl, Linguistics, Utrecht
Co Vet, Linguistics, Groningen

(*) to be confirmed


Chair : Mario Borillo, Artificial Intelligence, Toulouse

Nicholas Asher, Linguistics and Philosophy, Austin
Patrick Blackburn, Logics and Computational Linguistics, Saarbruecken
Andree Borillo, Linguistics, Toulouse
Anthony Cohn, Artificial Intelligence, Leeds
John Etchemendy, Philosophy, Stanford
Patrick Hayes, Artificial Intelligence, Urbana
Carlota Smith, Linguistics, Austin
Barbara Tversky, Psychology, Stanford
Achille Varzi, Philosophy, Trento
Co Vet, Linguistics, Groningen
Laure Vieu, Artificial Intelligence, Toulouse


Submitted papers should be at most 12 pages in length and be produced
in 12pt (default LaTeX article style is OK). Submissions should
provide the affiliation, full postal address, telephone and fax
numbers, and e-mail address (if any) of the author(s). A few words
stating the position of the paper with respect to the topics of
interest would be useful, as well as a 100-200 word abstract.

Electronic submission (plain ASCII, LaTeX, uuencoded PostScript, or
BinHex Mac Word files) is recommended. They should be sent to
tsm@irit.fr before 10 February 1995. Hard-copy submissions (4 copies)
should reach the Programme Chair no late than 10 February 1995.

Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors by 10 April, 1995,
and final versions (camera-ready) will be due by 15 May, 1995. These
will be compiled as Workshop Notes to be distributed to the

Papers Submission............... 10 February, 1995
Notification of acceptance...... 10 April, 1995
Final version due............... 15 May, 1995
Workshop........................ 23-28 June, 1995


Organizing Committee:

Pascal Amsili, IRIT
Michel Aurnague, ERSS
Andree Borillo, ERSS
Mario Borillo, IRIT
Myriam Bras-Grivart, IRIT
Pierre Sablayrolles, IRIT
Laure Vieu, IRIT


c/o Mario Borillo
IRIT - Universite Paul Sabatier
118, route de Narbonne,
F-31062 Toulouse Cedex

Tel: (+33)
Fax: (+33)
E-mail: tsm@irit.fr
WWW: http://www.irit.fr/ACTIVITES/EQ_LRC/tsm95.html