LINGUIST List 14.518

Thu Feb 20 2003

Calls: Hispanic Ling/Cognitive Modeling of Agents

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  1. jb14, Hispanic Linguistics
  2. Ron Sun, Cognitive Modeling of Agents and Multi-Agent Interactions

Message 1: Hispanic Linguistics

Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 12:59:34 +0000
From: jb14 <>
Subject: Hispanic Linguistics

2nd Symposium of Hispanic Linguistics

Location: Southampton, United Kingdom
Date: 15-APR-04 - 17-APR-04

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2003

Web Site:
Contact Person: Clare Mar-Molinero
Meeting Email:

Linguistic Subfield(s): 
Discourse Analysis, General Linguistics, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description: 

Following on from the highly successful First UK Symposium of Hispanic
Linguistics held at the University of Surrey at Guildford, the Second
UK Symposium of Hispanic Linguistics will be held in 2004 at the
University of Southampton, where it is also intended to launch a new
association entitled Spanish in Society (SIS).


Researchers are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words
on either theoretical and/or empirical research in the following
areas: hispanic sociolinguistics, pragmatics or discourse
analysis. Contrastive/comparative studies, whether between varieties
of Spanish of between Spanish and other languages, together with
studies in the aforementioned areas applied to the teaching of Spanish
as a foreign language, will also be accepted.

For further details and for details on the new association Spanish in
Society, please see the website at or 

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Message 2: Cognitive Modeling of Agents and Multi-Agent Interactions

Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 15:50:36 -0600
From: Ron Sun <>
Subject: Cognitive Modeling of Agents and Multi-Agent Interactions

 Workshop on 
 Cognitive Modeling of Agents and Multi-Agent Interactions

 During IJCAI'2003 
 August 9, 2003. Acapulco, Mexico

Computational models of cognitive agents that incorporate a wide 
range of cognitive functionalities (such as a variety of 
memory/representation, various types of learning, and sensory motor 
capabilities) have been developed in both AI and cognitive science.
In AI, they appear under the rubric of intelligent agents and
multi-agent systems. In cognitive science, they are often known as
cognitive architectures. These strands of research provide useful 
paradigms for addressing some fundamental questions in AI and
Cognitive Science.

Artificial intelligence started out with the goal of designing functioning
intelligent agents. However, faced with the enormous difficulty of
the task, the focus has largely been on modeling specific aspects of
intelligence, often in highly restricted domains. Nevertheless, some
researchers have focused on putting the pieces together with the goal
of designing autonomous agents. More important, there is a growing interest in
multi-agent interactions that addresses issues of coordination and cooperation 
among cognitive agents.

On the other side, traditionally, the main focus of research in cognitive
science has been on specific components of cognition (e.g., perception,
memory, learning, language). Recent developments in computational modeling
of cognitive architectures provide new avenues for precisely specifying
complex cognitive processes in tangible ways, thereby addressing foundational 
questions in cognitive science. Such developments need to be extended to
multi-agent interactions and there are promising developments in this regard
(see e.g. recent papers in this area in the journal Cognitive Systems Research).

Against this background, this workshop seeks to bring together cognitive
scientists and AI researchers, with a wide range of background and expertise,
to discuss research problems in understanding cognition at the individual 
level as well as at the collective level.

The workshop is open to all members of the AI and CogSci research communities.
We invite submissions on all aspects of cognitive modeling of agents and 
multi-agent interactions, including, but not limited to:

 * Cognitive architectures of individual cognitive agents. 

 * Cognitive models of multi-agent interactions (e.g., communication, 
 cooperation, and negotiation, in relation to cognition).

 * Cognitive models of multi-agent organizations (e.g., organizational 
 structure, economies, culture, and other coordination structures and 
 mechanisms, in relation to cognition).

 * Cognitive models of co-learning of multiple cognitive agents.

 * Computational models of evolution of cognition and behavior.

 * Computational abstractions, languages, and tools for cognitive modeling
 of agents and multi-agent interactions.

The discussions at the workshop will focus on the following issues,
among many others:

 * What are the characteristics of the successful cognitive architectures for 
 modeling individual cognitive agents?

 * What are the suitable characteristics of cognitive architectures for 
 modeling both individual cognitive agents and multi-agent interactions?

 * What are the fundamental ways of understanding and modeling multi-agent 
 interactions? Can they be reduced to individual cognition?

 * How can we best characterize and model social structures and organizations 
 in relation to cognition?
 * How important is evolution in shaping individual cognition and collective
 behavior? How can we model that aspect?

If you are interested in giving a presentation at the workshop, please submit 
a full paper, 6-10 pages, in the IJCAI paper format. If you are only interested 
in attending, submit a brief abstract (one page or less) describing your 

Use the IJCAI paper format (and templates) for your papers. 
See the IJCAI Web site: for details.

Electronic submission is required. Only the Postscript or PDF format is 
accepted. Send your paper (in PS or PDF) as an email attachment.

In the body of your email, include (in plain ASCII): names of all authors,
their affiliations, their physical addresses, and their email addresses.
In addition, the same information should also be included in your paper itself.

All submissions should be sent to:

Each paper will be reviewed for technical soundness, relevance, significance, 
and clarity. 

An edited book volume, as well as a special issue of the journal
Cognitive System Research, is planned for a selected subset of the papers of 
the workshop. 

 * Deadline for the submission of full papers (6 to 10 pages) or abstracts (1
 page): March 1, 2003.
 * Notification of acceptance/rejection: March 30, 2003.
 * Deadline for the receipt of camera-ready papers: May 1, 2003


Prof. Ron Sun (Chair)
CECS Department, 201 EBW
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211-2060

Prof. Cristiano Castelfranchi
Department of Communication Sciences
University of Siena 
Siena, Italy

Prof. Jan Treur 
Department of Artificial Intelligence 
Faculty of Sciences 
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 
1081 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Dr. Robert L. West
Department of Psychology and Department of Cognitive Science
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6

Dr. Christian Lebiere
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
School of Computer Science 
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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See the workshop Web page at:

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