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Special Session
Special Session on
Computational Models of Spatial Language Interpretation and Generation
 - COSLI 2016

24 - 26 February, 2016 - Rome, Italy

Within the 8th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - ICAART 2016



Joanna Isabelle Olszewska
University of Gloucestershire
United Kingdom
Brief Bio
Joanna Isabelle Olszewska is a Senior Lecturer in United Kingdom. She obtained BEng, MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering and DEA and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland and the University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium, respectively. Her research interests include algorithms, signal and image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, and artificial intelligence. She has been a Program Committee Member of many technical conferences such as IJCAI, and she has chaired more than fifty research seminar presentations and international conference sessions.
John Kelleher
Trinity College Dublin
Brief Bio
Dr. John D. Kelleher is a Lecturer in the School of Computing in the Dublin Institute of Technology and an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Statistics in Trinity College Dublin. John has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications. He has also organised a number of seminars, workshops and conferences. He has been on the organising committee of the Dublin Computational Linguistics Seminars series for the last 10 years. This is a multi-institutional seminar series that invites local and international speakers to present at a weekly seminar. In 2010 he was on the organising committee of the 6th International Natural Langauge Generation Conference. INLG 2010 was a 3 day conference and had over 70 delegates. More recently, John was the area chair for Language and Vision at ACL-IJCNLP in Beijing in 2015. John has also organised a number of worshops on topics closely related to the proposed special session, including: the 4th ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions at ACL-2007 and the 3 previous workshops on Computational Models of Spatial Language Interpretation and Generation (CoSLI) which took place in 2010, 2011, and 2013.
Simon Dobnik
University of Gothenburg
Brief Bio
Simon Dobnik is a Senior Lecturer in Computational Linguistics at the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He a member of the Centre for Language Technology (CLT) and the Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP), both at University of Gothenburg. His research interests include spatial cognition, computational models of language and perception, human-robot interaction, situated spoken dialogue systems, and computational representations of meaning (semantics). He has participated in several projects including the EC IST-FP6 Companions project where he worked on a spoken dialogue system of an emotional conversational agent and safe multi-modal dialogue interaction in vehicles funded by the Swedish funding agency VINNOVA. He has served on organisation committees of workshops and conferences (among others CoSLI-3 in 2013, Workshops on Action, Perception and Language (APL) in 2012 and 2014, and Semdial 2015 - goDIAL, the 19th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue), has reviewed both for conferences and journals, and he has been involved in international scientific collaborations (for example iV&L Net ICT COST Action IC1307).


With the growth of intelligent systems, robots, and multiple agents, the development of adequate computational models of spatial language are of prime importance in order to allow users to interact with these systems when standard graphical, textual, or tactile modes of communication are not adapted to these complex situations. While early models of spatial term semantics relied on geometrically motivated formal representations, it is now widely recognized that spatial term meaning is also dependent on functional and pragmatic features. Consequently, representations of spatial term semantics must accommodate geometric, functional and pragmatics aspects of situated meaning. The aim of this session is to draw together formal symbolic and situated spatial language in order to foster computationally efficient spatial representations.

Topics cover cognitive, symbolic, and situated theories and representations of spatial language, including (but not limited to):
• representing and resolving semantic ambiguity of spatial concepts
• shallow and deep semantic processing and reasoning about spatial concepts
• hybrid symbolic and statistical approaches to represent spatial concepts
• alternative approaches to spatial semantic concepts
• inference methods for computational semantics for spatial concepts
• machine learning of spatial structures
• spatial semantics and ontologies
• semantic web and natural language processing for spatial concepts
• semantic aspects of spatial language generation
• spatial semantics-pragmatics interface
• models of spatial semantic acquisition
• multimodal and grounded approaches for computing spatial meaning


Robin Cooper, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Chris Howes, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Valia Kordoni, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Thomas Leo McCluskey, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Philippe Muller, IRIT/ Toulouse University, France
Ehud Reitter, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Holger Shultheis, University of Bremen, Germany

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Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee complemented by members of the main conference program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on CD-ROM support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index) and Scopus.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


ICAART Special Sessions - COSLI 2016