Call for Papers: Building Common Ground - 2011 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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    --- Building Representations of Common Ground with Intelligent Agents ---

                   2011 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

                       Arlington, Virginia


        supplemental site:

Much of the success of natural language interaction is caused by the participants' mutual

understanding of the circumstances surrounding the communication. These circumstances range

from reminiscing about a shared experience, such as a birthday party, to coordinating fire-fighting

efforts amongst a team using joint beliefs about mutual capabilities. This mutual understanding of

perceived context is termed "common ground," and is made up of all of the background and shared

information that will lead to the eventual success of the communication. Some measure of common

ground is used in most, if not all, successful interactions between human actors. For humans to

have a convincing and beneficial experience interacting with intelligent agents, the agents must

have mechanisms that support the fundamentals of common ground. Otherwise, the consequence may be

unsuccessful and incomplete interactions.

This symposium aims to bring together researchers from robotics, artificial intelligence,

human-computer interaction, computational linguistics, and cognitive modeling to share their diverse

perspectives on common ground and its component factors. This investigation of how existing work

explicitly or implicitly uses aspects of common ground will bring us closer to a practical approach

for a complete common ground in intelligent, computational agents. Work to be presented may consist

of currently implemented applications that contain common ground components, theoretical formalisms

of these components, proposed frameworks, and work in progress.

Topics of Interest include:

Components of common ground include, but are not limited to, the following:

  *   Background knowledge
  *   World knowledge
  *   Presuppositions
  *   Mutual knowledge
  *   Mutual beliefs
  *   Beliefs about beliefs
  *   Conversational maxims
  *   Shared experiences
Examples of how these components may have been incorporated into current work include the following:

  *   Building of shared histories between actors
  *   Representations of beliefs or beliefs about beliefs
  *   Identifying and representing suppositions and presuppositions
  *   Reasoning about other actors' beliefs
  *   Creating untruthful or deceptive common ground
  *   Formalizations of any common ground component
  *   Agents or models which use common ground components in interaction
  *   Discourse or dialogue models which use some aspect of common ground
  *   Extraction of perlocutionary actions or effects from utterances
  *   Inferring common ground
  *   Using common ground to ground referents

Submission Information


Papers submitted to our symposium need to follow AAAI's formatting requirements

and be 6-8 pages in length.  Author information can be found here:

Papers can be submitted to the committee using EasyChair

( ).  This link will take

you to a direct login for our Symposium where you have the option to create an

EasyChair account if you do not already have one.  Our conference acronym for

EasyChair is AAAIFS2011BCG.



Paper submission deadline:     May, 30 2011

Acceptance Notices:            June 3, 2011

Camera Ready:                  Sept 9, 2011

Symposium:                     November, 4-6, 2011



Sam Blisard (Naval Research Laboratory), Will Bridewell (Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research), Wende Frost (Naval Research Laboratory), Arthi Murugesan (Naval Research Laboratory), Candace Sidner (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Alan Wagner (Georgia Tech Research Institute)

Alan R. Wagner, Ph.D.
Research Scientist II
Aerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems (ATAS) Laboratory
Georgia Tech Research Institute
250 14th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0822

Voice: (404) 407-6522
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