Mary-Anne Williams Mary-Anne at TheMagicLab.org
Wed Feb 13 22:53:07 EST 2013

Eleventh International Symposium on Logical Formalizations of Commonsense

   We invite submissions for presentation at Commonsense-2013, to be held
   in Cyprus, May 27-29, 2013.

Important Dates

     * February 17, 2013: Submissions due
     * March 31, 2013: Acceptances
     * April 28, 2013: Deadline for submitting final paper
     * May 27-29, 2013: Symposium

   (Please note that these dates are preliminary and are subject to




   Endowing computers with common sense is one of the major long-term
   goals of Artificial Intelligence research. One approach to this problem
   is to formalize commonsense reasoning using representations based on
   formal logic or other formal theories such as algebraic
   representations. The challenges to creating such a formalization
   include the accumulation of large amounts of knowledge about our
   everyday world, the representation of this knowledge in suitable formal
   languages, the integration of different representations in a coherent
   way, and the development of reasoning methods that use these

   A decade ago, commonsense reasoning was considered visionary and long
   term, but it is now considered highly relevant for current
   applications, such as robotic systems that can interact with humans in
   open environments, and information extraction systems that use
   commonsense knowledge together with corpus-based learning to interpret
   natural language texts. Commonsense-2013 will have a special track on
   commonsense reasoning in natural language understanding, including
   topics such as: speech acts, dialog, text comprehension, synthesizing
   large corpus NLP techniques with commonsense reasoning, textual
   entailment, and natural logic. As before, papers that describe
   applications in which logic-based commonsense reasoning has made a
   contribution and which can help shape our research agendas in the
   future are encouraged.

   Topics of interest at the symposium include, but are not limited to:
     * Formal representations, reasoning, and algorithms, for specific
       commonsense domains including:
          + time, change, action, and causality
          + geometric space
          + commonsense physical reasoning
          + commonsense biological reasoning (of plants, animals and
          + mental states and propositional attitudes, such as knowledge,
            belief, intention, desire, emotion
          + interactions among multiple agents and social relations
          + law and legal reasoning
     * Preformal analysis of original aspects of these domains
     * Applications of commonsense reasoning to specific tasks including:
          + cognitive robotics (action and perception)
          + logic-based planning
          + natural language processing, machine reading, understanding
            narrative structure, textual entailment, query answering
          + web search and web-based services
          + Semantic Web
          + computer vision
          + computer-aided instruction
          + home automation
          + assistive technologies
          + biomedical informatics; integrating and mapping biomedical
     * Relations among object-level theories, such as abstraction and
     * Methods of deductive and plausible reasoning that are applicable to
       commonsense domains and problems, including:
          + answer set programming
          + heuristic and approximate reasoning
          + nonmonotonic reasoning
          + belief revision
          + probabilistic reasoning
     * Meta-theorems about commonsense theories and techniques such as:
          + metalogical theorems such as completeness theorems
          + computational complexity
     * Methods for creating commonsense knowledge bases, including:
          + statistical and corpus-based machine learning techniques
          + crowd sourcing
          + hand crafting microtheories
          + combinations of the above techniques
     * Relation of other fields, such as philosophy, linguistics,
       cognitive psychology, game theory, and economics to formal theories
       of commonsense knowledge.

   The symposium aims to bring together researchers who are interested in
   the formalization and automation of commonsense reasoning. We aim for
   rigorous and concrete paper submissions. While mathematical logic is
   expected to be the primary lingua franca of the symposium, we also
   welcome papers using a rigorous but not logic-based representation of
   commonsense domains.

   Technical papers offering new results in the area are especially
   welcome; object-level theories are of particular interest. We also
   welcome demos of practical systems that make use of commonsense
   reasoning. In addition, survey papers, papers studying the relationship
   between different approaches, and papers on methodological issues such
   as theory evaluation, are also encouraged.


   The text of papers submitted (excluding references) should be at most 6
   pages long, in AAAI format.

   Full submission information may be found at the conference website:


   Questions may be directed to the chairs:

  Conference Chair

     * Antonis Kakas, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

  Program Chairs

     * Loizos Michael, Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus
     * Charlie Ortiz, Nuance Communications Inc, California
     * Benjamin Johnston, University of Technology, Sydney

Professor Mary-Anne Williams
Director, Innovation and Enterprise Research Lab
Associate Dean (Research and Development)
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
University of Technology, Sydney
Research and Development Office
Building 2 Level 7 Room 7092
*P.O. 123 Broadway NSW 2007 Australia
Phone: + 61 2 9514 2663 (Gunasmin)
Facsimile: + 61 2 9514 2868

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