[PlanetKR] CREOL at JOWO2017 Final Call for Papers: Contextual Representation of Objects and Events in Language

Valerio Basile valerio.basile at inria.fr
Mon Jul 3 19:22:42 EST 2017

Apologies for multiple posting.

1st Workshop on Contextual Representation of Objects and Events in Language


Co-located with the Joint Ontology Workshops, JOWO-2017, Bozen-Bolzano,


Bolzano, Italy, September 21-23, 2017

CREOL aims at gathering together researchers from different communities
(Applied Ontology, NLP, AI, Semantic Web) to investigate the relationship
between representations of objects and events in ontological and linguistic
resources, and their interpretation in their context of occurrence.

Dealing with context is a key factor in the conceptualization of human
experience, and thus a major issue for understanding natural language. It
is well known that some properties of objects and events may be activated
according to the context of occurrence, thus determining access to partial
salient information rather than to all information. One typical case
involving objects is that of an orange being passed between two children,
or the same orange peeled on a table: in the former case the roundness
prevails over other traits, and the orange is being used to play; in the
latter one, the edible features are those mostly conveyed by the scene.
Similar and higher plasticity associated to contextual features also
characterizes events. Events are complex entities by nature, and
representing and extracting them from textual documents is not a trivial
task. Existing lexical resources encode very basic information on events:
their linguistic realisation, roles of participants, and types. Additional
properties of events are currently missing: duration of events, event
internal substructure, event pre- and post- situations, relations to other
events in terms of explanatory/causal and temporal relations. These
properties are essential to promote reasoning on events and their
participants, and they may vary according to the specific context of
occurrence in a text/document.

Contextual access to objects and events needs to be investigated at its
interface with language. The design of ontological and linguistic resources
that account for the mentioned semantic phenomena involves collecting
contextual information and devising context-aware procedures.

We solicit the following sorts of contributions:
- up to 10 pages including references (regular papers) on research issues
and/or achievements describing original and unpublished work within the
scope of the workshop;
- up to 6 pages including references (short papers) reporting on system
descriptions and demos;
- up to 4 pages including references (extended abstracts) reporting on
International and national activities, projects and collaborations.

All submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the IOS Press FOIS
formatting guidelines. Reviewing will be double-blind, and thus no author
information should be included in the papers; self-reference should be
avoided as well.

Submissions must be uploaded onto the EasyChair system. Submissions page:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jowo2017 and select the track CREOL
- Contextual Representation of Objects and Events in Language.

Regular papers: oral presentation.
Short papers:  either oral presentation or as poster.
Extended abstracts: They will be presented in a 3 minute pitch. The
presentations will be followed by a multi-centric panel session where
authors will meet and discuss with other researchers and stakeholders from
industry. Follow-up discussions will be organized to promote project
networking, cross-contamination on methodological prospective approaches
and techniques, and discussions over practical, individuated applications.

All sorts of contributions will appear in the CREOL proceedings, which will
be published by the CEUR publisher. Top-ranked papers will be considered
for an extended version for a special journal issue.

Contributions will be solicited that cover a variety of topics including
but not limited to:

- theoretical foundations for the use of AI techniques to deal with context
and with changing/evolving objects and events;
- KR frameworks to represent mutable/evolving objects and events, including
formal ontologies, conceptual spaces and distributed representations;
- formal methods for reasoning in evolving scenarios;
- theoretical, methodological, experimental, and application-oriented
aspects of knowledge engineering and knowledge management centered on
events and evolving objects;
- use cases and application scenarios (e.g., in law, medicine) where
contextual information impacts on concepts/events representation and
- linguistic approaches to context analysis;
- context-aware lexical resources to describe events;
- context-aware topic and event detection and tracking, knowledge discovery;
- context-aware frame semantics;
- entity linking, keyword linking, word sense disambiguation.

- June 30, 2017 - Registration open
- July 10, 2017 - Submission of contributions to workshops
- Sept 1, 2017 - Workshop paper acceptance notification
- Sept 15, 2017 - Deadline for final camera ready

Daniele P. Radicioni, University of Turin, Italy
Valerio Basile, Inria, France
Tommaso Caselli, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL
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