Fw: CMNA 5 at IJCAI 2005
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From: Floriana Grasso F.Grasso at csc.liv.ac.uk
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2005 10:35:39 -0800 ( PST)
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Subject: CMNA 5 at IJCAI 2005
5th Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument
A one day workshop to be held in the
IJCAI 2005 Workshop Programme, 30 Jul - 1 Aug 2005, Edinburgh, UK
20 Feb 2005 - Deadline long papers
20 Mar 2005 - Deadline short papers and demos
20 Apr 2005 - Notification of acceptance
20 May 2005 - Camera-ready papers
30 Jul 2005 - CMNA workshop at IJCAI
Call for Papers
The series of workshops on Computational Models of Natural Argument is
continuing to attract high quality submissions from researchers around
the world. CMNA 1 was held at ICCS in San Francisco in 2001, CMNA 2
was held at ECAI in Lyon in 2002, CMNA 3 was held at IJCAI in Acapulco
in 2003, and CMNA 4 was held again at ECAI in Valencia in 2004. Like
the past editions, CMNA 5 intends to recognise and consolidate the
critical mass that research in the field overlapping Argumentation
Theory and Artificial Intelligence has developed in recent years.
AI has witnessed a growth in uses of research in the philosophical
theory of argumentation, in informal logic, and in dialectics
throughout many of its subdisciplines. Recent successes include agent
system negotiation protocols that demonstrate higher levels of
sophistication and robustness; argumentation-based models of
evidential relations and legal processes that are more expressive;
models of language generation that use rhetorical structures to
produce effective arguments; groupwork tools that use argument to
structure interaction and debate; computer-based learning tools that
exploit monological and dialogical argument structures in designing
pedagogic environments; decision support systems that build upon
argumentation theoretic models of deliberation to better integrate
with human reasoning; and models of knowledge engineering structured
around core concepts of argument to simplify knowledge elicitation and
representation problems. Similarly, argumentation theory has
benefitted from applied AI work on new tools for teaching and research
in argumentation and critical thinking, and from AI problems and
issues that have offered a proving ground and evaluation framework for
theories of argumentation. The CMNA series is acting to support this
Areas of Interest
The workshop focuses on the issue of modelling "natural"
argumentation. The need for more "naturalness" has been raised in
several occasions, and several interpretations have been given to the
attribute. Especially when the human is involved in the loop,
arguments which are, for instance, expressed in natural language are
definitely more appropriate. But the use of human languages is not the
only way to make the reasoning process closer to its addressees. Some
researchers have, for instance, acknowledged that the development of
the argument itself can take advantages of human reasoning abilities
and, among other things, the ability to infer implicit steps of the
argument. Naturalness may involve the use of means which are more
immediate than language to illustrate a point, such as graphics or
multimedia. Naturalness can also relate to the preference for one
particular style of reasoning as opposed to another to structure
complex arguments. Or to the use of more sophisticated rhetorical
devices, interacting at various layers of abstraction. Or the
exploitation of "extra-rational" characteristics of the audience,
taking into account emotions and affective factors. In particular,
contributions will be solicited addressing, but not limited to, the
following areas of interest:
- The characteristics of "natural" arguments: ontological aspects and
- The use of models from informal logic and argumentation theory, and
in particular, approaches to specific schools of thought developed
in informal logic and argumentation.
- Rhetoric and affect: the role of emotions, personalities, etc. in
models of argumentation.
- The roles of licentiousness and deceit and the ethical implications
of implemented systems demonstrating such features.
- The linguistic characteristics of natural argumentation, including
discourse markers, sentence format, referring expressions, and
- Persuasive discourse processing (discourse goals and structure,
speaker/hearer models, content selection, etc.). Language dependence
and multilingual approaches. Empirical work based on corpora looking
at these topics would be especially welcomed.
- Non-monotonic, defeasible and uncertain argumentation. Natural
argumentation and media: visual arguments, multi-modal arguments,
- Models of argumentation in multi-agent systems inspired by or based
upon theories of human argument.
- Empirically driven models of argument in AI and Law. Evaluative
arguments and their application in AI systems (such as decision
support and advice giving).
- Issues of domain specificity, and in particular, the independence of
argumentation techniques from the domain of application.
- Applications of computer supported collaborative argumentation, in
realistic domains in which argument plays a key role, including
pedagogy, e-democracy and public debate.
- Applications of argumentation based systems, including, for example,
the pedagogical, health-related, political, and promotional.
- Methods to better convey the structure of complex argument,
including representation and summarisation.
- Tools for interacting with structures of argument, including
visualisation tools and interfaces supporting natural, stylised or
- The building of computational resources such as online corpora
related to argumentation.
- Early results from applications and implementations of the ideas
from earlier CMNA workshops.
The workshop encourages submissions in three categories:
- Long papers, either reporting on completed work or offering a
polemic discussion on a burning issue (up to 6000 words)
- Short papers describing work in progress (up to 3000 words)
- Demonstration of implemented systems: submissions should be
accompanied by written reports (up to 3000 words). Authors should
contact the organisers to ensure suitable equipment is available.
Electronic submissions should be received by one of the organisers no
later than 20 February 2005 for long papers, and 20 March 2005 for
short papers and demonstration reports.
Extended versions of selected papers accepted to CMNA 1, CMNA 2 and
CMNA 3 are to appear in a special issue of the International Journal
of Intelligent Systems. Similar avenues will be explored for CMNA 4
and CMNA 5.
Registration to the workshop is done via the IJCAI conference web
site. Note: workshop participants are NOT required to register for the
main IJCAI conference.
Chris Reed (Chair)
Department of Applied Computing
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN, UK
chris at computing.dundee.ac.uk
Department of Computer Science
University of Liverpool
Liverpool L69 3BF, UK
floriana at csc.liv.ac.uk
Department of Computing
Goldsmiths College, University of London
New Cross, London, SE14 6NW, UK
R.Kibble at gold.ac.uk
Leila Amgoud, IRIT, France
Trevor Bench-Capon, University of Liverpool, UK
Simon Buckingham Shum, Open University, UK
Alison Cawsey, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Fiorella de Rosis, University of Bari, Italy
Rino Falcone, Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology - CNR, Italy
Tom Gordon, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin, Germany
Nancy Green, University of North Carolina Greensboro, US
Helmut Horacek, University of the Saarland, Saarbr Germany
Peter McBurney, University of Liverpool, UK
David Moore, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Henry Prakken, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Doug Walton, University of Winnipeg, Canada
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