[robotics-worldwide] Second CFP: Grounding Language for Physical Systems workshop, AAAI 2012

Cynthia Matuszek cynthia at cs.washington.edu
Fri Mar 16 14:33:33 PDT 2012

  AAAI 2012 Workshop on Grounding Language for Physical Systems
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Natural language is a powerful and intuitive modality for enabling humans to interact with physical systems. Understanding language about physical systems requires the ability to extract a semantically meaningful representation from the language and map it to aspects of the external world.  This problem, referred to as the language grounding problem, has received substantial attention recently, in part because advances in robotics and sensing technology have enabled more robust sensing, manipulation, and simulation of the physical world, and in part as a result of recent advances in natural language processing and formal representation systems.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers from the different communities considering the language grounding problem: natural language understanding, spatial cognition, knowledge representation, computer vision, and robotics.  The workshop will provide a venue to discuss shared problems and data sets, describe key research problems and challenges, and make progress towards formulating shared definitions.

Topics of interest for this workshop include, but are not limited to:

* Definitions of and possible approaches to the language grounding problem.

* Methods and models for mapping between language and the external world.

* Interactive physical systems that can be used in exploring the language grounding problem, including robots, sensors, and physically interactive systems.

* Knowledge representations that support a range of semantic constructions, such as ambiguity and reference.

* Algorithms for learning grounded meanings from gesture, language, and other types of input.

* Interpreting instructions for physically-grounded perceptual or manipulative tasks.

* Vision, haptics, audio, and other sensing modalities for grounding linguistic elements such as attributes, objects, tasks, and spatial relationships.

* Challenge problems in the grounding space.


The workshop will consist of six invited talks and a poster session in which accepted authors will present their work.  The emphasis will be on discussion and interaction among the participants, both during the poster session and during discussions after invited talks; a final discussion will provide an opportunity to sum up the results of the day and define next steps.


Paper submission deadline: March 30, 2012
Notification of acceptance: April 20, 2012
Camera Ready Versions: May 16, 2012
AAAI 2012 Workshop Program: July 22-23, 2012


Submissions should not exceed 6 pages of text and at most 1 additional page of references. We invite full submissions on new or ongoing work, and extended abstracts (up to 2 pages) on previously published work. Full papers should be formatted with standard AAAI style files.

Please e-mail submissions to grounding at cs.washington.edu with the title, author, and abstract in the body and the paper attached as a PDF.


Cynthia Matuszek, University of Washington, cynthia at cs.washington.edu
Stefanie Tellex, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, stefie10 at csail.mit.edu
Dieter Fox, University of Washington, fox at cs.washington.edu
Luke Zettlemoyer, University of Washington, lsz at cs.washington.edu


Any questions or comments can be sent to grounding at cs.washington.edu.

The workshop page can be found at:

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