[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP: NAACL Combined Workshop on Spatial Language Understanding & Grounded Communication for Robotics

Jesse Thomason thomason.jesse at gmail.com
Mon Mar 4 17:19:04 PST 2019


CALL FOR PAPERS

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SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

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Combined Workshop on Spatial Language Understanding (SpLU) & Grounded
Communication for Robotics (RoboNLP) at NAACL-HLT 2019, June 6,
Minneapolis, USA.

Website: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__splu-2Drobonlp.github.io&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=vymgd_mfJzbyxRCCLigNl9SHen1RTFFSPIuj_JwL8h4&s=OKbtOSXACt2-AAQt6J_t966XWfXSii3N9OQNoJCSxYk&e=

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AIM AND SCOPE

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SpLU-RoboNLP 2019 is a combined workshop on spatial language understanding
(SpLU) and grounded communication for robotics (RoboNLP) that focuses on
spatial language, both linguistic and theoretical aspects, and its
application to various areas including and especially focusing on robotics.
The combined workshop aims to bring together members of NLP, robotics,
vision, and related communities in order to initiate discussions across
fields dealing with spatial language along with other modalities. The
desired outcome is identification of both shared and unique challenges,
problems and future directions across the fields and various application
domains.

While language can encode highly complex, relational structures of objects,
spatial relations between them, and patterns of motion through space, the
community has only scratched the surface on how to encode and reason about
spatial semantics. Despite this, spatial language is crucial to robotics,
navigation, NLU, translation and more. Standardizing tasks is challenging
as we lack formal domain independent meaning representations. Spatial
semantics requires an interplay between language, perception and (often)
interaction.

Following the exciting recent progress in visual language grounding, the
embodied, task-oriented aspect of language grounding is an important and
timely research direction. To realize the long-term goal of robots that we
can converse with in our homes, offices, hospitals, and warehouses, it is
essential that we develop new techniques for linking language to action in
the real world, where spatial language understanding is essential. Can we
give instructions to robotic agents to assist with navigation and
manipulation tasks in remote settings? Can we talk to robots about the
surrounding visual world, and help them interactively learn the language
needed to finish a task? We hope to learn about (and begin to answer) these
questions as we delve deeper into spatial language understanding and
grounding language for robotics.

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TOPICS OF INTEREST

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The major topics covered in the workshop include:

- Spatial Language Meaning Representation (Continuous, Symbolic)

- Spatial Language Learning and Reasoning

- Multimodal Spatial Understanding

- Instruction Following (real or simulated)

- Grounded or Embodied tasks

- Datasets and evaluation metrics

For a full description and subtopics, please look at the workshop website at
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__splu-2Drobonlp.github.io_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=vymgd_mfJzbyxRCCLigNl9SHen1RTFFSPIuj_JwL8h4&s=nUrK-WtLFfbd8bjI2Jwn8VJaYkpq5KzYhmR3kCGrDLs&e= .

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IMPORTANT DATES

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Submission Deadline: March 6, 2019

Notification: March 27, 2019

Camera Ready deadline: April 5, 2019

Workshop Day: June 6, 2019

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SUBMISSION AND SELECTION PROCESS

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We encourage contributions with technical papers (NAACL style, 8 pages
without references) or position statements (NAACL style, 4 pages maximum)
describing previously unpublished work. NAACL Style files are available here
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__naacl2019.org_calls_papers&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=vymgd_mfJzbyxRCCLigNl9SHen1RTFFSPIuj_JwL8h4&s=yRyGQcBlmFhLKqtY1pCGb7kQl_KrmFKSHnJKfjjjDQk&e=>.

Please make submissions via Softconf here
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.softconf.com_naacl2019_splu&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=vymgd_mfJzbyxRCCLigNl9SHen1RTFFSPIuj_JwL8h4&s=i7z1eZPP__xwpipapXXX-bNSMTW56JKtsv5zexw4I3k&e=>.

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BEST PAPER(S)

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The SpLU-RoboNLP 2019 expert program committee will select the best
paper(s) for an award.

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INVITED SPEAKERS

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* Dhruv Batra <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.cc.gatech.edu_-7Edbatra_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=vymgd_mfJzbyxRCCLigNl9SHen1RTFFSPIuj_JwL8h4&s=xDfHjBqwMFtYSrjEw8LrOlfkea7N9YjCPIj4YoXLg7g&e=>, GaTech/FAIR

* Joyce Chai <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.cse.msu.edu_-7Ejchai_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=vymgd_mfJzbyxRCCLigNl9SHen1RTFFSPIuj_JwL8h4&s=7GaPzXpN8SJOj_8N-Uq_oY9rV2nUnYLYwoUlCW1Ow24&e=>, Michigan State University

* Cynthia Matuszek <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.csee.umbc.edu_-7Ecmat_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=vymgd_mfJzbyxRCCLigNl9SHen1RTFFSPIuj_JwL8h4&s=_JMCKmxzaU3OLK7v5QUKH2TtB1zTa18Ovhj2rZ55PfI&e=>, UMBC

* Raymond J. Mooney <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.cs.utexas.edu_-7Emooney_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=vymgd_mfJzbyxRCCLigNl9SHen1RTFFSPIuj_JwL8h4&s=hlmtRU7xyqc2YBRN6xkmso0cV_2rmBVO7IUJAcfugaI&e=>, UT Austin

* Martha Palmer <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.colorado.edu__faculty_palmer-2Dmartha_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=vymgd_mfJzbyxRCCLigNl9SHen1RTFFSPIuj_JwL8h4&s=l7_aGZ3hVjSkKV2bpwXjpY-Y9nouXCFzj8ZR-RqyqqE&e=>, CU
Boulder

* Matthias Scheutz
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__engineering.tufts.edu_people_faculty_matthias-2Dscheutz&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=vymgd_mfJzbyxRCCLigNl9SHen1RTFFSPIuj_JwL8h4&s=EqaDsp3GjQ79JWwv2vPj6e_ma6_CbYjE82MTnFSW5Ak&e=>, Tufts

* Stefanie Tellex <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__cs.brown.edu_-7Estefie10_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=vymgd_mfJzbyxRCCLigNl9SHen1RTFFSPIuj_JwL8h4&s=IRL2Xby44FbEI2QeGnsAmDGMZxyNEENg9MM85RCUqgY&e=>, Brown

* Dilek Hakkani-Tur
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__scholar.google.com_citations-3Fuser-3DGMcL-5F9kAAAAJ-26hl-3Den-26authuser-3D1-26oi-3Dao&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=vymgd_mfJzbyxRCCLigNl9SHen1RTFFSPIuj_JwL8h4&s=J-f7R2pBwKHlpAmPbCXnVT9S4UH8f7dpvcGgQy5Jh8c&e=>,
Amazon

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PROGRAM COMMITTEE

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* Malihe Alikhani, Rutgers University, USA

* Yoav Artzi, Cornell University, USA

* Jacob Arkin, Univ of Rochester, USA

* John A. Bateman, Universität Bremen, Germany

* Mehul Bhatt, Örebro University, Sweden

* Jonathan Berant, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

* Raffaella Bernardi, University of Trento, Italy

* Steven Bethard, University of Arizona, USA

* Johan Bos, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

* Volkan Cirik, CMU, USA

* Guillem Collell, KU Leuven, Belgium

* Joyce Chai, Michigan State University, USA

* Angel Chang, Stanford University, USA

* Simon Dobnik, CLASP and FLOV, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

* Ekaterina Egorova, University of Zurich, Switzerland

* Zoe Falomir, Universität Bremen, Germany

* Daniel Fried, UCSF, USA

* Lucian Galescu, IHMC, USA

* Felix Gervits, Tufts, USA

* Hannaneh Hajishirzi, University of Washington, USA

* Casey Kennington, Boise State University, USA

* Jayant Krishnamurthy, Semantic Machines, USA

* Stephanie Lukin, Army Research Laboratory, USA

* Bruno Martins, University of Lisbon, Portugal

* Chris Mavrogiannis, Cornell University, USA

* Dipendra Misra, Cornell University, USA

* Marie-Francine Moens, KU Leuven, Belgium

* Ray Mooney, University of Texas, USA

* Mari Broman Olsen, Microsoft, USA

* Martijn van Otterlo, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

* Aishwarya Padmakumar, UT Austin, USA

* Natalie Parde, University of Illinois Chicago, USA

* Ian Perera, IHMC, USA

* James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University, USA

* Preeti Ramaraj, University of Michigan, USA

* Siva Reddy, Stanford University, USA

* Kirk Roberts, The University of Texas Health, USA

* Anna Rohrbach, UC Berkeley, USA

* Marcus Rohrbach, FAIR, USA

* Manolis Savva, Princeton University, USA

* Jivko Sinapov, Tufts, USA

* Kristin Stock, Massey University of New Zealand, New Zealand

* Alane Suhr, Cornell, USA

* Clare Voss, Army Research Laboratory, USA

* Xin Wang, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

* Shiqi Zhang, SUNY Binghamton, USA

* Victor Zhong, University of Washington, USA

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ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

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* James F. Allen, University of Rochester, IHMC, jallen at ihmc.us

* Jacob Andreas, Semantic Machines/MIT, jda at cs.berkeley.edu

* Jason Baldridge, Google, jasonbaldridge at google.com

* Mohit Bansal, UNC Chapel Hill, mbansal at cs.unc.edu

* Archna Bhatia (co-chair), IHMC, abhatia at ihmc.us

* Yonatan Bisk (co-chair), University of Washington, ybisk at yonatanbisk.com

* Asli Celikyilmaz, Microsoft Research, asli.ca at live.com

* Bonnie J. Dorr, IHMC, bdorr at ihmc.us

* Parisa Kordjamshidi (chair), Tulane University, IHMC, pkordjam at tulane.edu

* Matthew Marge, Army Research Lab, matthew.r.marge.civ at mail.mil

* Jesse Thomason (co-chair), University of Washington,
thomason.jesse at gmail.com

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CONTACT

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Feel free to contact Organizing Committee at
splu-robonlp-2019 at googlegroups.com.


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