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CFP: Theories of Information Dynamics and Interaction and their Application to Dialogue


Workshop on Theories of Information Dynamics and Interaction
and their Application to Dialogue

Workshop organized as part of the
European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information ESSLLI 2010

August 16-20 (ESSLLI 2nd week) 2010, Copenhagen

Workshop Purpose and Topics:

Theoretical approaches to communication and dialogue modeling are varied
and often unrelated because separately focusing on different aspects of
dialogue (speech acts, goals, beliefs, plans, questions, conventions,
roles, cooperation, disputes, argumentation, reference,
semantics-pragmatics interface). On the other hand, the area of
foundations of multi-agent systems is inducing new developments in logics
of interaction and information dynamics, with a recent trend towards
comparison and integration. Analyzing the impact of this trend on
communication and dialogue modeling is timely.

This workshop aims at discussing formal theories and logics of information
dynamics and interaction and their applications to dialogue and
communication modeling. It is intended to bring together logicians,
linguists and computer scientists in order to provide a better
understanding of the potentialities and limitations of formal methods for
the analysis of dialogue and communication. Its scope includes not only
the technical aspects of logics, but also multidisciplinary aspects from
linguistics, philosophy of language, philosophy of social reality, social
sciences (social psychology, economics).

The following are some examples of formal theories and logics that are
relevant to the workshop (no order):

speech act theory,
argumentation theory,
game theory,
public announcement logic,
dynamic epistemic logic (DEL),
logics of agency and power (e.g. STIT, ATL, Coalition Logic),
theories of persuasion,
theories of commitment,
dynamic semantics,
semantic approaches to interrogative clauses,
rhetorical approaches to dialogue (e.g., Segmented Discourse
Representation Theory).

The focus of the workshop will be on recent developments, especially those
that combine several approaches (e.g. dynamic epistemic logic and speech
act theory, dynamic epistemic logic and segmented discourse representation
theory, public announcement logic and commitment theories, STIT and
dynamic epistemic logic, Coalition Logic and public announcement logic)
to deal with complex dialogue and communication phenomena.

Invited speakers:
Patrick Blackburn, LORIA, INRIA Nancy
Jeroen Groenendijk, ILLC, University of Amsterdam

Workshop Organizers:
Emiliano Lorini (lorini at and Laure Vieu (vieu at,
IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse

Workshop Programme Committee:
Nicholas Asher, IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse
Guillaume Aucher, Univ. of Luxembourg
Alexandru Baltag, Oxford Univ.
Anton Benz, ZAS, Berlin
Patrick Blackburn, INRIA, Nancy
Guido Boella, Univ. of Turin
Jan Broersen, Univ. of Utrecht
Cristiano Castelfranchi, ISTC-CNR, Rome
Hans van Ditmarsch, Univ. of Otago & Univ. of Seville
Raquel Fernández, Univ. of Amsterdam
Jonathan Ginzburg, Kings College, London
Jeroen Groenendijk, Univ. of Amsterdam
Davide Grossi, Univ. of Amsterdam
Andreas Herzig, IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse
Wiebe van der Hoek, Univ. of Liverpool
Joris Hulstijn, Vrije Univ. of Amsterdam
Andrew Jones, Kings College, London
Barteld Kooi, Univ. of Groningen
Kepa Korta, Univ. of Basque Country, Donostia
Alex Lascarides, Univ. Edinburgh
Dominique Longin, IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse
John-Jules Meyer, Univ. of Utrecht
Paul Piwek, The Open Univ., Milton Keynes
Henry Prakken, Univ. of Utrecht
Leon van der Torre, Univ. of Luxembourg

Submission Details:
Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract presenting work
relevant to the area of information dynamics, interaction and dialogue.
Extended abstracts should have a maximum of 6 pages, font size of at least
11pt, and margins of at least 2 cm. Papers should be in PDF format
(Latex-generated papers are preferred, but not necessary), and uploaded by
April 12 using Easychair at:
The submissions will be reviewed by the program committee and possibly
additional reviewers. The accepted papers will appear in the workshop
proceedings published by ESSLLI. The format for the final versions will be
made available in due course.
A special issue of the journal Synthese is planned, based on selected
papers presented at the workshop, of which full versions will be
independently reviewed.

Important dates:
Apr 12, 2010: Deadline for submission
May 24, 2010: Notification
June 1, 2010: Deadline for early registration to ESSLLI
Jun 15, 2010: Deadline for final papers
August 16-20, 2010: Workshop

Local Arrangements:
All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to
register for ESSLLI.

Further Information:
About the workshop: