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AISB event Bulletin Item

2nd CALL FOR PAPERS: The Shape of Things, 26-27 Sep 2011, GERMANY

SHAPES 1.0 - The Shape of Things Workshop at CONTEXT 2011, Karlsruhe, Germany -IAOA supported event (

Abstracts due: August 15
Full papers due: August 30
Workshop date: September 26/27


Invited Speakers:

Ingvar Johansson - Shape is a Non-Quantifiable Physical Dimension

Professor Emeritus in Theoretical Philosophy, Umea University, Sweden.

Frieder Nake - Open and Closed: Some Reflections from the Boundaries of Form

Professor for computer graphics at the University of Bremen and visiting professor for hypermedia 
design at the University of the Arts, Bremen, Germany.


Shape, Form, and Structure are some of the most elusive notions within many different disciplines 
ranging from the natural sciences through engineering to art.  Several approaches have been 
proposed to study the notions of shape, form and structure from different viewpoints, yet a 
comprehensive formal treatment of these notions is currently lacking and no real interdisciplinary 
perspective has been put forward.

This workshop will serve as an interdisciplinary platform for the discussion of all topics 
connected to shape (broadly understood): perspectives from psycho-linguistics, ontology, computer 
science, mathematics, aesthetics, cognitive science and beyond are welcome to contribute and 

We seek to provide a forum to stimulate and facilitate an active exchange on interdisciplinary 
applications, ideas, approaches, and methods in the area of modelling shape, form, pattern and 
function. The format of the workshop will combine invited speakers, peer-reviewed full 
contributions, as well as short position papers and posters, and will allow ample time for open 
discussions amongst the participants.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Linguistics / Philosophy

    shape and form in natural language
    differences between shape, form, structure, and pattern
    shape in natural and artificial objects


    shape perception and mental representation
    gestalt vs. structuralist understanding of shape cognition
    perception and shape (e.g. identifying objects from incomplete visual information)
    affordances, dispositions, and shape

Logics, Spatial Representations

    formal characterisations of shape and form
    logics for shape: e.g. fuzzy, modal, intensional, etc.
    logics for topology, symmetry, shape similarity etc.

    design semantics, spatial semantics
    shape and 3D space
    shape and space in creative assistance systems


    ontologies and classifications of shapes
    ontological relations among shape, objects and functions
    patterns as shapes of processes
    forms and patterns in ontology


    Biology & Chemistry: molecular shapes, shape in anatomy and phenotype definitions, shape complementarity between objects and holes, shape in medical image analysis and annotation
    Visual Art and Aesthetics; shape in Film and Photography; shape in computational creativity
    Naive Physics and Geography: e.g. qualitative classifications of shapes of geographic objects
    Design & Architecture: shape grammars; CAD, symmetry and beauty in architectural design
    Engineering: formal shape analysis in engineering processes

Key dates:

Intention to submit (title, abstract, keywords):  August 15 
Full paper submissions:  August 30
Notification of paper acceptance:   September 9
Camera-ready copies:   September 15
Online papers/proceedings:   September 18
Workshop date:   September 26 or 27

Page length: 6-10 pages

Format: PDF, formatted according to the Context 2011 / Direct LNAI Templates.

Online submissions via

Organising Committee:

Oliver Kutz (University of Bremen, Germany) Mehul Bhatt (University of Bremen, Germany) 
Janna Hastings (EBI, Cambridge, UK;  University of Geneva, Switzerland) Stefano Borgo 
(LOA, ISTC-CNR, Trento; KRDB Free University of Bolzano, Italy)

Programme Committee:

    Colin Batchelor (RSC, Cambridge, UK)
    John Bateman (University of Bremen, Germany)
    Brandon Bennett (University of Leeds, UK)
    Thomas Bittner (University of Buffalo, USA)
    Simon Colton (Imperial College London, UK)
    Bianca Falcidieno (CNR IMATI-GE, Genova, Italy)
    Francesca Franco (Birkbeck College London, UK)
    Christian Freksa (University of Bremen, Germany)
    Antony Galton (University of Exeter, UK)
    George Gkoutos (University of Cambridge, UK)
    Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)
    Riichiro Mizoguchi (Osaka University, Japan)
    Ian Pratt-Hartmann (University of Manchester, UK)
    George Stiny (MIT, USA)
    Achille Varzi (Columbia University, New York, USA)

For more information, the workshop website can be accessed at:
and the organisers can be contacted by email at:

Kind regards,
Janna, Oliver, Stefano, Mehul