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AISB event Bulletin Item

1st CALL FOR PAPERS: Symposium "Influencing People with Information", 25 April 2012, University of Aberdeen, UK

How can a web site help you decide how best to travel? Can a computer explain your patient record 
to you? Does instant feedback on petrol use change how people drive? This symposium will ask how 
information can influence people, and how the manner in which the information is presented can make 
a difference. It will bring together researchers working on natural language generation, 
information presentation, behaviour change, argumentation and decision support.

For the last 5 years, researchers at the University of Aberdeen have investigated how information 
expressed in /natural language/ can affect a recipient in terms of his/her knowledge, actions and 
emotions. Now, a Symposium supported by the Scottish Computer Science and Informatics Alliance 
(SICSA) will widen the focus from language, addressing a range of research questions about the ways
in which information, and the presentation of information, can influence people. The aim of the 
symposium is to hear a range of views on this topic, including both established and young (e.g., 
PhD student) researchers, and to explore ideas for future research and funding in this 
mutidisciplinary area. The symposium aims to cover empirical as well as computational work (e.g., 
including experimental psychology).

We solicit submission of 500-1000-word abstracts in pdf format. Submissions should be downloaded 
using Easychair at

For further information, see the above-mentioned Symposium web site.

Feel free to forward to interested parties.

*Submission of abstracts*: 28 March 2012* Symposium date:* 25 April 2012