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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS:Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Poetry, AISB 2013, April 2nd-5th, University of Exeter, UK

Poetry represents a valuable domain for AI, exemplifying fundamental aspects of creativity which, 
in the view of proponents of Lady Lovelace's objection that computers can do nothing original, 
focus strongly the differences between machines and humans. Poetry also exemplifies hard problems 
of practical AI, in natural language generation, expressive speech and non-verbal behaviour. We 
think that this workshop will provide strong opportunities for synergies amongst both researchers 
and practitioners in AI, Literature, Performance Arts, Philosophy and Psychology.
This one-day symposium offers a fresh opportunity for interdisciplinary perspectives on Artificial 
Intelligence and Poetry, with the strong potential to bring together contemporary research in key 
technical, social, psychological and philosophical domains


- AI generated poetry
- AI performance of poetry
- Expressive voice and body language of robots/synthetic characters for poetry performance
- History of mechanical/algorithmic poetry generation/performance
- Socio-technical aspects of AI and poetry
- Philosophical aspects of AI and poetry
- Evaluating AI Poetry systems

Note this event specifically excludes poems written by humans about AI..


We are seeking submissions of original papers, and of videos/recordings/performances accompanied by
documentation, that fit well with the symposium theme and topics. Papers should be no more than 6 
pages in length in the AISB convention format  templates can be found at Electronic submissions be submitted via 
Easychair (see by the submission deadline 
given below. At least one author of each accepted submission will be required to register and 
attend the symposium to present their work.
All papers/documentations from the AISB convention will be published in the AISB proceedings, 
with an ISBN number. Authors of papers must sign a copyright declaration (to follow). However, 
this declaration is not exclusive - it gives AISB the right to publish the paper, but does not 
prevent the author from publishing it in other venues. We hope to present videos/recordings on 
this website with the permission of the authors.

**After the Workshop, participants will be invited to submit definitive versions of their 
paper/documentation for inclusion in a special issue of the journal Artificial Intelligence and 
Society. Further details later..**

14th January 2013 : Submission deadline
11th February 2013: Deadline for notifications sent to authors
4th March 2013 : Camera ready copies due
5th-7th April 2013: Symposium

Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University, co-organiser;
Simon Colton, Imperial College;
Pablo Gervas, Universidad Computense de Madrid;
Kevin Knight, University of Southern California;
Ian McDonough, poet, Edinburgh;
Greg Michaelson, Heriot-Watt University, co-organiser;
Chris Newell, University of Hull;
Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS;
Geraint Wiggins, Queen Mary, University of London.

Ruth Aylett                                   Professor of Computer Science
Mathematics and Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK      Tel: 44-131-451-4189     Fax: 44-131-451-3327                      "Life is beautiful"