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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: 13th Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument, 14 June 2013, Rome, ITALY

in conjunction with ICAIL 2013 - and UMAP 2013 -

Key dates:
Deadline for long papers submission: 15 April 2013 
Deadline for short papers submission: 30 April 2013
Notification to authors: 15 May 2013

Accepted full papers will appear in an edited book as part of the Springer Lecture Notes in 
Computer Science (LNCS) series. 

The series of workshops on Computational Models of Natural Argument, active since 2001, acts to 
nurture and provide succour to the ever growing community working in "argument and computation".  
AI has witnessed a prodigious growth in uses of argumentation throughout many of its subdisciplines:
agent system negotiation protocols that demonstrate higher levels of sophistication and robustness; 
argumentation-based models of evidential relations; groupwork tools that use argument to structure 
interaction and debate; computer-based learning tools that exploit monological and dialogical 
argument structures in designing pedagogic environments; decision support systems that build upon 
argumentation theoretic models of deliberation to better integrate with human reasoning. The 
CMNA workshop series  focuses in particular on "natural" argumentation. Naturalness may involve 
the use of means which are more visual than linguistic to illustrate a point, such as graphics 
or multimedia. Or to the use of more sophisticated rhetorical devices, interacting at various 
layers of abstraction. Or the exploitation of "extra-rational" characteristics of the audience, 
taking into account emotions and affective factors.

Contributions are solicited addressing, but not limited to, the following areas of interest:
* The characteristics of "natural" arguments: ontological aspects and cognitive issues.
* Personalisation and tailoring of argument to a specific audience
* Models of arguer and models of audience
* The use of models from informal logic and argumentation theory, and in particular, approaches to 
specific schools of thought developed in informal logic and argumentation.
* Rhetoric and affect: the role of emotions, personalities, etc. in models of argumentation.
* The linguistic characteristics of natural argumentation. Empirical work based on corpora looking 
at these topics would be especially welcomed.
* Natural argumentation and media: visual arguments, multi-modal arguments, spoken arguments.
* Evaluative arguments and their application in AI systems (such as decision support and advice 
* Applications of argumentation based systems, including, for example, the pedagogical, 
health-related, political, and promotional.
* Tools for interacting with structures of argument, including visualisation tools and interfaces 
supporting natural, stylised or formal dialogue.
* The building of computational resources such as online corpora related to argumentation.

CMNA 12 intends to provide, primarily, an informal forum for discussion, a venue to foster 
discussion and encourage cooperation. To facilitate this, accepted papers (by multiple reviewer 
blind review) are distributed to all participants in advance of the event, to improve coherence 
and interaction. 

Attendance to the CMNA workshop is open to all interested in the field, as well as authors of 
accepted papers. Those interested to attend who have not a paper to present, are encouraged to 
send a brief submission of interest to the workshop chairs before the event.
Submission requirements:
The workshop encourages submissions in three categories:
* Long papers (up to 12 pages)
* Short papers describing work in progress (up to 6 pages)
* Demonstration of implemented systems: submissions should be accompanied by written reports (up 
to 3 pages). 

Papers should be submitted at:

Workshop Chairs:
Floriana Grasso 
Department of Computer Science 
University of Liverpool 
Ashton Building, Ashton Street 
Liverpool L69 3BX, UK 

Nancy Green 
Department of Computer Science, 
159 Petty Building, 
University of North Carolina Greensboro, 
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 
Tel: 336-256-1133 

Chris Reed 
School of Computing 
University of Dundee 
Dundee DD1 4HN, UK 

Program Committee (tbc)
Leila Amgoud, IRIT, France
Trevor Bench-Capon, University of Liverpool, UK
Tim Bickmore, Northeastern University, Boston
Guido Boella, University of Turin, ItalyChrysanne DiMarco, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Tom Gordon, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin, Germany
Marco Guerini, ITC-IRST, Trento, Italy
Helmut Horacek, University of the Saarland, Germany
Anthony Hunter, University College London, UKHelena Lindgren, Ume University, Sweden
David Moore, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Fabio Paglieri, ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy
Vincenzo Pallotta, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Cecile Paris, CSIRO, Sydney, Australia
Paul Piwek, Open University, UK
Henry Prakken, University of Utrecht and University of Groningen, The NetherlandsSara Rubinelli, 
University of Lugano, SwitzerlandPatrick Saint-Dizier, IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse, France
Doug Walton, University of Winnipeg, Canada
Adam Wyner, University of Liverpool, UK
Tangming Yuan. University of York, UKWorkshop URL: