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CARLA 2018

The Institute of Cognitive Science at Osnabrück University is happy to announce the international workshop “Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application”. We invite the submission of extended abstracts to the workshop for oral or poster presentations.

Time and Venue:

August 11 and August 12, 2018, in Osnabrück (Germany), university building 15 (Seminarstraße 20) .

Invited Talks:

Nicholas Asher and Julie Hunter, Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse, France: Concepts from the perspective of lexical and discourse semantics

Christiane D. Fellbaum, Computer Science Department, Princeton University, USA: Representation and Applications of Gradable Concepts

Peter Gärdenfors, Department of Philosophy, Lund University, Sweden: Where do Conceptual Domains Come from?

Robert L. Goldstone, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Indiana University, USA: Connecting concepts to each other and the world

Michael Spranger, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., Tokyo, Japan: Evolutionary semantics on real robots

Call for Abstracts:

"Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application" (CARLA) is an international workshop aimed at fostering interdisciplinary exchange about research on concepts. It invites contributions from all fields related to cognitive science, including (but not limited to) linguistics, artificial intelligence, psychology, philosophy, logic, and computer science. Although the workshop is open for research on any aspect of concepts, there exists a set of core topics that are of special interest:

  • Representation: How can we formally describe and model concepts?
  • Learning: Where do concepts come from and how are they acquired?
  • Application: How are concepts used in cognitive tasks?

We invite the submission of extended abstracts (up to 500 words excluding references) to until May 20, 2018. We will send out acceptance notifications by May 31, 2018.


We plan to invite a selection of presentations for publication after the workshop.


There are three types of presentations:

  • Invited talks consist of 45 minutes for the talk itself plus 15 minutes for questions and discussions.
  • Oral presentations consist of 20 minutes for the talk itself plus 10 minutes for questions and discussions. Presenters can use their own laptop if they like.
  • Poster presentations take place during the poster session. Posters should be of size A0 (portrait orientation only) or A1 (portrait or landscape orientation). At the beginning of the poster session, authors are invited to give a 2 minute "elevator pitch" on their poster. They can use a single slide for illustrations. This single slide should be emailed to as pdf file until Friday, 10.08.2018, 2 pm sharp.


Saturday, 11.08.2018

08:45 – 09:00: Welcome and Introduction
09:00 – 10:00: Invited Talk by Peter Gärdenfors - “Where do Conceptual Domains Come from?”
10:00 – 10:30: Hadi Banaee, Erik Schaffernicht and Amy Loutfi - “Towards Data-driven Conceptual Spaces”

10:30 – 11:00: Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30:  Lewis Pollock - “Which concepts should we posit?”
11:30 – 12:30: Invited Talk by Christiane D. Fellbaum - “Representation and Applications of Gradable Concepts”

12:30 – 14:00: Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:30: Guido Robin Löhr - “What Psychologists Can Tell Us About the Acquisition of Complex Concepts”
14:30 – 15:00: José V. Hernández-Conde - “Contextualism, Instantiated Concepts, and Non-Representationality”

15:00 - 15:30: Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:00: Poster Elevator Pitches
16:00 - 17:30: Poster Session

18:15: Social Dinner at the Italian Restaurant Amodomio (Heger Straße 12)

Sunday, 12.08.2018

09:00 – 10:00: Invited Talk by Michael Spranger - “Evolutionary semantics on real robots”
10:00 – 10:30: Helmar Gust and Carla Umbach - “Kind formation by similarity”
10:30 – 11:00: Elisa Scerrati, Cristina Iani and Sandro Rubichi - “Does the activation of motor information affect semantic processing?”

11:00 – 11:30: Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30: Invited Talk by Robert Goldstone - “Connecting Concepts to each other and the world”
12:30 – 13:00: David Schlangen - “A Practical Compositional Semantics for Situated Interaction”
13:00 – 13:30: Lucas Bechberger - "Machine Learning in Conceptual Spaces: Two Learning Processes"
13:30 – 13:45: Wrap-Up and Goodbye


Lucas Bechberger, Ulf Krumnack, Kai-Uwe Kühnberger, Mingya Liu