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CARLA 2020

The first international workshop “Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application” took place at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Osnabrück University in 2018. Following its great success, we are organizing a second international workshop “Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application” (CARLA) in 2020. We invite the submission of extended abstracts to the workshop for oral or poster presentations.

Time and Venue:

September 22 and September 23, 2020, VIRTUAL, as part of the Bolzano Summer of Knowledge.

IMPORTANT: CARLA 2020 will be conducted as a virtual workshop on the originally planned dates. More information about how to attend will follow.

Invited Talks:

Mattis List, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena (Germany): "Representing concepts for the purpose of cross-linguistic language comparison"

Marianna Bolognesi, University of Bologna, Bologna (Italy): "Two dimensions of conceptual representation: concreteness and specificity"

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?

This workshop provides an excellent opportunity to present and discuss ongoing research on concepts. We invite concept researchers from all fields related to cognitive science to submit abstracts to the workshop for oral or poster presentations.

Submission and Publication:

We invite the submission of extended abstracts via until April 30, 2020. We will send out acceptance notifications by May 31, 2020.

The extended abstracts can use up to three pages (including references) and should be uploaded as pdf based on the following template (LaTeX or Word) which is based on Springer’s LNCS style: Download Template

For both submission and publication of the accepted abstracts, we use Link

Accepted Submissions:

The following abstracts have been accepted for oral presentation at the workshop:

  • "Observing the conceptualisation of a complex task domain: The role of metaphors, gestures, and routine behaviour" by Benjamin Angerer
  • "Marker versus filter: team focused interaction in complex cognitive representation models" by Stefan Schneider and Andreas Nürnberger
  • "Learning Generative Image Manipulations from Language Instructions" by Martin Längkvist, Andreas Persson, and Amy Loutfi
  • "Representing Complex Shapes with Conceptual Spaces" by Lucas Bechberger and Margit Scheibel
  • "A Semiotic-Conceptual Analysis Framework as a Qualitative Method" by Uta Priss
  • "Relational Concepts in Deep Reinforcement Learning: Emergence and Representation" by Thomas Schnürer, Malte Probst, and Horst-Michael Groß
  • "Agents’ behavior and its conceptual framework" by Stefano Borgo
  • "Flexibly chaining mental operations with spiking neurons" by Hugo Chateau-Laurent, Chris Eliasmith, and Serge Thill
  • "Reciprocal predicates: a conceptual prototype model" by Imke Kruitwagen, Yoad Winter, and James Hampton




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