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CARLA 2021

The first international workshop “Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application” took place at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Osnabrück University in 2018, followed by a virtual event as part of the Bolzano Summer of Knowledge (BOSK) in 2020. Following its great success, we are organizing a third international workshop “Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application” (CARLA) in 2021. We invite the submission of abstracts to the workshop.

Time and Venue:

Date: 16.09.2021 - 17.09.2021
Venue: Bolzano & virtual (hybrid event), co-located with FOIS 2021 (13.09.2021 - 16.09.2021) and ICCS 2021 (20.09.2021 - 23.09.2021).

IMPORTANT: CARLA 2021 is currently planned to be conducted as a hybrid event allowing for both physical and virtual attendance. More information about how to attend will follow.

Invited Talks:

Monique Flecken, Department of Linguistics, University of Amsterdam

Antonio Lieto, Department of Computer Science, University Turin

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.

The workshop is open for research on any aspect of concepts, but there are three overarching topics that are of special interest with the following (not exhaustive) list of exemplary subtopics:

  • Representation: How can we formally describe and model concepts?

    • Conceptual Spaces, Conceptual Domains, Frames
    • Lexical Semantics and Pragmatics
    • Grounded Cognition, Embodiment, 4E Cognition

  • Learning: Where do concepts come from and how are they acquired?

    • Evolution of Concepts
    • Cross-Cultural and Social Aspects of Concepts
    • Developmental Psychology of Concepts

  • Application: How are concepts used in cognitive tasks?

    • Event Cognition
    • Artificial Agents
    • Concept Blending, Metaphors, Creativity

This workshop provides an excellent opportunity to present and discuss ongoing research on concepts, both from theoretical/formal and applied/experimental viewpoints. We invite concept researchers from all fields related to cognitive science to submit abstracts to the workshop.

Submission and Publication:

We invite the submission of abstracts via EasyChair until May 16, 2021. Acceptance notifications will be sent out by June 16, 2021.

The abstracts should use two 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

We will use the following EasyChair instance to collect and review the submissions:

Depending on the number and quality of the received submissions, selected contributions may be published after the workshop. More information on this will follow.


Lucas Bechberger, Institute of Cognitive Science, Osnabrück University
Viviana Haase, Institute for Philosophy II, Ruhr University Bochum
Nicolás Araneda Hinrichs, Institute for Applied Linguistics and Translatology, University Leipzig & Laboratory for Psycholinguistics, University Concepción
Mingya Liu, Department of English and American Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin
Alessandro Panunzi, Università degli Studi di Firenze; University of Florence
Stefan Schneider, Faculty of Computer Science, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
Corina Strößner, Emmy Noether Group “From perception to belief and back again”, Ruhr University Bochum
Paola Vernillo, Università degli Studi di Firenze; University of Florence