8th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy:

"The Significance of Metaphor and Other Figurative Modes of Expression and Thought"

A symposium of the Annual Convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)

20--22 April 2015

University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom

The Symposium will be held on 21--22 April.


Symposium overview. [top]

Communication and expression in language, pictures, diagrams, gesture, music etc. is rich with figurative aspects, such as metaphor, metonymy, hyperbole and irony. People engage in such communication and expression in a variety of contexts and with a range of effects. Modelling figurative patterns of communication/expression is a key aim of academic disciplines such as linguistics, philosophy, discourse studies, and psycholinguistics, and automatically understanding such phenomena is a long-standing and now expanding endeavour within Artificial Intelligence. A particularly interesting current area of research is work on automatically generating as well as understanding metaphor -- both understanding and generation are emerging as important sites for addressing long-standing problems in linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy, and cognitive science more generally. In addition, some researchers have suggested that metaphor can be an intrinsic part of thought, not just of external communication/expression.

Discussion starters. [top]

The workshop aims to provide a forum for a range of broader topics within cognitive science that relate to figurative forms of communication, such as the following.

To cope with the challenges of a fast-changing area of research, we would like to make special mention of two highly multidisciplinary and very recent areas of interest that have opened up, and which we will be especially interested in hearing about.

Given how closely related figurative language is to culture, society and specific forms of communication, there are a range of possible social, cultural and communication issues that could be addressed during the workshop, including the following.

Finally, the workshop is openly interdisciplinary, and we are very much interested in hearing from researchers across a range of disciplines involved in efforts to model understanding and generation of metaphor. Key general questions here include the following.

Submission details. [top]

Submissions should be full papers or extended abstracts up to 8 pages, to be received by 30 January 2015 via EasyChair (from 1 December 2014; NB. the submission deadline has been extended).

NOTE: While submission is by full paper or extended abstract, we encourage speculative thought, provisional proposals, and provocative question-raising based on careful analysis of issues.

Papers should be prepared using the Latex/Word templates available at the end of the AISB2015 page for practical information.

Program committee. [top]

John Barnden (AI; Univ. of Birmingham, UK)

Tony Beavers (Philosophy; Univ. of Evansville, USA)

Mark Bishop (AI; Goldsmiths, Univ. of London, UK)

Yasemin J. Erden (Philosophy; St Mary's Univ., UK)

Jerry Feldman (AI; Intl Computer Science Inst. & Univ. of California, Berkeley, USA)

Eugen Fischer (Philosophy; Univ. of East Anglia, UK)

Andrew Gargett (AI; Univ. of Birmingham, UK)

Jerry Hobbs (AI; Info. Sciences Inst. & Univ. of Southern California, USA)

Mark Phelan (Philosophy; Lawrence Univ., USA)

Mihaela Popa (Philosophy; Univ. of Barcelona, Spain)

Mark Sprevak (Philosophy; Univ. of Edinburgh, UK)

Tony Veale (AI; Univ. College Dublin, Ireland)

Yorick Wilks (AI; Florida Inst. for Human and Machine Cognition, USA & Oxford Internet Inst., UK)

Registration. [top]

To register for the workshop, follow the instructions on AISB Convention 2015 page for registration.

Important dates. [top]

Schedule. [top]

Tuesday 21 April
time title
session 1
10.40-11.10 John Barnden, "Metaphor, Fiction and Thought" (includes welcome, and introduction to the workshop, as well as his own talk)
11.10-11.40 Marek Hetmanski, "Metaphors in Theory of Information: Why They Capture Our Concepts and Undertakings"
11.40-12.10 Vasil Penchev, "A Formal Model of Metaphor in Frame Semantics"
12.10-12.40 Open discussion (with some focus on talks from Session 1)
12.40-13.30 Lunch
session 2
13.30-14.00 Eugen Fischer, "Metaphorical Minds, Illusory Introspection, and Two Kinds of Analogical Reasoning"
14.00-14.30 Yasemin J. Erden, "Metaphor and understanding me"
14.30-15.00 Zuzana Kobikova; and Jakub Macha, "From Metaphor to Hypertext: an Interplay of Organic and Mechanical Metaphorics in the Context of New Media Discovering"
15.00-15.20 Refreshments
session 3
15.20-15.50 Christian J. Feldbacher, "Automatic Metaphor-Interpretation in the Framework of Structural Semantics"
15.50-16.20 Zsofia Zvolenszky, "Relevance Theoretic Comprehension Procedures: Accounting for Metaphor and Malapropism"
16.20-16.50 Open Discussion (with some focus on talks from Sessions 2 & 3)

Wednesday 22 April
time title
session 4
11.00-11.30 Yorick Wilks, "How Can Metaphors Be Interpreted Cross-linguistically?"
11.30-12.00 Stephen McGregor, Matthew Purver and Geraint Wiggins, "Metaphor, Meaning, Computers and Consciousness"
12.00-13.00 Open Discussion (with some focus on talks from Sessions 4, and close)

Symposium organisers. [top]


Professor John Barnden (University of Birmingham)

Dr. Andrew Gargett (University of Birmingham)

Organising Committee

Professor John Barnden (J.A.Barnden AT cs.bham.ac.uk)

Dr. Andrew Gargett (A.D.Gargett AT cs.bham.ac.uk)

Dr. Yasemin J. Erden (St Mary's University)

Professor Mark Bishop (University of London)