[Humanist] 25.831 events: formal models of communication

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Mar 20 07:42:14 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 831.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 17:36:53 +0000
        From: "A. Herzig" <esslli2012 at gmail.com>
        Subject: ESSLLI 2012 Workshop on Formal Models of Communication --- newdeadline

Call for papers -- new deadline
Workshop on Formal Models of Communication
European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) 2012
06-10 August, Opole, Poland

Workshop Co-Chairs: Andrew J I Jones (Department of Informatics,
King’s College London) and Steven O Kimbrough (Wharton Business
School, University of Pennsylvania).

Invited Speakers: to be confirmed.

The workshop is organized in conjunction with the activity in
SINTELNET Working Group No. 2, on Communicative Interaction.
(SINTELNET is the European Network for Social Intelligence, FET Open
Coordination Action: www.sintelnet.eu)

Summary of the three principal workshop themes

1. Critical assessment of approaches to ACLs: in multi-agent systems
research, a number of different approaches have been taken to the
formal-logical characterisation of Agent Communication Languages
(ACLs), including the FIPA [2002] language, the commitment-based
models of Colombetti [2000] and Singh [1998], and the Jones & Parent
[2007] convention-based approach. (For an overview see Chopra et al.
[in press].)

2. Theories of signalling: philosophical analyses of communicative
action, in the tradition of Austin, Grice and Searle, formed the
principal background to work on ACLs. However, the prospect of
alternative foundations is emerging from theories of signalling,
informed by – in particular – games theory and evolutionary biology.
(See, e.g., Skyrms [2010].)

3. Deception: there exist a number of philosophical and formal-logical
analyses of deception - see, e.g., Adler [1997], Sakama & Caminada
[2010]. It would be of interest to compare these with the accounts
offered in signalling theory, and to raise the question of whether the
phenomenon of deception has been adequately accommodated in models of

We invite papers (not exceeding 15-20 pages) on topics relating
principally to one or more of those three themes.

Submission Procedure

papers (pdf) should be submitted to Andrew Jones: andrewji.jones at kcl.ac.uk
Deadline for submissions: 23 March 2012
Notification: by 01 June 2012
Publication: it is possible that the proceedings of the workshop may
be published in the FOLLI subseries of Springer’s LNCS, or in the
Journal of Logic, Language and Information (JOLLI).


FIPA [2002] FIPA Communicative Act Library Specification.
Colombetti [2000] Colombetti, M., "A commitment-based approach to
agent speech acts and conversations", Proceedings of the Workshop on
Agent Languages and Communication Policies, 4th International
Conference on Autonomous Agents (Agents 2000), Barcelona, Spain,
pp.21-29, 2000.
Singh [1998]  Singh, M.P., "Agent Communication Languages: Rethinking
the Principles", IEEE Computer 31, 12 (Dec.), pp.40-47, 1998.
Jones & Parent [2007] Andrew J I Jones and  Xavier Parent,  "A
Convention-based Approach to Agent Communication Languages", Group
Decision and Negotiation 16, pp. 101-14, 2007.
Chopra et al. [in press] Amit Chopra, Alexander Artikis, Jamal
Bentahar, Marco Colombetti, Frank Dignum, Nicola Fornara, Andrew J I
Jones, Munindar P. Singh, Pinar Yolum, "Research Directions in Agent
Communication", ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and
Technology, 26 pp., in press.
Skyrms [2010] Brian Skyrms, Signals – Evolution, Learning &
Information, Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, 2010.
Adler [1997]  Adler, J.E., "Lying, deceiving, or falsely implicating",
Journal of Philosophy 94(9), pp.435-452, 1997.
Sakama & Caminada [2010] Chiaki Sakama and Martin Caminada, "The Many
Faces of Deception" in: Proceedings of the Thirty Years of
Nonmonotonic Reasoning (NonMon at 30), Lexington, KY, USA, October 2010.

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