[Humanist] 22.697 events: storytelling; reasoning; medieval studies

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Wed Apr 15 10:13:47 CEST 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 697.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Dot Porter <dot.porter at GMAIL.COM>                         (47)
        Subject: Fwd: Kalamazoo workshops: final announcement

  [2]   From:    "reds at dei.uc.pt" <reds at dei.uc.pt>                        (110)
        Subject: ICIDS 2009 - Call for Papers

  [3]   From:    Enrico Franconi <franconi at inf.unibz.it>                   (69)
        Subject: 5th Reasoning Web Summer School 2009 - call for

        Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 08:01:34 +0100
        From: Dot Porter <dot.porter at GMAIL.COM>
        Subject: Fwd: Kalamazoo workshops: final announcement
        In-Reply-To: <96f3df640904132342q15260d0au32ad082beb30cd21 at mail.gmail.com>

The Medieval Academy of America's Committee on Electronic Resources is
pleased to announce two workshops to be held at the International
Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, in May 2009. Both
workshops will be on Thursday, May 7 (sessions 54 and 166; see
http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/sessions.html for complete
conference schedule).

Workshop registration online at

1) Metadata for Medievalists I: Introduction to Metadata Formats
Session 54, Thursday 7 May, 10am

This workshop offers an introduction to best practices for digital scholarship,
led by Sheila Bair, Western Michigan University's Metadata Librarian.
Instruction includes an introduction to the concept of metadata, an
overview of metadata types of interest to medievalists working in a
variety of textual and image formats, and an overview of methods for
metadata implementations (database, encoded data, printed copy, etc.).
Assignments will be completed during the following clinic.

2) Metadata for Medievalists II: Introduction to the Text-Encoding Initiative
Session 166, Thursday 7 May, 3:30pm

This workshop offers an introduction to best practices for digital scholarship,
taught by a medievalist, Dot Porter, specifically for medievalists. Instruction
includes introductory-level XML and structural encoding, as well as TEI P5
standards and guidelines, markup concerns for medieval transcription, and
a brief consideration of XML Editors. Assignments will be completed during the
following clinic.

Sheila Bair is the Metadata Librarian at Western Michigan University and holds
an MS in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dot Porter
is the Metadata Manager at the Digital Humanities Observatory, Royal Irish
Academy, in Dublin, Ireland. She has an MA in Medieval Studies from Western
Michigan University and an MS in Library Science from UNC Chapel Hill, and
extensive experience in text encoding in the medieval studies and classics.

Both workshops are limited to 35 participants, and registration is required.

The pre-registration fee per workshop for students is $40/$55
(Medieval Academy members/nonmembers), for non-students is $50/$65.

To register, complete the online form at
Questions about registration should be directed to James W. Brodman at
jimb at uca.edu
Questions about the workshops should be directed to Dot Porter at
dot.porter at gmail.com

Dot Porter (MA, MSLS)          Metadata Manager
Digital Humanities Observatory (RIA), Regus House, 28-32 Upper
Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
-- A Project of the Royal Irish Academy --
Phone: +353 1 234 2444        Fax: +353 1 234 2400
http://dho.ie          Email: dot.porter at gmail.com

        Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 22:29:36 +0100
        From: "reds at dei.uc.pt" <reds at dei.uc.pt>
        Subject: ICIDS 2009 - Call for Papers
        In-Reply-To: <96f3df640904132342q15260d0au32ad082beb30cd21 at mail.gmail.com>


*** ICIDS ? Interactive Storytelling 2009 ***

2st International Conference on
Interactive Digital Storytelling

09-11 December 2009, Guimarães, Portugal

Submission Deadline: June 20, 2009


Interactive entertainment, including novel forms of edutainment, therapy,
and serious games, promises to become an ever more important market.
Interactive Digital Storytelling provides access to social and human
themes through stories, and promises to foster considerably the
possibilities of interactive entertainment, computer games, and other
interactive digital applications. ICIDS also identifies opportunities and
addresses challenges for redefining the experience of narrative through
interactive simulations of computer-generated story worlds.

Interactive Storytelling thus promises a huge step forward for games,
training, and learning, through the aims to enrich virtual characters with
intelligent behavior, to allow collaboration of humans and machines in the
creative process, and to combine narrative knowledge and user activity in
interactive artifacts. In order to create novel applications, in which
users play a significant role together with digital characters and other
autonomous elements, new concepts for Human-Computer Interaction have to
be developed. Knowledge for interface design and technology has to be
garnered and integrated. Interactive Storytelling involves concepts from
many aspects of Computer Science, above all from Artificial Intelligence,
with topics such as narrative intelligence, automatic dialogue- and drama
management, cognitive robotics and smart graphics. In order to process
stories in real time, traditional storytelling needs to be formalized into
computable models, by drawing from narratological studies, and by taking
into account the characteristics of programming. Consequently, due to its
technological complexity, it is currently hardly accessible for creators
and end-users. There is a need for new authoring concepts and tools
supporting the creation of dynamic story models, allowing for rich and
meaningful interaction with the content. Finally, there is a need for
theoretical foundations considering the integration of so far disjunctive
approaches and cultures.

Before ICIDS, two European conference series had been serving as main
platforms for these topics:
* ICVS (International Conference on Virtual Storytelling)
* TIDSE (Technologies for Interactive Digital Storytelling and Entertainment)

While the venues of these events were traditionally bound to France and
Germany, ICIDS is set to overcome also this geographical limitation.

ICIDS 2009 will be held in the Centro Cultural Vila Flor, in Guimarães,
Portugal, EU. It is organized by the University of Minho and the CCG
Centro de Computação Gráfica, supported by several partners.

We welcome research papers, case studies and demonstrations presenting new
scientific results, innovative technologies, best practice showcases, or
improvements to existing techniques and approaches in the
multidisciplinary research field of interactive digital storytelling and
its related application areas, e.g. games, virtual/online worlds,
e-learning, edutainment, and entertainment.

Suggested research topics for contributions include, but are not limited to:

* Interactive Storytelling Theory
* Virtual Characters and Agents
* Environments and Graphical Effects
* Interactive Cinematography
* Design of Sound Interactivity
* Story Generation and Drama Management
* New Authoring Modes
* Narrativity in Digital Games
* Mixed Realities and Mobiles
* Tools for Interactive Storytelling
* Emotion Design for Interactive Storytelling
* Non-Visual Senses for Interactive Storytelling
* Social and Cognitive Approaches for Interactive Storytelling
* Semantic knowledge for Interactive Storytelling
* Real-time techniques for Interactive Storytelling
* Collaborative environments for Interactive Storytelling
* Evaluation and user experience reports
* Case studies and demonstrations


- All submissions should follow the Lecture Notes in Computer Science
format (see ?Information for LNCS Authors? at
www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html). Papers must be in English. Only
electronic submissions in PDF format will be considered for review.
Submissions (of all categories) that receive high ratings in the review
process will be selected for publication by the program committee. They
shall be published as Springer LNCS conference proceedings. For the final
print-ready version, the submission of source files (Microsoft Word/LaTeX,
TIF/EPS) and a signed copyright form will be required.

Submission categories:
- Full papers (8-12 pages in the proceedings)
- Short papers (4-6 pages in the proceedings)
- Demonstration and posters (2-4 pages in the proceedings)
For the submission and review process, we will use the Easychair
conference management system.


June 20, 2009 Submission deadline (all categories)
August 20, 2009 Author notification of the review result
September 10, 2009 Submission of the print-ready version
December 9-11, 2009 ICIDS Conference Interactive Storytelling ?09

A limited number of Student Volunteers will be granted free access to the
conference in exchange for helping with on-site organizational tasks.
Details on application modalities will be published after the reviewing


Co-Chairs: Ido Iurgel, Nelson Zagalo, Paolo Petta

Local Chairs: Pedro Branco & Rogério Silva

(Programme Committee under construction, please check website)
*** CONTACT ***

Ido Iurgel, idoiurgel at gmail.com, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Nelson Zagalo, nzagalo at ics.uminho.pt, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Paolo Petta, paolo.petta at ofai.at, OFAI, Austria

Best regards,

Rogério E. da Silva
State University of Santa Catarina - UDESC
PhD Student @ University of Minho, Guimaraes/Portugal
ICIDS'09 - Local Organisation

        Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 01:00:39 +0100
        From: Enrico Franconi <franconi at inf.unibz.it>
        Subject: 5th Reasoning Web Summer School 2009 - call for participation
        In-Reply-To: <96f3df640904132342q15260d0au32ad082beb30cd21 at mail.gmail.com>

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5th REASONING WEB Summer School (RW 2009)
"Semantic technologies for information systems"


Brixen-Bressanone (near Bozen-Bolzano), Italy
30 August - 4 September 2008

The "Reasoning  Web" series  of annual Summer Schools  was  started in
2005 by the  Network of Excellence REWERSE. This edition will focus on
the use  of semantic technologies to  enhance data access  on the web.
Courses will present a range  of techniques an formalisms which bridge
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1. Description Logics.
  by Franz Baader
2. Ontologies and databases.
  by Diego Calvanese
3. Database theory for RDF.
  by Claudio Gutierrez, Marcelo Arenas, Jorge Perez
4. Database technology for RDF.
  by Souripriya Das (Oracle)
5. Answers-set semantics based tools.
  by Thomas Eiter, Giovambattista Ianni
6. The Semantic Desktop.
  by Siegfried Handschuh, Michael Sintek
7. Logical foundations of XML and XQuery.
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Thomas Eiter, Vienna Technical University, Austria.
Enrico Franconi (co-chair), Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.
Claudio Gutierrez, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
Siegfried Handschuh, DERI Galway, Ireland.
Marie-Christine Rousset, University of Grenoble, France.
Renate Schmidt, University of Manchester, United Kingdom.
Sergio Tessaris (co-chair), Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.


Uwe Assmann.
Cristina Baroglio (chair).
François Bry.
Norbert Eisinger.
Nicola Henze.
Massimo Marchiori.
Axel Polleres (deputy chair).


Stefano David, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy.
Enrico Franconi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.
Sergio Tessaris, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.

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