Call: International Workshop on “Language-Action Tools for Cognitive Artificial Agents: Integrating Vision, Action and Language”

Call for Papers:

International Workshop on
Language – Action Tools for Cognitive Artificial Agents:
Integrating Vision, Action and Language

A Satellite event of the
25th Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-2011),
7-11 August, 2011, San Francisco, USA


Endowing artificial agents with language and action abilities has been a quest in many Artificial Intelligence (AI) subfields. A number of AI applications require coupling of language and motoric or visual action (and objects), ranging from language-based human-robot interaction to event recognition. Recent years have witnessed great advances in different disciplines that provide the theoretical and technological framework for an interdisciplinary approach to language-action integration. Neuroscience research provides more and more evidence on a common neural basis for language and action, both in perception and in production. A growing body of experimental cognitive science findings sheds light on the close interaction and reciprocal influence of language and action in a number of tasks, such as categorisation and learning. On their part, technological advances in multisensory human behaviour measurement have enabled the development of recognitive and generative algorithms for the analysis of sensorimotor representations, ones that are analogical to language analysis and generation models. How could language-action integration benefit from all such developments? If it does, will this lead beyond the current state of the art in real-life AI applications that require generalisation and optimality in language-action integration?

The goal of this workshop is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of computational linguists, computer vision researchers, roboticists and neuroscientists that will address the issue of developing biologically-inspired language and action technology for artificial agents. The focus is both on

(a) how individual technologies can benefit from interdisciplinary research for going beyond the state of art in language-action integration tasks, and

(b) how language processing, visual processing and/or motor control algorithms can be integrated in artificial agents allowing for behaviour generalisation and optimisation.


The workshop will be a two-day meeting, which will comprise of a mix of invited talks, paper presentations and panel discussions. System demonstrations will also take place in break-out sessions that will allow for more interaction among participants.

We invite original contributions on topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • Embodied language processing, Neurolinguistics
  • Cognitive vision tools
  • Active multisensory perception
  • Neuroscience findings that impinge in technology (Neuro-robotics)
  • Language-Action tools for Visual Scene Understanding /Event Recognition
  • Verbal requests for accomplishing everyday tasks (Human-Robot interaction)

 Important dates:

  • Submission deadline: April 22, 2011
  • Notification date: May 13, 2011
  • Author accepted paper submission deadline: May 27, 2011

The workshop proceedings will appear as a AAAI Technical Report. Submissions must be in AAAI format ( and be up to 6 pages in length. Please submit as PDF via email to the workshop chair, Katerina Pastra,

Organizing Committee

Katerina Pastra (, Institute for Language and Speech Processing, Greece)
Yiannis Aloimonos (, University of Maryland, USA)
Giorgio Metta (, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)
Luciano Fadiga (, University of Ferrara & Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)

Sponsors (full list TBA):
Support from Google is gratefully acknowledged

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