Event Dates: 8 August 2011
Event Location: Paris, France
Event URL: http://www.fcg-net.org/events/AAALE_2011.html
This workshop brings together researchers that are attempting to simulate the emergence and cultural evolution of communication systems with properties similar to those found in human natural languages. The workshop focuses in particular on experiments that use physically embodied humanoid robots and target communication systems that exhibit grammatical structure and involve rich grounded conceptualizations of the world co-evolving with language. A typical example would be an experiment in which autonomous robots evolve a spatial language to express spatial relations and perspective reversal or an experiment in which a case grammar emerges for expressing the role of participants in events, or an experiment in which a system of determiners arises to refer to sets of objects in the shared context of two situated communicating agents.
Call for Contributions
Contributions are solicited on all aspects of this grand challenge. They should preferably be based on mechanisms that have been effectively implemented and demonstrated to work on real robots. Although aspects of perception and motor control are obviously very relevant to evolve grounded language, the workshop will primarily focus on issues related to conceptualization and grammar, and to models of cultural evolution that are effective for explaining the complexity of human languages. Experiments that simulate or relate to phenomena observed in human language evolution are particularly encouraged. Posters may include robot videos and demonstrations with physical robots are welcome.
More specifically, submissions are solicited on the following topics:
- Systems for conceptualization, grounded in sensori-motor experience
- Co-evolution of category formation and lexicon formation
- Computational formalisms supporting emergent grammar
- Factors driving the cultural emergence of grammatical systems
- Mechanisms for conceptual and linguistic alignment
- Origins and stabilization of language strategies
- Competition and coordination between language strategies
- Autonomous evolution of scripts for language games
- Semiotic dynamics of embodied agents
- Origins of speech systems
These topics should as much as possible be grounded in case studies.