Call for participation

This AAAI Spring Symposium is primarily targeting researchers in natural language processing/understanding and computational linguistics, but will have broader appeal to the larger AI community, specifically researchers in knowledge representation, man-machine interaction, and machine learning. The symposium focuses on recent technical advances in computational formalisms for construction grammar, machine learning of construction grammar, and use of construction grammar in natural language understanding and production. The presentation and demonstration of working systems is highly encouraged. The workshop starts with talks by Adele Goldberg, Hans Boas and Bill Croft, introducing the constructional perspective.

Areas of interest include:

1. What unifies constructional approaches to language?

2. Formalisms and implementations of construction grammar (CxG)

3. Constructicons, corpora annotated for CxG, and statistical construction learning.

4. Construction grammar learning by physical robots.

5. Deep Natural Language Understanding (NLU) and Production.

6. Relations of CxG to the brain, development, and evolution.

7. Application efforts.

More details can be found here.

All papers for the symposium will be collected and made into an AAAI technical report, which will be distributed to attendees electronically and included in the AAAI Digital Library.

Symposium conveners: Jerome Feldman and Luc Steels.

Additional members of program committee: Katrien Beuls, Adele Goldberg and Nancy Chang.