Professor Jeff Zacks
Washington University in St. Louis
Narratives are ubiquitous in human experience. We use them to communicate, convince, explain, and entertain. As far as we know, every society in the world has narratives, which suggests they are rooted in our psychology and serve an important cognitive function. It is becoming increasingly clear that, to truly understand and explain human intelligence, beliefs, and behaviors, we will have to understand why and to what extent narrative is universal and explain (or explain away) the function it serves. The aim of this workshop series is to address key questions that advance our understanding of narrative and our ability to model it computationally.
Special Focus: Neuroscience
This workshop will be an appropriate venue for papers addressing fundamental topics and questions regarding narrative. The workshop will be co-located with the following meetings:
- 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2014, July 23-26)
- 28th Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-14, July 27-31)
- 26rd Annual Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI-14, July 29-31)
- 23rd Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting (CNS 2014, July 26-31)
Illustrative Topics and Questions
- What are the neural correlates of narrative or narrative processing?
- How can we study narrative from a neuroscientific point of view?
- What cognitive competencies underlie narrative, and how may they be studied?
- Can narrative be subsumed by current models of higher-level cognition, or does it require new approaches?
- How do narratives mediate our cognitive experiences, or affect our cognitive abilities?
- How are narratives indexed and retrieved? Is there a universal scheme for encoding episodic information?
- What comprises the set of possible narrative arcs? Is there such a set? How many possible story lines are there?
- Is narrative structure universal, or are there systematic differences in narratives from different cultures?
- What makes narrative different from a list of events or facts? What is special that makes something a narrative?
- What are the details of the relationship between narrative and common sense?
- What shared resources are required for the computational study of narrative? What should a “Story Bank” contain?
- What shared resources are available, or how can already-extant resources be adapted to the study of narrative?
- What are appropriate formal or computational representations for narrative?
- How should we evaluate computational and formal models of narrative?
Submission TypesThree types of papers will be accepted:
- Long Papers (up to 16 pages, plus up to 2 pages of references)
Appropriate for concrete research results, including pilot studies, or studies in progress.
- Short Papers (up to 8 pages, plus up to 2 pages of references)
Appropriate for a small, focused contribution, a negative result, or an interesting application nugget.
- Position Papers (up to 4 pages, plus up to 1 page of references)
Appropriate for discussion of an interesting new idea, identification of important neglected areas or topics, or an opinion piece.
Initial Submission FormatFor review, papers may be submitted in either of two formats:
- LaTeX Papers should be prepared using the standard OASIcs template, using A4 paper. All final papers (i.e., post-review papers) must be submitted in this format.
- Microsoft Word Papers should be prepared using the CMN-specific MS Word template. Important: Papers may be submitted in MS Word format only for review. If the paper is accepted, the authors will be reponsible for transferring their content to the LaTeX format.
Initial Submission ProcedureSubmissions are due Friday, April 4, 2014. Papers will be accepted until midnight UTC-11; this means that if it is April 4 anywhere in the world, you may still submit your paper. Papers should be submitted to the CMN workshop Easychair website:
Final Submission InstructionsThe workshop proceedings will be published as a volume in the Scholoss Dagstuhl OpenAccess Series in Informatics (OASIcs). Final papers must be submitted in LaTeX format. Papers should be prepared using the standard OASIcs template, using A4 paper. Final papers not submitted in LaTeX format will be returned. Final papers should be submitted as zip files containing all files and figures required for compilation, accompanied by a signed copy of the CMN'14 Author Agreement. Final versions are due Friday, May 30, 2014. Papers will be accepted until midnight UTC-11; this means that if it is May 30 anywhere in the world, you may still submit your paper. Papers should be submitted to the CMN'14 workshop Easychair website: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cmn14.
Registration is now open.
Early registration is $250, available through May 31st, 2014. After that, registration is $300. Cancellation is allowed up to three weeks in advance of the event.
- Mark A. Finlayson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
- Jan Christoph Meister, University of Hamburg, Germany
- Emile Bruneau, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
- Floris Bex, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
- Fritz Breithaupt, Indiana University, USA
- Rossana Damiano, Università di Torino, Italy
- Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
- David K. Elson, Google, USA
- Pablo Gervás, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
- Richard Gerrig, SUNY Stony Brook, USA
- Andrew Gordon, University of Southern California, Institute for Creative Technologies, USA
- Valerie G. Hardcastle, University of Cincinnati, USA
- Chris Honey, University of Toronto, Canada
- Ken Kishida, Virginia Tech, USA
- Benedikt Löwe, University of Hamburg, Germany and University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Jeff Lowenstein, University of Illinois, USA
- Inderjeet Mani, Yahoo, USA
- Jan Christoph Meister, University of Hamburg, Germany
- Livia Polanyi, Stanford University, USA
- Marie-Laure Ryan, USA
- Erik T. Mueller, IBM, USA
- Moshe Shoshan, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
- Timothy Tangherlini, University of California at Los Angeles, USA
- Mariët Theune, University of Twente, The Netherlands
- Emmett Tomai, Pan American University, USA
- Atif Waraich, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
- Patrick Henry Winston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
- R. Michael Young, North Carolina State Univeristy, USA
- 2013 Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN'13)
- 2012 Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN'12)
- 2010 AAAI Fall Symposium on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN'10), (report)
- 2009 MIT Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN'09), (report)