1st CALL FOR PAPERS: Symposium on Artifical Intelligence and Poetry

***AISB Symposia 2013, University of Exeter, April 2nd-5th**

1st CALL FOR PAPERS: Symposium on Artifical Intelligence and Poetry


Poetry represents a valuable domain for AI, exemplifying fundamental aspects of creativity which, in the view of proponents of Lady Lovelace's objection that computers can do nothing original, focus strongly the differences between machines and humans. Poetry also exemplifies hard problems of practical AI, in natural language generation, expressive speech and non-verbal behaviour. We think that this workshop will provide strong opportunities for synergies amongst both researchers and practitioners in AI, Literature, Performance Arts, Philosophy and Psychology.

This one-day symposium offers a fresh opportunity for interdisciplinary perspectives on Artificial Intelligence and Poetry, with the strong potential to bring together contemporary research in key technical, social, psychological and philosophical domains





- AI generated poetry

- AI performance of poetry

- Expressive voice and body language of robots/synthetic characters for poetry performance

- History of mechanical/algorithmic poetry generation/performance

- Socio-technical aspects of AI and poetry

- Philosophical aspects of AI and poetry

- Evaluating AI Poetry systems


Note this event specifically excludes poems written by humans about AI..




We are seeking submissions of original papers, and of videos/recordings/performances accompanied by documentation, that fit well with the symposium theme and topics. Papers should be no more than 6 pages in length in the AISB convention format – templates can be found at http://www.aisb.org.uk/convention/aisb08/download.html. Electronic submissions be submitted via Easychair (see https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=aip13) by the submission deadline given below. At least one author of each accepted submission will be required to register and attend the symposium to present their work.

All papers/documentations from the AISB convention will be published in the AISB proceedings, with an ISBN number. Authors of papers must sign a copyright declaration (to follow). However, this declaration is not exclusive - it gives AISB the right to publish the paper, but does not prevent the author from publishing it in other venues. We hope to present videos/recordings on this website with the permission of the authors.


**After the Workshop, participants will be invited to submit definitive versions of their paper/documentation for inclusion in a special issue of the journal Artificial Intelligence and Society. Further details later..**




14th January 2013 : Submission deadline

11th February 2013: Deadline for notifications sent to authors

4th March 2013 : Camera ready copies due

5th-7th April 2013: Symposium



Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University, co-organiser;

Simon Colton, Imperial College;

Pablo Gervas, Universidad Computense de Madrid;

Kevin Knight, University of Southern California;

Ian McDonough, poet, Edinburgh;

Greg Michaelson, Heriot-Watt University, co-organiser;

Chris Newell, University of Hull;

Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS;

Geraint Wiggins, Queen Mary, University of London.



Ruth Aylett                                   Professor of Computer Science

Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University

Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK      Tel: 44-131-451-4189     Fax: 44-131-451-3327

http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~ruth/                      "Life is beautiful"





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We invite research leaders and ambitious early career researchers to

join us in leading and driving research in key inter-disciplinary themes.

Please see www.hw.ac.uk/researchleaders for further information and how

to apply.


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