April 25, 2012
Kees van Deemter
Computing Science department
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen AB24 3UE, UK
Key Dates• Submissions: March 28
• Notification: April 4
• Final Copies Due: April 11
• Symposium date: April 25
How can a web site help you decide how you want to travel to a given destination? Can a computer explain your patient record to you? Does instant feedback on petrol use change how people drive? -- This informal symposium will ask how information can influence people, and how the manner in which the information is presented can make a difference. It will bring together researchers working on natural language generation, information presentation, behaviour change, argumentation and decision support.
For the last 5 years, researchers at the University of Aberdeen have investigated how information expressed in natural language can affect a recipient in terms of his/her knowledge, actions and emotions. Now, a Symposium funded by the EPSRC and the Scottish Computer Science and Informatics Alliance (SICSA) will widen the focus from language, addressing a range of research questions about the ways in which information, and the presentation of information, can influence people. The aim of the symposium is to hear a range of views on this topic, including both established and young (e.g., PhD student) researchers and to explore ideas for future research and funding in this area. The symposium will cover empirical as well as computational work.
The symposium will include:
Submissions500-1000-word extended abstracts on the topic of the symposium should be submitted using EasyChair via this address . The deadline for submission (see Key Dates) is strict; extensions will not be possible. Abstracts need to be in PDF format (there are no further restrictions on format/layout). To stimulate discussion, we encourage the submission of work in progress, therefore submissions will be reviewed with a light touch. Authors of accepted extended abstracts will be asked to bring A1 posters to the symposium, and to give a 5-10 minutes' ("elevator pitch") presentation to the audience of the Symposium relating to the content of the poster. Since the purpose of the symposium is exploratory, we do not plan to publish written proceedings, but abstracts of accepted presentations will be put on the web.
People who do not present at the Symposium are welcome to participate; there will be no conference fee.
Presentations: in Room KCG8 of King's College in Old Aberdeen.
KCG8 is right next to the main entrance to King's College, on your right hand side (when walking in).