CfP: 1st Workshop on Games and Natural Language Processing (GAMNLP-12)

1st Workshop on Games and NLP (GAMNLP-12)
23 October 2012, Kanazawa, Japan
at JapTAL 2012 (the 8th International Conference on Natural Language Processing)

This workshop aims at promoting and exploring the possibilities for research and practical applications involving Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Games. The main objective is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss and share ideas regarding how the NLP research community can contribute to games research and vice versa. For example, the use of NLP techniques can help the formal study and understanding of games as well as the design and development of novel and engaging game experiences. On the other hand, games provide interesting challenges to NLP in the linguistic characteristics of the domain and its user culture in addition to being a medium which facilitates interactive dialogues. The workshop welcomes the participation of both academics and industry practitioners interested in the use of NLP in games or vice versa.

Workshop webpage: http://lang.cs.tut.ac.jp/japtal2012/special_sessions/GAMNLP-12.html

More info after the jump

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Chatterbots, Conversational Characters in games
Interactive Narrative Systems
Discourse planning and management
Automatic dialogue generation
Speech recognition in games and in-game chat systems
Language-based real-time interaction with virtual characters
Analysis of large-scale game-related corpora (e.g. game reviews)
Real-time sentiment analysis of player discourse/chat in games
Recommender systems for games
Automatic construction of game ontologies

Important Dates

Deadline for submissions: 3 September 2012
Notification of acceptance: 17 September 2012
Camera-ready versions: 1 October 2012
Workshop 23 October 2012

Submissions Instructions

There are three types of submissions: long papers, short papers and demonstration notes.

(1) Long papers

Long papers should describe mature research with substantial and rigorously evaluated results. Long papers may consist of up to twelve (12) pages including references.

(2) Short papers

Short papers typically describe on-going research and present preliminary results. Short papers may consist of up to seven (7) pages including references. Please note that short papers may be presented either orally or as a poster; the selection of the format will be based on the Program Committee’s recommendation.

(3) Demonstration notes

We encourgage the participation of system demonstrations. A demonstration should be accompanied by a note which briefly describes the system and includes images. Demonstration notes may consist of up to four (4) pages.

Submissions should be prepared using the same format as the main conference. Please see the conference website for details (http://lang.cs.tut.ac.jp/japtal2012/submissions/), in particular under “MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION”.

All submissions should be made online through EasyChair:
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=gamnlp12 .

Note that all accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings, but not in the main conference’s proceedings. Workshop proceedings will be made available on CD’s.

Workshop Co-Chairs:

Noriko Tomuro, DePaul University, Chicago, USA
Jose Zagal, DePaul University, Chicago, USA (jzagal AT cdm.depaul.edu)

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