ConCreTe Workshop on Metaphor, Ljubljana, Slovenia April 13-15, 2016


Workshop on conceptual blending and metaphor generation
Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
April 13-15, 2016

Models and methods for the discovery, representation, and blending of concepts are challenges central to the field of computational creativity. There is currently widespread interest across several European Computational Creativity project groups (e.g. ConCreTe, WHIM) in developing theoretical approaches to these challenges, and in their application to tasks such as metaphor, pun and slogan generation. Several groups are already undertaking research on these topics, including computational models of conceptual spaces, automatic slogan generation systems, behavioural studies of visual conceptual blends, and vector space models of metaphor generation, to name a few.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from different labs active in computational creativity who share an interest in these topics, and provide the opportunity to collaborate and work together in person. We welcome participation both from researchers who would like to expand or develop existing systems/models, and from those hoping to become involved in computational approaches to conceptual blending, pun generation, and metaphor discovery. Brief, informal presentations and demos will open the workshop so that attendees may discuss their interests, current related research, and collaborative research goals for the workshop. Hands-on group collaboration and interactive writing sessions will form the bulk of the remainder of the workshop.

Due to limited resources, this workshop is currently only open to participants from the ConCreTe project. To confirm your place in the workshop, please register your intention to participate with Kat Agres by March 14th, 2016.


Programme


April 13th
 
9:30-10am
Get settled, meet and have coffee
 
10am
Introduction to the workshop and its goals
 
10:30-11:45
Informal presentations (everyone in the workshop is expected to give a brief ~5 min overview of their work or metaphorical ambitions - powerpoint slides optional)
 
11:45-12:30
Demos of existing systems (contact Kat if you are interested in giving a brief demonstration of your system!)
 
12:30-2
Lunch
 
2-3pm
Tony Veale Keynote (45 min) followed by discussion (15 min)
 
3-3:45
Session 1: The nitty gritty of metaphor generation methods, including conceptual spaces
 
3:45-4:15 
Coffee break
 
4:15-5
 Session 1 continued: Metaphor generation, conceptual spaces
 
5-5:30
Cross pollination - researchers speak with other researchers with whom they are interested in collaborating
 
5:30-7:00
informal drinks and discussion
 
7:00
Dinner
 
April 14th 
 
9:15-9:30
Arrive, have coffee
 
9:30-10:45am
Session 2: CC domain conceptualization using OntoGen on ICCC papers (led by JSI) and discussion on ConCreTe book structuring (led by Geraint)
 
10:45-11
Quick break for coffee refills
 
11-12:30
Session 3: Metaphor interpretation by both creative systems (internal evaluation) and humans (external validation)
 
12:30-2
Lunch
 
2pm
Session 4: Composing concept blends with visual metaphors
 
3:30
Coffee break
 
4
Work in small groups formed on Day 1
 
5:30
Break for informal drinks and dinner

April 15th 
 
9:15-9:30
Arrive, have coffee
 
9:30
 Session 5: Pun and slogan generation
 
11
Work in groups
 
12:30-2
Lunch
 
2pm-3:30
Session 3: Composing executable creativity workflows in ConCreTeFlows
 
3:30
Coffee break
 
4-5:30
Work in small groups, and possibly ask groups to make short presentations (no slides necessary) on what they have achieved and what they will be working on in the coming weeks/months
 
5:30
Culmination of the workshop

Organizers

Program Chair: Kat Agres
Local Chair: Nada Lavrač
Organizing committee: Kat Agres (QMUL)
Nada Lavrač (JSI)
Senja Pollak (JSI)
Matt Purver (QMUL)
Geraint Wiggins (QMUL)
Martin Žnidaršič (JSI)

This workshop is funded by the ConCreTe Project, which acknowledges the financial support of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme within the Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Commission, under FET grant number 611733.