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CARLA 2021

CARLA 2021 goes fully virtual: The workshop will be conducted in a fully virtual way without any attendance fees.

The first international workshop “Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application” took place at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Osnabrück University in 2018, followed by a virtual event as part of the Bolzano Summer of Knowledge (BOSK) in 2020. Following its great success, we are organizing a third international workshop “Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application” (CARLA) in 2021. We invite the submission of abstracts to the workshop.

Time and Venue:

Date: 16.09.2021 - 17.09.2021
Venue: Virtual, co-located with FOIS 2021 (13.09.2021 - 16.09.2021) and ICCS 2021 (20.09.2021 - 23.09.2021), as part of the Bolzano Summer of Knowledge (BOSK) 2021.

IMPORTANT: CARLA 2021will be conducted as a fully virtual event without any attendance fees. More information about how to attend can be found below.

Invited Talks:

Monique Flecken, Department of Linguistics, University of Amsterdam

Events in Language and Cognition
Event cognition is an important part of our mental capacity: Perceiving, describing and memorizing the events (e.g., reading a book, chopping an onion) happening in the world around us is fundamental to our everyday lives. Given that events can be described in different ways both within one and the same language, and across different languages, I ask, to what extent linguistic variation may guide or shape our event cognition. I will present psycholinguistic studies that investigate how people conceptualize, perceive and memorize events of different types, with the aim of shedding light on the relation between language and (event) cognition.

Antonio Lieto, Department of Computer Science, University Turin

Heterogeneous Proxytypes as a Unifying Cognitive Framework for Conceptual Representation and Reasoning in Artificial Systems
This talk presents the heterogeneous proxytypes hypothesis as a cognitively-inspired computational framework able to reconcile, in both natural and artificial systems, different theories of typicality about conceptual representation and reasoning that have been traditionally seen as incompatible. In particular, by exploiting the Dual PECCS system and its evolution, it shows how prototypes, exemplars, and “theory theory”-like conceptual representations can be integrated in a cognitive artificial agent thus providing both an extension of its categorization capabilities and useful insights in the context of a computationally grounded science of the mind.

Call for Abstracts:

“Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application” (CARLA) is an international workshop aimed at fostering interdisciplinary exchange about research on concepts. It invites contributions from all fields related to cognitive science, including (but not limited to) linguistics, artificial intelligence, psychology, philosophy, logic, and computer science.

The workshop is open for research on any aspect of concepts, but there are three overarching topics that are of special interest with the following (not exhaustive) list of exemplary subtopics:

This workshop provides an excellent opportunity to present and discuss ongoing research on concepts, both from theoretical/formal and applied/experimental viewpoints. We invite concept researchers from all fields related to cognitive science to submit abstracts to the workshop.

Submission and Publication (Extended Deadline!):

We invite the submission of abstracts via EasyChair until May 26, 2021. Acceptance notifications will be sent out by June 16, 2021.

The abstracts should use two to three pages (including references) and should be uploaded as pdf based on the following template (LaTeX or Word) which is based on Springer’s LNCS style: Download Template

We will use the following EasyChair instance to collect and review the submissions:

Depending on the number and quality of the received submissions, selected contributions may be published after the workshop. More information on this will follow.

Accepted Submissions:

The following submissions have been accepted for oral presentation at the workshop:

The following submissions have been accepted as poster presentations at the workshop:

Preliminary Schedule:

We have three types of talks:

Day 1: Thursday, 16.09.2021

Day 2: Friday, 17.09.2021

Registration and Attendance:

The workshop will be conducted using the videoconferencing software Zoom. Attendance is for free and registration takes place through the central registration system of the Bolzano Summer of Knowledge (there, you can also find further information about co-located events). Please make sure to select CARLA 2021 when registering. We will then send around the link to our Zoom session and further attendance information 1-2 weeks before the workshop. At this point, we also cordially invite you to register for other BOSK events such as FOIS 2021 (12th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems) and ICCS 2021 (26th International Conference on Conceptual Structures), which allow for free online participation. Moreover, please feel free to share this information with your peers!


Lucas Bechberger, Institute of Cognitive Science, Osnabrück University
Viviana Haase, Institute for Philosophy II, Ruhr University Bochum
Nicolás Araneda Hinrichs, Institute for Applied Linguistics and Translatology, University Leipzig & Laboratory for Psycholinguistics, University Concepción
Mingya Liu, Department of English and American Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin
Alessandro Panunzi, Università degli Studi di Firenze; University of Florence
Stefan Schneider, Faculty of Computer Science, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
Corina Strößner, Emmy Noether Group “From perception to belief and back again”, Ruhr University Bochum
Paola Vernillo, Università degli Studi di Firenze; University of Florence