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CFP: SHAPES workshop at Context '11, Karlsruhe, September 26/7

From: Janna Hastings <hastings@ebi.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 13:59:41 +0200
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To: public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org
Dear colleagues,

(with apologies for cross-posting)

First call for papers:

SHAPES 1.0 workshop,
at CONTEXT 2011, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Abstracts due: July 15
Full papers due: July 22
Workshop date: September 26/27


Shape, Form, and Structure are some of the most elusive notions within
many different disciplines ranging from the natural sciences through
engineering to art.  Several approaches have been proposed to study
the notions of shape, form and structure from different viewpoints,
yet a comprehensive formal treatment of these notions is currently
lacking and no real interdisciplinary perspective has been put

This workshop will serve as an interdisciplinary platform for the
discussion of all topics connected to shape (broadly understood):
perspectives from psycho-linguistics, ontology, computer science,
mathematics, aesthetics, cognitive science and beyond are welcome to
contribute and participate.

We seek to provide a forum to stimulate and facilitate an active
exchange on interdisciplinary applications, ideas, approaches, and
methods in the area of modelling shape, form, pattern and function.
The format of the workshop will combine invited speakers,
peer-reviewed full contributions, as well as short position papers and
posters, and will allow ample time for open discussions amongst the

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Linguistics / Philosophy

   shape and form in natural language
   differences between shape, form, structure, and pattern
   shape in natural and artificial objects


   shape perception and mental representation
   gestalt vs. structuralist understanding of shape cognition
   perception and shape (e.g. identifying objects from incomplete
visual information)
   affordances, dispositions, and shape

Logics, Spatial Representations

   formal characterisations of shape and form
   logics for shape: e.g. fuzzy, modal, intensional, etc.
   logics for topology, symmetry, shape similarity etc.

   design semantics, spatial semantics
   shape and 3D space
   shape and space in creative assistance systems


   ontologies and classifications of shapes
   ontological relations among shape, objects and functions
   patterns as shapes of processes
   forms and patterns in ontology


   Biology & Chemistry: molecular shapes, shape in anatomy and
phenotype definitions, shape complementarity between objects and
holes, shape in medical image analysis and annotation
   Visual Art and Aesthetics; shape in Film and Photography; shape in
computational creativity
   Naive Physics and Geography: e.g. qualitative classifications of
shapes of geographic objects
   Design & Architecture: shape grammars; CAD, symmetry and beauty in
architectural design
   Engineering: formal shape analysis in engineering processes

Key dates:

Intention to submit (title, abstract, keywords):  July 15
Full paper submissions:  July 22
Notification of paper acceptance:   August 19
Poster submissions:   August 23
Poster notifications:   August 26
All camera-ready copies:   September 2
Online papers/proceedings:   September 18
Workshop date:   September 26 or 27

Page length: 6-10 pages

Format: PDF, formatted according to the Context 2011 / Direct LNAI Templates.

Online submissions via  SHAPES@Easychair (http://tinyurl.com/62tnuxc)

Organising Committee:

  Oliver Kutz (University of Bremen, Germany)
  Mehul Bhatt (University of Bremen, Germany)
  Janna Hastings (EBI, Cambridge, UK;  University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  Stefano Borgo (LOA, ISTC-CNR, Trento; KRDB Free University of Bolzano, Italy)

Programme Committee:

   Colin Batchelor (RSC, Cambridge, UK)
   John Bateman (University of Bremen, Germany)
   Thomas Bittner (Buffalo, USA)
   Simon Colton (Imperial College London, UK)
   Bianca Falcidieno (Genova, Italy)
   Francesca Franco (Birkbeck College London, UK)
   Christian Freksa (University of Bremen, Germany)
   Antony Galton (University of Exeter, UK)
   George Gkoutos (University of Cambridge, UK)
   Michael Grüninger (Toronto, Canada)
   Riichiro Mizoguchi (Osaka, Japan)
   Ian Pratt-Hartmann (Manchester, UK)
   Achille Varzi (Columbia University New York, USA)

For more information, the workshop website can be accessed at:
and the organisers can be contacted by email at: shapes.workshop@gmail.com.

Kind regards,
Janna, Oliver, Stefano, Mehul
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