Fifth Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN'14)

July 31 - August 2, 2014; Quebec City Conference Center, Quebec City, Canada

Important Dates

April 11, 2014. Submission deadline.
May 9, 2014. Notification of acceptance.
May 30, 2014. Final versions due.
July 23-26, 2014. CogSci 2014.
July 27-31, 2014. AAAI-14.
July 26-31, 2014. CNS 2014.
July 31 - August 2, 2014. Workshop in Quebec City

Workshop Aims

Narratives are ubiquitous in human experience. We use them to communicate, convince, explain, and entertain. As far as we know, every society in the world has narratives, which suggests they are rooted in our psychology and serve an important cognitive function. It is becoming increasingly clear that to truly understand and explain human intelligence, beliefs, and behaviors, we will have to understand why and to what extent narrative is universal and explain (or explain away) the function it serves. The aim of this workshop series is to address key questions that advance our understanding of narrative at multiple levels: from the psychological and cognitive impact of narratives to our ability to model narrative responses computationally.

Special Focus: Neuroscience

This inter-disciplinary workshop will be an appropriate venue for papers addressing fundamental topics and questions regarding narrative. The workshop will be held in association with the following meetings:
    The 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
    The 28th Conference on Artificial Intelligence
    The 23rd Annual Computationa Neuroscience Meeting

The workshop will have a special focus on the neuroscience of narrative. Papers should be relevant to issues fundamental to the
computational modeling and scientific understanding of narrative; we especially welcome papers relevant to the neuroscientific and cognitive aspects of narrative. Regardless of its focus, reported work should provide some sort of insight of use to computational modeling of narratives. Discussing technological applications or motivations is not prohibited, but is not required. We accept both finished research and more tentative exploratory work.

Illustrative Topics and Questions

    What are the neural correlates of narrative or narrative processing?
    How can we study narrative from a neuroscientific or cognitive point of view?
    Can narrative be subsumed by current models of higher-level cognition, or does it require new approaches?
    How do narratives mediate our cognitive experiences, or affect our cognitive abilities?
    How are narratives indexed and retrieved? Is there a universal scheme for encoding episodic information?
    What comprises the set of possible narrative arcs? Is there such a set? How many possible story lines are there?
    Is narrative structure universal, or are there systematic differences in narratives from different cultures?
    What makes narrative different from a list of events or facts?
    What is special that makes something a narrative?
    What are the details of the relationship between narrative and common sense?
    What shared resources are required for the computational study of narrative? What should a “Story Bank” contain?
    What shared resources are available, or how can already-extant resources be adapted to the study of narrative?
    What are appropriate formal or computational representations for narrative?
    How should we evaluate computational and formal models of narrative?


    Mark A. Finlayson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A.)
    Jan Christoph Meister (Universitaet Hamburg, Germany)
    Emile Bruneau (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A.)


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