Submission Deadline


  21 January 2013
  18 February 2013
Camera Ready Deadline
  4 March 2013
Workshop Day
  19 March 2013

Call for Papers

Extended Deadline - January 21st



The development of a wide class of so-called situated systems such as robotics, virtual characters, and Geographic Information Systems is heavily dependent on the existence of adequate models of spatial language in order to allow users to interact with these systems when standard graphical, textual, or tactile modes of communication are infeasible or inconvenient.

While early models of spatial term semantics relied on geometrically motivated formal representations, it is now widely recognized that spatial term meaning is also dependent on functional and pragmatic features. Consequently, representations of spatial term semantics must accommodate geometric, functional and pragmatics aspects of situated meaning. The aim of this workshop is to draw together the often orthogonal views on formal symbolic and situated spatial language in order to foster theories and representations which do justice to the complexity and situated nature of spatial language use.


Generally, the CoSLI workshop welcomes contributions that address symbolic and embodied spatial language interpretation and generation. Such work includes both formal and empirical models of spatial language templates and linguistic calculi, corpus-based and statistical methods, combinations of symbolic and sub-symbolic representations, and aspects of sensory-motor and multi-modal information. Contributions to spatial language interpretation and generation that integrate results from empirical and psychological frameworks for spatial language and that can improve and support situated natural language systems are also welcomed. We particularly welcome contributions dealing with accounts that bridge the gap between formal representations and situated systems.

This year the workshop is co-located with the IWCS conference and welcomes contributions dealing with any of the topics relevant to the main IWCS conference that address cognitive, symbolic, and situated theories and representations of spatial language, including (but not limited to):

  • representation of meaning
  • syntax-semantics interface
  • representing and resolving semantic ambiguity
  • shallow and deep semantic processing and reasoning
  • hybrid symbolic and statistical approaches to representing semantics
  • alternative approaches to compositional semantics
  • inference methods for computational semantics
  • machine learning of semantic structures
  • statistical semantics
  • computational aspects of lexical semantics
  • semantics and ontologies
  • semantic web and natural language processing
  • semantic aspects of language generation
  • multimodal and grounded approaches to computing meaning
  • semantics-pragmatics interface
  • models of semantic acquisition


  • Michel Aurnague, University of Toulouse-Le Mirail
  • Kenny Coventry, University of East Anglia
  • Max Egenhofer, University of Maine
  • Carola Eschenbach, University of Hamburg
  • Nick Hawes, University of Birmingham
  • Matthew Klenk, Palo Alto Research Center
  • Alexander Klipple, Penn State
  • Valia Kordoni, University of Saarland
  • Kate Lockwood, California State University
  • Philippe Muller, University Paul Sabatier
  • Ekaterina Ovchinnikova, University of Southern California
  • Ehud Reitter, University of Aberdeen
  • Stefanie Tellex, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen
  • Emile van der Zee, University of Lincoln
  • Martijn van Otterlo, Radboud University Nimegen
  • Hendrik Zender, Nuance Communications
  • Joost Zwartz, University of Utrecht


All papers should be submitted in English as PDF documents. Note that submissions must be anonymous. We welcome full papers of length 4-6 pages formatted in accordance with the Springer LNCS style (see ).

Submissions can be made via the CoSLI-3 START Conference Managements system website:


For any queries please contact us at: cosli2013 <-@-> gmail <-.-> com


Submission Deadline 14  21 January 2013
Notification 18 February 2013
Camera Ready Deadline 4 March 2013
Workshop Day 19 March 2013