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3-3-33 (2021-08-02) Workshop Annotation, Recognition and Evaluation of Actions

AREA-II - Annotation, Recognition and Evaluation of Actions    ==========================================

Call for Papers

AREA- II will be an online event at the 32nd European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information - ESSLLI 2021. AREA-II is organized in the second ESSLLI week with plenary talks, posters and demonstrations. AREA-II is a SIGSEM-sponsored workshop. 

Date: 2 - 3 August 2021



AREA II is the follow up on the first AREA meeting at LREC 2018  ( There has recently been increased interest in modeling actions, as described by natural language expressions and gestures, and as depicted by images and videos. Additionally, action modeling has emerged as an important topic in robotics and HCI. The goal of the AREA II workshop is to gather and discuss advances in research areas where actions are paramount e.g., virtual embodied agents, robotics, HRI, human-computer communication, as well as modeling multimodal human-human interactions involving actions. Action modeling is an inherently multi-disciplinary area, involving contributions from computational linguistics, AI, semantics, robotics, psychology, and formal logic.  

While there has been considerable attention in the community paid to the representation and recognition of events (e.g., the development of ISO-TimeML and associated specifications, and the 4 Workshops on ?EVENTS: Definition, Detection, Coreference, and Representation?), the goals of this workshop are focused specifically on actions undertaken by embodied agents as opposed to events in the abstract. By concentrating on actions, we hope to attract those researchers working in computational semantics, gesture, dialogue, HCI, robotics, and other areas, in order to develop a community around action as a communicative modality where their work can be communicated and shared. This community will be a venue for the development and evaluation of resources regarding the integration of action recognition and processing in human-computer communication.

We invite submissions on foundational, conceptual, and practical issues involving modeling actions, as described by natural language expressions and gestures, and as depicted by images and videos. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

- dynamic models of actions

- formal semantic models of actions

- affordance modeling

- manipulation action modeling

- linking multimodal descriptions and presentations of actions (image, text, icon, video)

- automatic action recognition from text, images, and videos

- communicating and performing actions with robots or avatars for joint tasks

- action language grounding

- evaluation of action models



First CfP: 8 April

Final CfP: 30 April 2021

Extended Deadline for paper submission: May 23, 2021

Review deadline: 16 June 2021

Notification of acceptance: 30 June 2021 

Deadline for camera-ready version: 11 July 2021 

Workshop Date: 2-3 August 2021



Three types of submissions are invited: 

- Research papers, describing original research; these can be either long (6-8 pages, not including references) or short (3-4 pages, not including references); 

- Project notes, describing recent, ongoing or planned projects (2-4 pages including references);

- Demonstration notes, accompanying demonstration of software, tools, or systems (2-4 pages including references).

We will decide whether to have an oral or poster presentation, depending on reviewer suggestions and the overall workshop schedule. 

Papers should be formatted following the common two-column structure as used by ACL. Please use style templates, which are available as an Overleaf template and can also be downloaded directly (Latex and Word). The templates themselves contain only specific notes (e.g., LaTeX notes in the .tex file). Please follow the paper formatting guidelines general to *ACL conferences available here. Similar to ACL 2021, initial submissions should be fully anonymous to ensure double-blind reviewing. 

Papers should be submitted via Easy chair  the AREA-II website ( will provide a link for submitting papers. 



For more information visit the workshop webpage at:

Or contact us at:,



Eren AksoyHalmstad University

Yiannis AloimonosUniversity of Maryland

Johan BosUniversity of Groningen

Harry BuntTilburg University

Simon DobnikUniversity of Gothenburg

Kristiina JokinenUniversity of Helsinki

Johan KwisthoutRadboud University Nijmegen

Alex LascaridesUniversity of Edinburgh

Andy Lucking Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Paul Piwek Open University

Gisela RedekerUniversity of Groningen

David TraumUSC Institute for Creative Technologies

Janina WildfeuerUniversity of Groningen

Florentin WörgötteGeorg-August University Göttingen



James Pustejovsky Brandeis University

Ielka van de SluisUniversity of Groningen





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Center for Language and Cognition Groningen
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