Workshop on Theories of Information Dynamics and Interaction and their Application to Dialogue

Workshop organized as part of
European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information
August 16-20 (ESSLLI 2nd week) 2010, Copenhagen


Workshop Purpose and Topics

Theoretical approaches to communication and dialogue modeling are varied and often unrelated because separately focusing on different aspects of dialogue (speech acts, goals, beliefs, plans, questions, conventions, roles, cooperation, disputes, argumentation, reference, semantics-pragmatics interface...).
On the other hand, the area of foundations of multi-agent systems is inducing new developments in logics of interaction and information dynamics, with a recent trend towards comparison and integration.
Analyzing the impact of this trend on communication and dialogue modeling is timely.

This workshop aims at discussing formal theories and logics of information dynamics and interaction and their applications to dialogue and communication modeling. It is intended to bring together logicians, linguists and computer scientists in order to provide a better understanding of the potentialities and limitations of formal methods for the analysis of dialogue and communication. Its scope includes not only the technical aspects of logics, but also multidisciplinary aspects from linguistics, philosophy of language, philosophy of social reality, social sciences (social psychology, economics).

The following are some examples of formal theories and logics that are relevant to the workshop (no order):

  • speech act theory,
  • argumentation theory,
  • game theory,
  • public announcement logic,
  • dynamic epistemic logic (DEL),
  • logics of agency and power (e.g. STIT, ATL, Coalition Logic),
  • theories of persuasion,
  • theories of commitment,
  • dynamic semantics,
  • semantic approaches to interrogative clauses,
  • rhetorical approaches to dialogue (e.g., Segmented Discourse Representation Theory).

    The focus of the workshop will be on recent developments, especially those that combine several approaches (e.g. dynamic epistemic logic and speech act theory, dynamic epistemic logic and segmented discourse representation theory, public announcement logic and commitment theories, STIT and dynamic epistemic logic, Coalition Logic and public announcement logic...) to deal with complex dialogue and communication phenomena.

    Invited speakers:

    Workshop Organizers:

    Emiliano Lorini ("lorini at") and Laure Vieu ("vieu at"), IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse

    Workshop Programme Committee:

  • Nicholas Asher, IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse
  • Guillaume Aucher, Univ. of Luxembourg
  • Alexandru Baltag, Oxford Univ.
  • Anton Benz, ZAS, Berlin
  • Patrick Blackburn, INRIA, Nancy
  • Guido Boella, Univ. of Turin
  • Jan Broersen, Univ. of Utrecht
  • Cristiano Castelfranchi, ISTC-CNR, Rome
  • Hans van Ditmarsch, Univ. of Otago & Univ. of Seville
  • Raquel Fernández, Univ. of Amsterdam
  • Jonathan Ginzburg, King's College, London
  • Jeroen Groenendijk, Univ. of Amsterdam
  • Davide Grossi, Univ. of Amsterdam
  • Andreas Herzig, IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse
  • Wiebe van der Hoek, Univ. of Liverpool
  • Joris Hulstijn, Vrije Univ. of Amsterdam
  • Barteld Kooi, Univ. of Groningen
  • Kepa Korta, Univ. of Basque Country, Donostia
  • Alex Lascarides, Univ. Edinburgh
  • Dominique Longin, IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse
  • John-Jules Meyer, Univ. of Utrecht
  • Paul Piwek, The Open Univ., Milton Keynes
  • Henry Prakken, Univ. of Utrecht
  • Leon van der Torre, Univ. of Luxembourg

    Submission Details:

    Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract presenting work relevant to the area of information dynamics, interaction and dialogue.
    Extended abstracts should have a maximum of 6 pages, font size of at least 11pt, and margins of at least 2 cm. Papers should be in PDF format (Latex-generated papers are preferred, but not necessary), and uploaded by April 12 using Easychair at:
    The submissions will be reviewed by the program committee and possibly additional reviewers. The accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings published by ESSLLI. The format for the final versions will be made available in due course.

    A special issue of the journal Synthese is planned, based on selected papers presented at the workshop, of which full versions will be independently reviewed.

    Important dates:

    Apr 19, 2010: Deadline for submission
    May 24, 2010: Notification
    June 1, 2010: Deadline for early registration to ESSLLI
    Jun 15, 2010: Deadline for final papers
    August 16-20, 2010: Workshop

    Local Arrangements:

    All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to register for ESSLLI.

    Further Information:

    About the workshop:
    About ESSLLI: