Shape, Form, and Structure are some of the most elusive notions and are pervasive in diverse disciplines from humanities (like literature studies, art history) to sciences (chemistry, biology, physics) and within these from the formal (mathematics, logic) to the empirical disciplines (engineering, cognitive science, architecture, environmental planning, design). Within domains such as computer science and artificial intelligence research, these notions are understood by mixing their common-sense meanings (e.g. to make sense of everyday perception and communication) and ad hoc technical specifications. Even in the different declinations of design the conception and sense of these notions change considerably.
Several approaches have been proposed within the aforementioned disciplines to study the very notions of shape, form and structure from different viewpoints, yet a comprehensive treatment of these notions is lacking and no interdisciplinary perspective has emerged.
Patterns of Interactions
In these years, due to the popularity of the multi-agent approaches, the explosion of research and application in robotics, the cyber-physical and Internet of Things views, as well as social turns in geography and cultural heritage, there is a rising interest in interaction and its forms. The understanding of the term interaction is challenging due to the different types of entities it might involve and to the many contexts where it may occur. Conceived quantitatively or qualitatively, interaction can be located among agents and systems, among societies and cultures, among languages and stimuli, among views and interpretations. It puts an emphasis on such diverse aspects like emergence on the one hand and repetition on the other. Furthermore, it suggests a conception of form which is intrinsically dynamic, linked with temporality and, of course, action. This time-based notion of shape/form/structure demands not only an analysis of spatial configurations, but of spatio-temporal occurrences. As interactions of colors make clear (e.g. see the studies of Josef Albers), these occurrences may not always be literal sequences, they can happen simultaneously, but there must be time and space for something to take place. From here, we can start asking: Which shapes do patterns of interaction have? Are patterns themselves static or dynamic? What does that mean? Are these meta-level shapes easier to formulate or formalize? Which patterns of (social) interaction are desirable? How to use them for play, planning, storytelling, collaboration and other creative purposes?
The Shapes workshop series is an interdisciplinary platform for the discussion of all topics connected to shape (broadly understood). We seek to facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion between researchers, practitioners and artists from all disciplines interested in representing shape, form and structure, and reasoning about them. This includes formal, cognitive, linguistic, engineering, philosophical and artistic aspects of space and vision as well as their application in the sciences and in the arts.
July 28, 2017
Submission of contributions (abstracts, pieces of art works)
Aug 25, 2017
Sept 15, 2017
Camera ready submission
Sept 21-23, 2017
SHAPES 4.0 workshop
✔ Shapes 4.0 solicits contributions in form of
a) extended abstracts of 2000 words (about 4 or 5 pages) including bibliography
b) pieces of art (music, video, sculpture, scale models/images as well as documentations of these formats) together with a 1000 words (about 2 pages) presentation of the work
Prof. Nicola Baroni at the music conservatory 'Claudio Monteverdi', Bolzano, will participate with a keynote talk with the title: "Hyperinstruments as a Gestural Approach to Composition"
as well as perform a Cello concert.
Prof. Todd Oakley will attend the workshop as a keynote speaker. He is an associate professor of cognitive science at Case Western Reserve University. His primary research interests lie in cognitive linguistics, in particular in semiotics, discourse analysis and rhetorics. In terms of image schema research, he is particularly known for his chapter on image schemas in The Handbook for Cognitive Linguistics (Oxford University Press, 2008).
"Force dynamics and the windowing of attention".
This year the SHAPES Workshop will be part of the Joint Ontology Workshops JOWO 2017, hosted at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.
The workshop will take place at the third Joint Ontology Workshops (JOWO), where ten ontology-centered workshops meet for three days in an exciting joint event at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. The inspiring environment, tucked in between the South Tyrollean Alps, promises to provide an excellent setting to discuss innovative and state of the art research. Please join us!