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at PALC 2015 conference, 20-22 November 2014, University of Lodz, Poland


Convenor: Prof. Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk


We invite 30-min. papers on time and temporality, as reflected in language corpora, also in relation to other concepts such as event structure and space, parameters such as age, gender, background, mode, etc., as well as linguistic categories of aspect, mood, intentionality. Descriptions and demonstration of tools addressing annotation and retrieval of temporal language are most welcome. Please submit abstracts of papers (not exceeding 600 words) not later than 10 September 2014. 


Information, conference registration and abstract submission details are available at www.palc.uni.lodz.pl.

For specific information concerning this session contact prof. Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk at blt@uni.lodz.pl


Plenary speaker of the workshop:

Professor Martin Haspelmath, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig


Lecture title: Comparing tense and aspect forms across the world's languages

Professor Haspelmath will give an overview of results from projects Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures (apics-online.info) and WALS (wals.info), and reflect on grammatical form-frequency correspondences; also discussed will be semantic maps and tense-aspect categories, and the relationship between comparative concepts and descriptive categories.


New book available. This book presents a cognitive linguistic study of distance representations carried out using the British National Corpus and the National Corpus of Polish. Corpus-based examination of linguistic expressions of spatial expanse in the semantic context of motion events suggests that as language users we are at certain liberty to choose either spatial or temporal conceptualization of distance according to what suits our subjective profiling needs relevant to a particular situation. From the perspective of research presented in this book, the entanglement of time and space in cognition is a rabbit hole phenomenon that runs deep beyond the ties that bind space to time in motion, on the one hand, and the socio-cultural sedimentation of meaning through commonly used phraseology, on the other. It appears to hinge on a higher-order ontological and epistemological distinction between objects and events, which may influence our spatial-temporal reasoning. Taken together the research presented in this volume indicates that, at least in certain contexts, space and time can act in a complementary manner in cognition.

Walinski, Jacek T. (2013). Complementarity of Space and Time in Distance Representations. A Cognitive Corpus-based Study. Lodz: Lodz University Press. ISBN 978-83-7969-004-6.

Workshop Call for Papers

HRI 2014 Workshop on Timing in Human-Robot Interaction

03 March 2014, Bielefeld University, Germany

Full-day workshop, held in conjunction with the
9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2014)

Timing plays a role in a range of human-robot interaction scenarios, as humans are highly sensitive to timing and interaction fluency. It is central to spoken dialogue, with turn-taking, interruptions, and hesitation influencing both task efficiency and user affect. Timing is also an important factor in the interpretation and generation of gestures, gaze, facial expressions, and other nonverbal behavior. Beyond communication, temporal synchronization is functionally necessary for sharing resources and physical space, as well as coordinating multi-agent actions. Timing is thus crucial to the success of a broad spectrum of HRI applications, including but not limited to situated dialogue; collaborative manipulation; performance, musical, and entertainment robots; and expressive robot companions.

Recent years have seen a growing interest in the HRI community in the various research topics related to human-robot timing. The purpose of this workshop is to explore and discuss theories, computational models, systems, empirical studies, and interdisciplinary insights related to the notion of timing, fluency, and rhythm in human-robot interaction.

Example submission topics include, but are not limited to:

• Timing models and systems implemented in real-time domains, including:
    • human-robot teamwork
    • spoken and situated dialogue
    • performance, entertainment, and musical robots
• Action synchronization and coordination between modalities and agents
• Behavior and interaction planning with time-sensitive constraints
• Incremental perception and behavior generation
• Theories and models with timing-specific elements
• Empirical studies on effects and perceptions of human or robot timing

We seek an interdisciplinary dialogue on the topic of timing, encouraging submissions and participation from research fields outside the robotics community. We welcome perspectives from psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, social science, humanities, and the arts.


We will accept papers of 2 to 6 pages through a peer-review process. Submissions are not double-blind. Contributions can be completed projects, work-in-progress, position papers, or summaries of previously published work written through the lens of timing for HRI.

Submit papers to timingworkshop@gmail.com in PDF format according to the ACM SIG Proceedings template (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates) by January 22, 2014.

Important Dates

• 22 Jan 2014 — Submission deadline
• 29 Jan 2014 — Notification of acceptance
• 21 Feb 2014 — Camera-ready papers
• 03 Mar 2014 — Workshop


• Guy Hoffman, IDC Herzliya (hoffman@idc.ac.il)
• Maya Cakmak, University of Washington (mcakmak@cs.washington.edu)
• Crystal Chao, Georgia Institute of Technology (cchao@gatech.edu)

BEAT-HEALTH – Health and Wellness on the Beat
We invite applications for 2 Postdoctoral positions at the University of Montpellier 1 (EuroMov - http://www.euromov.eu/) to work on a programme of research funded by the European Commission to investigate the beneficial effect of adaptive and variable rhythmic auditory stimulation on rhythmic motor activity (gait, running). The programme will be realized by a Consortium formed by laboratories located in France, Belgium, Ireland, and Spain. The positions are for 24 months (possibility of a 12-month extension), to start from October 2013.
There is a tight link between the rhythm of external information (e.g., auditory) and movement. Our propensity to match movement to rhythm is natural, develops very precociously, and is likely hard-wired in humans, as shown by cognitive sciences and neurosciences. In this proposal, we exploit this compelling link between music and movement for boosting individual performance and enhancing health and wellness. This goal will be achieved by creating an intelligent technological architecture - BeatHealth. Our architecture will deliver embodied, flexible, and efficient rhythmical stimulation adapted to the individual's skills with the goal of enhancing or recovering features of movement performance (i.e., kinematics and physiological performance). The beneficial effects of BeatHealth will be evaluated in patients with movement  disorders (i.e., Parkinson's disease), and in healthy individuals of various ages with moderate physical activity.
For more information and to apply see : http://www.euromov.eu/beathealth/
 (DEADLINE for application – August 15, 2013).

Dynamics of Social Behaviour:  An introduction to novel quantitative
techniques to record and analyse social behaviour online and offline
Date:      6th- 8th August 2013
Where:     NUI Galway, Ireland
Hosted by: Complex Systems Research Centre (CORE), NUI Galway
Guest Speakers: Dr. Chris Kello, UC Merced, USA
                Dr. Jon Freeman, Dartmouth College, USA
                Dr. Fred Cummins, University College Dubin, Ireland
                Dr. Maciej Dabrowski, DERI, NUI Galway
               (Supported by the Millennium fund, NUI Galway)
Cost:           Students: 30 euro (pay on site)
                Academics: 50 euro (pay on site)
Human behaviour is fundamentally social.  Even when isolated, our concerns
relate to the concerns of others and are articulated through a language
created with others.  The quantitative analysis of social behaviour raises
some particular difficult challenges, with the result that much behavioural
science focuses on the behaviour of single individuals in isolation.  Recent
advances in computing and mathematics provide new avenues through which to
record, characterise and analyse social behaviour.  These advances allow us
to conceive of novel metaphors that can be applied to human social
behaviour; detailed models that are carefully constructed and tested.  This
workshop will focus on novel dynamical models of human social cognition and
behaviour and specifically on techniques to capture complex human activity
and to quantitatively analyse it.

Call for Participation: TIMELY Workshop on "Development of Timing and Time Perception: A lifespan Perspective" & "Temporal Prediction", 16-18 October, 2013 at Granada, Spain
TIMELY (EU COST funded Action; www.timely-cost.eu) is organizing two Workshops on: "Development of Timing and Time Perception: A lifespan Perspective" & "Temporal Prediction" in cooperation with the University of Granada, Spain. The Workshop will take place 16-18th of October at Sala de conferencias complejo administrativo triunfo, Granada.
A detailed program can be found on http://timely-cost.eu/development-timing and http://timely-cost.eu/temporal-prediction.
Participation is free. If you are interested in participating you can register here http://doodle.com/t9w6c2ng3z3ue28a by entering your name and email. Registration is required due to limited space.  Argiro Vatakis will email you verifying your registration for the event and providing further details. You can participate either by just attending the event or by also presenting your work during the poster session.
A limited number of students grants will be available. The grants will be up to 500 euros (travel, subsistence, and accommodation; must keep all receipts). Funding can only be provided for students who attend the whole duration of the event. A poster session will be held where students can present already conducted work or planned work.
Prospective participants should be at advanced Master, PhD or Post-Doc level and should be from a COST country (http://www.cost.eu/about_cost/cost_countries; Non COST participants are welcome to apply for participation but will not be eligible for the grant). Those interested please submit the following documents to argiro.vatakis@gmail.com:
Curriculum vitae (in PDF)
Statement of purpose (max 1 page; in PDF)
Title and Abstract of the poster that will be presented in the student poster session (in WORD; Structure: Title, Authors, Affiliations, Abstract)
The deadline for applications is July 1st, 2013. On July 5th, 2013, we will inform the students that will be funded.
Argiro (on behalf of all the organizers)

Call for Student Participation: TIMELY Training School on "Imaging Time", 23-27th September, 2013 at Magdeburg, Germany.

TIMELY (EU COST funded Action; www.timely-cost.eu) is organizing a Workshop on "Imaging Time" (Organizers: Toemme Noesselt & Argiro Vatakis) in cooperation with the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Center for behavioral and brain sciences, Magdeburg. The School will take place 23-27th of September at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg and will include lectures on imaging time and also hands-on fMRI and MEG analysis of data. It will be a great pleasure to have you in our sessions.

The tentative list of Trainers is:

Toemme Noesselt

Martin Wiener

Uta Noppeney

Jennifer Coull 

Virginie van Wassenhove 

Domenica Bueti 

Ariel Schoenfeld

Michael Hanke

The tentative program of the School is as follows:

Day 1 - General timing talks - Student Poster Session - Tour to the imaging facilities

Day 2 - Morning timing talk; Afternoon: MEG preprocessing (2 hours) and fMRI preprocessing (2 hours)

Day 3 - Morning timing talk; Afternoon:  MEG data analysis (2 Hours) and fMRI data analysis (2 Hours)

Day 4 - Morning timing talk; Afternoon:  MEG source modelling (2 hours) and fMRI connectivity (2 hours)

Day 5 - Morning timing talk; Afternoon: Advanced methods (MVPA).

A detailed program will be posted soon on http://timely-cost.eu/training-school-6.

A limited number of students will be admitted to the Training School and will be funded for up to 500 euros (travel, subsistence, and accommodation; must keep all receipts). Funding can only be provided for students who attend for the whole duration of the training school. A poster session will be held where students can present already conducted work or planned work. Accommodation for students (shared rooms) can be arranged by the organizers.

Prospective participants should be at advanced Master, PhD or Post-Doc level and should be from a COST country (http://www.cost.eu/about_cost/cost_countries; Non COST participants are welcome to apply for participation but will not be eligible for the grant). Those interested please submit the following documents toargiro.vatakis@gmail.com:

• Curriculum vitae (in PDF)

• Statement of purpose (max 1 page; in PDF)

• [If presenting a poster] Title and Abstract of the poster that will be presented in the student poster session (in WORD; Structure: Title, Authors, Affiliations, Abstract)

• Whether you prefer hotel reservations or arrange for lodging yourself.

The deadline for applications is May 19th, 2013. On May 21st, 2013, we will inform the students that will be funded.

Third ACT-R Spring School, Master Class and Workshop 2013

Organizers: Niels Taatgen, Hedderik van Rijn and Jelmer Borst

University of Groningen, Netherlands


April 8-13, 2013

ACT-R is a cognitive theory and simulation system for developing cognitive models for tasks that vary from simple reaction time experiments to driving a car, learning algebra and air traffic control. Following previous ACT-R events in 2010 and 2011, the University of Groningen will again host a spring school and workshop.

Spring School

The spring school will take place from Monday April 8 to Thursday April 11. Participants will follow a compressed four-day version of the traditional summer school curriculum. The standard curriculum is structured as a set of six units, of which we will cover four in the course of the week. Each unit lasts a day and involves a morning theory lecture, an afternoon discussion session on advanced topics, and an assignment which participants are expected to complete during the day. Computing facilities will be provided or attendees can bring their own laptop on which the ACT-R software will be installed.

To provide an optimal learning environment, admission is limited.  Prospective participants should submit an application by February 17, consisting of a curriculum vitae and a statement of purpose. Demonstrated experience with a modeling formalism similar to ACT-R will strengthen the application, as well as general programming experience. Applicants will be notified of admission by February 24.

Master Class: Work on your own project

Organized parallel to the spring school, the master class offers the opportunity for modelers to work on their own projects with guidance from experienced ACT-R modelers. Note that signing up for the Master Class assumes some prior ACT-R experience, either through self-study, or having followed an earlier ACT-R spring or summer school.

European ACT-R Workshop

The European ACT-R workshop will take place from Friday April 12 to Saturday April 13.  The workshop will feature invited lectures, research presentations, discussion sessions and instructional tutorials. Suggestions for the topics of the tutorials and discussion sessions are welcome. Admission to the workshop is open to all.

Registrations fees and housing

Spring School + Workshop: Euro 200

Master Class + Workshop: Euro 200

Workshop only: Euro 100

Late fee (registration after March 12): Euro 50

Housing will be offered in the university guesthouse for 61 Euro /day (single, double rooms are around Euro 78.50, Breakfast is 10 Euro/person).


To apply to the 2013 Spring School or Master Class, send an email to Hedderik van Rijn (hedderik@van-rijn.org) and attach the requested documents before February 17, 2013. If you would like to contribute to the workshop, please let us know as well. 

To register for the 2013 Workshop, also send an email to Hedderik van Rijn (hedderik@van-rijn.org). Please specify your contact details, and whether or not you would like to present your research.

PhD Positions on Time perception at Tuebingen, Germany

The research group for Cognition and Perception at the Department of Psychology (Prof. Dr. Rolf Ulrich), University of Tübingen, Germany, offers two PhD student positions for junior scientists in the field of time perception. The positions are associated with two current research projects funded by the German Research Foundation for initially two years, with a possibility of further extension after this period.

The first project is concerned with the investigation of the mechanisms underlying multisensory integration of interval duration, predominantly by conducting behavioral psychophysical experiments in the auditory and visual modality. Applications for this position should be sent electronically to Dr. Karin Bausenhart, karin.bausenhart@uni-tuebingen.de.

In the second project, we investigate timing of one’s own behavior in dual-task performance. This research combines the Psychological Refractory Period paradigm with introspective time estimation and psychophysical methods. Applications for this position should be sent electronically to Dr. Daniel Bratzke, daniel.bratzke@uni-tuebingen.de.

Successful candidates must have a master’s (or equivalent) degree, preferably with a background in experimental psychology, and should be interested in psychophysical methods and time perception.

Experience in the field of cognitive psychology, profound methodological knowledge and basic programming skills (Matlab, R) are desirable.

We offer an interesting and motivating work environment and an excellent infrastructure for conducting behavioral and electrophysiological experiments. Tübingen is a charming ancient academic town located in the south of Germany, near to the city of Stuttgart. It offers a great surrounding for conducting research and many cultural and leisure facilities that are worth experiencing.

Applications should include a motivation letter, CV, two letters of recommendation, and documentation of relevant qualification (e.g., copies of diplomas and/or transcripts of grades) and can be submitted until January 31, 2012.


Neural Coding, Decision-Making & Integration in Time

Rauischholzhausen Castle

April 26 - 29, 2012

Application deadline: December 15, 2011

Organizers: Wolfgang Einhäuser-Treyer, Konrad Körding, Julia Trommershäuser

Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Web: http://www.frontiersin.org/events/Neural_Coding__Decision_Making/1522/All_Events

This workshop brings together researchers from fields of computational

neuroscience, electrophysiology & behavioral neuroscience to discuss

the computational principles underlying neural coding of motor

coordination & sensory integration in time with focus on adaptive

behavior. The topics covered at the workshop include computational

neuroscience, Bayesian statistics, psychophysics, neurophysiology, &

cognitive science. Central to the format of the workshop is the strong

link between computational & behavioral neuroscientists.

A key aspect of all workshop contributions will be the development of

a common theoretical language to be used across behavioral &

electrophysiological experiments. The conference is organized as a

workshop for 40 selected participants. The central part of the program

consists of invited lectures from the fields of computational

neuroscience, electrophysiology & behavioral neuroscience; the meeting

focuses on creating a common language across these disciplines.

Selected participants will be able to present and discuss their work

in a poster session.

Application deadline for workshop participation is December 15, 2011.


A small number of advanced graduate students and postdocs will be

selected to be present at the workshop. Preferences will be given to

applicants who are applying to present a poster at the workshop.

Selected participants will need to register and pay a registration fee

of 500 EUR. This registration fee of 500 EUR covers room and board

expenses at the castle.

Participants wishing to attend should apply by submitting a poster

abstract (250 words max.), either by email or in hard copy by fax to:

"Computational Workshop 2012"

Dr. Julia Trommershäuser

Center for Neural Science

4 Washington Place, Room 809

New York, NY 10003

fax: +1-212-995-4011

email: julia.trommershaeuser@nyu.edu

Selected abstracts will be published in citable form in frontiers in


We look forward to the workshop next year,

Wolfgang, Konrad, and Julia


Confirmed Speakers:

* Wolfgang Einhäuser-Treyer (University of Marburg)

* Tim Gollisch (University Medical Center Göttingen)

* Verena Hafner (Humboldt University, Berlin)

* John-Dylan Haynes (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and

Brain Sciences, Leipzig)

* Uwe Ilg (Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Tübingen)

* Frank Jaekel (University of Osnabrück)

* Mehrdad Jazayeri (University of Washington)

* Konrad Körding (Northwestern University)

* Michael Landy (New York University)

* Pascal Mamassian (Université Paris Descartes)

* Concetta Morrone (University of Pisa)

* Kerstin Preuschoff (University of Zürich)

* Stefan Schaal (University of Southern California)

* Michael Shadlen (University of Washington)

* Peter Thier (Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Tübingen)

* Julia Trommershäuser (New York University)

* Angela Yu (University of California, San Diego)


eidos, the Center in Metaphysics of the University of Geneva, and the CUSO (Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale) are pleased to announce the "Time and explanation conference".

Dates: September 14-17, 2011

Venue: University of Geneva, Switzerland, Building Uni Mail

Call for Papers

Conceptions of time have always played a fundamental role in our philosophical and scientific understanding of the world and of ourselves. They have become especially important in the 20th century, and even more so during the past few decades. This workshop aims to address outstanding research questions in contemporary analytic philosophy of time, broadly construed. Topics may include, but are not limited to: What explains our feeling of time as passing, if there is such a thing? Are there tensed facts? How should the debate between presentists and eternalists be understood? Is the future open? What is the status of becoming in current physical theories? What grounds the truth of statements about the past? How do things persist? Does time have a direction? Etc.

Keynote Speakers

Thomas M. Crisp (Biola University)

Carl Hoefer (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

Ulrich Meyer (Colgate University)

Kristie Miller (The University of Sydney)

L. Nathan Oaklander (University of Michigan-Flint)

Oliver Pooley (Oxford University)

Steven Savitt (University of British Columbia)

Dean W. Zimmerman (Rutgers University)

Submission details

- We invite all scholars working in the philosophy of time to submit extended abstracts in English and prepared for blind-review, of no more than 1000 words, in either .pdf, .doc, or .rtf format.

- Submissions must be sent by email attachment to Ghislain Guigon at ghislain.guigon@unige.ch by June 26, 2011. Please put ‘Conference Paper Submission’ as the subject of your email.

- An acknowledgment of reception will be sent.

- Please specify on a separate page name, affiliation, e-mail address.

- Each speaker will be allowed a maximum of 45 minutes for presentation and 45 minutes for discussion.

- Successful applicants will be notified by July 15th, 2011.

- A maximum of six papers will be accepted.

- Speakers' accommodation costs will be covered.

Key Dates

26 June 2011: Deadline for the submission of extended abstracts

15 July 2011: Notification of acceptance

Further Information

For further information, please contact ghislain.guigon@unige.ch or visit the website at eidos.

Organising Committee

Emiliano Boccardi (University of Fribourg and University of Geneva)

Fabrice Correia (University of Geneva)

Natalja Deng (university of Geneva)

Ghislain Guigon (University of Geneva)

The International Society for the Study of Time,

The École Normale Supérieure, Paris (Department of Philosophy),

The University of Paris 8 (Center for Research on Literature & Cognition)

are pleased to announce that they will be hosting next fall a symposium on

Time and Emergence

This event will take place in Paris, on Friday and Saturday, October 14-15, 2011. The symposium will be strongly transdisciplinary. It will be organized into two strands:

¨ Friday October 14 will concentrate on physics and biology, in relation to philosophy; ¨ Saturday October 15 will be open to psychology, sociology, art and literature, in relation to philosophy. The conference will present a number of guest speakers. Proposals for oral presentations will also be accepted. You are hereby invited to submit a proposal in any of the fields outlined above. Please send a title, along with a one- or two-page abstract in English or French and a short bibliography, by May 15, 2011, to each of the two secretaries of the local organizing committee:

Dr. Rémy Lestienne

Dir. Recherche honoraire, CNRS


Pr. Yves Abrioux

Dept. de littérature anglaise, Université Paris 8


The organizing committee will answer each submission personally, before June 1, 2011.


Perception, Action, and Time

June 2-3, 2011

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Department of Philosophy

UAB. Casa Convalescència:


Perception, thought and action have traditionally been considered constitutively independent yet functionally related mental realms. Much recent work in the philosophy of mind has either emerged from, or has resulted in, questioning the independence of these three realms. In such work, perception is often more closely related to action, or thought is considered to be a variety of action. Some of these new developments focus on experiences in which time is a basic factor, such as in the experience of something moving or the experience of succession. However, there has also been certain resistance to some of these developments. Alternative, refined versions of the more traditional picture have been offered instead. The aim of this workshop is to bring together philosophers from both sides of this on-going debate. 


Christoph Hoerl   (Warwick)

Conor McHugh  (Jean Nicod / Southampton)

Ian Phillips (UCL/Oxford)

Hanna Pickard  (Oxford)

Josep Lluís Prades   (Girona)

Susanna Schellenberg  (ANU)

Marta Vidal (UAB)


Contact: Josefa Toribio.Further details will be circulated closer to the date. 


Registration: For those wishing to attend the workshop, registration is appreciated. It's free, and it helps our planning. To register send an email to workshopuab@gmail.com with "Registration" in the subject line. 


The event is funded by the Spanish government via the research project FFI2008-06164-C02-02 and by the Catalan government via the consolidated research group GRECC, SGR2009-1528.