Organisers: Stefano Borgo (
Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA) ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy ); Oliver Kutz
 (Research Centre for Knowledge and Data; Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy) , Mehul Bhatt
 (University of Bremen, Germany The DesignSpace Group)

 Short description:

 Shape, Form, and Structure are some of the most elusive notions within diverse disciplines ranging from humanities (literature, arts) to sciences (chemistry, biology, physics etc.) and within these from the formal (mathematics, logic) to the empirical disciplines (such as engineering and cognitive science). Even within domains such as computer science and artificial intelligence, these notions are replete with common-sense meanings (think of everyday perception and communication), and formalisations of the semantics and reasoning about shape, form, and structure are often adhoc. Whereas several approaches have been proposed within the aforementioned disciplines to study the notions of shape, form and structure from different viewpoints, a comprehensive formal treatment of these notions is currently lacking and no real interdisciplinary perspective has been put forward.

The Shapes workshop series is an interdisciplinary platform for the discussion of all topics connected to shape (broadly understood). Perspectives from psycho-linguistics, ontology, computer science, artificial intelligence, mathematics, aesthetics, design science, cognitive science and beyond are welcome to con- tribute and participate in the workshop. We seek to facilitate a discussion between researchers from all disciplines interested in representing shape, form and structure, and reasoning about them. This includes formal, cognitive, linguistic, engineering and/or philosophical aspects of space and vision, being the do- mains where shape, form and structure find a natural setting, as well as their application in the sciences and in the arts.



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 Proceedings: TBA