Workshop on Games and NLP (GAMNLP-12)

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Kanazawa, Japan
Submission deadline: 
Monday, September 3, 2012 - 12:15


 ObjectivesThis workshop aims at promoting and exploring the possibilities for research and practical applications involving Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Games. The main objective is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss and share ideas regarding how the NLP research community can contribute to games research and vice versa. For example, the use of NLP techniques can help the formal study and understanding of games as well as the design and development of novel and engaging game experiences. On the other hand, games provide interesting challenges to NLP in the linguistic characteristics of the domain and its user culture in addition to being a medium which facilitates interactive dialogues. The workshop welcomes the participation of both academics and industry practitioners interested in the use of NLP in games or vice versa. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Chatterbots, Conversational Characters in games
  • Interactive Narrative Systems
  • Discourse planning and management
  • Automatic dialogue generation
  • Speech recognition in games and in-game chat systems
  • Language-based real-time interaction with virtual characters
  • Analysis of large-scale game-related corpora (e.g. game reviews)
  • Real-time sentiment analysis of player discourse/chat in games
  • Recommender systems for games
  • Automatic construction of game ontologies

Important Dates 

  • Deadline for submissions: 3 September 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: 17 September 2012
  • Camera-ready versions: 1 October 2012
  • Workshop date: 23 October 2012

Submissions InstructionsThere are three types of submissions: long papers, short papers and demonstration notes.(1) Long papersLong papers should describe mature research with substantial and rigorously evaluated results.  Long papers may consist of up to twelve (12) pages including references.(2) Short papersShort papers typically describe on-going research and present preliminary results.  Short papers may consist of up to seven (7) pages including references.  Please note that short papers may be presented either orally or as a poster; the selection of the format will be based on the Program Committee's recommendation.(3) Demonstration notesWe encourgage the participation of system demonstrations.  A demonstration should be accompanied by a note which briefly describes the system and includes images.  Demonstration notes may consist of up to four (4) pages.Submissions should be prepared using the same format as the main conference.  Please see the conference website for details (, in particular under "MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION".All submissions should be made online through EasyChair: .Note that all accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings, but not in the main conference's proceedings.  Workshop proceedings will be made available on CD's.OrganizersWorkshop Co-Chairs:

  • Noriko Tomuro, DePaul University, Chicago, USA
  • Jose Zagal, DePaul University, Chicago, USA

Program Committee:TBAFor any questions, contact the workshop co-chairs ( ;

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