Call for Papers
Special Topic Issue of _JASIST_
Computational Methods for Style Analysis and Synthesis
The next Special Topics Issue of the _Journal of the American
Society for Information Science and Technology_ (JASIST) is
scheduled to come out in early 2004 on the topic of Computational
Methods for Style Analysis and Synthesis. The guest editor for
this special issue will be Shlomo Argamon of the Illinois Institute
of Technology in Chicago, IL.
In recent years a growing number of researchers working in a
variety of different areas have focused on explicitly addressing
recognition and generation of style in their various disciplines,
research that contrasts with traditional emphases on 'performance'
or 'content' or 'meaning'. Indeed, in some media such as music,
visual art and to a lesser extent, film and even expressive speech,
'meaning' itself comprises mainly factors such as excitation and
calmness or other emotional expressions that can be considered
aspects of style instead of what is usually thought of as content.
Recent achievements in style research include systems for
authorship attribution, organizing and retrieving documents based
on their writing style, composing new music in a given composer's
style, rendering animation in different motion styles, and more.
Work in all media shares the problem of formalizing a notion of
style, and developing a modeling language that supports the
representation of differing styles. The precise methodology used
may depend upon the use of stylistic variation in a domain. Often,
style is used to place a work into a genre, i.e. a context of other
works. In other cases, style can be used to connect affect to
content, as in the generation of animation sequences. Such
different uses of style in some medium can be analyzed and such
analysis used to categorize or identify particular works as well as
to enable automatic generation of works with particular styles.
Beyond purely utilitarian considerations are other important issues
specifically related to using computers as an adjunct to artists in
various media (graphics, music, text, etc.), and here we may
examine the expressive qualities expressed by different stylistic
mechanisms. Here the fundamental questions are: How may stylistic
features be formalized? How may they be extracted from a given
performance or piece? How do such features correlate with the
"feeling" being conveyed? How may style be incorporated or added
to a performance or piece?
We seek submissions that address all aspects of style analysis and
synthesis from a computational perspective, but are particularly
interested to see work that addresses some of the following
- What is style, and how may it be formalized?
- What kinds of features indicate style (as opposed to function or
- How is style related to short- and long-term temporal
dependencies, such as found in music or text?
- How do stylistic features correlate with affect of the
- How may style be effectively combined with pre-existing content?
- What sorts of formal modeling methods are useful in representing
- How may one effectively learn a style of expression and then
- How does perceived style depend on the observer's context?
- How may presentation style affect comprehension?
- What connections can be drawn from stylistic methods used for one
domain to another?
We seek papers that discuss research in the area of Style Analysis
and Synthesis in all media and from many angles. Inquiries can be
made to the guest editor at email@example.com.
Manuscript submissions (four copies of full articles) should be
Professor Shlomo Argamon
Department of Computer Science
Illinois Institute of Technology
10 W. 31st Street
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 567-5289 voice
(312) 567-5067 fax
The deadline for accepting manuscripts for consideration for
publication in this special issue is August 31, 2003. All
manuscripts will be reviewed by a select panel of referees, and
those accepted will be published in a special issue of
_JASIST_. Original artwork and a signed copy of the copyright
release form will be required for all accepted papers.
A copy of the call for papers will be available on the World Wide
Web as is further information about _JASIST_, at http://www.asis.org/.
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