The April Fools' Day Workshop on Computational Humour

April 15-16, 2002
Conference Room, ITC-irst, Trento, ITALY


Monday 15

9:30 Welcome

9:45 Invited talk: Victor Raskin (Purdue University, USA)
"Computational Humor and Ontological Semantics"

10:45 Coffee break

11:10 Chris Vernour, Michael Levinson, Greg Lessard (Queen's University, Canada)
"The Verbal/Non-verbal Distinction: Still an O-pun Question"

11:40 Invited talk: Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
"Optimal Innovation and Pleasure"

12:40 Lunch

14:15 Invited talk: Douglas Hofstadter (Indiana University, USA)
"Frame Blends, Analogies, and Humor" >

15:15 Ephraim Nissan (University of Greenwich, UK)
"A Formalism for Misapprehended Identities: Taking a Leaf Out of Pirandello"

15:45 Coffee break

16:10 Panel: Computational humour and emotions
Speakers: Aaron Ben Ze'ev (Haifa University, Israel); Cristiano Castelfranchi (ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy); Anton Nijholt (University of Twente, The Netherlands); Andrew Ortony (NorthWestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA)

Social Dinner

Invited after dinner talk: Aaron Ben-Ze'ev (University of Haifa, Israel)
"Humour in Online Romantic Relationships"

Tuesday 16

9:45 Invited talk: Willibald Ruch (Queens University, Belfast, UK)
"Computers with a personality? Lessons to be learned from studies of the psychology of humor"

10:45 Coffee break

11:10 Francesco Mele (Istituto di Cibernetica, CNR, Napoli, Italy)
"Real and Fictional Ridicule. A Cognitive Approach for Models of Humour"

11:40 Anton Nijholt (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
"Embodied Agents: A New Impetus to Humor Research"

12:10 Oliviero Stock, Carlo Strapparava (ITC-irst, Trento, Italy)
"Humorous Agent for Humorous Acronyms: The HAHAcronym Project"

12:40 Lunch

14:15 Demo

14:35 Invited talk:Graeme Ritchie (Edinburgh, Scotland)
"The Structure of Forced Reinterpretation Jokes"

15:35 Coffee break

16:00 Justin McKay (Binsted-McKay, Tokio, Japan)
"Generation of Idiom-based Witticisms to Aid Second Language Learning"

16:30 Invited talk:Salvatore Attardo (Youngstown University, USA)
"Formalizing Humor Theory"

17:30 Conclusions