Style and Meaning in Language, Art, Music, and Design:
Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium
Shlomo Argamon, Shlomo Dubnov, and Julie Jupp, Cochairs
In recent years a growing number of researchers working in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer graphics, computer music, and multimedia have begun to explicitly address issues of “style” or connotative meaning in their work. While it is still difficult to precisely characterize these concepts satisfactorily (we know it when we see it), common denominators of much of this work are: an emphasis on manner rather than topic, a focus on affective aspects of expression and understanding, and a search for “dense” representations of meaning in which elements simultaneously symbolize multiple layers of meaning at once. The symposium provided a unique meeting ground for researchers and practitioners in all media that share the problem of formalizing a notion of style, being an effective means to generate a discourse across diverse forms and approaches. The goal of this symposium was to bring such individuals together, to seek out common languages and frameworks for discussion, as well as to establish a shared set of stylistic tasks, which could be used as a test-bed for extending and generalizing stylistic work. Keying into stylistic sensibility, the organizers hoped to make headway into understanding style in an attempt to develop methodology and modeling language for representation, analysis and generation of differing styles across multiple domains. Research talks at the symposium included papers and demonstrations of works in domains as widely varying as text, poetry, caricature, gameplaying, theater and media art, architecture, and design.