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This workshop will stimulate and facilitate an active exchange on interdisciplinary applications, ideas, approaches, and methods in the area of modelling shape, form, pattern and function. The format of the workshop will combine invited speakers, peer-reviewed full contributions, as well as short position papers and posters, and will allow ample time for open discussions amongst the participants.

Linguistics / Philosophy

  • shape and form in natural language
  • differences between shape, form, structure, and pattern
  • shape in natural and artificial objects


  • shape perception and mental representation
  • gestalt vs. structuralist understanding of shape cognition
  • perception and shape (e.g. identifying objects from incomplete visual information)
  • affordances, dispositions, and shape

Logics, Spatial Representations

  • formal characterisations of shape and form
  • logics for shape: e.g. fuzzy, modal, intensional, etc.
  • logics for topology, symmetry, shape similarity etc.
  • design semantics, spatial semantics
  • shape and 3D space
  • shape and space in creative assistance systems


  • ontologies and classifications of shapes
  • ontological relations among shape, objects and functions
  • patterns as shapes of processes
  • forms and patterns in ontology


  • Biology & Chemistry: molecular shapes, shape in anatomy and phenotype definitions, shape complementarity between objects and holes, shape in medical image analysis and annotation
  • Visual Art and Aesthetics; shape in Film and Photography; shape in computational creativity
  • Naive Physics and Geography: e.g. qualitative classifications of shapes of geographic objects
  • Design & Architecture: shape grammars; CAD, symmetry and beauty in architectural design
  • Engineering: formal shape analysis in engineering processes
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