LINGUIST List 10.1620

Thu Oct 28 1999

Calls: Information Retrieval, Computational Ling.

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  1. Karim Chibout, RIAO 2000/Computer Assisted Information Retrieval
  2. i.kuscu, CEC2000 Conference - Special Session

Message 1: RIAO 2000/Computer Assisted Information Retrieval

Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 16:36:45 +0200
From: Karim Chibout <>
Subject: RIAO 2000/Computer Assisted Information Retrieval



RIAO 2000 : Content-Based Multimedia Information Access

College de France
Paris, France
April 12-14, 2000

 Web site:
Organized by:

C.I.D.(France) & C.A.S.I.S. (USA)

With the collaboration of AII, ASIS, ELRA, Elsnet, ESCA, Francil
(preliminary list)


The conference scope will range from the traditional processing of 
text documents to the rapidly growing field of automatic indexing and 
retrieval of images and speech and, more generally, to all processing of 
audio-visual and multimedia information on various distribution venues, 
including the Net. The conference is of interest for several scientific 
communities, including Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, 
Spoken Language Processing, Computer Vision, Human-Computer 
Interaction and Digital Libraries. RIAO 2000 will, thereby, serve as a forum 
for cross-discipline initiatives and innovative applications. 

RIAO 2000 will present recent scientific progress, demonstrations of 
prototypes resulting from this research as well as the most innovative 
products now appearing on the market. A worldwide Call for Papers is 
addressed to researchers engaged in academic or industrial research. The 
associated Call for Applications is addressed to companies and public 
organizations developing or marketing hardware or software related to the 
conference topics.

The RIAO (Computer-Assisted Information Retrieval) International Conference
is held every 3 years. Sites for the conference have been Grenoble (1985), 
Boston (1988), Barcelona (1991), New York (1994) and Montreal (1997).

RIAO 2000 Conference Topics:

A. Document processing:
A.1. Hypertextual and Hypermedia documents
A.2. Human-Computer Interaction for document handling
A.3. Textual and voice-based annotation creation and retrieval
A.4. Digital libraries
A.5. AI techniques for document generation and consultation
A.6. Multimodal and transmodal human-machine communication
B. Information Retrieval:
B.1. Information retrieval systems and methods
B.2. Document search over the internet, Text Mining
B.3. Information and document routing/profiling/alerting
B.4. Document classification

C. Spoken Language Processing:
C.1. Voice-based document segmentation and transcription
C.2. Voice-based document indexing and retrieval
C.3. Identification of language of speaker
C.4. Speaker recognition, Audio Mining
C.5. Non-verbal sound processing (music, noise...)

D. Natural Language Processing:
D.1. Information extraction 
D.2. NLP techniques for document processing
D.3. Terminology extraction and analysis
D.4. Automatic thesaurus construction
D.5. Multilingual and crosslingual document handling
D.6. Machine translation of documents
D.7. Automatic summarization
D.8. Identification of language of text

E. Image processing:
E.1. Automatic indexing and retrieval of visual documents
E.2. Computer graphics for document generation and consultation
E.3. Segmentation and indexing of visual data
E.4. Face, gaze and expression recognition
E.5. Character recognition in visual documents
E.6. Image Mining, Video indexing and retrieval

F. System architecture:
F.1. Multi-agent architecture, search agents 
F.2. Intelligent agents, Androids and Avatars 

G. Usage and best practice:
G.1. Socio-economics of information retrieval
G.2. Quantitative, qualitative and comparative evaluation
G.3. Coding standards and Quality of Services, Security and privacy
G.4. Cognitive aspects, Human Factors and Ergonomics
G.5. Legal aspects of multimedia document handling
G.6. Multimedia and multimodal resources

H. Applications:
H.1. Computer-aided information access for the handicapped
H.2. Multimedia systems for medical applications
H.3. Image Guided Surgery and Augmented Reality
H.4. Medical documents archiving and retrieval
H.5. Transmodal information access systems
H.6. Telephone-based, nomad and in-vehicle systems
H.7. Intelligent systems for call-center reporting
H.8. Customized customer support (Aerospace product manuals...) 
H.9. Strategic and technology watch & Business Intelligence
H.10. Real-Time information access for financial markets
H.11. Information access for decision aid systems
H.12. Multimodal Geographical Information Systems
H.13. Television and Radio Broadcast Archiving and Browsing... 


The Scientific Program will include invited talks, presentations of accepted 
papers in oral and poster sessions and panel sessions. There will be parallel
sessions, devoted to a given research field, and plenary sessions, presenting
topics of interest for all participants. The mode of presentation
(oral versus poster) will be based on the appropriateness of the paper to that
mode of communication, not on the quality of the paper.

Authors are invited to submit short or long papers on the conference topics. 
The papers will be reviewed by the International Scientific Committee, and 
selected on the basis of their scientific and technological quality, their 
innovative content and their relevance to the topic of the conference.

Interested parties are invited to submit their paper to the following address:
Subject: Paper Submission

Electronic submissions will be acknowledged within 48 hours. If they are not 
acknowledged, please check the Email address and resubmit. See the RIAO 2000
Web site for all information relevant to submission procedures and formats,
the members of the Program Committee, etc.


* Submission deadline: ***November 8, 1999***
* Notification of acceptance: December 15, 1999
* Submission of complete papers: January 15, 2000
* Final Program: January 25, 2000
* Conference: April 12-14, 2000

In addition to scientific presentations and scientific demonstrations,
Innovative Industrial Applications treating the Conference themes will
be selected by the Applications Committee.

Selected applications will be given on-site demonstration space for
the duration of the RIAO'2000 Conference (three days). They will also
be awarded a RIAO-branded icon for their web pages displaying
"Selected as Innovative Application at RIAO'2000". A time will be set
aside during the Conference for a "deal-making" session in which
industrial partners can make contacts with research partners.

Interested parties are invited to submit a short
description of their product to the following address:
Subject: Application Submission

Please give your 
- product name
- a succinct description of its innovative characteristics
- the RIAO theme(s) that the application addresses

You will be given by return e-mail an application number and
instructions of where to find the complete online submission
application. See the RIAO 2000 Web site for all information relevant to 
submission procedures and formats, the members of the Application
Committee, etc.

CALENDAR (***Caution: Extended Deadlines***):

* First Application Deadline: ***November 17, 1999***
* Notification of Acceptance: December 18, 1999
* Conference: April 12-14, 2000

RIAO2000 Email:

RIAO 2000 Web site:
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Message 2: CEC2000 Conference - Special Session

Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 20:30:44 +0100
From: i.kuscu <>
Subject: CEC2000 Conference - Special Session

Call For Special Session Proposals 

The 2000 Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC'2000) will
highlight recent research covering all forms of evolutionary
computations while fostering discussions and cooperative progress in
the evolutionary computation field. Information on the successful
CEC99 held in Washington, D.C. can be found at

CEC'2000 is now inviting special session proposals. All special
sessions are to be organised around a specific topic(s) in order to
encourage in-depth discussion. Special sessions will be an integral
part of the CEC'2000. All accepted papers in the special sessions will
be included in the published conference proceedings. All special
session papers will be reviewed. The review process will be
coordinated by the special session organiser(s).

Each proposal must contain at least the following information:

 1.title of the session; 
 2.organiser(s) and their detailed contact addresses; or two paragraphs describing the theme and topics covered by the session; 
 4.a potential list of participants; 
 5.a potential list of paper reviewers (can be the same as organisers). 

Please submit via email all special session proposals to the CEC'2000
Special Sessions Chair,

 Prof X. Yao: 

Please use plain ASCII text. Enquiries about special sessions may be
sent to the same address.

We will continue to accept proposals until 15 November 1999. The
proposal will be evaluated and notification of acceptance/reject will
be returned as soon as practical. We are aiming at within two weeks of
the proposal submission.
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