LINGUIST List 10.1887

Wed Dec 8 1999

Calls: IMPACTS in NLG, Comp Ling/Coling-2000

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  1. Stephan Busemann, IMPACTS in Natural Language Generation - Workshop Announcement
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, Coling-2000 Second Announcement

Message 1: IMPACTS in Natural Language Generation - Workshop Announcement

Date: Tue, 07 Dec 1999 18:52:37 +0100
From: Stephan Busemann <>
Subject: IMPACTS in Natural Language Generation - Workshop Announcement


Impacts in Natural Language Generation
NLG Between Technology and Applications
July 24-28, 2000
Schloss Dagstuhl, Saarland, Germany
- immediately preceding COLING 2000 -


The tension between theoretical work and its implementation has often
been considered fruitful. In the field of Natural Language Generation,
it is now complemented by another tension, the one between technologies
and applications:

"I have invented a new technique for NLG!" - "What is its impact on

"I have built a new NLG application!" - "What is its impact on the

Much of NLG technology is based on a theoretical understanding of the
process of language generation, whereas the applications strongly rely
on practical requirements. There are not many theoretically
well-motivated technologies that can straightforwardly be employed
within specific applications. For this workshop, we adopt a broad
notion of application by including pieces of software containing NLG
technology that currently are used by others in order to solve
real-world tasks.

Some NLG application developers find it preferable to not reuse existing
technology. This is often due to the lack of solutions for the knowledge
bottleneck and for the input formation bottleneck: NLG technology lacks
the power of dealing with external conceptual lexical knowledge bases,
and it also lacks standards of representing inputs at a suitable

The "IMPACTS" workshop aims at studying, discussing, and clarifying the
relationships between NLG technologies and applications. The workshop
- researchers and developers in NLG,
- current and potential users of NLG applications,
- providers of large conceptual lexicons usable by NLG, and
- developers of systems that deal with the input specificity problem.

We invite original and unpublished contributions from all areas of NL
generation, either from the technological side or from the applications
point of view. They must state clearly how they relate to the respective
counterpart, hence addressing one of the above questions.

"IMPACTS" will take place from July 24-28, 2000 at International
Conference and Research Center for Computer Science at Schloss Dagstuhl.
It immediately precedes the events of COLING 2000 taking place in
Luxembourg, Saarbr�cken, and Nancy. Schloss Dagstuhl is situated in the
Saarland, allowing participants to reach the COLING tutorials on July 29

24.-28. July 2000: Workshop at Schloss Dagstuhl
15. June 2000: Camera-ready copies
20. May 2000: Notification of acceptance
01. April 2000: Deadline for submissions

Programme Committee

John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany
Tilman Becker, DFKI Saarbr�cken, Germany (Program Co-Chair)
Stephan Busemann, DFKI Saarbr�cken, Germany (Program Co-Chair)
Robert Dale, Microsoft Research Institute, Macquarie University,
Laurence Danlos, LORIA, France
Michael Elhadad, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Eduard Hovy, ISI, University of Southern California, USA
Richard Kittredge, CoGenTex Inc., USA
Inderjeet Mani, Mitre Corporation, USA
David D. McDonald, Gensym Corporation, USA
Cecile Paris, CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences, Macquarie
University, Australia
Owen Rambow, AT&T, USA
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK
Donia Scott, ITRI, University of Brighton, UK

More information can be found at the Workshop homepage, which is located
at and which will be extended during the next

Dr. Stephan Busemann, DFKI GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3, D-66123 Saarbruecken
phone: (+49 681) 302-5286, fax: (+49 681) 302-5338

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Message 2: Coling-2000 Second Announcement

Date: Tue, 7 Dec 99 17:37:39 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Coling-2000 Second Announcement


 The International Conference on Computational Linguistics

COLING 2000 will take place in three countries in the heart of Europe

- Nancy (Tutorials 29/30 July, 2000)
- Saarbr|cken (Conference 31 July - 4 August, 2000)
- Luxembourg (Workshops 5/6 August 2000)

Transportation between the three almost neighboring sites will be

COLING 2000 will be the ideal place to

- present your latest results at the conference and workshops
- demo your systems to colleagues
- study new trends and techniques in the tutorials
- exhibit your language technologies for the 21st century
- hire needed specialists before somebody else does

Check out the calls for

- papers (
- workshop proposals (
- tutorial proposals (
- demos/exhibits (

At the conference, we will provide space for announcing job openings,
as well as a sign-up desk and rooms for job interviews

Check out our low conference fees: (

To increase student participation, we have decided on very favorable
conference fees for bona fide students.
Students who would still not be able to attend for financial reasons,
please contact us at:

If you live and work in an economically disadvantaged country and have
no possibility of obtainimg funding or if you are experiencing special
personal hardships, we will try to help.

All this information and more at:
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