LINGUIST List 10.239

Mon Feb 15 1999

Calls: Human-Machine Conversation, Corpus Study/NLP

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  1. Yorick Wilks, THIRD WORKSHOP ON HUMAN-MACHINE CONVERSATION, Bellagio, Italy
  2. Hongsing WONG, Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

Message 1: THIRD WORKSHOP ON HUMAN-MACHINE CONVERSATION, Bellagio, Italy

Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 16:23:56 GMT
From: Yorick Wilks <y.wilksdcs.shef.ac.uk>
Subject: THIRD WORKSHOP ON HUMAN-MACHINE CONVERSATION, Bellagio, Italy


			FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT


 THIRD WORKSHOP ON HUMAN-COMPUTER CONVERSATION
 Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy
 12-14 July, 1999

The Workshops on Human-Computer Conversation in Bellagio, Italy, took
place in 1997 and 1998, as small groups of experts from industry and
academia met to discuss this pressing question for the future of
Language Engineering, not as an academic question only, but chiefly to
bring forward for discussion computer demonstrations and activities
within company laboratories that were not being published or
discussed. The Workshops were highly successful in these aims and we
now wish to widen participation and add distinguished speakers, as
well as introducing more theoretical topics, though without losing the
practical emphasis. The site remains one of the finest in the world,
and it promoted excellent and intimate discussions in 1997 and 1998.

All details, including previous program, program committee,
accomodation and travel, details of registration (a form is attached
below for the convenience of some) are on the web site:

 http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/research/units/ilash/Meetings/bellagio/

Invited speakers include (not all have yet accepted):

Dr B Alabisio, Microsoft, USA
Dr J Hutchens, UWA, Australia
Prof. G Leech, University of Lancaster, UK
Dr M Moens, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr U Reithinger, DFKI-Saarbruecken, DE

Contributions are invited on any aspect of human-computer
conversation, as are demonstrations. Two page abstracts should be sent
by mail or email to the address at the bottom according to the
following timetable:

Deadline for submission: 15 April 1999
Notice of acceptance: 15 May 1999
Camera ready paper due: 15 June 1999

The European Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL) has
endorsed the meeting and endorsements have been sought from ELSNET,
SigDial and the European Commission.

Submissions and further enquiries to:
Yorick Wilks
Department of Computer Science
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
211 Portobello St.,
Sheffield S1 4DP
UK

phone: (44) 114 282 5561
fax: (44) 114 222 1810
email: yorickdcs.shef.ac.uk
www: http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~yorick

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Message 2: Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 18:23:40 +0800 (HKT)
From: Hongsing WONG <wongcs.ust.hk>
Subject: Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

 First Call For Papers

 		(EMNLP/VLC-99) JOINT SIGDAT CONFERENCE ON 
 		EMPIRICAL METHODS IN NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING AND 
 VERY LARGE CORPORA

Sponsored by SIGDAT (ACL's Special Interest Group for Linguistic Data
and Corpus-based Approaches to NLP)

 June 21-22, 1999
 University of Maryland

 In conjunction 

ACL'99: the 37th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational
Linguistics

This SIGDAT-sponsored joint conference will continue to provide a forum
for new research in corpus-based and/or empirical methods in NLP. In
addition to providing a general forum, the theme for this year is 

"Corpus-based and/or Empirical Methods in NLP for Speech, MT, IR, and
other Applied Systems" 

A large number of systems in automatic speech recognition(ASR) and
synthesis, machine translation(MT), information retrieval(IR), optical
character recognition(OCR) and handwriting recognition have become
commercially available in the last decade. Many of these systems use
NLP technologies as an important component. Corpus-based and empirical
methods in NLP have been a major trend in recent years. How useful are
these techniques when applied to real systems, especially when compared
to rule-based methods? Are
there any new techniques to be developed in EMNLP and from VLC in order
to improve the state-of-the-art of ASR, MT, IR, OCR, and other applied
systems? Are there new ways to combine corpus-based and empirical
methods with rule-based systems? 

This two-day conference aims to bring together academic researchers and
industrial practitioners to discuss the above issues, through technical
paper sessions, invited talks, and panel discussions. The goal of the
conference is to raise an awareness of what kind of new EMNLP techniques
need to be developed in order to bring about the next breakthrough in
speech recognition and synthesis, machine translation, information
retrieval and other applied systems. 

The conference solicits paper submissions in (and not limited to) the
following areas: 

1) Original work in one of the following technologies and its relevance
to speech, MT, or IR: 
 (a) word sense disambiguation 
 (b) word and term segmentation and extraction 
 (c) alignment 
 (d) bilingual lexicon extraction 
 (e) POS tagging 
 (f) statistical parsing 
 (g) others (please specify) 

2) Proposals of new EMNLP technologies for speech, MT, IR, OCR, or other
applied systems (please specify) 

3) Comparetive evaluation of the performance of EMNLP technologies in 
one of the areas in (1) and that of its
rule-based or knowledge-based counterpart in a speech, MT, IR, OCR or
other applied systems 
 


Submissions Requirements 

Submissions should be limited to original, evaluated work. All papers
should include background survey and/or reference to previous work. The
authors should provide explicit explanation when there is no evaluation
in their work. We encourage paper submissions related to the conference
theme. In particular, we encourage the authors to include in their
papers, proposals and discussions of the relevance of their work to the
theme . However, there will be a special session in the conference to
include corpus-based and/or empirical
work in all areas of natural language processing. 



Important Dates 

March 31 Submission of full-length paper 
April 30 Acceptance notice 
May 20 Camera-ready paper due 
June 21-22 Conference date 



Program Chair

Pascale Fung 
Human Language Technology Center 
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering 
University of Science and Tehnology (HKUST) 
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon 
Hong Kong 
Tel: (+852) 2358 8537 
Fax: (+852) 2358 1485 
Email: pascaleee.ust.hk 

Program Co-Chair 
Joe Zhou 
LEXIS-NEXIS, a Division of Reed Elsevier 
9555 Springboro Pike 
Dayton, OH 45342 
USA 
Email: joezlexis-nexis.com

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Hongsing
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 _+_ Hongsing WONG (Big5: ) Human Language Technology Center, CSD, HKUST
 | Internet: wongcs.ust.hk | Web: http://www.cs.ust.hk/~wong/
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