LINGUIST List 10.3

Tue Jan 5 1999

Calls: Cognitive Science, Text Retreival

Editor for this issue: Jody Huellmantel <>

As a matter of policy, LINGUIST discourages the use of abbreviations or acronyms in conference announcements unless they are explained in the text.


  1. Chungmin Lee, CogSci--ICCS'99
  2. Ellen Voorhees, TREC-8 question answering track

Message 1: CogSci--ICCS'99

Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 16:32:09 +0000
From: Chungmin Lee <cleeHUMnet.UCLA.EDU>
Subject: CogSci--ICCS'99

Second International Conference on Cognitive Science

<< Sponsored by The Japanese Cognitive Science Society >>
Dates: July 27-30, 1999
Location: International Convention Center at Waseda University
 Tokyo, Japan
 The Second International Conference on Cognitive Science Program 
 Committee invites abstracts for papers presenting research in broadly
 defined studies of cognition. Pieces of work are welcome from, but
 not limited to cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence,
 linguistics, philosophy, cognitive anthropology, social cognition,
 neuroscience, brain studies and comparative cognition. Specific
 encouragement is given to, but not limited to, interdisciplinary
 topics such as studies on emotion, computer human interaction,
 computer-supported collaborative work and learning, AI and games,
 language acquisition, communication, connectionist models of
 cognitive development, natural language processing and neural studies
 on memory and higher-order cognition. We welcome international
 viewpoints, in hope of bringing yet newer challenges to this growing
 interdisciplinary research field.
 The conference will be held at the International Convention Center at
 Waseda University, Tokyo. For reservation, contact the local
 arrangement person. Registration details will be announced soon. 
 There will be oral and poster sessions at this conference. Oral
 presentations will be given in English, with English manuscripts for
 the proceedings. Poster presentations will be given either in English
 or Japanese, with English or Japanese manuscripts. We will also
 consider chances for poster presentations to be given in yet other
 languages: If you are considering presenting your work in some other
 language than either English or Japanese, please contact us at

 Some plenary talks will be arranged to cover cutting-edge research
 topics from various cognitive science research groups representing
 Asia, Australia, Europe, the U.S., and other places where there has
 been strong tradition of cognitive science research.
 We are also in the process of organizing workshops and symposia to
 highlight the international-interdisciplinary approach to this second
 conference on studies of cognition. Comments and suggestions are
 welcome at and
 Abstracts of 2000 words (or 6,000 characters in case of Japanese) or
 less for original work are invited on topics broadly related to
 studies on cognition.
 For oral presentations, please submit English abstract. If you
 already have a full paper, we encourage you to submit it with the
 abstract (URLs are fine). This full version can either be in English
 or Japanese, though the abstract should be in English. This full
 version is encouraged for securing high quality review. This does not
 guarantee, even after acceptance, that the originally submitted full
 version would automatically appear in the proceedings because of the
 space availability. 
 For posters, please submit abstracts either in English or in Japanese. 
 The poster presentation, as well as the poster itself, can be given in
 any language if you prefer, though the abstract and the proceedings
 manuscript should be written either in English or in Japanese. Please
 indicate in which language you prefer to present the work. We will
 encourage attaching English captions to the posters when you choose to
 give it in non-English languages.
 Please send us four (4) anonymous copies of the abstract with a cover
 sheet including author(s)'s name(s) and affiliations(s), contact
 person's name and address, and the e-mail address (please add the fax
 number if you have one). Also please identify the preferred
 presentation style (we may need to ask you to present the work in
 other format than your proposal). A template is provided below.
 Sample Cover Sheet:
 Author's name and affiliation:
 (repeat this line in case of multiple authors)
 Contact person's name and address (if not the same as above):
 Contact person's e-mail address:
 Contact person's fax number:
 Presentation title:
 Genre of work:
 Preferred presentation style (talk or poster):
 Preferred language for presentation:
 Other comments for reviewers:
 The deadline for the abstract submission is January 31, 1999. E-mail
 submission is welcome at We
 will also prepare a webpage to accept abstract submissions.
 The review results will be announced by the end of March. The
 accepted papers will be published in the proceedings, where 6 to 8
 pages are allocated for each presentation. For the accepted papers,
 the camera-ready, hard copy manuscripts for the proceedings should be
 sent by June 1, 1999 to :
 SCCS, Chukyo University, Toyota, 470-0393, JAPAN 
 (The postal-code is essential.)
 Sorry, we do NOT plan to provide any editorial or printing help for
 the manuscripts, and no e-mail submissions would be handled for the
 camera-ready manuscripts.
 Abstract submissions due: January 31, 1999.
 Notification of acceptance: March 31, 1999.
 Camera ready manuscripts due: June 1, 1999.
 We are looking forward to receiving high-quality, inspiring reports.
 If you have any questions and/or suggestions feel free to contact us
 at and/or
 Yutaka Sayeki (U. of Tokyo)
 CHAIR: Shun Ishizaki (Keio U)
 CO-CHAIR: Yukio Otsu (Keio U)
 CO-CHIAR: Chungmin Lee (Seoul National U)
 CHAIR: Naomi Miyake (Chukyo U)
 CHAIR: Koiti Hasida (ETL)
 CO-CHAIR: Hiroaki Suzuki (Aoyama Gakuin U)
 Jin-Hyung Kim (KAIST)
 Razali Arof (U Malaysia Sarawak)
 Charles Ling (U of Western Ontario)
 Dedre Gentner (Northwestern U)
 Ken Forbus (Northwestern U)
 Marvin Minsky (MIT)
 Allan Collins (Boston College)
 Inquiries regarding presentations and abstract submission should be
 addressed to: 
 Naomi Miyake (Chukyo University)
 or FAX: 81-565-46-1296
 Inquiries regarding organization should be addressed to:
 Koiti Hasida(ETL)
 We invite you to visit our web site (in preparation) at 
 to find additional information on the conference.

Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue

Message 2: TREC-8 question answering track

Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 12:59:31 -0500
From: Ellen Voorhees <>
Subject: TREC-8 question answering track

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Question Answering track in TREC-8

The Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) workshop series encourages
research in information retrieval from large text applications by
providing a large test collection, uniform scoring procedures, and a
forum for organizations interested in comparing their results. Now in
its eighth year, the conference has become the major experimental
effort in the field.

Each TREC conference contains a variety of tasks, called "tracks",
that allow interested participants to focus on particular sub-problems
of information retrieval. TREC-8 will have a new Question Answering
(Q&A) track in which the focus is on retrieving short text extracts,
rather than document ids, in response to questions. You are invited
to participate in TREC-8.

The complete call for participation for TREC-8 can be found on the
TREC web site, . The web site also contains more
information about the TREC program, including proceedings from
previous conferences. The Overview paper in each proceedings gives a
complete description of the tasks performed in that year. The
proceedings for TREC-7, held in November 1998, are not yet published.

Note that detailed specifications of most TREC-8 tracks, including the
Q&A track, are still in process and are not yet posted on the web
site. Contacts for each track are given in the full call for
participation. Applications for participation are due at NIST by
February 1, 1999.

Ellen Voorhees
TREC project manager
Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue