LINGUIST List 10.341

Fri Mar 5 1999

Calls: Computational Semantics, Language Processing

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  1. Maarten de Rijke, Inference in Computational Semantics (ICoS1)
  2. Hongsing WONG, EMNLP/VLC-99 2nd CFP

Message 1: Inference in Computational Semantics (ICoS1)

Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 14:44:48 +0100 (MET)
From: Maarten de Rijke <>
Subject: Inference in Computational Semantics (ICoS1)


 First workshop on


 Institute for Logic, Language and Computation
 Amsterdam, August 15, 1999

 (Submission deadline: June 1, 1999)

Traditional inference tools (such as theorem provers and model
builders) are reaching new levels of sophistication and are now widely
and easily available. In addition, a wide variety of new tools
(statistical and probabilistic methods, ideas from the machine
learning community) are likely to be increasingly applied in
computational semantics for natural language. Indeed, computational
semantics has reached the stage where the exploration and development
of inference is one of its most pressing tasks - - and there's a lot
of interesting new work which takes inferential issues seriously.

The first workshop on Inference in Computational Semantics (ICoS-1)
intends to bring together researchers from areas such as Computational
Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, and Logic, in
order to discuss approaches and applications of inference in natural
language semantics.

We invite two kinds of submissions: research papers on inference
methods in computational semantics as well as their applications; and
system descriptions. Research papers can be up to 10 A4 size pages,
and system descriptions can be up to 4 A4 size pages. System
descriptions should focus on actual implementations, explaining system
architecture issues and specific implementation techniques. Every
system description should be accompanied by a system demo at ICoS-1.
The primary means of submission will be electronic, in PostScript
format. Submissions should be sent to

 * Submission deadline: June 1, 1999
 * Notification date: July 1, 1999
 * Final versions due: July 21, 1999
 * Workshop: August 15, 1999

The following people will give invited presentations:

 * Johan Bos (Saarbruecken)
 * Steve Pulman (SRI; to be confirmed)
 * Matthew Stone (Rutgers)

The program committee for ICoS-1 consists of the following people:

 James Allen Alex Lascarides
 Patrick Blackburn Christof Monz
 Denys Duchier Reinhard Muskens
 Jan van Eijck Manfred Pinkal
 Claire Gardent Maarten de Rijke
 Jacques Jayez Len Schubert
 Aravind Joshi Henk Zeevat
 Michael Kohlhase

ICoS-1 will be held at the University of Amsterdam during the 11th
European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI'99),
which will be held in Utrecht, approximately 30 km from Amsterdam.

Detailed information about the program, and about registration and 
accommodation will be made available at a later stage. For further 
information, please contact the local organizers at 
or visit the ICoS-1 home page:
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Message 2: EMNLP/VLC-99 2nd CFP

Date: Fri, 5 Mar 1999 10:49:57 +0800 (HKT)
From: Hongsing WONG <>
Subject: EMNLP/VLC-99 2nd CFP

 Second Call For Papers


 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 with
 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) dialog models
 (h) 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 system.


Submission 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


Submission Format

Only hard-copy submissions will be accepted. Reviewing of papers will not
be blind. The submission format and word limit are the same as those for
ACL this year. We strongly recommend the use of ACL-standard LaTeX (plus
bibstyle and trivial example) or Word style files for the preparation of
submissions. Six copies of full-length paper (not to exceed 3200 words
exclusive of references) should be received at the following address before
or on March 31, 1999.

EMNLP/VLC-99 Program Committee
c/o Pascale Fung
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Science and Tehnology (HKUST)
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong


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

Program Co-Chair
Joe Zhou
LEXIS-NEXIS, a Division of Reed Elsevier
9555 Springboro Pike
Dayton, OH 45342

Program Committee (partial list)

Jiang-Shin Chang (Behavior Design Corp.)
Ken Church (AT&T Labs--Research)
Ido Dagan (Bar-Ilan University)
Marti Hearst (UC-Berkeley)
Huang, Changning (Tsinghua University)
Pierre Isabelle (Xerox Research Europe)
Lillian Lee (Cornell University)
David Lewis (AT&T Research)
Dan Melamed (West Law Research)
Masaaki Nagata (NTT)
Steve Richardson (Microsoft Research)
Richard Sproat (AT&T Labs--Research)
Andreas Stolcke (SRI)
Ralph Weischedel (BBN)
Dekai Wu (Hong Kong University of Science & Technology)
David Yarowsky (Johns Hopkins University)

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