LINGUIST List 10.421

Sat Mar 20 1999

FYI: Comp. Ling., Virtual Worlds, Teaching English

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  1. Lisa Turner, Open day poster
  2. Anton Nijholt, Accepted Papers IVW'99
  3. Rich Dikeman, Columbia Inaugurates a Summer TESOL Certificate Program

Message 1: Open day poster

Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1999 09:41:38 GMT
From: Lisa Turner <>
Subject: Open day poster

In case some of you could not open yesterday's attachment, the text file

Open Day For The New MSc Programme In Computational Linguistics & Formal
Grammar At King's College London

	Date: 		May 11, 1999 	Time: 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM
	Location: 	Lecture Room 	Department of Philosophy
 King's College London
 The Strand

The Department of Philosophy at King's College, University of London
is pleased to announce a new MSc in Computational Linguistics and
Formal Grammar. The programme is provisionally scheduled to begin in
September, 1999 (final approval of the programme expected in March,

Come to the open day to hear details of the programme and discuss the
possibility of either entering the programme or taking some of its
courses in the context of another degree programme.

The programme will also welcome into its courses students studying for
other degrees in Philosophy at the University of London, students
taking Linguistics degrees at the University of London, and students
from other departments at King's College.

These courses will be of particular interest to students pursuing work
in philosophy of language, semantics, logic, artificial intelligence,
and the theory of formal grammar.

The program is a one-year full time MSc course designed primarily for
students who have completed a BA/BSc in linguistics, computer science,
philosophy, logic, or mathematics, and who wish to pursue the
application of formal and computational methods to the analysis of
natural language. The MSc will also serve as the taught year of an
MPhil/Ph.D research degree in formal grammar and computational

Current faculty of the programme:
-	Professor Dov Gabbay (Computer Science Department)
	logic, non-monotonic reasoning
-	Professor Ruth Kempson (Philosphy Department)
	formal pragmatics, formal semantics, formal syntax
-	Professor Shalom Lappin (Philosophy Department)
	formal semantics, computational linguistics, formal syntax
-	Dr. Odinaldo Rodriguez (Computer Science Department)
	logic programming, Prolog
-	Lecturer (candidate tba, Philosophy Department)
	mathematical linguistics, formal properties of grammar, model theory,
-	Lecturer (candidate tba, Philosophy Department)
	computational approaches to discourse theory, formal semantics

Course convenor: Shalom Lappin

For additional information and application forms send inquiries to, or visit our web site at

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Lisa Turner
Departmental Administrator
Philosophy Department
King's College London
Tel: 0171 873 2231
Fax: 0171 873 2270
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Message 2: Accepted Papers IVW'99

Date: Sat, 20 Mar 1999 14:39:23 +0100
From: Anton Nijholt <>
Subject: Accepted Papers IVW'99

 Offically endorsed by SIGDIAL

May 19-21 1999
University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.

Accepted Papers

The Parlevink Research Group of the Centre of Telematics and
Information Technology (CTIT) is pleased to announce a 3-day workshop
on interactions in virtual reality environments. Anyone dealing with
theoretical, empirical, computational, experimental, anthropological
or philosophical approaches to virtual reality environments is invited
to participate. In this workshop the emphasis is on VR environments
that provide means for interacting with the objects in the
environment, with embedded information sources and services (possibly
represented as agents) or with other users and visitors of the

The format of the workshop will consist of keynote presentations by
experts in the fields of virtual reality, dialogue modelling and
speech and language processing, combined with presentations of
accepted papers. All these presentations will be plenary. In addition
to plenary presented papers there will be poster presentations and

The workshop is endorsed by SIGDIAL and the Dutch national Telematics
Institute (U-Wish project). Sponsors of the workshop are TNO (TPD,
Delft), Shell Netherlands, NWO Exacte Wetenschappen and the NeuroFuzzy
Centre (Enschede).

Niels Ole Bernsen (Odense University. Odense, Denmark): Coordinator of
i3net, the European Network for Intelligent Information Interfaces. i3
was created in 1997 in order to take a human-centred approach to the
exploration of new, visionary interactive systems for people in their
everyday activities.

Lili Cheng (Microsoft Research, Seattle, Wa., USA): Lead Program
Manager in the Microsoft Research's Virtual Worlds Group, working on
the Virtual Worlds Platform. At NYU, Cheng designed graphics and
created the human interface for one of the first participatory, real
time rendered 3D environments which was broadcast tri-weekly from
NYU. Lili is a registered architect and designed commercial
architecture in both Tokyo and Los Angeles.

W. Lewis Johnson (USC, Marina del Rey, Ca., USA): Director of the
Center for Advanced Research in Technology for Education at the
University of Southern California. His interests center on the use of
artificial intelligence and human- computer interaction in education
and lifelong learning. Lewis Johnson is co-editor of the journal
Automated Software Engineering. He is President Elect of the
Artificial Intelligence in Education Society, member of the
governing board of the Autonomous Agents Conferences, Chair of SIGART,
and member of the ACM SIG Board.

James C. Lester (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA): The
primary objective of Lester's research is to design, construct, and
empirically evaluate computational mechanisms to support HCI in
educational and scientific software. His interests focus on developing
advanced animated and natural language explanation systems that
facilitate learning and scientific analysis.

Stephen N. Matsuba (VRML Dream Company, Toronto, Canada): Matsuba has
authored a series of VR spaces for Cyberstage Live: an on-line journal
dealing with the arts and technology. His interests are focussed on
multimedia and VR applications. He and others developed a VRML-based
theatre adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Pierre Nugues (ISMRA-Caen, France): Research of Pierre Nugues is
focused on natural language processing for spoken dialogue and user
interfaces. This includes design & implementation of conversational
agents within a multimodal framework.

Virtual Reality Interface for the World Wide Web.
Denis Gracanin and Kecia E. Wright

Investigating Navigation & Orientation within Virtual Worlds.
Dimitrios Charitos and Alan Bridges

A VR System for (non) Immersive WWW Navigation.
Maurizio Cibelli, Gennaro Costagliola and Genoveffa Tortora

TheU Virtual University:
Steps Toward Learning in Virtual World Cyberspace.
Bruce Damer and Stuart Gold

Virtual Campus - A 3D Multimedia Educational Environment.
(Poster) Sigrun Gudjonsdottir

ECHOES: A Collaborative Virtual Training Environment.
G.M.P O'Hare, T. Delahunty, A.J Murphy and K. Sewell

EISCAT Virtual Reality Training Simulation:
A Study on Usability and Effectiveness.
Lakshmi Sastry

Creating Virtual Worlds With A Graspable User Interface.
Hauke Ernst, Kai Schaefer and Willi Bruns

Design and the Social Ontology of Virtual Worlds.
Philip Brey

Why Bill Was Killed:
Understanding Social Interaction in Virtual Worlds.
Mikael Jakobsson

(Poster) Riccardo Antonini

"Males say 'blue', females say 'aqua', 'sapphire', and
dark navy.'" The Textual Performance of Gender in Online
Role Playing Games.
(Poster) Frank Schaap

Presence: Interacting in VR?
Martijn Schuemie

The Usability of Interacting with the Virtual and the Real.
Geert de Haan

When Worlds Collide:
Interactions between the Virtual and the Real.
Sandy Ressler, Brian Antonishek, Qiming Wang & Afzal Godil

Towards an Intelligent 3D VR Architectural Design System.
Jack van Wijk, Bauke de Vries and Kees van Overveld

Real Time Gesture Based 3D Graphics UI for CAD Modeling
J. M. Zheng, K.W. Chan and I. Gibson

Spoken Language Interaction with a Virtual World in the
MUeSLI Multimodal 3D Retail System.
Peter J. Wyard and Gavin E. Churcher

Modelling Interaction in Virtual Environments using
Process Algebra.
Boris van Schooten, Olaf Donk, and Job Zwiers

The Twente Virtual Theatre Environment:
Agents and Interactions.
Anton Nijholt et al.

Modelling Interaction to Inform Information Requirements
in Virtual Environments.
Kulwinder Kaur Deol, Alistair Sutcliffe and Neil Maiden

Program Chairman: Anton Nijholt (CTIT, Enschede)
Niels Ole Bernsen, Philip Brey, James C. Lester,
Stephen N. Matsuba, Pierre Nugues & Oliviero Stock

Local Chairman: Betsy van Dijk
Olaf Donk, Boris van Schooten & Hendri Hondorp

For registration, see the registration form at

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Message 3: Columbia Inaugurates a Summer TESOL Certificate Program

Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1999 12:34:40 -0000
From: Rich Dikeman <>
Subject: Columbia Inaugurates a Summer TESOL Certificate Program

The American Language Program at Columbia University
Announces a New Program in TESOL/TEFL

The Summer 1999 TESOL Certificate Program (Teaching English as a
Second/Foreign Language)

June 28 - August 20, 1999
Develop your professional expertise in teaching English as a second/foreign
language at the adult level:

* Earn the certificate in a full-time, 8-week intensive summer program.
* Explore the latest theories and techniques in TEFL/TESOL methods and
 curriculum design.
* Study with an internationally known faculty at Columbia University's
 campus in the heart of New York City.
* Practice-teach in Columbia University's American Language Program.

Certificate Program-6 required core courses, 3 credits each:
* Methods in language teaching
* Teaching English grammar
* Second language acquisition
* Applied phonetics & phonology
* Materials development &
 curriculum design
* Practicum in teaching English

Come to our Open House
Tuesday, April 6, 5:30 - 7:00pm
505 Lewisohn Hall, Columbia University
Broadway and 116th Street, New York, NY

Admission requirements
Applicants should have a university or college degree; TOEFL scores must be
submitted with application.

$368 per credit. Students may take from one to six courses, or 3 - 18
university credits. (Please note, however, that all six courses must be
satisfactorily completed in order to earn the certificate.)

Linda Lane, Ed.D., or
Carol Numrich, Ed.D.,
(212) 854-3584

Rich Dikeman
Director of Marketing, Communications and Publications
Continuing Education and Special Programs
Columbia University
303 Lewisohn Hall
Mail Code 4110, 2970 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-3771 ( Fax (212) 854-5861
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