LINGUIST List 10.76

Mon Jan 18 1999

Calls: Artificial Intelligence, Lang/Speech Technology

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  1. Silvia Miksch, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
  2. Mike Rosner, Education in Language and Speech Technology

Message 1: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 20:19:53 +0000
From: Silvia Miksch <>
Subject: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

 AIMDM'99 -- Call for Papers for the workshop

 *** Workshop: Computers in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care ***
 	Knowledge-Based Information Management 
				Sunday, June 20, 1999
				 Aalborg, Denmark

 during the
 Joint European Conference on Artificial Intelligence
 in Medicine and Medical Decision Making (AIMDM'99)
 in Aalborg, Denmark, June 20 - 24, 1999

 		 (homepage of AIMDM
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Important dates

 * Submission deadline: 	March 1, 1999
 * Notification to authors: April 15, 1999
 * Camera-ready paper: 	May 15, 1999 
 * Conference: 			June 20-24, 1999
 * Workshop: 	 Sunday, June 20, 1999

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The care of critically ill patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) 
and during Anaesthesia is becoming increasingly complex.
Clinicians are required to rapidly interpret and respond to a 
large number of clinical parameters, selecting appropriate treatment
for the patient among many different options. 
New measurement technology has increased the demand for improved
information management, as has the need to monitor and assess 
the quality of care provided. This workshop presents "State of
the art" applications of information technology for clinicians, 
researchers and industry working in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.

Workshop Topics:
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Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to: 

* computational methods for intelligent data analysis 
	(e.g., interpretation of time-ordered data)
* quality control and assessment
* clinical guidelines and protocols
* effective and efficient monitoring (including intelligent alarming)
* decision support
* physiological modelling
* planning and scheduling
* uncertain and temporal reasoning
* visualization

In particular, we will ask the participants to address the following points:
- what kind of support are the clinicians really expecting and 
	asking for in ICUs and Anaesthesia
- what are the people working in industry able to provide
- what can the research community contribute to improve the 
	information management
- how can the different approaches and perspectives be combined
- what are the (research) directions for the near future

In addition Patient Data Management systems will be presented by
representatives from industry.

Submission of Papers:
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The workshop invites submission of full papers or structured abstracts 
written in English to the workshop chair, Silvia Miksch, preferably 
in electronic format (word, pdf or postscript) no later than March 1st 1999. 

* Full papers: 
	These should not exceed 5000 words, or a maximum of 10 pages. 	
	Full papers should be formatted according to
	Springer's LNCS format, details of which can be obtained from, or by writing
	to the programme committee chair.

* Structured abstracts: 
	These should be a maximum of one page A4 with the text fitting 
	within a box 16 cm wide and 22 cm high. The title of the abstract 
	should be in 12 point bold format with author details and main text
	being 12 point font, single line spaced, preferably in Times font.
	Abstracts should be structured with the following headings: 
	Objective, methods, results and conclusions.
(see instruction for authors for AIMDM'99 URL: 

Authors will be notified of acceptance by April 15th 1999. Authors are
requested to state their preference for oral presentation or poster. 
Abstracts and papers will appear as separate workshop notes. 

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Submission Address: 
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Silvia Miksch 
Vienna University of Technology 
Institute of Software Technology (IFS)	 
Resselgasse 3/188 
A-1040 Vienna, Austria

In addition a special issue of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIM)
dedicated to Knowledge-Based Information Management in Intensive Care
and Anaesthesia is planned, and will include a selection of the best 
papers from the workshop.

Scientific committee: 
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Silvia Miksch (Chair) (A)
Steen Andreassen (DK) 
Michel Dojat (F)
Jim Hunter (UK)
Christian Popow(A) 
Steve Rees (DK)
Per Thorgaard (DK). 

********** NEW Phone-number: +43-1-58801-18824 ************
********** NEW Fax-number: +43-1-58801-18899 ************
Silvia Miksch
Vienna University of Technology
Department of Computer Science
Institute of Software Technology (IFS)	 +43-1-58801-18824
Resselgasse 3/188 +43-1-58801-18801 (phone-sec)
A-1040 Vienna, Austria, Europe +43-1-58801-18899 (fax)
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Message 2: Education in Language and Speech Technology

Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 23:21:59 +0100 (MET)
From: Mike Rosner <>
Subject: Education in Language and Speech Technology

EACL-99 European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
University of Bergen, 
Bergen, Norway
12th June 1999





Our field is such that curricula have always been closely related to
computational theories and related tools. However, the tools that are
available are often no more than unrefined versions of programs
developed in research laboratories that authors have generously 
made available to the public.

Consequently, the relationship between available tools and the goals
of Education in Language and Speech Technology (ELST) is, more often
than not, a casual one that individual course designers may seek to
strengthen by, for example, adapting the functionality of the tools
themelves, the user interface, the context in which they are
presented, etc. In other cases, computatational tools are specially
developed to suit the needs of particular courses. Given the number
of courses in existence whose aims are basically rather similar, it is
reasonable to suppose that a lot of work is being unnecessarily

One of the concrete objectives of this workshop is to establish a
registry of computational tools that are currently being used to
support ELST. A related aim, is to consider whether it is feasible or
desirable to adopt common approaches to the development of tools and
environments specifically designed with educational goals in mind. 

No such discussion can be seriously entertained without also
considering the role of internet which gives us the means to deliver
course components, if not complete courses, at a distance. The
advantages of internet delivery in general are obvious: practically
limitless multimedia resources, asynchronous patterns of connection,
access to world expertise, flexible styles of interaction ranging from
student-centered, resource-oriented teaching to interactive virtual
classroom discussions and demonstrations -- and more. Far less clear,
and far less considered, are:

- the particular areas of ELST where internet delivery is likely to
have significant advantages over other computer-based delivery media
such as CD ROM.

- the special nature of course materials/authorware that are available or
that need to be developed to support internet based distance learning
in the area of language and speech technology.

The workshop will offer a forum - albeit a brief one - for the
presentation and discussion of the above issues and other related
ones. A medium/long term aim of this initiative is the establishment
of a more permanent framework (e.g. a special interest group under the
auspices of the learned associations and/or ELSNET) within which the
educational issues in our field could be given the time and attention
they deserve.


* Computational Tools for ELST
* Online Components for ELST
* Specialised Tutorials for ELST
* Authorware (tools supporting production of materials for ELST)
* Tool Oriented Curriculum Design
* Multilingual Course Delivery
* Course Management Issues
* Distance Education for LST


Michael Rosner, University of Malta, Malta (coordinator)

Doug Arnold (Essex)
Gerrit Bloothooft (Utrecht)
Chris Bowerman (Sunderland)
Anders Erikkson (Umea)
Steven Krauwer (Utrecht)
Mark Huckvale (London)
Koenraad de Smedt (Bergen)
Mark Tatham (Essex)
Maria Wolters (Bonn)
Felisa Verdejo (Madrid)



* Electronic submissions only, Postscript or Word V7 format.
* Please provide a list of keywords and indicate the best fitting
 subtopic(s) from the above list.
* Blind submissions: provide author information on a separate header page.
 Avoid obvious self refererences in text.
* LaTeX users are encouraged to use the style file provided by ACL: (style file) (bibstyle) (example)
* Word users see
* Maximum length is 8 pages including figures and references.
* Please use A4 or US letter format and set margins so that the text
 lies within a rectangle of 6.5 x 9 inches (16.5 x 23 cm).
* Use classical fonts such as Times Roman or Computer Modern, 11 to
 12 points for text, 14 to 16 points for headings and title.
* Please submit papers to All submissions will be


 * Submission Deadline: 12th March 1999
 * Notification Date: 12th April 1999
 * Camera ready copy due: 23rd April 1999



Michael Rosner

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