LINGUIST List 11.1399

Thu Jun 22 2000

Calls: Generative Ling/Poland, User Modeling

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  1. Adam Przepiorkowski, Generative Linguistics in Poland (syntax and morphology)
  2. Elisabeth Andre, UMUAI Special Issue on "User Modeling and Intelligent Agents"

Message 1: Generative Linguistics in Poland (syntax and morphology)

Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 10:55:13 -0400 (EDT)
From: Adam Przepiorkowski <>
Subject: Generative Linguistics in Poland (syntax and morphology)


			 (syntax and morphology)

Dates: 8-9 December 2000
Location: Warszawa (Warsaw)

Sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw

INVITED SPEAKERS (both to be confirmed):
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Steven FRANKS Indiana University
Gilbert C. RAPPAPORT University of Texas at Austin


The primary aim of GLiP meetings is to bring together (i) Polish generative
linguists, (ii) generative linguists working in Poland, as well as (iii)
generative linguists working on Polish.

We invite abstracts on any aspect of generative syntax and/or morphology in
any generative approach: P&P (Minimalism, GB), HPSG, LFG, OT, etc. Talks
will be organized around major syntactic topics, depending on the content
of the submissions. 

We are also planning a separate session on Polish generative terminology,
continued from GLiP-1 (details to be found on our web pages).

The format of the conference is 30 min for presentation + 15 min question
time. Languages of the conference are English and Polish.

The GLiP-1 meeting, which took place in November 1999 in Warsaw, resulted
in a volume of proceedings, and we are also planning to publish proceedings 
of GLiP-2.

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Piotr Banski, Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw
Adam Przepiorkowski, Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences

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Piotr BANSKI University of Warsaw
Robert D. BORSLEY University of Essex
Steven FRANKS Indiana University
Adam PRZEPIORKOWSKI Polish Academy of Sciences
Gilbert C. RAPPAPORT University of Texas at Austin
Andrew J. SPENCER University of Essex
Ewa WILLIM (tbc) Jagiellonian University
Jacek WITKOS Adam Mickiewicz University

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Accommodation will be provided at the university hotel. For details please
see our web page (address below).

CONFERENCE FEES (estimated):
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Regular: 60 PLN
Student: 30 PLN

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- DEADLINE for receipt of abstracts: 30 September 2000
- Notification of acceptance: 31 October 2000
- Meeting: 9-10 December 2000
- Deadline for submissions of papers for the proceedings volume: 
 28 February 2001

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Should be *anonymous* and consist of up to 700 words, together with
examples and references. We accept abstracts *EXCLUSIVELY* in ASCII
format. If data involving diacritics are quoted, please omit the diacritics
unless they are essential for the proper interpretation of the proposal --
in such cases, use the ASCII characters to mark them in some consistent
way. Only one submission per person and one joint submission will be

IMPORTANT: At the beginning of your e-mail, please supply the following
- name, title,
- title of the paper,
- affiliation,
- email address,
- snail mail address.

Unless you send the abstract as attachment, we request that you add several
blank lines between the personal information and the abstract proper, to
facilitate anonymous review.

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Please send your abstracts to:

GLiP-2 Organizing Committee <>


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If you are (tentatively) interested in taking part in this workshop,
please, send your email address to GLiP-2 Organizing Committee
<>. Most future announcements, changes, etc., will
be mailed only to registered prospective participants (and not to general
linguistic lists).

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Department of Linguistics | home: (USA) (614) 261 1572
222 Oxley Hall | fax: (USA) (614) 292 8833
1712 Neil Ave. |
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On leave from the Institute of Computer Science, 
Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw.
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Message 2: UMUAI Special Issue on "User Modeling and Intelligent Agents"

Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2000 15:24:43 +0200
From: Elisabeth Andre <>
Subject: UMUAI Special Issue on "User Modeling and Intelligent Agents"


(An International Journal published by Kluwer)

Special Issue on


Deadline: September 30th 2000



Recent work on Intelligent Agents has shown a strong paradigm change
in Human-computer Interaction: "direct manipulation" was challenged by
"delegation". Such paradigm change has given rise to several metaphors
for human/computer interaction in particular the personal assistant
metaphor, the intelligent companion, the receptionist, etc. However,
to perform tasks on behalf of the user, an agent has to be familiar
with his or her habits and preferences and adapt its behavior

Furthermore, building embodied life-like characters animated with a
set of rich behaviors is an area of research that has grown
significantly for the last few years. The impact of these characters
is strengthened by the fact that people in general tend to
anthropormophize computers (Nass & Reeves) as well as by the richer
communication styles that such characters can convey.

The agent metaphor poses a major challenge to research on user
modeling since it drastically changes the way humans perceive and
interact with a computer. For instance, how to build up a relationship
of understanding and trust with the user? How to avoid wrong
expectations concerning the competence of human-like agents? And how
to design agents that care about the user's experience with a system
and are sensitive to his or her needs? To handle these problems, we
have to continuously monitor the user's behavior and to use this
knowledge to adjust. In organizing this Special Issue, we wish to
collect substantiated work in which user modeling is used as a means
of achieving more effective Human-Agent interaction.


Papers presenting original contributions pertinent to the mentioned subject
area are sought for this special issue. The following is a (non exhaustive)
list of the topics of potential interest:

 * User modeling techniques for agent-based interfaces
 * User modeling techniques for collaborative environments frequented by
 human and artificial agents
 * Modeling social and psychological aspects of the user, such as
 personality and social relationships
 * Personalized life-like characters that adapt to the user
 * Exploitation of user modeling techniques to overcome typical problems
 of agent-based interaction, such as loss of control and missing trust
 * Empirical studies investigating the potential benefits of user
 modeling techniques for the interaction between agents and users
 * Applications relying on the agent metaphor and user modeling
 techniques, such as information retrieval, mail management, training
 and electronic commerce


Potential authors are encouraged to contact the guest editors (Elisabeth
Andre, email: and Ana Paiva, email: to communicate their intent to submit an article and to
discuss suitability of their topics to the special issue. If possible, they
should submit a tentative title and short abstract (which can be altered
for the actual submission) to enable formation of a panel of appropriate

Submissions to the special issue should follow the UMUAI submission
instructions, which are obtainable from the Web site:

Electronic submissions are encouraged, although hard-copy submissions are
acceptable. Each submission should note that it is intended for the special
issue on Intelligent Agents. UMUAI is an archival journal that publishes
mature and substantiated research results on the (dynamic) adaptation of
computer systems to their human users, and the role that a model of the
system about the user plays in this context. Many articles in UMUAI are
quite comprehensive and describe the results of several years of work.
Consequently, UMUAI gives "unlimited" space to authors (as long as what
they write is important).


Papers submitted to the special issue are subject to the normal reviewing
process of the journal; they will be reviewed by the guest editor and by
two established researchers selected from a panel of reviewers formed for
the special issue. Barring unforeseen problems, authors can expect to be
notified regarding the review results within two months of submission.


Notification of Intent to Submit: as soon as possible Deadline Date for
Submissions: September 30th, 2000 Notification of Acceptance: November
30th, 2000

Please address any questions to the guest editors:

Elisabeth Andr´┐Ż -
Ana Paiva -

This Call, with updates on the status of the special issue, is also
available at: or
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