LINGUIST List 11.1537

Wed Jul 12 2000

Calls: ACL 2000/NLP & IR, Machine Translation

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, ACL'2000 - Recent Advances in NLP & IR Workshop - Final Call
  2. Laurie Gerber, Machine Translation Users Workshop

Message 1: ACL'2000 - Recent Advances in NLP & IR Workshop - Final Call

Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 19:26:53 EDT
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: ACL'2000 - Recent Advances in NLP & IR Workshop - Final Call

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 ACL'2000 Workshop on Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing
 and Information Retrieval
 October 7/8, 2000
 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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Aims and scope
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This workshop aims at fostering the interaction between researchers in
the areas of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Information
Retrieval (IR), and furthermore, promoting discussions on the current
and potential benefits of common approaches to related research
challenges. The central topic is the application of Language
Technologies to Information Retrieval, including (but not limited to): 

* the role of lexical-syntactic information in mono- and multilingual
IR, including morphology, phrase detection and treatment, word sense
disambiguation adapted to IR needs, acquisition and use of lexical
resources, etc.

* empirical evidence regarding the use of NL techniques in different
retrieval scenarios, typification of such scenarios, and the
discussion of evaluation measures beyond precision/recall variants.

* interaction between NLP and IR techniques in topics related
to both areas such as Cross-Language and Interactive Text Retrieval,
Question Answering, Information Extraction, Text Summarization, Text
Data Mining, etc.

The growing research and application possibilities provided by the
increased amount of networked information have motivated new attempts
to explore the relationship between NLP and IR. For researchers in
IR, a compelling challenge is to move from (monolingual) document
retrieval within controlled text collections, to actually retrieving
information, rather than individual documents, from multilingual,
heterogeneous and dynamic webs of interlinked documents and online
services. The reciprocal challenge for NLP research is to scale up,
adapt and possibly reshape techniques and resources to help bridge the 
gap between document and information retrieval in practical
applications. Papers describing pragmatic, empirically tested
approaches facing these issues are especially welcome. 

Instructions for submissions
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The format of submissions is identical to the one used for the main
conference, which can be found at 
Authors should fill the "paper ID" field in to specify: "IR&NLP
workshop". The "Topic Area" and "session" fields should be left blank.

Papers must be submitted electronically, in postscript or pdf formats,
to both Program Chairs:

Judith Klavans, Columbia University

Julio Gonzalo, UNED

No hardcopy submission is required.

Program Committee
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Judith Klavans, Columbia University (Co-Chair)
Julio Gonzalo, UNED (Co-Chair)

Jamie Callan (CMU)
Bruce Croft (CIIR)
Eric Gaussieur (Rank Xerox Grenoble)
Eduard Hovy (ISI/USC)
Christian Jacquemin (LIMSI)
Noriko Kando (NII Tokio)
Bob Krovetz (NEC Princeton)
Mun-Kew Leong (Kent Ridge Digital Labs)
Carol Peters (IEI-CNR)
Mark Sanderson (Univ. of Sheffield)
Tomek Strlkowski (GE)
Evelyne Tzoukermann (Lucent Technologies)
Felisa Verdejo (UNED)
Nina Wacholder (Columbia University)

Important dates
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Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2000
Notification of acceptance: August 7, 2000
Camera-ready version: September 1, 2000
Workshop: October 7 or 8, 2000

Further Information
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Updated information about the workshop can be found at
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Message 2: Machine Translation Users Workshop

Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 20:38:39 -0700
From: Laurie Gerber <>
Subject: Machine Translation Users Workshop

 >>>>>>>>>>>>> Call for Papers <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

 Machine Translation Users Workshop
 in conjunction with AMTA-2000
(Association for Maching Translation in the Americas)
 October 10, 2000
 Mision del Sol, Cuernavaca, Mexico

 Machine Translation Users: From Old Guard to Vanguard 60 

Even more than MT developers, users are at the forefront of 
innovation in machine translation applications. The pro-
liferation of Internet, intranet and speech applications of 
MT, including translated search, cross-language information 
retrieval, and translation of e-mail, chat and real-time 
news has been driven by users responding to the market's 
increasing demands for globalization of information. 
The profile of the MT user in the year 2000 is very 
different from what MT developers envisioned as recently as 
10 years ago. Nonetheless, the traditional application of MT 
as a translation productivity tool endures, and is in fact 
thriving in many companies. The two sectors of usage have a 
number of opposing characteristics, such as assimilation vs 
dissemination, differing volume and turnaround considerations, 
pricing structures and user populations. 

Internet applications have received the lion's share of press 
attention and development focus from MT vendors in recent 
years, perhaps to the detriment of more traditional applications. 
But will unedited Internet MT eventually crash and burn on the 
tarmac of user acceptance? Or will the traditional MT user 
simply fade away, a victim of the focus shift to the Internet 
on the part of MT vendors and translation consumers? Better 
still, can both types of user thrive and contribute mutually 
to the other's success? Who will be the MT user of 2010?

MT Users are invited to submit papers addressing the 
conference theme or describing their use of MT. Papers should 
not exceed 10 pages and should be prepared using 12pt font. 
Authors of accepted papers will be invited to make a 20 minute 
presentation of their paper at the Workshop. 

Submissions should include title page containing: 
�	Title
�	Author's name, address, telephone, fax, e-mail and 
 company or university affiliation
�	A one paragraph abstract, 
�	A list of keywords (if any) used in the paper

Format requirements are are:
�	Microsoft Word 6.0 or higher or Rich Text (RTF)
�	12pt Arial font
�	1" margins

Deadlines and Submission Instructions:

Submissions are due August 11, 2000. Acceptance decisions will 
be submitted no later than August 25, and final versions of 
accepted papers are due by September 11.

Papers must be submitted by e-mail to BOTH addresses below:

Mary Flanagan
Laurie Gerber

Main conference site:

Venue site:
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