LINGUIST List 11.2608

Sat Dec 2 2000

Calls: Dialogue Systems, Lexical Resources

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, NAACL-2001 Workshop on Adaptation in Dialogue Systems
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, NAACL-2001 Workshop on Adapting Lexical Resources

Message 1: NAACL-2001 Workshop on Adaptation in Dialogue Systems

Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 15:43:44 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: NAACL-2001 Workshop on Adaptation in Dialogue Systems


Preliminary Call for Papers
NAACL 2001 Workshop on Adaptation in Dialogue Systems

co-chairs: Cindi Thompson and Eric Horvitz

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers 
investigating the application of learning and adaptation to dialogue 
systems, both speech and text based.

In this workshop we encourage papers on either theoretical or applied
research in adaptation for dialogue, that includes learning procedures
as well as decision making methods aimed at dynamically reconfiguring
dialogue behavior based on the context. We would also like to explore
techniques that allow a dialogue system to learn with experience or
from data sets gathered from empirical studies. We welcome
submissions from researchers supplementing the traditional development
of dialogue systems with techniques from machine learning, statistical
NLP, and decision theory.

We solicit papers from a number of research areas, including:

-Use of machine learning techniques at all levels of dialogue, from 
speech recognition to generation; from dialogue strategy to user 

-Adapting to the user as a dialogue progresses

-Dialogue as decision making under uncertainty

-User and user group modeling

-Use of corpora in developing components of dialogue systems,
including issues in annotation

-Evaluation of adaptive dialogue systems

-Comparison of different techniques in applying adaptive techniques to

We also hope to include a session for the demonstration of working
systems, as time permits. The demonstration sessions will be open to
anyone who wishes to bring their adaptive conversational systems for
demonstration to other members of the workshop. Presenters are asked
to submit a paper that is specifically directed at a demonstration of
their current systems.

A web site that will provide additional information on the
workshop as it becomes available is located at:

For more information:
Please direct questions to Eric Horvitz ( or 
Cindi Thompson (
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Message 2: NAACL-2001 Workshop on Adapting Lexical Resources

Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 17:15:12 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: NAACL-2001 Workshop on Adapting Lexical Resources

We are pleased to announce the following ACL sponsored workshop. 

 NAACL 2001 Workshop

 Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg 

 3 or 4 June 2001


 - Adapting Lexical Resources -


Lexical resources have become important basic tools within NLP and
related fields. The range of resources available to the researcher is
diverse and vast - from simple word lists to complex MRDs and
thesauruses. The resources contain a whole range of different types of
linguistic information presented in different formats and at varying
levels of granularity. Also, much information is left implicit in the
description, e.g. the definition of lexical entries.

The majority of resources used by NLP researchers were not intended
for computational uses. For instance, WordNet was an experiment in
modelling the mental lexicon and MRDs are a by-product of the
dictionary publishing industry. The reasons for using these resources
are simple: they are available (and in the case of WordNet, free). The
cost of lexicon building is high and few research sites have the
resources or inclination to carry out what Johnston called the
"mindless drudgery" of manual lexicography.

The alternative is to adapt existing resources to particular
computational tasks. This workshop is concerned with automatic methods
for carrying out this process. We are particularly interested in
papers related to the following topics:

 - adapting resources to by making them reflect the lexical 
	 coverage within a particular domain

 - adapting resources for particular applications
 (e.g. information extraction, machine translation, question
	 answering, information retrieval)

 - augmenting the information in a resource
 (e.g. adding extra word senses, enriching the information
 associated with the existing entries)

 - improving the consistency or quality of resources by e.g.
	 merging resources, homogenizing lexical descriptions, 
	 making implicit lexical knowledge explicit and clustering 
	 word senses

	- combining the information in more than one resource e.g. by 
	 producing a mapping between their senses

The overall aim of this workshop is to build up a picture of the current
state-of-the-art techniques for automatically modifying lexicons. This
picture will allow the NLP community to make more effective and
efficient use of the lexical resources currently available.

Important Dates

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26 January 2001 Deadline for submission of papers

16 February Notification of acceptance

 1 March Camera-ready copies due

3 or 4 June Workshop


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We invite contributions of original research related to any of the
topics of the workshop. Paper submissions should be no longer than
3000 words (including references) and should use the appropriate ACL
latex style or Microsoft Word style. You can download the appropriate style
or template files using the following links:


	style sheet file

	bibliography file

	sample latex file

	sample bibliography file

Microsoft Word Template file

Preferred submission format is as an electronic file sent to by the 26th of January. Alternatively, three
hardcopies may be sent to the following address to arrive by the same

Wim Peters, 
Room G36b, 
Department of Computer Science, 
Regent Court, 211 Portobello Street, 
University of Sheffield, 
Sheffield S1 4DP
United Kingdom

Workshop Organisers

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Wim Peters, Mark Stevenson and Yorick Wilks, Sheffield University

Programme Committee

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(confirmed so far)

Robert Krovetz, NEC
Wim Peters, Sheffield University
Mark Stevenson, Sheffield University
Piek Vossen, Sail Labs
Yorick Wilks, Sheffield University
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