LINGUIST List 11.288

Fri Feb 11 2000

Calls: Neural Network World, Annotation/Software

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  1. Milena Zeithamlova, Neural Network World 2000 - NNW2000
  2. Nancy M. Ide, Large Corpus Annotation and Software Standards

Message 1: Neural Network World 2000 - NNW2000

Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 12:11:24 +0100
From: Milena Zeithamlova <>
Subject: Neural Network World 2000 - NNW2000

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the organizers of the Neural Network World 2000
conference, I would like to invite you to submit a paper and
participate at this event, which will take place in Prague on July
9-12, 2000. The main focus of NNW2000 is the development and
application of computational paradigms inspired by natural processes,
namely artificial neural networks, evolutionary algorithms, and
related subjects including adaptive agents, artificial life, soft
computing, etc.

The conference takes place in the year of the 10th anniversary of
founding the Neural Network World international scientific journal.

For detailed information about the conference, have a look at:
or contact the organizers by email at:
Please, note that the submission deadline has been extended till
March 10.

Looking forward to seeing you in Prague.
Milena Zeithamlova
Action M Agency
NNW 2000 - Local Arrangements
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Message 2: Large Corpus Annotation and Software Standards

Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 12:10:00 -0500
From: Nancy M. Ide <>
Subject: Large Corpus Annotation and Software Standards


 Large Corpus Annotation and Software Standards

 Post-conference session held in conjunction with
 Thursday, May 4, 2000, 1-6pm, Seattle, Washington

This meeting is intended to bring together researchers and developers
from a variety of domains in text, speech, video, etc., to look
broadly at the technical issues that bear on the development of
software systems and standards for the annotation and exploitation of
linguistic resources. The goal is to lay the groundwork for the
definition of a data and system architecture to support corpus
annotation and exploitation that can be widely adopted within the

Among the issues to be addressed are:

 o layered data architectures
 o system architectures for distributed databases
 o support for plurality of annotation schemes
 o impact and use of XML/XSL
 o support for multimedia, including speech and video
 o tools for creation, annotation, query and access of corpora
 o mechanisms for linkage of annotation and primary data
 o applicability of semi-structured data models, search and query
 systems, etc.
 o evaluation/validation of systems and annotations

The motivation for this meeting is the American National Corpus (ANC)
effort, which will begin corpus creation within the year. We
anticipate that the ANC will provide a significant resource for
natural language processing, and we therefore seek to identify
state-of-the-art methods for its creation, annotation, and
exploitation. Also, as a national and freely available resource, the
data and system architecture of the ANC is likely to become a de facto
standard. We therefore hope to draw together leading researchers and
developers to establish a basis for the design of a system to support
the creation and use of the ANC.

At present, the format of the meeting is open, and we invite
suggestions for topics, presentations, etc. Those interested should
contact before April 1, 2000.


Nancy Ide
Department of Computer Science
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0520 USA 
Tel: +1 914 437-5988 Fax: +1 914 437-7498 

NOTE: A Birds-of-a-feather meeting for those interested in the American
National Corpus effort will be held immediately following the discussion.

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A related workshop will be held at the LREC conference on May 29-30,
2000; see for information.
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