LINGUIST List 11.679

Sun Mar 26 2000

Calls: NLG systems/INLG, Terminology Resources/LREC

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  1. Ralf Klabunde, Cognitive modeling/NLG systems (INLG'2000)
  2. KORTERM, Terminology Resources and Computation, Due: 31/March/2000

Message 1: Cognitive modeling/NLG systems (INLG'2000)

Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2000 20:24:42 +0100
From: Ralf Klabunde <>
Subject: Cognitive modeling/NLG systems (INLG'2000)


Attention: workshop DEADLINE EXTENDED

 C A L L F O R P A P E R S 

Why care for cognitive modeling when building NLG systems ? 

	Workshop to be held in conjunction with INLG 2000
 International Conference on Natural Language Generation

 Workshop home page:

Natural Language Generation (NLG) exists now for many years as a subdiscipline 
of computational linguistics. Many systems have been built with different 
goals and from different perspectives. While some approaches are strongly 
driven by engineering concerns, others are more concerned with insights in 
human language production.

By organizing this workshop we pursue three goals: 

(a) to show that cognitive and engineering approaches, rather then being 
 mutually exclusive, are highly complementary; 
(b) to identify some of the loci where the human factor should be taken into 
(c) to discuss then what methods could be used in order to enhance current 
 systems or architectures by means of cognitive models of human language 

While there is no doubt that cognitive modeling is useful for testing
theories of human behavior, it is probably also quite useful in
cognitive engineering, that is, as a complementary methodology for
building systems. If the engineering point of view is overemphasised,
designers will be more concerned with the machine than with their
final users: people. In order to build truly user-friendly
NL-generators, i.e. systems which adapt themselves to users rather
than the other way around, we need a deeper understanding of the
knowledge and the processes that people use when producing
language. These kinds of insights can profitably be used when building
systems, especially if they are meant to be used by people.

At present, we observe a strong tendency towards an engineering
approach. While many researchers in the field have based their systems
on empirical research, their approach still remains more motivated by
engineering considerations (efficiency) then by psycho-linguistic
factors (the problems people face). Yet we do believe, that
integrating the human factor into the engineering approach would
greatly enhance the overall quality (adequacy, flexibility, scope) of
the existing systems.

To approach these goals, the workshop invites full papers that deal with 
any aspect of the following topics:

- ARCHITECTURE (flexibility, decomposition and control of the process) 
- NATURE OF THE INPUT (proximity to language) 
- NP-GENERATION (the problem of reference) 

For more information on the workshop and its topics have a look at the 
workshop homepage.

Gerard Kempen, University of Leiden, The Netherlands

Ralf Klabunde, University of Heidelberg, Germany (Chair)

Koenraad de Smedt, University of Bergen, Norway	

Michael Zock, LIMSI - CNRS, France

Paper submissions should consist of full papers (maximum of 10 pages
including references, 12pt font size). Each submission should include
a separate title page providing the following information: the title,
a short abstract, names and affiliations of all the authors, the full
address of the primary author (or alternate contact person), including
phone, fax, and email. Electronic submissions should be sent to Ralf
Klabunde until April 6. We strongly advise standard html, but
PostScript or PDF form is also possible.

Ralf Klabunde
University of Heidelberg
Center for Computational Linguistics
Karlstr. 2
69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Paper submission deadline:		April 6 ����������� 
Notification of acceptance:		April 14 
Final paper to workshop�coordinator: May 2��������� 
Workshop:				June 12
INLG 2000:				June13 - June 16

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Message 2: Terminology Resources and Computation, Due: 31/March/2000

Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2000 17:56:55 +0900
From: KORTERM <>
Subject: Terminology Resources and Computation, Due: 31/March/2000

* The terminology resources and computation workshop's due date is 31/March. *

 " Terminology Resources and Computation "

 Held in conjunction with the
2nd Int'l Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
 (LREC 2000)

 Athens, Greece
 29th May 2000

 -- Call for Papers --

 Paper submission due: March 31, 2000

In the knowledge society in 21st century, knowledge and information
have to be utilized by every person.
Terminology has to be one of language resources and their
application is extended from the language engineering application
like information retrieval, machine translation, to the
multi-lingual marketing of enterprise and the education in each
country. Terminology in each domain is growing up every day.
Information and Knowledge management needs the precise conceptual
definition of terminology and harmonization. The technical
processes for terminology study are as follows:

 - To extract terms and additional data from the real usage of
 corpus automatically or semi-automatically,
 - To consistently define while harmonization with already existing
 - To test in applications like information retrieval, machine
 translation, and language service,
 - To unify, standardize or harmonize by investigating the major
 usage of terms and social norms,
 - To synchronize by multi-lingual terminology database alignment,
 - To study how to distribute the multi-lingual terminology most
 - To customize for each application and for each user,
 - To collaborate with terminology organizations at regional and
 international levels.

Papers are solicited in the area of the terminology study, the
current state-of-art in terminology databank, computational method
of terminology extraction, application of terminology, thesaurus,
ontology, and languages in special domain, etc.

## Method of submission ##

Papers should not contain more than 2000 words. The title page must
contain the title of the paper, author information (Full name,
Full address, Telephone number, Fax number, E-mail), paper length
in words, and up to 5 keywords paired with English and your mother
language. The main pages should not contain the author information.

The authors are requested to submit one electronic version of their
papers (ps, rtf, or pdf) or three hard copies.

The final version should not be longer than 4,000 words.
Instructions for formatting and presentation of the final version
will be sent to authors upon notification of acceptance.

Electronic submissions should be made to

Three hard copies of paper must be sent directly to the following

 Prof. Key-Sun Choi (WTRC2000 Submission)
 Divsion of Computer Science
 Dept. of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
 KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
 373-1 Kusong-dong Yusong-gu Taejon 305-701 Korea
 TEL +82-42-869-3565
 FAX +82-42-867-3565

## Important dates ##

 Paper submission due: 31/Mar/2000

 Acceptance notice: 15/Apr/2000

 Camera-ready copy: 1/May/2000

## Program committee ##

 . Christian Galinski, InfoTerm, Vienna, Austria (Chair)
 . Key-Sun Choi, Korterm, KAIST, Taejon, Korea (Associate-Chair)
 . Qing Fang, CNIS (China National Institute of Standardization),
 Beijing, China
 . Yuzuru Fujiwara, Japan Terminology Association,Tokyo, Japan
 . Kaguera Kyo, NACSIS, Tokyo, Japan
 . Gerhard Budin, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
 . Hava?rd Hjulstad, RTT (Nowegian Council for Technical
 Terminology), Oslo, Norway
 . Klaus-Dirk Schmitz, University of Applied Sciences Cologne,
 Koeln, Germany
 . Takehiro Sioda, NHK, Tokyo, Japan
 . Sue-Ellen Wright, Kent State University, Ohio, USA

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