LINGUIST List 11.7

Mon Jan 10 2000

Calls: Dialog Workshop, Natural Language Generation

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  1. Serge Sharoff, CFP: Dialog'00
  2. Yael Netzer, INLG'2000 Call For Papers

Message 1: CFP: Dialog'00

Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 21:55:58 +0300 (MSK)
From: Serge Sharoff <>
Subject: CFP: Dialog'00


 International Workshop on linguistics and its applications
 Tarusa(Russia), June 1 - 5, 2000


 Dear Colleagues,

The DIALOG workshop series is an annual meeting place for a dialog:
a) between researchers from different fields that are related to
 computational linguistics (linguists, computer and cognitive
 scientists, psychologists, researchers in the artificial intelligence
 and speech processing);
b) between researchers from the former USSR and the international

This year we plan to make an additional accent at various kinds of
speech phenomena: voice understanding and synthesis, prosody, rhyme,

Other topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

* theoretical and cognitive linguistics
* syntax, semantics, pragmatics and their interaction
* multilingual natural language processing
* systems for natural language processing
* text, dialog and speech act in the computational framework
* knowledge representation and processing

DIALOG'00 is the sixth international workshop reviving the tradition
of the interdisciplinary DIALOG seminars which were regular events in
the former USSR during 70s-80s. Previous workshops (starting from
1995) significantly increased the number of participants and scope of
research interests and became the major annual national event, which
attracts leading researchers from the former USSR as well as other
countries. We hope that DIALOG'00 will continue this tradition. Tarusa
is located 120 km sou from Moscow in a picturesque place on the bank
of Oka river.

The number of participants is expected about 100. Every prospective
attendee is required to submit a short research summary including
relevant recent publications, regular and e-mail address, fax and
phone numbers.

Participants who wish to present their work are additionally required to
submit a poster (1-3 double-spaced pages) or a full paper (not
exceeding 12 double-spaced pages) preferably via e-mail (in
plain ASCII or uuencoded Winword files) to the address of the Program

Because of some additional organizing difficulties which postponed this
letter the Committee decided to add two weeks to the time-table of
formation of the Workshop's program:
 *** Deadline for submission: February 1, 2000
 *** Notification of acceptance: February 29, 2000

Please send submissions in Russian or English, papers in Russian should
be accompanied with a short summary in English (approximately 100-200
words). We plan to organize selected English-to-Russian and
Russian-to-English translation of talks.

Addresses for all correspondence:
Snail mail:
 Russian Instititue for Artificial Intelligence
 P.O.Box 111, Moscow,
 103001, Russia.
Web page:

Chair: Alexander S. Narin'yani (Russian Research Institute for
 Artificial Intelligence)
Igor Ashmanov (MediaLingva)
Christian Boitet (Grenoble University)
Rais.G. Bukharajev (Kazan State University)
Viktor Gladun (Institute for Cybernetics, Ukraine)
Vladimir V. Golenkov (Byelorussian State University of informatics and
 radio electronics)
Alexander E. Kibrik (Moscow State University)
Igor A. Mel'chuk (Montreal University)
Sergei Nirenburg (New-Mexico State University)
Haldur Oim (Tartu University)
Vladimir Selegey (ABBYY)

Liza Gelver,
Natalya Laufer,
Olga Fedorova,
Serge Sharoff,
Lena Sokolova,

If you have questions about the Workshop, please send e-mail letters
to the above-mentioned addresses.

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Message 2: INLG'2000 Call For Papers

Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 15:18:26 +0200 (IST)
From: Yael Netzer <>
Subject: INLG'2000 Call For Papers

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 International Natural Language Generation Conference

			 Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

		 Workshops: 12 June 2000
		 Main conference: 13-16 June 2000

 Call For Papers

The First International Natural Language Generation Conference (INLG'2000)
will be held June 13 to 16, 2000 in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel. This conference
continues in the tradition of the nine biennial workshops on natural
language generation that have been held from 1980 to 1998. INLG'2000 will
offer the opportunity to a larger audience to participate in the main
meeting of researchers in the field. For the general sessions, substantial,
original, and unpublished contributions to natural language generation are
solicited. A separate track will be offered for Student Papers. Submissions
for all tracks are due by 6 February 2000. The INLG'2000 program committee
invites papers describing original research on the following topics:

 * Generation and summarization
 * Multimodal and multimedia generation
 * Multilingual generation
 * Concept to speech, models of intonation
 * Strategic generation for text and dialogue
 * Text planning, discourse models, argumentation strategies, content
 selection and organization
 * Tactical generation, formalisms and models of grammar, sentence
 aggregation, lexical choice
 * Architecture of generators
 * Knowledge acquisition and resources for generation and summarization
 * User-customized generation and summarization
 * Psychological modelling of discourse production
 * Learning methods for generation
 * Evaluation methodologies for generation and summarization
 * Applications of: generation, concept-to-speech, information extraction,
 information retrieval techniques to summarization, report generation,

The conference will be organized in four tracks:

 1. Main session
 2. Student session
 3. Workshops
 4. Special session on evaluation in generation

We plan to hold all presentations in the plenary hall with no parallel
tracks. The special session on evaluation will be held the day before the
main session, on Monday 12 June 2000. A paper accepted for presentation at
INLG'2000 must not be or have been presented at any other meeting with
publicly available proceedings. Submission to other conferences should be
indicated on the paper. Submission to the main session should describe
completed work. Submission to the student session should describe work in
progress. Submission to the evaluation session should describe statements on
methodology, reports on actual evaluation work and proposals for evaluation


 * 6 February 2000: Papers submission deadline
 * 14 April 2000: Notification of acceptance
 * 7 May 2000: Final copy due for all contributions
 * 12 June 2000: Special Session on Evaluation in NLG, Mitzpe Ramon
 * 13-16 June: INLG'2000 Conference, Mitzpe Ramon


Submission Instructions

Programme Committee

 * Michael Elhadad, Ben Gurion University, Israel (Chair)
 * Stephan Buseman, DFKI, Germany
 * Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada
 * James Lester, North Carolina State University, USA
 * Inderjeet Mani, The MITRE Corporation, USA
 * Kathy McCoy, University of Delaware, USA
 * David McDonald, Gensym Corp, USA
 * Dragomir Radev, University of Michigan, USA
 * Jacques Robin, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
 * Donia Scott, University of Brighton, UK
 * Manfred Stede, Technical University, Berlin, Germany
 * Matthew Stone, Rutgers University, USA
 * Ingrid Zukerman, Monash University, Australia

Student Session

 * Irene Langkilde, University of South California - ISI
 * Charles Brendan Callaway, North Carolina State University
 * James Shaw, Columbia University

Call For Workshops Proposals

The Organizing Committee invites proposals for workshops. To be considered,
please submit a formal proposal to the address shown below by January 1,
2000. Decisions will be made by January 8, 2000. 
Dragomir R. Radev

Special Session on Evaluation

For additional information, please contact:

 * Inderjeet Mani, The MITRE Corporation

Software Demo

Proposals for software or project demonstrations are invited. Proposals
should indicate the type of hardware that would be required if the proposal
is accepted.

Equipment Availability

Presenters will have available an overhead projector, a slide projector, a
data projector (Barco) which will display from laptops, and a VHS (PAL)
videocassette recorder. NTSC format may be available; if you anticipate
needing NTSC, please note this information in your proposal. Requests for
other presentation equipment will be considered by the local organizers;
requests for special equipment should be directed to the local organizers no
later than May 15, 2000.

Local Arrangements

 * Michael Elhadad
 * Yael Dahan Netzer

Dept. of Computer Science
Ben Gurion University
P.O.Box 643 
Beer Sheva 84105


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