LINGUIST List 11.769

Tue Apr 4 2000

Calls: Human Computer Conversation, Logic and Language

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  1. Yorick Wilks, Third Bellagio Workshop on Human Computer Conversation
  2. Bartos Huba, 7th International Symposium on Logic and Language/EVENTUALITIES

Message 1: Third Bellagio Workshop on Human Computer Conversation

Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2000 10:47:10 +0100 (BST)
From: Yorick Wilks <>
Subject: Third Bellagio Workshop on Human Computer Conversation


 Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy
 3-5 July, 2000

Everything is on the website, including registration information
on line, hotels (from simple to sumptious), the glorious site etc.
The key date is 8 April when abstracts are due and that is
only a few days away. Hotel accomodation should be booked as soon 
as possible.

Invited speakers include (not all have yet accepted):

Dr B. Alabiso, Microsoft, USA
Dr J. Hutchens, UWA, Australia
Prof. G Leech, University of Lancaster, UK
Dr U. Reithinger, DFKI-Saarbruecken, DE
Dr. T. Strzalkowski, General Electric, USA
Prof. D. Traum, U Maryland, USA

The Workshops on Human-Computer Conversation in Bellagio, Italy,
took place in 1997 and 1998, as small groups of experts from
industry and academia met to discuss this pressing question for
the future of Language Engineering, not as an academic question
only, but chiefly to bring forward for discussion computer
demonstrations and activities within company laboratories that
were not being published or discussed. The Workshops were highly
successful in these aims and we now wish to widen participation
and add distinguished speakers, as well as introducing more
theoretical topics, though without losing the practical emphasis.
The site remains one of the finest in the world, and it promoted
excellent and intimate discussions in 1997 and 1998.

The emphasis this year will take note of the CE Fifth Framework
calls announced under Human Language Technology and in particular
the emphasis on interactivity. We also plan to emphasise (in
invited talks) the issue of politeness and whether it is
crucial or dispensible to conversation, as well as recent
results on statistical/empirical work on dialogue corpora,
and on deriving marked up dialogue corpora.

All details, including previous programs, program committee,
accomodation and travel and details of registration are on the web site.

Contributions are invited on any aspect of human-computer
conversation, as are demonstrations. Two page abstracts should be
sent by mail or email to the address at the bottom according to
the following timetable:

Deadline for submission: 8 April 2000
Notice of acceptance: 8 May 2000
Camera ready paper due: 8 June 2000

The European Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL),
SigDial and ELSNET have endorsed the meeting.

Submissions and further enquiries to:

Yorick Wilks
HCCW '2000
Department of Computer Science
University of Sheffield
211 Portobello St.,
Sheffield S1 4DP

phone: (44) 114 222 1814
fax: (44) 114 222 1810
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Message 2: 7th International Symposium on Logic and Language/EVENTUALITIES

Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2000 12:45:56 +0200 (CEST)
From: Bartos Huba <>
Subject: 7th International Symposium on Logic and Language/EVENTUALITIES

 Theoretical Linguistics Programme, Budapest University
 7th International Symposium on Logic and Language
 The conference will be held in Tihany, Hungary (at the
 Balaton Lake), probably on September 7--9, 2000. Our
 Symposia on Logic and Language have aimed at promoting
 the interaction between formal linguists and
 logicians. The 7th Symposium will be organized by the
 Theoretical Linguistics Programme of the Lor�nd E�tv�s
 University of Budapest. The topic of the 7th Symposium
 List of those invited speakers who already gave a
 semi-positive answer:
 Emmon Bach
 David Dowty
 Fred Landman
 Paul Portner
 Susan Rothstein
 Mark Steedman
 Ede Zimmermann
 Alessandro Zucchi
 Conference Information
 * Presentations.
 We plan 20-minute presentations followed by
 10-minute discussions. The extended abstracts
 (see below) will be distributed to the
 participants in the beginning of the conference.
 * Abstracts. 

 The deadline for submitting abstracts (about two
 pages, i.e., 4000 characters) is April 30 2000.
 The abstracts are to be submitted by e-mail, to
 the following address: (Laszlo
 Kalman). Please keep your name and affiliation
 separate from the abstract, so that we can give
 it to the reviewers anonymously. Notifications of
 acceptance will be sent out in May.
 The deadline for registering will be end-May.
 * Extended abstracts.
 The deadline of extended abstracts (not exceeding
 10 pages) will be the beginning of August 2000.
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