LINGUIST List 11.896

Tue Apr 18 2000

Calls: Natural Lang Generation, Computational Logic

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  1. International Natural Language Generation Conference-Dr. Elhadad, International Natural Language Generation (INLG'2000)
  2. F. van Raamsdonk, Logic-based Program Synthesis and Transformation (LOPSTR 2000)

Message 1: International Natural Language Generation (INLG'2000)

Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2000 17:44:54 +0300 (IDT)
From: International Natural Language Generation Conference-Dr. Elhadad <nlg2000CS.BGU.AC.IL>
Subject: International Natural Language Generation (INLG'2000)

 International Natural Language Generation 

			 Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

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

 First Call For Participation

The First International Natural Language Generation Conference (INLG'2000)
will be held June 12 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. 

Following the tradition of previous INLG meetings, the conference will
be held in an isolated and stunning natural environment: the Ramon Inn
hotel, in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel. The hotel is located on the edge of
the Ramon Crater, in the middle of the Negev Desert.

Conference Main 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 modeling 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 is organized in four tracks:

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

Registration form for the main conference is available at our homepage:

Registration form for the workshops will be available soon, as well as
the full program.

Registration will be accepted until May 15th. After this date, a late 
registration fee will be required.


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

Special Session on Evaluation

 * Inderjeet Mani, The MITRE Corporation 

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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Message 2: Logic-based Program Synthesis and Transformation (LOPSTR 2000)

Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2000 16:46:27 +0200 (MET DST)
From: F. van Raamsdonk <>
Subject: Logic-based Program Synthesis and Transformation (LOPSTR 2000)

 Final Call for Papers

 LOPSTR 2000

 Tenth International Workshop on
 Logic-based Program Synthesis and Transformation 

 Program Development Stream of CL 2000
 First International Conference on Computational Logic

 24-28 July 2000
 Imperial College, London, UK

LOPSTR 2000, The Tenth International Workshop on Logic-based Program 
Synthesis and Transformation will be held on 24-28 July 2000 at
Imperial College, London, UK, as the Program Development Stream at
CL2000, the First International Conference on Computational Logic.

The aim of LOPSTR ( ) is to
stimulate and promote international research and collaboration on 
logic-based program development, and the workshop is open to
contributions in logic-based program development in any paradigm. Past
workshops were held in Manchester, UK (1991, 1992, 1998),
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (1993), Pisa, Italy (1994), Arnhem, the
Netherlands (1995), Stockholm, Sweden (1996), Leuven, Belgium (1997),
Venice, Italy (1999).

LOPSTR also aims to be a lively, friendly forum for presenting and
discussing work in progress, so it is a real workshop in the sense
that it is intended to provide useful feedback to authors on their
preliminary research. Formal proceedings of the workshop are produced
only after the workshop, in order that authors can incorporate this
feedback in the published papers.

LOPSTR 2000 will be run as follows:
- Authors submit extended abstracts (8 pages) describing work in progress.
- Promising abstracts relevant to the scope of LOPSTR are selected
 for presentation at the workshop.
- At the workshop, only informal pre-proceedings of the selected
 abstracts are available (usually in the form of a technical report).
- After the workshop, authors of the best abstracts are invited to
 submit full papers. These are reviewed, and accepted papers then
 form the formal (fully refereed) proceedings of the workshop,
 currently published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series,
 by Springer-Verlag. 

We solicit extended abstracts describing work in progress. Topics of
interest cover all aspects of logic-based program development, all
stages of the software life cycle, and issues of both 
programming-in-the-small and programming-in-the-large.

For programming-in-the-small, the following is a non-exhaustive list:
- specification - analysis 
- synthesis - optimisation
- verification - composition
- transformation - reuse
- specialisation - applications

For programming-in-the-large, the above topics are particularly of
current interest in the context of:
- component-based software development 
- software architectures 
- design patterns and frameworks.

 Submission Guidelines
Extended abstracts should be written in English and should not exceed
8 pages in llncs format ( ).
Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the submission form
( ).

Submission deadline: 21 April 2000
Notification: 26 May 2000

 Programme Chair
 Kung-Kiu Lau, Manchester, UK

 Programme Committee
 David Basin Freiburg, Germany
 Annalisa Bossi Venice, Italy
 Antonio Brogi Pisa, Italy
 Maurice Bruynooghe Leuven, Belgium
 Mireille Ducasse IRISA/INSA, France
 Sandro Etalle Maastricht, The Netherlands
 Pierre Flener Uppsala, Sweden
 Michael Hanus Kiel, Germany
 Ian Hayes Queensland, Australia
 Manuel Hermenegildo Madrid, Spain
 Patricia Hill Leeds, UK
 Kung-Kiu Lau Manchester, UK
 Baudouin Le Charlier Namur, Belgium
 Michael Leuschel Southampton, UK
 Michael Lowry NASA Ames, USA
 Ali Mili West Virginia, USA
 Torben Mogensen Copenhagen, Denmark
 Alberto Pettorossi Rome, Italy
 Don Sannella Edinburgh, UK
 Doug Smith Kestrel Institute, USA
 Zoltan Somogyi Melbourne, Australia

 CL 2000
As the Program Development Stream at CL2000, LOPSTR 2000 will also
include CL 2000 full papers on program development (the submission
deadline for these is past), and LOPSTR 2000 participants will be
able to attend all CL 2000 sessions.

 CL 2000 Invited Speakers
 Keynote Speaker: J. Alan Robinson 
 Invited Speakers: Krzysztof Apt 
 Melvin Fitting 
 David Page 
 David Poole 
 Leslie Valiant 
 (plus 2 more to be advised)
Tutorial Speakers: 
Peter Flach 
"Knowledge Representation for Inductive Logic Programming"
Michael Hanus 
"Functional Logic Programming"
Manuel Hermenegildo 
"Ciao Development System"
Michael Kohlhase 
"Deduction in Natural Language Understanding"
Aart Middeldorp 
"Term Rewriting and Narrowing"
Stephen Muggleton 
"Applications of Inductive Logic Programming"
Ilkka Niemela 
"Stable Model Semantics: From Theory to Implementations and Applications"
Andreas Podelski 
"Constraints for Program Analysis and Model Checking"
Vitor Santos Costa 
"High Performance Logic Programming Systems"
Pascal Van Hentenryck 
"Optimization Programming Language"
Toby Walsh 
"Phase Transition Behaviour"
Michael Wooldridge 
"The Logic of Rational Agency"
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