LINGUIST List 12.1039

Thu Apr 12 2001

Calls: Spanish Lang Processing, Cognitive Agents

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, Spanish Language Processing & Language Technologies
  2. Charles X. Ling, Cognitive Agents and Multi-Agent Interaction

Message 1: Spanish Language Processing & Language Technologies

Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 11:47:11 EDT
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Spanish Language Processing & Language Technologies

The Second International Workshop on
Spanish Language Processing and Language Technologies

The Computing Research Laboratory and the Spanish Society for Natural
Language Processing (SEPLN) are pleased to announce plans for the Second
International Workshop on Spanish Language Processing and Language
Technologies (SLPLT-2). The workshop is scheduled to take place Friday,
September 14, and Saturday, September 15, 2001, in Jain, Spain,
immediately following and as part of the 17th Conference of the Spanish
Society for Natural Language Processing (September 12-14, 2001). It will
precedes the Machine Translation Summit VIII which will be held in
Santiago de Compostella, Spain, September 18-21, 2001.

The goal of the International Workshops on Spanish Language Processing
and Language Technologies is to promote the creation of an
infrastructure for carrying out research and development in the
computational processing of spoken and written Spanish. They do this by
bringing together researchers and developers from Europe and the
Americas to present the most recent advances in the field and to catalog
available resources for research and development as well as by promoting
cooperative efforts among participants from the different geographical
regions. The size of the workshop is limited to approximately 80
participants (at least 20 from each region) and the structure of
activities emphasizes broad descriptions of research and development
activities and infrastructure accompanied by ample discussions. Also
integral to their success are a number of social events, which will
provide a more informal context for establishing networks of contacts.


The program consists of morning and afternoon panel sessions each day. 
In addition, there will be a reception after the first day's activities
and a banquet after the second.

Friday, September 14

9:30-1:30: Research Activities and Interests

Summary reports of the research activities and interests from a number
of R&D centers from each of the three regions (including text and dialog
analysis, text generation and speech recognition and synthesis). There
will be a 30-minute break at 11:30.

1:30-3:30: LUNCH

3:30-7:00: Technologies and Applications

Summary reports on current or planned R&D efforts related to the
development of specific applications (including Information Retrieval,
Information Extraction, Machine Translation, Query and Dialog Systems,
Expert and Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Speech Recognition and
Synthesis, Text Summarization, Text Processing, Document Handling,
etc.). There will be a 30-minute break at 5:00.

8:00-9:30: RECEPTION

Saturday, September 15

9:30-1:30: Research and Development Infrastructure

Summary reports on existing and planned infrastructure resources for
supporting Spanish language processing R&D (including corpora;
databases--geographical place names, company names, person names;
knowledge bases--ontologies, thesauri, dictionaries; processing
tools--tokenizers, POS-taggers, syntactic analyzers, lexica, text
generators, corpus analysis tools, speech processing tools, etc.). There
will be a 30-minute break at 11:15.

1:30-3:30: LUNCH

3:30-7:00: Funding Opportunities and Future Directions

Reports from funding agencies on pending initiatives and position papers
on future needs for Spanish language processing technologies and the
kinds of research needed to meet those needs. There will be a 30-minute
break at 5:00.

10:00: BANQUET


We are requesting that those interested in participating submit a five
page (2000-2500 words) paper addressing one of the above panel topics
and a brief two page (800-1000 words) biographical sketch. Each
submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the program
committee each representing one of the regions. Submissions will be
accepted in Spanish or in English and the presentations are expected to
be in whichever language is used for the written submission. Both
Spanish and English are official languages for the workshop.

Submissions will be accepted in either electronic form or hard copy
although the former is preferred. Format instructions will follow those
for submissions to SEPLN-2001 (refer to:
Please send submissions to:

David Farwell
Computing Research Laboratory
Box 30001/3CRL
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003


Important Dates

15 May:		Submission deadline
15 June:	Notification of acceptance
15 July:	Submission of final drafts

Organizing Committee

The organizing committee includes:

General Chair and North American Coordinator:
David Farwell			New Mexico State University
European Coordinator:
Antonio Ferrandez Rodrmguez	Universidad de Alicante
Latin American Coordinator: 
Dina Wonsever			Universidad de la Repzblica, Montevideo
Local Organizing Chair
Patricio Martmnez Barco		Universidad de Alicante

Program Committee

The program committee includes:

J. Gabriel Amores	Universidad de Sevilla
Alejandro Bassi		Universidad de Chile
Veronica Dahl		Simon Fraser University
Lori Levin		Center for Language Technology, CMU
Antonia Martm		Universidad de Barcelona
Lmdia Moreno		Universidad Politicnica de Valencia
Plutarco Naranjo	SIGNUM, S.A., Ecuador
Manuel Palomar		Universidad de Alicante
Horacio Rodrmguez	Universidad Politicnica de Cataluqa
Horacio Saggion		University of Sheffield
Ana Garcma Serrano	Universidad Politicnica de Madrid
Randall Sharp		University of British Columbia
Davide Turcato		Gavagai Inc., Vancouver, Canada
Alfonso Ureqa Lspez	Universidad de Jain
Evelyne Viegas		Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA
Felisa Verdejo		Universidad Nacional de Educacisn a Distancia
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Message 2: Cognitive Agents and Multi-Agent Interaction

Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 23:17:50 -0400 (EDT)
From: Charles X. Ling <>
Subject: Cognitive Agents and Multi-Agent Interaction

 Second Call For Paper

 Workshop on Cognitive Agents and Multi-Agent Interaction

 A symposium at ICCS 2001 (Aug 27-31, Beijing, China)

What's New: 
- A special issue of Cognitive System Research is planned for the selected 
 papers accepted by the Workshop.
- Check for updates


Computational models of cognitive agents that incorporate aspects of 
reactive, deliberative, goal-driven, adaptive, autonomous, learning, 
communicative, competitive, and collaborative behaviors and multi-agent 
interaction provide an attractive paradigm for addressing foundational 
questions in Cognitive Science. 

Artificial intelligence, in its early days, started out with the goal of 
designing intelligent agents. However, faced with the enormous complexity 
of the task, the focus soon shifted to modelling specific aspects of 
intelligence, often in highly restricted domains. In recent years, some 
researchers have begun to focus on putting the pieces together with the goal 
of designing intelligent agents. There is also a growing interest in 
multi-agent systems that address aspects of coordination and communication 
among groups of agents. 

On the other hand, historically, the main focus of research in Cognitive 
Science has been on specific components of cognition (e.g., perception, 
memory, learning, language). Recent developments in computational modelling 
of cognitive agents and multi-agent systems provide new avenues for 
addressing foundational questions in Cognitive Science 

Against this background, the workshop seeks to bring together cognitive 
scientists with diverse backgrounds and expertise to discuss research problems
and exchange recent results that have broad implications for understanding 
cognition in computational terms at the whole systems level. We invite full 
papers, extended abstracts, or position papers on all aspects of cognitive 
agents and multi-agent interaction including, but not limited to: 

- Cognitive Architectures (including alternative formalisms for modelling 
reactive, deliberative, autonomous, rational, learning, communicating agents)
- Ontologies, knowledge representations, and inference for cognitive agents 
and multi-agent systems (including reasoning about space, time, and behaviors)
- Multi-agent organizations (e.g., democracies, economies, societies, and 
associated coordination structures and mechanisms). 
- Learning and adaptation in cognition (including learning in dynamic 
environments consisting of active, distributed information sources). 
- Language and communication (signs, signals, symbols, syntax, semantics, 
and pragmatics of communication among cognitive agents). 
- Multi-agent coordination (cooperation, competition etc. in multi-agent 
- Computational abstractions, languages, and tools for modelling cognitive 
agents and multi-agent interaction. 
- Evolution of cognitive behavior . 

The workshop is open to all members of the Cognitive Science community. 
However, the number of participants is limited. Consequently, authors of 
accepted papers will be given priority in terms of attendance. The organizers 
will make a concerted effort to ensure a good mix of established researchers, 
graduate students and junior researchers with diverse backgrounds. 

Important Dates and Deadlines 

- Deadline for submission of full papers (up to 6 pages) or abstract (1 page):
 May 15, 2001. 
- Notification of acceptance: May 31, 2001. 
- Deadline for receipt of camera-ready papers: June 30, 2001 

Instructions for Authors 
Electronic submission (postscript, pdf, or MS Word) is strongly encouraged. 
Each paper will be refereed for technical soundness, relevance, significance, 
and clarity of presentation. 


Prof. Vasant Honavar 
Department of Computer Science 
Iowa State University 
Ames, IA 50011 

Prof. Charles Ling 
Department of Computer Science 
University of Western Ontario 

Prof. Ron Sun 
CECS Department 
University of Missouri-Columbia 
201 Engineering Building West 
Columbia, MO 65211-2060 
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