LINGUIST List 12.1086

Wed Apr 18 2001

Calls: Language Technologies, Sharing Tools/Research

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, Language Technologies (NAACL-2001)
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, Sharing Tools & Resources for Research & Education (ACL 2001)

Message 1: Language Technologies (NAACL-2001)

Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 18:21:10 EDT
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmussecs.rutgers.edu>
Subject: Language Technologies (NAACL-2001)


 *************** CALL FOR PARTICIPATION *******************

 Language Technologies 2001:

 Second Meeting of the North American Chapter 
 of the Association for Computational Linguistics

 June 2-7, 2001
 Carnegie Mellon University
 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

 ************** CALL FOR PARTICIPATION *******************


WEB SITE: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ref/naacl2001.html

EARLY REGISTRATION has been extended to May 7. On-line registration
will be up shortly. In the mean time, please use the hard-copy
registration form you received in the mail or print a hard copy of the
registration form from the web page.

WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: If you would like wireless internet access
throughout Carnegie Mellon's campus, please register your WaveLAN
device in advance on the conference web page.

 ********************

The second meeting of the North American Chapter of the Association
for Computational Linguistics will be held at Carnegie Mellon
University, June 2-7, 2001. We have a diverse selection of tutorials,
workshops, talks, and exhibits, not to mention a fun opening reception
at the Language Technologies Institute and a banquet in the grand and
elegant Carnegie Museum of Natural History. We will be joined by
EMNLP (June 3 and 4) and the Workshop on Language Modelling and
Information Retrieval (May 31-June 1). The conference also features
CD ROM proceedings, wireless internet access throughout the CMU campus
(please register your WaveLAN device in advance on the conference web
page), email room, and ethernet connections for laptops. While you
are in Pittsburgh, don't miss the Three Rivers Arts Festival (June
1-17) featuring visual arts, artists market, and over 100 free
performances.


***************** PRELIMINARY PROGRAM ************************

TUTORIALS, June 2

 Morning:
 "How May I Help You?": Automated Customer Service via Natural
 Spoken Dialog.
 Alicia Abella, Allen Gorin, Guiseppe Riccardi, Tirso Alonso,
 Jerry Wright, AT&T Shannon Laboratory

 Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing:
 What's Happened Since the First SIGDAT Meeting?
 Kenneth Ward Church, AT&T Labs-Research

 Afternoon
 Building Synthetic Voices.
 Alan W Black and Kevin A. Lenzo, Carnegie Mellon University

 Open-Domain Textual Question Answering.
 Sanda Harabagiu and Dan Moldovan, Southern Methodist University

WORKSHOPS, June 3 and 4

 Sunday, June 3

 Automatic Summarization, 
 Jade Goldstein and Chin-Yew Lin, co-chairs

 Workshop on MT Evaluation: Hands-On Evaluation
 Eduard Hovy and Florence Reeder, co-chairs

 WordNet and Other Lexical Resources: 
 Applications, Extensions and Customizations (Day 1)
 Dan Moldovan, Sanda Harabagiu, Wim Peters, Mark Stevenson, and
 Yorick Wilks, co-chairs

 Monday, June 4

 Student Research Workshop 
 Krzysztof Czuba and Lisa Michaud, co-chairs

 Adaptation in Dialogue Systems, 
 Cindi Thompson, Tim Paek, and Eric Horvitz, co-chairs

 WordNet and Other Lexical Resources: 
 Applications, Extensions and Customizations (Day 2)
 Dan Moldovan, Sanda Harabagiu, Wim Peters, Mark Stevenson, and
 Yorick Wilks, co-chairs

EMPIRICAL METHODS IN NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING, June 3 and 4

DEMOS, June 5-7

INDUSTRY EXHIBITS, June 6
A highlight of this year's conference will be the prominent role given to
industrial sponsors and exhibitors, aimed at attracting the latest commercial
trends in language technology. A number of companies have already signed up to
participate: 

EXHIBITORS (to date):

LingoMotors
Transclick 
Nuance 
Multicorpora R&D, Inc.
Trados 
Lexiquest 
Intel
Applied Technical Systems
Apptek

BOOK EXHIBITORS (to date):

Kluwer Academic Publishers
Blackwell Publishing
Cambridge University Press

MAIN SESSION, June 5-7

 Invited Speakers:
 Tom Mitchell, Carnegie Mellon University
 Aravind Joshi, University of Pennsylvania
 Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University

 ********************************

We would like to thank our generous sponsors:

 Intelligent Information Systems Institute, Cornell
 School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
 Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs
 Nuance
 SRA, International
 AT&T
 Interactive Systems Laboratories, CMU and Karlsruhe
 Clairvoyance 
 LingoMotors
 Transclick
 Trados

******************************************

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS
 General Chair, Lori Levin
 Program, Kevin Knight
 Local Arrangements, Alon Lavie
 Tutorials, Dekang Lin
 Workshops, Lillian Lee
 Student Workshop, Lisa Michaud and Krzysztof Czuba 
 Student Workshop Advisor, Deborah Dahl
 Demos, Ronnie Smith
 Exhibits, Lynn Carlson
 Sponsorships, Kurt Godden
 Publicity, Ralf Brown
 Web Master, Bob Frederking

SENIOR PROGRAM COMMITTEE
 Eric Brill
 Ann Copestake
 Marti Hearst
 Aravind Joshi
 Andrew Kehler
 Elliot Macklovitch
 Fernando Pereira
 Owen Rambow
 Elizabeth Shriberg
 Ralph Weischedel
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Message 2: Sharing Tools & Resources for Research & Education (ACL 2001)

Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 14:30:01 EDT
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmussecs.rutgers.edu>
Subject: Sharing Tools & Resources for Research & Education (ACL 2001)


 FINAL CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

 ***DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 22nd APRIL***
 ACL/EACL2001 Workshop on
 Sharing Tools and Resources for Research and Education

 Co-organised by ELSNET
 Toulouse, Saturday 7th July 2001

BACKGROUND:

 At a workshop at ACL 2000 in Hong Kong dedicated to Infrastructures
 for Global Collaboration there was an agreement between the main
 professional organisations in NLP and Speech (ACL and ISCA), and
 ELSNET, and the other meeting participants, that it would be useful to
 aim at a broadly supported, joint repository or catalogue for tools
 and materials for the language and speech communities.

 An ELSNET-sponsored workshop on educational issues held at EACL99
 concluded that certain non-transient infrastructures needed to be
 instigated to raise the public perception of educational issues in
 NLP. It also concluded that a repository of shared materials,
 appropriately indexed for educational usage, would be a useful point
 of departure.

 This workshop will build on the consensus reached at these previous
 workshops. There will be two clear foci: one upon instruments for
 sharing tools and resources in general that addresses practical
 problems, and the other upon the technological and infrastructural
 issues surrounding the educational uses of repositories.

 Good examples of existing initiatives in this area are among others
 the ACL Natural Language Software Registry (hosted at DFKI,
 registry.dfki.de) which was set up as a repository for tools for the
 distinct fields of Human Language Techology (HLT), the ELRA/ELDA, LDC,
 TELRI and Elsnet resources catalogues and repositories
 (http://www.icp.inpg.fr/ELRA, http://www.ldc.upenn.edu, http://www.telri.de
 and http://www.elsnet.org/resources.html), OLAC (a worldwide network of 
 language archives at http://www.language-archives.org), and JEWELS
 (http://www.elsnet.org/jewels), an as-yet incomplete EU funded website for
 educational materials in Language and Speech.

 A third theme concerns how to build upon existing initiatives as
 sources of data or inspiration.

AIM AND SCOPE OF THE WORKSHOP:

 The main goal of the workshop is to discuss methods for the
 improvement and extension of existing repositories; the educational
 uses of repositories; the closer interlinking between different kinds
 of repositories (tools and resources); global infrastructures for the
 achievement of joint actions. However, we expect the scope of the
 workshop to be much wider than that, as the issues addressed are of
 general interest to everybody who believes that sharing tools and
 resources is essential for the progress of research and education in
 our field.

 Contributions of papers and demonstrations are solicited that address
 the above themes. The following list of topics is suggestive rather
 than exhaustive:
 * Repositories versus catalogues
 * Mechanisms and infrastructures for sharing and describing content
 * Repository management
 * Standards for exchange, description, and annotation
 * Metadata descriptions
 * Quality assessment
 * Structure and content of an NLP/CL repository
 * Tools and materials for NLP/CL education
 * Web-based teaching methods for NLP/CL

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR PAPERS

 * Electronic submissions only (PostScript, Word, or PDF), following
 the appropriate ACL latex style or Microsoft Word style.
 Submissions should not exceed eight (8) pages, including
 references. You can download the appropriate style or template
 files using the following link: acl2001.dfki.de/style. In case of
 problems with the submission format, please contact one of the
 co-chairs.
 * Submissions to either co-chair (Mike Rosner and Thierry Declerck).
 All submissions will be acknowledged.
 * Please provide a list of keywords in the separate header page and
 indicate the best fitting subtopic(s) from the above list.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR DEMONSTRATIONS

 * Demos may be submitted with or without an accompanying paper.
 * Please write a 2-page description of the demo and send to either
 co-chair. Please let us know about special hardware requirements
 over and above the standard PC + beamer without internet access
 provided by default

CONFIRMED COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 - Thierry Declerck (DFKI) Co-chair (Repository) declerckdfki.de
 - Mike Rosner (Malta) Co-chair (Education) mroscs.um.edu.mt
 - Steven Krauwer (Utrecht University) Co-chair s.krauwerelsnet.org
 - Steven Bird (U. Penn) sbunagi.cis.upenn.edu
 - Bill Black (UMIST) (UMIST, Manchester, UK) wjbco.umist.ac.uk
 - Gosse Bouma (University of Groningen) gosselet.rug.nl
 - Koenraad de Smedt (University of Bergen) desmedtuib.no
 - Claire Gardent (CNRS, Nancy) claire.gardentloria.fr
 - Donna Harman (NIST) donna.harmannist.gov
 - Julia Hirschberg (ATT, ISCA) juliaresearch.att.com
 - Jun'ichi Tsujii (Tokyo) tsujiiis.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp
 - Andy Way (Dublin City University) awaycompapp.dcu.ie
 - Antonio Zampolli (Univ. of Pisa), pisailc.pi.cnr.it

DEADLINES

 * Submission Deadline: 22nd April 2001
 * Notification Date: 4th May 2001
 * Camera ready copy due: 16th May 2001

WORKSHOP URL

 http://www.elsnet.org/acl2001-tools.html

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT

 Michael Rosner mroscs.um.edu.mt
 Thierry Declerck declerckdfki.de




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