LINGUIST List 12.53

Wed Jan 10 2001

Calls: Doctoral Consortium/EXTENSION, Translation

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  1. Julita Vassileva, ** Deadline Extension ** UM'2001 Doctoral Symposium
  2. Albert Branchadell, Conference on Translation

Message 1: ** Deadline Extension ** UM'2001 Doctoral Symposium

Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2001 17:45:12 -0600
From: Julita Vassileva <>
Subject: ** Deadline Extension ** UM'2001 Doctoral Symposium

{Please, note that the dealine has been extended until January, 22, 2001}


 associated with UM 2001
 8th International Conference on User Modeling

 July 13 to July 17, 2001
 AlpenCongressCentrum in Sonthofen, 
 Bavaria, Germany

The User Modeling '01 Conference will include, as usual, a Doctoral
Consortium Session. This has been a tradition of User Modeling
Conferences since 1994. In DC sessions lively and useful discussions
have enabled students to receive suggestions about their on-going
research and have allowed more experienced participants to hear some
fresh ideas and view some of the new trends in the field.

Students will benefit in several different ways by participating in
the consortium, primarily by presenting work to a knowledgeable
audience, but also by meeting established researchers and other
graduate students doing similar work.

Suggested Topics:

Graduate research in user modeling may cover a wide range of topics.
Topics include (but are not limited to) the following topic areas:
user model acquisition, plan and intention recognition, user
stereotypes, representation and inference techniques for user
modeling, consistency of user models, user modeling shell systems,
explanation generation, intelligent/adaptive user interfaces,
adaptation to users with special needs, learner modeling and adaptive
systems to support human learning, navigational aids, adaptive
hypertext and hypermedia, personalized information retrieval and
information filtering, knowledge-based information presentation,
adaptive natural-language systems, customer and user profiling for
e-commerce, privacy issues, agent-based user modeling, machine
learning and data mining techniques for user modeling. Innovative
projects can focus either on the theory of user modeling or innovative
applications or both.

Format of the Consortium:

Doctoral students are invited to submit short papers describing their
current research directions (see submission guidelines below). In
this short paper, students are expected to document their thesis
topic, the approach being taken, and the work that has already been
completed, if any. These papers will be reviewed by the DC Committee,
and feedback will be provided to all authors. Authors of high quality
applications will also be invited to present their research at the
UM'2001 Conference to scholars and researchers in the field who will
provide constructive comments about their work. This presentation may
include a demonstration if appropriate. After the presentation the
committee members, and other members of the audience, will comment on
the student's work in order to provide constructive feedback. The
consortium will be a separate session, two to three hours in length.

!!!! We expect that a number of fellowships will be available to
enable students who are going to present their work to participate in
the meeting. !!!!


Plain text versions of submissions should be sent to the 
DC Chair, Gord McCalla, at by 

!!!!new!!!!! January 22, 2001. !!!!!!new!!!!!!

Authors will be provided with feedback and notified of 
acceptance (or not!) of their submissions by February 28, 

Final submissions for inclusion in the UM '01 
Proceedings will be due by March 31, 2001.

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Doctoral Consortium Submission Guidelines

Students are asked to submit, by e-mail, a 3-page abstract of their
doctoral research in plain ASCII text. Students are expected to
include as the first item of their submission a thesis synopsis
statement, stating the main contributions that the thesis aims to
achieve. Other requirements include describing the thesis topic area,
the approach being taken, any work that has already been completed,
and, finally, a tentative plan for future work. Students may also
include a brief description of their background in order to enable the
committee to "adapt" their assistance to each student.

Send submissions in plain ASCII text to:
Gord McCalla at:

Good quality submissions will be chosen by the consortium committee.
Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work at
the conference in a short (15 to 20 minute) presentation. This
presentation may include a demonstration if appropriate. Students
that have been selected to present their work will also be asked to
submit a short list of questions to the committee to help identify
areas where the student feels that the committee can be of assistance.
After the presentation the committee members, and other members of the
audience, will comment on the student's work and attempt to address
the questions that the student has identified. The aim will be to
provide constructive feedback that can be used by the student as the
thesis topic continues to evolve.

Accepted papers will be included in the Proceedings of the
conference. The Proceedings of UM'2001 will be published as a book by
Springer-Wien. In addition, the Proceedings will be made available on
the World Wide Web. Authors of accepted papers will be provided with
formatting instructions at the time of acceptance.

Chair of DC Committee:

Gordon Mc Calla 
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Members of DC Committee:

Leila Alem
CSIRO, Australia

Paul Brna
University of Leeds, United Kingdom

David Chin
University of Hawai'i, U.S.A.

Robin Cohen
University of Waterloo, Canada

Cristina Conati
University of British Columbia, Canada

Helen Gigley
Office of Naval Research, U.S.A.

Isabel Fernandez de Castro
UPV/EHU, Spain

Judy Kay
University of Sydney, Australia

Frank Linton
The Mitre Corporation, U.S.A.

Riichiro Mizoguchi
University of Osaka, Japan

Fiorella de Rosis
University of Bari, Italy

Gerhard Weber
Pedagogical University of Freiburg, Germany
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Message 2: Conference on Translation

Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 23:25:53 +0100
From: Albert Branchadell <>
Subject: Conference on Translation

Fifth International Conference on Translation
Interculturality and Translation: Less-Translated Languages
Departament de Traducci� i d'Interpretaci�
Universitat Aut�noma de Barcelona
29-31 October 2001

Globalization has brought a great increase in contact between cultures,
which has had its impact on translation; in the last years of the second
millennium, translation has experienced its greatest period of expansion
ever. In spite of this overall growth, long-standing relationships of power
have perpetuated the hegemony of some languages over others, and so access
to the global translation market for different languages and cultures is
unequal, as was shown in UNESCO's World Culture Report. According to 1994
statistics, 28,646 English works were translated into other languages, while
less than 300 works were translated from languages such as Arabic, Chinese,
and Portuguese.

The general topic of the Fifth International Conference on Translation will
be the role of translation in intercultural relations, and special emphasis
will be given to translation involving less-translated languages (LTLs). In
this connection, the following subjects areas will be covered at the

� Translation from LTLs into other languages
� Translation into LTLs from other languages
� Translation between LMTs by means of a third language
� Translation and cultural imperialism
� Translation and cultural mediation
� Cultural competence in the training of LTL translators
� Translation theory in LTL-speaking countries
� The state of translation in LTL-speaking countries
� The role of translation in the promotion of linguistic diversity in Europe

Call for Papers

Papers on the above topics and on other topics related with translation of
LTLs are invited for submission. The scientific committee will consider all
proposals, although preference may be given to those papers involving
Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, and
Russian, which are taught in the Facultat de Traducci� i d'Interpretaci� of
the UAB.

Abstract Submission

The deadline for submission is 30th April 2001. Abstracts should have a
maximum of 300 words, and may be submitted in any language. However, if the
language of presentation is not one of the official conference languages
(Catalan, Spanish, French, English), it must be accompanied by a translation
into one of these four languages. Abstracts may be sent sent by electronic
mail to the address at the top of the page (not as an attached document) or
by post to: Fifth International Conference on Translation, Facultat de
Traducci� i d'Interpretaci�, Universitat Aut�noma de Barcelona, E-08193
Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vall�s), Catalonia (Spain). The author's name and
institution, postal and electronic addresses, telephone and fax numbers
should be included with the application. Notice of acceptance will be sent
to the contributors on 1 June 2001.

For further information please contact the organising committee at the
postal or electronic address listed above.
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