LINGUIST List 12.556

Tue Feb 27 2001

Calls: Human Lang Technology, Arabic NLP (ACL2001)

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  1. Steven Krauwer, Human Language Technology and Knowledge Management (ACL2001)
  2. Steven Krauwer, Arabic NLP Workshop at ACL2001

Message 1: Human Language Technology and Knowledge Management (ACL2001)

Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 16:11:48 +0100 (MET)
From: Steven Krauwer <>
Subject: Human Language Technology and Knowledge Management (ACL2001)


 ACL'2001 Conference
 Toulouse, France
 July 6-7, 2001

 Human language technologies promise solutions to challenges in human
 computer interaction, information access, and knowledge management.
 Advances in technology areas such as indexing, retrieval,
 transcription, extraction, translation, and summarization offer new
 capabilities for learning, playing and conducting business. This
 includes enhanced awareness, creation and dissemination of enterprise
 expertise and know-how.

 This workshop aims to bring together the community of computational
 linguists working in a range of areas (e.g., speech and language
 processing, translation, summarization, multimedia presentation,
 content extraction, dialog tracking) both to report advances in human
 language technology, their application to knowledge management and to
 establish a road map for the Human Language Technologies for the next
 decade. The road map will comprise an analysis of the present
 situation, a vision of where we want to be in ten years from now, and
 a number of inter-mediate milestones that would help in setting
 intermediate goals and in measuring our progress towards our goals.

 The workshop will be structured into two days, the first which will
 address new research in human language tech-nology for knowledge
 management that addresses problems including but not limited to:
 * Expert Discovery: Modeling, cataloguing and tracking of
 distributed organizations and communities of experts.
 * Knowledge Discovery: Identification and classification of
 knowledge from unstructured multimedia data.
 * Knowledge Sharing: Awareness of and access to enterprise expertise
 and know-how.

 Human language technology promises solutions to these challenges
 through technologies such as:
 * Automated retrieval, extraction, and enrichment of information and
 knowledge from multimedia, multilin-gual, and multiparty
 information sources.
 * Translingual or crosslingual retrieval, presentation, and sharing
 of knowledge.
 * Automated detection and tracking of emerging topics from
 unstructured multimedia data (e.g., documents, web, video news
 * Use of knowledge sources to facilitate knowledge mapping and
 access (e.g., lexicosemantic such as Word-Net, semantic such as
 geospatial Gazetteers, semistructured such as thesauri,
 encyclopedia, fact books)
 * Automated question-answering from heterogeneous source
 * Intelligent tools that support the automated bibliometrics and
 document analysis/understanding in support of discovery of
 distributed experts and communities of expertise
 * Summarization and presentation generation of knowledge (e.g.,
 knowledge maps, lessons learned).
 * Modeling of user knowledge, beliefs, plans, (dis)abilities and
 preferences from queries, created artifacts, and human computer

 The second day of the workshop will target the formulation and
 refinement of a road map for the Human Language Technologies for the
 next decade. Participants will help formulate grand challenge
 problems, discuss possible data sets and/or evaluation metrics/methods
 that could form the basis of more scientific methods, articulate the
 role of and necessary advances in human language technology to solve
 these challenges, as well as identify and characterize early
 innovations and issues (e.g., robustness, scalability, ontology,


 * Dr. Mark Maybury (Chair), The MITRE Corporation,
 * Niels Ole Bernsen (Co-chair), University of Southern Denmark,
 * Steven Krauwer, ELSNET, U. Utrecht,
 * Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Florida International University,
 * Paul Heisterkamp, Daimler-Chrysler Research Ulm,
 * Arjan van Hessen, COMSYS / U. Twente,
 * Pierre Isabelle, XEROX Grenoble,
 * Enrico Motta, The Open University,
 * Jose Pardo, ELSNET, Univ.Politecnica Madrid,
 * Oliviero Stock, IRST Trento,
 * Henry Thompson HCRC LTG, University of Edinburgh,
 * Hans Uszkoreit, DFKI Saarbruecken,
 * Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield,
 * Rick Wojcik, Boeing Phantom Works,
 * Antonio Zampolli, ELSNET, U. Pisa,


 The target audience of the workshop includes active researchers,
 developers, appliers/entrepreneurs and funders of human language
 technology in general as well as how it is applied to knowledge
 management applications. While we project a high degree of interest
 in this topic, we intend to restrict attendance based upon the quality
 of paper submissions to foster high quality interchange and progress.


 Both papers and demonstration submissions are encouraged, either on
 HLT in general or its application to KM systems. Papers targeted at
 the first day on HLT for KM should clearly articulate the knowledge
 management problem addressed, the technical approach to solving that,
 the novelty of the approach, its relation to previous work, the
 evaluation or performance of the system or method, and discussion of
 limitations. Papers targeted at the second day of on human language
 technology direction should be authored so they could be integrated
 into a more general HLT roadmap and so should include a definition of
 the HLT area addressed (e.g., information ex-traction, translation,
 speech recognition), a statement of the grand challenges or problems
 in the subfield, an ar-ticulation/analysis of the current state of the
 art, a vision of where the community wants to be in ten years from
 now, a set of intermediate milestones that would help to set
 intermediate goals and measure/evaluate progress toward these goals.

 Submissions must be in English, no more than 8 pages long, and in the
 two-column format prescribed by ACL'2001. Please see for the detailed guidelines. Submissions
 should be sent elec-tronically in Word (preferably) or PDF or ASCII
 text format to arrive no later than April 2, 2001 to Paula MacDonald
 ( As soon as possible, authors are encouraged to
 send a brief email indicating their intention to participate to
 include their contact information and the topic they intend to address
 in their submission.

 Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance,
 innovation, quality, and presentation according to the schedule below.


 + Submission Deadline: 2 April 2001
 + Notification : 30 April 2001
 + Camera Ready Papers Due: 16 May 2001


 July 6 and 7, 2001

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Message 2: Arabic NLP Workshop at ACL2001

Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 16:08:21 +0100 (MET)
From: Steven Krauwer <>
Subject: Arabic NLP Workshop at ACL2001

 ACL/EACL 2001 Workshop
 ARABIC Language Processing: Status and Prospects
 Toulouse, France, Friday 6 July 2001
 Co-organized by:

 The objective of the workshop is threefold.
 * First of all we want to bring together people who are actively
 involved in Arabic language and/or speech processing in a mono- or
 multilingual context, and give them an opportunity to report on
 completed and ongoing work as well as on the availability of
 products and core technologies. This should enable the
 participants to develop a common view on where we stand with
 respect to Arabic language processing.
 * Secondly, we want to identify problems of common interest, and
 possible mechanisms to move towards solutions, such as sharing of
 tools and resources, moving towards standards, sharing and
 dissemination of information and expertise, adoption of current
 best practices, setting up joint projects and technology transfer
 mechanisms, etc.
 * Third, we would like to enhance collaboration between the Arabic
 NLP community and the NLP community at large.
 The workshop program will include the following components:
 * Introduction
 * Overview talks
 * Scientific papers
 * Short presentations of projects, core technologies and products
 * A panel session and/or a round table discussion
 * Conclusions

 Papers are solicited that address all aspects of Arabic language
 processing in a mono- or multilingual context, including tools,
 resources and standards. Papers will have to be original and report on
 completed research. Submissions of scientific papers should not exceed
 eight (8) pages. Please provide a list of keywords in the separate
 header page. Further submission details below.

 Short presentations serve to give the audience an impression of
 ongoing activities and projects, and of existing core technologies and
 products, with a view to possible collaboration and synergies (i.e. NO
 commercial product presentations). Submissions of short presentations
 should not exceed two (2) pages. Short presentations will be reviewed
 on the basis of relevance and clarity of presentation.

 Electronic submissions only (PostScript, Word, or PDF), following the
 appropriate ACL latex style or Microsoft Word style. Submissions
 should not exceed the length indicated above, including references.
 You can download the appropriate style or template files using the
 following link: . Submission and
 presentation language is English. In case of problems with the
 submission format, please contact
 Submissions should be sent to All
 submissions will be acknowledged.

 * Submission deadline: 6th April 2001
 * Notification date: 27th April 2001
 * Camera-ready papers due: 16th May 2001
 * Workshop date: 6th July 2001

 * Mustafa Yaseen, Amman University, Jordan (Co-chair,
 * Joseph Dichy, Universite Lumiere-Lyon 2, France (Co-chair,
 * Steven Krauwer, Utrecht University / ELSNET, The Netherlands
 (Contact person,
 * Adnane Zribi, University of Tunis, Tunisia (
 * Salem Ghazali, IRSIT, Tunisia (
 * Humoud Al-Sadoun, Ministry of Education, Kuwait (
 * Jean Senellart, SYSTRAN, France (
 * Nadia Hegazy, ERI, Egypt (
 * Khalid Choukri, ELRA/ELDA, France (
 * Malek Boualem, FTRD/DMI/LAN, France
 * Everhard Ditters, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands,

 Steven Krauwer email:
 ELSNET / UiL OTS www:
 Trans 10 phone: +31 30 253 6050
 3512 JK Utrecht, NL fax: +31 30 253 6000
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