LINGUIST List 12.586

Fri Mar 2 2001

Calls: Inference in Computational Semantics (ICoS-3)

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  1. Michael Kohlhase, Inference in Computational Semantics (ICoS-3)

Message 1: Inference in Computational Semantics (ICoS-3)

Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2001 13:31:34 -0500
From: Michael Kohlhase <>
Subject: Inference in Computational Semantics (ICoS-3)


 third workshop on



 Siena, Italy, June 18-20, 2001

 (Submission deadline: March 15, 2001)

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Traditional inference tools (such as theorem provers and model
builders) are reaching new levels of sophistication and are now widely
and easily available. A wide variety of new tools (statistical and
probabilistic methods, ideas from the machine learning community) are
likely to be increasingly applied in computational semantics. Most
importantly of all, computational semantics seems to have reached the
stage where the exploration and development of inference is one of its
most pressing tasks - and there's a lot of interesting new work which
takes inferential issues seriously.

The Workshop on Inference in Computational Semantics (ICoS) intends to
bring researchers from areas such as Computational Linguistics,
Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, and Logic together, in
order to discuss approaches and applications of Inference in natural
language semantics.

ICoS-1 took place in Amsterdam on August 15, 1999 with an attendance
of over 50 researchers. A selection of the papers presented at ICoS-1
has been published in a special issue of the Journal of Language and

ICoS-2 took place in Dagstuhl Castle, Germany, on July 29-30,
2000. Although the attendance was only 30, it was an intense and
communicative meeting. A selection of the papers presented at ICoS-2
will be published in the Journal of Language and Computation.

ICoS-3 will be co-located with the the International Joint Conference
on Automated Reasoning (IJCAR 2001, which takes place June 18-23, 2001
at Siena, Italy. IJCAR is a joint meeting of all major conferences on
automated theorem proving (CADE, FTP, TABLEAUX), and is therefore a
good chance to meet the theorem proving community.

ICoS-3 is endorsed by SIGSEM, the Association for Computational
Linguistics (ACL) Special Interest Group (SIG) on computational

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People who would like to submit a paper, system descriptions or who
would like to attend the workshop should consider the following dates:

 Submission Deadline: March 15, 2001. 
 Notification: April 15, 2001. 
 Final Versions: May 15. 2001. 
 Early Registration until: June 1., 2001. 
 ICoS-3 Tutorials June 18, 2001. 
 ICoS-3 Workshop: June 19-20, 2001. 
 IJCAR: June 18-23, 2001 

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The invited speakers at ICoS-3 are:

 David Israel (SRI International)

 Alexander Koller (Saarbruecken) 

 Ian Pratt-Hartmann (Manchester)

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We will start off the workshop with two tutorials on June 18. This
gives the researchers from automated reasoning and computational
semantics respectively to get an understanding of the other field
before the actual workshop. The tutorials will given by

 Claire Gardent (CNRS, Nancy): Computational Semantics 
 for automated reasoners

 Uli Furbach (Univ. Koblenz): Automated Reasoning 
 for computational semanticists 

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The program committee for ICoS-3 consists of the following people:

 Patrick Blackburn, INRIA Lorraine (co-chair) 
 Michael Kohlhase, Carnegie-Mellon University (co-chair) 

 Johan Bos, Edinburgh 
 Peter Baumgartner, Koblenz 
 David Beaver, Stanford 
 Dick Crouch, Xerox Parc 
 Maarten de Rijke, Amsterdam 
 Nissim Francez, Haifa
 Udo Hahn, Freiburg 
 Gerard Huet, INRIA Rocquencourt 
 Dale Miller, State College 
 Martha Palmer, UPenn 
 Stephen Pulman, Oxford 
 Matthew Stone, Rutgers Univ 
 Jun-ichi Tsuji, Tokyo 
 Bonnie Webber, Edinburgh 

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We invite three kinds of submissions 
(LaTeX2e, 11pt, one column, a4paper (not a4wide.sty)):

 - research papers on inference methods in computational semantics as well
 as their applications (15 pages), 
 - system descriptions (6 pages), System descriptions should focus on
 actual implementations, explaining system architecture issues and
 specific implementation techniques. Every system description should be 
 accompanied by a system demo at ICoS-3.
 - system demos (2 page abstracts): People who would like demonstrate
 systems that address inference in computational semantics should send 
 two-page abstracts.

Research papers and system descriptions will be peer-refereed by the
programme committee above, system demos are only screened for
appropriateness by the program chairs. 


NOTIFICATION: April 15, 2001.

The primary means of submission will be electronic, in PostScript
format. Submissions should be sent to the

In addition to the (informal) workshop proceedings, we plan to publish
a special issue of the Journal of Language and Computation devoted to
ICoS-3. Shortly after the workshop, authors will be contacted by the
editors for special issue, inviting them to contribute; we may ask you
to incorporate comments/discussions/... arising during ICoS-3 into
your paper. Details on the publication schedule for the special issue
as well as formatting instructions will be announced at the workshop.
Registration and Further Information If you have any questions, please
contact the local organizers at

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If you have any questions, please contact the local organizers 
Patrick Blackburn and Michael Kohlhase via

For actual information concerning ICoS-3 please consult
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