LINGUIST List 12.640

Thu Mar 8 2001

Calls: Corpora/DIALOGUE'2001, Empirical Methods/NLP

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  1. Vera Fluhr, Corpora: DIALOGUE'2001
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, Empirical Methods in NLP: EMNLP-2001

Message 1: Corpora: DIALOGUE'2001

Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2001 17:19:56 +0100
From: Vera Fluhr <>
Subject: Corpora: DIALOGUE'2001

International workshop
May 30 - June 4, 2001


The DIALOGUE Workshop is a major annual national event which brings
together researchers and experts (linguists, computer and cognitive
scientists, psychologists, researchers in the artificial intelligence
and speech processing, etc.) from the former USSR as well as other
countries for a dialogue in a broad spectrum of fields concerning
human languages computational models and technologies.

The topics of interest include (but are not limited to) :

- theoretical and computational linguistics
- syntax, semantics, pragmatics and their interaction
- natural language processing
- knowledge representation and processing
- text, dialogue and speech act in the computational framework
- speech understanding and synthesis
- machine translation
- corpus linguistics
- natural language processing and Internet
- semantic modeling of full-text documents

The DIALOGUE Workshop is traditionally held at a pleasant and
comfortable site near Moscow, during 6 days at the very end of May and
beginning of June.

The six previous annual DIALOGUE workshops were very successful,
significantly increasing (more than twice) the number of participants
and the scope of research interests. The two-volume Proceedings of the
DIALOGUE'2000 is available at the http:

It consists of 120 papers reflecting the wide scope of theoretical
works as well as R & D and commercial projects.

As always, the program of DIALOGUE'2001 will include research and
experience presentations, posters, demonstrations, panel sessions,
round tables and time for discussion. In view of main topics of the
Workshop, research presentations may also have a substantial
demonstrative component. English-to-Russian and Russian-to-English
interpretation of talks will be organised.


Chair: Alexander Narin'yani, Russian Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Igor Ashmanov Rambler company, Russia
Christian Boitet Grenoble University, France
Rais G. Bukharajev Kazan State University, Russia
Vera Fluhr-Semenova SCIPER company, France
Viktor Gladun Institute for Cybernetics, Ukraine
Alexander E. Kibrik Moscow State University, Russia
Elena B.Kozerenko Institute for Informatics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Igor A. Mel'chuk Montreal University, Canada
Sergei Nirenburg New-Mexico State University, USA
Haldur Oim Tartu University, Estonia
Vladimir Selegey ABBYY company, Russia

Papers should be submitted in English or in Russian, preferably by
e-mail to the address below, and must be received by the indicated
date (March 26 for preliminary version, April 10 for the final
print-ready version).

Preliminary version of a paper may be submitted in a short variant (but not
less than 1000 words), in ASCII or RTF format.
It must be accompanied by the participant's filled-in Registration Form.

As the space of the Workshop is limited we advise you to register yourself
as soon as possible.
The Registration Form can be found below. It is also available at

Print-ready paper should not exceed 3000 words, i.e. approximately 10 pages
of text (figures, examples and references included).
Word templates for print-ready papers are available at the Workshop website.

The registration and accommodation fee for participants from the
countries other than those of the former USSR is $400 before March 30,
2001 and $490 after March 30, 200. It includes visa support,
transportation from Moscow to the place of the Workshop and back, full
hotel accommodation at the Workshop, meals, coffee breaks,
participation in the Workshop and in all its events, a copy of the
Workshop Proceedings, organising costs, interesting cultural program.

Reductions for students and invited speakers are available.

Fee for accompanying persons is $180 before March 30, 2001 and $240 after
March 30, 2001.


Deadline for registration and preliminary paper submission : March 16, 2001
Notification of acceptance : March 26, 2001
Print-ready papers for proceedings : April 10, 2001
Workshop DIALOGUE'2001 : May 30 - June 4, 2001

The definite place of the DIALOGUE'2001 will be determined in the nearest
Please visit the Workshop website
for updates.

Liza Gelver Russian Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Anna Zharkova ABBYY company, Moscow
Natalya Laufer Russian Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Serge Sharoff Russian Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Svetlana Toldova Moscow State University
Lena Sokolova Russian Institute for Artificial Intelligence


Snail mail:
Russian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence
P.O.Box 111, Moscow, 103001, Russia.

Web page:

If you have questions about the DIALOGUE'2001 Workshop, please send e-mail
 messages to the address mentioned above.

International workshop DIALOGUE'2001
May 30 - June 4, 2001


The present form should be filled in and submitted by e-mail to
Deadline for paper submission : March 26, 2001 .

Information on the participant :
First name :
Last name :
Affiliation :
Position :
Phone :
Fax :
E-mail: :
Mailing address :
Last name and first name of the accompanying person (if any) :

Do you need visa support (YES / NO) :

Form of participation (please tip the case) :
o Presentation
o Software demonstration (if yes please indicate the name and the type of
the system)
o Participation without talk

Required facilities :

Information on the paper (if any)
Other auther(s) : name, surname, affiliation, e_mail, etc.
Topic (from the list of conference topics):
Up to 5 key-words
TEXT OF THE PAPER (from 1000 to 3000 words)

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Message 2: Empirical Methods in NLP: EMNLP-2001

Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 15:07:41 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Empirical Methods in NLP: EMNLP-2001


[March 9 and March 13 deadlines; includes program committee info]

2001 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

Sponsored by SIGDAT and the Intelligent Information Systems Institute (IISI).

SIGDAT, the Association for Computational Linguistics' special
interest group on linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to NLP,
invites submissions to EMNLP 2001. The conference will be held at
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA USA on June 3 and 4,
immediately preceding the meeting of the North American Chapter of the

We are interested in papers from academia, government, and industry on
all areas of traditional interest to the SIGDAT community and aligned
fields, including but not limited to:

* information extraction
* information retrieval
* language and dialog modeling
* lexical acquisition
* machine translation
* multilingual technologies
* question answering
* statistical parsing
* summarization
* tagging
* term and named entity extraction
* word sense disambiguation
* word, term, and text segmentation

Also, to encourage reflection on the current state of the art in
corpus-based methods, the conference will have the following theme:

 "What Works and What Doesn't: Successes and Challenges"

Successes --- We solicit papers showing the success of empirical
methods in and across application settings. Examples include
improvements in information retrieval performance due to employing
language modeling techniques; effective use of statistical word
segmentation algorithms in machine translation systems; and increased
speech recognition accuracy through the incorporation of statistical

Challenges --- It is clear that empirical and corpus-based methods
have enjoyed many successes over the past years; but in looking to
future accomplishments, the community needs to be aware of the
limitations of various techniques and paradigms. We welcome papers
that carefully expose and study such limitations. Examples include the
identification and exploration of: classes of domains or problems in
which popular techniques perform poorly; significant gaps between
human and machine performance on tasks where statistical approaches
have made great progress; and important practical situations where
common assumptions fail to hold. *** We emphasize that we seek
submissions that thoughtfully document fundamental limitations, rather
than simply report on unsuccessful experiments. *** It is desired that
such papers contain thorough examination, via careful experimentation,
of the critical factors contributing to the "negative" result.


Requirements: Submissions must describe original, completed,
unpublished work, and include concrete evaluation results when
appropriate. Papers being submitted to other meetings must provide
this information (see submission format); in the event of multiple
acceptances, authors are requested to immediately notify the EMNLP
program chair ( and choose which meeting to
present and publish the work at as soon as possible --- EMNLP cannot
accept for publication or presentation work that will be (or has been)
published elsewhere.

Submission Format: Submissions must be hardcopy, and consist of full
papers of not more than 3200 words (exclusive of references). Authors
are strongly encouraged to use the LaTeX style files or MSWord
equivalents available from the EMNLP website -- these formats will
ease the transition to the proceedings version.

Reviewing will be blind. No information identifying the authors should
be in the paper: this includes not only the authors' names and
affilations, but also self-references that reveal authors' identities;
for example, "We have previously shown (Smith 1999)" should be changed
to "Smith (1999) has previously shown". A separate identification
page is required: see below.

Submission procedure: First, an electronic notice of intent to submit
is required. Please email (subject line EMNLP
2001 ITS) by March 9 with the following information:

 Paper title
 Authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses
 Contact author
 A short list of keywords 
 A short (no more than 5 lines) summary of the contents
 Whether or not the paper is under consideration for other conferences
 (please specify)							

Then, six hardcopies of the paper together with a single separate
page listing *all* the information from the notice of intent to
submit (i.e., title, authors, contact author, keywords, summary, and
multiple-submission information -- a printout of the notice of intent
to submit suffices) must be received by March 13 at the
following address:

 EMNLP 2001 Submissions
 Lillian Lee
 4130 Upson Hall
 Cornell University
 Ithaca, NY 14853-7501 

The EMNLP committee is not responsible for postal delays or other mail
problems. Papers will not be accepted electronically, and submissions
that do not conform to the guidelines above are subject to rejection
without review.


Notification deadline: March 9, 2001
Submission deadline: March 13, 2001
Acceptance notification: April 13, 2001 
Camera-ready copy due: May 3, 2001
Conference: June 3-4, 2001

PROGRAM COMMITTEE (confirmed so far):

Lillian Lee (chair), Cornell University,
Donna Harman (co-chair), NIST,

Chris Brew, Ohio State University 
Eugene Charniak, Brown University 
Key-Sun Choi, KAIST 
Ken Church, AT&T Research 
Stephen Clark, University of Edinburgh 
Michael Collins, AT&T Research 
Eric Gaussier, Xerox 
Marti Hearst, UC Berkeley 
Don Hindle, AnswerLogic 
Changning Huang, Microsoft 
Rebecca Hwa, University of Maryland 
Hitoshi Iida, Sony 
Paul Jacobs, AnswerLogic 
Christian Jacquemin, LIMSI 
Maghi King, University of Geneva 
Wessel Kraaij, TNO-TPD 
Maria Lapata, Saarland University 
Elizabeth Liddy, Syracuse University 
Marc Light, MITRE 
Dekang Lin, University of Alberta 
Kim-Teng Lua, National University of Singapore 
Lluis Marquez, Technical University of Catalonia
Diana McCarthy, University of Sussex 
Helen Meng, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 
Rada Mihalcea, Southern Methodist University 
Guenter Neumann, DFKI 
Jian-Yun Nie, University of Montreal 
Franz Josef Och, RWTH Aachen 
Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota, Duluth 
Roni Rosenfeld, Carnegie Mellon University 
Erik Tjong Sang Kim, University of Antwerp 
Anoop Sarkar, University of Pennsylvania 
Paola Velardi, University of Rome "La Sapienza" 
Atro Voutilainen, Conexor 
Kiri Wagstaff, Cornell University 
Roman Yangarber, New York University 
Joe Zhou, Intel 


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