LINGUIST List 12.736

Fri Mar 16 2001

Calls: Semantic Knowledge, Parsing Technologies

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  1. Alessandro Lenci, Semantic Knowledge Acquisition & Categorisation (ESSLLI) EXTENDED DEADLINE
  2. Harry Bunt, Parsing Technologies (IWPT 2001)

Message 1: Semantic Knowledge Acquisition & Categorisation (ESSLLI) EXTENDED DEADLINE

Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 15:05:21 +0100
From: Alessandro Lenci <>
Subject: Semantic Knowledge Acquisition & Categorisation (ESSLLI) EXTENDED DEADLINE

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Workshop at ESSLLI XIII (Helsinki)

Helsinki, August 13th - 17th 2001

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Endorsed by SIGSEM, the ACL Special Interest Group on computational

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The sheer amount of knowledge necessary to shed light on the way word
meanings mutually relate in context or distribute in lexico-semantic
classes appears to exceed the limits of human conscious awareness and
descriptive capability. Particularly at this level of linguistic
analysis, then, we seem to be in need of automatic ways of filtering,
structuring and classifying semantic evidence through inspection of a
large number of word uses in context. Totally or partially unsupervised
inductive methods of knowledge acquisition from corpus data are credited
with being able to provide such ways. Yet, it remains to be seen how
acquired information can best be represented in current formal models
for knowledge representation, for it to be made available to mainstream
NLP applications.

There are reasons to believe that this integration will require much
more than a simple extension of off-the-shelf machine learning
technology. At the same time, any major breakthrough in this area is
bound to have significant repercussions on the way word meanings and
lexico-semantic classes in general are formally represented and used for
applications. With these purposes in mind, the workshop intends to focus
on the issue of interaction between techniques for inducing semantic
information from corpus data and formal methods of linguistic knowledge
representation. In particular, we encourage in-depth analysis of
underlying assumptions of the proposed techniques and methods and
discussion of possible relevant connections with cognitive,
linguistic,logical and philosophical issues.


Possible themes for contributions are:

- development of 'data-driven' semantic type systems
- dynamic update and tuning of formal ontologies with text data
- 'hybrid models' of knowledge extraction, whereby machine learning
 methods are integrated with formal structures of knowledge
- creation of dynamic lexical knowledge-bases
- formal representation and structuring of the flow of information
 extracted from texts.


The workshop will be held on five subsequent days, August 13th-17th
2001. It will take place during the ESSLLI-Summer School in Helsinki,
and will be open to all members of the LLI-community, computational
linguistics and cognitive science as well. Each session will consist of
two talks plus discussion (30mins + 15mins each).
The workshop language will be English.

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The organizers welcome contributions from different fields of
computational linguistics, logic and cognitive science.

1. Submissions will consist of full papers reporting on original,
 unpublished works. Papers should not exceed 5000 words
 (including references), must contain a 5-10 lines abstract, and must
 be submitted in postscript format

2. The reviewing of papers will be blind. Hence the paper
 should not include the authors' names and affiliations.
 Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity
 should be avoided.

3. Identification information will be put in a separate file
 consisting of:
 Title of the paper:

4. Submitted papers and identification information must be sent
 to the following address by APRIL 23rd 2001:

Accepted papers will be notified by MAY 15th, together with the
comments of the reviewers.

The final version of the papers will be prepared in LaTeX by JUNE 15th,
for publication in the Workshop proceedings. The stylesheet will be
circulated in due time.

Note that all workshop participants must register as participants
of ESSLLI. The early registration fees apply to authors of accepted

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April 23rd 2001 - Deadline for submitting papers
May 15th 2001 - Notification of acceptance
June 15th 2001 - Preparation of the final version of the paper
June 30th 2001 - Final program of the workshop
August 13th 2001 - The workshop begins
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Ted Briscoe (Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Nicoletta Calzolari (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, CNR, Pisa,
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, Princeton, USA)
Ed Hovy (USC, Marina del Rey CA, USA)
Dekang Lin (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada)
Antonio Sanfilippo (LingoMotors Inc., Cambridge MA, USA)
Piek Vossen (SAILLABS, Antwerpen, The Netherlands)


Alessandro Lenci
Simonetta Montemagni
Vito Pirrelli

Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale (ILC) - CNR
Area della Ricerca CNR
Via Alfieri 1 (San Cataldo)
I-56010 PISA



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Message 2: Parsing Technologies (IWPT 2001)

Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 16:53:27 +0100 (MET)
From: Harry Bunt <>
Subject: Parsing Technologies (IWPT 2001)

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 C a l l f o r P a p e r s 

 IWPT 2001 

 7th International Workshop on Parsing Technologies

 Sponsored by ACL/SIGPARSE

 17-19 October, 2001
 Beijing, China


The Institute of Computational Linguistics, Peking University, Beijing,
China, will host the 7th International Workshop on Parsing Technologies
(IWPT'01) from 17 to 19 October, 2001.

IWPT'01 continues the tradition of biennial workshops on parsing
technology organised by SIGPARSE, the Special Interest Group on
Parsing of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). 
This workshop series was initiated by Masaru Tomita in 1989. 
The first workshop, in Pittsburgh and Hidden Valley, was followed by
workshops in Cancun (Mexico) in 1991; Tilburg (Netherlands) and Durbuy
(Belgium) in 1993; Prague and Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic) in 1995;
Boston/Cambridge (Massachusetts) in 1997; and Trento (Italy) in 2000.

Topics of interest for IWPT'01
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Topics of interest for IWPT'01 include, but are not limited to: 
theoretical and practical studies of parsing algorithms for natural
language sentences, texts, fragments, dialogues, ill-formed sentences,
speech input, multi-dimensional (pictorial) languages, multimedia
(web) documents, and parsing issues arising or viewed in a multimodal
context. Both grammar-based and statistical approaches are welcome. 

Submitting Papers
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Two types of submissions are invited: 

- full papers, to be presented as such during the workshop and to be
 published in the workshop proceedings (maximally 12 pages);
- short papers, to be presented at the workshop in the form of a poster
 plus a summary oral presentation in a short-paper session; two-page
 summaries are published in the workshop proceedings.

Prospective authors are invited to send submissions to the IWPT'01
programme chairman Giorgio Satta. Papers must be in the format given 
at the IWPT'01 home pages (see below). Full papers should not exceed
12 pages; short papers should not exceed 1500 words. Submission 
is electronically, in postscript form. Only in case electronic
submission is impossible, four (4) hard copies of the paper should be 
sent. Send papers to:

 Giorgio Satta (IWPT'01 programme chair)
	Universita` di Padova
	Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informatica
	via Gradenigo 6/A
	I-35131 Padova, Italy

All submitted papers will be reviewed by the programme committee. 

Time schedule: Deadline for paper submission: June 5
 Notification of acceptance : July 18
 Final papers due : August 27

Instruction for authors
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Detailed instructions for authors for the production of submissions 
in the right format will soon be available through the IWPT'01 home
page at:

or can be obtained from the programme chairman (see address above).

Programme Committee
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The full list of all members of the Program Committee will soon be
available at the IWPT'01 home page. 

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General Chair:
 Harry Bunt (Tilburg University, Netherlands) 
Programme Chair:
 Giorgio Satta (University of Padua, Italy) 
Local Organizing Committee:
 Fuliang Weng (ICRC/Intel Corp, Beijing, China, Co-Chair)
 Shiwen Yu (Peking University, Beijing, China, Co-Chair)
 Youqi Cao (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China)
 Qunxiu Chen (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
 Houfeng Wang (Secretariat,, Peking University, China)

Further information 
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Additional information about IWPT'01 will soon be available 
at the URL:

At the site you can also
obtain information about previous IWPTs, proceedings, books based on
IWPTs, and SIGPARSE related activities.

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 Harry C. Bunt
 Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science
 Tilburg University 
 P.O. Box 90153 
 5000 LE Tilburg, the Netherlands
 Phone: +31 - 13 466.3060 (secretary Anne Andriaensen)
 2568 (Dean's office)
 2653 (office, room B 310)
 Fax: +31 - 13 466.3110
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