LINGUIST List 12.799

Thu Mar 22 2001

Calls: Human Lang Technology/Knowledge Management

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, Human Language Technology & Knowledge Management (ACL-2001)

Message 1: Human Language Technology & Knowledge Management (ACL-2001)

Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 11:46:44 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Human Language Technology & Knowledge Management (ACL-2001)



ACL/EACL 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

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 intermediate 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 technology 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, multilingual, and multiparty information
 * 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 broadcasts).
 * 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,


 * 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, IP GLOBALNET / 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.


This workshop is sponsored by the European Network of Excellence in
Human Language Technologies (ELSNET) who will be funding one or two
invited speakers.


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 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 extraction, translation,
speech recognition), a statement of the grand challenges or problems
in the subfield, an articulation/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 the ACL Style
Guides for the detailed guidelines. Submissions should be sent
electronically 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.


 o Submission Deadline: 2 April 2001
 o Notification : 30 April 2001
 o Camera Ready Papers Due: 16 May 2001
 o Conference Dates: 6-7 July 2001


July 6 and 7, 2001


A Workshop web site has been set up at
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