LINGUIST List 12.873

Wed Mar 28 2001

Calls: Natural Lang Generation, Sharing Tools/Research

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, Natural Language Generation (ACL-2001)
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, Sharing Tools and Resources for Research and Education (ACL-2001)

Message 1: Natural Language Generation (ACL-2001)

Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 16:10:10 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Natural Language Generation (ACL-2001)

 ACL/EACL 2001 Workshop


 6-7 July 2001
 Toulouse, France

 endorsed by SIGGEN

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Natural language generation (NLG) constitutes the production of meaningful
texts in natural languages from some underlying non-linguistic
representation of information. Accomplishing this goal may be envisioned
for a number of different purposes, including standardized and/or
multi-lingual reports, summaries, machine translation, dialog applications,
and embedding in multi-media and hypertext environments. Consequently, the
automated production of language is associated with a large number of
highly diverse tasks whose appropriate orchestration in high quality poses
a variety of theoretical and practical problems. Relevant issues include
content selection, text organization, the production of referring
expressions, aggregation, lexicalization, and surface realization, as well
as coordination with other media.

This workshop is part of a bi-annual series of workshops about natural
language generation that runs since 1987. Previous European workshops have
been held at Royaumont, Edinburgh, Judenstein, Pisa, Leiden, Duisburg, and
Toulouse. The goal of the workshop is to be an informal meeting which
facilitates the dissemination of knowledge and expertise in the field. The
workshop will focus on the following topics:

 * Search methods for NLG (in content planning and realization)

 There seems to be a substantial discrepancy between
 application-oriented systems and principled approaches to NLG.
 Accomodating a standard pipeline architecture with suitable heuristic
 preferences to the intended functionality of a system stands in
 contrast to several principled approaches to searching which have been
 tried out so far. These include blackboard architectures, constraint
 propagation and, more recently genetic algorithms and statistical
 techniques. A comparison of these methods in terms of their potential
 and limitations is likely to improve understanding about this issue.
 Gained insights could prove fruitful for building applications in a
 more general and, thus, better reusable way, especially in large-scale
 applications such as summarization and machine translation.

 * Differences in information organization between source and
 presentation specifications (and methods to bridge between these)

 Whether the generation task is to verbally express contents of some
 knowledge base or to produce multi-lingual presentations from
 language-neutral or similar representations, there are strong
 similarities in building the target representations: In the
 overwhelming number of cases, the ordering and embedding of elements
 in the source representation is reflected by the ordering and
 embedding of their corresponding realizations at the surface. Often,
 this reflection is systematic, many times even simple. But a few cases
 prove complex and involve a major restructuring of the surface
 structure when compared to the source structure. A major emphasis of
 this topic is on collecting such complex cases, identifying
 commonalities between them and discussing restructuring techniques.

Accepted papers on these topics will be scheduled for presentation. The
majority of the time will be devoted to discussions, either in sequence or
in parallel, depending on the number of participants. We are considering
organizing a panel. For the focus topics above, we will contact a number of
competent researchers to address the topic from a specific perspective
according to their experience. In addition, we will ask some of them to
prepare material / concrete examples for discussions.


 Helmut Horacek Univ. of the Saarland
 Nicolas Nicolov IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
 Leo Wanner Univ. of Stuttgart


 John Bateman Univ. of Bremen
 Dan Cristea Univ. of Iasi
 Robert Dale Macquarie University
 Laurence Danlos Universite Paris 7
 Marc Dymetman Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble
 Michael Elhadad Ben-Gurion Univ.
 Kristiina Jokinen Univ. of Art and Design Helsinki
 Richard Kittredge Univ. of Montreal & CoGenTex
 Daniel Marcu ISI, Univ. of Southern California
 Chris Mellish Univ. of Edinburgh
 Sergei Nirenburg CRL, New Mexico
 Owen Rambow AT&T Research
 Ehud Reiter Univ. of Aberdeen
 Manfred Stede Technical University of Berlin
 Michael Zock LIMSI, CNRS


Papers describing original work in the area of NLG in particular related to
the workshop focus topics above should be submitted electronically. Papers
should be 6-8 pages long in PDF format. We recommend a A4, two-column
format like the ACL proceedings:

We also invite poster submissions (free format, up to 6 page, PDF).

The submissions should be associated with a cover email containing the
following information (ASCII text):

 # TITLE: <title of the paper>
 # AUTHORS: <list of authors>
 # EMAIL: <email of author(s) for correspondence>
 # KEYWORDS: <keywords, topic sub-areas, ...>
 # ABSTRACT: <abstract of the paper>

Send your submission to Leo Wanner <>.


 Paper submissions *** 6 April 2001 ***
 Notification of acceptance 27 April 2001
 Camera-ready copies due 16 May 2001
 Registration deadline as ACL
 Workshop dates 6-7 July 2001


The registration fee for the workshop will be posted at a later stage. The
registration fee includes attendance of the workshop and a copy of workshop
proceedings. Follow the registration instructions at the ACL site and
indicate that you would like to attend the NLG workshop.

People wishing to attend the workshop but not submitting papers should send
a notification of attendance: a 1-2 page stating interest to participate,
work done in NLG so far, and potential contributions / material for
discussions about one of the topics. This informationn will help with the
organisation of discussions and allow for an informal and highly
interactive character of the workshop. Notifications of attendance should
be sent to Helmut Horacek <>.


 Check the following web site for updates about the NLG workshop:
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Message 2: Sharing Tools and Resources for Research and Education (ACL-2001)

Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 15:54:38 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Sharing Tools and Resources for Research and Education (ACL-2001)


 ACL/EACL2001 Workshop on
 Sharing Tools and Resources for Research and Education

 Co-organised by ELSNET
 Toulouse, Saturday 7th July 2001


 At a workshop at ACL 2000 in Hong Kong dedicated to Infrastructures
 for Global Collaboration there was an agreement between the main
 professional organisations in NLP and Speech (ACL and ISCA), and
 ELSNET, and the other meeting participants, that it would be useful to
 aim at a broadly supported, joint repository or catalogue for tools
 and materials for the language and speech communities.

 An ELSNET-sponsored workshop on educational issues held at EACL99
 concluded that certain non-transient infrastructures needed to be
 instigated to raise the public perception of educational issues in
 NLP. It also concluded that a repository of shared materials,
 appropriately indexed for educational usage, would be a useful point
 of departure.

 This workshop will build on the consensus reached at these previous
 workshops. There will be two clear foci: one upon instruments for
 sharing tools and resources in general that addresses practical
 problems, and the other upon the technological and infrastructural
 issues surrounding the educational uses of repositories.

 Good examples of existing initiatives in this area are among others
 the ACL Natural Language Software Registry (hosted at DFKI, which was set up as a repository for tools for the
 distinct fields of Human Language Techology (HLT), the ELRA/ELDA, LDC,
 TELRI and Elsnet resources catalogues and repositories
 (,, and, 
 OLAC (a worldwide network of language
 archives at, and JEWELS
 (, an as-yet incomplete EU funded website for
 educational materials in Language and Speech.

 A third theme concerns how to build upon existing initiatives as
 sources of data or inspiration.


 The main goal of the workshop is to discuss methods for the
 improvement and extension of existing repositories; the educational
 uses of repositories; the closer interlinking between different kinds
 of repositories (tools and resources); global infrastructures for the
 achievement of joint actions. However, we expect the scope of the
 workshop to be much wider than that, as the issues addressed are of
 general interest to everybody who believes that sharing tools and
 resources is essential for the progress of research and education in
 our field.

 Contributions of papers and demonstrations are solicited that address
 the above themes. The following list of topics is suggestive rather
 than exhaustive:
 * Repositories versus catalogues
 * Mechanisms and infrastructures for sharing and describing content
 * Repository management
 * Standards for exchange, description, and annotation
 * Metadata descriptions
 * Quality assessment
 * Structure and content of an NLP/CL repository
 * Tools and materials for NLP/CL education
 * Web-based teaching methods for NLP/CL


 * Electronic submissions only (PostScript, Word, or PDF), following
 the appropriate ACL latex style or Microsoft Word style.
 Submissions should not exceed eight (8) pages, including
 references. You can download the appropriate style or template
 files using the following link: In case of
 problems with the submission format, please contact one of the
 * Submissions to either co-chair (Mike Rosner and Thierry Declerck).
 All submissions will be acknowledged.
 * Please provide a list of keywords in the separate header page and
 indicate the best fitting subtopic(s) from the above list.


 * Demos may be submitted with or without an accompanying paper.
 * Please write a 2-page description of the demo and send to either
 co-chair. Please let us know about special hardware requirements
 over and above the standard PC + beamer without internet access
 provided by default


 - Thierry Declerck (DFKI) Co-chair (Repository)
 - Mike Rosner (Malta) Co-chair (Education)
 - Steven Krauwer (Utrecht University) Co-chair
 - Steven Bird (U. Penn)
 - Bill Black (UMIST) (UMIST, Manchester, UK)
 - Gosse Bouma (University of Groningen)
 - Koenraad de Smedt (University of Bergen)
 - Claire Gardent (CNRS, Nancy)
 - Donna Harman (NIST)
 - Julia Hirschberg (ATT, ISCA)
 - Jun'ichi Tsujii (Tokyo)
 - Andy Way (Dublin City University)
 - Antonio Zampolli (Univ. of Pisa),


 * Submission Deadline: 6th April 2001
 * Notification Date: 27th April 2001
 * Camera ready copy due: 16th May 2001



 Michael Rosner
 Thierry Declerck
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