LINGUIST List 13.123

Sat Jan 19 2002

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, ACL-02 Workshop CFP: Word Sense Disambiguation: recent successes and future directions
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, ACL-02 Workshop CFP: Automatic Summarization

Message 1: ACL-02 Workshop CFP: Word Sense Disambiguation: recent successes and future directions

Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 16:58:29 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: ACL-02 Workshop CFP: Word Sense Disambiguation: recent successes and future directions


 Word Sense Disambiguation: Recent Successes and Future Directions

 An ACL-SIGLEX/SENSEVAL workshop at ACL 2002

 University of Pennsylvania

 July 11, 2002



The main purpose of this workshop is to analyse and discuss the
results of SENSEVAL-2. The second purpose is to start planning
SENSEVAL-3, the next evaluation exercise for word sense disambiguation

This workshop is a followup to the SENSEVAL-2 workshop held 5-6 July
2001 in conjunction with ACL-01. At SENSEVAL-2, we unveiled the
results of over 90 systems submitted by 35 teams to tasks in 10
different languages. At the time, it wasn't possible to do any
in-depth analysis, so it was agreed to organize a followup workshop in
2002 after sufficient analysis could be done.

The format will be a mixture of refereed papers and panel sessions.

We now invite original submissions on any of the following topics:

 - Analysis of results of Senseval-2
 - Comparisons of results across different systems, techniques, and
 - Comparisons between SENSEVAL-1 and SENSEVAL-2
 - What makes some words easier to disambiguate than others
 - The efficacy of different corpora and sense inventories for WSD
 - Evaluation techniques and methodology, especially domain-, task-,
 and application-specific evaluation
 - Variation in the required sense inventories for different

The workshop will culminate in a session to continue planning
Senseval-3. A central question is: Can we, and should we, move
towards a more-real application scenario?


Prepositions have an extremely complex behavior: most are highly
polysemous, subject to numerous metaphorical transpositions, and enter
into a number of idiomatic or semi-idiomatic constructs. Semantically,
prepositions have a meaning which is in general abstract and largely
underspecified. Perhaps more than for any other syntactic category,
the exact meaning of a preposition is determined in context.

Within the WSD framework, we welcome papers that investigate polysemy,
metaphorical and metonymic uses of prepositions. Preposition
classification methods and semantic representation formalisms are also
of much interest.

This special session is organized by Patrick Saint-Dizier and
submissions should be emailed directly to him ( using
the guidelines below. *** Papers should be submitted by 14 March. ***


Submissions should use the standard ACL style files (available at Papers should not
exceed eight (8) pages, including references.

Please email your submissions to Rada Mihalcea (
with the subject "SENSEVAL SUBMISSION". Submissions to the special
session on prepositions should be emailed to Patrick Saint-Dizier


Mar 17 Submissions due
Apr 25 Notification of acceptance
May 18 Camera-ready due
Jul 11 Workshop


Phil Edmonds (chair) Sharp Laboratories of Europe
Dimitrios Kokkinakis G\"{o}teborg University
Sadao Kurohashi The University of Kyoto
Bernardo Magnini IRST, Italy
Diana McCarthy University of Sussex
Rada Mihalcea Southern Methodist University
Hwee Tou Ng DSO National Laboratories
Ted Pedersen University of Minnesota, Duluthx
Judita Preiss University of Cambridge
German Rigau Claramunt Universitat Polit\`{e}cnica de Catalunya

For the session on prepositions
Patrick Saint-Dizier (France, chair)
Bonnie Dorr (USA)
Roger Evans (UK)
Paola Merlo (Switzerland)
Keith Miller (USA)
Vasile Rus (USA)
Gloria Vazquez (Spain)


The purpose of SENSEVAL is to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of
WSD programs with respect to different words, different varieties of
language, and different languages.

SENSEVAL is managed by the SENSEVAL committee which reports to

The first SENSEVAL took place in the summer of 1998 for English,
French, and Italian, culminating in a workshop held at Herstmonceux
Castle, Sussex, England on September 2-4. The second evaluation
exercise occurred in 2001, culminating in SENSEVAL-2: The Second
International Workshop on Evaluating Word Sense Disambiguation
Systems. Systems were evaluated on "translation", "all-words"," and
"lexical-sample" tasks in Dutch, Czech, Basque, Estonian, Italian,
Korean, Spanish, Swedish, Japanese, and English. Over 90 systems were

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Message 2: ACL-02 Workshop CFP: Automatic Summarization

Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 17:03:50 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: ACL-02 Workshop CFP: Automatic Summarization

 C a l l f o r P a r t i c i p a t i o n


 (including DUC 2002)

 Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA
 July 11-13, 2002


 * Udo Hahn, University of Freiburg (co-chair)
 * Donna Harman, National Inst. of Standards and Technology, (co-chair)
 * Eduard Hovy (U. of Southern California/Information Sciences Institute)
 * Dragomir Radev (University of Michigan)


There has been a long history of research in text summarization by
both the text retrieval and the natural language processing
communities, with recent workshops both at NAACL01 and SIGIR01. Over
the last five years, we have witnessed a tremendous increase in
interest in summarization research from academia and industry, This
interest has been recognized by a DARPA program, Translingual
Information Detection, Extraction, and Summarization (TIDES),
specifically calling for major advances in summarization technology,
both in English and from other languages to English (cross-language

The purpose of this ACL workshop is two-fold. The first day of the
workshop will serve as a focal point for presenting new results in
summarization. This will include presentations of original scientific
papers covering all the various aspects of summarization, and panel
discussions on topics related to summarization. The second day will
focus on the ongoing summarization evaluation effort called DUC
(Document Understanding Conference), which is part of the DARPA TIDES
program. The day will start with an overview of the evaluation
including results, and then showcase papers from various groups who
participated in DUC 2002. The concluding third day will focus on
informal discussion of future evaluations and some hands-on exercises
involving some aspect of summarization.

For more information on DUC 2002 see the DUC homepage at:


Two kinds of papers are invited.

 1. Full papers are invited for presentation on the first day, addressing
 (but not limited to):
 o Linguistic representation or statistical modeling in summarization
 o Narrative generation for summarization
 o Trainable summarizers
 o Summarization applications
 o User studies focused on the generation or use of summaries
 o Query-based summarization
 o Multidocument summarization
 o Multilingual summarization
 o Summarization of multimodal input
 o Evaluation and text/training corpora
 o Integration with web and IR access methods
 2. Extended abstracts addressing work done within the DUC evaluation are
 invited for the second day. The scheduling of the 2002 DUC evaluation
 prevents full papers from being done in time for the ACL workshop


Full papers: Submissions for the first day should consist of a full
paper (5000 words or less, including references). These submissions
must use the ACL latex style or Microsoft Word style

Extended abstracts:. Submissions for the second day should consist of
extended abstracts of about 2 pages (1000 words or less) and should
describe research done within the DUC evaluation. Emphasis should be
placed on the interesting or unusual summarizing techniques or
experiments that were performed rather than a general description of
the system.

Submission: Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please
submit a postscript or PDF file that prints on 8.5 x 11 paper to Late submissions will not be
accepted. Notification of receipt will be e-mailed to the first author
shortly after receipt.

Publication: The papers will be published in two volumes to be
distributed at the workshop. The first volume will contain the
finished papers that are presented on the first day; the second volume
will be draft DUC notebook papers. A revised second volume containing
final versions of the DUC papers will be made available by NIST at a
later date.


 * Full papers for day 1: March 15, 2002
 * DUC extended abstracts for day 2: April 12, 2002
 * Notification of acceptance for papers: April 19, 2002
 * Camera ready papers for day 1 (volume 1): May 20, 2002
 * Camera ready notebook papers for day 2: June 23, 2002
 * Workshop date: July 11, 12, and 13, 2002


 * Takahiro Fukusima, Otemon Gakuin University, Japan
 * Jade Goldstein, Carnegie Mellon University
 * Udo Hahn, University of Freiburg (co-chair)
 * Donna Harman, National Inst. of Standards and Technology, (co-chair)
 * Eduard Hovy (U. of Southern California/Information Sciences Inst.)i
 * Wessel Kraaij, University of Twente
 * Kathy McKeown, Columbia University
 * Dragomir Radev, University of Michigan
 * Karen Sparck Jones, University of Cambridge
 * Simone Teufel, University of Cambridge


Direct correspondence and inquiries related to this workshop to Donna Harman

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