LINGUIST List 13.178

Tue Jan 22 2002

Calls: Logic & Information & Lang, Machine Translation

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  1. Malvina Nissim, ESSLLI 2002 Student Session
  2. Steve Richardson, AMTA-2002 Call for Participation

Message 1: ESSLLI 2002 Student Session

Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 18:30:45 GMT
From: Malvina Nissim <>
Subject: ESSLLI 2002 Student Session



 August 5-16 2002, Trento, Italy

 Deadline: February 25th, 2002

We are pleased to announce the Student Session of the 14th European
Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI-2002)
organised by the Centre for scientific and technological research
(ITC-irst) in Trento and by the University of Trento, under the
auspices of the European Association for Logic, Language and
Information (FoLLI). ESSLLI-2002 will be held in Trento from August
5-16 2002. We invite submission of papers for presentation at the
ESSLLI-2002 Student Session and for appearance in the proceedings.

This seventh ESSLLI Student Session will provide, like the other
editions, an opportunity for ESSLLI participants who are students to
present their own work in progress and get feedback from senior
researchers and fellow-students. The ESSLLI Student Session
encourages submissions from students at any level, from undergraduates
(before completion of the Master Thesis) as well as postgraduates
(before completion of the PhD degree). Papers co-authored by
non-students will not be accepted. Papers may be accepted for full
presentation (30 minutes including 10 minutes of discussion) or for a
poster presentation. All the accepted papers will be published in the
ESSLLI-2002 Student Session proceedings, which will be made available
during the summer school.

KLUWER BEST PAPER AWARD: As in previous years, the best paper will be
selected by the programme committee and will be offered a prize of 600
euros by Kluwer Academic Publishers to be spent on books.

The Student Session papers should describe original, unpublished work,
completed or in progress that demonstrates insight, creativity, and
promise. No previously published papers should be submitted. Note
that the ESSLLI02 school will be focused on the three main
interdisciplinary areas (Logic & Language, Logic & Computation, and
Language & Computation), while the single areas have been
dropped. Given the high interest shown over the years, the Student
Session will keep two of the single areas, namely Logic and Language,
welcoming thus submissions within the following topics: Logic,
Language, Logic & Language, Logic & Computation, Language &

Student authors should submit an anonymous full paper headed by the
paper title, not to exceed 7 pages of length exclusive of references
and send a separate identification page (see below). Note that the
length of the final version of the accepted papers will not be allowed
to exceed 10 pages. Since reviewing will be blind, the body of the
paper should omit author names and addresses. Furthermore,
self-references that reveal the author's identity (e.g., "We
previously showed (Smith, 1991)... ") should be avoided. It is
possible to use instead references like "Smith (1991) previously
showed...". For any submission, a plain ASCII text version of the
identification page should be sent separately, using the following

Title: title of the submission 
First author: firstname lastname
Address: address of the first author 
Last author: firstname lastname 
Address: address of the last author 
Short summary: abstract (5 lines) 
Subject area (one of): Logic | Language | Logic and
Language | Logic and Computation | Language and Computation

If necessary, the programme committee may reassign papers to a more
appropriate subject area. The submission of the paper should be in one
of the following formats: PostScript, PDF, RTF, or plain text. But
note that, in case of acceptance, the final version of the paper has
to be submitted in LaTeX format. Please, use A4 size pages, 11pt or
12pt fonts, and standard margins. Submissions outside the specified
length and formatting requirements may be subject to rejection without

The paper and separate identification page must be sent by
e-mail to: by FEBRUARY 25th 2002

ESSLLI-2002 INFORMATION: In order to present a paper at ESSLLI-2002
Student Session, at least one student author of each accepted paper
has to register as a participant at ESSLLI-2002. The authors of
accepted papers will be eligible for reduced registration fees. For
all information concerning ESSLLI-2002, please consult the ESSLLI-2002
web site at

Deadline for submission of papers: February 25, 2002.
Authors notifications: April 22, 2002.
Final version due: May 20, 2002. 
ESSLLI-2002 Student Session: August 5-16, 2002. 


David Ahn, University of Rochester (Language and Computation)
Carlos Areces, University of Amsterdam (Logic)
Reinhard Blutner, University of Berlin (Language)
Kees van Deemter, University of Brighton (Language and Computation)
Paul Dekker, University of Amsterdam (Logic and Language)
Juergen Dix, University of Manchester (Logic and Computation)
Marta Garcia-Matos, University of Helsinki (Logic)
Juan Heguiabehere, University of Amsterdam (Logic and Computation)
Elsi Kaiser, University of Pennsylvania (Language)
Malvina Nissim, University of Edinburgh (Chair)
Rick Nouwen, University of Utrecht (Logic and Language)

For any specific questions concerning ESSLLI-2002 Student Session,
please, do not hesitate to contact me:

Malvina Nissim 

ICCS, University of Edinburgh
2 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh 
EH8 9LW, UK 

phone: +44 +(0)131 +650 4630 
fax: +44 +(0)131 +650 6626 

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Message 2: AMTA-2002 Call for Participation

Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 12:47:50 -0800
From: Steve Richardson <>
Subject: AMTA-2002 Call for Participation

The Association for Machine Translation in the Americas

AMTA-2002 Conference
Location: Tiburon, California
Dates: October 8-12, 2002

The Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA) is
pleased to announce its fifth biennial conference, planned for October
8-12, 2002, in Tiburon (near San Francisco), California.

Conference theme: From Research to Real Users

Ever since the showdown between Empiricists and Rationalists a decade
ago at TMI-92, MT researchers have hotly pursued promising paradigms
for MT, including data-driven approaches (e.g., statistical,
example-based) and hybrids that integrate these with more traditional
rule-based components.

During the same period, commercial MT systems with standard transfer
architectures have evolved along a parallel and almost unrelated
track, increasing their coverage (primarily through manual update of
their lexicons, we assume) and achieving much broader acceptance and
usage, principally through the medium of the Internet. Web page
translators have become commonplace; a number of online translation
services have appeared, including in their offerings both raw and
post-edited MT; and large corporations have been turning increasingly
to MT to address the exigencies of global communication. Still, the
output of the transfer-based systems employed in this expansion
represents but a small drop in the ever-growing translation
marketplace bucket.

Now, 10 years later, we wonder if this mounting variety of MT users is
any better off, and if the promise of the research technologies is
being realized to any measurable degree. In this regard, we pose the
following questions: Why aren't any current commercially available MT
systems primarily data-driven? Do any commercially available systems
integrate (or plan to integrate) data-driven components? Do
data-driven systems have significant performance or quality issues?
Can such systems really provide better quality to users, or is their
main advantage one of fast, facilitated customization? If any new MT
technology could provide such benefits (somewhat higher quality, or
facilitated customization), would that be the key to more widespread
use of MT, or are there yet other more relevant unresolved issues,
such as system integration? If better quality, customization, or
system integration aren't the answer, then what is it that users
really need from MT in order for it to be more useful to them?

We solicit participation on these and other topics related to the
research, development, and use of MT in the form of original papers,
demonstrations, workshops, tutorials, and panels. We invite all who
are interested in MT to participate, including developers,
researchers, end users, professional translators, managers, and
marketing experts. We especially invite users to share their
experiences, developers to describe their novel systems, managers and
marketers to talk about what is happening in the marketplace,
researchers to detail new capabilities or methods, and visionaries to
describe the future as they see it. We also welcome and encourage
participation by members of AMTA's sister organizations, AAMT in Asia
and EAMT in Europe.

Details regarding the conference may be found on the AMTA Web site:

Elliott Macklovitch, General Chair
Stephen D. Richardson, Program Chair
Violetta Cavalli-Sforza, Local Arrangements Chair
Bob Frederking, Workshops and Tutorials
Laurie Gerber, Exhibits Coordinator


Authors/system developers are invited to submit presentations in
English in any of the following three categories:

1. Theoretical papers: Unpublished papers describing original work on
all aspects of Machine Translation. Preference will be given to
papers that include concrete results and that address the theme of
moving MT research technology (including, but not limited to,
data-driven systems or components) into real use. Papers should not
be longer than 10 pages, with minimum character font size of 11 pt.

2. User studies: Studies of users' experiences with implementing MT or
testing its applicability to some task. Of particular interest are
experiences deploying new or advanced MT technology in a production
context. Users, managers, and sales/marketing professionals are
especially welcome to submit. Studies should not be longer than 8
pages, with minimum character font size of 11 pt.

3. System descriptions with optional system demonstrations: Approx. 25
minutes will be allocated per system description/demo. Submissions
should not be longer than 4 pages. The goal of system descriptions is
to educate participants about the features and functionality of
current and emerging MT systems. Sales presentations are not
appropriate. The following information should be provided in each
system description; - name and contact information of system builder -
system category (research, pre-market prototype, or commercially
available) - system characteristics (e.g., languages, domains,
integration/networking features) If a system demonstration is
included, please provide the following information: - hardware
platform and operating system - name and contact information of system
operations specialist

First page: All submissions should include a separate title page with
the following information: - paper title, - author(s)' name(s),
address(es), telephone and fax numbers, email address(es), -
one-paragraph abstract, - for theoretical papers: subject area
keyword(s) - for user studies: the words "User study" - for system
descriptions/demos: the words "System description/demo"

DEADLINES and SCHEDULE: Submissions due at address below: April 15,
2002 (Monday) Notification of acceptance: May 31, 2002 (Friday) Final
versions of papers due: July 15, 2002 (Monday)

Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. They should be sent
 email address:
 subject line: AMTA-2002 submission

in one of the following formats:
 Microsoft Word (RTF format)
 ASCII plain text

Hardcopy submissions (please send four (4) copies):
AMTA-2002: Stephen D. Richardson
Microsoft Research
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052

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