LINGUIST List 13.283

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  1. clou, Calls: Semantics for Information Retrieval & Filtering
  2. Elaine S. Ferreira Abousalh, Call for Papers - UNC-Chapel Hill, Spring Linguistics Colloquium

Message 1: Calls: Semantics for Information Retrieval & Filtering

Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 18:47:11 +0100
From: clou <>
Subject: Calls: Semantics for Information Retrieval & Filtering

 Second call for papers

 Using Semantics for Information Retrieval and Filtering

 State of the Art and Future Research

 Las Palmas, Canary Islands - Spain
 2nd of June 2002

 Held in conjunction with the

Third International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation

 (LREC 2002)

The goal of this full day workshop is to bring together researchers in
the domain of information retrieval, and in particular, researchers
concerned by the utility of enhancing queries with semantic
information gleaned from languages resources and processes.

Workshop scope and aims
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Several experiments have been carried out in the last 15 years
investigating the use of various resources and techniques (e.g.,
thesauri, synonyms, word sense disambiguation, etc.) to help refine or
enhance queries. However, the conclusions drawn on the basis of these
experiments vary widely. Results of some studies have led to the
conclusion that semantic information serves no purpose and even
degrades results, while others have concluded that the use of semantic
information drawn from external resources significantly increases the
performance of retrieval software. At this point, several question

 - Why do these conclusions vary so widely?
 - Is the divergence a result of differences in methodology?
 - Is the divergence a result of a difference in resources? What
 are the most suitable resources? Do results using manually
 constructed resources differ in significant ways from results
 using automatically extracted information?
 - What is the contribution of specialized resources?
 - Are present frameworks for evaluation (e.g., TREC) appropriate
 for evaluation of results?.

These questions are fundamental not only to research in document
retrieval, but also for information searching, question answering,
filtering, etc. Their importance is even more acute for multilingual
applications, where, for instance, the question of whether to
disambiguate before translating is fundamental.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers in the
domain of document retrieval, and in particular, researchers on both
sides of the question of the utility of enhancing queries with
semantic information gleaned from languages resources and processes.

The workshop will provide a forum for presentation of the different
points of view, followed by a roundtable in which the participants
will assess the state of the art, consider the results of past and
on-going work and the possible reasons for the considerable
differences in their conclusions. Ultimately, they will attempt to
identify future directions for research.

In view of the relevance of Word Sense Disambiguation (WSD) to
information retrieval, a part of the workshop will be dedicated to a
panel on Senseval and WSD evaluation
( The purpose of the
panel is to open the discussion on the objectives and principles of
Senseval-3, the next evaluation exercise for WSD systems.

The panel will summarize the methodology and results of Senseval-2 and
consider the current state of WSD. Panelists will speak about the
following topics: Is the Senseval-2 method of evaluation adequate? Are
we building the right kind of lexical resources for real sense
disambiguation systems? Should we (and is it possible to) start an
application-specific evaluation track?

Important dates
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 - Paper submission deadline: February, 15th 2002
 - Notification of acceptance/rejection: March 15th, 2002
 - Camera ready papers due: April 8th, 2002
 - Workshop: June 2nd, 2002

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Papers are requested that deal with one or more of the following
topics (this is not an exhaustive list), and which make use of
semantics applied to automatic information management:

 - Query enrichment
 - Semantic disambiguation
 - Thematic clustering
 - Performance comparison according to the resources or techniques
 - Automatic construction of resources from corpora
 - Comparisons of manually and automatically created resources
 - Methodology and resources for evaluation
 - Interlingual document retrieval
 - Structure and quality control of resources
 - Comparison of general resources and specialized resources
 - Use of document structure (XML, RDF, etc.)

Submission Details
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Papers should not exceed 7 pages.

Submission must be sent by ELECTRONIC mail to Please write "LREC2002 workshop paper submission"
in the subject line.

Accepted formats: Postscript (strongly preferred), PDF or RTF. No
information about author(s) should appear in the submission paper.

Please send the following information in a separate file: the title to
be printed in the programme of the Workshop; names and affiliations of
the authors; the full address of the first author (or a contact
person), including phone, fax, email, URL.

Formatting guidelines are provided at The format described here may be
modified for the final version.

Submissions must be received no later than February 15th 2002.

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The registration fee for the workshop is

 90 Euro if you are attending LREC
 140 Euro if you are NOT attending LREC

The fee includes two coffee breaks and the workshop proceedings.

Participation in the workshop is limited by the venue. Requests for
participation will be processed on a first come first served basis.
Registration is handled by the LREC Secretariat.

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The workshop will take place at the Palacio de Congreso de Canarias,
where the main LREC Conference will be held. For more information,
please refer to the LREC website :

Conference Information
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General information on LREC:

Information on travel, accommodation and general information on Las
Palmas and the Canary Islands can be obtained from:

 Octavio Grondonna Morales
 Viajes El Corte Ingles
 Avda. Juan XXIII, 9
 35004 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
 Tel: +34 928 292402
 Fax: +34 928 291876

Program Committee
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 - Marc El-Beze, Universite d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse, France
 - Christian Fluhr, CEA, France
 - Julio Gonzalo, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Spain
 - Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada
 - Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
 - Adam Kilgarriff, University of Brighton, United Kingdom
 - Claude de Loupy, Sinequa, France
 - Christian Marest, Mediapps, France
 - Patrick Paroubek, LIMSI, France
 - Piek Vossen, Irion Technologies, The Netherlands
 - Phil Edmonds, Sharp Laboratories of Europe LTD, United Kingdom

Contact Person
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 Claude de Loupy
 51-59 rue Ledru-Rollin
 94200 Ivry-sur-Seine, France
 Tel: +33 1 49 87 06 00 / Fax: +33 1 49 87 06 01

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Message 2: Call for Papers - UNC-Chapel Hill, Spring Linguistics Colloquium

Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2002 21:43:04 -0500
From: Elaine S. Ferreira Abousalh <>
Subject: Call for Papers - UNC-Chapel Hill, Spring Linguistics Colloquium

Call for Papers

UNC-Chapel Hill, Spring Linguistics Colloquium

Saturday, April 27 2002

Department of Linguistics, 
318 Dey Hall, CB #3155
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3155

Keynote Speaker: Mary Beckman
Ohio State University

Speakers are invited to present papers (in English) on any topic in
Theoretical Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Presentations will be
20 minutes long followed by a 10-minute discussion period.

Deadline for Abstracts: Friday, March 15 2002

Abstract Guidelines:

Email submissions are strongly preferred and may be sent in plain
text, or as files in Word, PDF, or .rtf format. Make sure you include
any non- standard fonts used. Abstracts should be one-page long, with
an optional additional page for examples, figures or
references. Please, do no include any author information in your
abstract but provide the following information in the body of your

a) title of paper
b) author's name(s) and affiliation(s)
c) e-mail address
d) address and phone number

Email submissions to the attention of Elaine Abousalh:

Please note that only one abstract from each individual can be
considered for acceptance. One individual abstract and one jointly
authored abstract may be submitted.
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