LINGUIST List 13.2856

Tue Nov 5 2002

Calls: Technologies of Information/NLP

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  1., Technologies of Information
  2. steven.krauwer, European Workshop on Natural Language Generation

Message 1: Technologies of Information

Date: Sat, 02 Nov 2002 08:40:18 +0000
From: <>
Subject: Technologies of Information

International Conference: Sciences of Electronic,Technologies of
Information and Telecommunication
Short Title: SETIT 2003 
Location: Mahdia, TUNISIA
Date: 17-Mar-2003 - 21-Mar-2003

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2002

Web Site:
Contact Person: Hanene TRICHILI
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description: 
You are concerned with the filed of electrnic, Information technology
and telecommunications. You are also interested to be up-to-date.
Join us in Tunisia for SETIT 2003 :
in March 17-21, 2003.
SETIT 2003 has the ambition to promote a technological reference
frame, to give answers and original innovating ideas and to contribute
for a common language around the information processing and the
Telecommunications. This conference will allow, in one hand, sharing
experiences to make a state of the art of the theory, the research,
the telecommunication applications and the Information processing. On
the other hand, SETIT will present future innovations.

Conference topics:

Information Processing
Information Fusion, Neuronal Networks and Fuzzy Logic,
Rationing Methods, Data mining,
Signal Processing
Statistical Analysis, Signal Processing,
Speech Processing, Speech Compression and coding,
Image et Video
Image Compression and coding, Image Processing Technology, 
Cryptology and Watermarking, Image 3D,
Management and Diffusion of Multimedia Applications, 
Multimedia Data Base, 
Documents Modelisation and Interpretation, 
Telecommunication's Computer Science,
Networks and telecommunications, communication Protocoles, 
Algorithmes'Architecture Adequation, Transmission Techniques,
Systems on chip, Electronic Integration,
Radiofrequence Circuits and systems,
Telecommunications's Circuits and systems,
Telemedicine, Industrial Applications, 
distance Teaching, Handicap and Telecommunication,

Around tables will be organized to allow for different participants
sharing their experiences on scoops related to the research end
teaching in the telecommunication field

Important Dates :

30 Novembre 2002 	Submission of Abstracts and Invited Session
26 D├ęcembre 2003 	Acceptance/ Rejection Notification.
27 Janvier 2003 	Final camera-ready papers due in electronic form
17 - 21 Mars 2003 	Conference SETIT 2003.

Submission Modality 

Authors are requested to submit their abstracts and tutorials in
electronic format, Before November 30, 2002 (at the adress : French is the official langue of the
conference , submissions and presentations can be done either in
french or in english. Selected papers, will be considered for possible
publication in special issues of international journals will be
effectuated in order to be published in international journals.
Information and Contact :Hanne TRICHILI Laboratory: LETI /
ENIS; PB W, 3038 Sfax Tel. +216 74 27 40 88 Email :

Web Site:

TUNISAIR (Official Transporter of the Conference) offered for the
participants and their accompaniers a reduction of 50 % for their
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Message 2: European Workshop on Natural Language Generation

Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2002 18:45:46 +0100 (MET)
From: steven.krauwer <>
Subject: European Workshop on Natural Language Generation

 Call for Papers

 (in conjunction with EACL2003)

 13-14 April 2003
 Budapest, Hungary


Natural language generation (NLG) is a subfield of natural language
processing that focuses on the generation of written texts in English
or other human languages, generally from some non-linguistic data or
knowledge. 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 biennial series of workshops about natural
language generation that has been running 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.
A substantial amount of time will be devoted to discussions, either in
sequence or in parallel, depending on the number of participants. The
workshop will focus on the following topics:

- Formal semantics and NLG
 In several subareas of NLG (generation of referring expressions, 
 lexicalization, among others) methods of formal semantics have 
 already been used successfully. By focusing on this topic, we hope 
 to strengthen the theoretical basis of NLG, complementing the 
 application-oriented emphasis that has become dominant recently.

- Evaluation of NLG systems
 Evaluation is an important factor for all NL systems, which is 
 notoriously underrepresented in the generation field. By focusing on
 this topic, we hope to strengthen the empirical basis of NLG, 
 preparing the ground for dedicated activities on this topic.

We are considering organizing an invited talk on the first and a panel
on the second topic. Substantial and original submissions on all
subfields of NLG, especially on the two special topics, are welcome.
Accepted papers will be scheduled for presentation. Since this is a
workshop, we encourage papers that describe speculative ideas, work in
progress, and discussions of important issues.


Ehud Reiter, Univ. of Aberdeen
Helmut Horacek, Univ. of the Saarland
Kees van Deemter, Univ. of Brighton


John Bateman, Univ. of Bremen, Germany
Nadjet Bouayad-Agha, Univ. Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Stephan Busemann, DFKI, Germany
Jo Calder, Fourth Person LtD, UK
Charles Callaway, IRST, Italy
John Carroll, Univ. of Sussex, UK
Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
Claire Gardent, CNRS Nancy, France
Pamela Jordan, Univ. of Pittsburgh, USA
Rodger Kibble, Univ. of London, UK
Emiel Krahmer, Univ. of Tilburg, The Netherlands
Chris Mellish, Univ. of Edinburgh, UK
Owen Rambow, Columbia Univ., USA
Leo Wanner, Univ. of Stuttgart, Germany


Papers describing original work in all areas of NLG, in particular 
related to the workshop focus topics above, should be submitted
electronically. Papers should be 4-8 pages long in PDF format following
the guidelines at the EACL site 
Send your submission to Ehud Reiter (


Paper submissions: 7 January 2003
Notification of acceptance: 28 January 2003
Camera-ready copies due: 13 February 2003
Registration deadline: as ACL
Workshop dates: 13-14 April 2003


The registration fees include attendance of the workshop and a copy of 
workshop proceedings. Follow the registration instructions at the EACL 
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 information 
will help with the organisation of discussions and allow for an 
informal and highly interactive workshop.


Notifications of attendance should be sent to Ehud Reiter 
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