LINGUIST List 13.3383

Fri Dec 20 2002

Calls: Anaphora/Reuse of Evaluation Resources

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  1. Robert Dale, Workshop on the Computational Treatment of Anaphora, Hungary
  2. ekaterini pastra, Workshop on the Reuse of Evaluation Resources and Metrics, Hungary

Message 1: Workshop on the Computational Treatment of Anaphora, Hungary

Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 14:29:06 +1100
From: Robert Dale <>
Subject: Workshop on the Computational Treatment of Anaphora, Hungary

EACL 2003 Workshop on The Computational Treatment of Anaphora
April 14th 2003
Budapest, Hungary

Workshop Topic

The study of anaphora has long been central to work in natural
language processing, in terms of both the resolution and generation of
anaphoric forms. Work in the area stretches from the extremely
theoretical, where issues in the philosophy of language are raised, to
the extremely practical, as evidence by the coreference task in the
Message Understanding Conferences. Submissions from across this
spectrum are invited for this workshop, whose aim is to encourage more
speculative thinking in areas that we believe have been
underexplored. In particular:

First, recent interest in information extraction has tended to focus
interest in the resolution of pronominal anaphora and reduced definite
NP anaphora, particularly with respect to proper names. Although these
topics are obviously of great significance, this focus has meant that
work on other aspects of anaphora has been, in our view, neglected.

Second, we recognise that relevant work in each of natural language
understanding (where the major focus has been pronominal anaphor
resolution) and natural language generation (where the major focus has
been the generation of subsequent references) has generally been
pursued independently of the other. We would like to encourage papers
that explore how insights from one area can be used in the other.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

-associative anaphora
-forms of anaphora where either the anaphor or the antecedent is not a noun
-presuppositions as anaphora
-shared knowledge sources in analysis and generation
-the development and exploitation of annotated corpora
-evaluations of anaphor resolution and generation
-cross-document coreference
-comparisons of formal and computational treatments of anaphora
-knowledge-poor vs knowledge-rich approaches

Workshop Format

The workshop will be one day in duration. Each presentation will last
for 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute discussion period.

Submission Format

Authors should submit a full paper of no more than six pages by the
deadline stated below. Your paper should include a descriptive
abstract of around 100 words, and should follow the formatting
guidelines for the main EACL conference, as detailed at Submissions should be made
electronically as either PDF or PS files, preferably the former: if
you are submitting a PS file, please send a version of this a week
before the stated deadline so that we can ensure there are no problems
with printing.

Submissions should be sent by email to

Workshop Registration

Refer to the main conference web pages at
for details of registration.

Important Dates

Call for Papers distributed November 1, 2002
Submissions Deadline January 7, 2003
Notification Date January 28, 2003
Camera ready copy due February 13, 2003
Workshop Date April 14, 2003

Program Chairs

Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
Kees van Deemter, University of Brighton, UK
Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Program Committee Members

Amit Bagga, Avaya, USA
David Beaver, Stanford, USA
Antonio Branco, Lisbon, Portugal
Claire Gardent, CNRS Nancy, France
Helmut Horacek, Saarbruecken, Germany
Pam Jordan, Pittsburgh, USA
Rodger Kibble, London, UK
Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Shalom Lappin, London, UK
Josef Meyer, Macquarie, Australia
Massimo Poesio, Essex, UK
Ehud Reiter, Aberdeen, UK
Bonnie Webber, Edinburgh, UK

Contact Information

If you have any enquiries regarding this workshop, contact the
organisers via the workshop email address If
for any reason this is problematic, contact

Robert Dale
Centre for Language Technology
Division of Information and Communication Sciences
Macquarie University
Sydney NSW 2109

Tel: +61 2 9850 6331
Fax: +61 2 9850 9529

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Message 2: Workshop on the Reuse of Evaluation Resources and Metrics, Hungary

Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 04:28:35 -0800 (PST)
From: ekaterini pastra <>
Subject: Workshop on the Reuse of Evaluation Resources and Metrics, Hungary

2nd Call for papers 

EACL 2003 Workshop on: 

Evaluation Initiatives in Natural Language Processing: 
are evaluation methods, metrics and resources reusable?

13 April 2003, Budapest, Hungary 
11th conference of the European Chapter of the 
Association for Computational Linguistics (April 12-17, 2003)

This is a second call for papers for the EACL 2003 workshop on the
reuse of evaluation resources. Details on this event can be found at
the workshop's webpage:

Topics of interest: 

We welcome submissions of both discussion-papers and papers presenting
applied experiments relevant with -but not limited to- the following

- cross-fertilization of evaluation methods and metrics 
- reuse of resources for evaluation (corpora, evaluation tools etc.) 
- feasibility experiments for the reuse of established evaluation
methods/metrics/resources in different NLP system types
- reusability obstacles and the notion of compositionality of NLP tasks 
- evaluation needs and challenges for less strenuously evaluated
system types (e.g multimodal dialogue systems ), possible benefits
from established evaluation practices
- evaluation standards and reusability 
- reuse within big evaluation initiatives 
- application of e.g. Machine Translation methods to Information
Retrieval: implications for evaluation

Submission format: 
Submissions must be electronic only, and should consist of full papers
of max. 8 pages (inclusive of references, tables, figures and
equations). Authors are strongly encouraged to use the style-files
suggested for the EACL main conference submissions at: Please, mail
your submissions to Katerina Pastra:

Important dates: 
* Deadline for workshop paper submissions: 
 TUESDAY, 7 January 2003 (NOTE: strict deadline) 
* Notification of workshop paper acceptance: 
 TUESDAY, 28 January 2003 
* Deadline for camera-ready workshop papers: 
 THURSDAY, 13 February 2003 
* Workshop Date: 
 SUNDAY, 13 April 2003 

Organizing Committe:
Katerina Pastra (University of Sheffield, UK) 
Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield, UK) 

Program Committee: 
Kalina Bontcheva (University of Sheffield, UK) 
Hamish Cunningham (University of Sheffield, UK) 
Rob Gaizauskas (University of Sheffield, UK) 
Donna Harman (NIST, US) 
Lynette Hirschman (MITRE, US) 
Maghi King (ISSCO, Switzerland) 
Steven Krauwer (Utrecht University, Netherlands) 
Inderjeet Mani (MITRE, US) 
Joseph Mariani (LIMSI, France) 
Patrick Paroubek (LIMSI, France) 
Katerina Pastra (University of Sheffield, UK) 
Martin Rajman (EPFL - Switzerland) 
Karen Sparck-Jones (University of Cambridge, UK) 
Horacio Saggion (University of Sheffield, UK) 
Simone Teufel (University of Cambridge, UK) 
Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield, UK) 

For any queries, please don't hesitate to contact: 

Katerina Pastra 
Research Associate & ILASH Research Co-ordinator 
Natural Language Processing Group 
Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield 

Regent Court - Room G35 
211 Portobello Street, Sheffield, U.K. 
Tel. +44 114 2221945 
Fax +44 114 2221810 
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