LINGUIST List 13.553

Thu Feb 28 2002

Calls: Computational Ling, Computational Ling

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  1. Bob Knippen, Deadline Extended: Workshop on customizing NLP resources
  2. Dina Kapetangianni, Fw: call for papers - extended deadline

Message 1: Deadline Extended: Workshop on customizing NLP resources

Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 20:42:00 -0500
From: Bob Knippen <>
Subject: Deadline Extended: Workshop on customizing NLP resources

Deadline Extended:
 March 15

 Customizing Knowledge in NLP Applications:
 Strategies, Issues and Evaluation

 A workshop at the Third International Conference
 on Language Resources and Evaluation

The workshop addresses one of the key challenges in the development of
NLP applications: bridging a generic framework with domain/task
specific requirements. The issue reduces to the problem of
customization of linguistic software and the degree to which this
effort can be limited once a given component (i.e., grammar, lexicon,
thesaurus, interpreter, tagger, etc.) is used across applications and
across domains.

As natural language products play an increasingly more prominent role
in the market for knowledge management, information extraction, search
and navigation, the suppliers of technologies still struggle with the
ability to produce high-qualitysoftware which can be deployed to new
domains and relatively similar tasks in a short time within budget.

The issue of genericity versus specificity plays out in a number of
areas; the key to solving the problem is that of identifying whether
there is a particular locus to the dilemma: the architecture of the
system, the language resources, the application components.

The problem of customization directly affects the architecture, the
development process as well as the evaluation benchmarks for NLP
systems. Although the notion of "knowledge bottleneck" has been
essentially attached to NLP systems relying on knowledge
representation strategies, even statistical NLP systems suffer from a
customization problem. The goal of the workshop is to emphasize the
tension as well as the potential for crossfertilization between
knowledge-based and corpus-based approaches to customization. While
both approaches are needed, the key issue is how to reconcile
potential contrasts and define the optimal balance between the two in
order to maximise benefits for the content
creation/management/delivery applications of focus, e.g.
categorization, search, navigation, retrieval, extraction,
personalization, generation etc.


The workshop aims at bringing together people from both academia and
industry to address the variety of topics in the areas of
customization, knowledge representation and acquisition, and metrics
for measuring complexity. We invite submissions of papers in all areas
of customization of NLP components, including, but not limited to, the
following topics:

* The locus of generic and specific information in NLP systems;
* Generic and domain specific language resources;
* Knowledge acquisition and knowledge development strategies;
* Customization strategies in statistical NLP;
* Customization strategies in knowledge-based NLP systems;
* Modularization of applications for purposes of reducing
customization efforts;
* Criteria, strategies and metrics for assessing "degree of

Papers should be submitted electronically to
and should be in Word or postscript format.

Papers should be no longer than 3,000 words, including the abstract.
Contributors should also provide their affiliation and email contact.

Presentations will be allotted 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute

Upon notification of acceptance, authors will be provided with the
LREC stylesheet and make any necessary reformatting for the
camera-ready version to be published in the proceedings.


Deadline for workshop submission	15th March 2002
Notification of Acceptance 		1st April 2002
Final version of paper for proceedings 	15th April 2002
Workshop 				27th May 2002 (14:30 to 20:00)


The registration fees for the workshop are:
* If you are not attending LREC: 70 EURO
* If you are attending LREC: 45 Euro

These fees cover the following: a copy of the proceedings of the
attended workshop, coffee-breaks and refreshments.

Participation in the workshop is limited by the venue.

Requests for participation will be processed on first come first
served basis.

Registration will be handled by the LREC Secretariat.


For any further questions relating the workship itself, visit the
conference website at or e-mail


Federica Busa		Webegg
Evelyne Viegas 		Microsoft Corporation
Antonio Sanfilippo 	SRA International
Robert Knippen		LingoMotors Inc.
Connie Parkes		Dictaphone
Saliha Azzam		Microsoft Corporation
Piek Vossen		Irion Technologies
Remi Zajac		Systran Corporation

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Message 2: Fw: call for papers - extended deadline

Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 09:40:29 -0500
From: Dina Kapetangianni <>
Subject: Fw: call for papers - extended deadline

 International Workshop on
 "Computational Approaches to Collocations"
 22., 23. July 2002
 Vienna, Austria

For more information regarding topics, submission and the conference -
see original call for papers:

Brigitte Krenn
Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (�FAI)
Schottengasse 3
1010 Vienna, Austria
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