LINGUIST List 13.67

Sun Jan 13 2002

Calls: Computational Ling, Natural Lang Processing

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  1. Roberta Catizone, LREC 2002 Workshop
  2. PorTAL PC-Chairs, Portal: 2nd announcement

Message 1: LREC 2002 Workshop

Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 14:55:35 +0000
From: Roberta Catizone <>
Subject: LREC 2002 Workshop

 Call for Papers

			LREC 2002 Workshop

		'Learning for Advanced HLT Applications:
		 from Language Resources to Processes'

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

Motivation and Aims

The application of Human Language Technology to current IT trends
requires large amounts of specific linguistic resources. However,
existing large scale resources are never intended (i.e. designed and
handcrafted) for specific application tasks.

In order to bridge the existing gap, a variety of methods for
acquisition, adaptation and integration of linguistic resources have
been proposed in the NLP research area since the late 80's. Machine
learning and statistical techniques have been largely employed as
major devices able to deal with the scale and the complexity of the
problem. Although a large area of research, the impact of these
technologies on the applications is still low with respect to their
potential. Open problems are:

- the unclear targets of the learning activity: no general consensus
exists among the proposed approaches to the quality and quantity of
linguistic information needed for the different tasks (e.g. which is
the suitable representation that captures selective information from
the LR training material able to optimize parsing accuracy? Is it
fully grammatical, like in bracketed corpora, or lexical);

- the heterogeneity of sources: relevant information for the
adaptation task can be distributed in different repositories (lexical
knowledge bases and texts) or expressed differently (in different
languages and/or raw, e.g. texts, vs. semistructured data,
e.g. HTML/XML formats);

- the architectural idiosyncrasies: the proposed learning system makes
reference to different sources of information in different pipelined
(or redundant as in voting) application architectures.

- the application scope: current applications make a limited use (if
any) of available adaptation technologies. This often limits the scale
reachable by the current HLT aplications;

The above issues are orientative towards the complexity of the problem
in current research given the enormous potential of the application
field in areas like Web Mining, Question Answering and Knowledge

This workshop aims to bring together researchers of both academic and
industrial organizations interested in:

- Theoretical and Practical aspects of adaptive Natural Language
- Models of Acquisition and Integration of Domain Knowledge 
- Integration of induction models from heterogeneus data (lexicons vs.
ontologies, texts vs. HTML/XML pages)
- Learning Multlingual Information exploiting Multilingual Resources
(e.g. EuroWordnet)
- Theoretical and Practical aspects of Lexical Acquisition in
multilingual scenarios
- Architectures for learning, adaptation, and integration of LR
- Adaptive HLT applications (including but not limited to search,
retrieval, navigation and QA)
Papers are invited for presenting theoretical and methodological
aspects of Machine Learning of Natural Language as well as approaches
making effective use of adaptive methods in the perspective of
pre-industrial or industrial applications.

Program Committee 

Michael Brent 	Washington University in Saint Louis, USA
Roberta Catizone University of Sheffield
Walter Daelemans CNTS/Language Technology Group, Antwerp
Ralph Grishman Department of Computer SCience, NYC
M. V. Marabello KnowledgeStones S.p.A
Raymond Mooney University of Texas at Austin, USA
M. T. Pazienza University of Roma, Tor Vergata
G. Rigau Polytechnical University of Catalunia
Horatio Rodriguez Polytechnical University of Catalunia
A. Setzer University of Sheffield
N. Webb University of Sheffield
Y. Wilks University of Sheffield
R�mi Zajac New Mexico State University,
F.M. Zanzotto University of Roma, Tor Vergata

Contact person

Roberta Catizone
University of Sheffield
211 Portobello Street, Regent Court, S1 4DP Sheffield (UK)
phone: +44 114 2221897; fax +44 114 2221810

Time schedule (Important Dates)
 Deadline for workshop abstract submission: 22th of February 2002
 Notification of acceptance: 15th of March 2002
 Final version of paper for proceedings: 15th of April 2002
 Workshop: 2st of June 2002
 Morning Session:
 - 1st Invited Talk (8:00-9:00)
 - Technical Papers (9:00-11:30)
 - 2nd Invited Talk (11:30-12:30)
 - Panel and Round Table (12:30-1:30)

A summary of the intended workshop Call for Participation. 

 In the workshop the following invited speakers are expected:
 - Roberto Basili (University of Roma, Tor Vergata)
 - Fabio Ciravegna (University of Sheffield)

A panel session on "Adaptive Technologies and their implications on
advanced HLT applications (IR, IE, Q&A and KM)"

Distinguished panelists will be invited. Some of them confirmed their
participation and among others:
 - Nino Varile (EC Commission)
 - F. Gardin (AISoftware)


Papers should describe existing research connected to the topics of
the workshop. The presentation at the workshop will be 30 minutes long
(20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions and
discussion). Each submission should show: title; author(s);
affiliation(s); and contact author's e-mail address, postal address,
telephone and fax numbers. Abstracts (maximum 2 A4 pages, plain-text

The final version of the accepted papers should be no longer than 10
A4 pages. Instructions for formatting and presentation of the final
version will be sent to authors upon notification of acceptance.
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Message 2: Portal: 2nd announcement

Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 18:09:24 +0000
From: PorTAL PC-Chairs <>
Subject: Portal: 2nd announcement



 Faro, Portugal

 June 23rd-26th, 2002


(Algarve, Portugal), in June 23-26, 2002. PorTAL follows the FracTAL
conference, held in Besanon (France), December 1997, and VexTAL
held in Venice (Italy), November 1999.


Papers are invited on substantial, original, and unpublished research
on all aspects of natural language processing related areas,
including, but not limited to:

 * spoken and written language analysis and generation;
 * pragmatics, discourse, semantics, syntax, morphology and
 lexical acquisition;
 * linguistic, mathematical, and psychological models of
 * language-oriented information retrieval and information
 * knowledge acquisition;
 * corpus-based and statistical language modelling;
 * machine translation and translation aids;
 * natural language interfaces and dialogue systems;
 * message and narrative understanding systems;
 * computational lexicography;
 * Internet applications;
 * evaluation of systems.

We welcome submissions on any topic that is of interest to the NLP
community, but we particularly encourage submissions that broaden the
scope of our community through the consideration of practical NLP
applications. We also invite people from industry working on NLP to
send us their submissions and offer an opportunity to discuss and
demonstrate their latest applications.


- Laboratorio de Engenharia da Linguagem (CAUTL-IST)
- Spoken Language Systems Laboratory (INESC-ID Lisboa - IST)
- Universidade do Algarve
- Departamento de Linguistica (FLUL)
- Centre Lucien Tesniare (Universite Franche-Comte)

Program Chairs: Elisabete Ranchhod (Universidade de Lisboa /
 Nuno J. Mamede (Technical University of Lisbon
 Spoken Language Systems Laboratory (INESC-ID Lisboa)

Local Organization Chair: Jorge Baptista (Universidade do Algarve)


Alex Monaghan (Ireland)
Caroline Hagege (France)
Claire Gardent (France)
Diamantino Freitas (Portugal)
Fernando Martins (Portugal)
Franz Gunthener (Germany)
Gabriel Bes (France)
Graca Nunes (Brasil)
Hans Uszkoreit (Germany)
Ines Duarte (Portugal)
Irene Rodrigues (Portugal)
Isabel Trancoso (Portugal)
Jacqueline Leon (France)
Joao Paulo Neto (Portugal)
Jorge Baptista (Portugal)
Julia Pazj (Hungary)
Krzysztof Bogacki (Poland)
Lauri Karttunen (USA)
Luis Caldas Oliveira (Portugal)
Maria Cau Viana (Portugal)
Maurice Gross (France)
Max Silberztein (USA)
Peter Greenfield (France)
Pierre-Andre Buvet (France)
Richard Sproat (USA)
Rodolfo Delmonte (Italy)
Ruslan Mitkov (U.K.)
Stephane Chaudiron (France)
Steve Abney (USA)
Sylviane Cardey (France)
Tony Berber Sardinha (Brasil)
Xavier Blanco (Spain)
Yorick Wilks (U.K.)


Submitted papers should describe original work, completed or in
progress, rather than merely planned, and clearly indicate the current
state of advancement of the work. No previously published papers
should be submitted. Simultaneous submission to other conferences is
allowed provided it is explicitly indicated on the identification

1.Papers should not exceed 3000 words(including references), must
 contain a 5 lines abstract, and must be submitted in adobe
 acrobat (.pdf), postscript (.ps) or rich text (.rtf) formats.
 All papers will be submitted electronically.

2.The reviewing of papers will be blind. Hence the paper should
 not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore,
 self-references that reveal the author's identity should be

3.All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the program
 committee and published both in print and electronically in the
 conference proceedings. All accepted papers must be presented at
 the conference by at least one of their authors.

4.At least one author must register as participant of PORTAL.
 The early registration fees apply to authors of accepted papers.

5.Submission Procedure

All papers will be submitted electronically:

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February 4th 2002 - Deadline for submitting papers
March 4th 2002 - Notification of acceptance
April 8th 2002 - Camera ready paper dues
May 31st 2002 - Final program of the conference
June 23rd 2002 - The conference begins
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Nuno J. Mamede L2F/INESC - Lab. de Sistemas de Lengua Falada DEI/IST - Dept. de Engenharia Informatica
Tel: (351) 213100367 Rua Alves Redol, 9 
Fax: (351) 213145843 1000-029 Lisboa, Portugal

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