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  1. Raffaella.Bernardi, 2nd CoLogNET-ElsNET Symposium

Message 1: 2nd CoLogNET-ElsNET Symposium

Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 09:00:43 +0200 (CEST)
From: Raffaella.Bernardi <>
Subject: 2nd CoLogNET-ElsNET Symposium

	 *Submission Deadline: 1st of September*

 2nd CoLogNET-ElsNET Symposium

 "Questions and Answers: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives"

 18 December 2003, Amsterdam (NL)

 Co-located event: 14th Amsterdam Colloquium, 19/21 December 2003


Werner Ceusters (Language and Computing)
Jeroen Groenendijk (ILLC, University of Amsterdam)
Karen Sparck Jones (Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge)


A selection of contributions will be published as special issue of the
Journal of Applied Logic (ELSEVIER). (See below for author


The symposium is the second of three devoted to the exploration of the
common ground between the "Logic and Natural Language Processing" Area
of CoLogNET (Network of Excellence in Computational Logic, and ELSNET (Network of Excellence in Human
Language Technologies, The topic of this
session is 'Questions and Answers'. The symposium will address both
the logical foundations underlying these notions, and technological
implications for question answering systems.

It aims at bringing together researchers interested in a combination
of theoretical and applied perspectives, and invites an exchange of
ideas between computational linguists, computer scientists and
logicians. It will feature invited talks by leading researchers from
academia and industry as well as a number of contributed talks.


Human language is the only medium we have for storing and transmitting
complex information, especially propositional knowledge. Language is
also the most natural medium for solliciting information. If we want
to know something, we simply ask questions. The adequate formal
treatment of questions has long been recognized as a central challenge
for semantics.

The interpretation of questions by computer programs has been the
major problem for all attempts to make databases accessible by natural
language. Yet before simple question-answering systems could be
realized, researchers had already extended the challenge to systems
that would be able to particpate in coherent and informative

With the explosive growth of freely available digital information on
the WWW the need for reliable question-answering keeps increasing. A
promising new line of research concentrates on open-domain question
answering by exploiting the unstructured textual information on the

Against this background, we invite papers on formalization of querying
systems for integrated structured domains (like databases,
ontologies,..) as well as for open domain sources (like web-based
documents). A (non-exclusive) list of potential areas and issues of
interest is given below.

Areas: Formal Semantics,
 Knowledge Representation,
 Question Anwering,
 Semantic Web,
 IR -- Search Engines

Issues: Questions: linguistic analysis of interrogatives,
 theoretical and practical approaches to question semantics,
 presuppositions/implicatures in questions,
 interpretation of questions in context,
 query interpretation and query extension in IR,
 questions that do not look like questions,
 paraphrasing of questions for answer detection,
 asking for cause and reason.
 Answers: comparing (possible) answers,
 evaluating (possible) answers, contextual binding of
 (possible) answers -- i.e., temporal and spatial dependencies,
 quantified and conditional questions,
 with quantified and conditional answers, etc.


Paper submissions must be anonymous and are limited to at most 8 pages
including references, figures etc. Only electronic submissions will
be accepted. Please email your submission -- pdf (preferred), or
postscript -- to; write "Symposium:
Submission" in the subject. A notification will be sent to you.

Each submission should also specify the author's name, affiliation,
postal address, email address and title in the body of the email
message. For more information, please contact the workshop co-chairs.

Camera ready versions of accepted papers should use the ELSEVIER
Harvard style (


 Deadline for Submissions: 01 September 2003
 Notification of Acceptance: 15 October 2003
 Deadline for Proceedings: 15 November 2003
 CoLogNET-ElsNET symposium: 18 December 2003
 14th Amsterdam Colloquium: 19/21 December 2003


 Raffaella Bernardi (co-chair), Free University of Bolzano
 Michael Moortgat (co-chair), University of Utrecht
 Enrico Franconi, Free University of Bolzano
 Maarten de Rijke, University of Amsterdam
 Hans Uszkoreit, University of Saarland
 Bonnie Weber, University of Edinburgh


The CoLogNET-ElsNET symposia are organized by the ``Logic and Natural
Language Processing'' area of CoLogNET (Area 6), in collaboration with
ELSNET. CoLogNET is a three year European NoE (2002-2004) in
Computational Logic, whereas ELSNET is dedicated to human language

For any further information visit the symposium web site:

or contact:

Raffaella Bernardi
Free University of Bolzano-Bozen
P.zza Domenicani 3
39100 Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
Phone: +39-0471-315 620
Fax: +39-0471-315 649

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