LINGUIST List 14.2755

Mon Oct 13 2003

Calls: Computational Ling/Avignon, France

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  1. informations, RIAO 2004

Message 1: RIAO 2004

Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2003 17:50:47 +0000
From: informations <>
Subject: RIAO 2004

Coupling approaches, coupling media and coupling languages for
information retrieval

Short Title: RIAO 2004

Date: 26-Apr-2004 - 28-Apr-2004
Location: Avignon, France
Contact: Agn�s Beriot
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: Computational Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2003

Meeting Description:

Current content-based information management involves many different
disciplines. Information must be retrieved from video, from sound, and
from images and graphs.

 Call For Papers and Applications


 Coupling Approaches, Coupling Media and Coupling Languages for
 Information Retrieval

 University of Avignon (Vaucluse), France

 April 26th-28th, 2004

 Organized by:

 (C.I.D., France)

 in cooperation with the LIA (Laboratoire d'Informatique d'Avignon -
 Universit� d'Avignon)

 and with technical support of IRIT (Institut de Recherche en
 Informatique de Toulouse)


 Current content-based information management involves many different
 disciplines. Information must be retrieved from video, from sound, and
 from images and graphs. Question answering involves both syntax and

 Information classification and filtering involve machine learning and
 linguistics. In addition, as information technology spreads throughout
 the world, a wider variety of languages in increasingly complex
 combinations must be handled. 

 In response to these evolving needs, RIAO'2004 calls for papers
 covering the coupling of techniques from different domains to improve
 information retrieval. RIAO'2004 will present innovative research and
 developments from all areas of multi-media and multi-language
 information retrieval. Submissions, demonstrating combination of 
 techniques from disparate domains, may treat retrieval from either a
 single medium, or across media (indexing one medium for find
 information in another), or from coupling unstructured and structured
 information (e.g. exploiting both text and XML structure), or from
 across languages. 

 Conference Themes:

 Paper submissions should cover one or more of the following themes:

 Multimedia information:

 * Media-specific indexing techniques (text, speech, fixed and
 animated images, music)
 * Indexing composite documents
 * Querying multimedia documents
 * Automatically generating text from images and from video
 * Indexing interactive documents

 Multilingual Information:

 * Cross-lingual information retrieval, especially involving 
 rarer languages 
 * Automatic construction of bilingual lexicons and term banks
 * Production of multilingual documents

 Man Machine Combinations:

 * Coupling search and browsing
 * Coupling search and semantic mapping (ontologies, SOM, etc)
 * Multimodal interfaces
 * Coupling access through structure and through content
 * Automatic presentation of search aids (e.g. key words, phrases)
 * Neuroscience applied to information recognition

 Architecture for Combined Approaches:

 * Architecture for coupling techniques (e.g. Machine Learning for
 Content Management)
 * Architecture for coupling media
 * Architecture for treating multilingual information

 Specific Systems Combining Diverse Approaches:

 * Systems for Collaborative Information Retrieval
 * Question answering systems
 * Multidocument or multilingual summarization
 * Automatic translation, translation memory

 Combining Linguistic and Statistics for Retrieving Content:

 * Improved linguistic analyzers in information retrieval
 * Exploiting linguistic knowledge in search and retrieval 
 * Knowledge Extraction for Information Retrieval
 * Semantics in indexation and retrieval

 Composite Documents and Content:

 * Exploiting document structure
 * Semantic Web, and Ontologies for Full-Scale Information Retrieval
 * Exploiting new multimedia norms for content-based information

 Evaluation of Combined Approaches:

 * User oriented retrieval metrics
 * New retrieval metrics
 * Question-Answering systems evaluation metrics

 Application domains combining techniques:
 (descriptions of systems involving the following domains):

 * Cultural heritage
 * Indexation and retrieval of medical images
 * Applications concerning security
 * Protection of intellectual property
 * Protection of minors
 * E-learning
 * Technology Watch

 Important dates:

 First call for papers: October 1, 2003
 Deadline for paper submission: December 15, 2003
 Notification of acceptance of papers: January 31, 2004
 Camera-ready copies due: March 8, 2004
 Conference dates: April 26-28, 2004

 Submissions should be about 6000 words (about 20 pages, double
 spaced), include and abstract and be submitted in PDF or PS format. 

 Submissions for communications will be made electronically on its web
 site :

 The working language of the conference is English. However, in
 agreement with the French regulations of the ''Loi Toubon'', submission
 of papers in French and presentation of papers, if selected, in French
 will be accepted.


 Innovative applications and products related to the conference topics
 are sought for demonstrations during the three days of the Conference. 
 They will be selected by the international Application committee, on
 the basis of their innovation and future or present marketability. 
 Selected applications will be given free demonstrations spaces.

 Application submissions should cover one or more of the following

 * Multimedia indexing and retrieval systems (text, sound, speech,
 images, video)
 * Cross-lingual indexing and retrieval systems
 * Peer-to-peer text search engines
 * Cooperative Information Retrieval (grids)
 * Automatic XML structuring of documents
 * Automatic metadata generation for text, sound, and images,
 automatic annotators
 * Automated ontology construction and annotators
 * Topic detection and event detection in streaming documents,
 technology watch, strategy watch
 * Intelligent message filtering
 * Intelligent text agents
 * Parent control and anti-spam control by content filtering
 * E-learning - response interpretation
 * Document summarisation -- mono or multilingal, mono or
 multidocument, profile driven
 * Topic maps
 * Domain-specific application of information retrieval and
 multimedia retrieval: medicine, e-commerce, computer-assisted
 teaching, video production, etc

 Important dates:

 First call for applications: October 1, 2003
 Deadline for application submission: January 31, 2004
 Notification for acceptance of applications: March 15, 2004
 Conference dates: April 26-28, 2004

 Program Committee


Christian Fluhr - CEA, France
Gregory Grefenstette - Clairvoyance
Bruce Croft - UMass, Amherst, USA

 Catherine Berrut IMAG, France
 Francine Chen PARC, USA
 Claude Chrisment IRIT, Toulouse, France
 Franciska de Jong Univ. Twente, Netherland
 Claude de Loupy Sinequa, France
 Renato De Mori Univ. Avignon, France
 Marc El-B�ze Univ. Avignon, France
 Pascale Fung Scienc. Tech. Univ., Hong Kong
 Sadaoki Furui Tokyo Inst. Tech., Japan
 Jean-Luc Gauvain LIMSI, France
 Edouard Geoffrois ETCA/DGA, France
 Julio Gonzalo UNED, Spain
 Donna Harman NIST, USA
 Ulrich Heid Univ. Stuttgart, Germany
 Eduard Hovy ISI, Univ. S. California, USA
 Christian Jacquemin LIMSI, France
 Boris Katz MIT, USA
 Elisabeth Liddy Univ. Syracuse, USA
 Simone Marinai Univ. Florence, Italy
 Jos� Martinez Univ. Nantes, France
 Christof Monz Univ. Amsterdam, Netherland
 Frank Nack CWI, Netherland
 Chahab Nastar LTU, France
 Jian-Yun Nie Univ. Montr�al, Canada
 Douglas Oard Univ. Maryland, USA
 J�rg Ontrup Univ. Bielefeld, Germany
 Gabriella Pasi Univ. Milano, Italy
 Marie Theresa Pazienza Univ. Roma, Italy
 Marc Pic Advestigo, France
 Jean-Marie Pierrel INALF, France
 Jean-Marie Pinon INSA Lyon, France
 Yan Qu Clairvoyance, USA
 Steve Renals Univ. Sheffield, Great Britain
 Tetsuya Sakai Toshiba, Japan
 Fr�d�rique Segond Xerox, France
 Bernadette Sharp Staffordshire, Great Britain
 Alan Smeaton Univ. Dublin, Ireland
 Tokunaga Takenobu Tokyo Inst. Tech., Japan
 Simone Teufel Univ. Cambridge, Great Britain
 Evelyne Tzoukermann ACM, USA
 Keith Van Rijsbergen Univ. Glasgow, Great Britain
 Ross Wilkinson CSIRO, Australia
 Zhiping Zheng Univ. Saarland, Germany

 (Final list forthcoming)

 Applications Committee

 Chair Chantal Soul�-Dupuy
 Universit� de Toulouse,

 (Forming Committee)

 Organisation and Coordination Committee

 Chair Agn�s Beriot
 D�l�gu�e G�n�rale du C.I.D.,

 Peter Brodnitz Ogilvy & Mather, Japan
 Jean Louis d'Arc F�d�ration France-Polonge, France
 Jean Perri�re Administrator, Secretary General, C.I.D.,
 Saryn Rosart CASIS, USA
 Anne Tabutiaux Recherche et Diffusion, France

 (Final list forthcoming)

 Local Organisation Committee

 Aur�lia Barri�re Univ. Avignon, France
 St�phane Igounet Univ. Avignon, France

 (Final list forthcoming)

 Technical Committee

 President Luc Boulianne
 C.I.D., Canada

 Jonathan Albert C.I.D., Canada
 Max Chevalier Univ. Toulouse, France
 Jean-Jacques Guilbart Coll�ge de France, France
 C�cile Laffaire Univ. Toulouse, France

 (Final list forthcoming)

 Contact Information

 Centre de Hautes Etudes Internationales d'Informatique Documentaire
 36 bis rue Ballu
 75009 Paris France
 Tel: (33 / 0) 1 42 85 04 75
 Fax: (33 / 0) 1 48 78 49 61

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