LINGUIST List 14.3331

Wed Dec 3 2003

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  1. keller, Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society; Tutorial Session
  2. dmidgley, Student Research Workshop at ACL-04

Message 1: Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society; Tutorial Session

Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 18:59:37 -0500 (EST)
From: keller <>
Subject: Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society; Tutorial Session

Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society; Tutorial Session 
Short Title: Cogsci Tutorials 

Date: 04-Aug-2004 - 04-Aug-2004
Location: Chicago, IL, United States of America
Contact: Frank Keller
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Cognitive Science 
Call Deadline: 06-Feb-2004 

Meeting Description:

The Tutorials program at Cognitive Science 2004 will be held on 4
August 2004. They will provide conference participants with the
opportunity to gain new insights, knowledge, and skills from a broad
range of areas in the field of cognitive science. Tutorial topics will
be presented in a taught format and are likely to range from practical
guidelines to academic issues and theory. This is the fourth year that
tutorials in this format will be offered.


August 5-7, 2004, Chicago, Westin River North



The Tutorials program at Cognitive Science 2004 will be held on 4
August 2004. They will provide conference participants with the
opportunity to gain new insights, knowledge, and skills from a broad
range of areas in the field of cognitive science. Tutorial topics will
be presented in a taught format and are likely to range from practical
guidelines to academic issues and theory. This is the fourth year that
tutorials in this format will be offered.

Tutorial participants will be from a wide range of the cognitive
sciences, but they will be looking for insights into their own areas
and summaries of other areas providing tools, techniques, and results
to use in their own teaching and research.

Tutorials must present tutorial material, that is, provide results
that are established and to do so in an interactive format. They will
tend to involve an introduction to technical skills or methods (e.g.,
cognitive modelling in ACT-R, statistical ''causal'' modelling, methods
of analysing qualitative observational data). They are likely to
include substantial review of material. The level of presentation can
assume that the attendees have at least a first degree in a cognate
area. Tutorials are welcome to assume a higher level if
necessary. Tutorials about yesterday's results from your lab are
strongly discouraged. Tutorials about this year's theme, The Social,
Cultural and Contextual Elements of Cognition, are encouraged.


Each tutorial is designed to be a half-day or full-day in
duration. Half-day tutorials are about 3 hours long (not including
breaks). Full day tutorials are about 6 hours long (not including
breaks). Please indicate the duration of your proposed tutorial in
your application.


The background of attendees assumed by the tutorial should be
described explicitly and in detail in the proposal form Include any
pre-requisites such as knowledge of processes and procedures. State
any skills that are needed to understand tutorial content or to
complete the exercises.

In addition, state whether the tutorial is intended to introduce
participants to an area, or whether it is intended to further develop
the expertise of participants who already have some knowledge or
experience in a particular area.

Most tutorials should be at the introductory graduate school level or
higher. That is, the tutorials should be accessible to postgraduate
students, but should also assume a first degree in one of the
cognitive sciences.


Tutorials can cover any topic in cognitive science. A small survey at
Cognitive Science 1998 suggested numerous topics. These include:
hidden Markov models; Advanced Bayesian inferencing/Bayesian nets;
Computer program for real-time experimentation; Distinguishing among
production system models - ACT, EPIC, SOAR; Introductions to specific
cognitive architectures; Introduction to Philosophy as it pertains to
issues relevant to Cognitive Science; Verbal protocol analysis;
Cognitive task analysis; Learning to code prosody and phonology;
Social cognition; Designing FMRI studies; Qualitative/observational
methods and their analysis. Programs in previous years have included
cognitive architectures, eye-tracking, and fMRI.

Tutorials on these and other topics broadly related to cognitive
science are solicited.

Review Process

Tutorial proposals will be evaluated by the tutorial committee on the
basis of their estimated benefit for prospective participants and on
their fit within the tutorials program as a whole.

The proposal form is available as a plain text file: Proposal form

Factors to be considered include relevance, importance, and audience
appeal; suitability for presentation in a half-day or full-day
tutorial format; use of presentation methods that offer participants
direct experience with the material being taught; how much they might
help unify cognitive science; teaching a skill or covering a topic
that would not have another outlet; and past experience and
qualifications of the instructors with their tutorial.

Selection is also based on the overall distribution of topics,
approaches (overview, theory, methodology, how-to), audience
experience levels, and specialities of the intended audiences.


Submissions for Cognitive Science Tutorials must include two
documents, the proposal (including contact details, abstract, and
proposal details), and example material.

The cover page and proposal must be submitted by email as plain ASCII
text (no rtf, no word files, no postscript, no MIME, no pdf, no
troff). (please, this allows us to pass it to committee members more
quickly and takes less space).

The example material may be submitted by email as binhexed Microsoft
Word files (5, 6,98 or rtf) or as HTML (URL or text), or as PDF,
otherwise, 2 paper copies are required.

 * Proposal: Prepare a proposal, no longer than 1,500 words, for
 review purposes. The proposal should be a clearly written
 specification of the tutorial. It should:
 describe in detail the material that will be covered in the course
 justify the tutorial for a cognitive science audience
 explain how the tutorial will be conducted
 give a schedule of events with time allocations
 describe and provide samples of materials that will be included in
 the tutorial notes (or refer to these materials on the web or on
 the submitted hardcopy).
 If the proposed tutorial has been given previously, the proposal
 should include a brief history of where the tutorial has been
 given and how it will be modified for the Cognitive Science
 Proposal form for downloading and filling in and sending back via
 email to the chair:
 * Description: A description of your tutorial useful for putting
 into conference flyers.
 * Extended Abstract: A one page overview suitable for inclusion in
 the conference proceedings. It may reference your own URLS, or a
 society supplied page for dissemination of additional useful
 * Requirements List: As part of the proposal, prepare a list of
 requirements for running the tutorial. Include any supplies
 required for each participant, restrictions or conditions on
 offering the tutorial, and other information that the review
 committee should know in considering the proposal. Please include
 here your audio-visual and computing equipment requirements.
 Tutorials may specify the use of computers; and your proposal must
 note what computing resources you will need, including software
 and hardware. We believe that it is a reasonable assumption to
 have tutees, appropriately paired, share a computer.
 Alternatively, you may just specify a display panel to display
 information. Your assistance in providing a display panel, if
 possible, should be noted. Computers do not have to be used.
 We will work with you to provide support. If your software runs on
 multiple platforms, please state the range and tradeoffs as
 clearly as you can. You will be responsible for installing and
 removing any software you use.
 Based on previous year's experience, you can assume that
 participants will be able to bring laptops. We will work with you
 to provide the software to the laptops. It is likely, but subject
 to confirmation that there will be internet connections available,
 for either the tutors or participants. This is subject to
 confirmation and there may be other possibilities available.

Upon Acceptance

Tutors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by late February to
early March 2004. Acceptance is conditional upon the tutors'
compliance with deadlines and requirements.

Abstracts of accepted tutorials will be included in the calls for
participation for the conference and in the proceedings.

Instructors should prepare course material specifically for the
Cognitive Science tutorial session. Presentation materials used by the
instructor for other courses or projects must be current.

Tutorial Notes

Attendees at other conferences have indicated that the tutorial notes
are a valuable benefit of taking a tutorial. Consequently, proposed
tutorials are accepted contingent upon receipt of high-quality
tutorial notes.

The notes should serve as reference materials for attendees and should
support the presentation of material during the tutorial. The tutorial
notes should include such items as:

* an introduction to the topic
* copies of all overhead transparencies and slides
* an annotated bibliography
* copies of relevant background material or scholarly papers (for which
 the instructors have obtained any necessary reprint permission)
* tutorial exercises, as appropriate

Instructors must sign a release form giving Cognitive Science
one-time-only permission to utilise the notes for tutorial
participants and to sell notes at the conference.


A budget of $125 will be awarded for each half-day tutorial that is
taught, $250 for each full-day. If a tutorial has two or more
instructors, the budget will be shared among them. The budget can only
be applied to registration fees, meals, and housing costs at the
conference. Tutors will not be charged for attending their own
tutorial. Tutors may bring a helper to the tutorial at no cost.

Notes on Submissions

Your submission must be in English. Submissions which arrive after
the deadline will not be considered. Your submission should contain
no proprietary or confidential material and should cite no proprietary
or confidential publications. Responsibility for permissions to use
video, audio or pictures of identifiable people rests with you, not
CogSci 2004. We strongly suggest the use of express mail or a courier
service for speedy delivery. Customs labels should bear the words
''Educational materials with no commercial value.''

Important Dates

 * 6 February 2004: Tutorial submissions due, 17:00 (5:00 pm) local
 time at the receiving address
 * Late February 2004: Notification of acceptance or rejection
 * 15 April 2004: Camera-ready abstract copy due for inclusion in
 * 15 June 2004: Camera-ready tutorial notes due 


 Frank E. Ritter (Penn State)
 Frank Keller (U. of Edinburgh)

Committee members

 Fernanda Ferreira (Michigan State)
 Todd Johnson (UT/Houston)
 Gary Jones (Derby)
 Padraic Monaghan (Warwick)
 Chris Kello (George Mason)
 Ching-Fan Sheu (Depaul)
 Robert St. Amant (North Carolina State University)
 Yvette Tenney (BBN Labs)
 Richard Young (Hertfordshire)

Send To:

 Frank E. Ritter
 School of Information Sciences and Technology
 [building number to be provided after move on 1/2004]
 University Park, PA 16802
 Tel: +1 814 865-4453
 Fax : +1 814 865-6426
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Message 2: Student Research Workshop at ACL-04

Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 22:27:07 -0500 (EST)
From: dmidgley <>
Subject: Student Research Workshop at ACL-04

Student Research Workshop at ACL-04 

Date: 21-Jul-2004 - 26-Jul-2004
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Contact: Daniel Midgley
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Computational Linguistics 
Call Deadline: 08-Mar-2004 

Meeting Description:

Student Research Workshop at ACL-04 PRELIMINARY CALL FOR PAPERS

Student Research Workshop at ACL-04

July 21-26, 2004
Barcelona, Spain

1. General Invitation for Submissions

The Student Research Workshop is an established tradition at ACL
conferences. The workshop provides a venue for student researchers
investigating topics in Computational Linguistics and Natural Language
Processing to present their work and receive feedback. Participants
will have the opportunity to receive feedback both from the general
audience and from selected panelists -- experienced researchers who
prepare in-depth comments and questions in advance of the
presentation. One paper will be selected for the ACL-04 Student
Research Workshop Best Paper Award.

We invite all student researchers to submit their work to the
workshop. As the main goal of the workshop is to provide feedback, the
emphasis is on work in progress. Original and unpublished research is
therefore invited on all aspects of computational linguistics
including, but not limited to, these topic areas:

*pragmatics, discourse, semantics, syntax and the lexicon phonetics,
*phonology and morphology 
*linguistic, mathematical and psychological models of language
*information retrieval, information extraction, question answering 
*summarization and paraphrasing
*speech recognition, speech synthesis 
*corpus-based language modeling 
*multi-lingual processing, machine translation, translation aids 
*spoken and written natural language interfaces, dialogue systems 
*multi-modal language processing, multimedia systems 
*message and narrative understanding systems 

The main conference also features tutorials, workshops, and
demos. More information on these can be found at the main ACL-04 page,

2. Submission Requirements

Papers should describe original work, still in progress. Submission
will therefore normally be open only to students who have settled on
their thesis direction but who still have significant research left to
do; those students in the final stages of their thesis should consider
submitting instead to the main conference. Papers should clearly
indicate directions for future research wherever appropriate. The
papers may have more than one author; however, all authors MUST be
students. Please note: a paper accepted for presentation at the
Student Workshop cannot be presented or have been presented at any
other meeting with publicly available published proceedings. Papers
that are being submitted to other conferences must indicate this under
identification information (see submission guidelines below). Students
who have already presented at an ACL/EACL/NAACL student session may
not present at a student session again, but are encouraged to submit
to the main conference instead.

3. Submission Procedure

Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings and
should not exceed six (6) pages, including references. We strongly
recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style
files tailored for this year's conference. These will soon be
available from the web pages of ACL-04 and the student research
workshop. A description of the format will also be available in case
you are unable to use these style files directly.

Submission must be electronic. The following formats are acceptable:
PostScript (.ps), Rich Text Format ACL style (.rtf), Microsoft Word
ACL style(.doc) and PDF (.pdf). The electronic submissions should be
sent in an attachment to the following e-mail address: In the body of the e-mail, please
include the following identification information:

*Author(s) name(s), affiliation, and e-mail addresses
*Topic Area: (one or two general topic areas, see list above)
*Keywords: Up to 5 keywords specifying the subject area
*Under Consideration for Other Conferences: (if yes, please specify)
*Abstract: short summary (up to 5 lines)

In addition, we ask you to submit a CV, or a letter from your advisor
indicating that you meet the submission requirements specified in
Section 2.

4. Reviewing Procedure

Reviewing of papers submitted to the Student Workshop will be managed
by the Student Workshop Co-Chairs, with the assistance of a team of
reviewers. Each submission will be matched with a mixed panel of
student and senior researchers for review. The final acceptance
decision will be based on the results of the review.

Note that reviewing of papers will be blind; therefore, please make
sure your paper shows the title, but no author information. You
should likewise not have any self-identifying references anywhere in
the paper submitted for review. For example, rather than this ''We
showed previously (Smith, 2001), ...'' use citations such as ''Smith
(2001) previously showed ...''

5. Schedule

Submissions must be received by March 8th, 2004. Late submissions will
be automatically disqualified. Acknowledgment will be e-mailed soon
after receipt. Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors (by
e-mail) on April 26th, 2004. Detailed formatting guidelines for the
preparation of the final camera-ready copy will be provided to authors
with their acceptance notice.

Important Dates:
Paper submissions deadline: March 8th, 2004
Notification of acceptance: April 26th, 2004
Camera ready papers due: May 25th, 2004

6. Travel Grants

Some funding will be available for students attending the
conference. Student presenters will be given first priority in the
evaluation of travel grant applications. For more information about
travel grants, please contact the Co-Chairs of the Student Workshop.

7. Contact Information

If you need to contact the Co-Chairs of the Student Workshop, please
use: An e-mail sent to this address
will be forwarded to all Co-Chairs.

Dmitriy Genzel (Co-Chair)
Computer Science Department 
Box 1910
Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA
Fax: +1-401-863-7657
Daniel Midgley (Co-Chair)
School of Computer Science & Software Engineering
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, Western Australia, 6009
Fax: +61-8-9380-1089 

Leonoor van der Beek (Co-Chair)
Information Science Department
University of Groningen
Box 716, 9700 AS Groningen, The Netherlands
Fax: +31-50-3636855

Justine Cassell (Faculty Advisor)
Media, Techology and Society
Northwestern University
2240 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208, USA 
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