LINGUIST List 14.3490

Tue Dec 16 2003

Calls: Computational Ling/Portugal; Lang Acquisition

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  2. als, 2nd Lisbon Meeting on Language Acquisition with special reference to Romance Languages

Message 1: Lessons Learned from Evaluation: Towards Transparency and Integration in CLIR

Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2003 11:55:18 -0500 (EST)
From: rschneid <rschneiduni-hildesheim.de>
Subject: Lessons Learned from Evaluation: Towards Transparency and Integration in CLIR

Lessons Learned from Evaluation: Towards Transparency and Integration
in CLIR
Short Title: LECLIQ 

Date: 29-May-2004 - 29-May-2004
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Contact: Ren� Schneider
Contact Email: lecliquni-hildesheim.de 
Meeting URL: http://www.uni-hildesheim.de/~lecliq 

Linguistic Sub-field: Computational Linguistics 
Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2004 
This is a session of the following conference: 4th International
Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation

Meeting Description:

A half-day workshop will be held in conjunction with the LREC
Conference in Lisbon on the morning of May 29, 2004. The topic of the
workshop is ''Lessons Learned from Evaluation: Towards Transparency
and Integration in Cross-Lingual Information Retrieval (LECLIQ)'' with
special focus on the use and benefits of quality gates.



 Call for papers
 
 Workshop on 

 LESSONS LEARNED FROM EVALUATION:
 TOWARDS TRANSPARENCY AND INTEGRATION 
 IN CROSS-LINGUAL INFORMATION RETRIEVAL
 (LECLIQ)
 
 to be held in 
 Lisbon, Portugal, on May 29, 2004 

 in conjunction with the 
 4th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2004) 


 
A half-day workshop will be held in conjunction with the LREC
Conference in Lisbon on the morning of May 29, 2004. The topic of the
workshop is ''Lessons Learned from Evaluation: Towards Transparency
and Integration in Cross-Lingual Information Retrieval (LECLIQ)'' with
special focus on the use and benefits of quality gates.
 
TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION
Recent work in Cross-Lingual Information Retrieval (CLIR) has shown
that systems perform differently with respect to queries, topics, data
sets and the corresponding query or result language. Since the
state-of-the-art in CLIR is far from finding an ideal method for this
variety of parameters, a better performance might be possible through
continuous analysis and integration of evaluation results achieved
from several retrieval devices. The process of integrating these
different methodologies might be controlled by quality gates. Quality
gates - having their origin in car manufacturing and being used in
IT-project management as well - are characterized as preventive and
process accompanying control mechanisms to check critical parameters
and ensure quality standards during the design, development, and
deployment of software. They generally consist of checklists combined
with appropriate rules to guarantee that work procedure fail is
recognized in time to prevent repetition.
 
The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers from
the field of Information Retrieval and Language Engineering with three
primary goals:
(1) to discuss, evaluate and judge the different methodologies used in
CLIR and to relate them to the languages being retrieved,
(2) to design the requirements for a dynamic network of quality gates
for the tuning of retrieval results,
(3) to define desired learn effects caused by the interaction of
quality gates.

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:
- Lessons learned in evaluation initiatives such as CLEF, TREC, INEX,
NTCIR, etc.
- Criteria, checklists, parameters and metrics for the evaluation of
search and retrieval methods
- Quality criteria and evaluation for resources and tools in CLIR
(thesauri stemmer, translation tools and services, etc.)
- Explanation and verification of success stories and failure analysis
in CLIR
- Data and Text Mining on CLIR evaluation results
- Current evaluation issues: shortcomings, gaps, reliability of
results, etc.
- Transfer of evaluation results to system design and product
development
- Design for (coupled or networked) quality gates in CLIR (for systems
and building blocks)
- Semaphore logic for the integration of distributed retrieval systems
- Crossing-over techniques for quality assurance 
- Hybrid systems for CLIR

The results of this workshop will be a first step toward outlining a
general framework for quality gates in (Cross-Language) Information
Retrieval with further elaboration in future workshops.
 
We are inviting contributions discussing the themes above from
participants in evaluation initiatives as well as from experienced
researches in the areas of (Cross Language) Information Retrieval,
quality assurance, Human Language Technology (HLT) or related fields.
 
PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
 
Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg, Germany
Marcello Federico, I.R.S.T, Italy			
Gregory Grefenstette, Clairvoyance Corp., Pittsburgh, USA
Donna Harman, NIST, USA
Paul Heisterkamp, DaimlerChrysler AG, Germany
Thomas Mandl, University of Hildesheim, Germany
Dagobert Soergel, University of Maryland, USA
Christa Womser-Hacker, University of Hildesheim, Germany

[Final list forthcoming]

SUBMISSION OF CONTRIBUTIONS 
Presentations and active participation in the workshop will be based
on a 2 - 6 page position statement or research paper. Submissions must
be in English and should consist of an abstract, plus a title page
providing the following information: official title of the paper;
names and affiliations of the authors; full address of the first
author including phone, fax, e-mail, URL; presentation facilities
required. Only electronic submissions in Word, PDF or RTF will be
accepted. Demonstrations of cross-lingual retrieval tools will be
considered as well if the demonstration outlines the rationale of the
system and sheds light on the success or failure of the methods
applied. Contributions should be submitted to:
lecliquni-hildesheim.de 

Reception will be acknowledged within three days. If you do not get an
acknowledgement, please check the e-mail address of your submission.

PROCEEDINGS 
The workshop organizers will publish proceedings of the
workshop. Ready-to-print versions of the papers have to be submitted
according to LREC Guidelines for Authors, which can be found at the
conference homepage (to be announced in February 2004). They should
not exceed six pages. These final versions should be submitted
electronically to the following e-mail address:
lecliquni-hildesheim.de
 
IMPORTANT DATES 
Deadline for submitting papers: February 15 
Notification of acceptance: March 15 
Final versions of papers for proceedings: April 4 
Workshop: May 29
 
FURTHER INFORMATION 
Information about the workshop such as call, outline, and program can
be found on the LREC web-page: http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2004/
where you can also find information about the LREC conference itself.

Information about the general purpose of quality gates in
manufacturing and software-engineering and their transduction to the
field of (Cross Lingual) Information Retrieval will be available under
http://www.uni-hildesheim.de/~lecliq

REGISTRATION 
The registration fee for the workshop is:
 - 50 EURO for conference participants
 - 85 EURO for those not attending LREC-2004
Registration and payment procedures are explained on the LREC-2004
web-page.
The registration fee includes one copy of the proceedings and a coffee
break.
 
QUESTIONS
For all questions on the focus of the workshop, please contact the
workshop co-ordinator under lecliquni-hildesheim.de.
 
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE 
Christa Womser-Hacker, University of Hildesheim, Center for
Information Science (Chair)
Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg 
Paul Heisterkamp, DaimlerChrysler AG
Thomas Mandl, University of Hildesheim
Ren� Schneider, University of Hildesheim (Co-ordinator)
 

Ren� Schneider 
University of Hildesheim, Marienburger Platz 22, D-31141 Hildesheim,
Germany
Phone: +49(0)5121/883-834 Fax: +49(0)5121/883-802
e-mail: rschneid  uni-hildesheim.de




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Message 2: 2nd Lisbon Meeting on Language Acquisition with special reference to Romance Languages

Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 09:32:52 -0500 (EST)
From: als <alsip.pt>
Subject: 2nd Lisbon Meeting on Language Acquisition with special reference to Romance Languages

2nd Lisbon Meeting on Language Acquisition with special reference to
Romance Languages

Date: 01-Jun-2004 - 04-Jun-2004
Location: Lisboa, Portugal
Contact: Ana L�cia Santos
Contact Email: LALisbonMeetingmail.fl.ul.pt 
Meeting URL: http://www.fl.ul.pt/eventos/LALisbonMeeting/ 

Linguistic Sub-field: Language Acquisition 
Call Deadline: 31-Dec-2003 


Meeting Description:

The 2nd Lisbon Meeting on Language Acquisition with Special Reference
to Romance Languages takes place ten years after its first
edition. Each day of the conference will be dedicated to one of the
following topics within the field of language acquisition: 
(i) Language Development and Language Disorders; 
(ii) L1 Phonology;
(iii) Bilingualism and Second Language; 
(iv) L1 Syntax.
 
The conference will include:
- 6 plenary lectures presented by the following invited speakers:
Teresa Guasti (U. Milano-Bicocca)
Nina Hyams (UCLA)
Jos� Morais (U. Libre de Bruxelles)
Michel Paradis (McGill U.)
Marilyn Vihman (U. Wales, Bangor)
Jill de Villiers (Smith College, NY)

- panel sessions organized by:
Katherine Demuth (Brown U.)
Mich�le Kail (CNRS)
J�rgen Meisel (U. Hamburg)
Luigi Rizzi (U. Siena) & Teresa Guasti (U. Milano-Bicocca)

- 1 six hours workshop on CHILDES, organized by Brian MacWhinney (Carnegie Mellon)

Second Lisbon Meeting on Language Aquisition welcomes the submission
of abstracts on any area mentioned in the Second Lisbon Meeting 2004
page. Abstracts should be written in English and not exceed two pages
12pt (ideally one page for text plus one page for references and/or
figures). The author's name, address, e-mail and affiliation should be
given in a separate page; in this separate page, the author(s) should
mention whether they are submitting the abstract for a paper
presentation, a poster presentation or both. Submissions should be
sent both electronically (Word or PDF format; PDF is required if the
abstract contains special fonts/symbols) and by regular mail to the
following addresses:
 
Electronic address
LALisbonMeetingmail.fl.ul.pt
 
Regular mail
 
2nd Lisbon Meeting on Language Acquisition
Departamento de Lingu�stica Geral e Rom�nica
Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa
1600-214 Lisboa, Portugal
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