LINGUIST List 14.3556

Mon Dec 22 2003

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  1. thomas.beauvisage, Workshop on Characterisation of Internet Content
  2. Wiebe van der Hoek, Logic and the Foundations of the Theory of Games and Decisions

Message 1: Workshop on Characterisation of Internet Content

Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 11:41:47 -0500 (EST)
From: thomas.beauvisage <thomas.beauvisagerd.francetelecom.com>
Subject: Workshop on Characterisation of Internet Content

Workshop on Characterisation of Internet Content

Date: 31-Jan-2004 - 31-Jan-2004
Location: Paris, France
Contact: Beauvisage Thomas
Contact Email: indices.internetml.free.fr 
Meeting URL: http://www.atala.org/je 

Linguistic Sub-field: Text/Corpus Linguistics ,Semantics,
Computational Linguistics
Call Deadline: 05-Jan-2004 


Meeting Description:

This workshop is organised to point to existing problems faced by NLP
tools for the description and use of material available on the
Internet (Web pages and sites, mail, fora, instant mail, etc). Such
problems concerns in particular:
	- methods for content collection, accessibility of content,
formalisms for information storage, etc.
	- the semantics of Internet content: textual content
vs. services offered, multimedia and interactive content, semiotics of
web pages;
	- categorisation methods: topic detection, categorisation of
sites and pages, Internet-specific genres. Globally speaking, these
problems reveal new links between NLP and the Internet. On the same
time, because of these problems, computational linguistics has to
study further the benefits and limitations of NLP tools for the
description and use of Internet content.

Workshops of the Association pour le Traitement Automatique des
LAngues (ATALA)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Location:
ENST, 46, rue Barrault, 75013 Paris, M�tro : Corvisart

Date:
SATURDAY JANUARY 31TH, 2004

Subject:
CHARACTERISATION OF INTERNET CONTENT: BEYOND KEYWORDS, SEMANTIC
APPROACH.

Workshop organised by Fran�ois Rastier (CNRS - UMR 7114, Paris X -
MoDyCo), Natalia Grabar (CRIM/INaLCO, STIM / DSI / AP-HP, Paris 6) and
Thomas Beauvisage (France T�l�com R&D - DIH/UCE, Paris X - MoDyCo)

[This call for submissions is also available on the ATALA website
(www.atala.org)]


Issues
Applications related to characterisation, detection and processing of
Internet content (Web, mail, fora, ...) are ever more numerous, both
in relation to Internet access and content filtering. Therefore, there
exists a real social need which is direclty related to NLP techniques:
NLP appears here as the user of Internet content, but also as the
developer of tools for the content processing. But while all documents
available on the Web and network exchanges (mails, web discussion
fora, ...) make up a digitised text repository that is constantly
expanding, their detection, collection and processing raise a series
of technical and theoretical problems.

First of all, NLP tools have to be adapted to the lexical content of
Internet documents (specific vocabulary, formatting, check spelling,
grammatical correction). More generally, the poly-semiotic nature of
Web content raises questions about the relevance of lexicon-specific
content processing. Two examples can help us realise the usefulness of
going beyond lexical approaches:
	- search engines have significantly improved their
performances with the exploitation of structural elements of HTML
pages (''keywords'' tags, ...) and Web links.
	- in filtering applications, key-words seem to be
insufficient. They make up a baseline and have to be combined with
other types of features (morphology, punctuation, syntax, etc.).
Pictures, formularies, layout, evolutivity, services offered, exchange
structures are some other elements which require considering Internet
content as a specific activity, with its own interaction modes and its
specific user-centered rules.

Because of these problems, computational linguistics has to study
further the use of Internet content. It is then important to define
which textual and non-textual elements -going beyond merely lexical
material- participate in the characterisation of Internet content and
which kinds of tools are useful to bring this characterisation to
light. This workshop is organised to point to existing problems and
current solutions in different applications.


Objectives
This workshop is organised to point to existing problems faced by NLP
tools for the description and use of material available on the
Internet (Web pages and sites, mail, fora, instant mail, etc). Such
problems concerns in particular:
	- methods for content collection, accessibility of content,
formalisms for information storage, etc.
	- the semantics of Internet content: textual content
vs. services offered, multimedia and interactive content, semiotics of
web pages;
	- categorisation methods: topic detection, categorisation of
sites and pages, Internet-specific genres. Globally speaking, these
problems reveal new links between NLP and the Internet. On the same
time, because of these problems, computational linguistics has to
study further the benefits and limitations of NLP tools for the
description and use of Internet content.

We are particularly interested in work which goes beyond the
single-criterion analysis (i.e. keywords) and offers an analysis which
takes into account different organisational levels of the document:
	- inside the ergonomic unity of the document: textual
(lexical, grammatical, etc.), visual (pictures, logos), structural
(text, peritext) or other elements (frames),
	- the environment of the document: the sites or the services
proposed within the document, the network of pages which the document
is part of (internal, external links, anchors), the usage scenarii in
which the document exists, etc.
	- in the intertextual integration of the document on the
Internet (connectivity, hypertext).


Submission

Interested authors can send a 2-to-4-page abstract of their work,
providing the following information:
- research objectives and application fields,
- stage of research work,
- theoretical and practical research-related issues,
- bibliography.


Abstracts have to be sent to the following e-mail address: 
indices.internetml.free.fr
(this adress will be closed on Feb. 1st 2004.)

Accepted document formats (in preference order): PDF, PS, TXT, DOC,
RTF

Official languages: French, English

Important dates
Submission: January 05, 2004 
Notification: January 10, 2004 
Workshop: January 31, 2004
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Message 2: Logic and the Foundations of the Theory of Games and Decisions

Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 08:45:32 +0000 (GMT)
From: Wiebe van der Hoek <WiebevanderHoekcsc.liv.ac.uk>
Subject: Logic and the Foundations of the Theory of Games and Decisions


CALL FOR PAPERS: Logic and the Foundations of the Theory of Games and
Decisions (LOFT6)

16-Jul-2004 - 18-Jul-2004 
Leipzig, Germany

ORGANIZERS:
Giacomo BONANNO (University of California Davis,U.S.A.)
Wiebe van der HOEK (University of Liverpool, U.K.)
Pierfrancesco LA MURA (Handelshochschule, Leipzig, Germany)
Arnis VILKS (Handelshochschule, Leipzig, Germany)


AIMS OF THE CONFERENCE
This is the sixth in a series of conferences on the applications of
logical methods to foundational issues in the theory of individual and
interactive decision-making. The previous five conferences took place
at CIRM (Marseille, France) in January 1994 and at ICER (Torino,
Italy) in December 1996, December 1998, July 2000 and July 2002.

The complete programs of the last five conferences are at
 http://www.econ.ucdavis.edu/faculty/bonanno/LOFT.html
 
 
The aim of the LOFT conferences is to promote exchange across
different disciplines. Preference is given to papers which bring
together the work and problems of several fields, such as game and
decision theory, logic, computer science and artificial intelligence,
philosophy, cognitive psychology, mathematics and mind sciences. Among
the topics of particular relevance are:
� Modal logic: epistemic and deontic logic, multi-agent logic,
temporal logic, dynamic logic, probabilistic and multi-valued logic,
logic of belief revision.
� Foundations of game and decision theory: epistemic foundations of
solution concepts, information processing and communication in games,
belief formation and revision in games.
� Learning and information-processing models: economic aspects of
information processing, learning in game-theoretic contexts, inductive
learning and inductive decision making.
� Bounded rationality approaches to game and decision theory.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION
The three-day conference will include 6 invited lectures and 15
contributed papers. Potential contributors should send an extended
abstract of approximately 3 pages in electronic format (pdf, dvi, MS
Word or text), indicating "LOFT6 submission" in the Subject field, to:
gfbonannoucdavis.edu

The deadline for submission is March 31, 2004, and authors will be
notified of acceptance decisions by May 15, 2004.

Those who wish to participate in the conference without submitting a
paper should express their interest to the Organizing Committee by
sending an e-mail to gfbonannoucdavis.edu

PUBLICATION OF CONTRIBUTED PAPERS
Selected papers from the previous LOFT conferences were published in a
volume by Kluwer Academic Press and in the following journals: Theory
and Decision, Mathematical Social Sciences, Games and Economic
Behavior, Bulletin of Economic Research and Research in Economics. It
is the intention of the organizers to publish a selection of the
papers presented at LOFT6 in a suitable platform.




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