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  1. Nicola Cancedda, PASCAL Workshop on Learning Methods for Text Understanding and Mining

Message 1: PASCAL Workshop on Learning Methods for Text Understanding and Mining

Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2003 15:42:10 +0100
From: Nicola Cancedda <>
Subject: PASCAL Workshop on Learning Methods for Text Understanding and Mining

* * * C A L L F O R P A R T I C I P A T I O N * * *

PASCAL Workshop on Learning Methods for Text Understanding and Mining

January 26-29, 2004
Xerox Research Centre Europe
Meylan (Grenoble), France

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* Registration deadline: January 7, 2004

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PASCAL (Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational
Learning) is the name of a Network of Excellence sponsored by the
European Union as part of its IST program. It brings together experts
from basic research areas such as Statistics, Optimisation and
Computational Learning and from a number of application areas, with
the objective of integrating research agendas and improving the state
of the art in all concerned fields.

As part of its activities, the PASCAL network organises a workshop on
the subject of "Learning Methods for Text Understanding and
Mining". The aim of the workshop is twofold:
- Introducing to experts in statistics, computational learning and
optimization problems issuing from text understanding and mining
which are both relevant and suitable to be tackled within their
- Proposing "challenges" (i.e.: concrete benchmark tasks) that will
help measuring improvements in the state of the art.

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In order to achieve these objectives, the Workshop will be organised
as follows:

- Jan 26 Pre-workshop: Presentation of the results
 of the EU IST project KerMIT ("Kernel Methods for Images and Text",

- Jan 27: Tutorials
	- Machine Learning applied to Text Analysis: Overview (E. Gaussier)
	- Memory-based Language Processing (W. Daelemans)
	- Text Mining (D. Mladenic and M. Grobelnik)
	- Kernel Methods for Natural Language Processing (J-M. Renders)

- Jan 28: Contributed scientific talks

- Jan 29: Challenge proposals and discussion

A more detailed program will be issued in a near future.

We anticipate that participants might attend only part of the workshop. 

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The workshop will take place at the Xerox Research Centre Europe
(XRCE), located in Meylan (Grenoble), France. For information about
reaching XRCE please consult A shuttle service will
be organised to bring participants from downtown Grenoble (place
Victor Hugo, location of the "Hotel d'Angleterre") to XRCE in the
morning and back in the evening. Lunches will be organised on-site.

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Given the limited capacity of the facilities, workshop attendance will
be limited to 60 persons. Priority will be given to PASCAL
members. Both PASCAL and non-PASCAL institutions willing to send more
than two persons should designate two persons which will have priority
over the others, in case the number of applications will exceed the
capacity of the facilities.

In order to register, cut the form at the end of this call, fill it,
and then e-mail it to by January 7, 2004
with subject "PASCAL workshop registration".

In case the number of registrations exceeds the attendance limits, the
organisers will communicate the impossibility to accept the
registration by January 9, 2004, by sending an e-mail message to the
address provided in the registration form.

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For information about hotels in Meylan and in the nearby Grenoble,
please consult Should
you need any help with hotel reservations, send an email to

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The workshop will be partially funded by a grant from the European
Network of Excellence "PASCAL". There will be no registration fees.

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* Nicola Cancedda (Xerox Research Centre Europe)
* Florence d'Alch�-Buc (LIP6, University of Paris 6)

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* Rachel Reddy (Xerox research Centre Europe)

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* Nicola Cancedda (Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble, France)
* Alexander Clark (ISSCO/ETI, University of Geneva, Switzerland)
* Florence d'Alch�-Buc (LIP6, University of Paris 6, France)
* Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
* Ido Dagan (Bar Ilan University, Israel)
* Eric Gaussier (Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble, France)
* Cyril Goutte (Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble, France)
* Marko Grobelnik (Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
* Dunja Mladenic (Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
* Jean-Michel Renders (Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble, France)

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PASCAL Workshop on "Learning Methods for Text Understanding an Mining"

January 26-29, 2004
Xerox Research Centre Europe
Meylan (Grenoble), France


* First Name:
* Family Name:
* E-mail address:
* PASCAL member (Y/N):

* Institution:

* Registration priority (High/Low):
 (note: only up to two high priority registrations are allowed per

* Are you presenting a scientific contribution (Y/N)?:

* Are you presenting a challenge proposal (Y/N)?:

* Sections of the workshop that you plan to attend:
	- KerMIT results presentation (Jan 26, Y/N):
	- Tutorials (Jan 27, Y/N):
	- Contributed scientific talks (Jan 28, Y/N):
	- Challenge proposal and discussion (Jan 29, Y/N):

* Do you need an invitation letter in order to apply for a visa
- If so, please specify:
	- Complete name as on your passport:
	- Nationality:
	- Passport number:
	- Birthplace:
	- Date of birth:
	- Address the invitation letter should be sent to:

* Please specify any constraint on your diet 
 (e.g.: vegetarian, ...):

* Do you plan to use the shuttle service from downtown
 grenoble to the XRCE site (Y/N)?
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