LINGUIST List 15.895

Tue Mar 16 2004

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  1. c.s.r.johns, 7th Durham Postgraduate Conference
  2. keller, ACL-04 Workshop on Incremental Parsing: Bringing Engineering and Cognition Together

Message 1: 7th Durham Postgraduate Conference

Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 19:01:08 -0500 (EST)
From: c.s.r.johns <c.s.r.johnsdurham.ac.uk>
Subject: 7th Durham Postgraduate Conference

7th Durham Postgraduate Conference 

Date: 26-Jun-2004 - 26-Jun-2004
Location: University of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom
Contact: Makiko Mukai
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: http://www.dur.ac.uk/pgconf.linguistics/ 

Linguistic Sub-field: Linguistic Theories 

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2004 


Meeting Description:

We are pleased to announce the Seventh Durham Postgraduate Conference
in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Durham on
Saturday 26th June 2004. The purpose of the conference is to provide
postgraduates with an opportunity to present their research. 

THE SEVENTH DURHAM POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE IN THEORETICAL AND APPLIED
LINGUISTICS

Saturday, 26th June 2004 

2ND CALL FOR PAPERS 

We are pleased to announce the Seventh Durham Postgraduate Conference
in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Durham on
Saturday 26th June 2004. The purpose of the conference is to provide
postgraduates with an opportunity to present their research.

Workshop Speakers

Prof. April McMahon (University of Sheffield) and Dr Rob McMahon
(North Trent Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Sheffield Children's
Hospital) - 'GENES, LANGUAGES, AND FAMILY TREES'.

Dr Paul Bennett (UMIST) - 'COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS AND MACHINE
TRANSLATION'.

Abstract guidelines

- Send 3 camera-ready copies of your abstract (2 without and one with
your name and affiliation)
- Length: maximum one A4 page; 1.5 spacing; all margins: 3cm
- Font: Times New Roman 12pt; Title, author's name, affiliation: 14pt
bold and centred
- Paper submissions preferred, e-mail submissions accepted (only as
attached Word document or PDF)

Accepted papers will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation and 10
minutes for discussion. Speakers will also be invited to submit their
paper for publication in the Durham Working Papers in Linguistics.

Abstracts addressed to Durham Postgraduate Conference
(pgconf.linguisticsdurham.ac.uk), School of Linguistics and Language,
University of Durham, Elvet Riverside, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3JT, UK.

Deadline for abstracts: 30th April 2004 - Notification of acceptance:
10th May 2004

The Seventh Durham Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied
Linguistics is sponsored in part by the Linguistics Association of
Great Britain.

School of Linguistics and Language, University of Durham
www.dur.ac.uk/pgconf.linguistics
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Message 2: ACL-04 Workshop on Incremental Parsing: Bringing Engineering and Cognition Together

Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 13:58:37 -0500 (EST)
From: keller <kellerinf.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: ACL-04 Workshop on Incremental Parsing: Bringing Engineering and Cognition Together

ACL-04 Workshop on Incremental Parsing: Bringing Engineering and
Cognition Together

Date: 25-Jul-2004 - 25-Jul-2004
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Contact: Frank Keller
Contact Email: kellerinf.ed.ac.uk 
Meeting URL: http://www.iccs.inf.ed.ac.uk/~keller/acl04_workshop/ 

Linguistic Sub-field: Computational Linguistics ,Psycholinguistics
,Text/Corpus Linguistics ,Cognitive Science

Call Deadline: 22-Mar-2004 


Meeting Description:

The aim of the workshop is to address the dual challenge of defining
incremental parsing models that are useful for engineering tasks such
as language modeling, while also contributing to our understanding and
modeling of the human parsing mechanism. The workshop will bring
together parsing researchers from the computational linguistics and
cognitive modeling communities, and we expect extensive
cross-fertilization from this interaction.


FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS 

INCREMENTAL PARSING: BRINGING ENGINEERING AND COGNITION TOGETHER

Workshop at ACL-2004
Barcelona, Spain, July 25, 2004

WORKSHOP TOPIC

Much recent parsing research has focused on the limited task of
achieving broad coverage and high accuracy in parsing Treebank
corpora. The parsing models developed for this task typically work on
a sentence-by-sentence basis: they often only deliver a valid analysis
if the input consists of a complete sentence. They are not designed to
operate incrementally, i.e., to deliver partial analyses (perhaps with
associated probabilities) that can be updated on a word-by-word basis
as more of the input becomes available.

Incrementality is desirable for two reasons. First, incremental
processing is crucial for many NLP tasks. Language modeling, for
instance, typically requires that probabilities are assigned
incrementally as more and more of the speech stream becomes
available. Recently, a number of parsing models have been proposed
that have this property and thus can be used for language
modeling. These models have resulted in lower perplexity scores and
word error rates than the standard n-gram models. However, the parsing
accuracy of these models typically falls short of the state of the
art. The challenge for parsing research is to develop models that
achieve optimal performance for both parsing and language modeling.

The second argument for incrementality comes from cognitive
modeling. There is substantial evidence showing that humans process
language in an incremental fashion. Any cognitively plausible model of
human parsing must take incrementality into account, and the modeling
literature contains considerable discussion on the relevant
computational mechanisms. Recently, a number of models of human
parsing have been proposed that are based on computational linguistic
approaches, such as PCFGs and related statistical models, suggesting a
potential synergy between cognitively and technologically motivated
parsing research.


TARGET AUDIENCE

The aim of the workshop is to address the dual challenge of defining
incremental parsing models that are useful for engineering tasks such
as language modeling, while also contributing to our understanding and
modeling of the human parsing mechanism. The workshop will bring
together parsing researchers from the computational linguistics and
cognitive modeling communities, and we expect extensive
cross-fertilization from this interaction. From the computational
linguistic perspective, cognitive modeling presents new challenges for
parsing research, including new evaluation measures that go beyond
traditional parseval measures. On the other hand, computational
linguistics can contribute crucial methodological advances to
cognitive modeling. For instance, the application of probabilistic
parsing algorithms to cognitive tasks has important implications for
the recent debate on the role of frequency information in human
parsing.


AREAS OF INTEREST

Possible topics for workshop submissions include:

o architectures, methods, and algorithms for incremental parsing;
 including symbolic, probabilistic, connectionist, and hybrid models

o applications of incremental models to parsing, language modeling,
 and cognitive modeling

o evaluation using standard metrics (parseval, perplexity, word error
 rate)

o evaluation against behavioral data (reaction times, eye-tracking
 data, linguistic judgments)

o applications of incremental parsing models in computational
 linguistics


SUBMISSION FORMAT

Submissions are limited to original, unpublished work. Submissions
must use the ACL latex style (available from the workshop web
page). Paper submissions should consist of a full paper. The page
limit is eight pages.


SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

Electronic submission only: send a postscript (preferred) or PDF file
with your submission to:

acl04_workshopinf.ed.ac.uk

Because reviewing is blind, no author information should be included
in the paper. Please send the following information separately (as
plain text): title, authors, keywords, and an abstract of no more than
5 lines. Late submissions will not be accepted. Notification of
receipt will be e-mailed to the first author shortly after receipt.


DEADLINES

Paper submission deadline: Mar 22, 2004
Notification of acceptance for papers: May 03, 2004
Camera ready papers due: May 24, 2004
Wokshop date: Jul 25, 2004


WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

Stephen Clark, University of Edinburgh
Matthew Crocker, Saarland University
Frank Keller, University of Edinburgh
Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 

Brian Roark, AT&T Labs Research
Patrick Sturt, University of Glasgow


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Steve Abney, University of Michigan
Thorsten Brants, Google
Eugene Charniak, Brown University
Ciprian Chelba, Microsoft Research
Michael Collins, MIT
Jeffrey Elman, UCSD
Ted Gibson, MIT
John Hale, Michigan State University
Mark Johnson, Brown University
Gerard Kempen, University of Leiden
Stefan Riezler, Palo Alto Research Center
Brian Roark, AT&T Labs Research
Douglas Roland, UCSD
Ed Stabler, UCLA
Suzanne Stevenson, University of Toronto
Patrick Sturt, University of Glasgow


CONTACT INFORMATION 

The web site of the workshop is:

http://www.iccs.inf.ed.ac.uk/~keller/acl04_workshop/

The organizers can be contacted at:

School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh
2 Buccleuch Place
Edinburgh EH8 9LW, UK
phone: +44-131-650-4407
fax: +44-131-650-4587
email: acl04_workshopinf.ed.ac.uk 
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