LINGUIST List 15.907

Wed Mar 17 2004

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  1. Thomas Orr, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication
  2. Declerck, Natural Language Processing and Multimedia ESSLLI Workshop

Message 1: IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 10:00:38 +0900
From: Thomas Orr <>
Subject: IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication invites
submissions for a planned special issue titled,

Research Reality Check: Changing Goals, Changing Needs, 

by May 15, 2004.

In recent years, technical communication has gained acceptance as a
social science and grounding for the sciences and engineering as well
as an application of the humanities. The result has been a vast
increase in the amount of research being done in the field. However,
the research results have been hard to find, and many practicing
technical communicators continue to rely on guidelines created without
reference to any supportive evidence.

To help both practitioners and academics, we are seeking articles for
a special issue (tentatively scheduled for September 2005) that will
help us take stock of the field, examine the goals of our research,
and identify our needs. Possible topics for articles include

* Contributions of technical communication research to technical
 communication practice. 
* Consolidation of the current body of knowledge in technical
* Codification of technical communication-specific theory. 
* Current research gaps. 
* Ensuring the relevance of research to practitioners. 
* Surmounting barriers to research. 

Additional information about the journal is found at 

Please send your submissions or questions to the guest editor: 

Laurel Grove 
997 McGilchrist SE
Salem OR 97302
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Message 2: Natural Language Processing and Multimedia ESSLLI Workshop

Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 10:56:25 +0100
From: Declerck <>
Subject: Natural Language Processing and Multimedia ESSLLI Workshop

 CALL FOR PAPERS (Extended deadlines: 22nd March)

 NLP for Multimedia Applications

 16-20 August, Nancy

organised as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language and
ESSLLI 2004 ( 9-20 August, 2004 in Nancy

Workshop Organizers:
Thierry Declerck (declerckdfki.deb)
Elisabeth Andr� (

Workshop Purpose:
The Workshop aims to provide a discussion platform between advanced
PhD students and researchers, who are interested in the topics
typically addressed at ESSLLI, and possible multimedia applications
involving research results from Language Processing. The submissions
should not necessarily describe achieved work, but can present
advanced ideas on how to combine NLP and Multimedia applications.

Workshop Topics:
The workshop will explore some issues on the role natural language
processing (NLP) can play within the increasing number of multimedia
(MM) applications that more and more are influencing our everyday
life. Multimodality can be addressed as well, as long as multimedia
aspects are considered. Main questions to be addressed will be:

- How to integrate multimedia input including natural language (spoken
or written);
- How to combine natural language with other media in order to
generate high quality multimedia output;
- How to make use of NL for efficient access to MM archives, Including
interactive retrieval;
- Multimedia segmentation, indexing, summarization, and presentation;
- Multimedia and multimodal interaction;
- How to extend multilingual NLP applications (like Question Answering
etc) into a multi-source and multimedia setting;
- Representation (and reasoning about) of multimedia/multimodal
discourse and context

The workshop will also investigate the type of formalisms and
standards to be used for this integration task. Contributions on basic
research and on running or achieved projects dealing with the topics
are welcome.

Papers addressing one or more of the following topics are also
welcome, but there should be some clear possible relationships to NLP,
including logical issues: MPEG, multimedia/multimodal content, coding
schemes, metadata, knowledge representation for multimedia content
(multimedia ontologies), semantic annotation of multimedia content or
search, retrieval and Web applications.

Submission details:
Authors are invited to submit full papers describing original work or
proposals on the topics mentioned above. Submissions should not exceed
8 pages and are not anonymous. The following formats are accepted: PDF
or PS. Please send your submissions electronically to Thierry Declerck
(, mentioning "NLP_MM Submission" in the subject line
of your mail. Your submission will be reviewed by at least two
reviewers of the Programme Committee or additional reviewers. The
accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings published by
ESSLLI. The format for the final version will be following the ACL
style (details on the ACL 2002 styles can be found at So the submissions
should ideally be conformant to this one.

Workshop Format:
The Workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI participants.
It will consist of five 90-minute sessions held over five consecutive
days in the second Week of ESSLLI. There will 2 or 3 slots for paper
presentation and discussion per session. On the first day the
organisers will give an introduction to the workshop topics.

Programm Committee:
Noelle Carbonell, LORIA, CNRS & INRIA (Nancy & Paris, France)

Jean-Michel Borde, Digital Visuel (Paris, France)
Yiannis Kompatsiaris, CERTH/ITI (Thessaloniki, Greece)
Laurent Romary, Loria (Nancy, France)
Elisabeth Andr�, University of Augsburg (Augsburg, Germany)
Thierry Declerck, University of Saarland & DFKI GmbH (Saarbr�cken,
Horacio Saggion, University of Sheffield (Sheffield, England)
Jan Kuper, University of Twente (Twente, The Netherlands) 
Marcel Worring, ISIS at University of Amsterdam, (Amsterdam, The
Ebroul Izquierdo, Queen Mary College (London, England) 
Joachim Koehler, Fraunhofer Institute for Media Communication (Bonn,
Local Arrangements:
All workshop participants are required to register for ESSLLI. The
registration fee for authors presenting a paper will be the same as
the early student/workshop speaker registration fee.

Important Dates:
Submissions: March 22, 2004 (Extended deadlines)
Notification: April 19, 2004
ESSLLI early registration: May 1, 2004
Preliminary programme: April 23, 2004
Final programme: June 25, 2004
Workshop: August 16-20, 2004

Further Information: 
About ESSLLI 2004:
About the Workshop:
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