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LINGUIST List 16.1660

Tue May 24 2005

Calls: Comp Ling/Bulgaria; Comp Ling/Korea

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        1.    Horacio Saggion, Crossing Barriers in Text Summarization Research
        2.    Francis Bond, 6th International Workshop on Linguistically Interpreted Corpora

Message 1: Crossing Barriers in Text Summarization Research
Date: 21-May-2005
From: Horacio Saggion <saggiondcs.shef.ac.uk>
Subject: Crossing Barriers in Text Summarization Research

Full Title: Crossing Barriers in Text Summarization Research

Date: 24-Sep-2005 - 24-Sep-2005
Location: Borovets, Bulgaria
Contact Person: Horacio Saggion
Meeting Email: saggiondcs.shef.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~saggion/ranlp2005-summarization.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 03-Jun-2005

Meeting Description:

Summarization Workshop (with RANLP 2005)

Crossing Barriers in Text Summarization Research

Workshop to be help in conjunction with

RANLP 2005

Borovets - Bulgaria


24th of September 2005

Third and Last Call for Papers

Submission: 3 June 2005

An abstract or summary is a text of a recognisable genre with a very specific
purpose: to give the reader an exact and concise knowledge of the contents of
a source document. In most cases, summaries are written by humans, but
nowadays, the overwhelming quantity of information and the need to access
the essential content of documents accurately to satisfy users' demands has
made of Automatic Text Summarization a major research field.

Most summarization solutions developed today perform sentence
extraction, a useful, yet sometimes inadequate technique. In order to move
from the sentence extraction paradigm to a more challenging, semantically
and linguistically motivated 'abstracting' paradigm, significant linguistic
(i.e., lexicons, grammars, etc.) as well as non-linguistic knowledge (i.e.,
ontologies, scripts, etc.) will be required. Some 'abstracting' problems like
'headline generation', have been recently addressed using language models
that rely on little semantic information, what are the limits of these
approaches when trying to generate multi-sentence discourses? What tools are
there to support 'text abstraction'? What type of natural language generation
techniques are appropriate in this context? Are general purpose natural
language generation systems appropriate in this task?

Professional abstractors play a mayor role in dissemination of
information through abstract writing, and their work has many times inspired
research on automatic text summarization, they are certainly one of the
keys in the understanding of the summarization process. Therefore, what
tools are there to support Computer-Assisted Summarization and more
specifically how these tools can be used to capture 'professional
summarization' knowledge?

In a multi-lingual context, summaries are useful instruments in
overcoming the language barrier: cross-lingual summaries help users assess
the relevance of the source, before deciding to obtain a good human
translation of the source. This topic is particularly important in a context
where the relevant information only exists in a language different from that
of the user. What techniques are there to attack this new and challenging
issue? What corpora would be appropriate for the study of this task?

The ''news'' has been a traditional concern of summarization research, but we
have seen, in the past few years, an increasing interest for summarization
applications on technical and scientific texts, patient records, sport events,
legal texts, educative material, e-mails, web pages, etc. The question
then, is how to adapt summarization algorithms to new domains and
genres. Machine learning algorithms over superficial features have been used
in the past to decide upon a number of indicators of content relevance, but
when the feature space is huge or when more ''linguistically'' motivated
features are required, and as a consequence the data sparseness problem
appears, what learning tools are more appropriate for training our
summarization algorithms? What types of models should be learned (e.g.,
macrostructures, scripts, thematic structures, etc.)?

Text summarization, information retrieval, and question answering support
humans in gathering vital information in everyday activities. How these
tools can be effectively integrated in practical applications? and
how such applications can be evaluated in a practical context?

We call for contributions on any aspect of the summarization problem, but we
would like the workshop to give the research community the opportunity for
discussion of the following research problems:

* Crossing the language barrier: cross-lingual summarization; corpora to
support this summarization enterprise;

* Crossing the extractive barrier: non-extractive summarization (i.e., text
abstraction); resources for capturing abstraction knowledge or expertise;

* Crossing genres, domains, and media: adaptation of summarization to new
genres, domains, media, and tasks.

* Crossing technological barriers: integration of summarization with other NLP
technologies such as Question Answering and Information Retrieval.

The workshop will be organized around paper presentations, panel discussions,
and one invited talk.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission: * 3 June 2005 *
Notification of acceptance: 29 July 2005
Camera-ready copy due: 19 August 2005
Workshop: 24 September 2005

Important Announcements:

* Invited Speaker *

Dragomir R. Radev
School of Information and Department of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, USA
Title: * Graphs everywhere: novel methods for summarization and natural
language processing *

If the workshop is successful, we will issue an special call for a
thematically focused volume on text summarization. Workshop authors
will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for this

Submission guidelines:

Submissions should be A4, two-column format and should not exceed seven
pages, including cover page, figures, tables and references. Times New Roman
12 font is preferred. The first page should state the title of the paper, the
author's name(s), affiliation, surface and email address(es), followed by
keywords and an abstract and continue with the first section of your paper.
Papers should be submitted electronically in **PDF** format to
saggiondcs.shef.ac.uk. For up to three free conversions to PDF see Guidelines for producing camera-ready
versions can be found at the conference web site:

Each paper will be reviewed by up to three members of the program
committee. Authors of accepted papers will receive guidelines regarding
how to produce camera-ready versions of their papers for inclusion in the

Parallel submissions to the main conference and the workshop are allowed
but the review process will be coordinated. Please declare this in the
notification form.


*Horacio Saggion
NLP Group
Department of Computer Science
University of Sheffield
Sheffield - UK

*Jean-Luc Minel
Universite de Paris IV-Sorbonne
Paris - France

Program Committee:

Gustavo Crispino, LaLLIC, Universite de Paris IV, France

Hercules Dalianis, Stockholm University, Sweden

Brigitte Endres-Niggemeyer, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany

Donna Harman, National Institute of Standards and Techology, USA

Hongyan Jing, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

Min-Yen Kan, School of Computing, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Choy-Kim Chuah, Universiti Sains, Malaysia

Guy Lapalme, Departement d'informatique et de recherche operationnelle,
Universite de Montreal, Canada

Lehmam, Abderrafih, Pertinence Mining, Paris, France

Chin-Yew Lin, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California,

Inderjeet Mani, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University, USA

Jean-Luc Minel (Co-organizer), LaLLIC, Universite de Paris IV, France

Marie-France Moens, Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & Information Technology,
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Constantin Orasan, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Studies,
University of Wolverhampton, UK

Dragomir Radev, School of Information and Department of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science, University of Michigan, USA

Horacio Rodriguez, Department de Llenguatges i Sistemes Informatics, Universitat
Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Horacio Saggion (Organizer), Department of Computer Science, University of
Sheffield, UK

Stan Szpakowicz, School of Information Technology and Engineering, University of
Ottawa, Canada

Simone Teufel, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK

Dina Wonsever, INCO, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay

* Please send your submission to:

Horacio Saggion Email: h.saggiondcs.shef.ac.uk

Please use the subject line: ''Summarization Workshop/RANLP2005'' and include in
your message the following information:

- NAME: Name of author for correspondence
- TITLE: Title of the paper
- KEYS : Keywords
- EMAIL: Email of author for correspondence
- PAGES: Number of pages (including bibliographical references)
- FILE : Name of PDF file
- Abstract of the paper
- ...
- OTHER: Under consideration for other conferences? (please specify)
- NOTE : Anything you would like to add

* For any further information please contact
Horacio Saggion at h.saggiondcs.shef.ac.uk
Message 2: 6th International Workshop on Linguistically Interpreted Corpora
Date: 22-May-2005
From: Francis Bond <bondcslab.kecl.ntt.co.jp>
Subject: 6th International Workshop on Linguistically Interpreted Corpora

Full Title: 6th International Workshop on Linguistically Interpreted Corpora
Short Title: LINC-2005

Date: 15-Oct-2005 - 15-Oct-2005
Location: Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of
Contact Person: Francis Bond
Meeting Email: bondieee.org
Web Site: http://www.delph-in.net/events/05/linc/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 07-Jun-2005

Meeting Description:

This is a conference for compilers and users of linguistically annotated
corpora. The aim of the workshop is to exchange and propagate research results
with respect to the annotation, conversion and exploitation of corpora taking
into account different applications and theoretical investigations in the field
of language technology and research.


6th International Workshop on
Linguistically Interpreted Corpora (LINC-2005)


A workshop to be held at IJCNLP05


Jeju Island, Korea, 15 October 2005

Submission Deadline: June 7, 2005


Stephan Oepen (University of Oslo & CSLI, Stanford University)
Kyonghee Paik (ATR Spoken Language Translation Research Laboratories)
Francis Bond (NTT Communication Science Laboratories)


Large linguistically interpreted corpora play an increasingly important role for
machine learning, evaluation, psycholinguistics as well as theoretical
linguistics. Many research groups are engaged in the creation of corpus
resources annotated with morphological, syntactic, semantic and discourse
information for a variety of languages. We aim to bring together these
activities in order to identify and disseminate best practice in the development
and utilization of linguistically interpreted corpora.

The aim of the workshop is to exchange and propagate research results with
respect to the annotation, conversion and exploitation of corpora taking into
account different applications and theoretical investigations in the field of
language technology and research. We invite submissions of papers constituting
substantial, original, and unpublished work on all aspects of linguistically
interpreted corpora, including, but not limited to:
- creation of practical annotation schemes
- efficient annotation techniques
- automation of corpus annotation
- tools supporting corpus conversions
- validation including consistency checking of corpora
- browsing corpora and searching for instances of linguistic phenomena
- interpretation of quantitative results
- automatic induction of linguistic competence through machine learning

As this is the first time the workshop will be held outside Europe, we
particularly welcome work on non-European languages and the problems associated
with them --- segmentation, spelling variation, different encodings and so forth.

Review and Production Schedule:

Paper submission deadline: June 7, 2005
Notification of acceptance: July 18, 2005
Camera ready manuscripts due: August 5, 2005
Workshop date: October 14, 2005

Stephan Oepen (co-chair), Oslo and Stanford < oecsli.Stanford.EDU >
Kyonghee Paik (co-chair), Keihanna < kyonghee.paikatr.jp >
Francis Bond (co-chair), Keihanna < bondcslab.kecl.ntt.co.jp >

Committee members:
Anne Abeille, Paris
Olga Babko-Malaya, Pittsburgh
Colin Baker, Berkely
John Carroll, Sussex
Pierrette Bouillon, Geneva
Thorsten Brants, Palo Alto
John Carroll, Sussex
Montserrat Civit Torruella, Barcelona
Tomaz Erjavec, Ljubljana
Jan Hajic, Prague
Chung-hye Han, British Columbia
Silvia Hansen, Saarland
Erhard Hinrichs, Tübingen
Huang Chu-Ren, Taipei
Beom-mo Kang, Korea
Frank Keller, Edinburgh
Brigitte Krenn, Vienna
Sadao Kurohashi, Tokyo
Joakim Nivre, Vaxjö
Laurent Romary, Nancy
Kiril Simov, Sofia
Kiyotaka Uchimoto, Keihanna
Hans Uszkoreit, Saarbrücken
Atro Voutilainen, Helsinki
Nianwen Xue, Pittsburgh


Please refer to the main conference web page (http://www.afnlp.org/IJCNLP05/)
for registration details.


Paper submissions must be anonymous and are limited to at most 8 pages including
references, figures etc. Authors are required to follow the guidelines of
IJCNLP-05 conference workshop style, by using either the LaTeX style file or the
MS Word document template shown in the IJCNLP-05 style file page <
http://www.afnlp.org/IJCNLP05/archives4.html >. Only electronic submissions
will be accepted. Please email your submission in PDF (preferred), PostScript,
or MS Word (dis-preferred) to the following address: < lincdelph-in.net >

Each submission should also specify the author's name, affiliation, postal
address, email address and title in the body of the email message. For more
information, please make contact with the workshop co-chairs by using the same
e-mail address above.

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