LINGUIST List 16.437

Sun Feb 13 2005

Calls: Psycholing/Belgium; Computational Ling/Germany

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        1.    Sven Van Lommel, Psycholinguistics in Flanders 2005
        2.    James Cussens, 4th International Workshop on Learning Language in Logic

Message 1: Psycholinguistics in Flanders 2005

Date: 11-Feb-2005
From: Sven Van Lommel <>
Subject: Psycholinguistics in Flanders 2005

Full Title: Psycholinguistics in Flanders 2005
Short Title: PIF2005

Date: 30-May-2005 - 31-May-2005
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Contact Person: Sven Van Lommel
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 07-May-2005

Meeting Description:

Two-day workshop on psycholinguistics taking place in Belgium.

Psycholinguistics in Flanders is a two-day workshop on psycholinguistics,
organized by the FWO research community Psycholinguistics: processing and
acquisition processes of reading and spelling. The workshop brings together
young psycholinguists from Belgium and The Netherlands. It is intended to
encourage and discuss language-related research, at every level. Therefore
we also welcome reports of ongoing work, such as reports of internships or
provisional data.

The workshop will host two invited speakers: Kathy Rastle (Royal Holloway,
University of London) and Niels Schiller (Maastricht University and Max
Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen).

There is no conference fee, but be so kind to register not later than
Saturday 16th of April.
This is done by email to Sven Van Lommel
- providing the title of your presentation (abstracts can be sent in until
Saturday 7th of May) or confirming your participation.
- telling which days you will be present
- telling whether you will attend the workshop dinner at the end of the
first day

Message 2: 4th International Workshop on Learning Language in Logic

Date: 11-Feb-2005
From: James Cussens <>
Subject: 4th International Workshop on Learning Language in Logic

Full Title: 4th International Workshop on Learning Language in Logic
Short Title: LLL05

Date: 07-Aug-2005 - 07-Aug-2005
Location: Bonn, Germany
Contact Person: James Cussens
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2005

Meeting Description:


This workshop is the fourth Learning Language in Logic (LLL) workshop
following previous LLL workshops in Bled (99), Lisbon (00) and Strasbourg
(01). The purpose of the workshop is to provide a focus for work which
applies machine learning using logical representations to natural language.
Much existing work in this area uses techniques from inductive logic
programming (ILP), and increasingly statistical relational learning. More
details on the LLL state-of-the-art are available from the LLL home page
( which includes links to many LLL
papers, including introductory ones. We encourage submission of papers on
any aspect of logic-based machine learning for natural language learning.

One of the principal motivations for proposing such a workshop now is the
increasing interest in applying logic-based machine learning to the
problem of Information Extraction from bio-medical texts. For this reason
the workshop has an associated ''challenge task'' where the aim is to
learn IE rules which can be used to extract information on gene/protein
interactions. Information on the challenge task is given below. Although,
bio-medical IE is a special theme of the workshop, we very much encourage
good quality articles on any aspect of logic-based machine learning for
natural language learning. Here is a non-exhaustive list of possible topics:

* Explanation-based learning
* Extracting predicate-argument structure
* Grammar learning
* Higher-order logic for LLL
* Handling very complex terms in ILP
* Information extraction
* Instance-based approaches in ILP
* Logical approaches to statistical NLP
* Learning subcategorisation frames
* Morphological analysis
* Multi-predicate learning
* POS and morphosyntactic tagging
* Semantic role labelling
* Shallow parsing
* Theory revision
* Using ILP with large data sets
* Word sense disambiguation


The LLL05 challenge task is to learn rules to extract gene/protein
interactions from bio-medical abstracts. The challenge task team at
MIG-INRA are providing training data containing the following information:

- annotation indicating agent and target of an interaction
- dictionary of named entities (including variants and synonyms)
- linguistic information: word segmentation, lemmatisation, syntactic
categories and syntactic dependencies

An initial version of the data, containing only agent/target annotation has
been released. This data and full details of the LLL05 bio-medical
challenge task are available from the challenge task web page

Results for this task are to be reported by the submission of a 4 page paper.

Challenge task schedule:

11 February 2005: Initial version of the data made available
3 March 2005: Final version of the data made available
27 April 2005: Submission of papers with results
11 May 2005: Challenge task papers notification


Normal paper format: 8 pages
Challenge task paper format: 4 pages

The actual mechanics of submitting your paper are still being sorted. Once
decided this information will be available of the main workshop web page.


James Cussens, University of York, UK (workshop)
Claire Nédellec, INRA, France (challenge task)


* Zoltán Alexin, University of Szeged, Hungary
* Érick Alphonse, INRA, France
* Mary Elaine Califf, Illinois State University, USA
* Vincent Claveau, Université de Montréal, Canada
* James Cussens, University of York, UK
* Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium
* Saso Dzeroski, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
* Tomaz Erjavec, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
* Dimitar Kazakov, University of York, UK
* Suresh Manandhar, University of York, UK
* Claire Nédellec, INRA, France
* Lubos Popelínský, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
* Stephen Pulman, University of Oxford, UK
* Dan Roth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
* Pascale Sébillot, IRISA, France
* Jude Shavlik, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA


7 February 2005: Initial version of the challenge task data made available
3 March 2005: Final version of the challenge task data made available
1 April 2005: Normal paper submission deadline
22 April 2005: Normal paper notification
27 April 2005: Challenge task paper submission deadline
11 May 2005: Challenge task paper notification
13 May 2005: Normal paper (final version) deadline
30 May 2005: Workshop notes available on-line

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