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LINGUIST List 17.171

Wed Jan 18 2006

Calls: Computational Ling/Italy;Computational Ling/UK

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        1.    Patrizia Paggio, Multimodal Corpora: From Multimodal Behaviour Theories to Usable Models
        2.    Johan Bos, Inference in Computational Semantics

Message 1: Multimodal Corpora: From Multimodal Behaviour Theories to Usable Models
Date: 18-Jan-2006
From: Patrizia Paggio <patriziacst.dk>
Subject: Multimodal Corpora: From Multimodal Behaviour Theories to Usable Models

Full Title: Multimodal Corpora: From Multimodal Behaviour Theories to Usable Models
Short Title: mmc06

Date: 27-May-2006 - 27-May-2006
Location: Genoa, Italy
Contact Person: Jean-Claude Martin
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://wwwhomes.uni-bielefeld.de/mmc06/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 12-Feb-2006

Meeting Description:

'Multimodal Corpora' target the recording and annotation of several communication modalities such as speech, hand gesture, facial expression, body posture, etc.

Theoretical issues are also addressed, given their importance to the design of multimodal corpora.

- Second Call For Papers

International Workshop on


Saturday, 27 May 2006
Full day workshop

- Submission deadline: postponed to 12th February -


In Association with LREC2006 (the 5th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation)
Main Conference 24-25-26 May 2006
Magazzini del Cotone Conference Center
Genoa - Italy


'Multimodal Corpora' target the recording and annotation of several communication modalities such as speech, hand gesture, facial expression, body posture, etc. Theoretical issues are also addressed, given their importance to the design of multimodal corpora.

This workshop follows similar events held at LREC'2000, LREC'2002 and LREC'2004. There is an increasing interest in multimodal communication and multimodal corpora as visible by recently launched European Networks of Excellence and integrated projects such as HUMAINE, SIMILAR, CHIL and AMI, and similar efforts in the USA and in Asia. Furthermore, the success of recent conferences dedicated to multimodal communication (ICMI'2005, IVA'2005, Interacting Bodies'2005, Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication 2005) also testifies the growing interest in this area, and the general need for data on multimodal behaviours.

The focus of this LREC'2006 workshop on multimodal corpora will be on non-verbal communication studies and their contribution to the definition of collection protocols, coding schemes, inter-coder agreement measures and reliable models of multimodal behaviour that can be built from corpora and compared to results that can be found in the literature.

Topics to be addressed in the workshop include, but are not limited to:
- Studies of multimodal behaviour
- Multimodal interaction in groups and meetings
- Building models of behaviour from multiple sources of knowledge : manual annotation, image processing, motion capture, literature studies
- Coding schemes for the annotation of multimodal video corpora
- Validation of multimodal annotations
- Exploitation of multimodal corpora in different types of applications (information extraction, information retrieval, meeting transcription, multi-modal interfaces, translation, summarisation, www services, communication and clinical studies, HCI design)
- Methods, tools, and best practices for the acquisition, creation, management, access, distribution, and use of multimedia and multimodal corpora
- Metadata descriptions of multimodal corpora
- Benchmarking of systems and products; use of multimodal corpora for the evaluation of real systems
- Automated multimodal fusion and/or generation (e.g., coordinated speech, gaze, gesture, facial expressions)

We expect the output of this one day workshop to be:
1) a deeper understanding of the theoretical issues and research questions related to verbal and non-verbal communication that multimodal corpora should address,
2) how such corpora should be built in order to provide useful and usable answers
to research questions,
and 3) an updated view of state-of-the-art research on multimodal corpora.


- Deadline for paper submission (complete paper) 12th February
- Notification of acceptance 7th March
- Final version of accepted paper 27th March
- Final program 1st April
- Final proceedings 13th April
- Workshop : Saturday 27 May 2006


The workshop will consist primarily of paper presentations and discussion/working sessions.
Submissions should be 4 pages long, must be in English, and follow the
submission guidelines at

The preferred format is MS word.
The .doc file should be submitted via email to LREC-MMLIMSI.FR

Demonstrations of multimodal corpora and related tools are encouraged as
well (a demonstration outline of 2 pages can be submitted).

As soon as possible, authors are encouraged to send to LREC-MMLIMSI.FR a brief email indicating their intention to participate, including their contact information and the topic they intend to address in their submissions.
Submitted papers will be blind reviewed,
i.e., they must not contain explicit hints at the authors and
the files may not consist of names or affiliations etc.

Proceedings of the workshop will be printed by the LREC Local Organising Committee.


The workshop will consist of a morning session and an afternoon session, There will be time for collective discussions. For this full-day Workshop, the registration fee will be specified on http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2006/


Jean-Claude MARTIN
CNRS-LIMSI / Univ. Paris 8-LINC, BP 133, 91403 ORSAY Cedex, France
Web : http://www.limsi.fr/Individu/martin/

Bielefeld University, PO Box 100131, D-33501 Bielefeld
Email: puni-bielefeld.de
Web: www.peter-kuehnlein.net

Patrizia PAGGIO
Centre for Language Technology (CST), University of Copenhagen, Njalsgade 80, DK-2300 CPH S
Email: patriziacst.dk
Web: www.cst.dk/patrizia

Universitaet Karlsruhe (TH), Interactive Systems Labs, ITI, Am Fasanengarten 5, 76131 Karlsruhe
Email: stiefelira.uka.de
Web: http://isl.ira.uka.de/~stiefel

Istituto Trentino di Cultura - Centro per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica (ITC-irst), Italy
Email: pianesiitc.it
Web: http://www.itc.it/irst/Renderer.aspx?targetID=164


Jens Allwood, Univ. Goteborg, SE
Elisabeth Ahlsen, Univ. Goteborg, SE
Elisabeth Andre, Univ. Augsburg, D
Gerard Bailly, CNRS-STIC, FR
Tom Br√łndsted, Univ. of Aalborg
Stephanie Buisine, ENSAM, FR
Susanne Burger, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Genevieve Calbris, ENS LSH Lyons & CNRS UMR 8606, Paris, FR
Loredana Cerrato, KTH TMH-CTT, SE
Piero Cosi, ISTC-SPFD CNR, I
John Glauert, University of East Anglia
Dirk Heylen, U Twente, NL
Bart Jongejan, CST, Univ. of Cph, DK
Kostas Karpouzis, ICCS, G
Michael Kipp, DFKI Saarbrucken, D
Stefan Kopp, SFB 360, D, S.
Alfred Kranstedt, SFB 360, D
Peter Kuehnlein, Bielefeld University, D
Daniel Loehr, MITRE, USA
Ian Marshall, University of East Anglia
Jean-Claude Martin, CNRS-LIMSI, F
Costanza Navarretta, CST, Univ. Of Cph, DK
Patrizia Paggio, CST, Univ. Of Cph, DK
Catherine Pelachaud, Univ. Paris, FR
Fabio Pianesi, ITC, I
Isabella Poggi, Univ. Roma Tre, I
Jan-Peter de Ruiter, MPI, NL
Ielka van der Sluis, U Aberdeen, UK
Rainer Stiefelhagen, Universitaet Karlsruhe, D
Janienke Sturm, Univ. Nijmegen, NL
Peter Wittenburg, MPI Nijmegen, NL
Massimo Zancanaro, ITC, I

Message 2: Inference in Computational Semantics
Date: 18-Jan-2006
From: Johan Bos <jbosinf.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: Inference in Computational Semantics

Full Title: Inference in Computational Semantics
Short Title: ICoS-5

Date: 20-Apr-2006 - 21-Apr-2006
Location: Buxton, England, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Johan Bos
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~ipratt/ICoS-5/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 27-Jan-2006

Meeting Description:

The next International workshop on Inference in Computational Semantics (ICoS-5) will take place from 20th-21st April at the University of Derby College, Buxton, England. ICoS-5 is intended to bring together researchers interested in inference-oriented NLP from areas such as Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Formal Semantics, and Logic.


5th workshop on

Buxton, England, 20-21 April 2006


-NEW Submission deadline: 27 January 2006

Endorsed by SIGSEM, the Association for Computational
Linguistics (ACL) Special Interest Group (SIG) on
computational semantics.


Natural Language Processing has reached a stage where the exploration
and development of inference is one of its most pressing tasks. On the
theoretical side, it is clear that inference plays a key role in such
areas as semantic construction and the management of discourse and
dialogue. On the practical side, the use of sophisticated inference
methods could lead to improvements in application areas such as
natural language generation, automatic question answering, and spoken
dialogue systems.

ICoS-5 is intended to bring together researchers interested in
inference-oriented NLP from areas such as Computational Linguistics,
Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Formal Semantics, and

We invite submissions addressing the theme of inference in
computational semantics broadly construed. Subjects relevant to ICoS-5
include but are not restricted to:

- natural language generation
- natural language pragmatics
- discourse and dialogue processing
- (spoken) dialogue systems
- underspecified representations
- ambiguity resolution
- interfacing lexical and computational semantics
- lexically-driven inference
- inference for shallow semantics
- inference in question answering
- recognising textual entailment
- background knowledge: use and acquisition
- applications of semantic resources
(e.g. CYC, WordNet, FrameNet, PropBank, ontologies)
- automatic ontology creation
- common-sense reasoning in NLP
- temporal and epistemic reasoning
- resource-bounded inference
- applications of automated reasoning
(e.g. model building, model checking, theorem proving)
- alternative inference strategies
(e.g. abduction, nonmonotonic reasoning, default)
- decidable fragments of natural language
- controlled languages
- natural language inference in decidable logics
(e.g. description logic)
- probabilistic and statistical approaches to inference
- machine learning and inference
- inference and information extraction and/or text mining
- novel applications (e.g. semantic web)
- evaluation methodologies and resources for inference
- robustness and scalability of inference
- system descriptions

Submitted papers should not exceed 10 pages (A4, single column, 12
point font) including references. All submissions must be in PDF, and
must be sent by email to icos5coli.uni-sb.de.


We also encourage submission of papers describing systems that show
aspects of inference in computational semantics. There will be a
separate slot at the workshop where people can demonstrate their
systems. System descriptions should follow the same submission
guidelines as regular papers.


Submission Deadline: January 27, 2006.
Notification: February 27, 2006.
Final Versions: March 20, 2006.
Conference: April 20-21, 2006.


Christian Ebert (University of Bielefeld)
Patrick Pantel (ISI, University of Southern California)
Stephen Pulman (Oxford University)


Carlos Areces
Peter Baumgartner
Christoph Benzmueller
Raffaella Bernardi
Patrick Blackburn
Johan Bos (co-chair)
Harry Bunt
Ann Copestake
Dick Crouch
Ido Dagan
Kees van Deemter
Nissim Francez
Claire Gardent
Alexander Koller (co-chair)
Shalom Lappin
Alex Lascarides
Bernardo Magnini
Katja Markert
Dan Moldovan
Jeff Pelletier
Maarten de Rijke
Michael Schiehlen
Matthew Stone
Bonnie Webber


As well as producing the workshop proceedings, we plan to publish a
selection of accepted papers as a book or special issue of a journal.

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