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LINGUIST List 17.622

Sat Feb 25 2006

Calls: Indo-European/USA;Computational Ling/Australia

Editor for this issue: Kevin Burrows <kevinlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Matthew Gonzales, 18th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference
        2.    Timothy Baldwin, 2nd Workshop on Ontology Learning and Population - Bridging the Gap between Text and Knowledge

Message 1: 18th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference
Date: 23-Feb-2006
From: Matthew Gonzales <mbgonucla.edu>
Subject: 18th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference

Full Title: 18th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference
Short Title: WeCIEC

Date: 03-Nov-2006 - 04-Nov-2006
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Contact Person: Stephanie Jamison
Meeting Email: jamisonhumnet.ucla.edu
Web Site: http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/pies/IEC.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Genetic Classification; Historical
Linguistics; History of Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Linguistic Theories;
Morphology; Phonetics; Phonology; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax;
Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation; Typology; Writing Systems

Language Family(ies): Indo-European

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2006

Meeting Description:

The Program in Indo-European Studies at the University of California, Los
Angeles, sponsors the Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference. The Conference—which
attracts linguists, philologists, and archaeologists working in Indo-European
studies and related disciplines, in various stages of their careers, and from
all over the world—is held on campus every fall quarter and is the result of the
efforts of the Program's faculty, staff, and students.


The Eighteenth Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference will be held on
Friday-Saturday, 3-4 November 2006*, on the campus of the University of
California, Los Angeles.

Feature Speakers:
-Charles de Lamberterie (Université de Paris-Sorbonne;École Pratique des
Hautes Études)
-Johanna Nichols (University of California, Berkeley)

We invite papers on any aspect of Indo-European studies: linguistics,
archaeology, comparative mythology, culture. Papers on both interdisciplinary
and specific topics (e.g., typology, methodology, reconstruction, the relation
of Indo-European to other language groups, the interpretation of material
culture, etc.) are welcome. A period of twenty minutes will be allotted for each
paper, followed by a ten-minute discussion period. Abstracts** must be received
by 1 June 2006.

* Depending upon the number of abstracts received and topics treated, the
conference may be extended to Sunday, 5 November.

** We ask that those contemplating submission of an abstract please pay careful
attention to the following guidelines:

- Abstracts should be no more than 1-2 pages typewritten (about 700 words maximum).

- Please attach a cover sheet, with your name, institutional affiliation, and
accurate contact information (mailing address and e-mail address) for the summer
and fall of 2006.

- Abstracts should indicate the precise topic to be treated, the author's
contribution to the problem, the relationship of the work to previous
scholarship on the topic, and the author's specific conclusions and their
relevance for the field of Indo-European Studies.

- Only one abstract may be submitted per person.

- If an abstract is accepted:

-- the author is invited to submit a revised abstract in an electronic format
(in addition to the preliminary abstract), e.g. Microsoft Word document (DOC;
please include any special fonts used), Rich Text Format (RTF), Postscript (PS),
or Portable Document Format (PDF; most preferred), etc., by 1 October 2006 for
publication on line;

-- the final version of the paper must be read at the conference by the author
of the abstract. (In the case of a co-authored abstract, the final version must
be presented by one or more of the co-authors.)

Address all abstracts and inquiries to:

Indo-European Conference Committee
UCLA Program in Indo-European Studies
100 Dodd Hall
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1417

Preliminary abstracts can also be sent via e-mail as an attached file (see
instructions on submitting revised electronic abstracts at
<http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/pies/IECeAbstracts.html>) to Prof. Stephanie Jamison
humnet.ucla.edu> and Mr. Randall Gordon humnet.ucla.edu>.

For further information, please contact the Program's main office by telephone
at 1 (310) 825-4171 (weekdays, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. US Pacific Time) or by fax at
1 (310) 206-1903.


Through the generosity of its donors, the Friends and Alumni of Indo-European
Studies (FAIES) will offer a prize for the best paper by a current student or
recent Ph.D. (received 2001 or later). Please indicate your current status and
year of Ph.D. with your abstract if you qualify. At least one week prior to the
conference, eligible presenters should contact Dr. Karlene Jones-Bley:

2143 Kelton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025-5705

The most up-to-date information on the conference and the UCLA Program in
Indo-European Studies can be found on the program's website at
Message 2: 2nd Workshop on Ontology Learning and Population - Bridging the Gap between Text and Knowledge
Date: 22-Feb-2006
From: Timothy Baldwin <tim+colacl2006csse.unimelb.edu.au>
Subject: 2nd Workshop on Ontology Learning and Population - Bridging the Gap between Text and Knowledge

Full Title: 2nd Workshop on Ontology Learning and Population - Bridging the Gap
between Text and Knowledge
Short Title: OLP2

Date: 23-Jul-2006 - 23-Jul-2006
Location: Sydney, Australia
Contact Person: Timothy Baldwin
Meeting Email: tim+colacl2006csse.unimelb.edu.au
Web Site: http://olp.dfki.de/olp2/olp2_cfp.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 17-Apr-2006

First Call for Papers

OLP2 - 2nd Workshop on Ontology Learning and Population -- Bridging
the Gap between Text and Knowledge

Workshop at COLING/ACL 2006

July 22nd, 2006
Sydney, Australia

Supported By SmartWeb (http://www.smartweb-projekt.de/)

Topic and Motivation

An ontology is an explicit and formal specification of a shared
conceptualization of a domain of interest. Ontologies formalize the intensional
aspects of a domain, whereas the extensional part is provided by a knowledge
base that contains assertions about instances of concepts and relations as
defined by the ontology. The process of defining and instantiating a knowledge
base is referred to as knowledge markup or ontology population, whereas
(semi-)automatic support in ontology development is usually referred to as
ontology learning.

Ontologies have been broadly used in knowledge management applications,
including Semantic Web applications and research. In recent years, ontologies
have regained interest also within the NLP community, specifically in such
applications as information extraction, text mining and question answering.
However, as ontology development is a tedious and costly process there has been
an equally growing interest in the automatic learning of ontologies. Much of
this work has been focused on textual data as human language is a primary mode
of knowledge transfer. In this way, textual data provide both a resource for the
ontology learning process as well as an application medium for developed ontologies.

Automatic methods for text-based ontology learning and population have developed
over recent years, but it is difficult to compare approaches and results. In the
1st Workshop on Ontology Learning and Population (at ECAI 2004, Spain) we
addressed this issue through an emphasis on the evaluation aspects of the
reported work. In the context of the 2nd workshop we intend to continue this
emphasis by providing a common data set for participants to work with,
consisting of an ontology and document collection in the football (soccer)
domain and a corresponding automatically extracted knowledge base. Participants
will be free to use this or other data, but are encouraged to use the common
data set for their experiments in order to better compare results with other
participants. Please notify the organizers your interest in this.

An additional topic we intend to address at this workshop is the
relation between NLP and ontology development, the communities of
which are working on similar topics but using different
terminology. As this leads to a confound communication, the
potential for interdisciplinary work becomes much less
pronounced. We therefore intend the workshop to contribute to an
enhanced interdisciplinary understanding of tasks, methods and

Areas of Interest

To provide a clear focus we request novel work on:

- Concept formation on the basis of text
- Learning concept hierarchies / non-taxonomic relations / rules /
- axioms from text
- Named-Entity Recognition with respect to an ontology
- Ontology-based information extraction
- Ontology learning for IE, IR, MT, QA
- Gold standard and task-based evaluation of ontology learning,
- e.g. in IE, IR, MT, QA

Important Dates

April 17th Submission Deadline
May 17th Notification
June 2nd Camera-ready Version
July 22nd Workshop


Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings and should
not exceed eight (8) pages, including references. Submission will be electronic.
The only accepted format for submitted papers is Adobe PDF. The papers must be
submitted no later than April 17, 2006. Papers submitted after that time will
not be reviewed.

Organizing Committee

Paul Buitelaar - DFKI, Germany
Philipp Cimiano - AIFB, Univ. of Karlsruhe, Germany
Berenike Loos - European Media Lab, Germany

Program Committee

Eneko Agirre - Basque Country University, Spain
Enrique Alfonseca - Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles - IRIT- CNRS Toulouse, France
Timothy Baldwin - University of Melbourne, Australia
Roberto Basili - Universita di Roma ''Tor Vergata'', Italy
Johan Bos - Universita di Roma ''La Sapienza'', Italy
Christopher Brewster - University of Sheffield, UK
Nigel Collier - National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Ido Dagan - Bar Ilan University, Israel
Eric Gausier - XEROX XRCE, France
Asuncion Gomez-Perez - Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Marko Grobelnik - Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
Andreas Hotho - University of Kassel, Germany
Eduard Hovy - USC, Information Sciences Institute, USA
Vipul Kashyap - Partners HealthCare System, USA
Bernardo Magnini - ITC-IRST, Italy
Diana Maynard - University of Sheffield, UK
Adeline Nazarenko - LIPN - Universite Paris-Nord, France
Claire Nedellec - MIG, INRA, France
George Paliouras - NCSR ''Demokritos'', Greece
Robert Porzel - European Media Lab, Germany
Marie-Laure Reinberger - Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
Marta Sabou - Knowledge Media Institute, UK
Michael Sintek - DFKI, Germany
Peter Spyns - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Steffen Staab - University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Vojtech Svatek - University of Economics, Prague, Czech Rep.
Paola Velardi - Universita di Roma ''La Sapienza'', Italy
Dominic Widdows - MAYA Design, USA

Workshop Registration
All workshop participants must register for COLING/ACL 2006

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