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LINGUIST List 18.1033

Thu Apr 05 2007

Calls: Cognitive Science,Computational Ling,Psycholing/USA

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Message 1: AAAI Fall Symposium: Cognitive Approaches to NLP
Date: 04-Apr-2007
From: Jerry Ball <jerry.ballmesa.afmc.af.mil>
Subject: AAAI Fall Symposium: Cognitive Approaches to NLP


Full Title: AAAI Fall Symposium: Cognitive Approaches to NLP

Date: 08-Nov-2007 - 11-Nov-2007
Location: Arlington, VA, USA
Contact Person: Jerry Ball
Meeting Email: jerry.ballmesa.afmc.af.mil
Web Site: http://www.aaai.org/Symposia/Fall/fss07.php

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics;
Psycholinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Call Deadline: 01-May-2007

Meeting Description

AAAI Fall Symposium Series
November 8-11, 2007
Westin Arlington Gateway, Arlington, VA

Topic: Cognitive Approaches to NLP

We propose this symposium to highlight NLP research at the intersection of
AI/Computational Linguistics and Cognitive Science/Computational
Psycholinguistics - especially research which integrates symbolic and
statistical/connectionist representations with serial and parallel processing
mechanisms into large-scale, functional, cognitively-motivated (or better yet,
cognitively plausible) NLP systems.

Topic: Cognitive Approaches to NLP

We propose this symposium to highlight NLP research at the intersection of
AI/Computational Linguistics and Cognitive Science/Computational
Psycholinguistics---especially research which integrates symbolic and
statistical/connectionist representations with serial and parallel processing
mechanisms into large-scale, functional, cognitively-motivated (or better yet,
cognitively plausible) NLP systems.

Major topics of discussion are expected to include:

Cognitive/hybrid approaches to parsing and text meaning analysis

Cognitive/hybrid approaches to generation

Cognitive/hybrid approaches to knowledge representation (KR) and reasoning

Cognitive/hybrid approaches to knowledge acquisition

Cognitively-motivated implementations of NLP and information extraction (IE) systems

Applying cognitive architectures to build functional NLP systems

Evaluations, advantages and disadvantages of cognitively-motivated NLP systems

This symposium will be of special interest to researchers interested in building
cognitively-motivated, large-scale, real-world NLP systems, although researchers
interested in building more specialized systems may also want to participate.
Researchers engaged in this interdisciplinary area of research are consumers of
experimental and theoretical research in psycholinguistics and human language
processing without necessarily being psycholinguists or experimental
psychologists. However, attempts to build large-scale, cognitively motivated NLP
systems are likely to reveal weaknesses in cognitive theories of language
representation and processing which will provide important feedback to more
experimentally and theoretically oriented researchers. A key assumption
underlying this symposium is the idea that adhering to well-established
cognitive constraints on language processing may actually facilitate, rather
than hinder, the development of functional NLP systems. The adoption of such
cognitive constraints narrows the search space for possible solutions, focusing
attention in research directions that are more likely to lead to feasible
systems than the reliance on brute force computational mechanisms like
exhaustive search and algorithmic backtracking which are both cognitively
implausible and computationally intractable.

A major goal of this symposium is to identify issues which need to be overcome
in the development of large-scale, cognitively-motivated NLP systems, and to
highlight emerging techniques and solutions for addressing these issues.

Submissions

Prospective participants are invited to submit research (up to 8 pages) or
position (2 pages) papers, in PDF or Word format using AAAI guidelines, to Jerry
Ball (jerry.ballmesa.afmc.af.mil) on or before May 1, 2007. All submissions
will be reviewed by the program review committee (TBD). Notifications of
acceptance will be emailed on May 21, 2007. Accepted papers will be presented at
the symposium and published in the AAAI technical report series. Camera-ready
copies are due to AAAI on or before September 14, 2007.

Organizing Committee

Jerry Ball, Air Force Research Laboratory, Human Effectiveness Directorate
Krishna Jha, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technologies Laboratories
Sergei Nirenburg, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Marjorie McShane, University of Maryland Baltimore County

For more information about the symposium see the supplementary symposium web
site (http://www.doublertheory.com/AAAIFallSymposium2007.htm)

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