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LINGUIST List 18.2331

Mon Aug 06 2007

Calls: General Ling/India; Computational Ling,Semantics/Portugal

Editor for this issue: Ania Kubisz <anialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Mark Post, North East Indian Linguistics Society
        2.    Katerina Pastra, Metadata Mining for Image Understanding

Message 1: North East Indian Linguistics Society
Date: 05-Aug-2007
From: Mark Post <m.postlatrobe.edu.au>
Subject: North East Indian Linguistics Society
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Full Title: North East Indian Linguistics Society
Short Title: NEILS

Date: 20-Jan-2008 - 22-Jan-2008
Location: Guwahati, Assam, India
Contact Person: Mark Post
Meeting Email: m.postlatrobe.edu.au
Web Site: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/rclt/Neils/Neils.htm

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2007

Meeting Description

The 3rd International Conference of the North East Indian Linguistics Society
will be held from 20-22 January, 2008 at the Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati,
Assam, India. The Conference is hosted by the Department of Linguistics of
Gauhati University, in association with scholars from the Research Centre for
Linguistic Typology of LaTrobe University.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent by email attachment (.pdf
preferred, .doc or .txt acceptable) to m.postlatrobe.edu.au, or by snail mail
to NEILS, Department of Linguistics, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam 781014
India by no later than 15 September, 2007. Notification of acceptance will be in
October. Papers on any aspect of North East Indian languages (and/or their
genetic and areal neighbours) are welcomed. Papers should have a primary
descriptive focus, preferably from a functional-typological perspective; field
reports are acceptable. Papers with a primarily formal and/or theoretical focus
are unlikely to be accepted for presentation.
Message 2: Metadata Mining for Image Understanding
Date: 04-Aug-2007
From: Katerina Pastra <kpastrailsp.gr>
Subject: Metadata Mining for Image Understanding
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Full Title: Metadata Mining for Image Understanding
Short Title: MMUI

Date: 21-Jan-2008 - 21-Jan-2008
Location: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Contact Person: Katerina Pastra
Meeting Email: kpastrailsp.gr
Web Site: http://www.visapp.org/MMIU.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2007

Meeting Description

The workshop addresses the issue of using 'metadata' of different kinds (e.g.
captions, accompanying text, user-generated tags/labels, etc.) for organizing,
sharing and processing images.

First Call for Papers

International Workshop on

''Metadata Mining for Image Understanding'' (MMIU)

A Satellite Event of the
3rd International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP),
22 - 25 January, 2008, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal


Gabriela Csurka, XEROX Research Centre Europe, France
Katerina Pastra, Institute for Language and Speech Processing, Greece


The number of digital images being generated, stored, managed and shared through
the internet is growing at a phenomenal rate. Press and photo agencies receive
and manage thousands or millions of images per day and end-users (e.g. amateur
reporters) can easily participate into the related professional workflows. In an
environment of approximately one billion photos, searchable in online databases
worldwide, finding the most relevant or the most appealing image for a given
task (e.g. to illustrate a story) has become an extremely difficult process. In
these huge repositories, many images have additional information coming from
different sources.

Information related to the image capture such as date, location, camera settings
or name of photographer is often available from the digital camera used to take
the photograph. The owner can further add a relevant title, filename or/and
descriptive caption or any other textual reference. If the image is uploaded to
a shared photo collection, additional comments are frequently added to the image
by other users. On the other hand, images used in documents, i.e. web pages,
frequently have captions and surrounding text. All this information can be
considered image metadata and is of value for organizing, sharing, and
processing images.

However, it is not always evident how to exploit the information contained in
such metadata in an intelligent, generic or task-specific way. Linking this
information with the actual image content is still an open challenge. The aim of
this workshop is to offer a meeting opportunity for researchers, content
providers and related user-service providers to elaborate on the needs and
practices of digital image management, to share ideas that will point to new
directions on using metadata for image understanding and to demonstrate related
technology representative of the state of the art and beyond.

Research paper topics that may be addressed include, but are not limited to:

- image metadata pattern discovery and mining
- interaction of image metadata and visual content
- image and video metadata enrichment
- automatic metadata creation
- hybrid collaborative and machine learning techniques for metadata creation
and/or fusion
- cross image-text categorization and retrieval
- image auto-captioning and annotation transfer
- learning user preferences, aesthetical and emotional measures from pinion mining
- integration of camera settings with image categorization, retrieval or enhancement
- application-specific issues of metadata mining:
a) integration of visual and geo-location information for improved virtual tourism
b) stock-photo
c) web-based image retrieval

Important Dates

Full Paper Submission: October 15, 2007
Authors Notification: November 7, 2007
Final Paper Submission and Registration: November 19, 2007

Submission of Papers

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the areas listed
above. All papers must be written in English, and the length should not exceed
10 pages for oral presentations and 6 pages for posters (including figures and

Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are
available at the following web page: http://www.grapp.org/paper_templates.htm

Papers (preferably in PDF format) should be submitted electronically via the
web-based submission system at: http://www.grapp.org/paper_submission.htm

Workshop Proceedings

All accepted and registered papers will be published in a workshop proceedings
book with an ISBN reference, which will be issued by INSTICC Press. The
proceedings will be available at the time of the workshop. There will be also a
CD-ROM publication.

A selection of the best papers will be considered for improvement and
publication in a special issue of a journal (TBD).
Registration Information
At least one author of an accepted paper must register for the workshop.

Workshop Programme Committee (more to be included shortly)

Suzanne Boll, University of Oldenburg, Germany
Paul Clough, University of Sheffield, UK
Gabriela Csurka, XRCE, France
Daniel Gatica-Perez, Idiap, Martigny, Switzerland
Benoit Huet, Institut Eurécom, Sophia-Antipolis, France
Gareth Jones, Dublin City University, Ireland
Jiebo Luo, Kodak Research Lab, Rochester, NY, USA
Katerina Pastra, ILSP, Greece
Georges Quenot, LIG, Grenoble, France
Rahul Nair, Yahoo! Research Berkeley, USA
Stefan Rueger, KMI, Open University, UK
Horacio Saggion, University of Sheffield, UK
Tamás Szirányi, SZTAKI, Hungary
Tinne Tuytelaars, University of Leuven, Belgium
Geoffrey Woolfe, XRCW, NY, USA
Lei Zhang, Microsoft Research, China
Roelof van Zwol, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain

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