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LINGUIST List 18.2794

Wed Sep 26 2007

Calls: General Ling/UK; Computational Ling/Portugal

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

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        1.    David Willis, British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies
        2.    Katerina Pastra, Metadata Mining for Image Understanding

Message 1: British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies
Date: 25-Sep-2007
From: David Willis <dwew2cam.ac.uk>
Subject: British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies
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Full Title: British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies
Short Title: BASEES

Date: 29-Mar-2008 - 31-Mar-2008
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contact Person: David Willis
Meeting Email: dwew2cam.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.basees.org.uk/conference.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Slavic Subgroup

Call Deadline: 01-Oct-2007

Meeting Description

Languages and Linguistics section of the annual conference of the British
Association for Slavonic and East European Studies 2008

Final Call: Deadline for Abstracts is 1 October 2007.

Annual Conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European
Studies 2008

Call for Papers in Languages and Linguistics

The annual conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European
Studies (BASEES) will take place at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
(UK), between 29-31 March 2008. Abstracts are invited for individual 20-minute
papers or for entire panels (2-3 papers) in any area of Slavonic philology,
linguistics, language teaching, and translation studies. The working languages
of the conference are English and Russian.

At this year's conference we had around thirty papers in formal linguistics,
historical linguistics, applied linguistics, semiotics, language teaching, and
translation studies presented by academics and graduate students from
institutions in the UK and abroad. The annual convention as a whole brings
together scholars from a wide range of disciplines including literary studies,
linguistics, cultural studies, history, economics, politics, sociology, film and
media studies as they pertain to Central and Eastern Europe and to the former
Soviet Union.

Abstracts (250 words or less) for languages and linguistics papers or panels
should be sent using a form available at www.basees.org.uk by 1 October 2007 via
email to David Willis at:

or at the following address:

Department of Linguistics
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom

Further details are available on the website at www.basees.org.uk.

Dr David Willis
University Senior Lecturer
Department of Linguistics
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge CB3 9DA

Fellow in Linguistics
Selwyn College
Cambridge CB3 9DQ
Tel: +44 1223 335885
On research leave: October 2007 - April 2008. Please use college address for all
postal correspondence
Message 2: Metadata Mining for Image Understanding
Date: 25-Sep-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

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.

Second 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
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

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

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
opinion mining
- integration of camera settings with image categorization, retrieval or
- application-specific issues of metadata mining:
integration of visual and geo-location information for improved virtual
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 tables).

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

Suzanne Boll, University of Oldenburg, Germany
Paul Clough, University of Sheffield, UK
Gabriela Csurka, XRCE, France
Christophe Garcia, France Telecom Research, France
Daniel Gatica-Perez, Idiap, Martigny, Switzerland
Benoit Huet, Institut Eurécom, Sophia-Antipolis, France
Gareth Jones, Dublin City University, Ireland
Franciska de Jong, University of Twente, Netherland
Ales Leonardis, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
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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