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LINGUIST List 18.3652

Thu Dec 06 2007

Calls: General Ling/USA

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        1.    Evgeniy Gabrilovich, AAAI 2008 Workshop on Wikipedia and AI

Message 1: AAAI 2008 Workshop on Wikipedia and AI
Date: 04-Dec-2007
From: Evgeniy Gabrilovich <gabryahoo-inc.com>
Subject: AAAI 2008 Workshop on Wikipedia and AI
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Full Title: AAAI 2008 Workshop on Wikipedia and AI
Short Title: WIKIAI08

Date: 13-Jul-2008 - 17-Jul-2008
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Contact Person: Evgeniy Gabrilovich
Meeting Email: gabryahoo-inc.com
Web Site: http://lit.csci.unt.edu/~wikiai08

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 21-Mar-2008

Meeting Description

AAAI 2008 Workshop
Wikipedia and Artificial Intelligence: an Evolving Synergy
Call for Papers


Since its inception less than seven years ago, Wikipedia has become one of the
largest and fastest growing online sources of encyclopedic knowledge. One of the
reasons why Wikipedia is appealing to contributors and users alike is the
richness of its embedded structural information: articles are hyperlinked to
each other and connected to categories from an ever expanding taxonomy;
pervasive language phenomena such as synonymy and polysemy are addressed through
redirection and disambiguation pages; entities of the same type are described in
a consistent format using infoboxes; related articles are grouped together in
series templates.

As a large-scale repository of structured knowledge, Wikipedia has become a
valuable resource for a diverse set of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
applications. Major conferences in natural language processing and machine
learning have recently witnessed a significant number of approaches that use
Wikipedia for tasks ranging from text categorization and clustering to word
sense disambiguation, information retrieval, information extraction and question
answering. On the other hand, Wikipedia can greatly benefit from numerous
algorithms and representation models developed during decades of AI research, as
illustrated recently in tasks such as estimating the reliability of authors'
contributions, automatic linking of articles, or intelligent matching of
Wikipedia tasks with potential contributors.

The goal of the workshop is to foster the research and dissemination of ideas on
the mutually beneficial interaction between Wikipedia and AI. The workshop is
intended to be highly interdisciplinary. We encourage participation of
researchers working on Wikipedia from different perspectives, including (but not
limited to) machine learning, computational linguistics,
information retrieval, information extraction, question answering, knowledge
representation, and others. We also encourage participation of researchers from
other areas who might benefit from the use of a large body of machine-readable


We invite submissions of papers addressing the following or related topics::
- Using Wikipedia as a source of training data for AI tasks (both supervised an
- Automatic methods for improving the quality of Wikipedia pages
- Integrating Wikipedia with existing ontologies (e.g. WordNet, CYC, ODP)
- Extracting annotated data from Wikipedia
- Enriching Wikipedia with new types of structural information
- Wikipedia and the Semantic Web / Web 2.0
- Automatic extraction and use of cross-lingual information from Wikipedia
- Computerized use of satellite projects such as Wiktionary, Wikibooks or

Workshop Format

The day long workshop will consist of presentations, invited talk, demos
showcasing work presented in the research papers, and a panel session.

Submission Guidelines

We invite submissions of regular full papers (up to 6 pages), short papers
reporting on late-breaking results (up to 3 pages), and descriptions of system
demonstrations (up to 1 page) using the AAAI style. Submissions that have been
accepted for publication elsewhere or are under review for another conference
must clearly state so on the front page of the paper.

Important Dates

Deadline for long papers submission: March 21, 2008
Deadline for short papers and system demos: April 7, 2008
Notification of acceptance: April 21, 2008
Camera-ready papers due at AAAI: May 5, 2008

Organizing Committee

Razvan Bunescu, Ohio University (bunescu AT ohio.edu)
Evgeniy Gabrilovich, Yahoo! Research (gabr AT yahoo-inc.com)
Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas (rada AT cs.unt.edu)

Program Committee

1. Eugene Agichtein, Emory University
2. Einat Amitay, IBM Research, Israel
3. Mikhail Bilenko, Microsoft Research
4. Chris Brew, Ohio State University
5. Timothy Chklovski, Structured Commons
6. Massimiliano Ciaramita, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain
7. Andras Csomai, University of North Texas
8. Silviu Cucerzan, Microsoft Research
9. Ido Dagan, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
10. Ravi Kumar, Yahoo! Research
11. Lillian Lee, Cornell University
12. Elizabeth Liddy, Syracuse University
13. Daniel Marcu, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California
14. Shaul Markovitch, Technion, Israel
15. Raymond Mooney, University of Texas at Austin
16. Vivi Nastase, EML Research, Germany
17. Marius Pasca, Google
18. Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota, Duluth
19. Simone Paolo Ponzetto, EML Research, Germany
20. Dragomir Radev, University of Michigan
21. Dan Roth, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
22. Peter Turney, National Research Council, Canada

Additional Information

For additional information about the workshop please contact the organizers or
visit the workshop website at http://lit.csci.unt.edu/~wikiai08

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