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LINGUIST List 18.916

Tue Mar 27 2007

Calls: Comp Ling,Semantics/Estonia; Comp Ling/USA

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

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        1.    Ola Knutsson, Semantic Content Acquisition and Representation
        2.    Ania Kubisz, IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration

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Message 1: Semantic Content Acquisition and Representation
Date: 27-Mar-2007
From: Ola Knutsson <knutssoncsc.kth.se>
Subject: Semantic Content Acquisition and Representation

Full Title: Semantic Content Acquisition and Representation
Short Title: SCAR

Date: 24-May-2007 - 24-May-2007
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Contact Person: Magnus Sahlgren
Meeting Email: mangesics.se
Web Site: http://www.sics.se/~mange/scar2007

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 02-Apr-2007

Meeting Description:

This workshop provides a forum for researchers to present and discuss theories
and methods for semantic content acquisition and representation. Participants
will also be encouraged to apply their methods, or relate their theories, to a
specific test corpus. In this workshop, the relevance of an approach to meaning
is judged only by what it can tell us about real language data.

Final Call for Papers
Workshop on Semantic Content Acquisition and Representation
(SCAR 2007)
Pre-conference workshop NODALIDA
Thursday, May 24, Tartu, Estonia

Note: Deadline has been extended to April 2

Text (and language in general) has aboutness; it has meaning, or semantic
content. We as (computational) linguists are highly adept at dissecting text on
a number of different levels: we can perform grammatical analysis of the words
in the text, we can detect animacy and salience, we can do syntactic analysis
and build parse trees of partial and whole sentences, and we can even identify
and track topics throughout the text. However, we are comparatively inept when
it comes to identifying the semantic content, or meaning, of the text. Or, to
put matters in more concise terms, even though there are theories and methods
that claim to accomplish this, there is a striking lack of consensus regarding
both acquisition, representation, and practical utility of semantic content.

The aim of this workshop is not only to provide a forum for researchers to
present and discuss theories and methods for semantic content acquisition and
representation. The aim is also to discuss a common evaluation methodology
whereby different approaches can be adequately compared. As a first step in this
direction, participants will be encouraged to apply their methods, or relate
their theories, to a specific test corpus that will be available in several of
the Nordic languages and English. Participants will be expected to demonstrate
what kind of results their methods can yield. In this workshop, the relevance of
an approach to meaning is judged only by what it can tell us about real language
data. The overall purpose of this workshop is thus to put theories and models
into action.

Questions of interest include:

- Is there a place in linguistic theory for a situation- and speaker-independent
semantic model beyond syntactic models?

- What are the borders, if any, between morphosyntax, lexicon and pragmatics on
the one hand and semantic models on the other?

- Are explicit semantic models necessary, useful or desirable? (Or should they
be incidental to morphosyntactic and lexical analysis on the one hand and
pragmatic discourse analysis on the other?)

We encourage submissions in the following areas:

- Discussions of foundational theoretical issues concerning meaning and
representation in general.

- Methods for supervised, unsupervised and weakly supervised acquisition
(machine learning, statistical, example- or rule-based, hybrid etc.) of semantic

- Representational schemes for semantic content (wordnets, vectorial, logic etc.).

- Evaluation of semantic content acquisition methods, and semantic content
representations (test collections, evaluation metrics etc.).

- Applications of semantic content representations (information retrieval,
dialogue systems, tools for language learning etc.).

Submission procedure:

Online submission is now open at http://www.easychair.org/SCAR2007/.
Submissions should not exceed 8 pages, and should use the ACL style
files available at http://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/acl2007/styles/. Since reviewing will
be blind, papers should not include the authors' names and affiliations, and
self-references should be avoided. Proceedings will be published electronically.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: April 2
Notification of acceptance: April 26
Final papers due: May 7
Workshop: May 24


NODALIDA 2007, Tartu, Estonia.


Magnus Sahlgren, SICS (mangesics.se)
Ola Knutsson, KTH (knutssoncsc.kth.se)

Program Committee:

Peter Bruza, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Gregory Grefenstette, CEA LIST, France
Jussi Karlgren, SICS, Sweden
Alessandro Lenci, University of Pisa, Italy
Hinrich Sch¬łtze, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Fabrizio Sebastiani, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Dominic Widdows, MAYA Design, USA
Message 2: IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration
Date: 27-Mar-2007
From: Ania Kubisz <anialinguistlist.org>
Subject: IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration

Full Title: IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration
Short Title: IEEE IRI

Date: 13-Aug-2007 - 15-Aug-2007
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Contact Person: Chengcui Zhang
Meeting Email: ieeeauthorscis.uab.edu
Web Site: http://www.sis.pitt.edu/~iri07/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 07-Apr-2007

Meeting Description:

Due to many requests, the following deadline has been extended
Paper submission deadline: April 7, 2007 (FIRM)
The 2007 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration
(IEEE IRI-2007)
Sponsored by: The IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society
August 13-15, 2007,
Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, USA

With the rapidly increasing volumes of information in digital form, we are
constantly faced with newer challenges with regards to efficiently using it and
extracting useful knowledge from it. Information reuse and integration (IRI)
seeks to maximally exploit such available information to create new knowledge
and to reuse it for addressing newer challenges. It plays a pivotal role in the
capture, maintenance, integration, validation, extrapolation, and application of
knowledge to augment decision capabilities in various application domains. The
IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration conference
serves as a forum for researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and
government to present, discuss, and exchange ideas that address real-world
problems with real-world solutions.

The IEEE IRI will feature contributed as well as invited papers. Theoretical and
applied papers are both included in this call. The conference program will
include special sessions, open forum workshops and keynote speeches. Several
funding agency program directors - including NSF, ONR, et al. - will present an
open panel discussion entitled Funding Opportunities in Information Reuse and
Systems Engineering.

The conference includes, but is not limited to, the areas listed below:
- Large Scale Data and System Integration
- Component-Based Design and Reuse
- Unifying Data Models (UML, XML, etc.) and Ontologies
- Database Integration
- Structured/Semi-structured Data
- Middleware & Web Services
- Reuse in Software Engineering
- Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
- Sensory and Information Fusion
- Reuse in Modeling & Simulation
- Automation, Integration and Reuse across Various Applications
- Information Security & Privacy
- Survivable Systems & Infrastructures
- AI & Decision Support Systems
- Heuristic Optimization and Search
- Knowledge Acquisition and Management
- Fuzzy and Neural Systems
- Soft Computing
- Evolutionary Computing
- Case-Based Reasoning
- Natural Language Understanding
- Knowledge Management and E-Government
- Command & Control Systems (C4ISR)
- Human-Machine Information Systems
- Space and Robotic Systems
- Biomedical & Healthcare Systems
- Homeland Security & Critical Infrastructure Protection
- Manufacturing Systems & Business Process Engineering
- Multimedia Systems
- Service-Oriented Architecture
- Autonomous Agents in Web-based Systems
- Information Integration in Grid Computing Environment
- Information Integration in Mobile Computing Environment
- Information Integration in Ubiquitous Computing Environment
- Systems of Systems
- Semantic Web and Emerging Applications
- Information Reuse, Integration and Sharing in Collaborative Environments

Instructions for Authors:

Papers reporting original and unpublished research results pertaining to the
above and related topics are solicited. Full paper manuscripts must be in
English of length 4 to 6 pages (using the IEEE two-column template). Submissions
should include the title, author(s), affiliation(s), e-mail address(es), tel/fax
numbers, abstract, and postal address(es) on the first page. Papers should be
submitted at the conference web site: http://www.sis.pitt.edu/~iri07. If web
submission is not possible, manuscripts should be sent as an attachment via
email to either of the Program Chairs (mailing address available on the
conference website) on or before the deadline date of April 7, 2007.

The attachment must be in .pdf (preferred) or word.doc format. The subject of
the email must be IEEE IRI 2007 Submission. Papers will be selected based on
their originality, timeliness, significance, relevance, and clarity of
presentation. Authors should certify that their papers represent substantially
new work and are previously unpublished. Paper submission implies the intent of
at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted.
Authors of selected papers that are also presented at the conference will be
invited to submit expanded versions of their papers for review for publication
in an approved special issue of the IEEE SMC Transactions, part C, on IRI to be
published in 2008.

Important Dates:

Feb. 11, 2007: Workshop/Special session proposal
Apr. 7, 2007: Paper submission deadline (FIRM)
Apr. 29, 2007: Notification of acceptance
May 20, 2007: Camera-ready paper due
May 20, 2007: Presenting author registration due
Jul. 10, 2007: Advance (discount) registration for general public and other
Jul. 31, 2007: Hotel reservation (special discount rate) closing date

Aug. 13-15,2007: Conference events

Orgizing Committee:

Honorary General Chair
Lotfi Zadeh
University of California, USA

General Chairs
Stuart Rubin
SPAWAR Systems Center, USA

Shu-Ching Chen
Florida International University, USA

Program Chairs
Weide Chang
California State University, USA

James B. D. Joshi
University of Pittsburgh, USA

Workshop Chairs
Du Zhang
California State University, USA

Taghi M. Khoshgoftaar
Florida Atlantic University, USA

Eric Grgoire
Universit?d'Artois, France

Publicity Chair
Chengcui Zhang,
University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

Asian Liaison
Wen-Lian Hsu
Academia Sinica, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Althea Liang Qianhui
Singapore Management University, Singapore

Finance & Registration Chair
Ju-Yeon Jo
California State University, USA

Publications Chair
Min-Yuh Day
National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Local Arrangements Chair
Louellen McCoy
SPAWAR Systems Center, USA

Saubhagya Ram Joshi
University of Pittsburgh, USA

Chengcui Zhang Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
University of Alabama at Birmingham
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