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LINGUIST List 19.2819

Tue Sep 16 2008

Calls: Computational Ling/Greece; Comp Ling, Lexicography/Belgium

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        1.    Albert Gatt, Generation Challenges 2009 (in Conjunction with ENLG)
        2.    Sylviane Granger, eLexicography in the 21st Century


Message 1: Generation Challenges 2009 (in Conjunction with ENLG)
Date: 15-Sep-2008
From: Albert Gatt <a.gattabdn.ac.uk>
Subject: Generation Challenges 2009 (in Conjunction with ENLG)
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Full Title: Generation Challenges 2009 (in Conjunction with ENLG)

Date: 30-Mar-2009 - 31-Mar-2009
Location: TBA, Greece
Contact Person: Albert Gatt
Web Site: http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/research/genchal09

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 12-Jan-2009

Meeting Description:

Generation Challenges 2009 is an umbrella event designed to bring together a
variety of shared-task evaluation efforts that involve the generation of natural
language. Evaluation results and participating systems will be presented at the
Generation Challenges 2009 Special Session at the 12th European Workshop on
Natural Language Generation (ENLG'09).

Second Call for Papers


Generation Challenges 2009
To be held in conjunction with ENLG 2009.

Following the NSF/SIGGEN Workshop on Shared Tasks and Comparative Evaluation in
NLG in April 2007
(http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~mwhite/nlgeval07/), and the INLG'06 Special
Session on Sharing Data and Comparative Evaluation
(http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/home/Anja.Belz/inlg06-specsess.html), there has
recently been a lot of activity in connection with shared tasks in Natural
Language Generation (NLG). The Pilot Attribute Selection for Generating
Referring Expressions (ASGRE) Challenge took place between May and September
2007; the Referring Expression Generation (REG) Challenge
2008 has just been completed; the GIVE Challenge is currently underway; and
other challenges are being prepared. More information about all of these
activities can be found via the links on the Generation Challenges
homepage: http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/research/genchal09

To provide a common forum for these activities, we are organizing Generation
Challenges 2009, an umbrella event designed to bring together a variety of
shared-task evaluation efforts that involve the generation of natural language.
Evaluation results and participating systems will be presented at the
Generation Challenges 2009 Special Session at the 12th European Workshop on
Natural Language Generation (ENLG'09).

Shared Tasks:
There will be three shared tasks at Generation Challenges 2009 which will be
organised independently (for details, please refer to the Call for Participation
for each task):
1. The GIVE Challenge (Koller, Byron, Moore, Oberlander & Striegnitz):
Generation of natural-language instructions to aid human task-solving in a
virtual environment. This task has started, for more information go to:
http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/v1akolle/proj/give
2. GREC Tasks (Belz, Gatt, Kow & Viethen): Generation of references to named
entities in discourse; (i) GREC-MSR Task: selection of referring expressions for
references to the main subject of the text; (ii) GREC-NEG
Task: generation of referring expressions for all mentions of people in a text.
For more information go to:
http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/research/genchal09/grec
3. TUNA Progress Test (Gatt, Belz & Kow): An opportunity to improve on
REG'08 Task 3, i.e. mapping from TUNA domain representations to referring
expressions. For more information go to:
http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/research/genchal09/tuna

Special Track- Proposals for Future Tasks:
We invite submissions of papers describing ideas for future shared tasks in the
general area of language generation. Proposed tasks can be in the area of core
NLG, or straddle more than one research area in which language is generated,
e.g. core NLG and MT, or core NLG and text summarization. Submissions should
describe possible future tasks in detail, including information regarding
organizers, task description, motivating theoretical interest and/or application
context, size and state of completion of data to be used, and evaluation plans.

Open Track:
We invite submissions of papers reporting any language generation method and
results obtained using the training and development data from any of the shared
task tracks. The task definition should differ from that in the corresponding
shared task track, and submissions will be reviewed according to standard
workshop reviewing criteria.

Evaluation Methods Track:
We invite submissions of papers describing any evaluation method that can be
used to evaluate systems submitted to any of the shared tasks. Papers should
report results for applying the evaluation method to one or more systems
implementing a solution to one of the shared tasks (although different data may
be used). Submissions will be reviewed according to standard workshop reviewing
criteria.

Instructions for Paper Submissions:
Submissions in the Special Track, Open Track and Evaluation Methods Track should
be no more than 4 (four) pages long, and should follow the ACL'09 guidelines
using the style files provided via the ACL-IJCNLP 2009 homepage. Papers should
be sent in PDF format by email to nlg-stecitri.brighton.ac.uk. Special Track
papers should be submitted no later than 30 November 2008. Papers in the Open
Track and the Evaluation Methods Track should be submitted no later than 12
January 2009.

Submissions will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the review committee (see
below). As reviewing will not be blind, there is no need to anonymise papers.

Accepted submissions will be included in the ENLG'09 proceedings, but the page
limit for camera-ready versions has not yet been finalized (the final limit will
depend on how many submissions there are).

Dates:
Submission of task proposal papers- 30 November 2008
Notification of acceptance of task proposals- 31 December 2008
Submission of papers in Open and Evaluation Methods tracks- 12 January 2009
Expected deadline for camera-ready papers- early Feb 2009
ENLG'09 (provisional)- 30-31 March 2009

Review Committee:
Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
Kevin Knight, ISI, University of Southern California, USA
Mirella Lapata, ICCS, University of Edinburgh, UK
Chris Mellish, University of Aberdeen, UK
Amanda Stent, Stony Brook University, USA

Organisation:
Anja Belz, NLTG, University of Brighton, UK
Albert Gatt, Computing Science, University of Aberdeen, UK
Eric Kow, NLTG, University of Brighton, UK

Generation Challenges homepage: http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/research/genchal09
Generation Challenges email: nlg-stecitri.brighton.ac.uk
Message 2: eLexicography in the 21st Century
Date: 15-Sep-2008
From: Sylviane Granger <sylviane.grangeruclouvain.be>
Subject: eLexicography in the 21st Century
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Full Title: eLexicography in the 21st Century
Short Title: ELEX2009

Date: 22-Oct-2009 - 24-Oct-2009
Location: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Contact Person: Sylviane Granger
Meeting Email: elexicographyuclouvain.be
Web Site: http://www.uclouvain.be/cecl-elexicography

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

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2008

Meeting Description:

eLexicography in the 21st century: New challenges, new applications

The conference aims to explore innovative developments in the field of
electronic lexicography.

Organized by the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics (CECL) under the aegis of
the European Association for Lexicography (EURALEX).

Conference website: www.uclouvain.be/cecl-elexicography

Venue: University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Date: 22-24 October, 2009

Organizers: Prof. Sylviane Granger and Dr Magali Paquot

Conference theme: Innovative developments in the field of electronic lexicography

Call for Papers


Papers on the following topics are particularly welcome:
- New technological environments (web-based dictionaries, mobile devices, etc.)
- Exploitation of language resources: monolingual and multilingual corpora,
learner corpora, lexical databases (e.g. WordNet).
- Integration of NLP tools (grammatical annotation, speech synthesis, etc.)
- Dictionary writing systems and other software available to the lexicographer
- Changes to the dictionary macro- and microstructure afforded by the electronic
medium (multiple access routes, efficient integration of phraseology, etc.)
- Automated customisation of dictionaries in function of users' needs
(proficiency level, receptive vs. productive mode, register)
- Integration of electronic dictionaries into language learning and teaching
(CALL, translator training, etc.)

Keynote Speakers
We are pleased to announce that the following speakers have accepted our
invitation to give a keynote presentation at the conference:

Ulrich Heid (Universität Stuttgart, Germany)
Marie-Claude L'Homme (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Hilary Nesi (Coventry University, Great-Britain)
Michael Rundell (Lexicography MasterClass Ltd, Great-Britain)
Piek Vossen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Organising Committee
De Cock Sylvie (Facultes Universitaires Saint-Louis & CECL, Universite
catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
Granger Sylviane (CECL, Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
Paquot Magali (CECL, Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
Rayson Paul (UCREL, Lancaster University, Great-Britain)
Tutin Agnes (LIDILEM, Universite Stendhal-Grenoble 3, France)

Scientific Committee
Bogaards Paul (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Bouillon Pierrette (ISSCO, University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Campoy Cubillo, Maria Carmen (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
de Schryver Gilles-Maurice (Ghent University, Belgium)
Drouin Patrick (Oservatoire de Linguistique Sens-Texte, Université de Montréal,
Canada)
Fairon Cédrick (CENTAL, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
Fellbaum Christiane (Princeton University, United States)
Fontenelle Thierry (Microsoft Natural Language Group, United States)
Glaros Nikos (Institute for Language and Speech Processing, Greece)
Grefenstette Gregory (EXALEAD, France)
Hanks Patrick (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
Kilgarriff Adam (Lexical Computing Ltd, Great-Britain)
Korhonen Anna (University of Cambridge, Great-Britain)
Herbst Thomas (Universität Erlangen, Germany)
Lemnitzer Lothar (Universität Tübingen, Germany)
Moon Rosamund (University of Birmingham, Great-Britain)
Ooi Vincent (National University of Singapore, Republic of
Singapore)
Pecman Mojca (Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7, France)
Piao Scott (The University of Manchester, Great-Britain)
Rayson Paul (UCREL, Lancaster University, Great-Britain)
Ronald Jim (Hiroshima Shudo University, Japan)
Sierra Martinez Gerardo (GIL, Universidad Autónoma de México, México)
Smrz Pavel (Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic)
Sobkowiak Wlodzimierz (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)
Tarp Sven (Centre for Lexicography, Aarhus School of Business, Denmark)
Tutin Agnes (LIDILEM, Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3, France)
Verlinde Serge (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
Yihua Zhang (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China)
Zock Michael (CNRS - Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale, France)

The conference aims to be a showcase for the latest developments in the field
and will feature both software demos and a book exhibition. A selection of
papers will be invited for expansion into chapters for a book arising from the
conference.

Language of the conference: English

Key dates
- Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 December 2008
- Notification of acceptance / rejection: 27 February 2009

Contact: elexicographyuclouvain.be ; for sponsoring options, please contact
sylviane.grangeruclouvain.be
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