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LINGUIST List 19.3655

Fri Nov 28 2008

Calls: Computational Ling,General Ling/USA; General Ling/Canada

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        1.    Evgeniy Gabrilovich, IJCAI'09 Workshop on User-Contributed Knowledge and AI
        2.    Jessica Spieker, Interdisciplinary Student Symposium: Language Research

Message 1: IJCAI'09 Workshop on User-Contributed Knowledge and AI
Date: 27-Nov-2008
From: Evgeniy Gabrilovich <gabryahoo-inc.com>
Subject: IJCAI'09 Workshop on User-Contributed Knowledge and AI
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Full Title: IJCAI'09 Workshop on User-Contributed Knowledge and AI
Short Title: WikiAI09

Date: 11-Jul-2009 - 13-Jul-2009
Location: Pasadena, CA, USA
Contact Person: Evgeniy Gabrilovich
Meeting Email: wikiai09easychair.org
Web Site: http://lit.csci.unt.edu/~wikiai09

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

Call Deadline: 06-Mar-2009

Meeting Description:

IJCAI'09 Workshop on User-contributed Knowledge and Artificial Intelligence
July 2009, Pasadena, California, USA

Call for Papers

The performance of an Artificial Intelligence system often depends on the amount
of world knowledge available to it. During the last decade, the AI community has
witnessed the emergence of a number of highly structured knowledge repositories
whose collaborative nature has led to a dramatic increase in the amount of world
knowledge that can now be exploited in AI applications. Arguably, the
best-known repository of user-contributed knowledge is Wikipedia. Since its
inception less than eight years ago, it 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.

Many more repositories of user-contributed knowledge exist besides Wikipedia.
Collaborative tagging in Delicious and community-driven question answering in
Yahoo! Answers and Wiki Answers are only a few examples of knowledge sources
that, like Wikipedia, can become a valuable asset for AI researchers.
Furthermore, AI methods have the potential to improve these resources, as
demonstrated recently by research on personalized tag recommendations, or on
matching user questions with previously answered questions. Consequently, we
believe the time is ripe for a dedicated event focused on the synergy between
repositories of user-contributed knowledge and the research in Artificial

The workshop is intended to be highly interdisciplinary. We encourage
participation of researchers 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 large bodies of machine-readable knowledge.

Topics covered by this workshop include, but are not limited to:
- Using user-contributed knowledge as a source of training data for AI tasks
- Automatic methods for improving the quality of user contributions
- Routing tasks to people who have the expertise to perform them well
- Integrating Wikipedia with existing ontologies (e.g. WordNet, CYC, ODP)
- Extracting annotated data from user contributions
- Enriching user contributions with new types of structural information
- User-contributed knowledge and the Semantic Web / Web 2.0
- Automatic extraction and use of cross-lingual information
- Computerized use of satellite Wiki projects such as Wiktionary, Wikibooks or

Workshop Format
The workshop is planned as a one-day event (full day), which will consist of an
invited talk, paper and demo presentations, and a discussion panel.

Submission Info
We invite the submission 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 IJCAI 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.

Submissions should be properly anonymized to make them suitable for double-
blind review. The papers will be submitted through the following EasyChair
site: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wikiai09

Important Dates
Deadline for long paper submission: March 6th, 2009
Deadline for short papers and demos: March 27th, 2009
Notification of acceptance: April 17th, 2009
Camera-ready papers due at IJCAI: May 8th, 2009
Workshop date: between July 11 and July 13, 2009 (not yet finalized)

Organizing Committee
Razvan Bunescu, Ohio University (http://ace.cs.ohio.edu/~razvan)
Evgeniy Gabrilovich (http://research.yahoo.com/~gabr)
Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas (http://www.cs.unt.edu/~rada)
Vivi Nastase, EML Research (http://www.eml-r.org/~nastase)

Program Committee
1. Michele Banko, University of Washington
2. Misha Bilenko, Microsoft Research
3. Yunbo Cao, Microsoft Research
4. Timothy Chklovski, Structured Commons
5. Andras Csomai, Google
6. Silviu Cucerzan, Microsoft Research
7. James Fan, IBM
8. Iryna Gurevych, TU Darmstadt, Germany
9. Eduard Hovy, USC / Information Sciences Institute
10. Rohit Kate, University of Texas at Austin
11. Ravi Kumar, Yahoo! Research
12. Oren Kurland, Technion, Israel
13. Lillian Lee, Cornell University
14. Daniel Marcu, USC / Information Sciences Institute
15. Shaul Markovitch, Technion, Israel
16. Hwee Tou Ng, National University of Singapore
17. Vincent Ng, University of Texas at Dallas
18. Bo Pang, Yahoo! Research
19. Patrick Pantel, Yahoo! Research
20. Marius Pasca, Google
21. Simone Paolo Ponzetto, EML Research, Germany
22. John Prager, IBM
23. Michael Strube, EML Research, Germany
24. Mihai Surdeanu, Yahoo! Research, Barcelona
25. Peter Turney, National Research Council, Canada
26. Dan Weld, University of Washington
27. Michael Witbrock, CYC
28. Qiang Yang, HKUST, Hong Kong
29. Hugo Zaragoza, Yahoo! Research

Additional Information
For additional information about the workshop, please visit the workshop
Web site at http://lit.csci.unt.edu/~wikiai09
Message 2: Interdisciplinary Student Symposium: Language Research
Date: 27-Nov-2008
From: Jessica Spieker <jspiekeruwo.ca>
Subject: Interdisciplinary Student Symposium: Language Research
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Full Title: Interdisciplinary Student Symposium: Language Research
Short Title: WISSLR

Date: 06-Mar-2009 - 07-Mar-2009
Location: London, ON, Canada
Contact Person: Jessica Spieker
Meeting Email: jspiekeruwo.ca
Web Site: http://www.uwo.ca/linguistics/grad/wisslr_2009.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 09-Jan-2009

Meeting Description:

The first annual Western Interdisciplinary Student Symposium on Language
Research (WISSLR): a symposium for students of all levels to present their
original, interdisciplinary research on language.

Call for Papers

The first Western Interdisciplinary Student Symposium on Language Research
(WISSLR), will be held March 6 (possibly 7), 2009. In keeping with the
interdisciplinary nature of the Masters program at Western, we are pleased to
invite students of all levels to submit abstracts on original research on
language from a range of disciplinary approaches.

Topics may come from such areas as Applied Linguistics, Computational
Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Communication Disorders,
Natural Language Processing, Linguistic Anthropology, Linguistic Interfaces,
Philosophy of Language, and much more.

Our plenary speaker will be Robert Stainton (UWO, Philosophy), delivering a talk
entitled "Are all Pragmatic Abilities of a Piece? Evidence from Autism Spectrum

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