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LINGUIST List 19.667

Thu Feb 28 2008

Calls: Computational Ling/USA; Computational Ling, Applied Ling/Japan

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        1.    Crystal Nakatsu, 5th International Natural Language Generation
        2.    Anton Nijholt, Intelligent Virtual Agents

Message 1: 5th International Natural Language Generation
Date: 27-Feb-2008
From: Crystal Nakatsu <inlg2008ling.osu.edu>
Subject: 5th International Natural Language Generation
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Full Title: 5th International Natural Language Generation
Short Title: INLG 2008

Date: 12-Jun-2008 - 14-Jun-2008
Location: Salt Fork, OH, USA
Contact Person: INLG Organizers
Meeting Email: inlg2008ling.osu.edu
Web Site: http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/inlg2008/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 21-Mar-2008

Meeting Description:

The 5th International Natural Language Generation Conference (the Biennial
Meeting of the Special Interest Group in Natural Language Generation SIGGEN)
will be held June 12-14, 2008 in Salt Fork, Ohio, USA.

INLG is the leading international conference on research into natural language
generation. It has been held in Sydney, Australia in 2006
(http://www.ict.csiro.au/inlg2006/), at Brockenhurst, UK in 2004
(http://www.itri.brighton.ac.uk/inlg04/), in Harriman, NY, USA in 2002
(http://inlg02.cs.columbia.edu/), and in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel in 2000
(http://www.cs.bgu.ac.il/~nlg2000/). Prior to 2000, INLGs were International
Workshops, running every other year since 1984. INLG provides a forum for the
discussion, dissemination and archiving of research topics and results in the
field of text generation.

INLG 2008 will be held this year immediately prior to ACL:HLT 2008 (June 15-20),
in Salt Fork, OH (about 2 hours from Columbus, OH, the site of ACL:HLT 2008). In
addition to the INLG conference, there will be a special session for the
Referring Expression Generation Challenge (REG Challenge 2008).

2nd Call for Papers

Invited Speakers:
Kiwako Ito and Shari Speer, The Ohio State University, USA
Matthew Stone, Rutgers, USA

INLG invites substantial, original, and unpublished submissions on all topics
related to natural language generation. Active topics of interest include:
- Affect/emotion generation
- Architecture of generators
- Content planning
- Discourse models
- Embodied generation
- Evaluation of NLG systems
- Generation and summarization
- Lexicalization
- Multilingual NLG
- Multimedia or multimodal generation
- NLG for real-world applications
- NLG in linguistically motivated frameworks
- Planning and NLG
- Referring expression generation
- Statistical processing for NLG
- Surface realization
- Use of ontologies in NLG

Submission Information:
- Requirements: A paper accepted for presentation at INLG 2008 must not have
been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings.
Submission to other conferences should be clearly indicated on the paper.
- Category of Papers: The conference will be organized as a 2.5 day workshop,
including sessions to present long papers, a special session for discussing the
Referring Expression Generation Challenge (REG Challenge 2008), and a poster
session for short papers and REG Challenge results.

Authors must designate one of these categories at submission time:
- Long papers are most appropriate for presenting substantial research results
and must not exceed eight (8) pages, including references;
- Short papers are more appropriate for presenting an ongoing research effort
and must not exceed four (4) pages, including references (these will be
presented as posters during the poster session).

Paper Submission:
Submissions should be uploaded to the EasyChair web site for the conference. The
only accepted format for submitted papers is Adobe PDF. Submissions should
follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings. Use of the ACL style files is
strongly recommended.

Reviewing will be blind, so you should avoid identifying the authors within the
paper. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Note that in extreme cases, an author unable to comply with the above submission
procedure should contact the program chairs sufficiently before the submission
deadline so alternative arrangements can be made.

Important Dates:
Mar 21, 2008: Submission of papers and posters
Apr 25, 2008: Notification of acceptance
May 16, 2008: Submission of camera-ready copy
Jun 12-14, 2008: INLG 2008 in Salt Fork, OH

Special Session on Referring Expression Generation Challenge 2008

The second Referring Expression Generation Challenge will involve two
different data sets: the TUNA Corpus (with previously unseen test data), and the
GREC Corpus of references to named entities in free text. The Challenge will
have eight submission tracks, including attribute selection, realisation and
named entity generation tasks, as well as open category and evaluation methods
tracks. Assessment criteria will range from automatically computed metrics to
human evaluation. For the TUNA tasks the criteria will include minimality,
humanlikeness, and identification/comprehension by human readers; those for the
GREC task will include humanlikeness and the DUC criteria of coherence and
referential clarity. Subject to feasibility, system processing efficiency is
another possible criterion.

Full details on the challenge can be found on the REG Challenge 2008
website. A separate call for participation will be issued by the challenge
organizers, Anja Belz and Albert Gatt (gre-stec [at] itri.brighton.ac.uk).

INLG08 Organizing Committee:
Michael White and Crystal Nakatsu
OSU Linguistics
David McDonald
BBN Technologies

Please send any requests for information to: inlg2008ling.osu.edu

Program Committee:
Regina Barzilay, MIT, USA
John Bateman, Universität Bremen, Germany
Anja Belz, University of Brighton, UK
Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield, UK
Stephan Busemann, DFKI, Germany
Charles Callaway, University of Edinburgh, UK
Giuseppe Carenini, University of British Columbia, Canada
Nathalie Colineau, CSIRO, Australia
Robert Dale, University of Macquarie, Australia
Hercules Dalianis, Stockholm University, Sweden
Laurence Danlos, Université Paris 7, France
Barbara Di Eugenio, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Philip Edmonds, Sharp Laboratories of Europe, UK
Noemie Elhadad, Columbia University, USA
Roger Evans, University of Brighton, UK
Claire Gardent, CNRS/LORIA, France
Michel Généreux, LIPN, France
Nancy Green, University of North Carolina Greensboro, USA
Markus Guhe, University of Edinburgh, UK
John Kelleher, Dublin Insitute of Technology, Ireland
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
James Lester, North Carolina State University, US
Chris Mellish, University of Aberdeen, UK
Jon Oberlander, University of Edinburgh, UK
Stephan Oepen, University of Oslo, Norway
Cecile Paris, CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia
Paul Piwek, The Open University, UK
Rashmi Prasad, University of Pennsylvania, USA
David Reitter, University of Edinburgh, UK
Graeme Richie, University of Aberdeen, UK
James Shaw, The Thomson Corporation, USA
Amanda Stent, Stony Brook University, USA
Matthew Stone, Rutgers, USA
Mariet Theune, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen, UK
Ielka van der Sluis, University of Aberdeen, UK
Sebastian Varges, University of Trento, Italy
Sandra Williams, The Open University, UK
Michael Zock, CNRS/LIF, France
Message 2: Intelligent Virtual Agents
Date: 26-Feb-2008
From: Anton Nijholt <anijholtcs.utwente.nl>
Subject: Intelligent Virtual Agents
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Full Title: Intelligent Virtual Agents
Short Title: IVA 08

Date: 01-Sep-2008 - 03-Sep-2008
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contact Person: Anton Nijholt
Meeting Email: anijholtcs.utwente.nl
Web Site: http://research.nii.ac.jp/~iva2008/

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Computational

Call Deadline: 11-Apr-2008

Meeting Description:

IVA-08 is the major annual meeting of the intelligent virtual agents community,
attracting interdisciplinary minded researchers and practitioners from embodied
cognitive modeling, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, animation,
virtual worlds, games, natural language processing, and human-computer interaction.

Call for Papers

IVA topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Multimodal interaction with intelligent virtual agents
- Affective interaction and emotion models
- Models of personality and culture
- Conversational and non-verbal behavior
- Architectures for virtual agents and robotic agents
- Embodied cognitive modeling
- Authoring tools for building intelligent virtual agents
- Markup and representation languages
- Agents and avatars in metaverse, virtual worlds, narrative, and games
- Advanced 3D modeling and animation technologies
- Applications and user studies

The proceedings will appear in the Lecture Notes of Artificial
Intelligence (LNAI) series of Springer.

We are inviting submissions of long and short papers, and posters.

Key Dates:
Friday, April 11, 2008: Electronic submissions due
Friday, May 16, 2008: Author notification
Tuesday, June 10, 2008: Camera ready

Conference Chairs:
Helmut Prendinger, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
James Lester, North Carolina State University, USA
Mitsuru Ishizuka, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Senior Programme Committee:
Elisabeth Andre, University of Augsburg, Germany
Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Marc Cavazza, University of Teesside, UK
Jonathan Gratch, University of Southern California, USA
Jean-Claude Martin, LIMSI-CNRS, France
Stefan Kopp, Bielefeld University, Germany
Patrick Olivier, Newcastle University, UK
Catherine Pelachaud, University of Paris 8, INRIA, France
Seiji Yamada, National Institute of Informatics, Japan

Best Paper Chair:
W. Lewis Johnson, Alelo, Inc., USA

Anton Nijholt
University of Twente
Publicity Chair of IVA-08

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