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LINGUIST List 19.725

Tue Mar 04 2008

Calls: Computational Ling/UK; Applied Ling/Cuba

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        1.    Horacio Saggion, Information Extraction and Summarization
        2.    Leonel Ruiz Miyares, 11th International Symposium on Social Communication

Message 1: Information Extraction and Summarization
Date: 04-Mar-2008
From: Horacio Saggion <saggiondcs.shef.ac.uk>
Subject: Information Extraction and Summarization
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Full Title: Information Extraction and Summarization
Short Title: MMIES2

Date: 23-Aug-2008 - 23-Aug-2008
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Horacio Saggion
Meeting Email: saggiondcs.shef.ac.uk
Web Site: http://doremi.cs.helsinki.fi/mmies2/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 05-May-2008

Meeting Description:

The objective of the 2nd MMIES Workshop: Multi-source, Multilingual Information
Extraction and Summarization is to bring together researchers and practitioners
in the areas of extraction, summarization, and other information access
technologies, to discuss recent approaches to multi-source and multi-lingual
challenges. Approaches to handling the idiosyncratic nature of the new Web2.0
media are especially welcome, including: mixed input, new jargon, ungrammatical
and mixed-language input, and emotional discourse.

Call for Papers

MMIES2: Multi-source, Multilingual Information Extraction and Summarization

Manchester, 23 August, 2008

Held in conjunction with COLING-2008 (http://www.coling2008.org.uk/), the 22nd
International Conference on Computational Linguistics, 18-22 August, 2008.

Workshop Web Site: http://doremi.cs.helsinki.fi/mmies2/

- Sivaji Bandyopadhyay (Jadavpur University, India)
- Thierry Poibeau (CNRS / Universite Paris 13, France)
- Horacio Saggion (University of Sheffield, UK)
- Roman Yangarber (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Information extraction (IE) and text summarization (TS) are key technologies
aiming at extracting from texts information that is relevant to a user's
interest, and presenting it to the user in concise form. The on-going
information explosion makes IE and TS particularly critical for successful
functioning within the information society. These technologies, however, face
new challenges with the adoption of the Web 2.0 paradigm (e.g. blogs, wikis)
because of their inherent multi-source nature. These technologies must no longer
only deal with isolated texts or single narratives, but with large-scale
repositories or sources -- possibly in several languages -- containing a
multiplicity of views, opinions, or commentaries on particular topics, entities
or events. There is thus a need to adapt and/or develop new techniques to deal
with these new phenomena.

Recognising similar information across different sources and/or in different
languages is of paramount importance in this multi-source, multi-lingual
context. In information extraction, merging information from multiple sources
can lead to increased accuracy as compared with extraction from a single source.
In text summarization, similar facts found across sources can inform sentence
scoring algorithms. In question answering, the distribution of answers in
similar contexts can inform answer ranking components.

Often, it is not the similarity of information that matters, but its
complementary nature. In a multi-lingual context, information extraction and
text summarization can provide solutions for cross-lingual access: key pieces of
information can be extracted from different texts in one or many languages,
merged, and then conveyed in many natural languages in concise form.
Applications need to be able to cope with the idiosyncratic nature of the new
Web 2.0 media: mixed input, new jargon, ungrammatical and mixed-language input,
emotional discourse, etc. In this context, synthesizing or inferring opinions
from multiple sources is a new and exciting challenge for NLP. On another level,
profiling of individuals who engage in the new social Web, and
identifying whether a particular opinion is appropriate/relevant in a given
context are important topics to be addressed.

It is therefore important that the research community address the following
- What methods are appropriate to detect similar/complementary/contradictory
information? Are hand-crafted rules and knowledge-rich approaches convenient?
- What methods are available to tackle cross-document and cross-lingual
entity and event coreference?
- What machine learning approaches are most appropriate for this task --
supervised/unsupervised/semi-supervised? What type of corpora are required for
training and testing?
- What techniques are appropriate to synthesize condensed synopses of the
extracted information? What generation techniques are useful here? What kind of
techniques can be used to cross domains and languages?
- What techniques can improve opinion mining and sentiment analysis through
multi-document analysis? How do information extraction and opinion mining connect?
- What tools exist for supporting multi-lingual/multi-source access to
information? What solutions exist beyond full document translation to produce
cross-lingual summaries?

Important Dates:
- Paper submission deadline: 5 May
- Notification of acceptance of Papers: 6 June
- Camera-ready copy of papers due: 1 July
- Workshop: 23 August

Paper Submission:
Papers should describe original work and should indicate the state of completion
of the reported results. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation results
should be included. Submissions will be judged on correctness, originality,
technical strength, significance and relevance to the conference, and interest
to the attendees.

Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings and
should not exceed eight (8) pages, including references. We strongly recommend
the use of the Coling 2008 LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style files
tailored for this year's conference

Submission will be electronic (pdf format only), using the START paper
submission webpage dedicated to the workshop

Programme Committee:]
Javier Artiles (UNED, Spain)
Kalina Bontcheva (U. Sheffield, UK)
Nathalie Colineau (CSIRO, Australia)
Nigel Collier (NII, Japan)
Hercules Dalianis (KTH/Stockholm University, Sweden)
Thierry Declerk (DFKI, Germany)
Michel Généreux (LIPN-CNRS, France)
Julio Gonzalo (UNED, Spain)
Brigitte Grau (LIMSI-CNRS, France)
Ralph Grishman (New York University, USA)
Kentaro Inui (NAIST, Japan)
Min-Yen Kan (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Guy Lapalme (U. Montreal, Canada)
Diana Maynard (U. Sheffield, UK)
Jean-Luc Minel (Modyco-CNRS, France)
Constantin Orasan (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
Cecile Paris (CSIRO, Australia)
Maria Teresa Pazienza (U. of Roma tor Vergata, Italy)
Bruno Pouliquen (European Commission - Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Satoshi Sekine (NYU, USA)
Patrick Saint-Dizier (IRIT-CNRS, France)
Agnes Sandor (Xerox XRCE, France)
Ralf Steinberger (European Commission - Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Stan Szpakowicz (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Lucy Vanderwende (Microsoft Research, USA)
Jose Luis Vicedo (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)

Additional Information:
Information about the previous MMIES Workshop, at RANLP-2007 in Borovets,
Bulgaria can be found at (http://www-lipn.univ-paris13.fr/~poibeau/mmies/index.html)

Message 2: 11th International Symposium on Social Communication
Date: 04-Mar-2008
From: Leonel Ruiz Miyares <leonellingapli.ciges.inf.cu>
Subject: 11th International Symposium on Social Communication
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Full Title: 11th International Symposium on Social Communication
Short Title: 11 ISSC

Date: 19-Jan-2009 - 23-Jan-2009
Location: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Contact Person: Leonel Ruiz Miyares
Meeting Email: leonellingapli.ciges.inf.cu

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Jul-2008

Meeting Description:

11th International Symposium on Social Communication

Centre for Applied Linguistics

Santiago De Cuba
January 19-23, 2009

The Centre for Applied Linguistics of the Santiago de Cuba's branch of the
Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, is pleased to announce the
Eleventh International Symposium on Social Communication dedicated to the 60
anniversary of the large work in defense of the Spanish language of professors
Eloina Miyares Bermudez and Julio Vitelio Ruiz Hernandez. The event will be held
in Santiago de Cuba January 19 through the 23, 2009. This interdisciplinary
event will focus on social communication processes from the points of view of
Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Medicine, Mass Media, and Art, Ethnology
and Folklore.

Activities that will take place within the event are:
- Pre-Symposium seminars
- Discussion of papers in commissions
- Keynote speechs
- Round Tables
- Books presentation
- Cultural activities

The Symposium will be also sponsored by:
- University of Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
- Pedagogical University 'Frank Pais Garcia' Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
- African Cultural Centre 'Fernando Ortiz' Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
- Provincial Branch of Ministry of Culture, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
- Filial del Equipo de Servicios de Traductores e Interpretes de Santiagode Cuba
- University of Twente Enschede, The Netherlands
- Semantic Technology Institute (STI), Innsbruck, Austria
- Basque Country University, Spain
- University of Valparaiso, Chile

Call for Papers

Authors will be allowed to present only one paper pertaining to the following
1. Linguistics:
- Applied Linguistics
- Phonetics and Phonology
- Lexicology and Lexicography
- Quantitative Linguistics
- Morphology and Syntax
- Anthropology Linguistics or Ethnolinguistics
- Textual Linguistics and Pragmalinguistics
- Sociolinguistics
- Spanish and foreign language teaching
- Spanish as a second language
- Terminology
- Translations
- Linguistics Rights
- Linguistics Policy
2. Computational Linguistics:
- Software related to linguistics research
- Automated grammatical tagging of texts
- Electronic dictionaries
- Software related to the teaching of mother tongues and foreign languages
- Related issues
3. Medical specialties related to speech and voice and with Social Communication
in general:
- Logopedy and Phoniatry
- Neurology
- Otorhinolaryngology
- Stomatology
4. Mass Media:
- Linguistics research related to the speech of journalists, actors and
radio and television announcers
- Textual Analysis of radio and television programs, and of print
and electronic media articles
5. Art, Ethnology and Folklore:
- Research related to Social Communication

Pre-Symposium Seminars:
The Symposium will be preceded by two seminars that will be taught by
prestigious specialists. The seminars will take place Monday, January 19th, 2009.

One of the courses will be:
''Last trends and applications in Linguistics Engineering''
Prof. Dr. Kepa Sarasola
Basque Country University
Basque Country, Spain

The second course will be announced in next March.

Participants should say in advance what pre-symposium seminars they want to take
part in. An additional fee of 25.00 Cuban Convertible Pesos will be charged for
each seminar. Participation certificates will be available.

Round Table:
Two round tables will be held on the occasion of the 11th International
Symposium on Social Communication.

Keynote Speeches:
During the symposium several keynote speeches will be delivered by:
- Prof. Dr. Anton Nijholt
Professor and Researcher
University of Twente
Enschede, The Netherlands
- Prof. Dra. Gloria Corpas
University of Malaga
- Prof. Dr. Dieter Fensel
Semantic Technology Institute (STI)
Innsbruck, Austria
- Prof. Dr. Ruslan Mitkov
University of Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Paper Presentations:
The deadline of submission of papers is July 1st, 2008. The papers should not
exceed 5 pages. Notification of acceptance of a paper by the Symposium's
Scientific Committee will be sent before July 31th, 2008.

To enable the Organizing Committee to include the Proceedings as part of the
Symposium's documentation -as we did in the 5th ('97), 6th ('99), 7th ('01), 8th
('03), 9th ('05) and 10th ('07) Symposiums-, accepted papers must be sent before
August 31, 2008 if the Scientific Committee had done some observations.

Requirements for Papers:
1. The paper will not exceed 5 pages including graphics, footnotes and bibliography.
2. It should be written using Word 6.0 or Word 7.0 for Windows and sent to the
Symposium's Executive Secretary either via e-mail (attachment) or by mailing a
3½-inch diskette.
3. Each page must be written in an A4 format with left, right, top, and bottom
margin of 2.5 cm.
4. The paper must be written in one of the event's official languages: Spanish,
English, French or Portuguese.
5. The pages of the text should be unnumered.

Instructions for Paper Submission:
1. Write down the authors' names, one under the other, at the left top
of the first page, all in Arial bold capital letters, 9 points (Word 6.0 or
7.0). Under the authors' names should appear in bold (only initials capital
the institution, city, country and e-mail address if available.
2. In a separate line, at the center, the title of the paper must be written
in Arial bold, Italics, 10 points size letters.
3. The text will follow -not in bold- with the same Arial letter, 9 points
size and leaving one space between lines.
4. Paragraphs will have no indentation. Spaces between paragraphs will be of 3
5. Section titles will be written in Arial bold, 9 points size and sub-sections
titles will be written in Arial Italic, 8 points size.
6. Footnotes will appear at the end of each page in Arial 8 points size

Presentation time will be 15 minutes.

Authors must advise in advance if they will need a tape recorder, video set,
computer or other kind of equipment for presentation.

All mail or inquiries should be addressed to:
Eloina Miyares Bermudez
Secretaria Ejecutiva del Comite Organizador
XI Simposio Internacional Comunicacion Social
Centro de Linguistica Aplicada
Apartado Postal 4067, Vista Alegre
Santiago de Cuba 4, Cuba 90400
Telephones: 53-22-642760, 53-22-643507
E-mail: leonellingapli.ciges.inf.cu

Official Languages: Spanish, English,
French and Portuguese

Registration Fee:
Speakers and Delegates
200.00 CUC (Cuban Convertible Pesos)
100.00 CUC (Cuban Convertible Pesos)
Payment must be in cash during registration and it covers a copy of the
Proceedings where your paper is printed, all other documentation related to the
event, speaker's certificate, welcome cocktail
and other cultural activities. Companions will have access to all of the above,
except copies of the Proceedings.

The Organizing Committee guarantees accommodation in 3, 4, and 5 star
hotels with preferential prices for participants in the event.

Important Reminders:
- Papers submission deadline: July 1st, 2008
- Notification on paper's approval by Scientific Committee: by July 31, 2008
- Delivery of papers either by e-mail or by mail using 3½-inch diskette:
August 31, 2008
- Pre-Symposium seminars: January 19, 2009
- 11th International Symposium on Social Communication: January 20 through 23, 2009

Other Aspects of Interest:
Santiago de Cuba, located at some 900 kms from Havana, is Cuba's second largest
city. Its economic, cultural and social importance in Cuban history is
unquestionable. Santiago is also the capital of the province with the same name.
Surrounded by the green mountains of the Sierra Maestra range and the Caribbean
Sea, Santiago is unique in its geography and beautiful landscape. Its
surroundings make the city one of the most important tourist attractions on the
entire island. The Organizing Committee, in coordination with the city's tourist
agencies will offer visiting delegates a host of options allowing participants
to enjoy the city's beauty and charm.

Scientific and Organizing Committee:
- Pedro Beaton Soler
Representative of the Ministry of
Science, Technology and the Environment
Santiago de Cuba
- Eloina Miyares Bermudez
Executive Secretary
11th International Symposium on Social Communication
Centre for Applied Linguistics
Santiago de Cuba
- Vitelio Ruiz Hernandez
Emeritus Academic
Academy of Science of Cuba
Centre for Applied Linguistics
Santiago de Cuba
- Leonel Ruiz Miyares
Director of Centre for Applied Linguistics
President of the Organizing Committee
11th International Symposium on Social Communication
Santiago de Cuba
- Nancy Cristina Alamo Suarez
Centre for Applied Linguistics
Santiago de Cuba
- Celia Maria Perez Marques
Centre for Applied Linguistics
Santiago de Cuba
- Celia Esther Alvarez Moreno
Centre for Applied Linguistics
Santiago de Cuba
- Zaida Valdes
Rector University of Oriente
Ministry of Higher Education
Santiago de Cuba
- Ena Elsa Velazquez Cobiella
Rector Pedagogical University ''Frank Pais''
Ministry of Education
Santiago de Cuba
- Anton Nijholt
Professor and Researcher
Twente University
Enschede, Holland
- Iñaki Alegría Loinaz
Professor and Researcher
Basque Country University
- Arantza Diaz de Ilarraza
Professor and Researcher
Basque Country University
- Xabier Artola Zubillaga
Professor and Researcher
Basque Country University
- Xabier Arregi Iparragirre
Professor and Researcher
Basque Country University
- Gloria Corpas Pastor
Professor and Researcher
University of Malaga
Malaga, Spain
- Mercedes Cathcart Roca
Professor and Researcher
Faculty of Humanities
University of Oriente
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
- Martha Cordies Jackson
Director and Researcher
African Cultural Centre ''Fernando Ortiz''
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
- Ercilia Estrada Estrada
Scientific Council
Centre for Applied Linguistics
Santiago de Cuba
- Yamile Haber Guerra
Professor and Researcher
University of Oriente
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
- Lucia Marconi
Institute for Computational Linguistics
Pisa, Italy
- Paola Cutugno
Institute for Computational Linguistics
Pisa, Italy
- Daniela Ratti
Institute for Computational Linguistics
Pisa, Italy

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