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        1.    Ielka Van der sluis, 6th International Natural Language Generation Conference

Message 1: 6th International Natural Language Generation Conference
Date: 07-Jan-2010
From: Ielka Van der sluis <ielka.vandersluiscs.tcd.ie>
Subject: 6th International Natural Language Generation Conference
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Full Title: 6th International Natural Language Generation Conference
Short Title: INLG 2010

Date: 07-Jul-2010 - 09-Jul-2010
Location: Trim, Ireland
Contact Person: Ielka van der Sluis
Meeting Email: ielka.vandersluiscs.tcd.ie
Web Site: http://https://www.cs.tcd.ie/conferences/INLG2010/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 14-Mar-2010

Meeting Description:

Natural Language Generation (NLG) is a subfield of Natural Language Processing
that focuses on the derivation of coherent natural texts from some underlying
non-linguistic representation of information, generally from databases or
knowledge sources. Accomplishing this goal may be envisioned for a number of
different purposes, including standardized and/or multi-lingual reports,
summaries, machine translation, dialogue applications, and embedding in
multi-media and hypertext environments. Consequently, NLG is associated with a
large number of highly diverse tasks whose appropriate orchestration in high
quality poses a variety of theoretical and practical problems. Relevant issues
include content selection, text organization, production of referring
expressions, aggregation, lexicalization, and surface realization, as well as
coordination with other media.

The INLG 2010 conference continues a biennial series of international
conferences on natural language generation that has been running since 2000.
Previous INLGs have been held in Columbus (Ohio, US) in 2008, in Sydney
(Australia) in 2006, at Brockenhurst (UK) in 2004, in Harriman (New York, USA)
in 2002, and in Mitzpe Ramon (Israel) in 2000. Prior to 2000, the INLG meetings
were International Workshops, running every other year since 1984. The INLG
conference provides a forum for the discussion, dissemination and archiving of
research topics and results in the field of text generation. The series provides
a regular forum for presentation of research in this area, both for NLG
specialists and for researchers from other areas. INLG 2010 includes a special
event on the Generation Challenges.

Call for Papers

Invited Speakers - TBA

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

INLG will be held Trim Castle in Ireland (about 1 hour drive from Dublin) from
the 7th to the 9th of July 2010 (immediately prior to ACL2010). In addition to
the INLG conference, there will be a special session for the Generation
Challenges 2010 (see below for further details).

Submission Information
Requirements: A paper accepted for presentation at INLG 2010 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
Generation Challenges and a poster session for short papers and 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

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

Important Dates
- Submission of papers and posters: Mar 14, 2010
- Notification of acceptance: May 2, 2010
- Submission of camera-ready copy: May 23, 2010
- INLG 2010 at Trim Castle, Ireland: July 7-9, 2010

Generation Challenges
The following tasks will run as part of GenChal'10:

1. The GIVE-2 Challenge (Koller et al.): Generation of natural-language
instructions to aid human task-solving in a virtual environment; GIVE-2 will
have virtual worlds that permit continuous moves (rather than discrete steps as
in GIVE-1). Call for Participation has been posted.

2. Post-processing referring expressions in extractive summaries (Belz et al.):
based on GREC-NEG and DUC data. Call for Participation in preparation. In
addition, several more tasks are in preparation and will be presented for
discussion at the GenChal'10 session at INLG'10 (with a view to running them as
tasks in 2011)

Full details on the challenges can be found on the Generation Challenges 2010
Web site. A separate call for participation will be issued by the challenge
organizers, Anja Belz, Albert Gatt, Alexander Koller and Eric Kow

Programme Committee
- John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany
- Anja Belz, University of Brighton, UK
- Bernd Bohnet, University Stuttgart, Germany
- Christian Chiarcos, Universitaet Potsdam, Germany
- Norman Creaney, University of Ulster, UK
- Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
- Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen, UK
- David DeVault, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, US
- Roger Evans, University of Brighton, UK
- Claire Gardent, CNRS/LORIA, France
- Albert Gatt, University of Malta, Malta
- Josef van Genabith, Dublin City University, Ireland
- Markus Guhe, University of Edinburgh, UK
- Svetlana Hensman, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
- Alexander Koller, Universitaet des Saarlandes, Germany
- Alistair Knott, University of Otago, New Zealand
- Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
- Oliver Lemon, Heriot Watt University Edinburgh, UK
- Keith Vander Linden, Calvin College, US
- David McDonald, BBN Technologies, US
- Chris Mellish, University of Aberdeen, UK
- Johanna Moore, University of Edinburgh, UK
- Paul Piwek, the Open University, UK
- Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK
- Matthew Stone, Rutgers, US
- Kristina Striegnitz, Union College, US
- Michael Strube, EML Research, Germany
- Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
- Sebastian Varges, DISI Trento, Italy
- Michael White, Ohio State University, US
- Sandra Williams, the Open University, UK
- ...

Organising Committee
- Ielka van der Sluis, Trinity College Dublin
- John Kelleher, Dublin Institute of Technology
- Brian Mac Namee, Dublin Institute of Technology

Please send any requests for information to: inlg2010gmail.com
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