From: Sara Tonelli <satonellifbk.eu>
Subject: Learning by Reading in the Real World
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Full Title: Learning by Reading in the Real World
Short Title: LERREW
Date: 15-Sep-2011 - 15-Sep-2011
Location: Palermo, Italy
Contact Person: Sara Tonelli
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: https://sites.google.com/a/aixia.it/nlp/lerrew2011
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Call Deadline: 15-May-2011
Workshop on 'Learning by Reading in the Real World', co-located with the XII Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence.
Currently, almost all successful AI systems need to rely on sufficient relevant knowledge about a problem domain in order to perform a task. Such knowledge needs to be consistent and expressed in a logical formalism of some type. Since manually encoding such knowledge can become prohibitively expensive, the possibility to automatically acquire it from naturally occurring text and to convert it into a deep logical notation would greatly improve the systems’ performance. The NLP community has become increasingly aware of this new framework, also known as ‘Learning by Reading’, and several events concerning different aspects of this approach have been organized recently, such as the 1st International Workshop on Formalisms and Methodology for Learning by Reading (http://www.isi.edu/~rutu/FAM-LbR.php), the IJCAI-2011 Workshop on Learning by Reading and its Applications in Intelligent Question-Answering (http://www.isi.edu/~rutu/FAM-LbR-KRAQ-2011.php), as well as the CLEF 2011 Evaluation Campaign on Question Answering for Machine Reading Evaluation (http://celct.fbk.eu/QA4MRE/).
Call for Papers:
Topics of Interest:
With respect to previous events, this workshop will be more focused on the role of background knowledge in Machine Reading applications. More specifically, we particularly encourage the submission of unpublished papers addressing the issues of acquiring and using background knowledge in NLP applications, of exploiting structured data for the semantic annotation of texts and of performing semantic enrichment of documents for deep understanding.
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) methods and paradigms for:
- Analysis, merging and linking of existing knowledge sources such as Wikipedia
- Knowledge extraction from text vs. using pre-built knowledge sources
- Bridging knowledge gaps in text through inference
- Identification of implicit knowledge in text including null instantiated semantic roles
- Bootstrapping learning
- Portability techniques of machine reading approaches for closed domains
- Recognizing temporal sequences, casuality and other semantic relations between events in texts
- Machine-reading based applications, including question answering systems
- Ontology learning, merging and expansion
- Intrinsic evaluation of inference methods
Authors are invited to submit full papers of up to 8 pages (including references) in electronic format. We also solicit short contributions of up to 4 pages presenting challenge or position papers. Papers must be submitted as PDF documents to the following address:
As reviewing will be blind, please ensure that papers are anonymous.
Submission deadline: May 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance: May 31, 2011
Camera-ready papers due: June 15, 2011
Workshop: September 15, 2011
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