LINGUIST List 7.1556

Sun Nov 3 1996

Calls: Celtic lang learning, Information retrieval

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  1. Jim Ladrew, NAACLT 97 call
  2., Call For Papers - SIGIR '97

Message 1: NAACLT 97 call

Date: Sat, 02 Nov 1996 20:08:38 CST
From: Jim Ladrew <>
Subject: NAACLT 97 call

* * * PLEASE POST * * *

3rd Celtic Language Learning Conference 
St. Francis Xavier University,
Antigonish, Nova Scotia May 31, 1997

This conference is being organized by the North American Association
for Celtic Language Teachers (NAACLT). Abstracts for individual
papers are welcome on the following topics involving any one or more
of the modern Celtic languages:

computer-assisted instruction
dialect choice in language learning
language acquisition
language and gender
language-learning materials
language policy and planning
language testing and teacher certification
syllabus design

Papers will be 20 minutes long with a 10-minute discussion period
following. Send three double-spaced printed copies of a 300-word
abstract with name, address, voice and fax number, e-mail address, and
institutional affiliation on the first copy. Second and third copy
should have no identification. Also send one copy of a 50-word
summary to be included in the conference program and book of
abstracts. Submit these in printed form as well as the computer texts
by e-mail. Texts will be accepted on disk for those without e-mail
access. If submitted on disk, be sure to indicate DOS or Macintosh
and the word-processing program used.

Send printed abstracts and e-mail to:

Dr. Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew
Penn Language Center
401 Lauder-Fischer Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6330

Deadline: December 20, 1996

This conference will follow the Celtic Language Teachers' Professional
Development Day on May 30, also to be held at St. Francis Xavier.
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Message 2: Call For Papers - SIGIR '97

Date: Sat, 02 Nov 1996 20:25:43 EST
From: <>
Subject: Call For Papers - SIGIR '97
			 SIGIR '97
	 20th International ACM SIGIR Conference on
	 Research and Development in Information Retrieval
	 DoubleTree Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, USA
		 July 27 -- July 31, 1997
			In co-operation with:
 BCS-IRSG (UK), GI (Germany), IPSJ (Japan), (others pending)

 SIGIR '97 is the twentieth conference in the premier series of
research conferences on information retrieval. SIGIR is the major
forum for the presentation of new research results, and for the
demonstration of new systems and techniques, in information retrieval.
The conference attracts a broad range of professionals including
theoreticians, developers, publishers, researchers, educators, and
designers of systems, interfaces, information bases, and related
applications. In 1997, SIGIR is collocated with DL '97, the Second
ACM International Conference on Digital Libraries, which will be held
July 23-26, 1997 in Philadelphia. We anticipate substantial synergy
between these two meetings.

 SIGIR '97 seeks original contributions (i.e. never before
published) in the broad field of information storage and retrieval,
covering the handling of all types of information, people's behavior
in information systems, and theories, models and implementations of
information retrieval systems.

 We encourage discussions of experimental studies, tests of
usability, explorations of information retrieval behavior, reports on
the performance of large scale systems, and demonstrations of advanced
approaches. We prefer theoretical contributions to have sufficient
proof of utility to demonstrate their applicability to information
retrieval problems. Similarly, reports on small scale experiments
should include convincing arguments or simulations to show their
likelihood of generalization.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
 --Information Retrieval Theory, e.g.: Statistical and Logical
Retrieval Models, Data Fusion, Human-Centered Information Retrieval
 --User Interaction and Behavior, e.g.: Models of Information
Seeking, Interface Design and Experiment, Visualization.
 --Multimedia Information Retrieval, e.g.: Audio, Video, and Image
Retrieval, Links, Composite Documents.
 --Experimentation, e.g.: Test Collections, Evaluation Measures.
 --Natural Language Processing, e.g.: Multilingual Retrieval Systems,
Summarization, Dialogue Management, Use of Linguistic Resources for
Information Retrieval.
 --Systems and Implementation Issues, e.g.: Integration with Database
Systems, Networked Systems and the Internet, Compression, Efficient
Query Evaluation.
 --Applications, e.g.: Task-Embedded Information Retrieval, Electronic
Publishing, Digital Libraries.

 Submissions to SIGIR '97 may be completed papers, or can be
proposals for posters, panels, demonstrations, tutorials, or
workshops. With the exception of papers and posters, submissions may
be made via e-mail (plain ASCII text). All submissions should include
complete contact information including mail address, telephone, fax,
and e-mail.

 Papers (4 copies) should be submitted in English to the Program
Co-Chair responsible for the geographic region of the first author, as
indicated below. Papers should contain at most 5000 words. The first
page must contain the title of the paper and an abstract of not more
than 150 words, but no indication as to the author(s) or their
affiliation(s). In addition, authors must provide a separate cover
page with the title, the author name(s), and the author
affiliation(s), plus complete contact information (mailing address,
telephone, fax, and e-mail) for the author to whom correspondence
should be sent. Please indicate if the paper is to be considered for
the Best Student Paper Award. This Award requires that the first and
primary author be a fulltime student at time of submission. There
will also be a Best Non-Student Paper Award presented.

 SIGIR '97 will begin with a full day of tutorials, each of which
should cover a single topic in detail. Proposals are solicited for
tutorials of either a half day (3 hours plus breaks) or full day (6
hours plus breaks). Submissions should be made to the Tutorials Chair
and should include a cover sheet and an extended abstract. The cover
sheet should specify (1) the length of the tutorial; (2) the intended
audience (introductory, intermediate, advanced); (3) complete contact
information for the contact person and other presenters; and (4) brief
biographies (max. 2 paragraphs) of the presenters. The extended
abstract should be 3 to 5 pages, and should include an outline of the
tutorial, along with descriptions of the course objectives and course

 Proposals for panel sessions should be sent to the Panels Chair
by prospective moderators. Panels should address issues of interest
to the general information retrieval community, and should be designed
to stimulate lively debate between panelists and audience. Panel
proposals (2-3 pages) must include: (1) complete contact information
for the moderator; (2) the rationale for addressing this topic as a
panel; (3) the names and affiliations of the panel members; and (4) a
description of how the panel will be structured, with emphasis on how
general participation will be encouraged. Abstracts of panel
presentations will appear in the proceedings.

 Demonstrations provide an opportunity for first-hand experience
with information retrieval systems, whether advanced operational
systems or research prototypes. Proposals (up to 3 pages) should be
submitted to the Demonstrations Chair. The proposal should indicate
how the demonstration will illustrate new ideas, and should describe
the technical specifications of the system. The hardware, software,
and network requirements for the demonstration, including the
electrical requirements of the equipment, should be indicated. A list
of demonstrations will be published in the proceedings.

 SIGIR '97 poster presentations offer researchers an opportunity
to present late-breaking results, significant work in progress, or
research that is best communicated in an interactive or graphical
format. Abstracts of posters will appear in the conference
proceedings, and there will be a Best Poster Award. Three copies of
an extended abstract (roughly 3-4 pages) should be submitted to the
Posters Chair. The abstract should emphasize the research problem and
the methods being used, and be headed only by the title of the
poster. In addition, a separate cover page is required containing the
title of the poster, along with the name and affiliation of the
author(s), and complete contact information for the author to whom
correspondence should be sent.

 Proposals are solicited from individuals and groups for one-day
workshops to be held July 31, 1997. Submissions of up to 3 pages
should be made to the {\bf Conference Chair}. They should include the
theme and goal of the workshop, the planned activities, the maximum
number of participants and the selection process, and a list of
potential participants. Also include a CV for each organizer detailing
relevant qualifications and experience. After the workshop,
organizers are to provide an article summarizing the workshop for
SIGIR Forum.

 IMMEDIATELY: Subscribe to SIGIR '97 mailing list by writing to Information on SIGIR '97 will
periodically be sent to the mailing list as well as posted at

 January 10, 1997: Submission of PAPERS to the relevant Program
 February 14, 1997: Submission of proposals for POSTERS, PANELS,
			the relevant Chair.
 March 11, 1997: Notification to ALL authors.
 April 30, 1997: Final manuscripts for PAPERS, POSTERS and PANELS
			due in camera-ready and electronic forms.

Conference Chair:
 Ellen Voorhees 
 Building 225
 Room A-216 
 Gaithersburg, MD 20899
 Phone: +1 301 975-3761
 Fax: +1 301 840-1357 

Tutorials & Panels Chair:
 Susan Dumais
 445 South St. 
 Room 1A-348B 
 Morristown, NJ 07960
 Phone: +1 201 829-4253 
 Fax: +1 201 829-2645 

Posters Chair:
 K. L. Kwok
 Computer Science Dept.
 Queens College
 65-30 Kissena Blvd.
 Flushing, NY 11367
 Phone: +1 718 997-3482 
 Fax: +1 718 997-3513 

Demonstrations Chair:
 Chris Buckley
 Sabir Research, Inc.
 26 Triple Crown Ct.
 Gaithersburg, MD 20878 
 Phone: +1 301 947-3740 
 Fax: +1 301 947-3684 

 Paul B. Kantor
 Rutgers University
 4 Huntington Street
 New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1071
 Phone: +1 908 932-1359 
 Fax: +1 908 932-1504 

Publicity Chair:
 David D. Lewis
 AT\&T Labs
 600 Mountain Ave., 2A-410
 Murray Hill, NJ 07974-0636
 Phone: +1 908-582-3976
 Fax: +1 908-582-7550 

For North and South America:
 Nicholas J. Belkin 
 Rutgers University
 4 Huntington Street 
 New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1071
 Phone: +1 908 932-8585
 Fax: +1 908 932-6916 
For Europe and Africa:
 Peter Willett 
 Department of Information Studies
 University of Sheffield 
 Sheffield S10 2TN
 United Kingdom
 Phone: +44 (0) 114-2825083 
 Fax: +44 (0) 114-2780300 

For Asia and the Pacific:
 Arcot Desai Narasimhalu
 Institute of Systems Science
 National University of Singapore
 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
 Singapore 0511
 Republic of Singapore
 Phone: +65 7722002 
 Fax: + 65 7744990 

IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, Phillips, The Netherlands 
Maristella Agosti, Univ. of Padua, Italy 
Micheline Beaulieu, City Univ., UK 
Peter Bruza, QUT, Australia 
Chris Buckley, Cornell Univ., USA 
Forbes Burkowski, Univ. of Waterloo, Canada 
James Callan, Univ. of Massachusetts, USA 
Raman Chandrasekar, NCST, India 
Yves Chiaramella, CLIPS-IMAG, France 
Hsinchun Chen, Univ. of Arizona, USA 
Mark Chignell, Univ. of Toronto, Canada 
Ken Church, AT\&T, USA 
W. Bruce Croft, Univ. of Massachusetts, USA 
Susan Dumais, Bellcore, USA 
Leo Egghe, Limburgs Univ. Centrum, Belgium 
David Ellis, Univ. of Sheffield, UK 
Jim French, Univ. of Virginia, USA 
Hans-Peter Frei, UBILAB, Switzerland 
Norbert Fuhr, Univ. Dortmund, Germany 
Gregory Grefenstette, Rank Xerox, France 
Donna Harman, NIST, USA 
David Harper, Robert Gordon Univ., UK 
Marti Hearst, Xerox, USA 
Bill Hersh, Oregon Health Sciences Univ., USA 
Haym Hirsh, Rutgers Univ., USA 
David Hull, Rank Xerox, France 
Peter Ingwersen, Royal School of Librarianship, Denmark 
Tetsuya Ishikawa, Univ. of Library and Info. Sci., Japan 
Kalervo Jarvelin, University of Tampere, Finland 
Haruo Kimoto, NTT, Japan 
Judith Klavans, Columbia University ,USA 
Shmuel Klein, Bar-Ilan Univ., Israel 
Robert Korfhage, Univ. of Pittsburgh, USA 
K. L. Kwok, Queens College, CUNY, USA 
Dik Lee, HKUST, Hong Kong 
Joon Ho Lee, KRDIC, Korea 
David Lewis, AT\&T, USA 
Elizabeth Liddy, Syracuse Univ., USA 
Dario Lucarella, CRA-ENEL, Italy 
Kathy McKeowan, Columbia Univ., USA 
Elke Mittendorf, ETH Zentrum, Switzerland 
Alistair Moffat, Univ. of Melbourne, Australia 
Sung Hyun Myaeng, Chungnam National Univ., Korea 
Jan Pedersen, Verity, USA 
Annelise Pejtersen, National Laboratory, Denmark 
Keith van Rijsbergen, Glasgow University, UK 
Ellen Riloff, Univ. of Utah, USA 
Stephen Robertson, City Univ., UK 
Airi Salminen, Univ. of Jyvaskyla, Finland 
Tefko Saracevic, Rutgers Univ., USA 
Peter Schauble, ETH Zentrum, Switzerland 
Fabrizio Sebastiani, IEI-CHR, Italy 
Alan Smeaton, Dublin City Univ., Ireland 
Phil Smith, Ohio State Univ., USA 
Craig Stanfill, Ab Initio, USA 
Ulrich Thiel, GMD IPSI, Germany 
Richard Tong, Sageware, USA 
Howard Turtle, Westlaw, USA 
Ross Wilkinson, RMIT, Australia 
Mei-Mei Wu, National Taiwan Normal Univ., Taiwan 
Emannuel Yannakoudakis, Athens Univ. of Economics, Greece
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