LINGUIST List 7.982

Thu Jul 4 1996

Confs: Cross-Linguistic Information Retrieval Workshop

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  1. Gregory Grefenstette, SIGIR96 Cross Linguistic Workshop Schedule

Message 1: SIGIR96 Cross Linguistic Workshop Schedule

Date: Thu, 04 Jul 1996 16:05:25 +0200
From: Gregory Grefenstette <>
Subject: SIGIR96 Cross Linguistic Workshop Schedule

Please note, the deadline for early registration is July 7, 1996!


 August 22, 1996

 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
 Zurich, Switzerland


As more and more information sources are becoming available on the
Web, the portion of internationally available non-English text is
slowing growing, and surely the numbers of non-English speaking users
is growing much faster. The problem of accessing unrestricted
information with queries expressed in a language different from the
source language of the documents will become more widespread. This
workshop brings together researchers working on this problem of
cross-linguistic multilingual information retrieval.


8:30 -- 10:00

Advances in Cross-linguistic Information Retrieval at Computing
Research Laboratory
- Mark Davis, CRL, New Mexico State University, USA

Evaluating Cross-Language Text Filtering Effectiveness
- Douglas W. Oard and Bonnie J. Dorr, Univ. Maryland, USA

Automatic Cross-Linguistic Information Retrieval using Latent Semantic
- Susan T. Dumais, Thomas K. Landauer, Michael L. Littman,
 Bellcore, U. Colorado, U. Brown, USA

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30 -- 12:00

Cross Language Information Retrieval: A System for Comparable Corpus
- Carol Peters, Eugenio Picchi, CNR, Italy

A Language Conversion Front-end for Cross-Linguistic Information
- YAMABANA Kiyoshi, MURAKI Kazunori, DOI Shinichi,
 KAMEI Shinichiro, NEC, Japan

Dictionary Methods for Cross-Linguistic Information
- Lisa Ballesteros and Bruce Croft, Univ, Massachussetts, USA

12:00 -- 13:30 LUNCH

13:30 -- 15:00

The SYSTRAN NLP Browser: An Application of Machine Translation
Technology in Multilingual Information Retrieval
- Denis A. Gachot, Elke Lange, Jin Yang, SYSTRAN, USA

Building a Large Multilingual Test Collection
from Comparable News Documents
- Paraic Sheridan, Jean Paul Ballerini, Peter Schauble,
 ETH, Switzerland

A New Methodology for Testing Retrieval Efficiency for Multiscriptual
Databases, Applied on Testing the Efficiency of Arabic Natural
Language in OPACs
- Charlotte Wien, Odense University, Denmark


Detailed information on the SIGIR '96 conference is available on the World
Wide Web. URL: Questions
should be addressed to

Gregory Grefenstette, Rank Xerox Research Centre, France
Alan Smeaton, Dublin City University
Paraic Sheridan, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Switzerland


To register, please complete and return the following registration
form. One may register for only the Workshop. Return by July 7 to
qualify for early registration.

Registration Fees

Conference Until July 7 After July 7
Members of cooperating organizations CHF 450 CHF 530
Non-members CHF 540 CHF 620
Full-time Students CHF 240 CHF 300
One-day Registration CHF 240 CHF 300

Members of cooperating organizations
 One Tutorial CHF 180 CHF 270
 Two Tutorials CHF 300 CHF 530
 One Tutorial CHF 240 CHF 330
 Two Tutorials CHF 420 CHF 600
Full-time Student
 One Tutorial CHF 120 CHF 180
 Two Tutorials CHF 180 CHF 300

Workshops CHF 55 CHF 65

Additional Banquet Ticket CHF 110 CHF 110
Pilatus Tour * CHF 135 CHF 135
Guided Tour of Zurich ** CHF 18 CHF 18

* minimum number of people: 35
** minimum number of people: 10



 The 19th Annual International
 ACM SIGIR Conference on
 Research and Development in
 Information Retrieval
 Zurich, August 18 - 22, 1996

Please use block letters or type, and tick where appropriate

__ Mr. __ Ms. __ Dr. __ Prof. Other: ______

LAST NAME:________________ FIRST NAME:_______________________

BADGE NAME (if different): __________________________________



CITY:__________________ STATE:______ ZIP CODE: __________

COUNTRY:_______________ PHONE: ( ___ )____________________

FAX: ( ___ ) _______________ EMAIL: ________________________

__ please tick if this will be your first SIGIR conference and you will attend
the Newcomers' breakfast.


__ Member of ACM, AICA-GLIR, BCS-IRSG,
 CEPIS-EIRSG, GI, IPSJ, OECG, or SI Membership number: _________________
__ Non-member
__ Full-time Student (proof required)
__ One-day Registration:
 M T W (please circle one)

 REGISTRATION: CHF ________________


AM: __ Approaches __ Logic

PM: __ Evaluation __ Models __ Digital Libraries

 TUTORIALS: CHF ________________


__ Visualization __ Curriculum __ Research & Practice

__ Cross-Linguistic IR __ Networked IR

 WORKSHOPS: CHF ________________

Special Events:

Additional banquet tickets (how many): ___

For (names): ________________________

 BANQUET: CHF _______________

Tour to Pilatus and Lucerne:___

Guided tour of Zurich: ___

 TOURS: CHF_________________

 TOTAL CHF ________________

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL NEEDS (e.g. vegetarian food)? Please specify:

METHOD OF PAYMENT (CHF currency only):

__ Check payable to SIGIR '96

__ Credit card (Visa, Euro/Mastercard)

Credit card number, expiration date

Signature, date
(I authorize to charge my account fees indicated above)

Return registration form by July 7 to qualify for early
registration. Use fax or email (credit card payment) or mail
(check or credit card) to:

Ubilab, Union Bank of Switzerland
P.O. Box 2336, 8033 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41-1-236-5714; Fax: +41-1-234-6518

If you register by fax or E-mail, please also send the original
registration form by regular mail.


The SIGIR'96 Organization Committee has reserved rooms at a number of
hotels in Zurich for the period August 16-23, 1996. See URL for a hotel booking form
and further details.
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