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Tue Feb 18 1997

Calls: ACL 97/EACL 97 Workshops

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  1. Jill C Burstein, ACL 97/EACL 97 Workshop **Second Call for Papers**
  2. Marilyn Walker, CFP: ACL/EACL Workshop on Interactive Spoken Dialogue Systems

Message 1: ACL 97/EACL 97 Workshop **Second Call for Papers**

Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 12:38:37 -0500
From: Jill C Burstein <jbursteinets.org>
Subject: ACL 97/EACL 97 Workshop **Second Call for Papers**



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			SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS
 ACL'97/EACL'97 Workshop
			July 12, 1997
			Madrid, Spain
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		"From Research to Commercial Applications:
		Making NLP Technology Work in Practice"

	
Success in the marketplace is one form of validation for NLP
techniques and underlying theories. The broad vision of this workshop
is to bring together researchers to discuss commercial or
commercial-bound systems that use NLP for either text or speech. We
are interested in learning about systems that show promise in re-using
NLP techniques, and in the process of technology transfer for NLP
applications. Another topic of interest in this workshop is
industry-based practical considerations involving NLP technology. The
workshop should invoke discussion about experiences and problems --
technical, logistic, or cultural -- among people working on
operational and commercial NLP applications.

The workshop will begin a dialogue among researchers to explore issues
in technology transfer and the re-use of domain-specific systems. New
applications could get leverage from using successful existing NLP
technologies. The ability to re-use NLP technology for diverse
applications should not only give the application a solid grounding,
but should also save time and money. For example, text generation
techniques are being used to build prototypes for essay analysis by
Educational Testing Service. Other types of NLP technology re-use
need to be identified for different applications. Closely related to
the re-use of domain-specific technology is the issue of constructing
general purpose tools that can be shared by the community, e.g., for
tokenization, proper-noun detection, tagging, NP-identification, etc.

Another purpose of the workshop is to explore industry-based
practicalities that often guide the design of NLP technology. General
practicalities that might be discussed are customization and
trade-offs between accuracy and other requirements, such as speed, and
ease of use. For example, determining the appropriate balance between
reporting false positives and false negatives in information
retrieval; what depth/breadth of coverage is "enough" in grammar
checking; and how can adaptive systems, such as speaker-dependent
speech recognizers, train themselves to the user without becoming
obtrusive.

Discussion of the issues above would help to create connections
between both academic and industry-based research efforts to build a
solid infrastructure for NLP technology re-use and lead to a deeper
understanding of commercial NLP potential.

WORKSHOP ORGANIZATION:

Presentations will last for 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute
discussion period. Papers will be organized around themes. Ideally,
we would like to include the following sessions:

1. Commercial/commercial-bound systems using NLP
2. Software re-use
3. Technology transfer

SUBMISSIONS:

Authors should submit a full length paper (not exceeding 3,200 words,
exclusive of references) and must include a descriptive abstract of
about 200 words. Electronic submissions are encouraged and should be
submitted as described below. The title page should include title of
the paper,names, addresses, e-mail address, telephone and fax number
of all authors. Any correspondence will be addressed to the first
author.

FORMAT FOR SUBMISSION:

Papers should be original work. Papers may be submitted either
electronically or in hard copy. Electronic or hard-copy submissions
must use the ACL submission style (aclsub.sty) retrievable from the
ACL LISTSERV server via anonymous ftp:

	ftp ftp.cs.columbia.edu
	Name: anonymous
	Password: <your email address>
	cd acl-l/ACL97
	get aclsub.sty

Electronic submissions should be mailed to jbursteinets.org
or ftp to:

	ftp clarity.princeton.edu
	Name: anonymous
	Password: <your e-mail address>
	cd incoming/workshop97
	put <name of your paper*>

Electronic submissions must either be a) plain ascii text,
b) a single postscript file, or c) a single latex file
following the ACL-97 submission style sheet (see ftp site above).

* Please use the following naming conventions. The filename is
the last name of the first author:

smith.ps 	the .ps version of the paper
smith.ascii 	the .ascii version of the paper
		(if postscript not available)
smith.author	the .ascii file of the title page
		(title, authors names, addresses, abstract)

Hard copy submissions must be received by March 10. Send to:

	Jill Burstein
	ETS, MS 11-R
	Rosedale Road
	Princeton, NJ 08541
	USA
 Tel: (609)734-5823

REQUIREMENTS:

A paper accepted for presentation cannot be presented or have
been presented at any other meeting. Please indicate in your
submission if you have submitted your paper to another conference.

SCHEDULE:

Submissions Deadline: 	March 10, 1997
Notification Date:	April 16, 1997
Camera ready copy due:	April 28, 1997

PROGRAM CHAIRS:

Jill Burstein, Educational Testing Service
Claudia Leacock, Princeton University

ORGANIZING AND PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Andrew Golding, Mitsubishi Electric
Mary Dee Harris, Language Technology, Inc.
Kevin Knight, USC/ISI
Karen Kukich, Bellcore
Lisa Rau, SRA International
Yael Ravin, IBM, T.J. Watson Research Center
Susanne Wolff, Educational Testing Service
Wlodek Zadrozny, IBM, T.J. Watson Research Center
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Message 2: CFP: ACL/EACL Workshop on Interactive Spoken Dialogue Systems

Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 17:37:41 -0500
From: Marilyn Walker <2d441a!walkerresearch.att.com>
Subject: CFP: ACL/EACL Workshop on Interactive Spoken Dialogue Systems

Apologies if you receive this twice. Note that tutorial speakers are now
confirmed.

 SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS
 ACL/EACL Workshop
 INTERACTIVE SPOKEN DIALOG SYSTEMS:
 Bringing Speech and NLP Together in Real Applications
 Madrid, Spain
 July 11 and 12th, 1997


Recent advances in speech technologies, natural language processing,
and dialogue modeling have made it possible to build dialogue agents
for a wide range of applications from voice dialing to accessing
information about the weather, train schedules, cultural events or
local restaurants. However, there is little research on the
integration of component technologies required for these agents. This
workshop will address the challenges involved in this integration:

 - the special requirements dialogue places on speech recognizers
 (such as the need for barge-in or substring confidence measures)
 - the special requirements dialogue places on speech synthesizers
 (such as producing appropriate prosody or tracking what has been
 produced so far)
 - the special requirements dialogue places on natural language
 generation (such as summarization, aggregration or selecting
 information subsets)
 - which ASR and TTS functionalities have the greatest impact on
 dialogue capabilities
 - the extent to which the dialogue manager can compensate for
 limitations of the speech recognizer or the NLP components
 - what tools exist for building integrated systems and what are the
 limitations and capabilities of these tools
 - what role do dialogue tagging schemes and tools for labeling play
 in the construction of dialogue systems
 - how to evaluate an integrated system (as opposed to its individual
 components)
 - how dialogue systems should be compared with one and other, across
 both domains and differences in component technologies.


We solicit papers from text-to-speech, ASR, NLP, generation and
dialogue modeling researchers, and people who are planning to work on
interactive spoken dialogue systems as well as those already building
integrated spoken dialogue systems.

This is a TWO-DAY workshop. The first day of the workshop will start
with a morning of 1 hour mini-tutorials (see below) of critical
component technologies presented by leaders in the various technology
fields. There will be a tutorial on the current state of the art in
automatic speech recognition (ASR) by Alex Acero, on text-to-speech
(TTS) by Marian Macchi and on dialogue modeling by James Allen. Since
we expect to draw participants from diverse research communities, this
session will provide a critical common ground for the remainder of the
workshop. The remaining one and one-half days of the workshop will
consist of presentations by participants on issues identified above
and discussion of these issues. We plan to allow sufficient time for
open discussion and interaction among the workshop participants.

MINI-TUTORIALS:
James Allen, University of Rochester: Dialogue Modeling
Marian Macchi, Bellcore: Text to Speech
Alex Acero, Microsoft Research: Automatic Speech Recognition

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:
Julia Hirschberg, ATT Labs Research, (co-organizer)
Candace Kamm, ATT Labs Research, (co-organizer)
Marilyn Walker, ATT Labs Research, (co-organizer)
Rolf Carlson, KTH, Sweden
Norman Fraser, Vocalis Ltd, Cambridge U.K.
Lori Lamel, LIMSI, France
Jacques Terken, Institute for Perception Research, The Netherlands

SUBMISSIONS:

Authors should submit extended abstracts of less than 3000 words.
Please include a separate title page with the title of the paper, 200
word summary, 2-5 keywords, names, addresses, e-mail address,
telephone and fax number of all authors. Joint submissions with the
Concept-to-Speech ACL/EACL workshop are allowed. If there are
sufficient joint submissions a joint session may be scheduled. Please
indicate on the title page that your abstract is a joint submission.
Electronic submissions are encouraged and should be submitted as
described below.

FORMAT FOR SUBMISSION:

Papers may be submitted either electronically or in hard copy.
Electronic submissions must be PLAIN ASCII TEXT. Hard-copy
submissions should either be plain text or use the Applied ACL final
format style (aclapp.sty) retrievable from the ACL LISTSERV server via
anonymous ftp:

	ftp ftp.cs.columbia.edu
	Name: anonymous
	Password: <your email address>
	cd acl-l/Styfiles/Proceedings/aclap.sty.Z
	get aclap.sty.Z
 quit
 uncompress aclap.sty.Z

Electronic submissions should be mailed to cakresearch.att.com.
Hard copy submissions must be received by March 1st. Send to:

Dr. Candace Kamm
ATT Labs Research
700 Mountain Ave., 2D-426
Murray Hill, NJ 07974
cakresearch.att.com
Tel: 908-582-6823

Notice of acceptance by April 1st
Final versions of 6 pages due by May 1st
Details on other arrangements and costs to follow.



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 Dr. Marilyn Walker

 ATT Laboratories 		 Phone: 908-582-6345
 600 Mountain Ave Fax: 908-582-4271
 Rm. 2D-441 Home: 201-683-0313
 Murray Hill, N.J. 07974 Email: walkerresearch.att.com
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