LINGUIST List 8.368

Sun Mar 16 1997

Calls: Lang Technology,Human-Comp Conversation

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  1. mmalcolm crawford, Speech and Language Technology (SALT) Club Workshop
  2. Yorick Wilks, Human-Computer Conversation at Bellagio, time shortens

Message 1: Speech and Language Technology (SALT) Club Workshop

Date: Fri, 14 Mar 97 18:26:16 GMT
From: mmalcolm crawford <m.crawforddcs.shef.ac.uk>
Subject: Speech and Language Technology (SALT) Club Workshop



 Call for Abstracts
 and
 Registration Information

 Speech and Language Technology (SALT) Club Workshop
 on

 EVALUATION IN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGY

 June 17-18, 1997
 Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

 Sponsored by
 Department of Trade and Industry
 and
 Institute for Language Speech and Hearing (ILASH)
 and
 Department of Computer Science
 University of Sheffield


Evaluation is now an issue no speech and language researcher can
afford to ignore. The new empiricism in speech and language research,
occasioned by the massive increase in on-line corpora, together with
the need for well understood system performance characteristics
implicit in the very concept of language engineering, have pushed the
topic of evaluation onto the agendas of most researchers. Current
evaluation metrics may be incomplete, simplifying, distorting, or just
plain irritating, but they are here to stay and our best option is to
make them better. This workshop aims to bring together researchers in
speech and language with an interest in evaluation in order to reflect
on their experiences with evaluation to date and to discuss how to
improve metrics and how to introduce metrics into areas where they
have not yet evolved.

Abstracts of up to 500 words describing proposed presentations are
invited on topics including (but not limited to):

 * the role, significance, and limitations of evaluation in speech and
 language research
 * critical analysis of existing evaluation regimes or metrics
 (e.g. MUC,TREC,ATIS,CSR)
 * discussion or presentation of the EU-sponsored EAGLES proposals on
 evaluation and standardisation
 * how to foster small-scale, low overhead evaluation (e.g. in the
 the upcoming EPSRC-sponsored Speech and Language programme)
 * proposals for new evaluation regimes or metrics for language systems
 that carry out tasks such as:
 - speech recognition
 - information extraction
 - information retrieval
 - machine translation
 - natural language generation
 - speech synthesis
 - spoken language understanding
 - topic spotting in spoken language
 or for component technologies used in these systems, such as:
 - tagging
 - parsing
 - coreference
 - proper name recognition and classification in text
 - discourse segmentation
 * results of evaluation studies carried out on speech or language
 systems or component technologies
 * tools for evaluation -- scorers, visualisation tools, markup tools
 * data provision for evaluation -- proposals for corpus markup


In the tradition of relatively informal SALT workshops, authors of
accepted abstracts will be invited to give a presentation of roughly
30 minutes. Abstracts, or complete papers, should authors choose to
submit them (length limit 3500 words), will be published in an
informal workshop proceedings. Abstracts will be reviewed by a local
programme committee consisting of:

 Dr. R. Gaizauskas (chair)
 Prof. Y. Wilks
 Dr. S. Renals
 Dr. P. Green

Abstracts due: May 1
Notification to authors: May 15
Camera-ready: June 1
Early registration deadline: May 15

For review abstracts should be submitted in ASCII, postscript, or
LaTeX (single, self-contained file only, please). Final
abstracts/papers should be in LaTeX -- authors of accepted
presentations will be given more detailed instructions on formatting
later.

Registration and accomodation details will follow shortly.

Further information may be obtained by contacting:

Dr. Robert Gaizauskas
SALT Steering Committee

email: R.Gaizauskasdcs.shef.ac.uk
phone: +44 (0)114 222 1827
fax: +44 (0)114 222 1810/278 0972
www: http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk

University of Sheffield
Department of Computer Science
Regent Court, 211 Portobello Street
Sheffield S1 4DP, U.K.


________________________________________________________________________

 GENERAL INFORMATION
________________________________________________________________________


VENUE

The venue for registration and the workshop is:

Halifax Hall of Residence,
Endcliffe Vale Road,
Sheffield,
S10 5DF, U.K.


The University of Sheffield's Halls of Residence are situated on the
western side of the city in a leafy residential area described by John
Betjeman as ``the prettiest suburb in England''. Halifax Hall is
centred on a local Steel Baron's house, dating back to 1830 and set in
extensive grounds. It was acquired by the University in 1830 and
converted into a Hall of Residence for women with the addition of a
new wing.

Halifax Hall is one mile from Sheffield's city centre, and is easily
reached from Sheffield Station by bus or taxi, and from Manchester
International Airport and train to Sheffield. The # 50 bus from the
station will drop you off at the Botanical Gardens but we recommend
taking a taxi for around 3.50 pounds if you have heavy cases.

ACCOMMODATION

Single en-suite room accommodation has been reserved for conference
delegates in Halifax Hall.


PARKING

There is ample free parking for approx. 50 cars in the vicinity of
Halifax Hall.


________________________________________________________________________

 REGISTRATION NOTES
_______________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS (for registrations)

Gill Wells,
Research Co-ordinator
Department of Computer Science,
Regent Court,
211 Portobello Street,
 Sheffield,
S1 4DP

Email: g.wellsdcs.shef.ac.uk
Fax: +44 (0) 114-278-0972
Phone: +44 (0) 114-22 21819

PAYMENT

Payment should be made by cheque or money order payable to `University
Sheffield' , drawn in pounds sterling on a British clearing
bank. Payment should be sent together with the Registration Form to
the above address.

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation of booking and a map with travel details will be
sent on receipt of this application form.

DISCLAIMER

The University of Sheffield and the Conference Organisers accept no
responsibility for injury to persons attending the Conference, nor for
loss of or damage to their property. The Conference Organisers
reserve the right to change the details given in this document without
notice.

________________________________________________________________________

 SALT Workshop on Evaluation in Speech and Language Technology

 Registration Form

________________________________________________________________________

Registration Details

Early registration (before Friday 16 May): L50.00
Late registration L 70.00

 Total: _____

Registration includes attendance, meals, proceedings and refreshments

Accommodation

Bed and Breakfast (ensuite bathroom) is available at L33.55 per night (inc.
VAT). Please specify in the table below which night(s) you wish to stay.
Accommodation will be available on Monday 16 June (the night preceding the
Workshop) and Tuesday 17 June.. Please note that there will be NO
accommodation available after the workshop closes.


Bed & Breakfast:
 16 June: _____ (33.55)

 17 June: _____ (33.55)

 Total _____

For special dietary considerations please contact Gill Wells
(g.wellsdcs.shef.ac.uk) giving full details of your requirements.

Personal Details

Name: ________________

Address: _______________

 ________________

 ________________

Phone: ________________

Fax: ________________

Email: ________________

WWW: ________________


I enclose a cheque or money order drawn in pounds sterling on a British
clearing bank for ______ pounds, payable to the University of Sheffield.


Signed: ___________________

Date: ___________________
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Message 2: Human-Computer Conversation at Bellagio, time shortens

Date: Fri, 14 Mar 97 15:59:04 GMT
From: Yorick Wilks <yorickdcs.shef.ac.uk>
Subject: Human-Computer Conversation at Bellagio, time shortens


 FIRST INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON HUMAN-COMPUTER CONVERSATION

 Bellagio, Italy, July 14th-16th 1997

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 Usual apologies if you get this more than once!
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This message just mentions that the deadline for papers is near if you
want to submit something---send any reasonable short paper to the
address at the bottom. Paper is preferred but email (ascii and NO
coded forms PLEASE) if youre desperate and nothing over ten pages, by
the end of March. The meeting is definitely going ahead: a good range
of dialogue demos is promised, some from the VERY LARGEST software
companies. Details about registration and hotels, along with
everything else, including a link so you can look at Bellagio and the
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni are on our WWW URL:

	http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/research/ilash/Meetings/Bellagio/

I reprint a registration form here, and my address for paper
submission is in the footer:

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In order to register for the workshop and to reserve your hotel rooms
please fill in the following information and return it, together with
payment of the workshop registration fee of 180 pounds ($300) plus the
cost of 1-night's hotel accommodation to:

David Levy,
Intelligent Research Ltd.,
89, Constantine Road,
London NW3 2LP,
England.

Tel: +44 171 485 9146

Fax: +44 171 482 0672

e-mail: DavidLintrsrch.demon.co.uk

Please note that a no-show will not receive a refund for the hotel
accommodation unless we are able to reassign the booking to another delegate.

If paying by cheque please make your cheque payable to Intelligent Research
Ltd. If using a currency other than pounds sterling please convert at the
current rate used when selling that currency for pounds sterling.


REGISTRATION AND HOTEL BOOKING INFORMATION

Mr / Mrs / Ms:..........

Last name:...........................................................

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Address:.............................................................

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PLEASE INDICATE BELOW YOUR HOTEL REQUIREMENTS:

1st choice: .................................

2nd choice: .................................

Any other comments or requirements: ..........................................

Single or double occupancy:.............................................

Room and breakfast only or half-board:......................................

Arrival date in Bellagio: ..........................................

Departure date (note that the workshop will finish on July 16th in time for
delegates to reach Milan in the evening):....................

HOW TO PAY You may pay by credit or debit card; or by check or postal
order (preferably in pounds sterling or US$).

Credit Card Payment:

Name:..................................................... 

Credit Card Address (if different from above):

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Please debit my Mastercard / VISA / American Express / Diners / Switch
account (delete as appropriate):

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Check / Postal Order payment (pounds sterling):

I enclose full payment by cheque/postal order for............. made 
payable to Intelligent Research Ltd.

Please send to: David Levy, Intelligent Research Ltd., 89 Constantine Road,
London NW3 2LP, England.


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Professor Yorick Wilks
AI and NN Research Group,
Department of Computer Science
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
211 Portobello St.,
Sheffield S1 4DP
UK

phone: (44) 114 282 5561
fax: (44) 114 278 0972
email: yorickdcs.shef.ac.uk
www: http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~yorick
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