LINGUIST List 8.384

Tue Mar 18 1997

Calls: Communication Aids, Text Summarization

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  1. Ann Copestake, Final CFP - NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING FOR COMMUNICATION AIDS
  2. Dragomir R. Radev, Deadline Extended: Workshop on Intelligent Scalable Text Summarization

Message 1: Final CFP - NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING FOR COMMUNICATION AIDS

Date: Fri, 14 Mar 1997 17:09:36 -0800 (PST)
From: Ann Copestake <aaccsli.Stanford.EDU>
Subject: Final CFP - NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING FOR COMMUNICATION AIDS


 

 FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

 NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING FOR COMMUNICATION AIDS

 ACL/EACL'97 Workshop
 
 Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED)
 Madrid, Spain
 
 July 12th, 1997

 http://www-csli.stanford.edu/users/aac/clworkshop.html

Many people have some sort of disability which impairs their ability
to communicate. Work in alternative and augmentative communication
(AAC) devices attempts to address this need. For example, people who
have speech impairments may use a text-to-speech generator, or a
system which synthesises speech based on input using an alternative
symbol system. Prosthetic devices of this sort must be usable in a
great variety of settings. They should enable the user to be a full
participant in ordinary conversations, to lead transactional
encounters and to prepare speech for more formal occasions. The
extent to which this is possible depends on a number of factors, both
physical and cognitive. The speech impairment may be due to a
physical disability which has no effect on the person's linguistic
ability, or it may be due to a cognitive, language impairment.
Often, some combination of physical and cognitive disabilities is
involved. Other communication aids include systems designed for deaf
users and text-to-speech devices for people with vision impairments.

NLP techniques are currently in use in such devices but substantial
improvement in performance is clearly possible. AAC provides the NLP
researcher with relatively tractable applications of potential
utility to millions of people worldwide. The aim of the workshop is
to provide a forum in which researchers in communication aids for
people with disabilities can discuss the problems involved in these
applications and the solutions being investigated in current
research. We also hope that researchers in all areas of CL/NLP will
participate, to discuss ways in which their own work could
contribute, even if they are not currently working on these
applications.

We seek papers which describe the utilisation of NLP in communication
aids, including AAC devices for the speech and language-impaired,
sign language interpretation and translation, and intelligent
text-readers for blind people. We would also welcome contributions
which describe the use of NLP techniques in aids for rehabilitation
and training for language impairment. Participation by NLP
researchers whose work might be applied in these areas is encouraged,
possibly including:

- statistical or symbolic techniques for word prediction (for 
 speeding input to text-to-speech devices)
- lexical resources which can be utilised for communication aids
 (e.g. for text retrieval of fixed messages)
- language generation from partial input (e.g. icons, templates,
 telegraphic text)
- aids for text comprehension
- speech synthesis geared to the needs of the blind or language impaired

These topics are intended as suggestions only: contributions would be
welcome from any researchers with an interest in applying CL/NLP
techniques to aid people with disabilities.

SUBMISSION OF PAPERS

Papers should be previously unpublished: a paper accepted for
presentation at this workshop cannot be presented or have been
presented at any other meeting with published proceedings. Parallel
submission is allowed; however if your paper is accepted for this
workshop and you decide to present it here, we will ask you to
withdraw it from any other events.

Papers will be reviewed by the program committee, with additional
reviewers being recruited if necessary. Papers must not exceed 3200
words (excluding references). Electronic submission is strongly
preferred, either as a self-contained LaTeX file or PostScript. Hard
copy submissions should include eight copies of the paper. Final
versions of accepted papers will be required in LaTeX using a
standard submission style (to be made available via WWW/ftp). Papers
will be published in the workshop proceedings: if the papers
submitted are of a sufficiently high quality, a book may subsequently
be produced by CSLI Publications.

We welcome presentations which include system demonstrations or video
- audio-visual requirements should be described when the paper is
submitted.

Since attendance at the workshop will be limited to a total of about
40 people, potential participants who do not wish to present a paper
should send a brief (max 100 word) description of interest to the
address below by April 28th. Potential participants who would like
an overview of AAC before the workshop might want to consult: McCoy
et al, 1990: `Applying Natural Language Processing techniques to
Augmentative communication systems' in proceedings of Coling-90
and Edwards (editor), 1995: `Extra-ordinary human-computer 
interaction' Cambridge University Press which contains several 
relevant papers. Also see
http://alpha.mic.dundee.ac.uk/~slanger/workshop.html for abstracts of
the recent workshop on NLP and communication aids for non-speaking
people.

DEADLINES

 Submissions due March 28th 1997
 Statements of interest due April 28th 1997
 Authors notified (by email) April 28th 1997
 Final versions due May 30th 1997


ADDRESS FOR PAPERS AND STATEMENTS OF INTEREST

 Ann Copestake
 CSLI
 Ventura Hall
 Stanford University
 Stanford
 CA 94305-4115
 USA

 aaccsli.stanford.edu

 tel: +1 415 725 2312


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Ted Briscoe, University of Cambridge
Ann Copestake, Stanford University
Marianne Hickey, University of Dundee
Sheri Hunnicutt, KTH
Stefan Langer, University of Dundee
Kathleen McCoy, University of Delaware
Sira E. Palazuelos-Cagigas, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

OTHER INFORMATION

Venue, accommodation etc will be as for the main ACL/EACL conference, 
for which workshop participants will be required to register. See:

http://horacio.ieec.uned.es/cl97/

Further information about the workshop itself will be available via:

http://www-csli.stanford.edu/users/aac/clworkshop







 
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Message 2: Deadline Extended: Workshop on Intelligent Scalable Text Summarization

Date: Fri, 14 Mar 1997 21:58:41 -0500 (EST)
From: Dragomir R. Radev <radevcs.columbia.edu>
Subject: Deadline Extended: Workshop on Intelligent Scalable Text Summarization

***** DEADLINE EXTENDED!!!!!! DEADLINE EXTENDED!!!!!! READ BELOW *****

 		 ACL'97/EACL'97 Workshop on
	 INTELLIGENT SCALABLE TEXT SUMMARIZATION
		 (at ACL'97/EACL'97 Joint Conference)
			 Madrid, Spain
 July 11, 1997

 SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

With the explosion in the quantity of on-line information in recent
years, demand for text summarization technology appears to be
growing. Commercial companies are increasingly starting to offer text
summarization capabilities, often bundled with information retrieval
tools. These recent developments offer opportunities as well as
substantial challenges for research in text summarization. In general,
such developments create a practical need for summarization systems
which scale up when applied to large volumes of unrestricted text.

At ACL'97/EACL'97, a particular challenge is to identify the niches
where natural language processing (NLP) can make an impact. For
example, there are applications which require characterizing the
content of large text collections to support data mining functions,
but NLP has not been used much in such applications. Traditionally,
shallower techniques have been leveraged to achieve the desired levels
of scalability and domain-independence, but recent advances in robust
information extraction as well as approaches integrating statistical
and symbolic techniques open up possibilities for more powerful yet
scalable summarization techniques.

With the renewed interest in text summarization, another challenge is
to develop criteria to help evaluate different methodologies, in order
to better advise investors and the interested public on technology
choices. While there have been focused workshops in the past on text
summarization, they have pre-dated the tremendous expansion of on-line
information access fueled by the recent growth of the World Wide
Web. This workshop would bring together researchers interested in
advancing the scientific frontiers of text summarization to meet these
new practical challenges and opportunities.

Submissions are invited on original research in all aspects of text
summarization, including, but not limited to:

* Statistical, linguistic, and knowledge-based techniques in
intelligent summarization
* Multimodal summarization strategies
* Exploiting advances in information extraction in summarization
* Text generation for scalable summarization
* Classification criteria for summarization systems
* Evaluation methods and metrics
* Summarization in operational contexts: requirements, architectures,
lessons learned
* Tailoring summaries to particular users, tasks, and contexts
* Theoretical foundations, including cognitive models
* Combining scalability with abstraction in summarization
* Summarization across multiple documents/sources
* Multilingual summarization

Criteria for selection will include clarity, originality, relevance,
and significance of results. Attendees at the workshop MUST register
for the main ACL/EACL conference.

			 PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Udo Hahn University of Freiburg
Julian Kupiec Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
Inderjeet Mani The MITRE Corporation (co-chair) 
Mark Maybury The MITRE Corporation (co-chair) 
Kathy McKeown Columbia University
Boyan Onyshkevych US Department of Defense
Dragomir Radev Columbia University 
Lisa Rau SRA International
Kazuo Tanaka NTT Human Interface Laboratories

			SUBMISSION INFORMATION

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: March 25, 1997 (the previously announced deadline,
March 15, has been extended by 10 days).
Acceptance Notification: April 28, 1997 

Interested participants should submit a previously unpublished paper
addressing a specific text summarization issue or reporting novel
methods and results. Authors should indicate whether the paper is
being submitted elsewhere. As the papers will be reviewed anonymously,
please do not include author names in the body of the paper; instead
provide a separate title page with title, author names and email
addresses. The paper length (excluding separate title page) should be
no longer than 8 pages. For email submissions, please submit
postscript. (If the postscript doesn't print properly here, you may
eventually have to submit a hardcopy, so please budget enough time for
that.) For hardcopy submissions, please submit FIVE copies of the
paper.

Please send submissions to:

Inderjeet Mani
The MITRE Corporation, W640
1820 Dolley Madison Blvd
McLean, VA 22102-3481, USA
Phone: 1-703-883-6149
Fax: 1-703-883-1279
Email: imanimitre.org
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