LINGUIST List 9.1116

Fri Aug 7 1998

Calls: COLING-ACL'98, Coling/ACL Workshop

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Message 1: COLING-ACL'98, LAST CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 14:24:36 -0400 (EDT)
From: Congres COLING-ACL 98 <coling98IRO.UMontreal.CA>
Subject: COLING-ACL'98, LAST CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

 COLING-ACL'98

 LAST CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
 ---------------------------


 Avoid the line-ups and hassle of on-site registration!
Pre-register for COLING-ACL'98 before you come to Montreal via the
online registration form available on the conference Web site:

 http://coling-acl98.iro.umontreal.ca


 Detailed instructions are provided on the registration form.

 We look forward to seeing you in Montreal!


The COLING-ACL'98 Organizing Committe
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Message 2: Coling/ACL Workshop on MULTILINGUAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: report

Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 09:10:10 -0800
From: Eduard Hovy <hovyISI.EDU>
Subject: Coling/ACL Workshop on MULTILINGUAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: report


 Coling-ACL '98 Workshop

 MULTILINGUAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: 
 CURRENT LEVELS AND FUTURE ABILITIES 

 August 16, 1998
 Universite de Montreal
 Montreal/Canada


The Coling/ACL workshop on Multilingual Information Management is a
follow-on to an NSF-sponsored workshop held in conjunction with the
First International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation in
Granada, Spain (May 1998). The goal of the workshop was to consider the 
recent history and likely near-term future of a number of research areas 
pertaining to language that are related (but still semi-independent at 
present). The conclusions have been gathered into a report, to be 
submitted to the NSF, LE, and other funding agencies in Europe and North 
America, for their consideration in setting funding policies and goals. 

 THE DRAFT REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE AT 

 http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ref/mlim/

At the Granada workshop, an international panel of invited experts 
focused on a set of questions in an attempt to identify the most likely 
and most effective future directions of computational linguistics research 
- especially in the context of the need to handle multi-lingual and multi-
modal information. 

The COLING workshop, a follow-on, has the aim of opening the discussion 
to the computational linguistics community as a whole, to solicit the 
comments, additions, feedback, and contributions of everyone. 

 TO REGISTER, CONSULT THE COLING/ACL HOME PAGE AT

 http://coling-acl98.iro.umontreal.ca/ 


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

The development of natural language applications which handle multi-
lingual and multi-modal information is the next major challenge facing 
the field of computational linguistics. Over the past 50 years, a 
variety of language-related capabilities has been developed in areas 
such as machine translation, information retrieval, and speech 
recognition, together with core capabilities such as information 
extraction, summarization, parsing, generation, multimedia planning 
and integration, statistics-based methods, ontologies, lexicon 
construction and lexical representations, and grammar. The next few 
years will require the extension of these technologies to encompass 
multi-lingual and multi-modal information. 

Extending current technologies will require integration of the various 
capabilities into multi-functional natural language systems. However, 
there is today no clear vision of how these technologies could or 
should be assembled into a coherent framework. What would be involved 
in connecting a speech recognition system to an information retrieval 
engine, and then using machine translation and summarization software 
to process the retrieved text? How can traditional parsing and 
generation be enhanced with statistical techniques? What would be the 
effect of carefully crafted lexicons on traditional information 
retrieval? 

The workshop is organized as a series of discussion sessions, each one 
devoted to one aspect of computational language, initiated by a report 
of the discussions at the Granada workshop (a report summarizing the 
discussions at Granada is available; see below). Enough time for 
discussion has been scheduled. The discussion will focus on the 
following fundamental questions: 

 1. What is the current level of capability in each of the major 
 areas of the field dealing with language and related media of 
 human communication? 
 2. How can (some of) these functions be integrated in the near 
 future, and what kind of systems will result? 
 3. What are the major considerations for extending these functions 
 to handle multi-lingual and multi-modal information,
 particularly in integrated systems of the type envisioned in (2)? 

In particular, we will consider these questions in relation to the
following areas: 

 o multi-lingual resources (lexicons, ontologies, corpora, etc.) 
 o information retrieval, especially cross-lingual and cross-modal 
 o machine translation, of text and speech 
 o automated (cross-lingual) information extraction and summarization 
 o methods and techniques (both statistics-based and linguistics-based)
 o speech recognition and synthesis 
 o multimedia communication, as well as language and speaker identification 
 o evaluation and assessment techniques for each of these areas 
 o Government policy for future funding 

The initial findings of the report will form the basis of the discussion. 
The draft report is now available at 
 http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ref/mlim/
Major points raised in the discussions will be recorded and included in 
the report. We eagerly seek your feedback, comments, contributions, and 
assistance, to make this report as comprehensive and as accurate as possible! 


PROGRAM 

 9:00 - 9:10 Welcome and overview

 9:10 - 9:55 Cross-lingual and Cross-modal Information Retrieval
 Moderator: Judith Klavans

 9:55 - 10:40 Information Extraction and Automated Text Summarization 
 Moderator: Eduard Hovy

10:40 - 11:00 Break 

11:00 - 11:45 Methods and Techniques 
 Moderator: Nancy Ide

11:45 - 12:30 Machine Translation of Text and Speech 
 Moderator: Bente Maegaard

12:30 - 2:00 Lunch 

 2:00 - 2:45 Multilingual Resources
 Moderator: Martha Palmer

 2:45 - 3:30 Speech Recognition and Synthesis
 Moderator: TBA 

 3:30 - 4:00 Break 

 4:00 - 4:45 Evaluation and Assessment
 Moderator: John White

 4:45 - 5:30 Multimedia Communication and Language/Speaker Identification 
 Moderator: Oliviero Stock

 5:30 - 6:00 Government: Development Policy and Funding 
 Moderator: Antonio Zampolli



THE REPORT 

The outcome of the Granada and Montreal workshops is a report, originally 
commissioned by the NSF, to be submitted to the NSF, LE, and other funding 
agencies in Europe and North America. 

 THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE REPORT IS AVAILABLE AT 

 http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ref/mlim/

We eagerly seek your feedback, comments, contributions, and assistance in 
making this report as comprehensive and as accurate as possible! 




ORGANIZERS

Robert Frederking
Center for Machine Translation
Carnegie-Mellon University
Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Tel: +1-412-268-6656
Fax: +1-412-268-6298
Email: refnl.cs.cmu.edu 

Eduard Hovy
Information Sciences Institute 
of the University of Southern California 
4676 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695 
Tel: +1-310-822-1511
Fax: +1-310-823-6714 
Email: hovyisi.edu 

Nancy Ide
Department of Computer Science
Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0520 USA
Tel: +1-914-437 5988
Fax: +1-914-437 7498
Email: idecs.vassar.edu

Joseph Mariani 
LIMSI-CNRS 
BP 133
91403 ORSAY Cedex
France
Tel: +33-1-69-85-8085
Fax: +33-1-69-85-8088 
Email: marianilimsi.fr

Antonio Zampolli 
ILC-CNR 
Via della Faggiola 32 
56100 Pisa 
Italy 
Fax: +39-50-556285 
Email: pisailc.pi.cnr.it 

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Eduard Hovy
email: hovyisi.edu USC Information Sciences Institute 
tel: 310-822-1511 ext 731 4676 Admiralty Way 
fax: 310-823-6714 Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695 
project homepage: http://www.isi.edu/natural-language/nlp-at-isi.html
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