LINGUIST List 9.1791

Wed Dec 16 1998

Calls: Language and gender, Information Filtering

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  1. Treffers-Daller, Jeanine, Language and gender
  2. Thorsten Joachims, "Machine Learning for Information Filtering" Workshop at IJCAI99

Message 1: Language and gender

Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 13:31:37 -0500 (EST)
From: Treffers-Daller, Jeanine <>
Subject: Language and gender


Discours masculins, discours feminins
Saturday, 6 February 1999

Room 4C23, Faculty of Languages and European Studies
 Frenchay Campus, UWE, Bristol

10.30 - 11.00		Coffee and Registration outside of 4C23

11.00 - 11.30		Kate Beeching (UWE, Bristol).Welcome and Overview.

11.30 - 12.30		MARINA YAGUELLO (Universit de Paris 7 -Denis 
12:30 - 1:00		Jean-Marc Dewaele (Birkbeck, University of London)
1.00 - 2.00		Lunch Room 4D05

2.00 - 2.30		Ccile Bauvois (Universit de Mons-Hainault)

2.30 - 3.00		Nigel Armstrong (University of Newcastle)

3.00 - 3.30		Tea Room 4D05

3.30 - 4.00		Jacques-Philippe Saint-Grand (Universit 
 Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand II)

4.00 - 4.30		Tim Pooley (London Guildhall University)

Please complete by Friday 22 January and return to: 

Mrs Jessa Karki
Research Secretary
Faculty of Languages and European Studies
UWE, Bristol, Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY

Telephone:	0117 976 3842, ext 2724
Fax:		0117 976 2626

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 Workshop Fee (including Lunch, Coffee, and Tea) 25.00
 Undergraduate Student Fee (no catering included) 5.00

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Treffers-Daller, Jeanine
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Message 2: "Machine Learning for Information Filtering" Workshop at IJCAI99

Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 13:01:29 +0100
From: Thorsten Joachims <>
Subject: "Machine Learning for Information Filtering" Workshop at IJCAI99

 Call for Participation

 Workshop on
 "Machine Learning for Information Filtering"
 at the International Joint Conference
 on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) 99

 August 1st, 1998
 Stockholm, Sweden

 The enormous growth of on-line information and electronic commerce has
 brought about a comparable growth in research on methods for
 automatically organizing and personalizing information. The
 "information filtering" task has simultaneously emerged as an active
 research topic in several disciplines, including information retrieval,
 human computer interaction, natural language processing, and machine
 learning. The information filtering task manifests itself in many
 theoretically challenging and commercially important applications, such
 as electronic commerce and marketing, search engines, information push
 applications, browsing assistants, and adaptive Web sites.

 The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on
 information filtering from many subfields of AI, while emphasizing the
 machine learning techniques and algorithms many of these subfields
 share. These techniques include

 * text classification methods (probabilistic methods, support vector
 machines, first order methods, use of unlabeled data, etc.)
 * collaborative filtering methods (use of complex user and object
 profiles (e.g. citation structure), novel clustering models and
 methods, etc.)
 * other methods for learning user preferences (learning orderings,
 * combinations of approaches and multi-strategy learning
 * representational issues (knowledge representation, NLP techniques,
 representing interest, representing information objects, feature
 selection, term weighting, data transformation, latent semantic
 indexing, etc.)
 * clustering methods (similarity measures, mixture models, etc.)
 * scalability issues
 * formal models and theory
 * handling different media (text, images, sound, etc.)
 * evaluation techniques

 Besides these topics, the workshop covers all theoretical and
 methodological issues concerning information filtering. Submissions
 describing innovative applications of information filtering are also
 encouraged. By bringing together industrial representatives with
 researchers, the workshop will

 * show how problems from industry present new research issues.
 * identify ways in which research results may be put in more
 widespread practice in an industrial setting.


 April 6, 1999 Submission deadline
 May 3, 1999 Notification of acceptance 
 May 24, 1999 Camera-ready copy due
 August 1, 1999 Workshop


 The workshop will be one full day, including invited talks, paper
 presentations, poster presentations, and numerous opportunities for
 discussion. Depending on submissions, there will be joint sessions with
 the workshop "Text Mining: Foundations, Techniques and Applications" on
 topics of common interest. Participation in the workshop is limited
 according to IJCAI regulations. All workshop participants have to
 register for the IJCAI conference. The working notes of the workshop
 will be published online.


 Those interested in making a presentation should submit a full paper
 electronically either as a Postscript or PDF to The first page of submitted papers
 should include: title, author names and affiliations, a brief abstract.
 It should also name a designated contact person with his or her postal
 address, electronic mail address, telephone and fax number. Submissions
 should not exceed 8 pages according to the IJCAI formatting
 instructions and should be printable on 8.5" x 11" or A4 paper.

 Those interested in participating in the workshop, but not submitting a
 paper, should submit a one-page abstract of their research interests in
 learning methods for information filtering.


 Thorsten Joachims (Chair) Andrew McCallum
 Universitaet Dortmund Just Research
 FB Informatik, LS8 4616 Henry Street
 Baroper Str. 301 Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 44221 Dortmund, Germany Phone: (412) 683-9132
 Phone: +49 231 755 5102 FAX: (412) 683-4175
 FAX: +49 231 755 5105 Email: 
 Mehran Sahami Lyle Ungar
 Epiphany, Inc. University of Pennsylvania
 2300 Geng Road Dept of Comp. and Info. Sci.
 Palo Alto, CA 94303 200 S. 33rd St.
 Phone: (650) 496-2399 Philadelphia, PA 19104-6389
 FAX: (650) 496-2431 Phone: (215) 898-7449
 Email: FAX: (215) 898-0587

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