LINGUIST List 9.196

Mon Feb 9 1998

Calls: Human-Computer Studies,Translingual Information

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  1. Kristiina Jokinen, 2nd CFP: IJHCS Special Issue
  2. Nancy M. Ide, ACL Workshop on Translingual Information Management

Message 1: 2nd CFP: IJHCS Special Issue

Date: Mon, 09 Feb 1998 11:28:03 +0900
From: Kristiina Jokinen <>
Subject: 2nd CFP: IJHCS Special Issue

			Call for Papers

 The International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

	 will publish a special issue on the theme

 Collaboration, Cooperation and Conflict in Dialogue Systems

This special issue is devoted to theoretical and empirical studies of
cooperation and collaboration in dialogue systems, addressing problems
specific to dialogue management. It is associated with the workshop on
the same theme held at IJCAI-97 in Nagoya but seeks submissions from
all researchers who have been working on the topic, not just the
workshop participants.

Work on autonomous cooperative systems has shown the importance of
collaboration in different domains: besides collaborating with users
to provide requested information and to solve their problems, the
systems should also be able to collaborate with other specialist
intelligent systems (as in multi-agent infrastructures, for
example). Also, research in natural language dialogue has brought new
insights about collaboration: how mutual belief is established in
dialogue (and, consequently, task) fulfillment, as well as how to
cooperate to enable successful communication between the conversants.

The notions of cooperation and collaboration are closely related to
each other, but likely not the same: cooperation is one of the design
principles for dialogue systems, but such systems do not necessarily
collaborate with the user. To what degree is cooperation necessary for
collaboration and how does it appear in dialogue? Cooperation turns
into benevolence if the agent attempts to fulfill the partner's goals
without questioning their contextual relevance, but this is not
necessarily collaboration. On the other hand, if the agents pursue
their own goals without considering those of their partners or the
joint task, their actions can hardly be described as cooperative or

This special issue concentrates on human-human and human-computer
communication, and on the ways cooperation and collaboration are
manifested in these situations: how the partners jointly construct
dialogue acts, infer non-explicitly expressed intentions, negotiate
appropriate references, generate cooperative answers, co-produce
utterances, give feedback, help each other in task achievement,
etc. Since collaboration and cooperation are also related to conflict
situations, arising from misunderstandings, erroneous perception,
partial knowledge, false beliefs, etc., submissions that examine how
cooperation and collaboration work in solving conflicts, and how the
partners negotiate to reach a mutually acceptable resolution are also

We encourage submissions on different aspects of cooperation and
collaboration, addressing especially one or more of the following
research issues:

- How can we define "collaborative dialogues"? Are all dialogues
 collaborative? How do corpus studies back up the classification?

- What kind of individual commitments are needed for collaboration? 
 How do social settings (roles, acquaintance) affect communication
 and collaboration? How are these commitments and settings
 represented in a dialogue model?

- What is the role of cooperation in collaborative dialogue? Can
 collaborative activity include benevolent or uncooperative 
 behaviour? Does collaboration require sincerity (e.g., can
 cheating be collaborative)?

- How does collaboration contribute to conflict resolution and
 recovery from misunderstandings? How can costs and benefits of
 collaboration be measured?

- How is collaboration and cooperation related to task
 performance? What mechanisms are needed to combine collaborative
 task plans with dialogue contributions?

- How can cooperation/collaboration principles and mechanisms be
 expressed in formal, computational models of communication or
 interaction? How can these models be implemented?

- Is collaboration the main issue to problems in dialogue
 management? What are the solutions, future research problems?

Both theoretical and more practically oriented papers are welcome, but
we encourage papers that provide real-world examples of collaboration,
cooperation and conflict, and compare multiple ways of addressing the
problems that arise.


Full paper submissions to the special issue should be in the IJHCS
format. Information for the IJHCS authors can be found at:

To help to coordinate the review process, authors who intend to submit
are asked to send a short statement of intention to submit to David
Sadek one month prior the deadline.

The deadline for submissions is March 16. Submissions should
preferably be sent as postscript files by email to: 

If this is not possible, send six (6) hardcopies to David Sadek at the

 David Sadek
 France Telecom
 Technopole Anticipa - 2, Avenue Pierre Marzin
 22307 Lannion Cedex - FRANCE

In either case, the authors should also send a separate electronic
title and abstract page (in plain text format) to 

The submissions will undergo the usual IJHCS reviewing process taking
into account the requirements of the special issue. Each paper will be
reviewed by 3 reviewers who are members of the scientific board.
Authors of submitted papers will also be asked to act as referees for
other submissions. The reviewers will judge the submissions primarily
along the following dimensions: relevance, significance, originality,
clarity, technical soundness, and overall quality of presentation.


November 1997	Call for papers
February 16	Statement of intent to submit
March 16	Submission deadline
June 15		Notification of acceptance 
August 15	Final papers due


 Kristiina Jokinen
	ATR, Japan
 David Sadek
	France Telecom, CNET, France
 David R. Traum
	University of Maryland, USA


 James Allen, University of Rochester, USA
 Jens Allwood, University of G\"{o}teborg, Sweden
 Michael Baker, University Lyon II, France
 Jennifer Chu-Carroll, Bell Laboratories, USA
 Patrick Healey, ATR, Japan
 Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada
 Masato Ishizaki, NTT, Japan
 Karen Lochbaum, US West, USA
 Susan McRoy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
 David Novick, EURISCO, France
 Candace Sidner, Lotus Development Corporation, USA


Updated information on the special issue as well as the IJCAI workshop
is available at:

General information on IJHCS is available at:
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Message 2: ACL Workshop on Translingual Information Management

Date: Mon, 09 Feb 1998 11:16:23 -0500
From: Nancy M. Ide <>
Subject: ACL Workshop on Translingual Information Management


 Workshop on 


 August 16, 1998 (following ACL/COLING-98)
 University of Montreal, Montreal (Quebec, Canada)


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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

This workshop 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), at which an
international panel of invited experts will consider these questions
in an attempt to identify the most effective future directions of
computational linguistics research--especially in the context of the
need to handle multi-lingual and multi-modal information. The
follow-on ACL workshop is intended to open the discussion to the
computational inguistics community as a whole. The workshop will
include ample time for discussion. A report summarizing the
discussions at Granada will be available before the ACL workshop.

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The workshop 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 

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 
 o automated (cross-lingual) summarization and information
 o multimedia communication, in conjunction with text 
 o evaluation and assessment techniques for each of these areas 
 o methods and techniques (both statistics-based and linguistics-
 based) of pre-parsing, parsing, generation, information 
 acquisition, etc.

We invite submissions which report on work in these areas. All papers
should clearly identify how the work addresses the issues and
questions outlined above.

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Only hard-copy submissions will be accepted. Authors should submit six
(6) copies of the full-length paper (3500-5000 words).

Submissions should be sent to:

 Nancy Ide
 Department of Computer Science
 Vassar College
 124 Raymond Avenue
 Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0520

Style files and templates for preparing submissions can be found at

The official language of the conference is English.

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 Submission Deadline: March 23, 1998
 Notification Date: May 15, 1998
 Camera ready copy due: June 15, 1998

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 Charles Fillmore University of California Berkeley, USA 
 Robert Frederking Carnegie Mellon University, USA
 Ulrich Heid (tentative) University of Stuttgart, Germany
 Eduard Hovy Information Sciences Institute, USA 
 Nancy Ide Vassar College, USA 
 Lauri Karttunen (tentative) Rank Xerox Research, France
 Kimmo Koskenniemi (tentative) University of Helsinki, Finland
 Mun Kew Leong National University of Singapore
 Joseph Mariani LIMSI/CNRS, France
 Mark Maybury The Mitre Corporation, USA
 Sergei Nirenburg (tentative) New Mexico State University, USA
 Akitoshi Okumura (tentative) NEC, Japan 
 Martha Palmer University of Pennsylvania, USA 
 James Pustejovsky Brandeis University, USA
 Peter Schaueble ETH, Switzerland 
 Oliviero Stock IRST, Italy 
 Felisa Verdejo UNED, Spain 
 Piek Vossen University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
 Wolfgang Wahlster DFKI, Germany 

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 Robert Frederking, Carnegie Mellon University, USA 
 Eduard Hovy, ISI, University of Southern California, USA
 Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA 

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Information on the workshop can be found at

Inquiries may be addressed to the organizers:

 Robert Frederking <> 
 Eduard Hovy <> 
 Nancy Ide <> 

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