LINGUIST List 9.984

Tue Jun 30 1998

Calls: Multi-lingual Info Retrieval, Diagrams

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  1. Nancy M. Ide, COLING/ACL workshop on Multi-lingual Information Retrieval
  2. Peter Cheng, Thinking with Diagrams 1998

Message 1: COLING/ACL workshop on Multi-lingual Information Retrieval

Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 22:21:12 -0400
From: Nancy M. Ide <>
Subject: COLING/ACL workshop on Multi-lingual Information Retrieval

 Coling-ACL '98 Workshop

 Multilingual Information Management: 
 Current Levels and Future Abilities 

 August 16, 1998
 Universiti de Montrial

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), at which an international panel of invited
experts considered 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 workshop is
intended to open the discussion to the computational linguistics
community as a whole.

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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

The workshop will be organized as a series of panels reporting on the
outcome of discussions in the Granada workshop (a report summarizing
the discussions at Granada will be available before the Coling-ACL
workshop). Ample time for discussion will be included. 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 
 o automated (cross-lingual) summarization and information extraction 
 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
 o parsing, generation, information acquisition, etc. 
 o speech recognition and synthesis 
 o language and speaker identification and speech translation 

Program Committee

 Khalid Choukri, European Languages Resource Association 
 Charles Fillmore, University of California Berkeley, USA 
 Robert Frederking, Carnegie Mellon University, USA 
 Ulrich Heid, University of Stuttgart, Germany 
 Eduard Hovy, Information Sciences Institute, USA 
 Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA 
 Mun Kew Leong, National University of Singapore 
 Joseph Mariani, LIMSI/CNRS, France 
 Mark Maybury, The Mitre Corporation, USA 
 Sergei Nirenburg, New Mexico State University, USA 
 Akitoshi Okumura, NEC, Japan 
 Martha Palmer, University of Pennsylvania, USA 
 James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University, USA 
 Peter Schaueble, ETH Zurich, Switzerland 
 Oliviero Stock, IRST, Italy 
 Felisa Verdejo, UNED, Spain 
 Piek Vossen, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands 
 Wolfgang Wahlster, DFKI, Germany 
 Antonio Zampolli, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Italy 


Bob Frederking
Center for Machine Translation
Carnegie-Mellon University
Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Tel: (+1 412) 268-6656
Fax: (+1 412) 268-6298

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 

Nancy Ide
Department of Computer Science
Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0520 USA
Tel: (+1 914) 437 5988
Fax: (+1 914) 437 7498
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Message 2: Thinking with Diagrams 1998

Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 12:25:55 +0100
From: Peter Cheng <>
Subject: Thinking with Diagrams 1998


Thinking with Diagrams: Is there a Science of Diagrams?

Workshop call for participation
University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK
22-23 August 1998


Diagrams are essential in most fields of human activity.
There is substantial interest in diagrams and their use
in many academic disciplines for the potential benefits
they may confer on a wide range of tasks. Are we now in a
position to claim that we have a science of diagrams?
That is, a science which takes the nature of diagrams and
their use as the central phenomena of interest. A science
which is attempting to understand how diagrams differ
from other representational systems and trying to develop
principles for the design of effective graphical
representations. A science which considers how diagrams
communicate information and how they are used to solve
problems. If we have a science of diagrams it is
certainly constituted from multiple disciplines,
including: cognitive science, psychology, artificial
intelligence, logic, mathematics, and others.

If there is a science of diagrams, then like other
sciences, there is an applications or "engineering"
discipline that exists alongside the science.
Applications and engineering provide tests of the
theories and principles discovered by the science and
extend the scope of the phenomena to be studied by
generating new uses of diagrams, new media for presenting
diagrams, or novel classes of diagram. This applications
and engineering side of the science of diagrams also
comprises multiple disciplines, including: education,
architecture, computer science, mathematics, human-
computer interaction, knowledge acquisition, graphic
design, engineering, history of science, statistics,
medicine, biology, and others.

The theme of TwD98 will be - Is there a Science of
Diagrams? By providing a forum for the presentation and
discussion of quality research on diagrams and diagram
use, we not only try to answer this question, but more
importantly attempt draw together the many different
approaches, theories and results that we have in the many
diverse disciplines that are concerned with diagrams. The
question provides a vehicle on which to attempt to
integrate what is currently a disparate and disordered
set of activities into a more rational and coherent
programme of research. Is there any common core to the
activities which provides a basis for the claim that the
TwD community could constitute a science?

More information and the workshop registration form can
be found at the Thinking with Diagrams home page:

or contact:

Patrick Olivier (
Thinking with Diagrams (TwD98)
Department of Computer Science
University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Ceredigion, UK SY23 3DB
Tel: +44 1970 622424 / Fax: +44 1970 622455

The TwD98 programme will include: (i) technical sessions
for the presentations of papers; (ii) invited talks on
issues relevant to the TwD community as a whole; (iii) a
panel session on the theme of TwD98.

Invited Presentations:

1. Arthur I Miller
 University College London
 "Visual Representations of Nature"

2. Aaron Sloman
 University of Birmingham
 "Diagrams in the mind?"

3. Clive Richards,
 School of Art and Design, Coventry University

Other presentations:

1. Peter Cheng (University of Nottingham)
 AVOW Diagrams: A Novel Representational System for
 Understanding Electricity

2. Mateja Jamnik, Alan Bundy & Ian Green
 (University of Edinburgh)
 Verification of Diagrammatic Proofs

3. Maria Kozhevnikov, Mary Hegarty & Richard Mayer
 (Techion & UC Santa Barbara)
 Visual/Spatial Abilities in Problem Solving in Physics

4. Sun-Joo Shin
 (University of Notre Dame)
 Multiple Readings of Pierces Alpha System

5. Alan Blackwell & Yuri Engelhardt
 (Cambridge APU and University of Amsterdam)
 A Taxonomy of Diagram Taxonomies

6. Robert Kosara, Silvia Miksch, Yuval Shahar & Peter Johnson
 (Vienna University of Technology & Stanford University)
 Asbru-View: Capturing Complex, Time-oriented Plans

7. Jo Calder
 (University of Edinburgh)
 How to build a (quite general) linguistic diagram editor

8. Adam Vile & Simon Polovina
 (South Bank University)
 Thinking of or thinking through diagrams?

9. Mark Minas
 (University of Erlangen)
 Specifying Diagram Languages by Means of Hypergraph Grammars

10. Simon Ungar, Mark Blades & Christopher Spencer
 (Glasgow Caledonian University & University of Sheffield)
 Can a tactile map facilitate learning of related information by
 visually impaired people?

11. Daniela M. Bailer-Jones
 (Universitt Paderborn)
 Sketches and Visualisation as Mental Reifications of
 Theoretical Scientific Treatment

12. Leon Rozenblit, Michael Spivey-Knowlton & Julie
 Wojslawowiz (Cornell University)
 Mechanical reasoning about gear-and-belt diagrams: Do eye-
 movements predict performance?

13. Nadine Lucas & Nathalie Coussin-Rittemard
 (LIMSI & Utrecht University)
 Acting with Diagrams: How to Plan Strategies

14. Herman J. Adr (Vrije Universiteit)
 Diagramming Research Designs


15. William Godwin
 (Cheltenham and Gloucester College)
 A Tectonic Theory for Graphical Notation Design

16. Jean-Louis Giavitto & Erika Valencia
 (LRI - Universit Paris Sud)
 Using Simplicial Complexes to Model Internal Diagrammatic

17. Hernan Casakin
 Diagrams, Sketches, and the Use of Analogy in Design
 Problem-Solving: Experts and Novices

18. Glen Bell & David Wilson
 (University of Technology, Sydney)
 Diagramming Issue Surrounding Application Architectures

19. Andrew Basden
 (University of Salford)
 Researching the with in Thinking with Diagrams
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