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Full Title: 14th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation

      
Short Title: ENLG2013
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Start Date: 08-Aug-2013 - 09-Aug-2013
Contact: Albert Gatt
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.um.edu.mt/events/enlg2013
Meeting Description: Natural Language Generation (NLG) is a subfield of Natural Language Processing that focuses on the derivation of coherent text or speech from some underlying non-linguistic representation of information, such as databases or knowledge sources. Over the past several years, NLG has developed into a thriving area, with numerous applications which have both theoretical and practical interest. Contemporary work in NLG ranges from a focus on specific tasks, such as linguistic realisation of semantic forms and the generation of referring expressions, to complete solutions, ranging from data-to-text systems which summarise raw numerical datasets to the embedding of NLG components in multimedia and hypertext environments, or interactive systems. Recent work has also evinced interest in topics such as the handling of uncertainty in input data and its implications for the resulting text, the generation of coherent narrative text, and the handling of time. In keeping with developments in NLP more generally, these topics are being approached using a variety of techniques, from traditional, rule-based approaches to data-driven ones where machine learning and statistical modelling play a central role.

Given its focus on the generation of text or speech, the field of NLG has clear links to other areas of NLP, such as Automatic Summarisation, Machine Translation, and Dialogue Systems.

The ENLG 2013 workshop forms part of a biennial series of workshops on natural language generation that has been running since 1987, providing a regular forum for presentation of research in this area, both for NLG specialists and for researchers from related areas. ENLG is endorsed by the ACL Special Interest Group on Generation (SIGGEN). The 2013 edition will take place as an ACL workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria. It will continue the tradition of ENLG workshops, but also seeks to enhance the ties between the NLG community and related communities. For this edition, we especially invite discussion in areas dealing with NLG and summarisation.

Organisers and Invited Speakers:

ENLG 2013 is organised by:

Albert Gatt (University of Malta, Malta)
Horacio Saggion (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)

The invited speakers for ENLG 2013 are:

Pablo Gervás (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
Guy Lapalme (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.285


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