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Wed Nov 09 2011

FYI: Call: Research in Ontologies and Lexical Resources

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Message 1: Call: Research in Ontologies and Lexical Resources
Date: 09-Nov-2011
From: Alessandro Oltramari <>
Subject: Call: Research in Ontologies and Lexical Resources
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Edited Volume - Call for PapersNew Trends of Research in Ontologies and Lexical Resources

Publisher: SpringerScheduled publication: Summer 2012


Alessandro Oltramari (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)Lu Qin (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)Piek Vossen (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)Eduard Hovy (University of Southern California, USA)


At the human level, knowledge is transferred via (multi-modal) linguisticcommunication; similarly, machines exchange data through messagesencoded in some suitable computational language. Notwithstanding thesyntax of the language, semantics is required to turn raw informationinto valuable knowledge. In this context, lexical resources andontologies are the most reliable resources to convey meanings: theformer describe the main lexical features of information contents tofavor human-accessibility; the latter aim at identifying the formalcharacteristics of those contents, enabling machine-interoperability.Ontologies and lexical resources represent two sides of the same coin:knowledge technology. Since the early 90’s, the integration betweenontologies and lexical resources has become a strong requirement forKnowledge Engineering and Natural Language Processing: fromtraditional data warehouse to the visionary notion of Web 3.0, scholarsand developers have acknowledged that making explicit the semanticsof data is a key issue to successful knowledge transfer and retrieval aswell as to boost human usability of information systems. An importantnew development is the accelerating effect of the growing availability ofexplicit knowledge in a distributed environment, which leads todeepening and complementation of knowledge. This places an extraburden on the interoperability of these resources.

This book aims at providing a comprehensive survey of the state of theart in the interdisciplinary framework where ontologies and lexicalresources integrate, as well as investigating the new directions ofresearch in the field. This publication aspires not only to map out apath of the most valuable ideas and projects that have emerged so farwithin the OntoLex community but also to discuss the impact ofknowledge technology beyond the common framework of application,exploring further domains of interest, such as bioinformatics, computervision, neuroscience, etc.

Topics of the book include but are not limited to:

- Theoretical perspectives of “OntoLex science''- Construction of OntoLex resources: models and implementations- Integration between ontologies and lexical resources - For NLP applications: goals, architectures, evaluation - In the Semantic Web: goal, architectures, evaluation - In AI systems: goal, architectures, evaluation - In pervasive computing: vision, challenges, methods- Ontology-based reasoning and lexica- Ontology-driven annotation of corpora for ontology learning- Open-source platforms for OntoLex resources- Ontology, Lexica and multimedia- Linguistic interfaces for OntoLex resources- The role of OntoLex resources in social networking- Web-Corpus linguistics for OntoLex Resource building- Ontology-driven meta-models for multilingual lexica- Ontology-driven meta-models for multi-modal resources

Ideally, the book will be structured along these macro-sections:

Part I: Foundations: Background, Theory, Links to Other FieldsPart II: Methods: Different Aspects of Ontology ConstructionPart III: Practical Issues of UseAppendix: The Future: Envisioning the Next 10 Years of OntoLexResearch

Important dates:

November 30th: Abstracts due (max 1000 words)December 10th: Notification of selected abstractsFebruary 24th: Full-papers dueMarch 23rd: Reviews dueApril 27th: Final papers due

Please send abstracts to

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

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