LINGUIST List 7.1695

Sat Nov 30 1996

Calls: AI in Education, Human-Computer Conversation

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  1., 8th World Conference On Artificial Intelligence In Education
  2. Yorick Wilks, 1st International Workshop on Human-Computer Conversation--2nd posting

Message 1: 8th World Conference On Artificial Intelligence In Education

Date: Thu, 28 Nov 1996 15:54:31 GMT
From: <>
Subject: 8th World Conference On Artificial Intelligence In Education

			A I - E D 9 7
		--- Knowledge and Media in Learning Systems ---

19th - 22nd August, 1997
Kobe International Conference Center, JAPAN

Co-Sponsored by:
Artificial Intelligence in Education Society(AI-ED) and
Japanese Society for Information and Systems in Education(JSISE)

In Cooperation with:
Asia-Pacific Chapter of the AACE
Japanese Association for Artificial Intelligence

The 8th World Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education
(AI-ED 97) is one of a series of international conferences
designed to report the best research in the field of AI in
Education and to provide opportunities for the
cross-fertilisation of information and ideas on research and
applications in this field.

The theme for 1997 will be Knowledge and Media in Learning
Systems, and papers that explore the emerging roles of
intelligent multimedia and distributed technologies as well as
computer supported collaboration within that theme will be
particularly welcome.

You are invited to submit proposals for research papers, survey
papers, themed papers, posters, tutorials, workshops, and panels.
All proposals will be reviewed for inclusion in the technical


The technical program focuses on research activities linking
Artificial Intelligence theories and techniques with Educational
theory and practice. Areas of interest include but are not
limited to:

Authoring systems and tutoring shells
Case-based systems
Cognitive development
Cognitive diagnosis
Collaboration and collaborative tools
Computer-assisted language learning
Conceptual change
Educational robotics
Evaluation of instructional systems
Human factors and interface design
Intelligent multimedia and hypermedia systems
Intelligent tutoring systems
Knowledge and skill acquisition
Knowledge representation for instruction
Learning environments and microworlds
Modelling pedagogical interactions
Natural language interfaces
Networked learning and teaching systems
Non-standard and innovative interfaces
Principles and tools for instructional design
Social and cultural aspects of learning
Student modelling
Higher-order thinking skills and metacognition
Theories of teaching
Visual and graphical interfaces

+In addition to RESEARCH papers and posters in the above areas,
SURVEY papers will also be accepted. A survey paper will offer a
coherent and critical summary of achievements and outstanding
problems in an area.

+To provoke debate and reflection, THEME papers are also sought
under the specific title "Knowledge and Media in Learning Systems
- the next 15 years".

+Exhibits are expected to be an integral part of the AI-ED 97
conference. Companies or institutions offering to exhibit AI-ED
products are invited.


All submissions should describe original and unpublished work.
Research papers should describe results of system development
and/or empirical or theoretical analysis. A small number of
Survey papers and Theme papers will be accepted that synthesise
and examine broad issues in the field. All accepted papers will
be published in the AI-ED 97 Proceedings and will be candidates
for Best Paper Awards. Awarded papers will be invited for
publication in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence in
Education, the official journal of the AI-ED Society.

Submissions: Submissions should be no longer than 8 pages,
including all tables, figures, and references but excluding the
cover page. Fonts should be at no smaller than 10 point (12
point pica for typewriters). Margins should be at least 1 inch
all around.

Each submission must include 1 cover page and 5 paper copies of
the complete manuscript. The cover page should include: the
title of the paper with an abstract of no more than 500 words;
keywords giving a clear indication of topic and subtopic; author
names with affiliations, addresses, and phone numbers; and the
E-mail address of the principal author. Authors are also
requested to send an electronic (text) copy of this cover page to
the program chair at Electronic or fax
submissions of complete manuscripts WILL NOT be accepted.

Financial support: For people from Eastern countries and PhD
students, some amount of financial support will be
available. Contact LOC chair for details.

Conference Chair: Joost Breuker (University of Amsterdam,

AI-ED 97 Organizing Committee
Chair: Setsuko Otsuki
 (Hiroshima City University, Japan)
Benedict du Boulay (University of Sussex, UK)
Joost Breuker (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Gary Marks (AACE, USA)
Gordon McCalla (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
Riichiro Mizoguchi (Osaka University, Japan)
Toshio Okamoto (The University of Electronics and
 Communications, Japan)
John Self (University of Leeds, UK)

Program Committee:<>
Chair: Benedict du Boulay (University of Sussex, UK)
Michael Baker (Centre National de la Recherche
 Scientifique, France)
Geoff Cumming (La Trobe University, Australia)
Sharon Derry (University of Wisconsin, USA)
Pierre Dillenbourg (Universite de Geneve, Switzerland)
Jim Greer (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
Toshio Okamoto (The University of Electronics and
 Communications, Japan)
Setsuko Otsuki (Hiroshima City University, Japan)
Peter Reimann (University of Freiburg, Germany)
Brian Reiser (Northwestern University, USA)
Jacobijn Sandberg (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Phil Winne (Simon Fraser University, Canada)

Local Organizing Committee:<>
Chair: Riichiro Mizoguchi (Osaka University, Japan)
Toshio Okamoto (The University of Electronics and
 Communications, Japan)
Setsuko Otsuki (Hiroshima City University, Japan)


Authors are encouraged to submit reports on work in progress to
the poster sessions, which provide an informal forum for
introducing work in its early stages. Poster sessions enable
researchers to discuss their latest results in order to gain
feedback and to establish contact with similar projects. Poster
sessions do not involve a formal presentation but papers are
included in the proceedings as short papers.

Submissions: Poster proposals should include an approximately
3-page written description of the planned poster and should
emphasize the problem; what was done; and why the work is
important. The cover page should include the title of the poster
with presenter names, affiliations, complete addresses, phone
numbers, and E-mail address of the principal presenter.

Proposals for panels, tutorials, and workshops are also invited.

Submit all PAPERS, POSTERS and PROPOSALS to the following
Secretariat of AI-ED 97 which is responsible for paper handling,
travel and accommodation arrangement, etc.:

AI-ED 97
Kinki Nippon Tourist Co. Ltd.
International Travel, Osaka Branch
c/o Nikko Bldg. 7F
2-11-8 Sonezaki, Kita-ku, Osaka 530

Phone: +81-6-313-6868
Fax: +81-6-314 1601

| AI-ED 97 Deadlines |
| |
| Submissions due: January 23rd 1997 |
| Authors notified: March 31st 1997 |
| Camera Ready Copy due: April 30th 1997 |
| |

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The Kobe International Conference
Center( /kobe-mic/kia/COV.1.html) is
located on an artificial island off the Kobe port. The center,
which can seat some 690 people, is fully equipped for
international conferences. It takes about fifty minutes >from the
Kansai International Airport(KIX) to the venue. Although downtown
Kobe was damaged by the great Hanshin Earthquake in January,
1995, the International Conference Center on Port Island remains
virtually unscathed.

is a beautiful city flanked by mountains and the sea. The sea is
often called the "Face of Kobe", and there are numerous parks
along its coast, along with a beach and yacht harbor, where it is
possible to enjoy fishing throughout the year. The Rokko Mountain
Range is a favorite place for nature lovers and mountain
hikers. The panorama night view of Kobe from the Rokko summit is
especially breathtaking. A wonderful hot spring resort named
Arima, one of Japan's oldest resort towns, lies at the back of
the Rokko Mountain.

An hour away from Kobe is Kyoto(
kyoto_home.html), the imperial capital of Japan for over a
thousand years. Located south of Kyoto is
Nara( LWT/NARA/nara_home.html), which has an
even longer history than Kyoto. A one-day tour for Kyoto and
Nara will be arranged.


Linked to the venue by elevated passageways is the five-star-
equivalent Portopia Hotel. SPECIAL room rates, including service
charge, for conference participants are:

 Single-bed room: 9000 yen(about $90)
 Two-bed room: 14000 yen(about $140)
 Two-bed room with an extra bed: 15000 yen(about $150)

There are also less expensive hotels downtown, which can be
reached within 15 minutes using modern unmanned trains


Nice and inexpensive restaurants (500-1000 yen for lunch) are
located at the venue site, in addition to about five deluxe
restaurants in the Portopia Hotel.

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For further information, contact,

for PC matters,
Benedict du Boulay, University of Sussex, UK:

for LOC matters,
Riichiro Mizoguchi, ISIR, Osaka University; Fax: +81-6-879-2123;


IJCAI97 will be held in Nagoya, located in one hour ride distance
by Shinkansen, a bullet train, from Kobe, during August 23-29,
1997. As the IJCAI97 home page(
explains, the deadline for paper submission is also Jan. 23rd,

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Best wishes, Riichiro Mizoguchi
Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University
8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka, 567 Japan
Phone: +81-6-879-8415(Dial-in)
Fax: +81-6-879-2126(Urgent) +81-6-879-2123(for large volume)
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Message 2: 1st International Workshop on Human-Computer Conversation--2nd posting

Date: Fri, 29 Nov 1996 16:18:04 GMT
From: Yorick Wilks <>
Subject: 1st International Workshop on Human-Computer Conversation--2nd posting



		 Bellagio, Italy, 14-16 July, 1997

We have received many expressions of interest in this workshop,
both from the commercial sector and from academia. As a result we
are now pleased to announce that the workshop will definitely go
ahead on the above dates. Registration details soon via next
mailing and on the WWW page.

For the benefit of those who may have missed the earlier
announcement, this workshop will survey and demonstrate
techniques for practical, plausible, human-computer
conversation. The workshop will be in the spirit of the Loebner
Competition meetings, but will not constitute any kind of
"Turing" competition under controlled deception conditions. It
will, however, provide an opportunity for extensive
demonstrations of working conversational systems, preferably
those without domain restrictions.

The meeting is not intended to be yet another get together on
linguistic methods for dialogue modelling or human-computer
interaction, but rather based on the assumption that, in many
places, great strides are being made in real conversation
simulations from a range of practical techniques and points of
view, and that everyone working in this field would benefit from
face-to-face interaction, as well as exploring the
industrial/commercial applications of these technologies in
HCI/WWW environments.

In addition to the formal papers and the demonstrations of
working systems there will also be panel discussions on the state
of the art.


The conference venue is the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, in
Bellagio, Italy, on Lake Como, the legendary site of Pliny's
villa where the two arms of the lake meet. Bellagio is one of the
most beautiful spots in the world and is easily reached from
Milan. The date, 14-16 July 1997, immediately follows the
EACL/ACL in Madrid.


This announcement is the first call for papers. We are also
inviting applications from those who wish to demonstrate working

Papers may be submitted on any aspect of human-computer
conversation, ranging from "How-to-do-it" to something far more
abstract. The emphasis should be on the software techniques for
communication in natural language and NOT on speech recognition
or speech synthesis as such, although descriptions of systems
capable of intelligent speech communication would be welcomed.


Contributions are invited from authors who have new ideas,
results or ongoing work to report on any aspect of human-computer

Papers should ideally be 3,000 to 4,000 words in length and will
be refereed within 8 weeks. The accepted papers will be published
in the conference proceedings.

Submissions (3 hard copies or one e-mail copy) should be sent to
Yorick Wilks at the address below, to arrive no later than March
29th 1997. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by
May 27th 1997. Authors of accepted papers will be requested to
make their contribution available in machine-readable form (Word
Perfect, MS Word or ASCII formats are acceptable), to be received
by June 17th 1997.


Demonstrations of, and discussions about, working systems will
form the mail emphasis of the workshop.

Statements of intent are solicited to demonstrate working systems
which permit a user to converse with a program, either in a
single subject domain or on a less restricted basis. Such
statements should consist of a system description in 1,000 words
or less, together with a specification of what hardware will be
required to demonstrate the system. (The hardware spec is not
necessary for those who plan to bring their own computer.) A
sample of a conversation actually conducted by the system would
be helpful but is not essential.


The workshop is being organized by Intelligent Research Ltd of
London, who will assist participants with room reservations at
hotels in all price categories, as well as with transportation
(if required) from the nearest airports.


Yorick Wilks, Sheffield University, UK
Bruno Alabiso, Microsoft, US
Ken Colby, UCLA, US
Louise Guthrie, Lockheed Martin, US
Koiti Hasida, ETL, Japan
David Levy, Intelligent Research, UK
Livia Polanyi CSLI, Stanford University, US
Oliviero Stock, IRST, Trento, Italy
Marilyn Walker, AT&T Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies, US

 Professor Yorick Wilks
 AI and NN Research Group,
 Department of Computer Science
 University of Sheffield
 Regent Court
 211 Portobello St.,
 Sheffield S1 4DP

 phone: (44) 114 282 5561
 fax: (44) 114 278 0972
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