LINGUIST List 8.123

Tue Jan 28 1997

Calls: Phonology, Information Retrieval

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  • Wiebke Brockhaus, 5th Manchester Phonology Meeting
  • Abdellatif Saoudi, DEADLINE EXTENSION, Information Retrieval

    Message 1: 5th Manchester Phonology Meeting

    Date: Tue, 28 Jan 1997 09:49:28 +0000
    From: Wiebke Brockhaus <>
    Subject: 5th Manchester Phonology Meeting

    CALL FOR PAPERS The Universities of Manchester, Salford, Toulouse-Le Mirail and Paris X announce The Fifth Manchester Phonology Meeting

    Thursday 8 May to Saturday 10 May 1997

    We are pleased to announce our Fifth Manchester Phonology Meeting. For the past five years, this meeting has been one of the important venues for phonologists from all corners of the world. In an informal atmosphere, we discuss a variety of topics, ranging from the phonological description of languages to the acquisition of phonology by children. We, therefore, invite papers from phonologists, phoneticians, psychologists, sociolinguists, computational linguists - in short, anyone interested in exploring current models of phonological theory and the (cognitive, phonetic, sociological, computational...) implications of such work. Talks on a variety of languages are welcome.

    The conference venue is the Hulme Hall lecture suite at the University of Manchester, whose campus is located only a couple of miles south of the city centre. We will send out information about inexpensive local hotels (rooms from L20.00 sterling per night, incl. breakfast), so that participants can arrange their own accommodation. Unfortunately, there will be no crash space.

    The Meeting will consist of both plenary papers and parallel sessions. Speakers will have 45 minutes for plenary papers and 30 minutes for parallel sessions. All papers will be followed by a 10-minute discussion period.

    Prospective speakers should e-mail a title and a short abstract no later than Monday 3 March 1997 to:

    Please assume that you have 30 minutes for your paper. The organisers will choose plenary papers from the abstracts submitted and will inform authors in early April. Abstracts should be no longer than ten lines of text (12pt, 2.5 cm margins). We would prefer abstracts to be included in normal e-mail messages. If that is not possible, please attach your abstract as a Word or WordPerfect file.

    If you are unable to submit your abstract by e-mail, please post or fax it to:

    Dr Wiebke Brockhaus Department of German University of Manchester Oxford Road Manchester M13 9PL UK

    Fax: +44 (0)161 275 3031

    There is no formal reviewing procedure at the moment, but the organisers reserve the right to set up a panel for anonymous reviewing, should the number of abstracts received make this necessary.

    If you have any further questions, please contact us at the above address (tel. +44 (0)161 275 3180) or via e-mail at

    Organisers: Wiebke Brockhaus (University of Manchester) Jacques Durand (Universite de Toulouse-Le Mirail) Bernard Laks (Universite de Paris X) Nigel Vincent (University of Manchester)

    Message 2: DEADLINE EXTENSION, Information Retrieval

    Date: Mon, 27 Jan 1997 21:56:50 -0300
    From: Abdellatif Saoudi <>
    Subject: DEADLINE EXTENSION, Information Retrieval

    =========================================================================== ! DEADLINE EXTENSION: ! ! The deadline for submissions for RIAO'97 (McGill University, Montreal, ! Canada,June 25-27, 1997) has been extended to February 8, 1997. ! ! [note: RIAO in CAPS] ! ===========================================================================

    (Apologies if you receive this call more than once)


    CALL FOR PAPERS RIAO'97 CONFERENCE Computer-Assisted Searching on the Internet June 25-27, 1997 McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


    Brief Description and Themes:

    Every third year the Centre de Hautes Etudes Internationales d'Information Documentaire (CID) of Paris, France, along with various international affiliates, organizes the RIAO conference (RIAO is the French acronym for Computer-Assisted Information Retrieval). RIAO97 will be the fifth conference in the series. RIAO85 was held in Grenoble, France; RIAO88 in Cambridge, MA, USA (MIT); RIAO91 in Barcelona, Spain; and RIAO97 in New York City (Rockefeller University).

    RIAO conferences, all of which have had printed proceedings, have the special feature of incorporating both scientific papers and innovative product demonstrations. Both the product demonstrations and the scientific papers (which are often accompanied by prototype system demonstrations) are subject to a rigorous selection process. While commercial displays, as such, are not promulgated, the mix of scientific expertise and state-of-the-art industrial development lends itself to a critical examination of both with the potential for advances in product development and sponsorship as well as the initiation of lines for further, critical research investigations.

    RIAO97 focuses on new problems in information retrieval, filtering, and dissemination resulting from the recent profusion and extensions of networks. In particular, we seek to bring together search specialists and web-based media specialists to consider how searching can best be accomplished in the context of a proliferation of web sites, content formats, browsing modalities, amount of data accessible, and number of user accesses. Toward these ends the following topics are among those sought for inclusion in conference papers and demonstrations:

    A: Rapid indexing and retrieval engines; automatic abstracting

    B: Linguistic tools in information retrieval

    C: Information retrieval from heterogeneous formats - Identifcation of the same document in different contexts (different languages, structures, versions, etc.) - Unification of documents from heterogeneous formats; data-wharehousing - Data-mining and knowledge discovery in large databases - Search strategies in heterogenous contexts

    D: Strategies for technology watch on the Web; content addressable electronic mail, newsgroups, and other WWW systems

    E: Architecture - How to exploit large bandwidth for information retrieval - Distributed multi-agent architectures

    F: Imaging - Content characterization; manual and automatic description methods - Search strategies

    G: Sound - Sound content characterization - Automatic indentification of sound type: speech, music, ... - Spoken language recognition; word (boundary) identification

    H: Multimedia Web interfaces: Iconic, navigational, and speech interfaces

    I: Content-based compression techniques

    J: Data security problems: copyright protection, internet crime

    K: Web-related international conventions and policies

    - -------------------------- RIAO97 SUBMISSIONS AND CONTACTS: - --------------------------------

    Papers should be submitted electronically as attached Postscript or ASCII (maximum 20 pages) files to:

    or in manuscript form to:

    RIAO97 C.I.D. 36 bis, rue Ballu F-75009 Paris, France

    or to:

    RIAO97 C.A.S.I.S C/O Leon Constantin 25th floor 575 Madison Ave New York, NY 10022 USA

    Questions, comments, and intents to attend conference or submit paper or demonstration proposals may also be sent to above addresses. Additional information will be found at conference web page at URL: [note: RIAO in CAPS]