LINGUIST List 8.832

Thu Jun 5 1997

Confs: Grammar Dev, Human-Computer

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  1. Alberto Lavelli, ACL workshop on Environments for Grammar Development: preliminary program
  2. Yorick Wilks, Human-Computer Communication

Message 1: ACL workshop on Environments for Grammar Development: preliminary program

Date: Mon, 2 Jun 1997 18:09:42 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Alberto Lavelli <>
Subject: ACL workshop on Environments for Grammar Development: preliminary program



 ACL'97 / EACL'97 Workshop
 12 July, 1997
 Madrid, Spain



With a growing number of NLP applications going beyond the status of simple
research systems, there is also a more evident need for better methods,
tools and environments to support the development and reuse of large scale
linguistic resources and efficient processors. Some of the most prominent
examples of development environments within this new area of research, often
referred to as Linguistic Engineering, are ALEP, GATE, GWB, PAGE, and many

However, while these platforms and components typically provide fairly clean
formalisms, processing components and data, it is not yet clear to which
extent current results and approaches fit the requirements for scale
development and deployment of real NLP applications.

In this connection, a number of pending issues need be addressed, the
relevance of which becomes particularly clear when the focus is shifted from
linguistic formalism to usability and user/application requirements.

The workshop will be the occasion to discuss the results achieved and the
most promising directions and to highlight pending problems.


9:00-9:15: Welcome (Klaus Netter - DFKI)

9:15-9:45: "The TreeBanker: A Tool for Supervised Training of Parsed Corpora"
 (David Carter - SRI Cambridge)

9:45-10:15: "Exploiting Contextual Information in Hypothesis Selection for
 Grammar Refinement"
 (Thanaruk Theeramunkong, Yasunobu Kawaguchi, Manabu Okumura -
 Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

10:15-10:45: "Application-driven Automatic Subgrammar Extraction"
 (Renate Henschel - University of Edinburgh;
 John Bateman - University of Sterling)

10:45-11:00: COFFEE BREAK

11:00-11:30: "Hypertextual Grammar Development"
 (Luca Dini, Giampaolo Mazzini - CELI, Torino)

11:30-12:00: "The ConTroll System as Large Grammar Development Platform"
 (Thilo Goetz, Detmar Meurers - University of Tuebingen)

12:00-12:30: "Some Apparently Disjoint Aims and Requirements for Grammar
 Development Environments: The Case of NL Generation"
 (John Bateman - University of Sterling)

12:30-1:15: INVITED TALK: "Reference Data and Grammar Development
 (Hans Uszkoreit - DFKI and University of Saarbruecken)

1:15-2:00: LUNCH BREAK

2:00-3:00: POSTER SESSION:

 "Head-Driven Generation and Indexing in ALE"
 (Gerald Penn - University of Tuebingen; Octav Popescu - CMU)

 "EFLUF - an Implementation of a FLexible Unification Formalism"
 (Lena Stromback - University of Linkoping)

 "Hdrug. A Flexible and Extendable Environment for NLP"
 (Gertjan van Noord, Gosse Bouma - University of Groningen)

 "An Object-Oriented Linguistic Engineering Environment using LFG and CG"
 (Jerome Vapillon, Xavier Briffault, Gerard Sabah, Karim Chibout -

3:00-3:30: "Experiences with the GTU Grammar Development Environment"
 (Martin Volk - University of Zurich;
 Dirk Richarz - University of Koblenz-Landau)

3:30-4:00: "Participatory Design for Linguistic Engineering: the Case of
 the Geppetto Development Environment"
 (Fabio Ciravegna, Alberto Lavelli, Daniela Petrelli, Fabio
 Pianesi - IRST, Trento)

4:00-4:30: "Maintaining the Forest and Burning out the Underbrush in XTAG"
 (Christine Doran, Beth Hockey, Philip Hopely, Joseph
 Rosenzweig, Anoop Sarkar, B. Srinivas, Fei Xia - University of
 Pennsylvania; Alexis Nasr, Owen Rambow - Cogentex)

4:30-4:45: COFFEE BREAK

4:45-5:15: "Lexical Resource Reconciliation in the Xerox Linguistic
 (Ronald M. Kaplan, Paula S. Newman - Xerox PARC)

5:15-5:45: "ALEP-based Distributed Grammar Engineering"
 (Axel Theofilidis - IAI; Paul Schmidt - University of Mainz)



The registration fee for the workshop is 60 US dollars and includes
a copy of the proceedings, lunch and refreshments. Participants can
pre-register (please use the registration form below) or register
on site. Given the limit on the number of workshop participants,
pre-registration is recommended. (Pre-registration will proceed
on a first-come, first-served basis). Please note that according to the
ACL rules, workshop participants must register for the main conference
as well.

Please send a hard copy of your registration form (with an enclosed
cheque if you pay by cheque; do not forget to sign if you choose to
pay by credit card) to

ACL phone +1-908-873-3898
Priscilla Rasmussen fax +1-908-873-0014
P.O. Box 6090
Somerset, NJ 08875, USA

and an Email a copy of it to


 ACL'97 / EACL'97 Workshop
 11 July, 1997
 Madrid, Spain




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Telephone, Fax:

Email address:

Registration Fee 60 (sixty) US dollars

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 Computational Linguistics or ACL


Dominique Estival
Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
University of Melbourne
Parkville Victoria 3052
tel: +61-3-9344-4227
fax: +61-3-9349-4326

Alberto Lavelli
IRST - Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica
I-38050 Povo TN
tel: +39-461-314-517
fax: +39-461-302-040

Klaus Netter
Computational Linguistics Lab
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
D-66123 Saarbr|cken
Tel: +49 681 302 5283
Fax: +49 681 302 5338

Fabio Pianesi
IRST - Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica
38050, Povo
Trento, Italy
tel: +461-314327
fax: +461-302040


For further information concerning the workshop, please contact
the organisers. To see the original call for papers, visit
For information about the main ACL'97/EACL'97 conference, see
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Message 2: Human-Computer Communication

Date: Tue, 3 Jun 97 17:24:21 BST
From: Yorick Wilks <>
Subject: Human-Computer Communication

 First International Workshop on Human-Computer Communication


Morning Session
Opening address: Dialogue programs I have known and loved over 33 years
 Ken Colby (UCLA).

Architectural Considerations for Conversational
Systems - The Verbmobil/INTARC Experience.
 G Goerz, J Spilker, V Strom. (U. Erlangen)

Conversational Multimedia Interaction.
 Mark T. Maybury (Mitre Corp.)

The SpeakEasy Dialogue Controller.
 Gene Ball. (Microsoft Corp.)

Evening Session

Panel: Is there any serious theoretical contribution (linguistic or AI) in the
currently successful dialogue systems--should there be? And why has progress
been so slow?


Morning Session

Choosing a response using problem solving plans and rhetorical
 Paolo Barboni, Dario Sestero. (U. Torino)

Simulating plausible conflict-resolution dialogs.
 Fiorella de Rosis, Foriana Grasso. (U. Bari)

Parsing Utterances Including Self-Repairs
 Mikio Nakano, Akira Shimazu (NTT Labs)

A Synthetic Evaluation of Dialogue Systems.
 Koiti Hasida, Yasuharu Den. (ETL Labs.)

Designing Naturalness in Automated Dialogues - some problems and solutions.
 Christine Cheepen, James Monaghan. (U. Surrey)

Turn taking vs. Discourse Structure: how best to model multimodal conversation.
 Obed E. Torres, Justine Cassell, Scott Prevost. (MIT)

Evening Session

Panel: Strategies for making dialogue systems work--is there an real dispute
over how to do it?


Morning Session

Korean Text-to-Sign Language Translation System (TeSL).
 Su-Hyun Park, Jun-Jae Lee, Seok-Hoon Kang. (Dongseo U.)

The Baby Project: and alternative apporach to machine
learning of wide domain natural language environments.
 Paul A P Rogers, Martin Lefley (Bournemouth U.)

A responsive Dialog System.
 Nigel Ward, Wataru Tsukahara. (U. Tokyo)

Situated Communication with Robots.
 Jan-Torsten Milde, Kornelia Peters, Simone Strippgen. (U. Bielefeld)

LEAP: Language Enabled Applications.
 Bruno Alabiso, Ami Kronfeld. (Microsoft Corp.)

CONVERSE: a conversational companion.
 David Levy, Roberta Catizone, Bobby Battacharia, Alex Krotov & Yorick Wilks
 (Intelligent Reearch Ltd., .
 David Levy, Roberta Catizone, Bobby Battacharia, Alex Krotov & Yorick Wilks
 (Intelligent Research Ltd. & Sheffield U.)

Evening Session

Panel Session: What will the market want---"pseudo-companions" that chat,
or counsellors/ teachers/advisors? Or both?

PLEASE NOTE: The panel titles are essentially provisional and may change
depending on membership. The program chair ( until
13th June would be glad to hear from speakers or registrants interested
in participating in a panel. There will be demonstrations at times to be
fixed during the day--perhaps even during the long afternoons--since the
first announcements of the Workshop, Intelligent Research of London has
won the 1997 Loebner Prize in New York and its program (CONVERSE) will be
happy to talk to anyone. It is internded that the Evening Sessions be before

Those coming should register as soon as possible.

 Yorick Wilks will be absent from the office from
 June 14th until after the workshop is finished and
 will not be in e-mail contact.

 David Levy will be absent from the office from
 June 27th-July 4th inclusive and will also not be in
 e-mail contact. From July 10th onwards he may be
 reached at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni,
 Bellagio. Tel: +39 31 950 216; Fax: +39 31 951 529.
 Any requests for hotel reservations should, if
 possible, be made by June 25th, though we will still
 process requests received after that date and right
 up to July 9th. Intelligent Research Ltd. is at
 +44 171 485 9146 (fax: +44 171 482 0672) or

 Workshop URL (including this message and program changes):
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