14.466, Calls: Word Meaning/Software Engineering

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Subject: 14.466, Calls: Word Meaning/Software Engineering

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Date:  Thu, 13 Feb 2003 12:46:33 EST
From:  Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse at cs.rutgers.edu>
Subject:  Learning Word Meaning from Non-Linguistic Data, Canada

2)
Date:  Thu, 13 Feb 2003 12:50:33 EST
From:  Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse at cs.rutgers.edu>
Subject:  Software Engineering & Architecture of Lang Technology, Canada

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Date:  Thu, 13 Feb 2003 12:46:33 EST
From:  Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse at cs.rutgers.edu>
Subject:  Learning Word Meaning from Non-Linguistic Data, Canada


                           Call for Papers

                        HLT-NAACL03 Workshop on

              Learning Word Meaning from Non-Linguistic Data

                             31 May 2003
                          Edmonton, Canada

           Home page: http://www.cs.cornell.edu/~regina/lwm03/

HLT-NAACL03 Home page:
   http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/research/conferences/hlt-naacl03

Endorsed by:
 SIGSEM, the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Semantics
 SIGGEN, the ACL Special Interest Group in Generation
 SIGLEX, the ACL Special Interest Group on the Lexicon

One of the grand challenges of NLP, AI, and Cognitive Science is to develop
models of what words mean (lexical semantics) in terms of the non-linguistic
world. Recently there has been growing interest in using corpus and data
based techniques for this task.  In other words, trying to learn what
words mean by analysing a 'parallel corpus' of (A) non-linguistic data
and (B) linguistic texts that describe or otherwise are based on the
non-linguistic data.  Recent examples of such work include learning
verb semantics from visual-image sequences; learning the meaning of
time phrases from a collection of weather forecasts based on numerical
weather simulations; and learning the meaning of mathematical predicates
from human verbalisations of theorem-prover output.

We invite people interested in this topic to submit papers to the workshop.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to)
* Example analyses of word meanings based on non-linguistic data.
* Discussion of relevant algorithms and techniques, for example for
  aligning texts with non-linguistic data.
* Applications that exploit lexical semantic models learned from
  non-linguistic data.
* Resources, such as parallel text-data corpora, that can be used by other
  researchers interested in this area.
As this is a workshop, we welcome papers that present work in progress
as well as papers that present completed work.

Papers that focus on learning semantic information from conventional
text-only corpora are less appropriate for this workshop, and should
be submitted elsewhere.

We hope that this workshop will help "gel" this new and exciting research
area, by bringing together interested people who may not be aware of what
is being done elsewhere.  Participants from other area of AI and Cognitive
Science are very welcome, including vision and robotics researchers who
are interested in learning how to relate sensor data to words, and
psychologists who are interested in cognitive models of how people learn
to relate words to the non-linguistic world.

SUBMISSIONS

Papers should be between 4 and 8 pages long and in PDF format.
Papers should be formatted according to the HLT-NAACL guidelines
  http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/research/conferences/hlt-naacl03/format.html
Do not anonymise submissions, since reviewing for the workshop will not
be blind.  Authors are strongly encouraged to use the style files
accessible through the above web page.

Send your submission to Ehud Reiter (ereiter at csd.abdn.ac.uk).


IMPORTANT DATES

Paper submissions:             10 March 2003
Notification of acceptance:    28 March 2003
Camera-ready copies due:       11 April 2003
Registration deadline:         as HLT-NAACL03
Workshop date:                 31 May 2003


ORGANISERS

Regina Barzilay, Cornell University
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen
Jeffrey Mark Siskind, Purdue University

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Kobus Barnard, University of Arizona
Paul Cohen, UMass Amherst
Peter Dominey, CNRS
Phil Edmonds, Sharp Laboratories of Europe
Allen Gorin, AT&T Research Labs
Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto
Lillian Lee, Cornell University
Tim Oates, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Terry Regier, University of Chicago
Deb Roy, MIT Media Lab



FURTHER INFORMATION

For more information, please see the workshop web page at
http://www.cs.cornell.edu/~regina/lwm03/
or contact Ehud Reiter at ereiter at csd.abdn.ac.uk.


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Date:  Thu, 13 Feb 2003 12:50:33 EST
From:  Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse at cs.rutgers.edu>
Subject:  Software Engineering & Architecture of Lang Technology, Canada


				Workshop on

The Software Engineering and Architecture of Language Technology Systems
					(SEALTS)
				HLT-NAACL03
				31 May 2003
				Edmonton, Canada
		http://www.it.usyd.edu.au/research/sealts.html

Overview

A number of researchers argued in the early and middle 1990s that the
field of computational infrastructure, or architecture, for Natural
Language Processing, merited an increase in attention. The reasoning
was that the increasingly large-scale and technologically significant
nature of NLP science was placing increasing burdens of an engineering
nature on R&D workers seeking robust and practical methods. Over the
intervening period a number of significant systems and practices have
been developed in what we may call Software Architecture for Language
Engineering. Of the most prominent are:

RAGS, Reference Architecture for Generation Systems (Brighton and Edinburgh)
LT XML (Edinburgh)
TEI, CES, XCES (Oxford, Vassar, etc.)
ATLAS (LDC, NIST)
Galaxy Communicator Software Infrastructure (MIT & MITRE)

ProtE9gE9 (Stanford)
GATE, a General Architecture for Text Engineering (Sheffield)

This workshop represents an opportunity for practitioners in this area to
 report their work in a coordinated setting. The value to the
community at large will be to get a snapshot of the state-of-the-art
in infrastructural work, which may indicate where further take-up of
these systems can be of benefit


Topics
We solicit papers from the following research areas, and other allied
topics:

The Architecture of Language Technology Systems (LTS)
Standards of best practice
Standards for knowledge transfer and code sharing between LTS
Language resource construction and management
Relationship of LTS to Semantic Web architectures
Engineering LTS for different purposes
Comparative Reviews of Architectures
Comparative experiments of different architectures and implementations
Data Sharing in LT Systems
Knowledge storage
Message Passing
LT System project management
Strategies for Distribution and Scalability
Data Models


Instructions for Authors
Due to the short time for submission two types of papers will be accepted,
namely:
Full papers: 7-8 pages
Short papers: 1-6 pages.
Short papers will be given half the speaking time of full papers. No
differentiation will be made in the publication of the Proceedings. The
Organisers reserve the right to request a paper to be reduced to short paper
length if they believe it is appropriate. This policy is aimed at encouraging
researchers who have experimental plans that have not yet been tested
 by implementation, or by papers that are exploratory or speculative.
Significant review papers aimed to point the way to the future are also
encouraged.


Submissions
Papers should be in PDF format and formatted according to the HLT-NAACL
guidelines (http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/research/conferences/hlt-naacl03/
format.html). Do not anonymize submissions, since reviewing for the workshop
will not be blind. Authors are strongly encouraged to use the style files
accessible through the above web page.


Send your submission to Jon Patrick (jonpat at it.usyd.edu.au).

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: 23 March
Notification of acceptance for papers: 7 April
Camera ready papers due: 14 April
Workshop date: May 31

Organisers
Jon Patrick, University of Sydney (http://www.cs.usyd.edu.au/~jonpat/)
Hamish Cunningham, University of Sheffield (http://gate.ac.uk/hamish)


Program Committee
Xabier Artola Zubillaga, IXA, University of the Basque Country
Stephen Bird, Melbourne University
Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield
Walter Daelemans, Universities of Antwerp and Tilburg
Thierry DeClerck, University of Saarland (CL-Lab) and DFKI (LT-lab)
Bill Dolan, Microsoft Research, Redmond
Alistair Knott, Otago University
Mark Maybury, MITRE Corporation
Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield
Alan Marwick, IBM, TJ Watson Laboratory
Cecile Paris, CSIRO, Australia
Yorick Wilks, Sheffield University
Ming Zhou, Microsoft Research, Beijing

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