14.649, Calls: Machine Translation/Language Acquisition

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Subject: 14.649, Calls: Machine Translation/Language Acquisition

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Date:  Wed, 05 Mar 2003 23:35:32 +0000
From:  rada at cs.unt.edu
Subject:  Building and Using Parallel Texts: Data Driven Machine Translation and Beyond

Date:  Thu, 06 Mar 2003 05:30:20 +0000
From:  sharon.unsworth at let.uu.nl
Subject:  Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition

-------------------------------- Message 1 -------------------------------

Date:  Wed, 05 Mar 2003 23:35:32 +0000
From:  rada at cs.unt.edu
Subject:  Building and Using Parallel Texts: Data Driven Machine Translation and Beyond

HLT-NAACL-03 Workshop
Building and Using Parallel Texts: Data Driven Machine Translation and

Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Date: 31-May-2003 - 31-May-2003
Call Deadline: 10-Mar-2003

Web Site: http://www.cs.unt.edu/~rada/wpt
Contact Person: Rada Mihalcea
Linguistic Subfield(s): Computational Linguistics

Meeting Description:
   Building and Using Parallel Texts:
Data Driven Machine Translation and Beyond

      An HLT-NAACL 2003 Workshop
         Edmonton, Alberta
           May 31, 2003



The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for researchers
working on problems related to the creation and use of parallel
text. Recent events have demonstrated once again the importance of
inter-language communication, and reinforce the need for advances in
machine translation (MT) and multi-lingual processing tools.

The workshop will be centered around the problem of building and using
parallel corpora, which are vital resources for efficiently deriving
multi-lingual text processing tools. In addition to regular papers,
the workshop also includes a shared task that will result in a
comparative evaluation of word alignment techniques.

We invite submissions of papers addressing any of the following
- Construction of parallel corpora, including the automatic
identification and harvesting of parallel corpora from the Web.
- Methods to evaluate the quality of parallel corpora and word
- Tools for processing parallel corpora, including automatic sentence
alignment, word alignment, phrase alignment, detection of omissions
and gaps in translations, and others
- Using parallel corpora for data driven Machine Translation
- Using parallel corpora for the derivation of language processing
tools in new languages
- Using parallel corpora for automatic corpora annotation
- Language learning applied to parallel corpora
- Translation memory systems as a source of aligned corpora

While we invite submissions addressing any of the above topics, or
related issues, we particularly welcome work involving parallel
corpora addressing languages with scarce resources.

We expect to make arrangements with a journal in Natural Language
Processing or Computational Linguistics for a special issue that will
include selected papers from this workshop.

Invited Speaker:

Elliot Macklovitch, University of Montreal

Shared Task:

All researchers who have a word alignment system available are invited
to participate in the shared task, individually or as part of a team.

Participants in the shared task will be provided with common sets of
training data, consisting of Romanian-English and French-English parallel
texts. Participants will be given approximately one month to train their
systems with this data, and then previously held out test data will be
released. Participants will run their alignment system on this test data
and submit their results, which will be evaluated using a common set of
metrics. See the workshop website for details regarding the shared task.

Submission format:
Submissions should consist of regular full papers of max. 7 pages,
formatted following the NAACL 2003 guidelines. In addition, teams
participating in the word alignment shared task are invited to submit
short papers (max. 4 pages) describing their systems and/or evaluation

Send your submission (a ps or pdf file), prepared for anonymous
review, to both:

Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas, rada at cs.unt.edu and Ted
Pedersen, University of Minnesota, Duluth, tpederse at d.umn.edu

Important dates:

Deadline for regular paper submissions:  March 10
Deadline for results submissions:  March 25 (shared task)
Deadline for short paper submissions: April 1 (shared task)
Notification of acceptance for regular papers:  April 1
Deadline for camera-ready papers:  April 10

Organisation Committee:

Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas
Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota, Duluth

Program Committee:

Lars Ahrenberg, Linkoping University
Nicoletta Calzolari, University of Pisa
Tim Chklovski, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mona Diab, University of Maryland
Ulrich Germann, Information Sciences Institute
Daniel Gildea, University of Pennsylvania
Maria das Gracas Volpe Nunes, University of Sao Paulo
Nancy Ide, Vassar College
Lucia Helena Machado Rino, Federal University of Sao Carlos
Eduard Hovy, University of Southern California/Information Sciences
Philippe Langlais, University of Montreal
Elliot Macklovitch, University of Montreal
Daniel Marcu, University of Southern California/Information Sciences
Dan Melamed, New York University
Magnus Merkel, Linkoping University
Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton
Grace Ngai, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hermann Ney, RWTH Aachen
Franz Och, Information Sciences Institute
Kemal Oflazer, Sabanci University
Kishore Papineni, IBM
Jessie Pinkham, Microsoft Research
Andrei Popescu-Belis, ISSCO/TIM/ETI University of Geneva
Florence Reeder, MITRE
Philip Resnik, University of Maryland
Antonio Ribeiro, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
Michel Simard, University of Montreal
Harold Somers, University of Manchester Institute of Science and
Arturo Trujillo, Canon Research Centre Europe
Jean Veronis, University of Provence
Clare Voss, Army Research Lab
Dan Tufis, RACAI Romania
Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield

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Date:  Thu, 06 Mar 2003 05:30:20 +0000
From:  sharon.unsworth at let.uu.nl
Subject:  Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition

Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition

Short Title: GALA
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Date: 04-SEP-03 - 06-SEP-03

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2003

Web Site: http://www.let.uu.nl/uilots/events/events.htm

Contact Person: Jacqueline van Kampen
Meeting Email: gala2003 at let.uu.nl
Linguistic Subfield(s): Language Acquisition

Meeting Description:

The 10th GALA conference (Generative Approaches to Language
Acquisition) will be held in at the UiL OTS/Utrecht University, The
Netherlands, September 4th-6th 2003. The general conference will be
preceded by two workshops on Thursday morning, a 'Learnability
Hierarchies and Input' workshop and a 'Child L2 Acquisition'

We welcome abstracts on all types of language acquisition (including
normal/impaired/bilingual L1, child/adult L2) and on all aspects of
linguistic theory (including syntax, phonology, morphology, lexicon,
semantics and pragmatics).

Invited speakers:
Harald Clahsen (University of Essex)
Elan Dresher (University of Toronto)
Jill de Villiers (Smith College, Northampton Mass.)
Bonnie D. Schwartz (University of Hawaii)
Robin Clark (University of Pennsylvania)

Abstract guidelines:
*Each paper will be 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions.
*Abstracts should be no more than 2 pages including figures and
references, 12 point font with 1'' margins.
*At most one individual and one joint abstract per author will be
considered for the main session.
*Please send an anonymous abstract by e-mail as an attachment to:
gala2003 at let.uu.nl
*Acceptable formats are MS Word and PDF.
*Please include the following information in the body of the message:
name, affiliation, title of the paper, postal address, e-mail address,
summer address, whether you want to be considered for a poster and/or
a paper and whether you wish to submit for the main session or one of
the workshops.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: April 1st 2003

See website for further details:

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