15.3403, Calls: Computational Ling/UK; General Ling/Finland

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Subject: 15.3403, Calls: Computational Ling/UK; General Ling/Finland                                                                                                                                                             

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Date: 02-Dec-2004
From: Kristiina Jokinen < kristiina.jokinen at helsinki.fi >
Subject: 10th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation 

Date: 22-Nov-2004
From: Helena Mackay < valtanen at cc.jyu.fi >
Subject: 12th International Bakhtin Conference 

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Date: Sun, 05 Dec 2004 10:30:37
From: Kristiina Jokinen < kristiina.jokinen at helsinki.fi >
Subject: 10th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation 

Full Title: 10th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation 
Short Title: ENLG-05 

Date: 08-Aug-2005 - 10-Aug-2005
Location: Aberdeen, United Kingdom 
Contact Person: Chris Mellish
Meeting Email: cmellish at csd.abdn.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/~gwilcock/ENLG-05/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2005 

Meeting Description and
Call for Papers

8-10 August 2005
Aberdeen, Scotland 
(following IJCAI-05 in Edinburgh)


Natural language generation (NLG) is a subfield of natural language
processing that focuses on the generation of written texts in natural
languages from some underlying non-linguistic representation of
information, generally from databases or knowledge sources. Accomplishing
this goal may be envisioned for a number of different purposes, including
standardized and/or multi-lingual reports, summaries, machine translation,
dialogue applications, and embedding in multi-media and hypertext
environments. Consequently, the automated production of language is
associated with a large number of highly diverse tasks whose appropriate
orchestration in high quality poses a variety of theoretical and practical
problems. Relevant issues include content selection, text organization,
production of referring expressions, aggregation, lexicalization, and
surface realization, as well as coordination with other media. 

The workshop continues a biennial series of workshops on natural language
generation that has been running since 1987. Previous European workshops
have been held at Royaumont, Edinburgh, Judenstein, Pisa, Leiden, Duisburg,
Toulouse, and Budapest. The series provides a regular forum for
presentation of research in this area, both for NLG specialists and for
researchers who may not think of themselves as part of the NLG community. 

The 2005 workshop will span the interest areas of natural language
generation and Artificial Intelligence, with a special focus on research
that integrates NLG with AI, including vision, robotics, intelligent
agents, and knowledge discovery. We also encourage papers that investigate
the use of state-of-the-art generation technology in real world
applications to handle both spoken and text output, and apply language
generation techniques to interactive AI systems like communicating robots,
to allow the user to enter into short conversations with the system in
search for information. There will be demonstrations of working NLG
systems, and special sessions for posters describing real-world
applications and advanced language technology systems.

Topics of Interest

We welcome papers on formal, corpus-based, implementational and analytical
work on conventional NLG topics (realisation, microplanning, etc), and
especially papers with a focus on the following themes:

(1)  Embodied agents and robot communication (special track)
(2)  NLG for real-world applications
(3)  Use of ontologies in NLG
(4)  Statistical methods for NLG
(5)  Information organization for planning and NLG
(6)  Robust methods and techniques for NLG
(7)  Evaluation of NLG systems

We also welcome discussion on the challenges that these viewpoints pose for
generation systems and applications, as well as new ideas and solutions for
architectures and general frameworks. Especially, we invite research papers
on applying natural language generation in interactive robotics and other
AI systems.

Invited Speaker

Dr Kevin Knight (Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern
California) will give an invited talk (subject to be announced). 

Submission of Papers and Abstracts

The program committee welcomes the submission of two types of papers: long
papers describing theoretical contributions, and short papers describing
ideas or project implementations. Long papers are presented orally and the
short papers are presented as posters (not orally). Demos can be associated
with short papers if desired, given the presenters bring their own laptop.

Long papers must be no longer than 8 pages, including title page, examples,
references, etc. In addition to this, two additional pages are allowed as
an appendix which may include extended examples, algorithms, graphical
representations, etc. Short papers should be 4 pages (including title page,
examples, references, etc.)

Both long papers and short papers should be sent electronically to the
e-mail address:

enlg-05 at helsinki.fi

Papers must be submitted in pdf format, and must be received no later than
April 1.

The format to use for papers and abstracts is the same as for IJCAI
proceedings.  Instructions as well as Word templates and Latex sources are
available at: 


The title page (no separate title page is needed) should include the following 

Authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses
Thematic session, if any
Abstract (short summary up to 5 lines)

Important Dates

Paper submissions:  1 April 2005
Notification of acceptance:  13 May 2005
Camera-ready copies due:  3 June 2005
Workshop dates:  8-10 August 2005


The registration fees include attendance at the workshop and a copy of the
workshop proceedings. Registration instructions will be posted at the 
workshop website.


Workshop website: http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/~gwilcock/ENLG-05/
IJCAI website: http://ijcai05.csd.abdn.ac.uk/

Workshop Publications

All accepted papers (long and short ones) will be published in the workshop

Organising Committee

Chris Mellish, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, cmellish at csd.abdn.ac.uk 
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, ereiter at csd.abdn.ac.uk 
Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland,
Kristiina.Jokinen at helsinki.fi 
Graham Wilcock, University of Helsinki, Finland, Graham.Wilcock at helsinki.fi

Programme Committee (to be extended)

John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany
Stephan Busemann, DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany
Alison Cawsey, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Nathalie Colineau, CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia
Sabine Geldolf, Namahn, Belgium
Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada 
Kevin Knight, Information Sciences Institute, USA
Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
Geert-Jan Kruiff, DFKI, Germany
Mick O'Donnell, University of Edinburgh, UK
Cecile Paris, CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia
Paul Piwek, ITRI, University of Brighton, UK
Manfred Stede, TU Berlin, Germany
Mariet Theune, University of Twente, The Netherlands

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Date: Sun, 05 Dec 2004 10:30:43
From: Helena Mackay < valtanen at cc.jyu.fi >
Subject: 12th International Bakhtin Conference 


Full Title: 12th International Bakhtin Conference 

Date: 18-Jul-2005 - 22-Jul-2005
Location: Jyväskylä, Finland 
Contact Person: Hannele Dufva
Web Site: http://www.jyu.fi/tdk/hum/venaja/bahtin/index.htm

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 31-Dec-2004 

Meeting Description:

The main objective of the conference is to offer a forum for scholarly
discussions concerning exegesis, interpretation and application of the
ideas of Mikhail Bakhtin and other members of the Bakhtin Circle.  One of
the main topics of the conference is the linguistic aspects of the works of
Bakhtin and Voloshinov. 

You are invited to participate in the XII International Bakhtin Conference,
July 18-22, 2005, in Jyväskylä, Finland. The conference is hosted by
Department of Languages and Centre for Applied Language Studies, University
of Jyväskylä.

The conference programme will include plenary sessions, keynote addresses,
parallel sessions, round tables and workshops. We encourage presentations
on a wide range of topics dealing with different aspects of the
intellectual legacy of the Bakhtin Circle.

We invite proposals for 40 minute papers (30+10 min. discussion) to be read
in parallel sessions. Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words), including
the title of presentation, author's name, e-mail address, and affiliation.
For symposia, round tables and workshops, only one abstract (max. 500
words) is submitted by the moderator, including a list of participants
(name, affiliation) and the titles of their contributions.

All proposals should be submitted by December 31, 2004. They should be sent
by e-mail as an attachment (rtf) to:


Looking forward to seeing you in Jyväskylä,
Hannele Dufva & Mika Lähteenmäki


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