15.3534, Calls: Discourse Analysis/Canada; Computational Ling/UK

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Subject: 15.3534, Calls: Discourse Analysis/Canada; Computational Ling/UK

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Date: 17-Dec-2004
From: Vivi Nastase < vnastase at site.uottawa.ca >
Subject: Behaviour and Sentiment Analysis of Informal Communications in Negotiations

Date: 16-Dec-2004
From: Menno van Zaanen < menno at ics.mq.edu.au >
Subject: IJCAI 2005 Workshop on Grammatical Inference Applications

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Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 19:26:59
From: Vivi Nastase < vnastase at site.uottawa.ca >
Subject: Behaviour and Sentiment Analysis of Informal Communications in Negotiations

Full Title: Behaviour and Sentiment Analysis of Informal Communications in

Date: 26-May-2005 - 27-May-2005
Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Contact Person: Vivi Nastase
Meeting Email: vnastase at site.uottawa.ca
Web Site: http://nebel.site.uottawa.ca/workshop/workshop.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics;
Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 18-Mar-2005

Meeting Description:

Workshop on the Analysis of Informal and Formal
Information Exchange During Negotiations

Call for papers

May 26-27, 2005
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

In the course of negotiations, the parties involved communicate in
two fundamental ways. They normally hold informal discussions that
help them reach an agreement. They also usually exchange formal
offers. This general model applies to face-to-face and electronic
negotiations as well. The medium of e-negotiations enables data
collection on a scale not possible in classical face-to-face

This two-day workshop will look at these two modes of information
exchange. We will focus on the properties of informal discussions
and formal offers, in particular on the analysis of text data
related to negotiations. We would like to bring together
researchers on negotiations, behaviour, language and computer
science, to find ways of addressing and analysing various aspects
of negotiations.

We invite the submission of original, previously unpublished
papers that address the areas including, but not strictly limited
to, the following.

1. Behaviour and Sentiment Analysis of Informal Communications
   in Negotiations.

[NOTE: While the emphasis on analyzing negotiation data is
       desirable, it is not a strict requirement. (*)]

(*) We work with a collection of text messages that accompany
negotiations conducted with the Web-based Negotiations Support
System Inspire. If you would like to experiment with this data,
please read first a detailed description at
If the data fit your needs, please contact Prof. Gregory Kersten
at gregory at sprott.carleton.ca, and  make the subject of your
message ''INSPIRE dataset''.

The topics of interest include:

  - sentiment analysis,
  - sentiment categorization,
  - detection of strategies in negotiations,
  - linguistic indicators of behaviour,
  - cultural influences in negotiations,
  - patterns in temporally organized data.

2. Analysis of Formal Offers.

The topics of interest include:

  - preference elicitation,
  - utility functions in negotiation support systems,
  - assessment of negotiation processes and outcomes based on
    utility functions,
  - cultural, social and psychological influences on the use
    of negotiation support systems,
  - business models for e-negotiation services.

The authors of the best papers will be invited to submit to
a special issue of a journal (we are in discussions with
''Computational Intelligence'' and with ''Group Decision and


School of Information Technology and Engineering
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Important dates

submission:  March 18, 2005
notification:  April 22, 2005
camera-ready papers:  May 6, 2005
workshop:  May 26-27, 2005

Paper submission guidelines

Paper submission deadline is March 18, 2005. The papers submitted
should have at most 8 pages formatted according to Springer LNCS

Please read the formatting instructions at:


Invited speakers

to be announced

Program Committee

(we await more confirmations)

Morad Benyoucef, University of Ottawa
Jeanne Brett, Kellogg School of Management
John Carroll, University of Sussex
William Cohen, Carnegie Mellon University
Vasileios Hatzivassiloglou, Columbia University
Diana Inkpen, University of Ottawa
Gregory Kersten, Concordia University
Sabine Koeszegi, University of Vienna
Vivi Nastase, University of Ottawa
Mareike Schoop, University of Hohenheim
Stefan Strecker, Concordia University
Stan Szpakowicz, University of Ottawa
Peter Turney, National Research Council
Rudolf Vetschera, University of Vienna
Janyce Wiebe, University of Pittsburgh

Organizing committee

Vivi Nastase
vnastase at site.uottawa.ca
SITE, University of Ottawa

Stan Szpakowicz
szpak at site.uottawa.ca
SITE, University of Ottawa

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Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 19:27:05
From: Menno van Zaanen < menno at ics.mq.edu.au >
Subject: IJCAI 2005 Workshop on Grammatical Inference Applications

Full Title: IJCAI 2005 Workshop on Grammatical Inference Applications

Date: 30-Jul-2005 - 31-Jul-2005
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Menno van Zaanen
Meeting Email: menno at ics.mq.edu.au
Web Site: http://www.ics.mq.edu.au/~menno/IJCAI05/

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Language

Call Deadline: 19-Mar-2005

Meeting Description:

First Call for Papers

International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) 2005 Workshop

Successes and Future Challenges

To be held in Edinburgh, Scotland,
prior to IJCAI-05 on July 30 or 31, 2005.



There has been growing interest over the last few years in learning
grammars from text and other types of sequential, structured, and
semi-structured data.  The family of techniques enabling such learning
is usually called grammatical inference or grammar induction (GI).  It
makes use of results and techniques from, among others, machine
learning, formal language theory, computational learning theory, and
statistics to learn, induce or infer a grammar or an automaton from a
training sample.  There have been many theoretical and experimental
results in the field as well as a wide range of applications,
including computational linguistics, text mining, speech recognition,
computational biology, web intelligence, and robotics.

Aim of the workshop

The workshop is intended as a meeting point of researchers working on
applications of grammatical inference with more speculative ideas.

Some topics that are of interest are:
* Robotics: map learning, language learning
* Computational linguistics: parsing, natural language processing,
  language modelling
* Information extraction (IE): world wide web IE, wrapper induction,
  DTD learning
* User modelling: web usage mining, web personalization
* Semantic modelling: ontology learning
* Computational biology: biological sequence analysis, motif
  extraction, structure predictions
* Machine translation: transducer learning, language alignment,
  bi-language modeling
* Music modeling: musical style classification, automatic composition
Note that this is *not* an exhaustive list and non-classical
applications such as animal language modeling, strategy learning, etc.
are strongly encouraged.

It should be noted that a tutorial on Grammatical Inference will be
given at IJCAI, enables those interested in getting an even more
general picture of the field and the techniques to do so.


The workshop is open to all members of the AI community and we
especially encourage papers from researchers who are interested in GI
and are working on applications where these techniques might be used
and researchers with a GI background that have an interest in

To encourage interaction and a broad exchange of ideas, the workshop
will be limited to 40 participants and ample time will be allotted for
general discussion.  Attendance is limited to active participants
only.  Workshop attendees need not register for the main IJCAI
conference, but are encouraged to do so.


The workshop will consist of 30 minute presentations and ample time
will be allocated for discussions.  In addition to the regular papers,
we will accept position papers.  Furthermore, there will be a panel
discussion on future and more speculative work in applications of GI.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be formatted as for the main IJCAI-05 conference
submissions.  Information on formatting can be found on the following
url (with some changes outlined below):
The maximum number of pages for the papers in the workshop will be 10
(instead of 6 for the main conference).  Note however, it will *not*
be possible to purchase extra pages.

The submission guidelines for position papers are the same as for the
regular papers.  However, only 2 pages may be used.

Please submit the LaTeX source of the article (including all
non-standard style files and bibtex files) as well as the PDF file
of the article combined in one file.  The filename should have the
last name of the main author in it.

Submissions should be sent by email by February 20, 2005.  The file
should be sent to:
   Menno van Zaanen < menno at ics.mq.edu.au >
and the subject of the email should be:
   Grammatical Inference Applications: < author >
with < author > the name of the main author.

We encourage you to send a version some time before the deadline, so
we can test if the LaTeX sources compile correctly.  If you have
problems with the requirements, please let us know as soon as possible
(on the above email address).

Important dates

* Workshop paper submission deadline:  March 19, 2005.
* Workshop paper acceptance notification:  April 12, 2005.
* Workshop paper camera-ready deadline:  April 30, 2005.
* Workshop dates:  July 30 or 31, 2005.


Submitted papers will be reviewed by referees from the Program
Committee.  Accepted papers will be published in the working notes of
the workshop.


- Colin de la Higuera (Universite de Saint-Etienne, France),
- Tim Oates (University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA),
- Georgios Paliouras (NCSR ''Demokritos'', Greece),
- Menno van Zaanen (Macquarie University, Australia).

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