17.1027, Calls: Computational Ling/Australia;Salishan Ling/Canada

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Subject: 17.1027, Calls: Computational Ling/Australia;Salishan Ling/Canada

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Date: 04-Apr-2006
From: Mark Stevenson < marks at dcs.shef.ac.uk >
Subject: COLING/ACL workshop 'Information Extraction Beyond the Database' 

Date: 04-Apr-2006
From: Sonya Bird < sbird at uvic.ca >
Subject: 41st International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages 

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Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2006 12:39:14
From: Mark Stevenson < marks at dcs.shef.ac.uk >
Subject: COLING/ACL workshop 'Information Extraction Beyond the Database' 

Full Title: COLING/ACL workshop 'Information Extraction Beyond the Database' 

Date: 22-Jul-2006 - 22-Jul-2006
Location: Sydney, Australia 
Contact Person: Mark Stevenson
Meeting Email: marks at dcs.shef.ac.uk
Web Site: http://nlp.shef.ac.uk/result/iebd06/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2006 

Meeting Description:

COLING/ACL workshop 'Information Extraction Beyond the Document' 


Call for Papers 

COLING/ACL 2006 Workshop
22nd July 2006, Sydney, Australia

	     Mary Elaine Califf (Illinois State University)
	     Mark A. Greenwood (University of Sheffield)
	     Mark Stevenson (University of Sheffield)
	     Roman Yangarber (University of Helsinki)

Traditional approaches to the development and evaluation of Information Extraction (IE) systems have relied on relatively small collections of up to a few hundred documents tagged with detailed semantic annotations.  While this paradigm has enabled rapid advances in IE technology, it remains constrained by a dependence on annotated documents and does not make use of the information available in large corpora.  Alternative approaches, which make use of large text collections and inter-document information, are now beginning to emerge -- as evidenced by a parallel emergence of interest in learning from unlabelled data in AI in general.  For example, some systems learn extraction patterns by exploiting information about their distribution across corpora; others exploit the redundancy of the internet by assuming that facts with multiple mentions are more reliable.  These approaches require large amounts of unannotated text, which is generally easy to obtain, and employ unsupervised or minimally supervised learning algorithms, as well as related techniques such as co-training and active learning.  These alternative approaches are complementary to the established IE paradigm based on supervised training, and are now forming a cohesive emergent trend in recent research. They will constitute the focus of this workshop.

There are several advantages to employing large text collections for IE. They provide enormous amounts of training data, albeit mostly unannotated.  Facts can be extracted from, or verified across, multiple documents.  Large text collections often contain vast amounts of redundancy in  the form of multiple references to or mentions of closely related facts.   Redundancy can be exploited in the IE setting to identify trends and patterns  within the text, e.g., by means of Data Mining techniques.

This workshop invites new, original work on learning extraction rules or identifying facts across document boundaries while exploiting sizable amounts of unlabelled text in the training stage, in the extraction stage, or both. The workshop hopes to bring together researchers from the various related areas, such as Information Extraction, Data Mining, biomedical text processing, Question Answering, Information Retrieval, Machine Learning, identification of lexical relations (hyponymy, meronymy etc.), multi-lingual text processing and the Semantic Web.  This workshop solicits papers on all relevant aspects, including algorithms, techniques and applications.

Topics of particular interest include:
- Extraction of information described across documents
- Integration and mutual benefits of IE and Data Mining
- Extraction of information from massive corpora (such as the Internet)
- Mutual applications and interaction between Information Extraction
  and the Semantic Web
- Verification of information using external sources
- Exploiting cross-lingual and multi-lingual approaches for improving
  performance in IE


Submission Deadline:         April 30th, 2006
Notification of acceptance:  May 22nd, 2006
Camera-ready papers due:     June 2nd, 2006


Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished work on the topic areas of the workshop. Submissions should follow the standard two-column formatting instructions for the main COLING/ACL 2006 conference. Submitted papers should be no longer than eight (8) pages in length, including references. We strongly recommend the use of the Latex and Microsoft Word style files which will be available on the main conference website.

As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., ''We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...'', should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as ''Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...''. 

Submission will be electronic. Details will appear on the workshop web site (http://nlp.shef.ac.uk/result/iebd06). 

Questions regarding the submission procedure should be directed to Mark Greenwood (mark at dcs.shef.ac.uk). 


Mary Elaine Califf
School of Information Technology, Illinois State University

Mark A. Greenwood
Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield

Mark Stevenson
Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield

Roman Yangarber
Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki


Markus Ackermann	(University of Leipzig)
Amit Bagga              (AskJeeves)
Roberto Basili          (University of Rome, Tor Vergata)
Antal van den Bosch     (Tilburg Uniersity)
Neus Catala             (Universitat Polit?cnica de Catalunya)
Walter Daelemans        (University of Antwerp)
Jenny Rose Finkel       (Stanford University)
Robert Gaizauskas       (University of Sheffield)
Ralph Grishman          (NYU)
Takaaki Hasegawa        (NTT)
Heng Ji                         (NYU)
Nick Kushmerick         (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Alberto Lavelli         (ITC-IRST, Italy)
Gideon Mann             (John Hopkin's University)
Ion Muslea              (Language Weaver Inc.)
Chikashi Nobata         (Sharp, Japan)
Ellen Riloff            (University of Utah)
Tony Rose               (Cognia Ltd.)
Stephen Soderland       (University of Washington)
Kiyotaka Uchimoto       (CRL, Japan)
Yorick Wilks            (University of Sheffield)

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Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2006 12:39:24
From: Sonya Bird < sbird at uvic.ca >
Subject: 41st International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages 


Full Title: 41st International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages 
Short Title: ICSNL41 

Date: 09-Aug-2006 - 11-Aug-2006
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada 
Contact Person: Sonya Bird
Meeting Email: sbird at uvic.ca
Web Site: http://web.uvic.ca/ling/information/ICSNL41.htm 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics 

Language Family(ies): Salishan 

Call Deadline: 15-May-2006 

Meeting Description:

ICSNL41 will be hosted by the University of Victoria's Department of Linguistics and will take place at the University of Victoria, British Columbia on August 9-11. Papers on all aspects of the study, preservation, and teaching of Salish and neighboring languages are welcome.

For details, please see http://web.uvic.ca/ling/information/ICSNL41.htm. 

This year's conference will be hosted by the University of Victoria's Department of Linguistics and will take place at the University of Victoria, British Columbia on August 9-11. Papers on all aspects of the study, preservation, and teaching of Salish and neighboring languages are welcome.

Papers for the ICSNL pre-print volume, which will be compiled and distributed prior to the conference by the University of British Columbia Working Papers in Linguistics, should be submitted to the UBCWPL editors (address below) by Friday, May 15, 2006. In order to publish the volume in a timely manner, we will not be able to accept papers after this deadline. Please note that, as in previous years, there will also be an opportunity in the conference program for the presentation of papers not included in the pre-print volume.

Guidelines for paper submissions to UBCWPL ICSNL 41: 
There are no page limits. Electronic submissions are encouraged. Word files with any special fonts will be accepted; however, PDF files are preferred. Please include all special fonts with electronic submissions.  A style sheet is available at http://www.linguistics.ubc.ca/UBCWPL/. Contact the editors at Linguistics-UBCWPL at arts.ubc.ca for updated information. 

Electronic copies of paper submissions should be sent to: 
Linguistics-UBCWPL at arts.ubc.ca 

Non-electronic (print) copies of paper submissions should be mailed to: 
The editors: 
ICSNL 41, 2006
c/o Department of Linguistics, UBC 
E-270 1866 Main Mall 

For additional information on the conference itself, you can contact:
Sonya Bird: sbird at uvic.ca or (250) 721-7434
Suzanne Urbanczyk: urbansu at uvic.ca or (250) 721-7431


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