Conf: The Future of CL ...

Philippe Blache pb at
Thu Apr 15 15:53:35 UTC 1999

From: David Pearce <David.Pearce at>

              The Future of Computational Logic in
               Language and Speech Technology

                A Compulog Net/Elsnet Joint Strategic Planning Workshop

                                       Saarbruecken, April 30, 1999

    Workshop Homepage:

                     DFKI and the Dept of Computational Linguistics
                     at the University of Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany

                     Building 36 (Computer Science), 4th floor

Natural language and speech technology is a major growth area of IT. The
accessibility of more reliable speech-related software has made a series of
exciting applications, such as speech-guided computer use, into attainable
goals. The advent of the world-wide web, while providing many new
functionalities, has highlighted the need to attack problems such as concept
extraction and semantic-based search that were not seen as being so crucial in
the past. Computational Logic provides some of the most promising instruments
for achieving these new goals as well as for tackling more traditional problems
of language and speech processing.

The purpose of this one-day workshop is to bring together researchers from the
Compulog Net and ELSNET communities to discuss a strategy for the future of
computational logic within language and speech technology. This will involve
identifying a succession of R&D goals, from short to long term, that would
strengthen and further the contributions in this area.

It is also hoped that the workshop will provide materials for the 'Technological
Roadmaps' which each network is currently preparing for its own field. Though
Roadmaps may be conceived differently by different networks, broadly speaking
they aim to identify, for the medium-term future, new potential areas of
industrial exploitation of the technology (or new possibilities within existing
application areas); and they try to indicate which kinds of scientific advances
and technological innovations will be need to ensure that this potential can be

Experts from various subareas of language and speech technology will present
their views on the most promising lines of inquiry over the next 5-to-10 years
in language and speech processing, and how the area of computational logic might contribute to this endeavour. A wide range of issues will be addressed.

The workshop will comprise a series of 30-minute presentations as well as
10-minute panel contributions.

Organising Committee
          Ewan Klein
          David Pearce
          Manfred Pinkal
          Patrick Blackburn

Registration: please use web form.
Registration Fee: 60 DM, includes lunch

Enquiries to: Compulog.Net at
Tel: +49 681 302 5322

David Pearce
Compulog Net
Postfach 15 11 50
D-66041 Saarbruecken

Tel          +49 681 302 5322 or 5276
Fax          +49 681 302 2235
Tel (mobile) +49 171 536 8366

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