Appel: Automatic Summarization

Philippe Blache pb at
Sat Dec 11 09:04:22 UTC 1999

From: "Chin-Yew Lin" <cyl at ISI.EDU>

Call for Papers
Workshop on Automatic Summarization
(pre-conference workshop in conjunction with ANLP-NAACL2000)

sponsored by
ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics)
MITRE Corporation

Sunday, April 30, 2000
Seattle, Washington, USA

The problem of automatic summarization poses a variety of tough challenges
in both NL understanding and generation. A spate of recent papers and
tutorials on this subject at conferences such as ACL/EACL, AAAI, ECAI,
IJCAI, and SIGIR point to a growing interest in research in this field. 
Several commercial summarization products have also appeared. There have
been several workshops in the past on this subject: Dagstuhl in 94, ACL/EACL
in 97, and the AAAI Spring Symposium in 98. All of these were extremely
successful, and the field is now enjoying a period of revival and is
advancing at a much quicker pace than before. ANLP/NAACL'2000 is an ideal
occasion to host another workshop on this problem.

The Workshop on Automatic Summarization program committee invites papers
addressing (but not limited to):

Summarization Methods:
     use of linguistic representations,
     statistical models,
     NL generation for summarization,
     production of abstracts and extracts,
     multi-document summarization,
     narrative techniques in summarization,
     multilingual summarization,
     text compaction,
     multimodal summarization (including summarization of audio),
     use of information extraction,
     studies and modeling of human summarizers,
     improving summary coherence,
     concept fusion,
     use of thesauri and ontologies,
     trainable summarizers,
     applications of machine learning,
     knowledge-rich methods.

Summarization Resources:
      development of corpora for training and evaluating summarizers,
      annotation standards,
      shared summarization tools,
      document segmentation,
      topic detection, and
      clustering related to summarization

Evaluation Methods:
      intrinsic and extrinsic measures,
      on-line and off-line evaluations,
      standards for evaluation,
      task-based evaluation
      scenarios, user studies, inter-judge agreement

Workshop Themes:

1. Multilingual Text Summarization
2. Generation for Summarization
3. Topic Identification for Summarization
4. Multidocument Summarization
5. Evaluation and Test/Training Corpora
6. Integration with web and IR access

Paper submission deadline:                February 4, 2000
Notification of acceptance for papers:    March 1, 2000
Camera ready papers due:                  March 13, 2000
Workshop date:                            April 30, 2000

Submissions must use the ACL latex style
( or Microsoft Word
WAS-submission.doc (both available from the Automatic Summarization workshop
web page). Paper submissions should consist of a full paper (5000 words or
less, including references). Please send submission questions to cyl at

Submission Procedure:

Electronic submission only: send the pdf (preferred), postscript, or MS Word
form of your submission to: cyl at The Subject line should be
"ANLP-NAACL2000 WORKSHOP PAPER SUBMISSION". Because reviewing is blind, no
author information is included as part of the paper. An identification page
must be sent in a separate email with the subject line:
"ANLP-NAACL2000 WORKSHOP ID PAGE" and must include title, all authors,
theme area, keywords, word count, and an abstract of no more than 5 lines.
Late submissions will not be accepted. Notification of receipt will be
to the first author shortly after receipt.

IV. Organizing Committee:
Udo Hahn       University of Freiburg
hahn at
Chin-Yew Lin   USC/Information Sciences Institute  cyl at
Inderjeet Mani MITRE                               imani at
Dragomir Radev University of Michigan, Ann Arbor   radev at

V. Program Committee:
Elisabeth Andre         DFKI GmbH
Branimir Boguraev       IBM Research
Chris Buckley           SabIR Research
Michael Elhadad         Ben Gurion University
Takahiro Fukushima      Telecommunications Advancement Organization of Japan
Eduard Hovy             USC/Information Sciences Institute
Hongyan Jing            Columbia University
Elizabeth Liddy         Syracuse University
Daniel Marcu            USC/Information Sciences Institute
Shigeru Masuyama        Toyohashi University of Technology
Mark Maybury            MITRE
Vibhu Mittal            Just Research
Sung Hyon Myaeng        Chungnam University
Akitoshi Okumura        NEC
Chris Paice             Lancaster University
Karen Sparck-Jones      University of Cambridge
Tomek Strzalkowski      GE CRD
Simone Teufel           University of Edinburgh
Benjamin Tsou           City University of Hong Kong

Chin-Yew Lin, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Email: cyl at
USC Information Sciences Institute
4676 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695, USA
Tel: 310-448-8711
Fax: 310-822-0751

More information about the Ln mailing list