Conf: INLG'2000

Philippe Blache pb at
Thu Apr 20 08:08:19 UTC 2000

From: "International Natural Language Generation Conference-Dr. Elhadad"
<nlg2000 at>

             International Natural Language Generation

    Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

         Workshops: 12 June 2000
     Main conference: 13-16 June 2000

                       First Call For Participation

The First International Natural Language Generation Conference (INLG'2000)
will be held June 12 to 16, 2000 in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel. This conference
continues in the tradition of the nine biennial workshops on natural
language generation that have been held from 1980 to 1998. INLG'2000 will
offer the opportunity to a larger audience to participate in the main
meeting of researchers in the field.

Following the tradition of previous INLG meetings, the conference will
be held in an isolated and stunning natural environment: the Ramon Inn
hotel, in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel. The hotel is located on the edge of
the Ramon Crater, in the middle of the Negev Desert.

Conference Main topics:

   * Generation and summarization
   * Multimodal and multimedia generation
   * Multilingual generation
   * Concept to speech, models of intonation
   * Strategic generation for text and dialogue
   * Text planning, discourse models, argumentation strategies, content
     selection and organization
   * Tactical generation, formalisms and models of grammar, sentence
     aggregation, lexical choice
   * Architecture of generators
   * Knowledge acquisition and resources for generation and summarization
   * User-customized generation and summarization
   * Psychological modeling of discourse production
   * Learning methods for generation
   * Evaluation methodologies for generation and summarization
   * Applications of: generation, concept-to-speech, information extraction,
     information retrieval techniques to summarization, report generation,

The conference is organized in four tracks:

  1. Main session
  2. Student session
  3. Workshops
  4. Special session on evaluation in generation

Registration form for the main conference is available at our homepage:

Registration form for the workshops will be available soon, as well as the
full program.

Registration will be accepted until May 15th.  After this date, a late
registration fee will be required.


Programme Committee

   * Michael Elhadad, Ben Gurion University, Israel (Chair)
   * Stephan Buseman, DFKI, Germany
   * Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada
   * James Lester, North Carolina State University, USA
   * Inderjeet Mani, The MITRE Corporation, USA
   * Kathy McCoy, University of Delaware, USA
   * David McDonald, Gensym Corp, USA
   * Dragomir Radev, University of Michigan, USA
   * Jacques Robin, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
   * Donia Scott, University of Brighton, UK
   * Manfred Stede, Technical University, Berlin, Germany
   * Matthew Stone, Rutgers University, USA
   * Ingrid Zukerman, Monash University, Australia

Student Session

   * Irene Langkilde, University of South California - ISI
   * Charles Brendan Callaway, North Carolina State University
   * James Shaw, Columbia University

Special Session on Evaluation

   * Inderjeet Mani, The MITRE Corporation

Equipment Availability

Presenters will have available an overhead projector, a slide projector, a
data projector (Barco) which will display from laptops, and a VHS (PAL)
videocassette recorder. NTSC format may be available; if you anticipate
needing NTSC, please note this information in your proposal. Requests for
other presentation equipment will be considered by the local organizers;
requests for special equipment should be directed to the local organizers no
later than May 15, 2000.

Local Arrangements

   * Michael Elhadad elhadad at
   * Yael Dahan Netzer yaeln at

Dept. of Computer Science
Ben Gurion University
P.O.Box 643
Beer Sheva 84105


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