Appel: 2ANLP/NAACL2000 Workshops

Philippe Blache pb at
Thu Feb 3 15:14:56 UTC 2000


1/ From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse at>
   Subject: Syntactic and Semantic Complexity

2/ From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse at>
   Subject: Automatic Summarization

1/ From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse at>
   Subject: Syntactic and Semantic Complexity

  Syntactic and Semantic Complexity in Natural Language Processing Systems

 Workshop to be held in conjunction with ANLP-NAACL2000

      Date: Sunday, April 30 2000

   Seattle, Washington.

The last decade has seen an explosion in the work done in the development
of robust natural language processing systems.  A common methodology used in
building these systems has been to analyze a sample of the data available
(either manually, or automatically for training statistical systems), build
statistical/heuristical schemas based upon the analysis, and test the system
on a blind sample of the data.  Due to this commonly used paradigm, an
important area of research that has not been given the attention it deserves
the estimation of syntactic and semantic complexity faced by these systems
the tasks they perform.

At the AAAI 1999 Fall Symposium on Question Answering Systems, the problem
semantic complexity, a topic of a 90 minutes panel, motivated a lot of
and discussion. To continue the investigation of this important issue, in
workshop, we will address the question of complexity as it pertains to the
syntax and semantics of natural language.  In particular, the workshop will
seek to address the following areas:

1) How can we model syntactic and semantic complexity for formal models of
   natural language?
2) How does complexity impact acquisition of semantic and conceptual
3) How does syntactic and semantic complexity impact document classification
   information and text retrieval tasks?
4) How do statistical clustering approaches compare to knowledge-based
   approaches at partitioning and quantifying the semantic space in a
5) Concerning NLP systems that are deployed in the field, how can we
   the information extraction task and QA task in ways similar to what is
   currently done with IR tasks and algorithms?
6) How does the estimation of syntactic and semantic complexity impact the
   evaluation of such systems?
7) Can syntactic and semantic complexity coupled with a history of the past
   performance of a system be used to predict future performance of the
   on a different data set?

The workshop invites short papers, full-length papers, proposals for panel
discussions, and position statements that deal with any aspect of syntactic
and/or semantic complexity of NLP systems.  In particular, the workshop is
interested in addressing the following topics:
    - estimation of the syntactic and semantic complexity of specific NLP
    - semantic complexity and world knowledge
    - role of syntactic and semantic complexity in system design and testing
    - syntactic and semantic complexity and its role in the evaluation of
    - use of syntactic and semantic complexity as a performance predictor
    - relationship between syntactic and semantic complexity


Paper submissions should consist of either a short paper (2000 words or
including references), a position statement (2000 words or less, including
references), or a full paper (5000 words or less, including references).
submission should include a separate title page providing the following
information: the title, the type of paper (short/position/full), the word
count, a short abstract, names and affiliations of all the authors, the full
address of the primary author (or alternate contact person), including
fax, and email.  Proposals for panels should consist of a short (upto 500
words) description of the proposed panel along with the names of the

Papers and proposals for panel discussions may be submitted by submitting
hard copies or one soft copy (ASCII, or PS) to:

Amit Bagga
General Electric CRD
Room K1-5C38B
1 Research Circle
Niskayuna, NY 12309.  USA
phone: 1-518-387-7077
email: bagga at


Paper submission deadline:                 February 14
Notification of acceptance of panels :     February 21
Notification of acceptance of papers :     February 28
Camera ready papers due:                   March 13

Amit Bagga
General Electric Corporate Research and Development
P.O. Box 8
Schenectady, NY 12301
bagga at
518-387-7077 (voice)
518-387-6845 (fax)

James Pustejovsky
Computer Science Department and Volen Center for Complex Systems
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02254-9110
jamesp at
781-736-2709 (voice)
781-736-2741 (fax)

Wlodek Zadrozny
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
30 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, NY 10532
wlodz at
914-784-7835 (voice)
914-784-7455 (fax)

Amit Bagga - GE CRD
Branimir Boguraev - IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
J-P Chanod - Xerox, Grenoble
Shalom Lappin - Kings College, London
Aravind Joshi - University of Pennsylvania
Larry Moss - Indiana
Rohit Parikh - CUNY
Adam Pease - Teknowledge
James Pustejovsky - Brandeis University
Wlodek Zadrozny - IBM T.J. Watson Research Center


2/ From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse at>
   Subject: ANLP/NAACL2000 Workshop 2nd Call for Papers

   Second 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
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