Appel: NAACL2001 3 workshops

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NAACL 2001 Workshop on

1/ WordNet and Other Lexical Resources:
2/ Workshop on Automatic Summarization 2001
3/ Adaptation in Dialogue Systems
WordNet and Other Lexical Resources:
Applications, Extensions and Customizations

NAACL 2001 Workshop

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

3 and 4 June, 2001

Sponsored by the Association for Computational Linguistics Special
Interest Group on the Lexicon.

Previously announced as two different workshops:
- WordNet: Extensions and NLP Applications
- Customizing Lexical Resources

Lexical resources have become important basic tools within NLP and
related fields. The range of resources available to the researcher is
diverse and vast - from simple word lists to complex MRDs and
thesauruses. The resources contain a whole range of different types of
explicit linguistic information presented in different formats and at
various levels of granularity. Also, much information is left implicit
in the description, e.g. the definition of lexical entries generally
contains genus, encyclopaedic and usage information.

The majority of resources used by NLP researchers were not intended
for computational uses. For instance, MRDs are a by-product of the
dictionary publishing industry, and WordNet was an experiment in
modelling the mental lexicon.

In particular, WordNet has become a valuable resource in the human
language technology and artificial intelligence. Due to its vast
coverage of English words, WordNet provides with general
lexico-semantic information on which open-domain text processing is
based. Furthermore, the development of WordNets in several other
languages extends this capability to trans-lingual applications,
enabling text mining across languages. For example, in Europe, WordNet
has been used as the starting point for the development of a
multilingual database for several European languages (the EuroWordNet
Other resources such as the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
and Roget's Thesaurus have also been used for various NLP tasks.

The topic of this workshop is the exploitation of existing resources
for particular computational tasks such as Word Sense Disambiguation,
Generation, Information Retrieval, Information Extraction, Question
Answering and Summarization. We invite paper submissions that include
but are not limited to the following topics:

- Resource usage in NLP and AI

- Resource extension in order to reflect the lexical coverage within a
  particular domain;

- Resource augmentation by e.g. adding extra word senses, enriching
the information associated with the existing entries.
For instance, recently, several extensions of the WordNet lexical
database have been initiated, in the United States and abroad, with
the goal of providing the NLP community with additional knowledge that
models pragmatic information not always present in the texts but
required by document processing;

- Improvement of the consistency or quality of resources by
  e.g. homogenizing lexical descriptions, making implicit lexical
  knowledge explicit and clustering word senses;

- Merging resources, i.e. combining the information in more than one
  resource e.g. by producing a mapping between their senses. For
  instance, WordNet has been incorporated in several other linguistic
  and general knowledge bases (e.g. FrameNet and CYC);

- Corpus-based acquisition of knowledge;

- Mining common sense knowledge from resources;

- Multilingual WordNets and applications;

Paper submission

 Submissions must use the NAACL latex style or Microsoft Word style
 (see workshop website). Paper submissions should consist of a full
 paper (6 pages or less).

Submission procedure

Electronic submission only. For U.S. papers please send the pdf or
postscript file of your paper to: moldovan at Please submit
papers from other countries to w.peters at  Because
review is blind, no author information is included as part of the
paper.  A separate identification page must be sent by email including
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 e-mailed to the first author
shortly after receipt.  Please address any questions to
moldovan at or w.peters at

Important dates

 Paper submission deadline: February 20, 2001

 Notification of acceptance: March 10, 2001

 Camera ready due: March 25, 2001

 Workshop date: June 3 and 4, 2001


Sanda Harabagiu, SMU, sanda at
Dan Moldovan, SMU, moldovan at
Wim Peters, University of Sheffield, wim at
Mark Stevenson, University of Sheffield, marks at
Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield, yorick at

Programme Committee

Roberto Basili (Universita di Roma Tor Vergata)
Martin Chodorow (Hunter College of CUNY)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University)
Ken Haase (MIT)
Sanda Harabagiu (SMU)
Graeme Hirst (University of Toronto)
Robert Krovetz, NEC
Claudia Leacock (ETS)
Steven Maiorano (AAT)
Rada Mihalcea (SMU)
Dan Moldovan (SMU)
Simonetta Montemagni (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Pisa)
Martha Palmer (University of Pennsylvania)
Maria Tereza Pazienza (Universita di Roma Tor Vergata)
Wim Peters (University of Sheffield)
German Rigau (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya)
Mark Stevenson (University of Sheffield)
Randee Tengi (Princeton University)
Paola Velardi (University of Roma "La Sapienza")
Ellen Voorhees (NIST)
Piek Vossen (Sail Labs)
Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield)


2/ Workshop on Automatic Summarization 2001
(pre-conference workshop in conjunction with NAACL2001)

Sunday, June 3, 2001
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
sponsored by

ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics)

MITRE Corporation

New submission deadline: Febuary 23, 2001

Organizing Committee:
Jade Goldstein  Carnegie Mellon University         jade+ at
Chin-Yew Lin    USC/Information Sciences Institute cyl at

Program Committee:
Breck Baldwin                            Baldwin Language Tech
Hsin-Hsi Chen                            National Taiwan University
Udo Hahn                                 Universitaet Freiburg
Eduard Hovy                              USC/Information Sciences Institute
Hongyan Jing                             Columbia University
Elizabeth Liddy                          Syracuse University
Daniel Marcu                             USC/Information Sciences Institute
Inderjeet Mani                           MITRE
Shigeru Masuyama                         Toyohashi University of Technology
Marie-Francine Moens                     Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Vibhu Mittal                             Google Research
Sung Hyon Myaeng                         Chungnam National University
Akitoshi Okumura                         NEC
Chris Paice                              Lancaster University
Dragomir Radev                           University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Karen Sparck-Jones                       University of Cambridge
Tomek Strzalkowski                       State University of New York,
Simone Teufel                            Columbia University

Workshop Website: (for the latest update)





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, ANLP/NAACL, 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, the AAAI Spring Symposium in 98, and ANLP/NAACL in 2000. 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. NAACL'2001
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. Summarization Applications
2. Multidocument Summarization
3. Multilingual Text Summarization
4. Evaluation and Text/Training Corpora
5. Generation for Summarization
6. Topic Identification for Summarization
7. Integration with Web and IR Access


Submissions must use the ACL latex style or Microsoft Word style
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


Electronic submission only: send the pdf (preferred), postscript, or MS Word
form of your submission to: cyl at The Subject line should be
"NAACL2001 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: "NAACL2001 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 e-mailed to the first author shortly after


Paper submission deadline: Feburary 23, 2001
Notification of acceptance for papers: March 23, 2001
Camera ready papers due: April 6, 2001
Workshop date: June 3, 2001


NAACL 2001 Workshop on
Adaptation in Dialogue Systems



The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers
investigating the application of learning and adaptation to dialogue
systems, both speech and text based.

Methods for learning and adaptation show promise for enhancing the
robustness, flexibility, and overall accuracy of dialogue systems. While
researchers in many parts of computational linguistics who use these
methods have begun to form communities, the burgeoning set of activities
within dialogue has remained relatively disparate. We are interested in
adaptation that includes learning procedures as well as decision making
methods aimed at dynamically reconfiguring dialogue behavior based on the
context. We would also like to explore techniques that allow a dialogue
system to learn with experience or from data sets gathered from empirical
studies. Researchers looking at methods to automatically improve different
modules of dialogue systems, or the system as a whole, have not had many
opportunities to come together to share their work. We thus welcome
submissions from researchers supplementing the traditional development of
dialogue systems with techniques from machine learning, statistical NLP,
and decision theory.

Call For Papers

We solicit papers from a number of research areas, including:

- Use of machine learning techniques at all levels of dialogue, from
     speech recognition to generation; from dialogue strategy to user
- Adapting to the user as a dialogue progresses
- Dialogue as decision making under uncertainty
- User and user group modeling
- Use of corpora in developing components of dialogue systems,
     including issues in annotation
- Evaluation of adaptive dialogue systems
- Comparison of different techniques in applying adaptive techniques to

We also hope to include a session for the demonstration of working
systems, as time permits. The demonstration sessions will be open to
anyone who wishes to bring their adaptive conversational systems for
demonstration to other members of the workshop. Presenters are asked to
submit a paper that is specifically directed at a demonstration of their
current systems.

Important Dates (2001):

 Paper submission deadline:              Feb 19
 Notification of acceptance for papers:  Mar 16
 Camera ready papers due:                Mar 30
 Workshop date:                          Jun 4

Paper Submission

Electronic submission only: send the postscript or pdf form of your
submission to: timpaek at The Subject line should be
"NAACL2001 WORKSHOP PAPER SUBMISSION". A cover page should be included
with 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 e-mailed to the first author
shortly after receipt. Please address any questions to
timpaek at

Submissions must use the NAACL latex style or Microsoft Word style. Paper
submissions should consist of a full paper (6 pages or less).  The
templates are available at the workshop web site.


 Eric Horvitz         Microsoft Research         horvitz at
 Tim Paek             Microsoft Research         timpaek at
 Cindi Thompson       University of Utah         cindi at

Program Committee

 Jennifer Chu-Carroll         IBM
 Peter Heeman                 Oregon Graduate Institute
 Diane Litman                 AT & T Labs
 Candace Sidner               MERL
 Marilyn Walker               AT & T Labs

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