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1/ The Fourth International Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and

2/ Corpus Linguistics 2001 Workshop Announcement
Lancaster University 29 March 2001
Title: XML Markup Technologies for Working with Linguistic Data

3/ ACL/EACL 2001 Workshop
ARABIC Language Processing: Status and Prospects

4/ ACL/EACL 2001 Workshop

5/ ACL/EACL 2001 Workshop

                      Borjomi, Georgia
                   September 23-28, 2001

The fourth Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation will be
held in the mountain resort Likani, situated in the Borjomi Canyon, from
23 to 28 September. The Symposium is organized by the Centre for
Language, Logic and Speech at the Tbilisi State University in conjunction
with the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) of the
University of Amsterdam. The 2001 forum is the fourth instalment of a
series of biannual Symposia. The preceding ones took place in the
Georgian mountain resort Gudauri (1995), at the capital of Georgia Tbilisi
(1997) and in the Black sea cost resort Chakvi (1999). The success
of this triad encourages us to continue this series.


The Symposium welcomes papers on current research in all aspects of
Linguistics, Logic and Computation, including but not limited to:

Natural language semantics/pragmatics
Algebraic and relational semantics
Natural language processing
Logic in AI and natural language
Natural language and logic programming
Automated reasoning
Natural language and databases
Information retrieval from text
Natural language and internet
Constructive and modal logic

In line with the main trend in this field we strongly encourage the
submission of papers concerning applications of logic to computation and
the application of logic and computation to language description and


Abstracts of papers submitted for presentation should not exceed 2 000
words. The abstracts should include, on the first page: title, author's
name, affiliation, complete mailing address, phone, fax and e-mail address,
an abstract of 200 words maximum, and up to five key- words.

The preferred method of submission is electronically through the website
Only persons without access to the web can submit a hard copy. These hard
copies should be submitted to the following address:

Ingrid van Loon
Plantage Muidergracht 24
NL-1018 TV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

The collection volume of the short versions will be available during the
Symposium. The printing of the proceedings with full size (8-12 pages)
papers is planned immediately after the Symposium.


Submission deadline: April 30, 2001
Notification of acceptance: June 30, 2001
Registration deadline: August 15, 2001
Symposium: September 23-28, 2001


In parallel with the Symposium tutorials will be given by outstanding
scholars for students and post-graduates. They are explicitly meant to
address Interdisciplinary issues in the fields of language, logic and
computation. Johan van Benthem (ILLC, University of Amsterdam) will give
a tutorial on Logic, Patrick Blackburn (INRIA, Lorraine) on Computation
and Irene Heim (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to be confirmed)
on Language.


Ju. Apresjan (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)
R. Cooper (University of Goteborg)
M. Krifka (Humboldt University Berlin )
B. Partee (University of Massachusetts)
D. Pearce (to be confirmed)
Y. Venema (University of Amsterdam, to be confirmed)
A. Voronkov (The University of Manchester)
M. Zakharyaschev (King's College, London)


Th. Gamkrelidze (Tbilisi State University)
D. de Jongh (University of Amsterdam)
Matthias Baaz (Technical University of Vienna)
Guram Bezhanishvili (New Mexico State University)
Wim Blok (The University of Illinois at Chicago)
Igor Boguslavskij (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)
George Chikoidze (Georgian Academy of Sciences)
Robin Cooper (Göteborg University)
Leo Esakia (Georgian Academy of Sciences)
Eva Hajicova (Charles University)
Georgi Japaridze (Villanova University)
Manfred Krifka (Humboldt University Berlin)
Igor Melchuk (Montreal University)
Hiroakira Ono (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Barbara Partee (University of Massachusetts)
Carl Vogel (Trinity College Dublin)


T. Khurodze (pro-rector of the Tbilisi State University, Chair)
P. Dekker, I. van Loon, M. Marx, H. Zeevat (University of Amsterdam)
N. Amirezashvili, R. Asatiani, N. Bezhanishvili, G. Chikoidze, R. Grigolia,
M. Ivanishvili, N. Javashvili, L. Lortkipanidze(Georgian Academy of Sciences)
N. Chanishvili, K. Phkhakadze, Kh. Rukhaia, N. Shengelaia (Tbilisi State


The participant's fee is 200 EURO. This fee is not obligatory
forparticipants from Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent


By plane to Tbilisi and then by bus (3-4 hours) to Likani; a special bus
trip is planned which will start inTbilisi at Sunday September 23.

A visa can be obtained at the airport. All participants will get a letter
of invitation to facilitate the procedure of getting a visa.


Georgia is an ancient country situated between Black and Kaspian Seas,
Caucasus Mountains and Turkey. This is the country of the Golden Fleece,
myth of Argonauts, Jason and Medea, Promethee, chained to the Caucasus
Mountains. Georgia is famous for its high quality wines, exquisite cuisine
and cordial hospitality.

The Symposium will be hosted by the Tbilisi State University, the chief
centre of education in the country which has several outstanding scholars
in science, art and politics among its graduates.

The Fourth Tbilisi Symposium will be held in Likani, a group of sanatoriums
and hotels situated in the famous mountain resort Borjomi. Borjomi (175 km
west from Tbilisi) is the largest mountain spa in Georgia, whose name is a
synonym for mineral water throughout Georgia. The surrounding countryside
with many good walks in the hills and several attractive parks is a nature
reserve. Borjomi Canyon slopes are covered by mixed forest, variegated in
the autumn; somewhat higher in the Canyon is the ski resort Bakuriani and
at a distance of 150 km the medieval cave-city Vardzia. From the monuments
in Borjomi the most important is one of the residencies of Russian Kings.


Short excursions are planned to the ski resort Bakuriani and cave-city
Vardzia. As one of the options of return to Tbilisi a two-day trip is
planned to the second town of Georgia, Kutaisi, and the mountain resort
Shovi situated on the south slopes of the main Caucasus ridge.


For more information one may also contact:

George Chikoidze
Dept. of Language Modelling
Institute of Control Systems
Georgian Academy of Sciences
34, K. Gamsakhurdia
380060 Tbilisi
phone: +995 32 382136
fax: +995 32 942391
chiko at

Ingrid van Loon
Institute for Logic, Language and Computation
University of Amsterdam
Plantage Muidergracht 24
NL-1018 TV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
phone: +31 20 525 6519
fax: +31 20 525 5206
borjomi at


Web sites:

Travel guide: "Georgia; The Bradt Travel Guide" by Tim Burford (published by
Bradt in 1999); ISBN I 898323 98 4


Corpus Linguistics 2001 Workshop Announcement
Lancaster University 29 March 2001

Title: XML Markup Technologies for Working with
Linguistic Data

Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  29 March 2001 (half day)

Organisers: Jean Carletta and Henry Thompson, The
Language Technology Group of the University of
Edinburgh and W3C

For details, please see


                          ACL/EACL 2001 Workshop

              ARABIC Language Processing: Status and Prospects

                    Toulouse, France, Friday 6 July 2001

                              Co-organized by:

                               ELSNET NAPLUS


   The objective of the workshop is threefold.
     * First of all we want to bring together people who are actively
       involved in Arabic language and/or speech processing in a mono- or
       multilingual context, and give them an opportunity to report on
       completed and ongoing work as well as on the availability of
       products and core technologies. This should enable the
       participants to develop a common view on where we stand with
       respect to Arabic language processing.
     * Secondly, we want to identify problems of common interest, and
       possible mechanisms to move towards solutions, such as sharing of
       tools and resources, moving towards standards, sharing and
       dissemination of information and expertise, adoption of current
       best practices, setting up joint projects and technology transfer
       mechanisms, etc.
     * Third, we would like to enhance collaboration between the Arabic
       NLP community and the NLP community at large.

   The workshop program will include the following components:
     * Introduction
     * Overview talks
     * Scientific papers
     * Short presentations of projects, core technologies and products
     * A panel session and/or a round table discussion
     * Conclusions


   Papers are solicited that address all aspects of Arabic language
   processing in a mono- or multilingual context, including tools,
   resources and standards. Papers will have to be original and report on
   completed research. Submissions of scientific papers should not exceed
   eight (8) pages. Please provide a list of keywords in the separate
   header page. Further submission details below.


   Short presentations serve to give the audience an impression of
   ongoing activities and projects, and of existing core technologies and
   products, with a view to possible collaboration and synergies (i.e. NO
   commercial product presentations). Submissions of short presentations
   should not exceed two (2) pages. Short presentations will be reviewed
   on the basis of relevance and clarity of presentation.


   Electronic submissions only (PostScript, Word, or PDF), following the
   appropriate ACL latex style or Microsoft Word style. Submissions
   should not exceed the length indicated above, including references.
   You can download the appropriate style or template files using the
   following link: Submission and
   presentation language is English. In case of problems with the
   submission format, please contact steven.krauwer at

   Submissions should be sent to steven.krauwer at All
   submissions will be acknowledged.


     * Submission deadline:      6th April 2001
     * Notification date:       27th April 2001
     * Camera-ready papers due: 16th May 2001
     * Workshop date:            6th July 2001


     * Mustafa Yaseen, Amman University, Jordan (Co-chair,
       myaseen at
     * Joseph Dichy, Universite Lumiere-Lyon 2, France (Co-chair,
       dichy at
     * Steven Krauwer, Utrecht University / ELSNET, The Netherlands
       (Contact person, steven.krauwer at
     * Adnane Zribi, University of Tunis, Tunisia (adn at
     * Salem Ghazali, IRSIT, Tunisia (ghazali at
     * Humoud Al-Sadoun, Ministry of Education, Kuwait (hbh at
     * Jean Senellart, SYSTRAN, France (senellart at
     * Nadia Hegazy, ERI, Egypt (nhegazy at
     * Khalid Choukri, ELRA/ELDA, France (choukri at
     * Malek Boualem, FTRD/DMI/LAN, France
       (malek.boualem at
     * Everhard Ditters, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands,
       (e.ditters at



   Steven Krauwer        email: steven.krauwer at
   ELSNET / UiL OTS      www:
   Trans 10              phone: +31 30 253 6050
   3512 JK Utrecht, NL   fax: +31 30 253 6000


                      AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

                         ACL'2001 Conference
                          Toulouse, France
                           July 6-7, 2001

   Human language technologies promise solutions to challenges in human
   computer interaction, information access, and knowledge management.
   Advances in technology areas such as indexing, retrieval,
   transcription, extraction, translation, and summarization offer new
   capabilities for learning, playing and conducting business. This
   includes enhanced awareness, creation and dissemination of enterprise
   expertise and know-how.

   This workshop aims to bring together the community of computational
   linguists working in a range of areas (e.g., speech and language
   processing, translation, summarization, multimedia presentation,
   content extraction, dialog tracking) both to report advances in human
   language technology, their application to knowledge management and to
   establish a road map for the Human Language Technologies for the next
   decade.  The road map will comprise an analysis of the present
   situation, a vision of where we want to be in ten years from now, and
   a number of inter-mediate milestones that would help in setting
   intermediate goals and in measuring our progress towards our goals.

   The workshop will be structured into two days, the first which will
   address new research in human language tech-nology for knowledge
   management that addresses problems including but not limited to:
     * Expert Discovery:  Modeling, cataloguing and tracking of
       distributed organizations and communities of experts.
     * Knowledge Discovery:  Identification and classification of
       knowledge from unstructured multimedia data.
     * Knowledge Sharing: Awareness of and access to enterprise expertise
       and know-how.

   Human language technology promises solutions to these challenges
   through technologies such as:
     * Automated retrieval, extraction, and enrichment of information and
       knowledge from multimedia, multilin-gual, and multiparty
       information sources.
     * Translingual or crosslingual retrieval, presentation, and sharing
       of knowledge.
     * Automated detection and tracking of emerging topics from
       unstructured multimedia data (e.g., documents, web, video news
     * Use of knowledge sources to facilitate knowledge mapping and
       access (e.g., lexicosemantic such as Word-Net, semantic such as
       geospatial Gazetteers, semistructured such as thesauri,
       encyclopedia, fact books)
     * Automated question-answering from heterogeneous source
     * Intelligent tools that support the automated bibliometrics and
       document analysis/understanding in support of discovery of
       distributed experts and communities of expertise
     * Summarization and presentation generation of knowledge (e.g.,
       knowledge maps, lessons learned).
     * Modeling of user knowledge, beliefs, plans, (dis)abilities and
       preferences from queries, created artifacts, and human computer

   The second day of the workshop will target the formulation and
   refinement of a road map for the Human Language Technologies for the
   next decade.  Participants will help formulate grand challenge
   problems, discuss possible data sets and/or evaluation metrics/methods
   that could form the basis of more scientific methods, articulate the
   role of and necessary advances in human language technology to solve
   these challenges, as well as identify and characterize early
   innovations and issues (e.g., robustness, scalability, ontology,


     * Dr. Mark Maybury (Chair),  The MITRE Corporation,
       maybury at
     * Niels Ole Bernsen (Co-chair), University of Southern Denmark,
       nob at
     * Steven Krauwer, ELSNET,  U. Utrecht, steven.krauwer at
     * Irma Becerra-Fernandez,  Florida International University,
       becferi at
     * Paul Heisterkamp, Daimler-Chrysler Research Ulm,
       paul.heisterkamp at
     * Arjan van Hessen, COMSYS / U. Twente, hessen at
     * Pierre Isabelle, XEROX Grenoble, pierre.isabelle at
     * Enrico Motta, The Open University, e.motta at
     * Jose Pardo, ELSNET, Univ.Politecnica Madrid, pardo at
     * Oliviero Stock, IRST Trento, stock at
     * Henry Thompson HCRC LTG, University of Edinburgh,
       ht at
     * Hans Uszkoreit, DFKI Saarbruecken, uszkoreit at
     * Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield, yorick at
     * Rick Wojcik, Boeing Phantom Works, richard.h.wojcik at
     * Antonio Zampolli, ELSNET, U. Pisa, pisa at


   The target audience of the workshop includes active researchers,
   developers, appliers/entrepreneurs and funders of human language
   technology in general as well as how it is applied to knowledge
   management applications.  While we  project a high degree of interest
   in this topic, we intend to restrict attendance based upon the quality
   of paper submissions to foster high quality interchange and progress.


   Both papers and demonstration submissions are encouraged, either on
   HLT in general or its application to KM systems.  Papers targeted at
   the first day on HLT for KM should clearly articulate the knowledge
   management problem addressed, the technical approach to solving that,
   the novelty of the approach, its relation to previous work, the
   evaluation or performance of the system or method, and discussion of
   limitations. Papers targeted at the second day of on human language
   technology direction should be authored so they could be integrated
   into a more general HLT roadmap and so should include a definition of
   the HLT area addressed (e.g., information ex-traction, translation,
   speech recognition), a statement of the grand challenges or problems
   in the subfield, an ar-ticulation/analysis of the current state of the
   art, a vision of where the community wants to be in ten years from
   now, a set of intermediate milestones that would help to set
   intermediate goals and measure/evaluate progress toward these goals.

   Submissions must be in English, no more than 8 pages long, and in the
   two-column format prescribed by ACL'2001. Please see for the detailed guidelines. Submissions
   should be sent elec-tronically in Word (preferably) or PDF or ASCII
   text format to arrive no later than April 2, 2001 to Paula MacDonald
   (pmmmac at  As soon as possible, authors are encouraged to
   send a brief email indicating their intention to participate to
   include their contact information and the topic they intend to address
   in their submission.

   Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance,
   innovation, quality, and presentation according to the schedule below.


    + Submission Deadline:      2 April 2001
    + Notification :           30 April 2001
    + Camera Ready Papers Due: 16 May   2001


   July 6 and 7, 2001



                            ACL/EACL 2001 Workshop


                               6-7 July 2001
                              Toulouse, France


Natural language generation (NLG) constitutes the production of meaningful
texts in natural languages from some underlying non-linguistic
representation of information. Accomplishing this goal may be envisioned
for a number of different purposes, including standardized and/or
multi-lingual reports, summaries, machine translation, dialog applications,
and embedding in multi-media and hypertext environments. Consequently, the
automated production of language is associated with a large number of
highly diverse tasks whose appropriate orchestration in high quality poses
a variety of theoretical and practical problems. Relevant issues include
content selection, text organization, the production of referring
expressions, aggregation, lexicalization, and surface realization, as well
as coordination with other media.

This workshop is part of a bi-annual series of workshops about natural
language generation that runs since 1987. Previous European workshops have
been held at Royaumont, Edinburgh, Judenstein, Pisa, Leiden, Duisburg, and
Toulouse. The goal of the workshop is to be an informal meeting which
facilitates the dissemination of knowledge and expertise in the field. The
workshop will focus on the following topics:

   * Search methods for NLG (in content planning and realization)

     There seems to be a substantial discrepancy between
     application-oriented systems and principled approaches to NLG.
     Accomodating a standard pipeline architecture with suitable heuristic
     preferences to the intended functionality of a system stands in
     contrast to several principled approaches to searching which have been
     tried out so far. These include blackboard architectures, constraint
     propagation and, more recently genetic algorithms and statistical
     techniques. A comparison of these methods in terms of their potential
     and limitations is likely to improve understanding about this issue.
     Gained insights could prove fruitful for building applications in a
     more general and, thus, better reusable way, especially in large-scale
     applications such as summarization and machine translation.

   * Differences in information organization between source and
     presentation specifications (and methods to bridge between these)

     Whether the generation task is to verbally express contents of some
     knowledge base or to produce multi-lingual presentations from
     language-neutral or similar representations, there are strong
     similarities in building the target representations: In the
     overwhelming number of cases, the ordering and embedding of elements
     in the source representation is reflected by the ordering and
     embedding of their corresponding realizations at the surface. Often,
     this reflection is systematic, many times even simple. But a few cases
     prove complex and involve a major restructuring of the surface
     structure when compared to the source structure. A major emphasis of
     this topic is on collecting such complex cases, identifying
     commonalities between them and discussing restructuring techniques.

Accepted papers on these topics will be scheduled for presentation. The
majority of the time will be devoted to discussions, either in sequence or
in parallel, depending on the number of participants. We are considering
organizing a panel. For the focus topics above, we will contact a number of
competent researchers to address the topic from a specific perspective
according to their experience. In addition, we will ask some of them to
prepare material / concrete examples for discussions.


          Helmut Horacek    Univ. of the Saarland
          Nicolas Nicolov   IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
          Leo Wanner        Univ. of Stuttgart


          John Bateman      Univ. of Bremen
          Dan Cristea       Univ. of Iasi
          Robert Dale       Macquarie University
          Laurence Danlos   Universite Paris 7
          Marc Dymetman     Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble
          Michael Elhadad   Ben-Gurion Univ.
          Kristiina Jokinen Univ. of Art and Design Helsinki
          Richard Kittredge Univ. of Montreal & CoGenTex
          Daniel Marcu      ISI, Univ. of Southern California
          Chris Mellish     Univ. of Edinburgh
          Sergei Nirenburg  CRL, New Mexico
          Owen Rambow       AT&T Research
          Ehud Reiter       Univ. of Aberdeen
          Manfred Stede     Technical University of Berlin
          Michael Zock      LIMSI, CNRS


Papers describing original work in the area of NLG in particular related to
the workshop focus topics above should be submitted electronically. Papers
should be 6-8 pages long in PDF format. We recommend a A4, two-column
format like the ACL proceedings:

We also invite poster submissions (free format, up to 6 page, PDF).

The submissions should be associated with a cover email containing the
following information (ASCII text):

          # TITLE:    <title of the paper>
          # AUTHORS:  <list of authors>
          # EMAIL:    <email of author(s) for correspondence>
          # KEYWORDS: <keywords, topic sub-areas, ...>
          # ABSTRACT: <abstract of the paper>

Send your submission to Leo Wanner <wannerlo at>.


          Paper submissions           *** 6 April 2001 ***
          Notification of acceptance  27 April 2001
          Camera-ready copies due     16 May 2001
          Registration deadline       as ACL
          Workshop dates              6-7 July 2001


The registration fee for the workshop will be posted at a later stage. The
registration fee includes attendance of the workshop and a copy of workshop
proceedings. Follow the registration instructions at the ACL site and
indicate that you would like to attend the NLG workshop.

People wishing to attend the workshop but not submitting papers should send
a notification of attendance: a 1-2 page stating interest to participate,
work done in NLG so far, and potential contributions / material for
discussions about one of the topics. This informationn will help with the
organisation of discussions and allow for an informal and highly
interactive character of the workshop. Notifications of attendance should
be sent to Helmut Horacek <horacek at>.


          Check the following web site for updates about the NLG workshop:

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