Appel: revue Knowledge Organization : Evaluating Human Language Technology

Alexis Nasr alexis.nasr at LINGUIST.JUSSIEU.FR
Thu Feb 28 12:31:16 UTC 2002

                      Deuxième	Appel à  communications

    	 	Evaluating Human Language Technology:
		General Applications to Information Access and Management

		A Special Issue of Knowledge Organization on Evaluation of HLT
		Guest Editor: Widad Mustafa El Hadi, University of Lille 3


Call for papers

The last few years have seen a growing interest in evaluating human
language technology (HLT) in general and its applications to information
access and management in particular. Several initiatives have been
conducted in Europe and in the United States. The first initiatives on HLT
evaluation can be traced back to the Defence Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA) and the Japanese programs on Machine Translation Evaluation.
The DARPA/NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Projects
continued on a more regular basis and particularly with the Text Retrieval
Conferences (TREC) and the Message Understanding Conferences (MUC). More
projects are gaining momentum, be they independent or part of the famous
TREC Tracks (Language Engineering Track, Question & Answering (Q & A)
track), or within the context of the Translingual Information Detection,
Extraction, and Summarization (TIDES) Document Understanding Conference
(DUC), Cross-Language Information Retrieval (CLIR), Text Summarization
Systems, Filtering, or Spoken Document Retrieval.

Some evaluation projects have been supported within the programs of the
European Commission (EAGLES, ELSE, ISLE, SQALE, etc.) others have been
conducted within national programs (the French evaluation projects: GRACE
Project for evaluating part-of-speech taggers, the AUF four Projects on
evaluating Text Retrieval Systems, Alignment Technology, Terminology
Acquisition System Evaluations, and Message Understanding). These many
endeavours show the relevance of HLT evaluations. Researchers and
practitioners in the field of information are interested, by an assessment
of the contribution of these technologies in order to measure the progress
achieved, to compare different approaches to a given problem and to assess
system usability and user satisfaction.

This Special Issue of Knowledge Organization (scheduled as volume 29,
number 3/4) will aim at bringing together the community of researchers in
the field of HLT from the perspective of Knowledge Organization,
Information Access and Management. Moreover, it will look forward to
providing an overview of the state-of-the-art of HLT, discuss problems,
exchange information on the use of this technology in monolingual and
multilingual environments, discuss evaluation methodologies and metrics and
promote initiatives for international cooperation in these areas.
We invite original and unpublished submissions to the special issue
covering any of, but not limited to, the following topics. Contributions
previously published in a language other than English may be considered.

Possible Topics

General Issues on Evaluation
Historical and theoretical backgrounds of HLT evaluation
Evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures
Benchmarking of systems and products
Linguistic Quality

Information Access
Automated Question & Answering
Monolingual and Cross-Language Information Retrieval
Machine Translation in IR environments
Document Understanding
Multimedia document and image retrieval

Information Management
Automatic tracking and detection of emerging topics from unstructured data
(Text Mining)
Evaluating methods for knowledge extraction and acquisition (e.g. terms)
Information Filtering
Knowledge mapping and access (lexical information, language modelling)
Text Summarization

Submission Information

Deadline for submissions is: 31 May 2002

Submissions will be refereed by a special committee of experts in the field.
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in Word, WordPerfect or RTF
format in English only and should be accompanied by an indicative abstract
of 100-200 words.

Submission via e-mail are preferred; submissions will be accepted via post
provided that four copies are submitted or that submissions are accompanied
by a 3.5" diskette encoded in Word, WordPerfect or RTF format.

For further details regarding manuscripts and publications please refer to
the instructions for authors in each issue of Knowledge Organization.

Please use the subject line: KO HLT
Submissions should be directed to:
E-mail: mustafa at

Or at
Université Charles De Gaulle Lille 3			
BP 149, 59653 Villeneuve D'Ascq,

Widad Mustafa el Hadi
Université Charles-De-Gaulle-Lille 3
BP 149
59653 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex
Tel: 33 (0) 3 20 41 68 15
Fax: 33 (0) 3 20 41 63 79
e-mail: mustafa at
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