Conf: COLING-2002, Tutorials, early registration

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Jun 25 07:43:41 UTC 2002

Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 18:23:09 +0800
From: Jing-Shin Chang <shin at>
Message-Id: <200206181023.g5IAN9h15586 at>

      Call for Participation              2002/06 [apology for multiple posts]
                          COLING-2002 TUTORIALS

       24 (Sat) - 25 (Sun) August, 2002, Academia Sinica, Taipei, TAIWAN

** REMINDER: Early Registration extended to June 22 !! (30+% saving!!)
Special Issues on:

Computational Linguistics && Chinese Language Processing (*) 08/24 am/pm

              Bio-Informatics && NLP Issues                  08/25 am/pm

         Open-Domain Textual Question Answering              08/25 am

      Probabilistic Computational Psycholinguistics          08/25 pm

(*) Co-Sponsored by ACL-SIGHAN: Special Interest Group on Chinese Language
    Processing (

COLING has been the most important international conference on Computational
Linguistics and Natural Language Processing for nearly 40 years.
The 19th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING
2002) will be held in the Howard International House and Academia Sinica,
Taipei, Taiwan, from August 24 to September 1, 2002.

The biennial conference COLING 2002 this year will provide both
pre-conference tutorials and post-conference workshops, in addition to the
main conference. There will be four major tutorial issues divided into
six 3-hour units during COLING 2002.

The first major issue will be Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language
Processing. This tutorial will focus on Chinese language processing topics
including Intelligent Character Encoding (Ching-Chun Hsieh, Academia Sinica),
Treebanking and Parsing (Keh-jiann Chen, Academia Sinica), and Corpus-Based
Methods in Chinese Morphology (Richard Sproat, AT&T Labs). The whole scope
will cover most of the interesting and special characteristics that make
Chinese language processing a different and difficult task. It will be
co-sponsored with the ACL-SIGHAN.  People interested in Chinese language
processing issues should not miss the two tutorial units and the SigHan
Workshop (

The second major issue focuses on NLP and Bio-Informatics. People
nowadays are becoming more and more interested in knowing how the
languages of humans differ from the languages of God. NLP researchers
and biologists feel strongly that the two communities can work together
to make things different. Our biologists, Toshihisa Takagi, Takako Takai
(University of Tokyo), Ken-ichiro Fukuda (National Institute of
Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, AIST, Tokyo, JAPAN) will
discuss some theoretical issues in Bio-Informatics and how NLP techniques
can help extracting and migrating biological data from the huge amount
of historical archives and databases to speedup biology study. Our
computational linguists, Jun-Ichi Tsujii (University of Tokyo and UMIST,
ICCL permanent member), and Aravind Joshi (University of Pennsylvania,
ICCL permanent member), on the other hand, will talk about the application
of Information Extraction techniques in Bio-informatics and some applications
of NLP Techniques for Modeling Biological Sequences in this tutorial.
You could expect that such interaction between the biologists and
computational linguists will bring to our communities many brand new ideas.

While simple information retrieval and information extraction techniques
are useful for many language processing tasks, including mining biological
rules as discussed in the above major issue, such techniques combined
in an intuitive way may not really provide us with good answers for
many critical questions. In the third major tutorial issue, our QA experts,
Professors Sanda M. Harabagiu (University of Texas) and Dan Moldovan
(University of Texas) will tell us how an Open-Domain Textual Question
Answering system could be constructed to serve well. Professor Harabagiu's
systems had proved to be outstanding in the community. Therefore, you
should really attend this course if you want more secrete behind the scenes.

The forth major tutorial issue is Probabilistic Computational
Psycholinguistics. This issue is important because every sentence that
we processed has its psycholinguistics and cognitive process behind it.
The more we know such psycholinguistic models the more we can process
the sentences better. Professor Dan Jurafsky (University of Colorado)
will lead you to the world of computational psycholinguistics and
cognitive modeling in the sentence, lexical and discourse levels
through this course.

Course Outlines:

Please refer to the following web-page for course outlines and further

Additional information about on-line registration can be found on:

Official URL of COLING-2002 is:
ICCL Advisor on Workshops and Tutorials

   Prof. Antonio Zampolli
   Istituto di Linguistica
   Computazionale, CNR
   Via della Faggiola 32
   I-56100 Pisa,
   ITALY  tel:+39-50-560481
   Email: glottolo at

   Chu-Ren Huang
   Institute of Linguistics
   Academia Sinica
   Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan
   Email: hschuren at


   Kathleen Ahrens
   Graduate Institute of Linguistics
   National Taiwan University
   1, Section 4, Roosevelt Road
   Taipei 106, Taiwan
   Email: ahrens66 at

   Jing-Shin Chang
   Computer Science & Information Engineering
   National Chi-Nan University
   1 University Road, Puli
   Nantou 545, Taiwan
   Email: jshin at

   Martha Palmer
   Computer & Information Science
   University of Pennsylvania
   200 S. 33rd Street
   Phila. PA 19104-6389, USA
   Email: mpalmer at
                            COLING-2002 (Taipei)

        The 19th International Conference on Computational Linguistics

                      24 August  -  1 September, 2002

             Official URL:
Important Dates:

* Early Registration Deadline: 22, June.

Tutorials: 24 (Sat) - 25 (Sun) August, 2002 (Academia Sinica)
Conference: 26 (Mon) - 30 (Fri) August, 2002 (Howard International House)
Post-Conference Workshops: 31 (Sat) - 1 September, 2002 (Academia Sinica)

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