9.449 calls for papers

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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 449.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)

[1] From: moghrac@Umoncton.CA (154)
Subject: CFP: NLP+IA 96/ TAL+AI 96

[2] From: kris@is.aist-nara.ac.jp (160)
Subject: CFP: Gaps and Bridges - New
Directions in Planning and Natural Language Generation

[3] From: Daniele.Godard@linguist.jussieu.fr (84)
Subject: HPSG96-2nd Call for papers

Date: Wed, 10 Jan 1996 09:56:50 -0500
From: moghrac@Umoncton.CA
Subject: CFP: NLP+IA 96/ TAL+AI 96

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Conference internationale
sur le traitement automatique des langues et
ses applications industrielles


JUNE/juin 4 - 6, 1996

Moncton, New-Brunswick, CANADA

Intention to participate as soon as possible (nlp-ia@umoncton.ca)
Extended abstract submission january 31, 1996
Notification of acceptance march 15, 1996
Full papers & registration may 1, 1996

The NLP Study Group (GRETAL) at l'Universite de Moncton is organizing
an international conference on NLP with industrial applications as its focus.
The conference will address a number of issues: What are NLP's recent
developments from a theoretical and a practical angle, what kinds of
challenges it faces, how could it help to improve productivity,
how could it help to improve quality of products and services? What
quality control criteria should it be adopting?

Papers are invited on all aspects of natural language processing, including,
but not limited to,
* natural language understanding and generation of textual, spoken and
hand-written language,
* natural language interfaces to databases, expert systems, or industrial
* machine translation, computer aided translation, translation
* syntax, semantics, pragmatics, lexicon, morphology,
* computer assisted language learning,
* dictionaries, corpora, & other language resources
* multimodality
* multilinguality
* NLP industrial applications
* papers of every kind that can help bridge the gap between the theory and
practice of NLP.

Authors are invited to submit preliminary versions of their
papers not exceeding 1000 words (exclusive of references) either in
English or in French, the two official languages of the conference.
Proceedings would be published in the language of the submitted
texts. Simultaneous translation of the presentations would be available
at the conference.

1) The first page should be an identification page containing the title,
the first author's name, affiliation, address, a five (5) line summary and
a five (5) keyword list specifying the subject area.

2) Papers, 1000 words in length, should be submitted preferably by e-mail in
Postscript or in 4 hard copies (A4 page size, 12 pt, times roman, 2.5 cm
(1 inch) margins all around) to:

NLP+IA 96 / TAL+AI 96
Dr. Chadia Moghrabi, professeure
Departement d'informatique
Universite' de Moncton
Moncton, N. B.
E1A 3E9
Phone: (506) 858-4521
Fax: (506) 858-4541
E-mail: nlp-ia@umoncton.ca

3) For both kinds of submissions, a plain text version of the identification
page should be sent separately by electronic mail, using the single
word: SUBMISSION/soumission in the subject line.

FIRST AUTHOR/ Premier auteur:
KEYWORDS/Mots clefs:

All extended abstracts shall be refereed by three members of the program

Lars Ahrenberg (Linkoeping U., Sweden)
Susan Armstrong (ISSCO, U. Geneva, Switzerland)
Christian Boitet (U. Grenoble, France)
Pierrette Bouillon (U. Geneva, Switzerland)
Nicoletta Calzolari (Inst, of Comp. Ling., Pisa, Italy)
Jaime Carbonell (Carnegie-Mellon U., USA)
Veronica Dahl (Simon-Fraser U., Canada)
Chrysanne DiMarco (U. Waterloo, Canada)
Gerard Ellis (Royal Melbourne Inst. of Tech., Australia)
Pierre Isabelle (CITI, Canada)
Eva Hajicova (Charles U., Prague)
Susan Haller (U. Wisconsin, USA)
Eduard Hovy (ISI, USA)
John Hutchins (East-Anglia, UK)
Margaret King (ISSCO, U. Geneva, Switzerland)
Richard Kittredge (U. Montreal, Canada)
Guy Lapalme (U. Montreal, Canada)
Gudrun Magnusdottir (U. Gothenburg, Sweden)
Yuji Matsumoto (Nara Inst. of Sc.& Tech., Japan)
Marie Meteer (BBN, USA)
Chadia Moghrabi (U. Moncton, Canada)
Johanna Moore (U. Pittsburgh, USA)
Allan Ramsay (UMIST, UK)
Geoffrey Sampson (U. Sussex, UK)
Joerg Schuetz (U. Saarbrucken, Germany)
Manfred Stede (TU Berlin, Germany)
Thierry van Steenberghe (U. Louvain, Belgium)
Junichi Tsujii (U. Tokyo, Japan)

Extended abstracts are to be submitted by the 31st of january 1996.
Notification of receipt will be mailed to the first author soon after receipt.
Authors will be notified of acceptance by 15 March 1996. Camera-ready
copies of final full papers must be received by the 1st of May 1996 along
with registration fees.

Authors are also requested to indicate their intention to participate in
the conference as soon as possible to the same e-mail address with the
single word INTENTION in the subject line.

Anyone wishing to arrange an exhibit or present a demonstration should
send a brief electronic description along with a specification of physical
requirements (table size, power, telephone connections, number of chairs,
etc.) to the same address with the single word EXHIBIT in the subject line.

Accompanying persons can enjoy the lovely outdoor living in New-Brunswick
and visit the highest tides in the world. Moncton is only 20km
away from the sandy beaches of Shediac, la Capitale mondiale du homard.
The lobster season would be open, so everybody can indulge in delicious
meals of the famous Atlantic lobster.

The conference is organized by GRETAL, Groupe d'etude sur le traitement
automatique des langues at the Universite' de Moncton. The members of the
organizing committee are:

Chadia Moghrabi, Professor of Computer Science, Conference chair
Sadek Eid, Professor of Industrial engineering, director Manufacturing
Technology Centre, and Conference co-chair
Jalal Almhana, Professor of Computer Science
Louise Bosi, Professor of French Studies
Julien Chiasson, Director & professor of Computer Science
Gaston Losier, Ad. director, Centre d'innovation scientifique et
technologique en industrie
Charles Zama, Ad. director, Centre de traduction et de terminologie
Paul Tarau, Professor of Computer Science

Intention to participate as soon as possible
Extended abstract submission January 31, 1996
Notification of acceptance March 15, 1996
Camera-ready & registration May 1 , 1996

Date: Wed, 10 Jan 1996 10:12:38 -0500
From: kris@is.aist-nara.ac.jp
Subject: CFP: Gaps and Bridges - New Directions in Planning and
Natural Language Generation


ECAI-96 Workshop



New Directions in Planning and Natural Language Generation


12th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence

August 12 or 13, 1996
Budapest, Hungary

Recent research on autonomous cooperative systems has shown that linguistic
knowledge is not enough for successful communication: strategic planning, which
is prior to and independent of language, plays a key role in planning
communicative contributions. There has also been a focus shift in NLG from the
study of well-formedness conditions (grammars) to the exploration of
communicative adequacy of linguistic forms: speaking is viewed as an indirect
means for achieving communicative goals rather than an exercise to produce
grammatically correct output. Moreover, new ideas like rational agency (Cohen
and Levesque 1990), conflict resolution (Galliers 1989) and resource-bounded
agency (Bratman, Israel and Pollack 1988) have become central issues within this
larger framework: they affect not only planning, but also the realisation of

Despite a growing awareness of the importance of these issues, there is still
relatively little work showing ways of integrating them into a system. Yet, one
of the most important areas in AI research is the establishment of a link
between NLG-systems and intelligent planning systems.

This workshop aims at clarifying the role of rational and cooperative planning
in generation, contributing to the ultimate goal of building a computational
model that integrates these components into a unified whole. Furthermore, the
workshop provides an opportunity to examine theoretical models of planning
agents and their impact on practical aspects of NLG architecture.

Contributions dealing with the following topics are particularly welcome:

- generation viewed as a rationally, cooperatively planned goal-
oriented activity;

- interactions between situational, motivational (speaker and
addressee goals), cognitive and linguistic constraints;

- generation of discourse based on techniques developed in AI and
computational linguistics;

- the effect of the various constraints on the generation process
as a whole (resource-bounded agency and planning constraints;
open-world assumption; time and space constraints);

- planning strategies: reactive vs. deliberate planning, anytime
planning, resource-bounded planning;

- quantitative methods based on corpus analysis (showing which
linguistic or communicative acts are instrumental in a given
setting), statistical and stochastic models; evaluation.


The workshop will be kept small, with a maximum of 40 participants. Preference
will be given to active participants selected on the basis of their submitted
papers. A small number of participants without a paper will also be considered;
such persons should submit a 1-2 page statement of interest and a list of
relevant publications. No-paper participants will be requested to give comments
on the accepted papers.

According to ECAI rules, all workshop attendees must register for the main
ECAI-96 conference. In addition, there is a separate workshop registration fee
of ECU 50.

More information about registration can be found at ECAI-96 Registration page


The workshop is intended to be a genuinely interactive event with constructive
development and exchange of ideas rather than a mini-conference. Participants
are asked to read some of the articles mentioned in the workshop description
before their arrival. Yet, rather than aiming at a consensus for a particular
theory or research direction, the participants are encouraged to present
thought-provoking ideas which allow for vivid and vigorous discussions.

Being aware of the lack of communication between theorists and engineers, the
workshop also aims at bridging this gap. Besides emphasizing the innovative
aspects of research and their potential for practically oriented work,
discussion of practical applications as testbeds for theory will be encouraged.
The workshop aims at building a common ground allowing a productive interaction
between these two groups.

The one-day workshop is structured around individual presentations, group
discussions and a panel discussion. The presentations should not exceed 20
minutes, in order to encourage the speakers to reach quickly the point they want
to make. Every session is followed by an open, 30 minute group discussion. Thus
new and thought provoking ideas may serve as starting points for a discussion,
allowing each participant to contribute to its development from their own

Demonstration of software could be organised as part of the main ECAI


Potential participants are invited to submit extended abstracts on the topics
outlined above. Submissions should be no longer than 5 pages, single spaced,
and be in line with the ECAI-style sheet, obtainable from

Electronic submissions should be sent to:

Alternatively, three hardcopies of the extended abstract can be mailed to
Kristiina Jokinen at the address below.

Accepted submissions will be published in the proceedings of the workshop
which will be distributed to each participant.



How important is the work reported? Does it attack an important and/or
difficult problem? Does the approach have the potential for improving
the state of the art? Does the work stimulate discussion on important
issues, or an alternative point of view?


Has this or similar work been previously reported? Are the problems and
approaches completely new? Is this a novel combination of familiar
techniques? Does the paper point out differences with related research ?
Does it introduce an idea that appears promising or might stimulate
others to develop promising alternatives?


Is the paper technically sound? Does it carefully evaluate the strengths
and limitations of its contributions? How are its claims backed up?


Is the paper clearly written? Does it motivate the research? Does it
specify the inputs, outputs and basic algorithms employed? Is the
paper written in a manner that makes its content accessible to most
AI researchers?


Is the paper germane to the focused topic of the workshop? Would it be
better served to be published/presented elsewhere?


March 15 Deadline for submission of extended abstracts (5 pages)

April 15 Notification of acceptance

May 20 Final paper for the working notes


Kristiina Jokinen
Computational Linguistics Laboratory
Graduate School of Information Science
Nara Institute of Science and Technology
8916-5 Takayama, Ikoma, Nara
630-01 JAPAN
Email: kris@is.aist-nara.ac.jp
Tel: 81-7437-2-5242
Fax: 81-7437-2-5249

Mark Maybury
Artificial Intelligence Center
MITRE Corporation, MS K308
202 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 01730-1420
Email: maybury@linus.mitre.org
Tel: (617) 271-7230
Fax: (617) 271-2352

Michael Zock
B.P. 133, 91403 Orsay, FRANCE
Email: zock@limsi.fr
Tel: 331- 69 85 80 05
Fax: 331- 69 85 80 88


Should you have any questions or need additional information on the workshop,
please contact Kristiina Jokinen by e-mail (kris@is.aist-nara.ac.jp) or at the
address above. The call for papers can be obtained from Gaps and Bridges home
page at

Further information on the ECAI-96 conference, including updated information
on hotel and travel information, can be obtained fom the ECAI home page at

Information on the ECAI Workshops is listed at ECAI workshop page

Updated information on this workshop and the final papers will be made available
via the Gaps and Bridges home page, reachable also via the ECAI workshop page.

Date: Wed, 10 Jan 1996 12:18:20 -0500
From: Daniele.Godard@linguist.jussieu.fr
Subject: HPSG96-2nd Call for papers



Marseille, France
May 20-22 1996

The 3rd International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure
Grammar (HPSG) will be held in Marseille, France, May 20-21, 1996.
Abstract submissions on any topic related to HPSG and related
approaches are welcome, including original proposals addressing
matters of empirical analysis (in any area of linguistics), the
architecture of linguistic theory, formal foundations, or computer

The conference will consist of 25 minute papers, with 10 additional
minutes reserved for discussion of each. The conference will consist


Invited Speaker: Charles Fillmore (University of California, Berkeley)

This session on the Theory of the Lexicon invites abstracts on all aspects
of lexical representation, including (but not limited to):

*formal aspects of and alternatives to lexical rules
*inheritance hierarchies (defaults, multiple inheritance, etc.)
*lexical semantics (lexical decomposition, the mapping problem, argument
structure, etc.)
*morphological issues (representation of paradigms, compounding,
incorporation, etc.)
*complex lexical signs (idiosyncratic constructions and idioms)

Following the paper presentations will be an open discussion of the HPSG

In addition, a special session on the implementation of HPSG will be held
on the morning of May 22, jointly organized by HPSG96 and TALN-96,
with the special theme:


Invited speaker : Hassan Ait-Kaci

Abstracts relating to this topic are welcome. The papers for this special
session will be published in the TALN proceedings. The maximum length
for final papers in the TALN proceedings is 10 pages.


Abstracts can be sent by surface mail or by e-mail:

- Surface mail:
12 copies of a two-page ANONYMOUS abstract should be accompanied
by an index card with the title of the paper and the name, address and
e-mail address of the author(s).

Please specify if the abstract is intended for the general session or
one of the special sessions.

Surface mail abstracts should be sent to:

Daniele Godard (Conference HPSG)
Universite Paris 7, UFRL
Tour Centrale, 9 etage, Case 7003
2 Place Jussieu, 75251 Paris-Cedex 05
email address: Daniele.Godard@linguist.jussieu.fr

- e-mail:
Send abstract, and personal information to: hpsg96@linguist.jussieu.fr

Email submissions are preferred. In LaTex, Postscript or ASCII.


February 3rd, 1996: Abstracts to be received by Program Committee

March 16th, 1996: Authors to be notified of action taken by Program Committee

April 20th, 1996: Final versions due (for publication in TALN proceedings)

May 21-22, 1996: HPSG Conference

May 22 (morning), 1996: Special Session on Implementing HPSG

May 22-24, 1996: TALN Conference

Program Committee:

Philipe Blache, Marseille Ann Copestake, Stanford
Dale Gerdeman, Tuebingen Daniele Godard, Paris (Chair)
Georgia Green, Illinois Takao Gunji, Osaka
Tsuneko Nakazawa, NTT, Tokyo Louisa Sadler, Essex
Antonio Sanfilippo, Sharp, Oxford Ivan Sag, Stanford
Stephen Wechsler, Austin

Local Arrangements: Philippe Blache
e-mail: pb@harar.unice.fr
For further information

TALN Conference: pb@harar.unice.fr (Philippe Blache)
HPSG Conference: Daniele.Godard@linguist.jussieu.fr (Daniele Godard)
Special session on the lexicon: wechsler@mail.utexas.edu (Stephen M. Wechsler)
Special Session on implementing HPSG: dg@sfs.nphil.uni-tuebingen.de