10.0635 many conferences & interesting

WILLARD MCCARTY (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Thu, 30 Jan 1997 21:32:59 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 635.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk> (17)
Subject: real-time to large amounts

[2] From: OrfeO <orfeo@impsat1.com.ar> (138)
Subject: Re: SCIE97 1^announcement

[3] From: Yorick Wilks <yorick@dcs.shef.ac.uk> (211)
Subject: First International Workshop on Human-Computer
Conversation (Bellagio)

[4] From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse@cs.rutgers.edu> (272)
Subject: TWO ACL/EACL-97 Workshop CFPs

[5] From: Abdellatif Saoudi <Abdellatif.Saoudi@irin.univ- (88)

Date: Thu, 30 Jan 1997 13:12:47 +0000 ()
From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: real-time to large amounts

Humanists may wish to know about Idea 97, a conference to be held 7-8
July 1997 in Bath, England, on "the need for real time access to large domains of information in a distributed environment, which is triggering a
wide range of new needs in organisations of all types and sizes."
Additional information: <http://infonortics.com/idea97.html>.


Dr. Willard McCarty, Senior Lecturer
Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King's College London / Strand / London WC2R 2LS U.K.
voice: +44 (0)171 873 2784 / fax: +44 (0)171 873 5081

Date: Thu, 30 Jan 1997 10:37:40 -0500 (EST)
From: OrfeO <orfeo@impsat1.com.ar>
Subject: Re: SCIE97 1^announcement

> ==================
> University of Roma, Tor Vergata, Villa Mondragone
> Frascati, Roma, Italy, 14-19 July 1997
> The Artificial Intelligence group of the Department of Computer Science,
> Systems and Production of the University of Roma, Tor Vergata, in cooperation
> with the Italian Association of Artifical Intelligence (AI*IA), is pleased to
> announce the first Summer School on Information Extraction 1997 (SCIE-97), to
> be held in Frascati, Roma, Italy, on 14-19, July .
> Aim of the school is to bring together researchers and practicioners of the
> different scientific areas involved in Information Extraction (Natural Language
> Processing, Information Retrieval, Machine Learning, Statistics, ...) to
> stress
> its multidisciplinary nature.
> The increasing availability of new information trasmission technologies demands
> new and more personal information filtering methods: in fact it is obvious that
> it is not the amount of information that gives the value but the possibility to
> access it at the right time and in the most suitable form.
> The need of users to have filtered access to a mass of multi-media information
> by means of a personalised information profile, induced a growing effort in
> industries and state-owned organizations (e.g. academia) in launching projects
> to develop systems satisfying these requirements. Fully developed systems
> should provide the user with filtered information, that is direct access to
> pertinent data among huge data flows. This has the benefits, from the users'
> viewpoint, to dramatically reduce the necessary browsing time.
> Information extraction is a crucial need in several IT areas (e.g. document
> management, access to full text databases, or navigation in texts) and its
> successful application will be a relevant progress towards the future
> information society.
> The Summer School on Information Extraction (SCIE-97) aims to put together
> advanced contributions to studies and projects on Information Extraction from
> the different involved areas.
> The school is organized as a set of technical courses held by international
> experts in the field, on the main scientific IE themes. Technical
> demonstrations of current IE technologies and systems will be also held at the
> school. Specific workshops are planned to favor the cooperative discussion
> among specialists and fellows.
> ============================================================================
> A preliminary list of invited teachers as well as the related course subjects
> follows:
> 1)-Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield)
> "Information Extraction: methodological and technological issues"
> 2)-Bran Boguraev (Apple Computer -Cupertino)
> "Terminology identification and extraction"
> 3)-Greg Grefenstette (Rank Xerox Research -Grenoble, France )
> "Quantitative methods for NLP driven IR"
> 4)-Ralph Grishman (University of New York)
> "Processing sublanguages"
> 5)-Alan Smeaton (University of Dublino)
> "Language processing and Large scale Information retrieval"
> 6)-Nicola Guarino (LADSEB-CNR Padova)
> "Formal onthology for knowledge sharing and integration"
> 7)-Lorenza Saitta (University of Torino)
> "Unsupervised and Supervised learning"
> 8)-Sophie Cluet (INRIA, Parigi)
> "Methods and tools for data base management of structured documents"
> ============================================================================
> The Program Commettee is composed by:
> # prof. Maristella Agosti (Univ. of Padova)
> # prof. Paolo Atzeni (Univ. of Roma III)
> # prof. Luigia Carlucci Aiello (Univ. of Roma "La Sapienza")
> # prof. Floriana Esposito (Univ. of Bari)
> # prof. Maria Teresa Pazienza (Univ. of Roma, Tor Vergata) (chair)
> The following institutions already confirmed their support to SCIE-97 :^D
> - ESA (European Space Agency)
> - Fondazione Ugo Bordoni
> - Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA)
> Other institutions are planning a specific support:
> - European Community (EC)
> - National Research Council - CNR
> - ENEA
> Participants will be fully informed about the current status of the art during
> one week of plenary courses and workshops in the pleasant atmosphere of the
> historical city of Frascati (very close to Rome - Italy).
> >From February 1997 onwards the final programme will be available.Keep checking
> our w3 pages (http://babele.info.utovrm.it/~scie97)
> Local Organization
> - R. Basili (Univ. Roma Tor Vergata)
> - M. Di Nanni (Univ. Roma Tor Vergata)
> - G. Pedani (Univ. Roma Tor Vergata)
> - M. Vindigni (Univ. Roma Tor Vergata)
> School e-mail: scie97@info.utovrm.it
> -------------------------------------------
> SCIE-97
> Summer School on Information Extraction
> University of Roma, Tor Vergata
> Via della Ricerca Scientifica
> 00133 ROMA (ITALY)
> tel +39 6 72594488/4484
> fax +39 6 2020519
> mailto:scie97@info.utovrm.it
> http://babele.info.utovrm.it/~scie97

Date: Thu, 30 Jan 1997 10:37:15 -0500 (EST)
From: Yorick Wilks <yorick@dcs.shef.ac.uk>
Subject: First International Workshop on Human-Computer Conversation (Bellagio)


Bellagio, Italy, July 14th-16th 1997

Usual apologies if you get this more than once!


This message contains details about registration and hotels. Its content
along with previous messages about the purpose of the workshop, its program
committee and how to submit papers (deadline March 29th) appear at URL:



Bellagio is one of the most beautiful places we have visited in the entire
world. It is located on the shores of Lake Como, the loveliest of all the
Italian lakes, at the point where the three arms of the lake meet. Looking to the west,
a journey of only 10 minutes by boat, one can see the small towns of
Menaggio and Cadenabbia, as well as the Villa Carlotta with its famous
gardens and sculpture collection. On the eastern shore lie many pretty villages,
including Varenna which is also only a 10-minute boat ride away. Whatever
direction one looks from Bellagio the views are exquisite.

Bellagio was the summer residence of the Roman patricians and thereafter of
the noble families of the region of Lombardy, who built many stupendous
villas here. Poets and writers from every part of the world have visited and
found inspiration in Bellagio: Pliny the younger, Longfellow, Mark Twain,
Shelley, Stendhal, Flaubert, Faure, Liszt and Toscanini.

The area around lake Como is famous for the production of beautiful silks. In
addition local artisans offer carved olive wood, blown and decorated glass,
handmade shoes and other leather goods.

Among the delightful tourist sights in and around Bellagio are: VILLA
SERBELLONI, which offers splendid views from its 8th century gardens;
VILLA MELZI D'ERIL, a park full of azaleas and rhododendrons, as well as
many interesting sculptures; VILLA CARLOTTA, built in 1747 and one of the
gems of Lake Como; VILLA MONASTERO in Varenna, originally a 12th
century Cistercian monastery; and the ISOLA COMACINA, a 12th century
fortress which has beautiful views and a wonderful restaurant. There is also a
golf course only 20-minutes away.

Bellagio is an ideal place to visit as part of a vacation. The town of Como has
excellent rail connections and within a few hours one can be in the Swiss alps,
in Austria, in Southern Germany, or in any of the principal cities of northern
Italy: Venice, Milan or Verona (where the opera festival will be in full swing
before and after the workshop). Those of you who enjoy touring areas of great
scenic beauty may like to visit the other Italian lakes: Garda, Maggiore and
tiny Lake Orta. We have more than 40 years experience of travelling in this
area and will be happy to advise anyone who needs assistance in planning their


The best way for you to reach Bellagio will depend partly on how you intend
to arrive in Northern Italy. The following information will give you the main
options, but please do not hesitate to ask if you would like further advice or

Arriving by air:

The nearest useful airports to Bellagio are the two airports serving Milan.
LINATE AIRPORT is mainly served by European scheduled services and is
the closest to the city of Milan. From Linate one can travel into the centre of
Milan (the airport bus arrives at the main railway station) from where it takes
less than 1 hour by train to the city of Como. Once in Como take a taxi (a 5-
minute ride) to Piazza Cavour from where the boats leave for Bellagio. The
summer timetable for the boat service is not yet available but will be sent to
everyone nearer the time. There are two types of boat - the Aliscarfi (express
boat) which takes about 45 minutes and makes very few stops, and the slower
boat which takes around 1 hour 15 minutes. My own preference is the slower
boat because the journey on the lake is so beautiful it seems a pity to shorten

MALPENSA AIRPORT is further from the centre of Milan and is served
mainly by intercontinental flights and by charter airlines. From Malpensa one
can also take the airport bus into Milan and then proceed as described above.

We can also arrange to have a taxi or mini-bus meet you on arrival at Linate
or Malpensa and drive you to Como (or to Bellagio if you do not wish to
complete your journey by boat). Once we know the flight numbers and arrival
times for all the delegates we will work out a taxipool schedule to minimize
the cost.

LUGANO AIRPORT (Switzerland) is a lesser used alternative. It is not a busy
airport but if you can get a direct flight there it would be a convenient way to
arrive. Travel from Lugano by taxi to Menaggio, on the western shore of Lake
Como, and then take the boat across the lake. (10-minute journey, frequent
sailings.) The boat from Menaggio will drop you a few feet from most of the

Arriving by rail and boat:

Como is about 1 hour north of Milan by rail. Or you can arrive from the north
via Zurich (approx 4 hours), Geneva, etc. Once in Como we suggest that you
take the boat as described above, though taxis will be happy to drive you to

Bellagio offers a wide range of hotel accommodation from de-luxe 5-star down
to 1-star. We are making arrangements with the following hotels but we would
also try to help anyone who would prefer 2-star or 1-star accommodation.
(There are no 4-star hotels in Bellagio but we have inspected the 3-star hotels
listed below and believe them to offer very good value.)

Below we give the rates per day for: [a] Room with breakfast; and [b] Half-
board (room with breakfast and one meal). Room rates are given in Italian lira,
together with the equivalent in $US calculated at today's exchange rate. All
rates include tax and service. There are many pleasant restaurants in Bellagio,
the best of which is at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni. Even if you are not
staying at this hotel you will certainly enjoy taking advantage of the
opportunity to eat there. All of the other hotels mentioned have their own
restaurants and there are many smaller restaurants spread around Bellagio.


The hotel was opened in 1872 and has long been regarded as one of the
leading hotels of the world. Among the many famous guests who have stayed
there are English Lords, Russian Princes, European royalty, and the American
Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. The hotel boasts a
large swimming pool, a health and beauty centre (squash courts, sauna, Turkish
baths, hydromassage, etc.) It has beautiful gardens and is located a 1-minute
walk from the landing piers where the lake steamers arrive.

Standard Double room: Single or double occupancy, Lira 479,000 per night
($299), including breakfast. For half board add L. 95,000 ($59) per person -
this is for an excellent 4-course meal.

De-luxe room with lake view: Single or double occupancy, Lira 651,000 per
night ($407), including breakfast. For half board add L. 95,000 ($59) per

It is possible to have a third person in a room. The supplements for room and
breakfast only are approximately: $24 for a baby cot (up to 2 years); $35 (for
children from 2-8 years of age); $53 (age 9-14); and $76 for 15 years and
over. Supplements for half-board are approximately $59 (2-8 years); $87 (age
9-14); and $125 (15 years and over).

For those of you interested in a longer stay but at a reduced cost, The Grand
Hotel Villa Serbelloni also offers 13 self-contained apartments, all with 1
bedroom, 1 sitting room, kitchenette and bathroom. The apartments are located
in a private park about 1-minute's walk from the hotel and are fitted with air
conditioning, satellite TV and direct dial telephones. Apartments are available
only by the week, with arrival and departure on Saturdays. Rates for a small
apartment are approximately $900 per week, for medium sized apartments
$1,075 per week and for large apartments $1,580 per week. An extra bed in
one of these apartments is approximately $97 per week.


This hotel has no swimming pool but the food is outstanding. The hotel
overlooks the edge of the lake and is next door to the Grand Hotel Villa
Serbelloni. Satellite TV and telephone in every room.

Double room: [a] Room and breakfast L. 210,000 ($131); [b] Half-board L.
320,000 ($200).

Single room: [a] Room and breakfast L. 155,000 ($97); [b] Half-board L.
200,000 ($125).


Situated on a gentle hill less than 10-minutes' walk from the Grand Hotel Villa
Serbelloni, with its own gardens, terrace, solarium, private parking area and
garage, and swimming pool. It has a superb view of the lake. All rooms have
satellite TV, radio, mini-bar, safe, hair dryer and telephone.

Double room: [a] Room and breakfast L. 218,000 ($136); [b] Half-board L.
310,000 ($194).

Single room: [a] Room and breakfast L. 135,000 ($84); [b] Half-board L.
160,000 ($100).


Situated at the edge of the lake, 1-minute's walk from the Grand Hotel Villa
Serbelloni, but with no swimming pool. The hotel has satellite TV and
telephone in each room.

Double room: [a] Room and breakfast L. 82,000 ($51) per person; [b] Half-
board L. 112,000 ($70) per person.

For single occupancy add L. 20,000 ($13). For a room with a balcony and
view of the lake add L. 5,000 per person ($3).

A third person in the room will be given a 10% discount off the above rates.
Children from 0-4 years are free. Children from 5-10 years receive a 50%
discount off the above rates.


Some of the hotels in Bellagio are closed during the winter so we are unable
to give room rates at the present time.


Mid-July is the height of the holiday season so rooms get booked up well in
advance. We advise everyone to reserve their rooms as soon as possible but
we will make every possible effort to find suitable accommodation for late

In order to register for the workshop and to reserve your hotel rooms please
fill in the following information and return it, together with payment of the
workshop registration fee of 180 pounds ($300) plus the cost of 1-night's hotel
accommodation to:

David Levy,
Intelligent Research Ltd.,
89, Constantine Road,
London NW3 2LP,

Tel: +44 171 485 9146

Fax: +44 171 482 0672

e-mail: DavidL@intrsrch.demon.co.uk

Please note that a no-show will not receive a refund for the hotel
accommodation unless we are able to reassign the booking to another delegate.

If paying by cheque please make your cheque payable to Intelligent Research
Ltd. If using a currency other than pounds sterling please convert at the
current rate used when selling that currency for pounds sterling.


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Date: Wed, 29 Jan 1997 09:52:03 -0500 (EST)
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse@cs.rutgers.edu>
Subject: TWO ACL/EACL-97 Workshop CFPs

Below are to Calls for Papers for ACL-97/EACL-97 associated workshops:

ACL'97 / EACL'97 Workshop
11 July, 1997
Madrid, Spain



After considerable initial research in algorithmic approaches to
anaphora resolution in the seventies and after years of relative silence
in the early eighties, this problem has again attracted the attention of
many researchers in the last 10 years, with much new and promising work
reported recently. Inspired by the increasing volume of such work, this
workshop calls for submissions describing recent advances in the field
and focusing on "robust", "parser-free", "corpus-driven",
"empirically-based", and/or other practical approaches to resolving
anaphora in unrestricted texts.

Strategies for algorithmic anaphora resolution---arguably among the
toughest problems in Computational Linguistics and Natural Language
Processing---so far have exploited predominantly traditional linguistic
approaches. A disadvantage, however, of implementing such approaches
stems from the need for representation and manipulation of the
variegated types of linguistic and domain knowledge, with the
concomitant expense of human input and computational processing. Even
so, effectiveness still tends to depend on imposing suitable
restrictions to the domain.

While various new alternatives have been proposed, e.g. making use of a
situation semantics framework or principles of reasoning with
uncertainty, there is still a strong need for the development of robust
and effective methods to meet the demand of practical NLP systems (with
tasks ranging from content analysis to machine translation to discourse
and dialogue processing), and to enhance further the automatic
processing of growing language resources (e.g. by automatically
annotating corpora with anaphor-antecedent links). This need for
inexpensive, practical and, possibly, corpus-related approaches suitable
for unrestricted texts has fuelled renewed research efforts in the
field. Several proposals have already addressed the anaphora resolution
problem by deliberately limiting the extent to which they rely on domain
and/or linguistic knowledge, and by moving away from the traditional
domain/sublanguage restriction. Observing a very clear trend towards
inexpensive, knowledge-poor, corpus-based methods---which remain robust
and scale well---it is clear that there is scope for much more to be
done in this direction.

A core issue here is that of optimal use of a set of contributing
factors: these include, for instance, gender and number agreement,
c-command constraints, semantic consistency, syntactic parallelism,
semantic parallelism, salience, proximity and so forth. It is possible
to impose an ordering on such factors, with respect to both their
overall utility to the resolution process, and the expense associated
with their computation in a particular linguistic framework and
processing environment. The computational linguistics literature uses
diverse terminology for these, reflecting their different operational
status and, hence, contributing weight in the resolution process: for
instance, "constraints" tend to be absolute, and therefore
"eliminating"; "preferences", on the other hand, tend to be relative,
and therefore require the use of additional criteria. One of the major
difficulties with scaling up the strong, linguistically derived
procedures to real data stems from the lack of systematic understanding
of the interactions between, and limitations of, the plethora of factors
posited by the different methods under names such as "constraints",
"preferences", "attributes", "symptoms", and so forth.

This workshop, therefore, has a dual focus. It solicits submissions
describing work which addresses the practical requirements of
operational and robust anaphora resolution components. It also seeks to
investigate the role of, and interactions among, the various factors in
anaphora resolution: in particular those that scale well, or that
translate easily to knowledge-poor environments. The following
questions are for illustrative purposes only:

= Is it possible to propose a core set of factors used in anaphora
resolution? Are there factors that we are not fully aware of? Which
of these are better suited for robust approaches, and what is their
dependence upon strategies?
= When dealing with real data, is it at all possible to posit
"constraints", or should all factors be regarded as "preferences"?
What is the case for languages other than English?
= What degree of preference (weight) should be given to "preferential"
factors? How should weights best be determined? What empirical data
can be brought to bear on this?
= What would be an optimal order for the application of multiple
factors? Would this affect the scoring strategies used in selecting
the antecedent?
= Is it realistic to expect high precision over unrestricted texts?
= Is it realistic to determine anaphoric links in corpora automatically?
= Are all CL applications 'equal' with respect to their requirements
from an anaphora resolution module? What kind(s) of compromises
might be possible, depending on the NLP task, and how would
awareness of these affect the tuning of a resolution algorithm for
particular type(s) of input text?


Dr. Ruslan Mitkov Dr. Branimir K. Boguraev,
School of Languages and European Studies Apple Research Laboratories
University of Wolverhampton Apple Computer, Inc.
Stafford St. One Infinite Loop, MS: 301-3S
Wolverhampton WV1 1SB Cupertino, CA 95014
United Kingdom USA
Tel (44-1902) 322471 Tel: (1-408) 974 1048
Email r.mitkov@wlv.ac.uk Email: bkb@research.apple.com


Breck Baldwin (University of Pennsylvania)
Branimir Boguraev (Apple Computer, Cupertino)
David Carter (SRI, Cambridge)
Megumi Kameyama (SRI, Menlo Park)
Christopher Kennedy (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Shalom Lappin (University of London)
Susan LuperFoy (MITRE Corporation, McLean)
Tony McEnery (Lancaster University)
Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton)
Celia Rico Perez (Universidad Europea de Madrid)
Frederique Segond (Rank Xerox Research Centre, Grenoble)
Sandra Williams (BT Research Labs, Ipswich)


Authors are asked to submit previously unpublished papers; all
submissions should be sent to Ruslan Mitkov. A limited number of
position papers could also be considered. Each submission will undergo
multiple reviews. The papers should be full length (not exceeding 3200
words, exclusive of references), also including a descriptive abstract
of about 200 words. Electronic submissions are strongly preferred,
either in self-contained LaTeX format (using the ACL-97 submission
style; see: ftp://ftp.cs.columbia.edu/acl-l/, as well as the submission
guidelines for the main conference, at http://www.ieec.uned.es/cl97/),
or as a PostScript file. In exceptional circumstances, Microsoft Word
files will also be accepted as electronic submissions, provided they
follow the same formating guidelines. Hard copy submissions should
include eight copies of the paper. A separate title page should include
the title of the paper, names, addresses (postal and e-mail), telephone
and fax number of all authors. Any correspondence will be addressed to
the first author (unless otherwise specified). Authors will be
responsible for preparation of camera-ready copies of final versions of
accepted papers, conforming to a uniform format, with guidelines and a
style file to be supplied by the organisers.


Presentations will be allocated 30 minutes slots each, distributed over
a morning and an afternoon sessions, including an invited talk and a
(closing) general discussion.


Due to space constraints, workshop attendance will be limited to about
40 participants. Priority will be given to authors of submissions; the
rest of the participants will be registered on a first-come, first-serve
basis. Details about registration will be included in the second
announcement. Please note that according to the ACL/EACL workshop
guidelines, all workshop participants must register for the ACL/EACL
main conference as well.


Submission deadline: 14 March 1997
Notification of acceptance: 14 April 1997
Camera-ready versions of accepted papers due: 05 May 1997
Workshop: 11 July 1997


For further information concerning the workshop, please contact the
organisers. For information about the main ACL'97/EACL'97 conference,
see http://horacio.ieec.uned.es/cl97/.



Call for ACL/EACL Workshop Submissions/Participation

Automatic Information Extraction and Building of Lexical Semantic Resources
for NLP Applications

Organized under the auspices of the Language Engineering section

of the European Commission, Directorale General XIII Luxembourg,

by three recently launched projects:

EuroWordNet(LE2 4003), Sparkle (LE1 2111) and Ecran

Madrid, July 12th 1997

(in conjunction with ACL-97/EACL-97)


Workshop Information

* What the Workshop is About
* Submission Details
* Workshop Participation
* Important Dates
* Organizing Committee
* Program Committee


What the Workshop is About

In the past years the development of high-quality and overall language
resources has been the focus of many research groups. More recently also
the corpus-based extraction of such resources has gained a wider interest.
EuroWordNet, Sparkle and Ecran try to package some of this know-how and
expertise into state- of-the-art tools and resources that can directly be
applied in NLP-based services. In the EuroWordNet project a multilingual
database is developed with wordnets for four European Languages linked to
the existing Princeton WordNet (version 1.5). Such a database can be used
in multilingual retrieval applications but it can also be seen as a
starting point for automatic-translation aids, inferencing systems, and
information extraction systems. Sparkle and Ecran both address the creation
of language resources and technologies for real-world NLP applications in
parallel. This objective is carried out through the development of software
tools in the areas of shallow parsing and lexical acquisition. These tools
are used to induce linguistic knowledge from text corpora and are
progressively enriched by the information acquired.

In all three projects the current limits of Linguistic Technology are being
explored for their practical benefits. Whereas EuroWordNet aims at the
broadening and extension of the Princeton WordNet to a generic multilingual
resource which is the first in its kind, Sparkle and Ecran aim at the
dynamic anchoring of resources and information to the data and corpora that
are of a user=92s interest. The availability of these resources and tools is
essential for the new generation of applications and products dealing with
information in electronic form. The projects have finished their
specification phase and are in the process of generating the results. In
this workshop we want to discuss the scope and formats of semantic
resources and information acquisition tools with scholars in the field and
researchers from commercial R&D departments who have experience in
developing and using them. We therefore specifically welcome papers on the
following topics:

1. compatibility and standards of multilingual semantic resources and
lexical acquisition tools.
2. the validation of multilingual semantic resources and lexical
acquisition tools.
3. performances of semantic resources and lexical acquisition tools in
NLP tasks.
4. partial or phrasal parsing of text.
5. linking text with lexical databases: sense-differentiation,
sense-tagging and sense-disambiguation tasks, domain-differentiation
of text and lexical resources.

The workshop will be a full-day event that provides a forum for individual
presentations (about 30 minutes each) and discussions. At the end of day
there will be room for demos.



Full papers should be submitted in electronic format: either RTF or
postscript. Papers should not exceed 8 pages or 4000 words. The deadline
for submission is the 17th of March. The formatting should be as follows:

--text follows this line--
title: <title of submission>
authors: <authors as they appear on the title page>
word count: <n>
email: <email address of author to whom correspondence should be directed>
<Body of submission>

Submissions should be sent to:

Piek Vossen
Computer Centrum Letteren
University of Amsterdam
Spuistraat 134
1012 VB Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 525 4669
Fax: +31 20 525 4429
Email: Piek.Vossen@let.uva.nl.


The number of participants is limited and is restricted on a first come
basis.. As the workshop takes place in conjunction with the ACL/EACL-97
conference, presenters and participants of the workshop are obliged to
register for the main conference as well. Conference registration details
can be obtained via WWW from the ACL/EACL-97 home page


Important Dates:

17th of March 1997:
Deadline for receipt of submissions
4th of April 1997:
Notification of acceptance/rejection
1st of May 1997:
Final versions due for proceedings
12th July 1997:
1-Day Workshop



* Piek Vossen, The Netherlands, email: Piek.Vossen@let.uva.nl
* Cintha Harjadi, The Netherlands, email: Cintha.Harjadi@let.uva.nl
* Horacio Rodriquez, Spain, email: Horacio@lsi.upc.es


* Piek Vossen, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
* Nicoletta Calzolari, Istituto Linguistics del Computazionella del CNR,
Italy, glottolo@vm.cnuce.cnr.it
* Antonio Sanfilippo, Sharp Laboratories, UK,
* Geert Adriaens, Novell Linguistic Development, Belgium,
* Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield, UK, yorick@dcs.shef.ac.uk

Date: Wed, 29 Jan 1997 09:44:58 -0500 (EST)
From: Abdellatif Saoudi <Abdellatif.Saoudi@irin.univ-nantes.fr>

! The deadline for submissions for RIAO'97 (McGill University, Montreal,
! Canada,June 25-27, 1997) has been extended to February 8, 1997.
! http://www.sciences.univ-nantes.fr/RIAO97 [note: RIAO in CAPS]

(Apologies if you receive this call more than once)


Computer-Assisted Searching on the Internet
June 25-27, 1997
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Brief Description and Themes:

Every third year the Centre de Hautes Etudes Internationales
d'Information Documentaire (CID) of Paris, France, along with various
international affiliates, organizes the RIAO conference (RIAO is the French
acronym for Computer-Assisted Information Retrieval). RIAO97 will be the
fifth conference in the series. RIAO85 was held in Grenoble, France; RIAO88
in Cambridge, MA, USA (MIT); RIAO91 in Barcelona, Spain; and RIAO97 in New
York City (Rockefeller University).

RIAO conferences, all of which have had printed proceedings, have the
special feature of incorporating both scientific papers and innovative product
demonstrations. Both the product demonstrations and the scientific papers
(which are often accompanied by prototype system demonstrations) are subject
to a rigorous selection process. While commercial displays, as such, are not
promulgated, the mix of scientific expertise and state-of-the-art industrial
development lends itself to a critical examination of both with the potential
for advances in product development and sponsorship as well as the initiation
of lines for further, critical research investigations.

RIAO97 focuses on new problems in information retrieval, filtering, and
dissemination resulting from the recent profusion and extensions of networks.
In particular, we seek to bring together search specialists and web-based
media specialists to consider how searching can best be accomplished in the
context of a proliferation of web sites, content formats, browsing modalities,
amount of data accessible, and number of user accesses. Toward these ends the
following topics are among those sought for inclusion in conference papers and

A: Rapid indexing and retrieval engines; automatic abstracting

B: Linguistic tools in information retrieval

C: Information retrieval from heterogeneous formats
- Identifcation of the same document in different contexts
(different languages, structures, versions, etc.)
- Unification of documents from heterogeneous formats; data-wharehousing
- Data-mining and knowledge discovery in large databases
- Search strategies in heterogenous contexts

D: Strategies for technology watch on the Web; content addressable electronic
mail, newsgroups, and other WWW systems

E: Architecture
- How to exploit large bandwidth for information retrieval
- Distributed multi-agent architectures

F: Imaging
- Content characterization; manual and automatic description methods
- Search strategies

G: Sound
- Sound content characterization
- Automatic indentification of sound type: speech, music, ...
- Spoken language recognition; word (boundary) identification

H: Multimedia Web interfaces: Iconic, navigational, and speech interfaces

I: Content-based compression techniques

J: Data security problems: copyright protection, internet crime

K: Web-related international conventions and policies


Papers should be submitted electronically as attached Postscript or
ASCII (maximum 20 pages)
files to:

or in manuscript form to:

36 bis, rue Ballu
F-75009 Paris, France

or to:

C/O Leon Constantin
25th floor
575 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022 USA

Questions, comments, and intents to attend conference or submit paper or
demonstration proposals may also be sent to above addresses.
Additional information will be found at conference web page at URL:

http://www.sciences.univ-nantes.fr/RIAO97 [note: RIAO in CAPS]