19.707 ACL/COLING Workshop on Ontology Learning and Population

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 06:15:35 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 707.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 06:12:03 +0100
         From: Paul Buitelaar <paulb_at_dfki.de>
         Subject: Final CFP -- ACL/COLING Workshop on Ontology
Learning and Population (OLP2)

Final Call for Papers

** Deadline Extension: April 20th, 2006 (12 pm GMT) **
** Electronic Submission:
http://www.softconf.com/acl/W5-COLINGACL2006/submit.html **

2nd Workshop on Ontology Learning and Population: Bridging the Gap
between Text and Knowledge (OLP2)

Workshop at COLING/ACL 2006


July 22nd, 2006
Sydney, Australia

Supported By SmartWeb (http://www.smartweb-projekt.de/)

Topic and Motivation

An ontology is an explicit and formal specification of a shared
conceptualization of a domain of interest. Ontologies formalize the
intensional aspects of a domain, whereas the extensional part is
provided by a knowledge base that contains assertions about instances
of concepts and relations as defined by the ontology. The process of
defining and instantiating a knowledge base is referred to as
knowledge markup or ontology population, whereas (semi-)automatic
support in ontology development is usually referred to as ontology learning.

Ontologies have been broadly used in knowledge management
applications, including Semantic Web applications and research. In
recent years, ontologies have regained interest also within the NLP
community, specifically in such applications as information
extraction, text mining and question answering. However, as ontology
development is a tedious and costly process there has been an equally
growing interest in the automatic learning of ontologies. Much of
this work has been focused on textual data as human language is a
primary mode of knowledge transfer. In this way, textual data provide
both a resource for the ontology learning process as well as an
application medium for developed ontologies.

Automatic methods for text-based ontology learning and population
have developed over recent years, but it is difficult to compare
approaches and results. In the 1st Workshop on Ontology Learning and
Population (at ECAI 2004, Spain: http://olp.dfki.de/ecai04/cfp.htm)
we addressed this issue through an emphasis on the evaluation aspects
of the reported work. In the context of the 2nd workshop we intend to
continue this emphasis by providing a common data set for
participants to work with, consisting of an ontology and document
collection in the football (soccer) domain and a corresponding
automatically extracted knowledge base. Participants will be free to
use this or other data, but are encouraged to (also) use the OLP2
data set (http://www.dfki.de/sw-lt/olp2_dataset/) for their
experiments in order to better compare results with other participants.

An additional topic we intend to address at this workshop is the
relation between NLP and ontology development, the communities of
which are working on similar topics but using different terminology.
As this leads to a confound communication, the potential for
interdisciplinary work becomes much less pronounced. We therefore
intend the workshop to contribute to an enhanced interdisciplinary
understanding of tasks, methods and evaluations.

Areas of Interest

To provide a clear focus we request novel work on:

- Concept formation on the basis of text
- Learning concept hierarchies / non-taxonomic relations / rules /
axioms from text
- Named-Entity Recognition with respect to an ontology
- Ontology-based information extraction
- Ontology learning for IE, IR, MT, QA
- Gold standard and task-based evaluation of ontology learning, e.g.
in IE, IR, MT, QA

Important Dates

April 20th Submission Deadline
May 17th Notification
June 2nd Camera-ready Version
July 22nd Workshop


Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings
and should not exceed eight (8) pages, including references.
Submission will be electronic. The only accepted format for submitted
papers is Adobe PDF. Papers must be submitted no later than April 20,
2006 (12 pm GMT) under:

Organizing Committee

Paul Buitelaar - DFKI, Germany
Philipp Cimiano - AIFB, Univ. of Karlsruhe, Germany
Berenike Loos - European Media Lab, Germany

Program Committee

Eneko Agirre - Basque Country University, Spain
Enrique Alfonseca - Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles - IRIT-CNRS Toulouse, France
Timothy Baldwin - University of Melbourne, Australia
Roberto Basili - Universita di Roma "Tor Vergata", Italy
Johan Bos - Universita di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
Christopher Brewster - University of Sheffield, UK
Massimiliano Ciaramita - LOA-ISTC, Italy
Nigel Collier - National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Ido Dagan - Bar Ilan University, Israel
Eric Gausier - XEROX XRCE, France
Asuncion Gomez-Perez - Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Marko Grobelnik - Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
Siegfried Handschuh - DERI Galway, Ireland
Andreas Hotho - University of Kassel, Germany
Eduard Hovy - USC, Information Sciences Institute, USA
Vipul Kashyap - Partners HealthCare System, USA
Bernardo Magnini - ITC-IRST, Italy
Diana Maynard - University of Sheffield, UK
Adeline Nazarenko - LIPN-Universite Paris-Nord, France
Claire Nedellec - MIG, INRA, France
George Paliouras - NCSR "Demokritos", Greece
Patrick Pantel - USC, Information Sciences Institute, USA
Robert Porzel - European Media Lab, Germany
Marie-Laure Reinberger - Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
Marta Sabou - Knowledge Media Institute, UK
Michael Sintek - DFKI, Germany
Peter Spyns - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Steffen Staab - University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Vojtech Svatek - University of Economics, Prague, Czech Rep.
Paola Velardi - Universita di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
Dominic Widdows - MAYA Design, USA

Workshop Registration

All workshop participants must register for COLING/ACL 2006
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