6.0552 PACLING 93: Invited Papers and Registration (1/371)

Tue, 23 Feb 1993 14:42:15 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 6, No. 0552. Tuesday, 23 Feb 1993.

Date: Mon, 22 Feb 93 20:28:57 +0100
From: ide@grtc.cnrs-mrs.fr (Nancy Ide)
Subject: : PACLING '93

From: Dan Fass <fass@cs.sfu.ca>


First Pacific Association for Computational Linguistics Conference

April 21-24 (Wed-Sat) 1993
The Harbour Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


PACLING '93 will be a workshop-oriented meeting on computational linguistics
whose aim is to promote friendly scientific relations among Pacific Rim
countries, with emphasis on interdisciplinary scientific exchange showing
openness towards good research falling outside current dominant "schools of
thought," and on technological transfer within the Pacific region.


"An Overview of JPSG -- A Constraint-Based Grammar for Japanese"
Dr Takao Gunji, Osaka University, JAPAN

An overview of an ongoing project called JPSG (Japanese Phrase Structure
Grammar) is presented. JPSG is an implementation of ideas from recent
developments in the phrase structure grammar formalism, such as HPSG,
applied to the Japanese language. Even though JPSG shares many aspects
of grammatical formalization with HPSG, we have adopted a number of
extensions and modifications in our development. We use an extended notion
of unification -- constraint unification -- which takes into account
declarative constraints, in addition to feature structures, so that the same
declarative description can be used both for generation and recognition.

"Industrial Strength NLP: The Challenge of Broad Coverage"
Dr George E. Heidorn, Microsoft Research, USA

To achieve apparent natural language understanding in consumer products,
the underlying NLP system will have to be very robust. It will be
expected to do more than a limited task in a limited domain. The NLP
group at Microsoft Research is developing a system which is intended to be
a central component for ubiquitous NLP. This work is still in its early
stages, but we do have a system of some interest that runs on Windows 3.1
and produces reasonable logical forms for a fairly wide range of English
text. This talk will describe the various facets of the work we are doing
and show some of the results we have obtained to date.

"Language Generation for Multimedia Explanations"
Dr Kathleen R. McKeown, Columbia University, USA

Multimedia information systems have the potential to greatly increase the
effectiveness with which information is communicated. Whether language,
visual media (e.g., pictures, charts, figures, etc.) or some combination
are more appropriate for communication can depend on the kind of information
being communicated, on user ability or background, and on the situations in
which information is communicated. Our work on COMET (COordinated
Multimedia Explanation Testbed) has as its goal the interactive generation
of explanations that fully integrate and coordinate text and graphics, all
of which is generated on the fly. In this talk, I will focus on three ways
in which COMET coordinates its text and graphics: 1. cross references from
text to graphics, 2. coordination of sentence and picture breaks, and 3.
influence from one media on realization in another.


(Confirmation of acceptance is still to be received from the authors of some
accepted papers; groupings of papers are tentative.)

*** Morphology, Phonology and Prosody ***
"Parsing Indonesian Morphology Using Syllable-Based Model."
Hammam R. Yusuf, Agency for the Assessment & Application of Technology,
INDONESIA and University of Kentucky, USA.
"Learning Vocabulary for a Register Vector Parser."
David R. Astels & Bruce A. MacDonald, University of Calgary, CANADA.
"Understanding Spoken English Using a Systemic Functional Framework."
C. Rowles, X. Huang, M. de Beler, J. Vonwiller, R. King, C.
Matthiesson, P. Sefton & M. O'Donnell, Telecom Research Laboratories/
Sydney University, AUSTRALIA.
"An Experimental Discourse-Neutral Prosodic Phrasing System for Mandarin
Gina-Anne Levow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

*** Parsing -- General ***
"Context-Free Grammar Parsing by Message Passing."
Dekang Lin & Randy Goebel, University of Manitoba/Alberta, CANADA.
"Parsing With Principles."
David LeBlanc, Henry Davis & Richard Rosenberg, Tilburg University/
University of British Columbia, NETHERLANDS/CANADA.
"Recovering a Logical Form Representation Using a Single-Pass Principle-Based
Carl Alphonce, University of British Columbia, CANADA.

*** Parsing -- Language-Specific ***
"Grammar of Sino-Japanese Words."
Nagiko I. Lee, Canadian International College/University of British
Columbia, CANADA.
"On Processing Empty Categories in English and Japanese."
Tadao Miyamoto & Joseph F. Kess, University of Victoria, CANADA.
"A Maximum Conditional-Probability Method and Bootstrapping-Acquisition of
Simplified Markov Models for Japanese Word Succession."
Toru Hisamitsu & Yoshihiko Nitta, Hitachi Advanced Research Laboratory,

*** Semantics and Cognitive Modelling ***
"Handling Real World Input by Abduction."
Loke Soo Hsu, Chew Lim Tan & Zhibiao Wu, National University of
Singapore, SINGAPORE.
"An Image-Schematic System of Thematic Roles."
Dekai Wu, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, HONG KONG.
"Beyond Deterministic Lexical Disambiguation."
Jean-Pierre Corriveau, Carleton University, CANADA.
"A Meaningful Approach to Natural Language Processing."
Sait Dogru & James R. Slagle, University of Minnesota, USA.

*** Pragmatics and Discourse ***
"Constraint of the Japanese Conjunction "shikashi (but)."
Tatsunori Mori & Hiroshi Nakagawa, Yokohama National University, JAPAN.
"Reconciling Sharp True/False Boundaries With Scalar Vagueness."
Alice I. Kyburg & Lenhart Schubert, University of Rochester, USA.
"A Computational Formalism for Syntactic Aspects of Rhetoric."
Marzena Makuta-Giluk & Chrysanne DiMarco, University of Waterloo,
"What's Going on in these Advertisements? -- A Case Study of Indirect Speech."
Paul Wu Horng Jyh, National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE.

*** Natural Language Generation/Explanation ***
"A Prototype of English Sentence Generation System Based on SD-form Semantics
Guifeng Shao, Masahiro Wakiyama, Sei-ichiro Kamata & Eiji Kawaguchi,
Kyushu Institute of Technology/Kitakyushu National College of
Technology, JAPAN.
"Natural Language Explanation of Natural Deduction Proofs."
Francis Jeffry Pelletier & Andrew Edgar, University of Alberta, CANADA.
"The Placement of Examples in Descriptions: Before, Within or After the Text."
Vibhu O. Mittal & Cecile L. Paris, Information Sciences Institute/
University of Southern California, USA.

*** Natural Language Generation/Planning ***
"Deciding Appropriate Query Content According to Topic Features."
Yukiko Ishikawa & Tsuneaki Kato, NTT Network Information Systems
Laboratories, JAPAN.
"Planning Utterances with Prominence."
Shozo Naito & Akira Shimazu, NTT Basic Research Laboratories, JAPAN.
"Coordinating Ideational and Textual Resources in the Generation of
Multisentential Texts in Chinese."
Licheng Zeng, University of Sydney, AUSTRALIA.

*** Machine Translation and Machine Assisted Translation ***
"Translation of Metonymy in an Interlingual MT System."
Takahiro Wakao & Stephen Helmreich, New Mexico State University, USA.
"Lexical Choice in Machine Translation."
John Phillips, National Language Research Institute, JAPAN.
"Tuning of a Machine Translation System to Wire-Service Economic News."
Teruaki Aizawa, Naoto Katoh & Masoko Kamata, NHK Science and Technical
Research Laboratories, JAPAN.
"The Integration of MT and MAT."
Robert Frederking, Dean Grannes, Peter Cousseau & Sergei Nirenburg,
Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

*** Document Structure and Language Learning Aids ***
"Cooperative Understanding of Natural Language and Picture Patterns in Drill
Tsutomu Endo, Hidehiro Ohki & Kazuhiro Takaoka, Oita University, JAPAN.
"CWORDER: An Experimental Chinese Word Information Retrieval System for
Language Learning Aids."
Yu Zeng & John N. Crossley, Monash University, AUSTRALIA.
"Why Johnny Can't Read the Screwiest Writing System in the World and How to
Help Him Learn: On the Necessity of Japanese<->English Hyperdictionaries."
Harvey Abramson, University of Tokyo, JAPAN.

*** Information Retrieval/Extraction and Large-Scale Lexical Resources ***
"Automatically Deriving Structured Knowledge Bases from Online Dictionaries."
William Dolan & Lucy Vanderwende, Microsoft Corporation, USA.
"Information Retrieval Based on Paraphrase."
Peter Wallis, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, AUSTRALIA.
"The Diderot Information Extraction System."
Jim Cowie, Takahiro Wakao, Louise Guthrie, Wang Jin & James Pustjovsky,
New Mexico State/Brandeis University, USA.
"Text Analysis: How Can Machine Learning Help?"
Stan Matwin & Stan Szpakowicz, University of Ottawa, CANADA.

*** Tools and Environments ***
"Graphical Interaction with Constraint-Based Grammars."
Jo Calder, Simon Fraser University, CANADA.
"STAS - A Relation For Comparing Tree Traversals of Grammar Processing
Miroslav Martinovic, New York University, USA.
"A Parallel Processing Environment for Natural Language Applications."
Hsin-Hsi Chen & Jiunn-Liang Leu, National Taiwan University, TAIWAN.


Approximately 6 people are being invited to present posters. Invited speakers
and authors of accepted papers are being encouraged to give demonstrations of
their systems. The conference is providing Mac, IBM, NeXT and SUN machines
for demonstrations. Conference attendees will be provided with guest e-mail
facilities during the conference.


The conference will take place at the Harbour Centre, the recently opened
extension of Simon Fraser University at 515 West Hastings Street in downtown
Vancouver. PACLING has secured special rates with three hotels, each only a
few minutes walk from the Harbour Centre and from downtown shops, restaurants
and nightlife.


Full registration fees for the conference, besides attendance at conference
sessions and use of guest e-mail facilities, include:
* copy of the conference proceedings
* reception
* banquet
* day trip to Whistler Village, home to two of the finest skiing areas in
North America, Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains; the village and
surroundings are very picturesque; the village has many shops and
restaurants; skiing is still good in April, weather permitting (ski passes
not included in registration fee).

until March 15 after March 15

Full registration, reduced rate:
(full time student or unemployed) CDN$105 US$88 CDN$135 US$115

Full registration, standard rate:
(everyone else) CDN$210 US$175 CDN$270 US$230

Partial registration -- reception,
banquet and day trip only: CDN$75 US$63 CDN$95 US$80
(partner of conference attendee)

The registration fees include all taxes. We would prefer Canadian funds, but
US funds are acceptable. Please pay by one of the following methods:
1. bankers draft or cheque in Canadian dollars drawn on a Canadian bank,
2. bankers draft or cheque in US dollars drawn on an American bank,
3. VISA card or MasterCard (please supply full name, card type, card number
and expiry date).
Please make bankers drafts and cheques payable to Simon Fraser University.

Send your payment, complete with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail
address (if applicable) to:

Fred Popowich email: popowich@cs.sfu.ca
PACLING '93 Registration tel: (604) 291-4193
School of Computing Science fax: (604) 291-3045
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5A 1S6

For further information on the conference and on local arrangements, contact:

Dan Fass email: fass@cs.sfu.ca
PACLING '93 Publicity and Local Arrangements tel: (604) 291-3208
Centre for Systems Science fax: (604) 291-4424
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5A 1S6


We are aware that some individuals may experience difficulties obtaining a
visa. If people have paid for registration and then are not able to obtain
a visa, their registration fee will be refunded. Unfortunately, hotel deposits
probably cannot be refunded.


Preferential rates have been negotiated with three downtown hotels at 82, 65
and 43 Canadian dollars per person per night. A minimum deposit equal to one
night's accomodation is required. Conference registrants should establish
their own contact with hotels -- please don't include money for hotel rooms
with your conference registration.

Attendees should aim to book rooms by Monday March 15th if possible as the
earlier they book, the better the room they are likely to get. The phone
numbers given below include the regional but not international code. People
sending faxes or telephoning from outside North America should check their
country's international code for calling Canada.

When attendees contact hotels, they should mention the PACLING '93 convention
in order to obtain PACLING's special rates. All prices given below are in
Canadian dollars and include national and provincial taxes unless otherwise

HOTEL #1: Ramada Renaissance Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver,
BC, Canada V6E 3T3. Fax: (604) 689-4358. Telephone: (604) 689-9211.
Toll free in Canada: 1-800-268-8998. Toll free in USA: 1-800-228-9898.

Single CDN$81.90 (CDN$70 + 17% taxes)
Two beds or double CDN$111.15 (CDN$95 + 17% taxes)
Typical breakfast CDN$10.50 + tax and gratuities

Comments -- This 432 room hotel is located on Vancouver's waterfront six blocks
from the Harbour Centre. Rooms have colour televisions, telephones and
individual heating. Ask for a room with a harbour view. The hotel has a
restaurant, several lounge bars, a fitness club, sauna and indoor pool.
Transportation is provided to and from Vancouver International Airport.

-- The Ramada has given us very generous convention rates. Although
Ramada has a worldwide reservation system, only the Vancouver hotel knows
about PACLING's special rates, so please contact the hotel directly. If you
contact the hotel, don't forget to mention that you are booking rooms as part
of PACLING '93.

HOTEL #2: Days Inn Vancouver Downtown, 921 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC,
Canada V6C 1M2. Fax: (604) 681-4335. Telephone: (604) 681-7808. Toll free
in Canada and USA: 1-800-325-2525.

Single CDN$64.35 (CDN$55 + 17% taxes)
Two beds CDN$81.90 (CDN$70 + 17% taxes)
Typical breakfast CDN$7.00 + tax and gratuities

Comments -- This 85 room hotel is very centrally located in the heart of
Vancouver's financial district, four blocks from the Harbour Centre. Rooms
have colour televisions. Few rooms have a view. Rooms at the back of the
hotel may be quieter than those at the front. A restaurant and bar are on the
hotel site. A health club with sauna and squash facilities is located one
block from the hotel.

-- Please contact the hotel directly. If you do, please mention that
you are booking rooms as part of PACLING '93 in order to get our special
convention rate.

HOTEL #3: The Hotel at the YWCA, 580 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6C 2K9. Fax: (604) 681-2550. Telephone: (604) 662-8188. Toll free in BC
and Alberta: 1-800-663-1424.

Single with hall bathroom (women only) CDN$42.90 (CDN$39 + 10% taxes)
Single with shared bathroom (men and women) CDN$49.45 (CDN$45 + 10% taxes)
Two beds with hall bathroom (women only) CDN$55.00 (CDN$50 + 10% taxes)
Two beds with shared bathroom (men and women) CDN$58.30 (CDN$53 + 10% taxes)
Typical breakfast (self-serve) CDN$4.50 + tax

Comments -- This 169 room hotel also has a central downtown location, six
blocks from the Harbour Centre. Some rooms have a view. Request a room with
a bay view above the 10th floor as it is quieter up there. Rooms don't have
televisions (there are TV lounges every other floor). Singles are a good
size, but do not have sinks. Twins are a bit cramped. Self-serve restaurant
offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a pool and fitness centre for
women only.

-- Please contact the hotel directly and mention that you are part
of PACLING '93.


Naoyuki Okada (Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan) (Chair)
Nick Cercone (University of Regina, Canada)
Christian Matthiessen (University of Sydney, Australia)
Yorick Wilks (New Mexico State University, USA)
Local Members:
Dan Fass (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Paul McFetridge (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Fred Popowich (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Roland Sussex (Queensland University, Australia)
Hiroaki Tsurumaru (Nagasaki University, Japan)
Graeme Hirst (University of Toronto, Canada)
Minako O'Hagan (New Zealand Translation Center, New Zealand)


Natural Language Understanding and Models of Communication interest group of
the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers of Japan;
the Australian Computer Science Society; Institute of Robotics and Intelligent
Systems of Canada; the Advanced Systems Institute of British Columbia;
Simon Fraser University; Centre for Systems Science.