8.0006 CFP Post-COLING Lexical Workshop (1/306)

Fri, 13 May 1994 21:50:44 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 8, No. 0006. Friday, 13 May 1994.

Date: Wed, 11 May 94 22:41:20 BST
From: Paul Mc Kevitt <P.McKevitt@dcs.shef.ac.uk>
Subject: Post-COLING 94 Lexical Workshop in Beijing -- Last Call for Papers



15-17th of August, 1994
in Beijing

Nicoletta Calzolari
Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR
Via della Faggiola 32, 56100 PISA, ITALIA

Cheng-ming Guo
China National Laboratory of AI Technology and Systems
Tsinghua University

1. Intentions
The scholarly and scientific tradition in lexical research
was given an engineering edge by three outbursts of massive
lexical work that began in the last decade, the CYC project
in the United States, the EDR project in Japan, and the
Grosseto Workshop whose principle of reusability generated a
series of EC projects including Acquilex, ET-7, Multilex,
and Genelex. These projects led to, and were equalled by,
world wide interest in statistics on very large corpora. The
close inter-relationships between Lexicon development and
Corpus analysis are increasingly accentuated. This
international drive on the lexicon over a period of a decade
has done the field an immense service.

However, recent reflections on the lexical research over the
last ten years are not always as favourable as one might
expect. Wilks (1993) made a criticism of IBM's approach to
Machine Translation. The main point was that there is a
natural ceiling of success to PURE statistical methods. Ide
and Veronis (1993) went Aso far as to ask if we have wasted
our time over the last decade on extracting knowledge from
machine-readable dictionaries.

Another area of concern nowadays is the development of
common lexical specifications, or lexical standards. Up to
which level of lexical description can standards be
proposed, to ensure data reusability?

Furthermore, one important development in AI and Cognitive
Science in recent years warrants the attention of lexical
researchers. It involves the trend for the integration of
NLP with various subareas of AI, e.g. computer vision (see
Dennett, 1991; Mc Kevitt, 1994). The need for unified
representation scheme incorporating both perceptual
information and common sense knowledge poses new challenges.

The proposed workshop attempts to clarify issues in current
lexical research in terms of further research directions as
an answer to recent challenges. Suggested topics are as

a) notes comparing between well-known lexical projects,
particulary the EDR project, the CYC project, and the EC
projects --what have we learned ?

b) lexical needs for unified representations of common sense
knowledge and perceptual knowledge, visual or audio
--brainstorming on the design and construction of the
lexicons for such integrated systems;

c) lexical needs of very large knowledge bases for nuclear
lexicons as the core for knowledge acquisition --
speculations and practice concerning the design and
construction of such nuclei.


Amsler, R. (1980) The structure of the Merriam-Webster pocket
dictionary (PhD dissertation). Austin, TX: University of Texas,
Department of Computer Science.

Dennett, D. (1991)
Consciousness explained
Harmondsworth: Penguin

Ide, N. and Veronis, J. (1993)
Extracting knowledge bases from machine-readable dictionaries:
have we wasted our time?
In: Proceedings of International Conference on Building and Sharing of Very
Large-Scale Knowledge Bases, 257-266
Dec. 1-2 (Conference) /3-4 (Workshop) Tokyo, Japan

Mc Kevitt, P. (1994) (Guest Editor)
Integration of natural language and vision processing
Special volume (Issues 1, 2, 3) of AI Review Journal
Dordrecht: Kluwer (forthcoming)

Sparck-Jones, K. (1967)
Dictionary Circles
System Development Corporation

Walker, D., Zampolli, A., Calzolari, N. (1994) (Eds.) Automating the
lexicon: research and practice in a multilingual environment.Oxford: OUP.

Wilks, Y. (1993) Corpora and machine Translation.
In: Proceedings of the Fourth Machine Translation Summit, 137-145.
July 20-22 Kobe, Japan.

2. Format
This workshop is intended as an opportunity provided for the
exchange of views on issues of common concern to the area of
lexical research. Panel sessions and discussions are
stressed rather than formal speeches. All activities at the
workshop are intended as reactions to recent challenges.

The workshop will take place on the beautiful Tsinghua
University campus on the outskirt of Beijing.

Day 1: the state-of-the-art discussion -- achievements,
issues and concerns [A
Day 2: lexical needs for integrated systems
Day 3: lexical needs for knowledge acquisition for very
large knowledge systems

Each attendee of the workshop pays $100 to cover
registration, preprints, local transportation from and to
Beijing Airport, and hotel + food expenses for the 3-day
workshop duration. Each additional night of stay costs $50.
Air fare to and from Beijing rests with all attendees themselves.

All correspondence concerning workshop registration
should be directed to Chengming Guo by fax, e-mail, or postal
mail at the Computer Science Department, Tsinghua University,
Beijing, 100084, China. Total attendances are limited to 55.

3. Submission requirements
Papers or extended abstracts of no more than 6 pages should be
submitted by e-mail to the co-chairs of the workshop at
"glottolo@icnucevm.cnuce.cnr.it" for Nicoletta Calzolari,
and at "chengming%bepc2@slacmh.slac.stanford.edu" for Chengming Guo.
Postal mail of three hard copies of the paper or extended abstract to
Chengming Guo is also acceptable. Submissions must be printed
to 8 1/2 to 11" size. Workshop preprints will be made available to
all attendees.

Paper or extended abstract submission by the 31st of May, 1994
Notification of acceptance by the 20th June, 1994
Camera-ready copy by the 15th of July, 1994

4. Sponsors
Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR, Pisa, ITALY

China National Laboratory of AI Technology and Systems,
Tsinghua University, Beijing China

5. Co-Chairs

Nicoletta Calzolari
Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR
Via della Faggiola 32, 56100 PISA, ITALIA
Phone: +39 50 56 04 81
Fax:+39 50 58 90 55

Cheng-ming Guo
Computer Science Department
Tsinghua University
Beijing 100084 CHINA
Phone: +86 1 2594895
Fax:+86 1 2562768
Email: chengming%bepc2@slacmh.slac.stanford.edu
or: chengming%bepc2@serv02.slac.stanford.edu

6. Program committee:

Sue Atkins
Oxford University Press, UK
E-MAIL: BTATKINS@vax.oxford.ac.uk

Nicoletta Calzolari
Institute of Computational Linguistics, CNR, Italy
E-MAIL: glottolo@icnucevm.cnuce.cnr.it

Kenneth Church
AT&T Bell Laboratory, USA
E-MAIL: kwc@research.att.com

Cheng-Ming Guo
Tsinghua University, China
E-MAIL: chengming%bepc2@slacmh.slac.stanford.edu

Judith Klavans
Columbia University, USA
E-MAIL: klavans@cs.columbia.edu

Paul Mc Kevitt
University of Sheffield, UK
E-MAIL: P.McKevitt@dcs.shef.ac.uk

Yoshihiko Nitta
Hitachi Advanced Laboratory, Japan
E-MAIL: nitta@harl.hitachi.co.jp

Yorick Wilks
University of Sheffield, UK
E-MAIL: yorick@dcs.shef.ac.uk

Toshio Yokoi
EDR, Japan
E-MAIL: yokoi@edr.co.JP

Antonio Zampolli
Institute of Computational Linguistics, CNR, Italy
E-MAIL: glottolo@icnucevm.cnuce.cnr.it

Uri Zernik
E-MAIL: zernik@sol.crd.ge.com



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International Lexical Workshop
Tsinghua University
Computer Science Department
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