11.0430 calls for participation, papers

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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 430.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu> (108)
Subject: Call for Participation: SENSEVAL WSD Evaluation

[2] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu> (103)
Subject: Call for papers: Coling/ACL 98 workshop on Discourse
Relations and Discourse Markers

Date: Fri, 28 Nov 1997 11:05:47 -0500 (EST)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu>
Subject: Call for Participation: SENSEVAL WSD Evaluation Exercise

>> From: senseval-coord@itri.brighton.ac.uk

(This document is http://www.itri.brighton.ac.uk/events/senseval/cfp.txt)

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Sponsored by ACL SIGLEX

There are now many automatic Word Sense Disambiguation (WSD) programs
but it is currently very hard to determine which are better, which
worse, and where the strengths and weaknesses of each lie. There is
widespread agreement that the field urgently needs an evaluation
framework. Under the auspices of ACL SIGLEX, a pilot will take place
in the course of 1998. As in ARPA evaluations, the framework comprises:

1) definition of task and scoring metric
2) preparation of a set of manually tagged correct answers
3) a dry run, with sample data distributed to participants
4) distribution of test data to participants
5) participants sense-tag and return the data
6) participants' taggings scored against correct answers
7) workshop to discuss results, lessons learned, way forward

We shall be undertaking evaluation for English, French, German,
Italian and Spanish. The workshop will be held at

Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex, UK
Sept 2-4 1998

If you have a working WSD program (or will have one by Summer 1998),
and would like to subject it to objective, quantitative evaluation, or
if you have skills or resources that you would like to contribute to
the exercise, first look at


and then mail your expression of interest to


Provisional timetable
By end of
Dec 97: expressions of interest to be registered
Mar 98: 'dry run' data samples distributed to participants
May 98: test data distributed to participants, and, one week
later, returned with taggings
Jul 98: correct answers and scores made available
Sep 98: workshop

The workshop will comprise:

(1) reports/papers on the manual tagging and other aspects of
the evaluation exercise
(2) reports/papers from participants on the design and
performance of their system
(3) other related research papers
(4) working sessions on the way ahead for WSD evaluation

The deadline for "other related research papers" is

16th April 1998

* Preference will be given to papers discussing WSD, with particular
attention to evaluation issues
* Maximum submission length: 6 pages
* First page to include title, abstract, and author's name(s) and
contact details
* Electronic submission of postscript documents permitted but must be
supported by hard copy to arrive not later than 7th April
(in case of printing problems).
email: senseval-submissions@itri.bton.ac.uk
hard copy: SENSEVAL Submissions
University of Brighton
Lewes Road
Brighton BN2 4GJ, UK

A background paper is available on


Planning and Programme Committee

Robert Amsler Science and Engineering Associates, Inc.
Susan Armstrong ISSCO, University of Geneva
Roberto Basili University of Rome, Tor Vergata
Henri B\'{e}joint University of Lyon II
Bran Boguraev Apple Computers
Nicoletta Calzolari Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Pisa
John Carroll University of Sussex
Steve Crowdy Addison Wesley Longman
Roger Evans ITRI, University of Brighton
Helmut Feldweg University of T\"{u}bingen
Christiane Fellbaum WordNet, Princeton University
Patrick Hanks Oxford University Press
Marti Hearst University of California, Berkeley
Lynette Hirschman MITRE Corporation
Nancy Ide Vassar College
Adam Kilgarriff (co-ordinator) ITRI, University of Brighton
Judith Klavans Columbia University
Ramesh Krishnamurthy University of Birmingham
Robert Krovetz NEC Research Institute, New Jersey
Marc Light University of Stuttgart
Dan Melamed University of Pennsylvania
Rosamund Moon Collins and University of Birmingham
Boyan Onyshkevych US Department of Defense
Martha Palmer (ACL SIGLEX chair) University of Pennsylvania
Philip Resnik University of Maryland
Michael Rundell Lexicographer
Hinrich Sch\"{u}tze Xerox Parc and Stanford University
Fr\'{e}d\'{e}rique Segond Xerox Research Centre, Grenoble
Jean V\'{e}ronis Universit\'{e} de Provence
Evelyne Viegas New Mexico State University
Clare Voss ARL (US Army Research Lab)
Piek Vossen University of Amsterdam
Jan Wiebe New Mexico State University
Yorick Wilks University of Sheffield
David Yarowsky Johns Hopkins University
Antonio Zampolli University of Pisa

(This document is http://www.itri.brighton.ac.uk/events/senseval/cfp.txt)

Date: Fri, 28 Nov 1997 11:07:22 -0500 (EST)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu>
Subject: Call for papers: Coling/ACL 98 workshop on Discourse Relations and Discourse Markers

>> From: Eduard Hovy <hovy@ISI.EDU>

Call for papers

Coling/ACL 98 workshop
Discourse Relations and Discourse Markers

August 15, 1998
Universite de Montreal

The notion of discourse relation has received many interpretations, some
of which are hardly compatible with one another. Nonetheless, there is a
consensus among researchers that intersegment relations hold between
adjacent portions of a text and that these relations may be signalled by
linguistic means, including so-called cue phrases, aspect and mood shifts,
theme inversions, and other markers.

The workshop intends to bring together researchers working on discourse
relations and discourse markers in different linguistic traditions and
different NLP applications. The particular focus of the workshop is
the issue of discourse relations from the viewpoint of linguistic
realization. Specifically, contributions should address one or more of
the following questions:

* What are sound methodologies for comparing similar discourse markers
(contrastive studies, distribution analyses, etc.)?

* What are sound methodologies for relating discourse relations with
potential realizations?

* Are there discourse relations that are *always* lexically signalled?
Are there any that are *never* lexically signalled?

* What non-lexical (i.e., syntactic or prosodic) means are used to signal
a relation?

* In production, how does one decide whether to signal a relation at

* In production, how does one motivate a choice among candidate signals
for a given relation?

* In production, how does the choice of signal interact with other
decisions (in particular, those of linearizing some tree or graph

* In analysis, is it possible to reliably infer discourse relations from
surface cues?

* In analysis, how can one disambiguate polysemous signals such as
"and", "since" (temporal or causal) etc.?

* What are useful lexical representations of discourse markers, for both
analysis and production?

* What are useful representations of discourse relations (and the entities
they relate), such that they facilitate the realization decision? What
features would one like to have handy in a representation so that choices
can be made easily?

* Are there significant differences between realizations in spoken and
written language?

* How do individual languages differ in terms of any of the above issues?

Organizing committee

The workshop is organized by
Manfred Stede (Technical University, Berlin)
Leo Wanner (University of Stuttgart)
Eduard Hovy (ISI/USC, Marina del Rey)

This call for papers as well as future information on the workshop can
be found at http://www.cs.tu-berlin.de/~marker/aclcolingws.html

Requirements for submission

Papers are invited that address any of the topics listed above. Maximum
length is 8 pages including figures and references. Please use A4 or US
letter format and set margins so that the text lies within a rectangle of
6.5 x 9 inches (16.5 x 23 cm). Use classical fonts such as Times Roman or
Computer Modern, 11 to 12 points for text, 14 to 16 points for headings
and title. LaTeX users are encouraged to use the style file provided by
ACL: http://coling-acl98.iro.umontreal.ca/colaclsub.sty.

Papers can be submitted either electronically in PostScript format, or
as hardcopies. Submission from North America should be sent to:
Eduard Hovy
Information Sciences Institute
4676 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695

Submissions from elsewhere should be sent to either of the following:
Manfred Stede Leo Wanner
TU Berlin Computer Science Department
KIT Project Group Intelligent Systems
Sekr. FR 6-10 University of Stuttgart
Franklinstr. 28/29 Breitwiesenstr. 20-22
D-10587 Berlin D-70565 Stuttgart
Germany Germany
stede@cs.tu-berlin.de wannerlo@informatik.uni-stuttgart.de


Deadline for electronic submissions: March 10, 1998
Deadline for hardcopy submissions: March 13 (arrival date)
Notification of acceptance: May 1, 1998
Final manuscripts due: June 12, 1998

Program committee

o Sandra Carberry (U Delaware)
o Barbara DiEugenio (U Pittsburgh)
o Eduard Hovy (USC/ISI)
o Alistair Knott (U Edinburgh)
o Alex Lascarides (U Edinburgh)
o Owen Rambow (Cogentex Inc.)
o Ted Sanders (U Utrecht)
o Donia Scott (U Brighton)
o Wilbert Spooren (U Tilburg)
o Manfred Stede (TU Berlin)
o Keith Vander Linden (Calvin College)
o Marilyn Walker (ATT Laboratories)
o Leo Wanner (U Stuttgart)

Eduard Hovy
email: hovy@isi.edu USC Information Sciences Institute
tel: 310-822-1511 ext 731 4676 Admiralty Way
fax: 310-823-6714 Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6695
project homepage: http://www.isi.edu/natural-language/nlp-at-isi.html

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