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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 762.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (51)
             Subject: workshop on temporal and spatial processing

       [2] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (26)
             Subject: FINAL CFP: ACL-2001 Workshop on Human Language

       [3] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (31)
             Subject: Beyond the Museum: Working with Collections in the
                     Digital Age

       [4] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (27)
             Subject: CFP: ACL-2001 Workshop on Data-Driven Machine

             Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 07:44:25 +0000
             From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
             Subject: workshop on temporal and spatial processing

    >> From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse@cs.rutgers.edu>

                                    FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

                                      WORKSHOP ON
                                 TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL
                                 INFORMATION PROCESSING


                                  ACL-2001 Conference
                                   Toulouse, France
                                      July 7, 2001

    Temporal and spatial information is ubiquitous in natural language, yet
    many challenging computational issues are relatively unexplored. This
    workshop will bring together researchers working on a variety of tasks
    that depend on representing spatial and temporal information in natural

    We invite papers on any topic dealing with automatic processing of
    spatial or temporal information in natural language. We welcome papers
    describing theoretical or practical work addressing issues in this area.

    As a special theme of this workshop, we would also like to encourage the
    discussion of common issues across spatial and temporal domains. For
    example, systems that process temporal or spatial information need to
    deal with *absolute* references ("November 18, 1999", "Toulouse"), as well as
    relative references ("now", "here", "two weeks ago", "thirty miles north
    of Paris"), and vague references ("some time in June", "a town in
    Provence", "nearly a year ago", "near Dusseldorf", "Tuesday morning", "southern
    England"). There are also many parallels between the way events are
    characterized in time and objects are characterized in space. For
    example, events can be described relative to some point or interval in time
    (e.g., "I met John yesterday", "he was crossing the street") while objects in
    space can be described in relation to some place, object, or in terms of
    movement (e.g., "the cup was on top of that", "it fell off").


    The topics covered will include corpus-based, knowledge-based, and
    hybrid approaches to:

         * resolution of temporal and spatial references, especially
           discourse-dependent ones
         * standards for encoding the values of temporal and spatial
           expressions in natural language
         * temporal and spatial characterization of events
         * establishing coreference, ordering and inclusion relations in spatial
           or temporal information
         * computational analysis of tense and aspect
         * semantics of indeterminate or vague temporal and spatial references
         * semantics and pragmatics of spatial and temporal prepositions
         * leveraging of ontologies for spatial and temporal information
         * reasoning about modals, i.e., possible events, necessary events,
           counterfactual events, etc.
         * application of logics for spatial and temporal reasoning
         * analysis of temporal and spatial aspects of narrative structure
         * generation of temporal and spatial references
         * linguistic and graphical representations

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             Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 07:45:20 +0000
             From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
             Subject: FINAL CFP: ACL-2001 Workshop on Human Language Technology

    >> From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse@cs.rutgers.edu>



    ACL/EACL 2001 Conference
    Toulouse, France
    July 6-7, 2001

    Human language technologies promise solutions to challenges in human
    computer interaction, information access, and knowledge management.
    Advances in technology areas such as indexing, retrieval, transcription,
    extraction, translation, and summarization offer new capabilities for
    learning, playing and conducting business. This includes enhanced
    awareness, creation and dissemination of enterprise expertise and know-how.

    This workshop aims to bring together the community of computational
    linguists working in a range of areas (e.g., speech and language
    processing, translation, summarization, multimedia presentation, content
    extraction, dialog tracking) both to report advances in human language
    technology, their application to knowledge management and to establish a
    road map for the Human Language Technologies for the next decade. The road
    map will comprise an analysis of the present situation, a vision of where
    we want to be in ten years from now, and a number of intermediate
    milestones that would help in setting intermediate goals and in measuring
    our progress towards our goals.

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    A Workshop web site has been set up at

             Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 07:48:43 +0000
             From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
             Subject: Beyond the Museum: Working with Collections in the
    Digital Age

    >> From: Stuart Lee <stuart.lee@computing-services.oxford.ac.uk>

    Beyond the Museum: Working with Collections in the Digital Age

    Friday 20 April 2001

    The Oxford Union Debating Chamber

    Organised jointly by: Humanities Computing Unit, University of Oxford, and
    the MDA

    <META>Cultural Heritage, Museums, Libraries, Archives, Collections,
    Dumbing Down</META>

                    ****DRAFT PROGRAMME NOW AVAILABLE****

    Speakers include: Lynne Brindley, British Library; Christopher Brown,
    Ashmolean Museum; Stephen Hepple, Ultralab; Chris Yapp, ICL Fellow; Mike
    Houlihan, Ulster Museum; Shirley Collier, Imperial War Museum; Josie
    Appleton, Spiked On-Line; John Wilson, BBC Radio 4; Ross Parry, Leicester
    University; and Bamber Gascoigne, Broadcaster and HistoryWorld.

    Is the new digital age the answer to the prayers of museums, archives, and
    libraries? Does it free up collections allowing unprecedented access
    facilities for scholars and the public? Or is it all built on a house of
    cards? Do the new technologies really offer us anything, and are they
    sidetracking the holders of the nation's heritage into areas that really
    have unproven benefits? Is funding being diverted away from more needy
    services? Can the museum, or similar institution, actually survive in such
    a fast-changing culture?

    These questions and many more will be answered in the one-day colloquium
    'Beyond the Museum'. For the last six years the Humanities Computing Unit
    (HCU) has organised a series of successful events which have discussed the
    place of technology in the spheres of literature, learning, and our
    cultural resources. In 2000 we brought together a number of illustrious
    speakers in the Oxford Union to discuss whether the Internet was 'Beyond
    Control' (http://www.hcu.ox.ac.uk/beyond/). This year the HCU is teaming
    up with the MDA (http://www.mda.org.uk) to present a discussion focusing
    on the nature of our cultural heritage in the digital age.

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             Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 07:50:15 +0000
             From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
             Subject: CFP: ACL-2001 Workshop on Data-Driven Machine Translation

    >> From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse@cs.rutgers.edu>


                                    7 July 2001
                                  Toulouse, France


    With the increased availability of online corpora, data-driven
    approaches have become central to the NL community. A variety of
    data-driven approaches have been used to help build Machine
    Translation systems -- example-based, statistical MT, and other
    machine learning approaches -- and there are all sorts of
    possibilities for hybrid systems. We wish to bring together proponents
    of as many techniques as possible to engage in a discussion of which
    combinations will yield maximal success in translation.

    We propose to center the workshop on Data Driven MT, by which we mean
    all approaches which develop algorithms and programs to exploit data
    in the development of MT, primarily the use of large bilingual corpora
    created by human translators, and serving as a source of training data
    for MT systems. The workshop will focus on the following topics:

    - statistical machine translation (modeling, training, search)
    - machine-learning in translation
    - example-based machine translation
    - acquisition of multilingual training data
    - evaluation of data driven methods (also with rule-based methods)
    - combination of various translation systems; integration of classical
        rule-based and data driven approaches
    - word/sentence alignment

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