19.297 symposium, colloquium, conferences

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 07:07:23 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 297.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: Brian Hurwitz <brian.hurwitz_at_kcl.ac.uk> (25)
         Subject: Joint Symposium, 24-25th Nov: Apothecaries, Art and
                 Architecture: Interpreting Georgian Medicine

   [2] From: Simon Harper <simon.harper_at_MANCHESTER.AC.UK> (44)
         Subject: WWW2006 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

   [3] From: "Jana Sukkarieh" <jana.sukkarieh_at_clg.ox.ac.uk> (71)
         Subject: FLAIRS 2006: Natural Language and Knowledge

   [4] From: lukasza_at_babel.ling.upenn.edu (40)
         Subject: Penn Linguistics Colloquium 30 First Call for Papers

         Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 06:51:44 +0100
         From: Brian Hurwitz <brian.hurwitz_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: Joint Symposium, 24-25th Nov: Apothecaries, Art and
Architecture: Interpreting Georgian Medicine


A Joint Symposium in honour of Roy Porter

Thursday 24 - Friday 25 November 2005

This is a joint venture organised by the Faculty of the History and Philosophy
of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London
and Dr Johnson's House. It is being held in honour of the late Professor Roy
Porter, one of the most prolific and accessible historians of medicine, with
support from the Society for the Social History of Medicine.

Two full days of presentations will take place at Apothecaries' Hall in
Blackfriars in the City of London, and there will be a reception at Dr
Johnson's House on the evening of 24 November. An excellent programme has been
put together with nearly 40 speakers from pre-eminent departments in
universities, colleges, museums, archives and historical societies from all
over the UK and the USA.

Details of the Symposium are available online via the Society of Apothecaries'
website: www.apothecaries.org where there is a link on the homepage to the
Symposium page where the flyer, programme and registration form can be viewed
and downloaded.

Alternatively, please contact the Symposium Office, Society of Apothecaries,
Apothecaries' Hall, Black Friars Lane, London EC4V 6EJ (email:
FacultyHP_at_apothecaries.org; tel: 020 7248 6648; fax: 020 7329 3177)

Brian Hurwitz
Professor of Medicine and the Arts
King's College London

         Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 06:58:17 +0100
         From: Simon Harper <simon.harper_at_MANCHESTER.AC.UK>
         Subject: WWW2006 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION


The International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2) invites
you to participate in the Fifteenth International World Wide Web
Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 22nd-26th 2006.
The conference is the prime venue for dissemination of Web research
and is held in association with ACM, BCS, ECS, IFIP and W3C.

*** WORKSHOPS (Submission Deadline: October 1, 2005)
Workshops provide an opportunity for researchers, designers, leaders,
and practitioners to explore current web R&D issues through a more
focused and in-depth manner than is possible in a traditional
conference session. Participants typically present position statements
and hold in-depth discussions with their peers within the workshop
setting. For more information and submission details see
http://www2006.org/workshops/ .

*** TUTORIALS (Submission Deadline: EXTENDED to November 1, 2005)
A program of tutorials will cover topics of current interest to web
design, development, services, operation, use, and evaluation. These
half and full-day sessions will be led by internationally recognized
experts and experienced instructors using prepared content. For more
information and submission details see
http://www2006.org/tutorials/ .

*** REFEREED PAPERS (Submission Deadline: November 4, 2005)
WWW2006 seeks original papers describing research in all areas of the
web. Topics include but are not limited to
# E* Applications: E-Communities, E-Learning, E-Commerce, E-Science,
                     E-Government and E-Humanities
# Browsers and User Interfaces
# Data Mining
# Hypermedia and Multimedia
# Performance, Reliability and Scalability
# Pervasive Web and Mobility
# Search
# Security, Privacy, and Ethics
# Semantic Web
# Web Engineering
# XML and Web Services
# Industrial Practice and Experience (Alternate track)
# Developing Regions (Alternate track)

Detailed descriptions of each of these tracks appear
at http://www2006.org/tracks/


         Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 07:00:05 +0100
         From: "Jana Sukkarieh" <jana.sukkarieh_at_clg.ox.ac.uk>
         Subject: FLAIRS 2006: Natural Language and Knowledge Representation


Special Track at FLAIRS 2006


Holiday Inn Melbourne Oceanfront, Melbourne Beach, FLORIDA, USA

MAIN CONFERENCE: 11-12-13 MAY 2006

Special track web page: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~lady0641/Flairs06_NL_KR
Main conference web page: http://www.indiana.edu/~flairs06


We believe the Natural Language Processing (NLP) and the Knowledge
Representation (KR) communities have common goals. They are both concerned
with representing knowledge and with reasoning, since the best test for the
semantic capability of an NLP system is performing reasoning tasks. Having
these two essential common grounds, the two communities ought to have been
collaborating, to provide a well-suited representation language that covers
these grounds. However, the two communities also have difficult-to-meet
concerns. Mainly, the semantic representation (SR) should be expressive
enough and should take the information in context into account, while the KR
should be equipped with a fast reasoning process.

The main objection against an SR or a KR is that they need experts
to be understood. Non-experts communicate (usually) via a natural language
(NL), and more or less they understand each other while performing a lot of
reasoning. An essential practical value of representations is their attempt
to be transparent. This will particularly be useful when/if the system
provides a justification for a user or a knowledge engineer on its line of
reasoning using the underlying KR (i.e. without generating back to NL).

We all seem to believe that, compared to Natural Language, the existing
Knowledge Representation and reasoning systems are poor. Nevertheless, for a
long time, the KR community dismissed the idea that NL can be a KR. That's
because NL can be very ambiguous and there are syntactic and semantic
processing complexities associated with it. However, researchers in both
communities have started looking at this issue again. Possibly, it has to do
with the NLP community making some progress in terms of processing and
handling ambiguity, the KR community realising that a lot of knowledge is
already 'coded' in NL and that one should reconsider the way they handle
expressivity and ambiguity.

This track is an attempt to provide a forum for discussion on this
front and to bridge a gap between NLP and KR. A KR in this track has a
well-defined syntax, semantics and a proof theory. It should be clear what
authors mean by NL-like, based on NL or benefiting from NL (if they are
using one). It does not have to be a novel representation.


   For this track, we will invite submissions including, but not limited to:

    a. A novel NL-like KR or building on an existing one
    b. Reasoning systems that benefit from properties of NL to reason with NL
    c. Semantic representation used as a KR : compromise between expressivity
and efficiency?
    d. More Expressive KR for NL understanding (Any compromise?)
    e. Any work exploring how existing representations fall short of
addressing some problems involved in modelling, manipulating or reasoning
(whether reasoning as used to get an interpretation for a certain utterance,
exchange of utterances or what utterances follow from other utterances) with
NL documents
    f. Representations that show how classical logics are not as efficient,
transparent, expressive or where a one-step application of an inference rule
require more (complex) steps in a classical environment and vice-versa; i.e.
how classical logics are more powerful, etc
    g. Building a reasoning test collection for natural language
understanding systems: any kind of reasoning (deductive, abductive, etc);
for a deductive test suite see for e.g. deliverable 16 of the FraCas project
(http://www.cogsci.ed.ac.uk/~fracas/). Also, look at textual entailment
challenges 1 and 2
    h. Comparative results (on a common test suite or a common task) of
different representations or systems that reason with NL (again any kind of
reasoning). The comparison could be either for efficiency, transparency or
    i. Knowledge acquisition systems or techniques that benefit from
properties of NL to acquire knowledge already 'coded' in NL
    j. Automated Reasoning, Theorem Proving and KR communities views on all


         Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 07:00:38 +0100
         From: lukasza_at_babel.ling.upenn.edu
         Subject: Penn Linguistics Colloquium 30 First Call for Papers

               The 30th Penn Linguistics Colloquium:
                          Call for Papers

The 30th Annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium will take place February 24-26,
2006 at the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia.

Keynote address:
Pauline Jacobson (Brown University): Direct Compositionality and Variable Free
Semantics: Taking the Surprise out of "Complex Variables"

Special session:
David Embick & Rolf Noyer (Penn): Distributed Morphology

Papers on any topic in linguistics and associated fields are welcome. We
particularly encourage submissions of work done in the Distributed Morphology
framework. If you wish to be considered for the special session, please
include DM in the 'keywords' field on the submission form. Speakers will have
20 minutes for their presentations and 5 minutes for discussion and questions.

Deadline: Abstracts are due Tuesday, November 15, 2005. Notification of
acceptance/rejection will be given by Monday, January 16, 2006.

Length: Please limit abstracts to one page, single- or double-spaced. An
additional page may be used for references, tables, and examples. Do
not include
your name or affiliation within the abstract.

Format: To facilitate the review process, please submit your abstract as a .pdf
file. If you cannot create .pdf files, you may submit a .doc, .rtf, or .txt
file, and we will convert it for you. However, since phonetic fonts are not
likely to output correctly, we ask that you set up a legend using standard
ASCII characters.

Submission: An online abstract submission form is available at the PLC
website: http://www.ling.upenn.edu/Events/PLC/plc30/

Proceedings: Conference proceedings will be published as a volume of the Penn
Working Papers in Linguistics. Speakers will be invited to provide camera-ready
copies of their papers after the Colloquium.

Email plc30_at_ling.upenn.edu
Visit http://www.ling.upenn.edu/Events/PLC/plc30/

Penn Linguistics Colloquium
Department of Linguistics
619 Williams Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

This event is supported by funding from GSAC, the Graduate Student Association
Council of University of Pennsylvania.
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