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From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 07:23:41 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 728.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: Shuly Wintner <shuly_at_cs.haifa.ac.il> (28)
         Subject: ISCOL-06: Call for Presentations

   [2] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk> (15)
         Subject: Toward Computational Models of Literary Analysis

   [3] From: Miki Hermann <Miki.Hermann_at_lix.polytechnique.fr> (32)
         Subject: LPAR 2006 (Phnom Penh, Cambodia), Last CFP

   [4] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk> (56)
         Subject: Formal Ontology in Information Systems

   [5] From: Shuly Wintner <shuly_at_cs.haifa.ac.il> (39)
         Subject: Workshop on Large-scale Grammar Development and
                 Grammar Engineering

   [6] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk> (50)

   [7] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk> (99)

         Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 07:09:43 +0100
         From: Shuly Wintner <shuly_at_cs.haifa.ac.il>
         Subject: ISCOL-06: Call for Presentations

General information

ISCOL 2006, the Israeli Seminar on Computational Linguistics, will be
held at the University of Haifa on Thursday, June 29th, 2006.
See http://cl.haifa.ac.il/iscol06/index.shtml

We invite presentations of 20 minutes (plus 5 minutes discussion)
about original recent work on any topic in computational linguistics/
natural language processing.
Invited speaker

Gertjan van Noord, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Title TBA

Submission instructions
One-page abstracts, in plain text (ASCII) or PDF only (NO Word
documents, please), should be sent to shuly_at_cs.haifa.ac.il.
Submissions should include the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the
author(s), as well as the title. No more that two submissions per
author are allowed.
Deadline for submission

Please submit your abstract before May 14th, 2006.

Program Committee

Ido Dagan, Bar Ilan University
Michael Elhadad, Ben Gurion University
Alon Itai, Technion
Tsuguya Sasaki, Bar Ilan University
Yoad Winter, Technion
Shuly Wintner, University of Haifa (organizer)

The Seminar is supported by The Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de
Rothschild Foundation Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of
Computer Science.

         Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 07:10:29 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: Toward Computational Models of Literary Analysis

Many members of this group will be interested in a workshop scheduled
to take place on 22 May, "Toward Computational Models of Literary
Analysis". The workshop "aims to gather studies, achievements and
experiences from scholars belonging to different schools (literary
studies, linguistics, computing technologies, artificial
intelligence, human-computer interaction) in order to survey, compare
and assess currently independent research enterprises whose focus is
narrative and literary text analysis". See
for more information and the programme of papers.


Dr Willard McCarty | Reader in Humanities Computing | Centre for
Computing in the Humanities | King's College London | Kay House, 7
Arundel Street | London WC2R 3DX | U.K. | +44 (0)20 7848-2784 fax:
-2980 || willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/wlm/

         Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 07:11:45 +0100
         From: Miki Hermann <Miki.Hermann_at_lix.polytechnique.fr>
         Subject: LPAR 2006 (Phnom Penh, Cambodia), Last CFP

LPAR-13 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
http://www.lix.polytechnique.fr/~hermann/LPAR2006/ 13th-17th November 2006
                          Last Call For Papers
The 13th International Conference on Logic for Programming Artificial
Intelligence and Reasoning (LPAR-13) will be held 13th-17th November 2006,
at the Hotel Cambodiana, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Submission of papers for
presentation at the conference is now invited. Topics of interest include:
+ automated reasoning + propositional reasoning
+ interactive theorem proving + description logics
+ software verification + hardware verification
+ software testing + logic and ontologies
+ proof assistants + network and protocol verification
+ proof planning + nonmonotonic reasoning
+ proof checking + constructive logic and type theory
+ rewriting and unification + lambda and combinatory calculi
+ logic programming + knowledge representation and reasoning
+ modal and temporal logics + constraint programming
+ systems specification and synthesis + logical foundations of programming
+ model checking + computational interpretations of logic
+ proof-carrying code + logic and computational complexity
+ logic and databases + logic in artificial intelligence
+ reasoning for the semantic web + reasoning about actions
Full and short papers are welcome. Full papers may be either regular
papers containing new results, or experimental papers describing
implementations or evaluations of systems. Short papers may describe work
in progress or provide system descriptions. Submitted papers must be
original, and not submitted concurrently to a journal or another
The full paper proceedings of LPAR-13 will be published by Springer-Verlag
in the LNAI series. Authors of accepted full papers will be required to
sign a form transferring copyright of their contribution to Springer-Verlag.
The short paper proceedings of LPAR-13 will be published by the conference.

         Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 07:13:26 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: Formal Ontology in Information Systems

Final Call for Papers

International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems
http://www.formalontology.org/ <http://www.formalontology.org/>

Electronic abstracts: May 1, 2006
Final submissions: May 5, 2006

Papers should be submitted electronically at:

VISIT Web site for latest news!

Conference Description

Since ancient times, ontology, the analysis and categorisation of what
exists, has been fundamental to philosophical enquiry. But, until
recently, ontology has been seen as an abstract, purely theoretical
discipline, far removed from the practical applications of science.
However, with the increasing use of sophisticated computerised
information systems, solving problems of an ontological nature is now
key to the effective use of technologies supporting a wide range of
human activities. The ship of Theseus and the tail of Tibbles the cat
are no longer merely amusing puzzles. We employ databases and software
applications to deal with everything from ships and ship building to
anatomy and amputations. When we design a computer to take stock of a
ship yard or check that all goes well at the veterinary hospital, we
need to ensure that our system operates in a consistent and reliable
way even when manipulating information that involves subtle issues of
semantics and identity. So, whereas ontologists may once have shied
away from practical problems, now the practicalities of achieving
cohesion in an information-based society demand that attention must be
paid to ontology.

Researchers in such areas as artificial intelligence, formal and
computational linguistics, biomedical informatics, conceptual modeling,
knowledge engineering and information retrieval have come to realise
that a solid foundation for their research calls for serious work in
ontology, understood as a general theory of the types of entities and
relations that make up their respective domains of inquiry. In all
these areas, attention is now being focused on the content of
information rather than on just the formats and languages used to
represent information. The clearest example of this development is
provided by the many initiatives growing up around the project of the
Semantic Web. And, as the need for integrating research in these
different fields arises, so does the realisation that strong principles
for building well-founded ontologies might provide significant
advantages over ad hoc, case-based solutions. The tools of formal
ontology address precisely these needs, but a real effort is required
in order to apply such philosophical tools to the domain of information
systems. Reciprocally, research in the information sciences raises
specific ontological questions which call for further philosophical

The purpose of FOIS is to provide a forum for genuine interdisciplinary
exchange in the spirit of a unified effort towards solving the problems
of ontology, with an eye to both theoretical issues and concrete


Dr Willard McCarty | Reader in Humanities Computing | Centre for
Computing in the Humanities | King's College London | Kay House, 7
Arundel Street | London WC2R 3DX | U.K. | +44 (0)20 7848-2784 fax:
-2980 || willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/wlm/

         Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 07:14:11 +0100
         From: Shuly Wintner <shuly_at_cs.haifa.ac.il>
         Subject: Workshop on Large-scale Grammar
Development and Grammar Engineering

Large-scale Grammar Development and Grammar Engineering
Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation
University of Haifa, Israel, 25-28 June, 2006

Linguistically motivated approaches to Natural Language Processing
(NLP) in recent years have made significant advances in terms of
linguistic coverage, wealth of analysis and efficiency of processing.
However, large-scale grammar development still could benefit from
improvements in grammar engineering. The Workshop is intended as a
forum for discussing ongoing work in declarative, constraint- and
resource-based approaches, informed by linguistic theory. It will
cover various aspects of the computational implementation of grammars
based on linguistic knowledge, and in particular address issues of
grammar engineering and modularity. Relevant topics include, but are
not limited to:

- grammar development and grammar engineering
- modularity in grammar design
- grammar debugging, validation and evaluation
- mathematical and computational foundations of grammar engineering
- scalability of grammars and grammar processing frameworks
- cross-lingual and multilingual grammar development
- parallel grammars and meta-grammars
- the utility of linguistically informed grammars for NLP applications
- the interactions between linguistic theory and NLP
- using corpora for grammar development

The Workshop welcomes works on a variety of natural languages and in
a variety of frameworks and linguistic theories. It is intended to
serve as a meeting where researchers working on different aspects of
grammar development can exchange ideas, report on recent and on-going
work and discuss future directions.

The format of the Workshop is deliberately informal: it will include
oral presentations, both invited and contributed, but will leave
ample time for informal discussions, demonstrations and
brainstorming. The Workshop provides an opportunity to present the
current state-of-the-art, as well as future needs and directions.
Complete works as well as work in progress are equally welcome for
presentation. To encourage interaction and collaboration, an
extensive social program is planned, including a welcome reception, a
banquet and a one-day guided tour.


         Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 07:15:15 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>


                          CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

                        July 31 - August 11, 2006
                              Malaga, Spain

                (Extended Early registration deadline: May 14, 2006)

ESSLLI 2006 is organized by the Software Engineering Group of the University
of Malaga, under the auspices of FoLLI, the European Association for Logic,
Language and Information.

The main focus of ESSLLI is on the interface between linguistics, logic and
computation. The school has developed into an important meeting place and
forum for discussion for students, researchers and IT professionals
interested in the interdisciplinary study of Logic, Language and

The 18th edition of ESSLLI is offering 48 courses, organized into three
interdisciplinary areas (Language & Computation, Language & Logic, and Logic
& Computation), at a variety of levels (foundational, introductory,
advanced), as well as seven workshops.

All the information may be found at:


Foundational courses aim to provide truly introductory courses into a field.
The courses presuppose absolutely no background knowledge. In particular,
they should be accessible to people from other disciplines. Introductory
courses are intended to equip students and young researchers with a good
understanding of a field's basic methods and techniques, and to allow
experienced researchers from other fields to acquire the key competences of
neighboring disciplines, thus encouraging the development of a truly
interdisciplinary research community. Advanced courses are intended to
enable participants to acquire more specialized knowledge about topics they
are already familiar with. Workshops are intended to encourage collaboration

and the cross-fertilization of ideas by stimulating in-depth discussion of
issues which are at the forefront of current research in the field. In these
workshops, students and researchers can give presentations of their

In addition to courses and workshops a student session is being also
organized, with the aim of providing Masters and PhD students with an
opportunity to present their own work to a professional audience, thereby
getting informed feedback on their own results. Unlike workshops, the
student session is not tied to any specific theme.

If you are interested in presenting a paper to any of the ESSLLI workshops,
you can access to their call for papers through the following link

The early (extended) registration deadline is May 14, 2006.

Ernesto Pimentel
Local Organizing Committee Chair
University of Malaga

Dr Willard McCarty | Reader in Humanities Computing | Centre for
Computing in the Humanities | King's College London | Kay House, 7
Arundel Street | London WC2R 3DX | U.K. | +44 (0)20 7848-2784 fax:
-2980 || willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/wlm/

         Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 07:18:03 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>


The 12th ELSNET European Summer School on Language and Speech Communication


hosted by the University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
3 - 14 July 2006

Information Fusion is an everyday necessity in
complex speech and language systems although it
is rarely noticed as such. Systems in this area
are always composed of individual components
which need to co-operate towards a common goal.
The reason for such modularisation is obvious:
due to the many different layers and knowledge
sources usually involved, system components need
to be developed independently by different people
with different areas and degrees of
specialization. Moreover, there might be the
option or even the necessity to train such
components on vastly different kinds of data
sets. Often it is the case that a range of
solution alternatives exists for one and the same
processing task, each of them providing a partial
and unreliable but perhaps complementary
contribution to the overall behaviour of the
system. Here, the problem arises of how to
achieve a synergy between such competitive
approaches, even for tasks where the desired
processing result is no longer a trivial one.

Since all available solutions for speech and
language processing are approximations to a
conveyed ideal, system design has to account for
the inherent uncertainty of processing results on
all levels. this makes system integration a
problem of information fusion, which can be
considered as solved in some cases but it is
still an open research issue in others: for
speech recognition the contributions of the
acoustic models and the language model need to be
adjusted properly, whereas in translation a
target sentence has to be composed of partial
structures produced by e.g. an example-based
component and a deep-linguistic one. Other
examples can be taken from more ambitious task
like the integration of acoustic (speech and
noise) and visual data (lip movements, hand
gestures and facial expressions) in complex multimodal environments.

It is always astonishing to notice, how little
effort humans spend to integrate the available
information from such a diversity of sources.
Even more, multimodal information processing in
many cases leads to a facilitatory effect in the
sense that using evidence from a range of sensory
channels is faster than relying on a single one.
This, obviously, is contrary to the behaviour of
all the techniques we currently have at our
disposal when designing a complex speech and
language system. Therefore, the summer school
will depart from a survey of phenomena and
mechanisms for information fusion. It continues
with studying various approaches for sensor-data
fusion in technical systems, like robots. Finally
it will investigate the issue of information
fusion from the perspective of a range of speech
and language processing tasks, namely
  speech recognition and spoken language systems
  machine translation
  distributed and multilingual information systems
  multimodal speech and language systems

How different these application areas might look,
the underlying principles of and the approaches
towards information fusion seem to be comparable
if not even highly similar. It is the goal of the
summer school to highlight such similarities and
to inspire the cross-disciplinary transfer of ideas and solutions


  Information fusion for command and control,
Pontus Svenson (FOI Stockholm, Sweden)
  Audio visual speech recognition, Rainer
Stiefelhagen (University Karlsruhe, Germany)
  XML integration of natural language processing
components, Ulrich Schäfer, (DFKI, Germany)
  Hybrid Parsing, Kilian Forth and Wolfgang
Menzel (University of Hamburg, Germany)
  Ontologies for information fusion, Luciano Serafini, (ITC-IRST Trento, Italy)
  Syntax semantics integration in HPSG, Valia Kordoni, (DFKI Germany)
  Hybrid approaches in machine translation,
Stephan Oepen (University of Oslo, Norway)
  Ensemble based architectures, to be announced
  Information fusion in multi-document summarization, to be announced

Courses will have the duration of one week. Some
of them will include practical exercises
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