[Elsnet-list] CFP: ENLG-05

Jokinen, Kristiina P kjokinen at kouvola.helsinki.fi
Fri Dec 10 15:21:07 CET 2004


                   Call for Papers
 
      10th EUROPEAN WORKSHOP ON NATURAL LANGUAGE GENERATION
                   8-10 August 2005
                  Aberdeen, Scotland 
          (following IJCAI-05 in Edinburgh)
       http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/~gwilcock/ENLG-05/

Natural language generation (NLG) is a subfield of natural language processing that 
focuses on the generation of written texts in natural languages from some underlying 
non-linguistic representation of information, generally from databases or knowledge 
sources. Accomplishing this goal may be envisioned for a number of different purposes, 
including standardized and/or multi-lingual reports, summaries, machine translation, 
dialogue applications, and embedding in multi-media and hypertext environments. 
Consequently, the automated production of language is associated with a large number of 
highly diverse tasks whose appropriate orchestration in high quality poses a variety of 
theoretical and practical problems. Relevant issues include content selection, text 
organization, production of referring expressions, aggregation, lexicalization, and 
surface realization, as well as coordination with other media. 
The workshop continues a biennial series of workshops on natural language generation 
that has been running since 1987. Previous European workshops have been held at 
Royaumont, Edinburgh, Judenstein, Pisa, Leiden, Duisburg, Toulouse, and Budapest. The 
series provides a regular forum for presentation of research in this area, both for 
NLG specialists and for researchers who may not think of themselves as part of the NLG 
community. 
The 2005 workshop will span the interest areas of natural language generation and 
Artificial Intelligence, with a special focus on research that integrates NLG with 
AI, including vision, robotics, intelligent agents, and knowledge discovery. 
We also encourage papers that investigate the use of state-of-the-art generation 
technology in real world applications to handle both spoken and text output, and 
apply language generation techniques to interactive AI systems like communicating 
robots, to allow the user to enter into short conversations with the system in 
search for information. There will be demonstrations of working NLG systems, and 
special sessions for posters describing real-world applications and advanced 
language technology systems.

Topics of Interest
We welcome papers on formal, corpus-based, implementational and analytical work on 
conventional NLG topics (realisation, microplanning, etc), and especially papers 
with a focus on the following themes:
(1)     Embodied agents and robot communication (special track)
(2) NLG for real-world applications
(3) Use of ontologies in NLG
(4) Statistical methods for NLG
(5) Information organization for planning and NLG
(6) Robust methods and techniques for NLG
(7) Evaluation of NLG systems
We also welcome discussion on the challenges that these viewpoints pose for generation 
systems and applications, as well as new ideas and solutions for architectures and 
general frameworks. Especially, we invite research papers on applying natural language 
generation in interactive robotics and other AI systems.

Invited Speaker
Dr Kevin Knight (Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California)
will give an invited talk (subject to be announced). 

Submission of Papers and Abstracts
The program committee welcomes the submission of two types of papers: long papers 
describing theoretical contributions, and short papers describing ideas or project 
implementations. Long papers are presented orally and the short papers are presented 
as posters (not orally). Demos can be associated with short papers if desired, given
the presenters bring their own laptop.
Long papers must be no longer than 8 pages, including title page, examples, references, 
etc. In addition to this, two additional pages are allowed as an appendix which may 
include extended examples, algorithms, graphical representations, etc. Short papers 
should be 4 pages (including title page, examples, references, etc.)
Both long papers and short papers should be sent electronically to the e-mail address:
      enlg-05 at helsinki.fi
Papers must be submitted in pdf format, and must be received no later than April 1.
The format to use for papers and abstracts is the same as for IJCAI proceedings. 
Instructions as well as Word templates and Latex sources are available at:
http://ijcai05.csd.abdn.ac.uk/resources/ijcai05.pdf
The title page (no separate title page is needed) should include the following 
information:
           Title;
           Authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses;
           Thematic session, if any;
           Abstract (short summary up to 5 lines);

Important Dates
 Paper submissions:             1 April 2005
 Notification of acceptance:   13 May 2005
 Camera-ready copies due:       3 June 2005
 Workshop dates:             8-10 August 2005

Registration
The registration fees include attendance at the workshop and a copy of the
workshop proceedings. Registration instructions will be posted  at the 
workshop website.

Websites
Workshop website: http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/~gwilcock/ENLG-05/
IJCAI website: http://ijcai05.csd.abdn.ac.uk/

Workshop Publications
All accepted papers (long and short ones) will be published in the workshop 
proceedings.

Organising Committee
Chris Mellish, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, cmellish at csd.abdn.ac.uk 
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, ereiter at csd.abdn.ac.uk 
Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland, Kristiina.Jokinen at helsinki.fi 
Graham Wilcock, University of Helsinki, Finland, Graham.Wilcock at helsinki.fi

Programme Committee (to be extended)
John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany
Stephan Busemann, DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany
Alison Cawsey, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Nathalie Colineau, CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia
Sabine Geldof, Namahn, Belgium
Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada 
Kevin Knight, Information Sciences Institute, USA
Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
Geert-Jan Kruiff, DFKI, Germany
Mick O'Donnell, University of Edinburgh, UK
Cecile Paris, CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia
Paul Piwek, ITRI, University of Brighton, UK
Manfred Stede, University of Potsdam, Germany
Mariet Theune, University of Twente, The Netherlands
 


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