[Elsnet-list] Call for participation: 3rd ROMAND workshop at COLING 2004

Vincenzo Pallotta Vincenzo.Pallotta at epfl.ch
Thu Jul 1 16:51:54 CEST 2004

(apologies for multiple copies)


3rd  workshop on RObust Methods in Analysis of Natural language Data

A satelite event of COLING 2004
University of Geneva - Switzerland
29th August  2004

[ http://lithwww.epfl.ch/romand2004/ ]

Robustness in Computational Linguistics has been recently recognized as 
a central issue for the design of interactive applications based on 
natural language communication. If a failure of the system can be 
acceptable in batch applications requiring a human intervention, an 
on-line system should be capable of dealing with unforeseen situations 
in a more flexible way. When we talk about system failure we do not 
think at inherent program failures like infinite loops or system 
exception, we consider, rather, failures related to the processing of 
the input and its assimilation in the system's knowledge base. A failure 
of this kind means simply that the system does not "understand" the 
input. The automated analysis of natural language data has become a 
central issue in the design of Intelligent Information Systems. 
Processing unconstrained natural language data is still considered an 
AI-hard task. However, various analysis techniques have been proposed in 
order to address specific aspects of natural language. In particular, 
recent interest has been focused on providing approximate analysis 
techniques, assuming that when perfect analysis is not possible, partial 
results may be still very useful.

ROMAND 2004 is the third of a series of workshops aimed at bringing 
together researchers that work in fields like artificial intelligence, 
computational linguistics, human-computer interaction, cognitive science 
and are interested in robust methods in natural language processing and 
understanding. Theoretical aspects of robustness in Natural Language 
Processing (NLP) and Understanding (NLU) are concerned by the workshop's 
theme, as well as engineering and industrial experiences.

The accepted papers covers topics related to robust syntactic parsing 
methods, robust semantic parsing and applications using robust parsing 
methods (semantic tagging, information extraction, question answering, 
document clustering). Please find the programme of the workshop at 
http://lithwww.epfl.ch/romand2004/programme.html. (See also below in 
this message)

Frank Keller, "Robust models of human parsing"

Workshop participants are invited to register at ROMAND2004. On-line 
registration to COLING and the ROMAND workshop are already open at: 
https://mcic.securesites.com/cgi-bin/mc/securereg.pl?ID=COLING04). The 
(late) registration fee is CHF 150 for regular participants, and  CHF 
120 for students. See the COLING web site 
(http://www.issco.unige.ch/coling2004/) for more details.

3rd ROMAND 2004 Workshop Organization


Vincenzo Pallotta
Amalia Todirascu

Scientific Program Committee:

Afzal Ballim
Alberto Lavelli
Alexander Clark
Amalia Todirascu
Atro Voutilainen
Bangalore Srinivas
C.J. Rupp
Dan Cristea
Diego Mollà-Aliod
Eric Wherli
José Iria
Fabio M. Zanzotto
Fabio Rinaldi
Frank Keller
Giovanni Coray
Günther Görz
Hatem Ghorbel
J.-Cédric Chappelier
Jean-Pierre Chanod
Joachim Niehren
John Carroll
Kay-Uwe Carstensen
Manuela Boros
Maria T. Pazienza
Martin Rajman
Patrick Ruch
Rodolfo Delmonte
Salah Ait-Mokhtar
Vincenzo Pallotta
Wolfgang Menzel

Local Organizers:

Vincenzo Pallotta
Amalia Todirascu
Violeta Seretan
Hatem Ghorbel

COLING Workshop Program Committee:

Michael Hess
Fiabio Rinaldi
Kai-Uwe Carstensen
Rolf Schwitter
Diego Molla

ROMAND 2004 Workshop Programme

Morning Session

8:30-9:00     Opening

9:00-10:00    Invited Talk Frank Keller "Robust models of human parsing"

10:00-10:30    An algorithm for open text semantic parsing, Lei Shi and 
Rada Mihalcea

10:30-11:00    A robust and hybrid deep-linguistic theory applied to 
large-scale parsing, Gerold Schneider, James Dowdall and Fabio Rinaldi

11:00-11:30    Coffee Break

11:30-12:00    Syntactic parser combination for improved dependency 
analysis, Francis Brunet-Manquant

12:00-12:30    Evaluating GETARUNS parser with GREVAL test suite, 
Rodolfo Delmonte

12:30-13:00    A step towards incremental generation of logical forms, 
Luísa Coheur, Nuno Mamede and  Gabriel G. Bès

13:00-14:00    Lunch Break

Afternoon Session

14:00-14:30    Using an incremental robust parser to automatically 
generate semantic UNL graphs, Nuria Gala

14:30-15:00    Recovering coherent interpretations using semantic 
integration of partial parses, John Bryant

15:00-15:30    Robust ending guessing rules with application to slavonic 
languages, Preslav Nakov and  Elena Paskaleva

15:30-16:00    Tea Break

16:00-16:30    Knowledge extraction using dynamical updating of 
representation, Aldo Dragoni, Guido Tascini, Luigi Lella and William 

16:30-17:00    Answer validation by keyword association, Masatsugu 
Tonoike, Takehito Utsuro and Satoshi Sato

17:00-17:30    WordNet-based text document clustering, Julian Sedding 
and Dimitar Kazakov

17:30-18:30    Final Panel

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