[Elsnet-list] Computational Semantics: IWCS-6

harry bunt Harry.Bunt at uvt.nl
Thu Sep 2 12:14:59 CEST 2004


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                    Sixth International Workshop on

                        COMPUTATIONAL SEMANTICS

                             (IWCS-6)

             January 12-14, 2005, Tilburg, The Netherlands

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                    Preceded by a joint 2-day meeting of 
              SIGSEM Working Group on the Representation of 
                    Multimodal Semantic Information 
                                 and   
        ISO TC37/SC4 Thematic Domain Group of Multimodal Content

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                          Endorsed by SIGSEM,
        the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Semantics

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                        SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

Tilburg University will host the Sixth International Workshop on
Computational Semantics (IWCS-6), which will take place on 12-14
January 2005. The aim of the workshop is to bring together
researchers interested in any aspects of the computation of
meaning in natural language, in multimedia objects, and in
multimodal messages.


                          TOPICS OF INTEREST

Areas of special interest for the workshop will be computational
aspects of semantic theories; theoretical aspects of the design of
language understanding systems and systems for multimodal
communication; and semantic annotation of natural language and
multimodal utterances. Papers are invited that are concerned with
topics in these areas, including, but not limited to, the following:

  * construction of representations of meaning in natural language
  * modelling and using context for semantic interpretation
  * learning lexical semantics from corpora
  * methodologies and tools for semantic annotation
  * information sources and their use in meaning computation
  * construction and use of underspecified representations of meaning
  * the semantic web and natural language semantics
  * referential relations to concepts in ontologies and repositories
  * machine learning of semantic structures
  * computational semantics of speech acts and dialogue acts
  * the computational semantics-pragmatics interface
  * dynamic interpretation in text, speech and dialogue
  * meaning representation in multimodal interaction
  * referential links within and across multiple modalities
  * gestural morphosyntax and its semantic interpretation
  * structural semantic relations in discourse and dialogue
  * semantic aspects of language generation
  * shallow processing and formal semantics
  * monotonicity and shallow reasoning in interpretation


                       JOINT SIGSEM/ISO MEETING

Immediately preceding IWCS-6, on 10-11 January 2005, the ACL SIGSEM
Working Group on the Representation of Multimodal Semantic Information
will have its fourth meeting at Tilburg University. This is a joint 
meeting with the newly formed Thematic Domain Group on Multimodal Content 
of the International Standards Organisation (Technical Committee 37, 
Subcommittee 4 on standardisation in language resources). In this meeting, 
members of the Thematic Domain Group will present initial efforts aimed at 
identifying interoperable concepts for semantic representation and 
annotation in 6 subdomains: 
- discourse relations
- dialogue acts;
- semantic roles;
- basic semantic relations;
- temporal objects and relations;
- referential entities and links
This meeting will be open to IWCS-6 participants. For more information 
see the SIGSEM Working Group website at 
http://let.uvt.nl/research/TI/sigsem/wg


                        INVITED SPEAKERS

                   Dafydd Gibbon (U. Bielefeld)
                   Alexander Koller (U. Saarbruecken)
                   Daniel Marcu (ISI, Marina del Rey)
                   Maarten de Rijke (Amsterdam)


                       PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

              James Allen            Alex Lascarides
              Patrick Blackburn      Reinhard Muskens
              Johan Bos              Martha Palmer
              Harry Bunt (chair)     Manfred Pinkal
              Nicoletta Calzolari    Massimo Poesio
              Robin Cooper           Steve Pulman
              Kees van Deemter       Alan Ramsay
              Jan van Eijck          Maarten de Rijke
              Dafydd Gibbon          Laurent Romary
              Jerry Hobbs            Patrick Saint Dizier
              Daniel Kayser          Mark Steedman
              Paul Mc Kevitt         Matthew Stone
              Adam Kilgarriff        Carl Vogel
              Emiel Krahmer          Bonnie Webber


                         ORGANISING COMMITTEE

              Harry Bunt             Reinhard Muskens
              Jeroen Geertzen        Ielka van der Sluis
              Yann Girard            Elias Thijsse
              Roser Morante          Anne Adriaensen(secretary)


                       SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Three types of submission are solicited: full papers, short papers,
and project abstracts.

Full papers
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Full papers are original papers of maximally 12 pages, that will be
published in the workshop proceedings and will have a full presentation
of about 30 minutes at the workshop.

Short papers
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Short papers are mini-papers of 3 pages, that will be published in
the workshop proceedings and have a flash presentation at the
workshop. Authors of short papers are also invited to put up a
poster and participate in a poster session.

Project abstracts
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Project abstracts are brief descriptions of 2 pages of ongoing,
recently completed, or starting projects. They will be published in
the workshop proceedings and will be presented in a poster session.

Submission formats
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Submissions of all three types should be in postscript or pdf
format and prepared with LaTeX; see the IWCS-6 website
http://let.uvt.nl/research/TI/sigsem/iwcs/iwcs6 for more
information on the style files to be used. The page limits
presuppose standard 11 point Computer Modern font. Final versions
of accepted contributions will have to be submitted as LaTeX
source files to facilitate publication of the proceedings; we also
aim at publishing a selection of accepted papers in book form
after the workshop.

Email your postscript or pdf file to: computational.semantics at kub.nl

Submission deadlines
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For full papers the submission deadline is 25 September 2004; for
short papers and project abstracts the deadline is 1 November.


                           IMPORTANT DATES

  25 September  2004 Submission of full papers
  25 October    2004 Notification of acceptance
  1  November   2004 Submission of short papers and project abstracts
  15 November   2004 Final papers due
  1 December    2004 Deadline for early registration
  10-11 January 2005 Joint Meeting of SIGSEM Working Group on the
                     Representation of Multimodal Semantic Information
                     and the ISO Thematic Domain Group on 
                     Multimodal Content
  12-14 January 2005 IWCS-6


                         FURTHER INFORMATION

Secretariat: Ms Anne Adriaensen
             Computational Linguistics and AI
             Tilburg University
             PO Box 90153
             5000 LE Tilburg
             The Netherlands
             Fax:   +31-13 466 31 10
             Phone: +31-13 466 30 60
             Email: computational.semantics at kub.nl

Website: http://let.uvt.nl/research/TI/sigsem/iwcs/iwcs6

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IWCS-6 is endorsed by SIGSEM, the ACL Special Interest Group in
Computational Semantics (see http://www.sigsem.org).
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