[Elsnet-list] Call for Proposals: JHU Summer Workshop on Language Engineering

Jason Eisner jason at cs.jhu.edu
Thu Sep 23 18:38:01 CEST 2004


The Center for Language and Speech Processing at the Johns Hopkins
University invites research proposals for an NSF-funded Summer Workshop on
Language Engineering, to be held in Baltimore, MD, USA, from July 11 to
August 19, 2005.

The deadline for submitting proposals is October 15, 2004.

You may already have a good idea of the purpose of these six-week summer
workshops, which we have hosted every year since 1995.  Each workshop
team (eight or more people) explores a specific research topic that will
help advance the state of the art in some area of Language Engineering,
such as

* Speech recognition
* Trans-lingual information detection and extraction
* Machine translation
* Speech synthesis
* Information retrieval
* Topic detection and tracking
* Text summarization
* Question answering

The research topics explored by teams in previous workshops can serve
as good examples for your proposal (http://www.clsp.jhu.edu/workshops).

Once the topics are selected, we attempt to bring the best researchers
to the workshop for six weeks to work on them collaboratively.  Each
topic brings together a diverse team of leading researchers and
students.  The senior participants are university professors and
industrial and governmental researchers from widely dispersed
locations.  The graduate students are familiar with the field and are
selected in accordance with their demonstrated performance, usually by
the senior researchers.  The undergraduates, selected through a
national search, are entering seniors who are new to the field and who
have shown outstanding academic promise.

We are soliciting proposals for research projects from a wide range of
academic and government institutions, as well as from industry.  An
independent panel of experts will screen all proposals received by the
deadline for suitability to the workshop goals and format.  Results of
this screening will be announced no later than October 22, 2004.
Proposals passing this initial screening will be presented to a
peer-review panel that will meet in Baltimore.  This meeting is
tentatively scheduled for November 12 - 14, 2004.  One or two authors
of the screened proposals and other leading researchers will be
invited to this meeting.  It is expected that the proposals will be
revised at this meeting to address any outstanding concerns or new
ideas.  Out of these panel reviews and ensuing discussion, three or
four research topics will finally be selected for the 2005 workshop.
Authors of successful proposals will typically be the team leaders.

Would you be interested and available to participate in the 2005
Summer Workshop?  If so, we ask that you submit a one-page research
proposal for consideration, detailing the problem to be addressed and
a rough work agenda for the workshop.  If your proposal passes the
initial screening, we will invite you to join us for the
organizational meeting in Baltimore (as our guest) for further
discussions aimed at consensus.  If a topic in your area of interest
is chosen as one of the three or four to be pursued next summer, we
expect you to be available for participation in the six-week workshop.
We are not asking for an ironclad commitment at this juncture, just a
good-faith understanding that if a project in your area of interest is
chosen, you will want to have an active role in pursuing it.

Proposals may be faxed (410-516-5050), e-mailed (clsp at jhu.edu) or
sent via regular mail (CLSP, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles
St., Barton 320, Baltimore, MD 21218).

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