[Elsnet-list] FLAIRS 2005 - Natural Language based Knowledge Representations

Vivi Nastase vnastase at site.uottawa.ca
Fri Sep 24 17:20:16 CEST 2004

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FLAIRS 2005 Special Tracks    

      Natural Language based Knowledge Representations: New Perspectives
         Special Track at the 18th International FLAIRS Conference 
            In cooperation with the American Association for Artificial 

      Adam's Mark Hotel 
      Clearwater Beach, FL 
      May 16-18, 2005 

      Paper submission deadline: Friday, October 22, 2004.  
      Notifications sent by: Wednesday, January 7, 2005.  
      Final papers due: Friday, February 4, 2005.  

      Special Track Coordinator 

      Vasile Rus 
      Indiana University - South Bend 

      Preliminary Call for Papers

      The goal of this Special Track is to re-assess the status of Natural 
      Language (NL) based Knowledge Representations (KR) and systems. It was 
      believed that NL-based KR systems would deliver representational and 
      inferential properties of natural language but the hard issues in NL such 
      as ambiguity, context-dependency and the complexity of syntax, semantics 
      and pragmatics limited in the past the progress of building promising 
      knowledge processing systems.  
      Among the advantages of building NL-based KR systems are: 

        NL-based systems would be user friendly 
        Most human knowledge is encoded and transmitted via natural language and 
        thus NL-based KR are a natural development  
        searching on the Internet has become a necessity and a daily task for 
        most of us; natural language is heavily used in this task since more 
        than 90% of the web information is textual 
        NL-based knowledge processing sytems would provide a uniform symbolic 
        representation for encoding knowledge and processing it 
        it is hard to match expressiveness and precision of natural language, 
        particularly in not (well) formalized domains 

      Recent advances of Natural Language Processing (NLP) in the areas of 
      syntactic parsing, semantics and pragmatics have opened new perspectives 
      for developing expressive KR and building promising NL-based knowledge 
      processing systems. A special track to re-assess the new perspectives is 
      needed and this Special Track aims to satisfy this need.  

      We invite highly original papers that describe: 

        novel, expressive NL-based representations 
        multi-level representations 
        NL-based inference methods and reasoning engines 
        evaluation techniques for NL-based KR 
        challenges in NL-based representations and in deriving such 
        representations from NL texts, especially how recent advances in NL 
        technologies provide new opportunities for knowledge aquisition and 
        techniques for coreference resolution, word sense disambiguation, 
        information extraction, predicate-argument structure, frame semantics, 
        preposition semantics, syntactic parsing, named entity recognition, etc. 
        and their impact on NL-based KR 
        NL-based KR in dialogue management 
        NL-based KR in Question/Query Answering 
        NL-based KR in auto tutoring systems  
        NL-based KR in Information Retrieval 
        large knowledge bases construction using NL-based KR 
        scalability issues of systems built using NL-based KR 
        other related issues 

      Submission Guidelines 
      Interested authors should format their papers according to AAAI formatting 
      guidelines. The papers should not exceed 6 pages and are due by October 
      22, 2004. Please note the change from 5 to 6 pages from the first CFP. 
      Additional pages (7 and more) have to be cleared by the program chairs and 
      will be $100 each. The papers should not identify the author(s) in any 
      manner. Authors should indicate the special track if one exists that 
      closely matches the topic of their paper. All submissions will be done 
      electronically via the FLAIRS web submission system available through the 
      paper submission site at http://earth.cs.ccsu.edu/~flairs/submission.html. 
      Conference Proceedings 
      Papers will be refereed and all accepted papers will appear in the 
      conference proceedings which will be published by AAAI Press.  Selected 
      authors will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to a 
      special issue of the International Journal on Artificial Intelligence 
      Tools (IJAIT) to be published in 2006.  

      Organizing Committee 

      Vasile Rus, Indiana University 
      Vivi Nastase, University of Ottawa 

      Programme Committee 

      Jerry Hobbs, USC/ISI 
      Andrew Gordon, USC/ICT 
      Art Graesser, University of Memphis 
      Bob Givan, Purdue University 
      Lucja Iwanska, Georgia Southwestern State University 
      Fernando Gomez, University of Central Florida 
      Susan Haller, University of Wisconsin - Parkside 
      Tudor Muresan, Technical University of Cluj 
      Stephen Anthony, University of Sydney 
      Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas 
      Smaranda Muresan, Columbia University 
      Diana Inkpen, University of Ottawa 
      Zdravko Markov, Central Connecticut State University 
      Vasile Rus, Indiana University 
      Vivi Nastase, University of Ottawa 
      Boris Galitsky, University of London 
      David Ahn, University of Amsterdam 
      Valentin Jijkoun, University of Amsterdam 

      Further Information 

      Questions regarding the NL-based KR track should be addressed to 
      the track co-chairs:  
             Vasile  Rus at  vasile at cs.iusb.edu  
             Viviana Nastase at  vnastase at csi.uottawa.ca 

      Questions regarding paper submission should be addressed to the 
      FLAIRS-2005 program co-chairs:  
             Ingrid Russell, irussell at hartford.edu, University of Hartford  
             Zdravko Markov, markovz at ccsu.edu, Central Connecticut State 

      General questions concerning the conference should be addressed to 
      the FLAIRS-2005 conference co-chairs:  
             Diane Cook, University of Texas at Arlington 
             Lawrence Holder, University of Texas at Arlington 
             Special Tracks Coordinator 
             Todd Neller, Gettysburg College 
     Invited Speakers 
      Lawrence Hunter, University of Colorado 
      Martha Pollack, University of Michigan 
      Ted Senator, DARPA 
      David Stork, Ricoh and Stanford University 

      Conference Web Sites 

             Paper submission site: 

             NL-based KR special track web page: 

             FLAIRS-2005 conference web page: http://www.flairs.com/flairs2005/  

             Florida AI Research Society (FLAIRS): http://www.flairs.com  

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