[Elsnet-list] Extended deadline: ENLG-05

Graham Wilcock graham.wilcock at helsinki.fi
Wed Mar 30 16:31:30 CEST 2005

*** Deadline extended to 8 April ***

8-10 August 2005
Aberdeen, Scotland
(following IJCAI-2005 in Edinburgh)


Sponsored by SIGGEN

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 (2001) and Budapest (2003). 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:

    * Embodied agents and robot communication (special track)
    * NLG for real-world applications
    * Use of ontologies in NLG
    * Statistical methods for NLG
    * Information organization for planning and NLG
    * Robust methods and techniques for NLG
    * 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


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 8.

The format to use for papers and abstracts is the same as for
IJCAI. Please follow the IJCAI formatting instructions and use the
supplied Word templates or Latex sources. 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: 8 April 2005 *** Extended deadline ***
    * Notification of acceptance: 13 May 2005
    * Camera-ready version due: 3 June 2005
    * Workshop dates: 8-10 August 2005


All accepted papers (long and short) will be published in the workshop

Workshop Organizers

    * Chris Mellish, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
    * Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
    * Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
    * Graham Wilcock, University of Helsinki, Finland

Programme Committee

    * John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany
    * Stefan Busemann, DFKI, Germany
    * Alison Cawsey, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland
    * Nathalie Colineau, CSIRO, Australia
    * Sabine Geldof, Namahn, Belgium
    * Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada
    * Kevin Knight, University of Southern California, USA
    * Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University, Netherlands
    * Geert-Jan Kruiff, DFKI, Germany
    * Mick O'Donnell, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
    * Cecile Paris, CSIRO, Australia
    * Paul Piwek, ITRI, University of Brighton, England
    * Manfred Stede, University of Potsdam, Germany
    * Mariet Theune, University of Twente, Netherlands

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