[Elsnet-list] CfP: IJCAI'09 workshop on User-contributed knowledge and Artificial Intelligence / July 2009, Pasadena, CA, USA

Razvan Bunescu bunescu at ohio.edu
Fri Nov 28 22:33:20 CET 2008

IJCAI 2009 Workshop
                 July 2009, Pasadena, California, USA

                          CALL FOR PAPERS


The performance of an Artificial Intelligence system often depends 
on the amount of world knowledge available to it. During the last 
decade, the AI community has witnessed the emergence of a number 
of highly structured knowledge repositories whose collaborative 
nature has led to a dramatic increase in the amount of world 
knowledge that can now be exploited in AI applications. Arguably, 
the best-known repository of user-contributed knowledge is 
Wikipedia. Since its inception less than eight years ago, it has 
become one of the largest and fastest growing online sources of
encyclopedic knowledge. One of the reasons why Wikipedia is appealing
to contributors and users alike is the richness of its embedded
structural information: articles are hyperlinked to each other and
connected to categories from an ever expanding taxonomy; pervasive
language phenomena such as synonymy and polysemy are addressed through
redirection and disambiguation pages; entities of the same type are
described in a consistent format using infoboxes; related articles
are grouped together in series templates.

Many more repositories of user-contributed knowledge exist besides
Wikipedia. Collaborative tagging in Delicious and community-driven
question answering in Yahoo! Answers and Wiki Answers are only a few
examples of knowledge sources that, like Wikipedia, can become a
valuable asset for AI researchers. Furthermore, AI methods have 
the potential to improve these resources, as demonstrated recently 
by research on personalized tag recommendations, or on matching user 
questions with previously answered questions. Consequently, 
we believe the time is ripe for a dedicated event focused on the 
synergy between repositories of user-contributed knowledge and 
the research in Artificial Intelligence.

The workshop is intended to be highly interdisciplinary. We encourage
participation of researchers from different perspectives, including
(but not limited to) machine learning, computational linguistics,
information retrieval, information extraction, question answering,
knowledge representation, and others. We also encourage participation
of researchers from other areas who might benefit from the use of
large bodies of machine-readable knowledge.


Topics covered by this workshop include, but are not limited to:

 * Using user-contributed knowledge as a source of training data for
  AI tasks
 * Automatic methods for improving the quality of user contributions
 * Routing tasks to people who have the expertise to perform them
 * Integrating Wikipedia with existing ontologies (e.g. WordNet, CYC,
 * Extracting annotated data from user contributions
 * Enriching user contributions with new types of structural
 * User-contributed knowledge and the Semantic Web / Web 2.0
 * Automatic extraction and use of cross-lingual information
 * Computerized use of satellite Wiki projects such as Wiktionary,
  Wikibooks or Wikispecies


The workshop is planned as a one-day event (full day), which will 
consist of an invited talk, paper and demo presentations, and 
a discussion panel.


We invite the submission of regular full papers (up to 6 pages),
short papers reporting on late-breaking results (up to 3 pages), and
descriptions of system demonstrations (up to 1 page) using the IJCAI 
style. Submissions that have been accepted for publication elsewhere 
or are under review for another conference must clearly state so on 
the front page of the paper. 

Submissions should be properly anonymized to make them suitable for 
double-blind review. The papers will be submitted through the following 
EasyChair site:


Deadline for long paper submission:    March 6th, 2009
Deadline for short papers and demos:   March 27th, 2009
Notification of acceptance:            April 17th, 2009
Camera-ready papers due at IJCAI:      May 8th, 2009
Workshop date:                         between July 11 and July 13, 2009
                                       (not yet finalized)


Razvan Bunescu, Ohio University (http://ace.cs.ohio.edu/~razvan)
Evgeniy Gabrilovich (http://research.yahoo.com/~gabr)
Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas (http://www.cs.unt.edu/~rada)
Vivi Nastase, EML Research (http://www.eml-r.org/~nastase)


1.  Michele Banko, University of Washington
2.  Misha Bilenko, Microsoft Research
3.  Yunbo Cao, Microsoft Research
4.  Timothy Chklovski, Structured Commons
5.  Andras Csomai, Google
6.  Silviu Cucerzan, Microsoft Research
7.  James Fan, IBM
8.  Iryna Gurevych, TU Darmstadt, Germany
9.  Eduard Hovy, USC / Information Sciences Institute
10. Rohit Kate, University of Texas at Austin
11. Ravi Kumar, Yahoo! Research
12. Oren Kurland, Technion, Israel
13. Lillian Lee, Cornell University
14. Daniel Marcu, USC / Information Sciences Institute
15. Shaul Markovitch, Technion, Israel
16. Hwee Tou Ng, National University of Singapore
17. Vincent Ng, University of Texas at Dallas
18. Bo Pang, Yahoo! Research
19. Patrick Pantel, Yahoo! Research
20. Marius Pasca, Google
21. Simone Paolo Ponzetto, EML Research, Germany
22. John Prager, IBM
23. Michael Strube, EML Research, Germany
24. Mihai Surdeanu, Stanford
25. Peter Turney, National Research Council, Canada
26. Dan Weld, University of Washington
27. Michael Witbrock, CYC
28. Qiang Yang, HKUST, Hong Kong
29. Hugo Zaragoza, Yahoo! Research


For additional information about the workshop, please visit the workshop
Web site at http://lit.csci.unt.edu/~wikiai09

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