[Elsnet-list] CNL 2009 - Call for Submissions

Norbert E. Fuchs fuchs at ifi.uzh.ch
Sat Sep 6 23:00:55 CEST 2008

                                                 Call for Submissions

                                                         CNL 2009
                                Workshop on Controlled Natural Languages

                                           Marettimo Island, Sicily  
                                                   8-10 June 2009

Controlled natural languages (CNLs) are subsets of natural languages,  
by restricting the grammar and vocabulary in order to reduce or  
ambiguity and complexity. Traditionally, controlled languages fall  
into two
major types: those that improve readability for human readers, and  
those that
enable reliable automatic semantic analysis of the language. [...] The  
type of languages has a formal logical basis, i.e. they have a formal  
and semantics, and can be mapped to an existing formal language, such as
first-order logic. Thus, those languages can be used as knowledge  
languages, and writing of those languages is supported by fully  
consistency and redundancy checks, query answering, etc.

Various controlled natural languages of the second type have been  
developed by a
number of organisations, and have been used in many different  
domains, most recently within the semantic web.

This workshop is dedicated to discussing the similarities and  
differences of
existing controlled natural languages of the second type, possible  
to these languages, relations to other knowledge representation  
languages, tool
support, existing and future applications, and further topics of  

CNL 2009 will address the following aspects of controlled natural  

- design of CNLs
- parsing of CNLs
- CNLs for knowledge representation
- CNLs for specifications
- CNLs and the semantic web
- CNLs as user interface
- CNLs for interaction and communication
- tool support for CNLs
- reasoning in CNLs
- comparisons of CNLs
- applications of CNLs
- business rules
- user studies
- theoretical results
- etc.

The workshop will be informal with lots of time for presentations and
discussions in the fashion of the seminars organised at Dagstuhl in  
(http://www.dagstuhl.de/programm/dagstuhl-seminare). To ensure the  
atmosphere the number of participants will be limited.

Submission Details
We invite researchers to submit extended abstracts of exactly 4 pages  
references). These extended abstracts will be intensively reviewed by  
members of the programme committee. Authors of accepted extended  
abstracts will
be invited to present their research at the workshop. Revised versions  
of the
accepted abstracts will be published before the workshop as a  
technical report
of the Department of Informatics of the University of Zurich. During the
workshop authors will have one full hour to present their work and to  
have it
discussed by the participants. All authors are then invited to submit  
a full
paper of up to 20 pages (inclusive references) that takes the  
discussions during
the workshop into account.  Full papers will again be reviewed by the  
committee. Revised versions of the full papers will be published by  
Springer in
their LNCS/LNAI series.

Extended abstracts and full papers should use the Springer LNCS  
format. Extended
abstracts must be submitted electronically in PDF format. For  
submissions we use
EasyChair (http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cnl2009).

The workshop will take place on the Italian island Marettimo at the  
Residence (http://www.marettimoresidence.com/inglese/home.php) that  
consists of a set
of two-storey houses within a beautiful garden. On top of the garden  
of the
residence there is a large lecture hall with wireless internet.

Marettimo is the outermost of the Egadian Islands to the west of  
Sicily, and is
easily reached from the airports of Palermo and Trapani. Marettimo  
offers the
simple and relaxed life of southern Italy, unspoilt landscape,  
views, hiking, swimming, diving, boat trips, and excursions on  
donkeys.  There
are several restaurants and bars, and some shops. What the island does  
offer: traffic - there are practically no roads - fancy shops and  
night life, and sandy beaches.

The Marettimo Residence (http://www.marettimoresidence.com/inglese/home.php 
) offers
one- and two-bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens. A number  
apartments for the participants of CNL 2009 will be reserved until  
early 2009 at
a price 10% below the regular price. Participants should get into  
direct contact
with the Marettimo Residence to organise their accommodation.  
accommodations on Marettimo can be found via the internet.

Conference Dinner
A conference dinner will be arranged during the workshop, and will be  
individually by the participants.

Important Dates
Deadline for submissions of extended abstracts: 14 November 2008
Notification of acceptance of extended abstracts: 9 January 2009
Participants contact Marettimo Residence concerning accommodation: end  
of January 2009
Revised versions of extended abstracts: 13 March 2009
Workshop: 8-10 June 2009
Deadline of submission of full papers: 4 August 2009
Feedback on full papers: 2 October 2009
Revised versions of full papers: 6 November 2009

Program Committee
Piero Bonatti (University of Naples, Italy)
Johan Bos (University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy)
Peter E. Clark (Boeing, Seattle, USA)
Hamish Cunningham (University of Sheffield, UK)
Enrico Franconi (University of Bolzano, Italy)
Norbert E. Fuchs (University of Zurich, Switzerland) (chair)
Glen Hart (Ordnance Survey, Southampton, UK)
Jerry R. Hobbs (USC/ISI, USA)
Kaarel Kaljurand (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Peter Koepke (University of Bonn, Germany)
Tobias Kuhn (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Ian Pratt-Hartmann (University of Manchester, UK)
Stephen Pulman (University of Oxford, UK)
Mike Rosner (University of Malta, Malta)
Rolf Schwitter (Macquarie University, Australia)
John Sowa (VivoMind, USA)
Silvie Spreeuwenberg (LibRT, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Uta Schwertel (imc, Germany)
Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield, UK)

Further Information

Norbert E. Fuchs (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
fuchs at ifi.uzh.ch

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