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

Razvan Bunescu bunescu at ohio.edu
Thu Jan 15 17:01:57 CET 2009

                    IJCAI 2009 Workshop
                July 13, 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 6, 2009
Deadline for short papers and demos    March 27, 2009
Notification of acceptance             April 17, 2009
Camera-ready papers due at IJCAI       May 8, 2009
Workshop date                          July 13, 2009


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)


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

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