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                           ACL/COLING-98
 
                            Workshop on
 
                 TRANSLINGUAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
                 CURRENT LEVELS AND FUTURE ABILITIES
 
              August 16, 1998 (following ACL/COLING-98)
          University of Montreal, Montreal (Quebec, Canada)
 
 
                          CALL FOR PAPERS
 
 
 
DESCRIPTION
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The development of natural language applications which handle
multi-lingual and multi-modal information is the next major challenge
facing the field of computational linguistics. Over the past 50 years,
a variety of language-related capabilities has been developed in areas
such as machine translation, information retrieval, and speech
recognition, together with core capabilities such as information
extraction, summarization, parsing, generation, multimedia planning
and integration, statistics-based methods, ontologies, lexicon
construction and lexical representations, and grammar. The next few
years will require the extension of these technologies to encompass
multi-lingual and multi-modal information.
 
Extending current technologies will require integration of the various
capabilities into multi-functional natural language systems. However,
there is today no clear vision of how these technologies could or
should be assembled into a coherent framework. What would be involved
in connecting a speech recognition system to an information retrieval
engine, and then using machine translation and summarization software
to process the retrieved text? How can traditional parsing and
generation be enhanced with statistical techniques? What would be the
effect of carefully crafted lexicons on traditional information
retrieval?
 
This workshop is a follow-on to an NSF-sponsored workshop held in
conjunction with the First International Conference on Language
Resources and Evaluation in Granada, Spain  (May 1998), at which an
international panel of invited experts will consider these questions
in an attempt to identify the most effective future directions of
computational linguistics research--especially in the context of the
need to handle multi-lingual and multi-modal information. The
follow-on ACL workshop is intended to open the discussion to the
computational inguistics community as a whole. The workshop will
include ample time for discussion. A report summarizing the
discussions at Granada will be available before the ACL workshop.
 
 
TOPICS
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The workshop will focus on the following fundamental questions:
 
1. What is the current level of capability in each of the major areas
   of the field dealing with language and related media of human
   communication?
 
2. How can (some of) these functions be integrated in the near future,
   and what kind of systems will result?
 
3. What are the major considerations for extending these functions to
   handle multi-lingual and multi-modal information, particularly in
   integrated systems of the type envisioned in (2)?
 
In particular, we will consider these questions in relation to the
following areas:
 
   o multi-lingual resources (lexicons, ontologies, corpora, etc.)
   o information retrieval, especially cross-lingual and cross-modal
   o machine translation
   o automated (cross-lingual) summarization and information
     extraction
   o multimedia communication, in conjunction with text
   o evaluation and assessment techniques for each of these areas
   o methods and techniques (both statistics-based and linguistics-
     based) of pre-parsing, parsing, generation, information
     acquisition, etc.
 
We invite submissions which report on work in these areas. All papers
should clearly identify how the work addresses the issues and
questions outlined above.
 
 
SUBMISSIONS
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Only hard-copy submissions will be accepted. Authors should submit six
(6) copies of the full-length paper (3500-5000 words).
 
Submissions should be sent to:
 
  Nancy Ide
  Department of Computer Science
  Vassar College
  124 Raymond Avenue
  Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0520
  USA
 
Style files and templates for preparing submissions can be found at
 
            http://coling-acl98.iro.umontreal.ca/Styles.html
 
The official language of the conference is English.
 
 
IMPORTANT DEADLINES
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   Submission Deadline:   March 23, 1998
   Notification Date:     May 15, 1998
   Camera ready copy due: June 15, 1998
 
 
SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
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   Charles Fillmore              University of California Berkeley, USA
   Robert Frederking             Carnegie Mellon University, USA
   Ulrich Heid (tentative)       University of Stuttgart, Germany
   Eduard Hovy                   Information Sciences Institute, USA
   Nancy Ide                     Vassar College, USA
   Lauri Karttunen (tentative)   Rank Xerox Research, France
   Kimmo Koskenniemi (tentative) University of Helsinki, Finland
   Mun Kew Leong                 National University of Singapore
   Joseph Mariani                LIMSI/CNRS, France
   Mark Maybury                  The Mitre Corporation, USA
   Sergei Nirenburg (tentative)  New Mexico State University, USA
   Akitoshi Okumura (tentative)  NEC, Japan
   Martha Palmer                 University of Pennsylvania, USA
   James Pustejovsky             Brandeis University, USA
   Peter Schaueble               ETH, Switzerland
   Oliviero Stock                IRST, Italy
   Felisa Verdejo                UNED, Spain
   Piek Vossen                   University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
   Wolfgang Wahlster             DFKI, Germany
 
 
ORGANIZERS
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   Robert Frederking, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
   Eduard Hovy, ISI, University of Southern California, USA
   Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
 
INFORMATION
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Information on the workshop can be found at
 
             http://www.cs.vassar.edu/~ide/translingual.html
 
Inquiries may be addressed to the organizers:
 
   Robert Frederking <[log in to unmask]>
   Eduard Hovy <[log in to unmask]>
   Nancy Ide <[log in to unmask]>