5.0276 Natural Language Generation: Call for Papers (1/94)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Mon, 12 Aug 1991 18:33:51 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0276. Monday, 12 Aug 1991.

Date: Fri, 09 Aug 91 19:47:15 BST
From: Robert Dale <rda@cogsci.edinburgh.ac.uk>

Call for Papers
The Sixth International Workshop on Natural Language Generation
Castel Ivano, Trento, Italy, 5th--7th April 1992



Following on from the five previous International Workshops on Natural
Language Generation, this workshop aims to bring together researchers
in a rapidly consolidating field. We intend to structure the workshop
around a number of emerging topic areas:

Multi-modality: the practical and theoretical issues underlying
the development of systems that integrate language generation
with other media (such as graphics, maps, and forms).

The representation and use of syntactic knowledge: we particularly
welcome papers which attempt to bridge the gap between earlier
phrase structure grammar based approaches, systemic
approaches, and newer constraint-based approaches, and
discussions of how these approaches address the motivation of
syntactic choice.

Approaches to text planning: a number of approaches to discourse
structure (such as RST, DRT and schemas) have relevance to
text planning. What are their respective strengths and,
especially, weaknesses? In what areas do we need additional

Applications of NLG: the use of language generation techniques
in, for example, expert system explanation, machine
translation, dialogue systems, and report generation; their
implications for more theoretical issues.

Multi-linguality: the effects upon system architecture and underlying
representation of building systems which generate text in more
than one language. To what extent is it possible to build
plug-and-play realization components for different languages
for use with generic text planners?


Contributors interested in participating in this workshop are
initially requested to submit A PAPER OF 10 PAGES in length. Papers
will be reviewed by an international programme committee. Accepted
papers will be returned for polishing and revision into full length
papers before inclusion into the workshop proceedings, which will be
published as a book. The cover page of the draft paper should include
the title, the name(s) of the author(s), complete addresses (including
email address and fax number if available), a short (10 line) summary,
and a specification of the topic area. Send to:

Mail: Robert Dale
Centre for Cognitive Science, University of Edinburgh
2 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LW, Scotland
Tel: (+44) 31 650 4416
Fax: (+44) 31 662 4912
Email: R.Dale@uk.ac.ed


Submissions are due at the above address NO LATER THAN 4TH NOVEMBER 1991,
either by paper mail, email (in LaTeX form), or fax; notifications of
acceptance should be received by authors BY 6TH JANUARY 1992; camera
ready versions of the final papers are due 17TH FEBRUARY 1992.
Approximately 15 papers will be accepted for presentation at the
workshop and subsequent inclusion in the book.

Note the change of submission date and change in length of paper required.


Attendance at the workshop will be limited to around 50 people. The
workshop has been timed to follow the Third Conference on Applied
Natural Language Processing, being held in Trento, Italy from 1st--3rd
April 1991. Details of this conference can be obtained from Oliviero
Stock, IRST, 38050 Povo (Trento), Italy; Tel: (+39) 461 81444,
email: stock@irst.it

The cost of the workshop, including accommodation and meals, is
expected to be in the region of $300 per person. Financial support
for the workshop is being sought. The workshop is co-sponsored by the
Esprit Basic Research Actions and the Special Interest Group on
Generation of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

Organising Committee:

Robert Dale, Eduard Hovy, Dietmar Rosner and Oliviero Stock.