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LINGUIST List 19.1451

Wed Apr 30 2008

Confs: Computational Linguistics/USA

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        1.    Crystal Nakatsu, 5th International Natural Language Generation

Message 1: 5th International Natural Language Generation
Date: 29-Apr-2008
From: Crystal Nakatsu <cnakatsuling.osu.edu>
Subject: 5th International Natural Language Generation
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5th International Natural Language Generation
Short Title: INLG 2008

Date: 12-Jun-2008 - 14-Jun-2008
Location: Salt Fork, OH, USA
Contact: INLG Organizers
Contact Email: inlg2008ling.osu.edu
Meeting URL: http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/inlg2008/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The 5th International Natural Language Generation Conference (the Biennial
Meeting of the Special Interest Group in Natural Language Generation SIGGEN)
will be held June 12-14, 2008 in Salt Fork, Ohio, USA.

INLG is the leading international conference on research into natural language
generation. It has been held in Sydney, Australia in 2006
(http://www.ict.csiro.au/inlg2006/), at Brockenhurst, UK in 2004
(http://www.itri.brighton.ac.uk/inlg04/), in Harriman, NY, USA in 2002
(http://inlg02.cs.columbia.edu/), and in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel in 2000
(http://www.cs.bgu.ac.il/~nlg2000/). Prior to 2000, INLGs were International
Workshops, running every other year since 1984. INLG provides a forum for the
discussion, dissemination and archiving of research topics and results in the
field of text generation.

INLG 2008 will be held this year immediately prior to ACL:HLT 2008 (June 15-20),
in Salt Fork, OH (about 2 hours from Columbus, OH, the site of ACL:HLT 2008). In
addition to the INLG conference, there will be a special session for the
Referring Expression Generation Challenge (REG Challenge 2008).

INLG 2008
5th International Natural Language Generation Conference
Salt Fork, Ohio, June 12-14 (immediately prior to ACL-08:HLT)

Early Registration Ends May 9, 2008!
Online registration, venue and hotel information is available at:
We cordially invite all those with an interest in natural language generation to
participate in our upcoming conference.


Keynote Speakers:
Kiwako Ito and Shari Speer, The Ohio State University, USA
Matthew Stone, Rutgers, USA

Referring Expression Generation Challenge 2008

Paper and Poster Sessions (a list of accepted papers and posters can be found at
the end of this notice, and also at http://linguistics.osu.edu/inlg2008/papers.cfm),


Early Registration Ends May 9, 2008! (less than two weeks from now)

Registration is now open on the web site.
See http://linguistics.osu.edu/inlg2008/reg_info.cfm for details. Note that
INLG 2008's *all-inclusive* registration truly includes everything (such as
lodging and meals), except for some optional extras such as boating or horseback


The Salt Fork Resort and Conference Center is set in the relaxing and beautiful
setting of the Salt Fork State Park. In addition to exceptional conference
facilities, the resort and park also have beaches and pools for swimming,
hiking, fishing, boating, waterskiing, horseback riding, geo-caching and more.
During the meeting there will be birding hikes offered each morning and an
afternoon hike with an experienced local naturalist. We will also have a
conference banquet that includes an outdoor barbecue, Ohio-style, and bonfire.
All these activities incorporated into the premier international meeting for
research on natural language generation will make for an enjoyable and
community-building INLG 2008.
More details (including Travel Information) can be found at:

We look forward to seeing you in Salt Fork!

Michael White, Crystal Nakatsu, and David McDonald
OSU Linguistics and BBN Technologies
Email: inlg2008ling.osu.edu

List of Accepted Papers and Posters

Accepted Papers

Carlos Areces, Alexander Koller and Kristina Striegnitz
Referring Expressions as Formulas of Description Logic

Giuseppe Carenini and Jackie C. K. Cheung
Extractive vs. NLG-based Abstractive Summarization of
Evaluative Text: The Effect of Corpus Controversiality

Seniz Demir, Sandra Carberry and Kathleen McCoy
Generating Textual Summaries of Information Graphics

David DeVault, David Traum and Ron Artstein
Practical Grammar-Based NLG from Examples

Katja Filippova and Michael Strube
Dependency Tree Based Sentence Compression

Mary Ellen Foster
Automated metrics that agree with human judgements on generated output for an
embodied conversational agent

Albert Gatt and Anja Belz
Attribute Selection for Referring Expression Generation:
New Algorithms and Evaluation Methods

Yuqing Guo, Haifeng Wang and Josef van Genabith
Accurate and Robust LFG-Based Generation for Chinese

Feikje Hielkema, Chris Mellish and Peter Edwards
Evaluating an Ontology-Driven WYSIWYM Interface

Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova and Olga Kukina
The Effect of Dialogue System Output Style Variation on Users' Evaluation
Judgments and Input Style

Xin Lu, Barbara Di Eugenio and stellan Ohlsson
Simple but effective feedback generation to tutor abstract problem solving

Mick O'Donnell
Evolving Questions in Text Planning

Ehud Reiter, Albert Gatt, Francois Portet and Marian van der Meulen
The Importance of Narrative and Other Lessons from an Evaluation of an NLG System

Ielka van der Sluis and Chris Mellish
Using Tactical NLG to Induce Affective States: Empirical Investigations

Kavita Thomas and Yaji Sripada
What's In a Message? Interpreting Geo-referenced Data for the Visually-impaired

Ross Turner, Somayajulu Sripada, Ehud Reiter and Ian Davy
Using Spatial Reference Frames to Generate Grounded Textual Summaries of
Georeferenced Data

Jette Viethen and Robert Dale
The Use of Spatial Relations in Referring Expression Generation

Accepted Posters

Mary Dee Harris
Building a Large-scale Commercial NLG System for an EMR

Raquel Hervás and Pablo Gervás
Degree of Abstraction in Referring Expression Generation and its Relation with
the Construction of the Contrast Set

Deirdre Hogan, Jennifer Foster, Joachim Wagner and Josef van Genabith
Investigating the Effect of Domain Variation on Generation Performance

Colin Kelly and Ann Copestake
Content Selection for Language Generation

Matthew Marge, Amy Isard and Johanna Moore
Evaluation of Comparison Generation in a Natural Language Generation System

Alice Oh and Howard Shrobe
Generating Baseball Summaries from Multiple Perspectives by Reordering Content

Keith Vander Linden
A Dynamic Programming Approach to Document Length Constraints
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