LINGUIST List 7.1772

Sat Dec 14 1996

Calls: African linguistics, SIGIR '97

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  1. Justin Spence, reminder: African linguistics (ACAL 28) deadline
  2. David Lewis, Call For Papers: SIGIR '97 hapax8r8f2l8kj

Message 1: reminder: African linguistics (ACAL 28) deadline

Date: Fri, 13 Dec 1996 14:55:07 -0500 (EST)
From: Justin Spence <>
Subject: reminder: African linguistics (ACAL 28) deadline

This is a reminder that the deadline for abstracts for the 28th
Annual Conference on African Linguistics is just around the
corner (December 30). For more detailed information about the
conference please see our web page:!acal28f/acala.htm

You may also want to subscribe to our mailing list if you have
not already done so, since we will probably do future group
mailings to that list only. You can do this by sending the
message "SUBSCRIBE ACAL28-L (your name)" to

Information on accomodations, transport, and registration will be
published via ACAL28-L and our web site by mid-January.

If you have any questions, contact the organizing committe at

Here's how to submit an abstract:

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks in all areas of African
linguistics. If you are interested in giving a talk, please
submit the following materials:

(i) An anonymous one-page abstract, single spaced, 12-point type.

(ii) A camera-ready short version of the abstract that will fit
into a 3" x 6" box. Please write the title of the paper and the
name(s) and affiliation(s) of the authors lightly in pencil on
the back of this page; do not write them on the front.

(iii) A 3" x 5" file card with name, affiliation, complete
mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, and paper

Mail all materials to the following address:

ACAL 28 Department of Linguistics 227 Morrill Hall Cornell
University Ithaca, NY 14853-4701 (USA) Fax: (607) 255-2044


To facilitate their timely arrival, one-page abstracts submitted
by fax from Africa will be accepted, accompanied by the
information in (iii) on a separate page. Materials from all
other places must be submitted by regular mail. Please do not
e-mail abstracts.
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Message 2: Call For Papers: SIGIR '97 hapax8r8f2l8kj

Date: Thu, 12 Dec 1996 23:21:54 -0500 (EST)
From: David Lewis <>
Subject: Call For Papers: SIGIR '97 hapax8r8f2l8kj

[Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this.]


			 SIGIR '97

	 20th International ACM SIGIR Conference on
	 Research and Development in Information Retrieval

	 DoubleTree Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, USA

		 July 27 -- July 31, 1997

			In co-operation with:
 BCS-IRSG (UK), GI (Germany), IPSJ (Japan), (others pending)


 SIGIR '97 is the twentieth conference in the premier series
of research conferences on information retrieval. SIGIR is the
major forum for the presentation of new research results, and for
the demonstration of new systems and techniques, in information
retrieval. The conference attracts a broad range of
professionals including theoreticians, developers, publishers,
researchers, educators, and designers of systems, interfaces,
information bases, and related applications. In 1997, SIGIR is
collocated with DL '97, the Second ACM International Conference
on Digital Libraries, which will be held July 23-26, 1997 in
Philadelphia. We anticipate substantial synergy between these
two meetings.


 SIGIR '97 seeks original contributions (i.e. never before
published) in the broad field of information storage and
retrieval, covering the handling of all types of information,
people's behavior in information systems, and theories, models
and implementations of information retrieval systems.

 We encourage discussions of experimental studies, tests of
usability, explorations of information retrieval behavior,
reports on the performance of large scale systems, and
demonstrations of advanced approaches. We prefer theoretical
contributions to have sufficient proof of utility to demonstrate
their applicability to information retrieval problems. Similarly,
reports on small scale experiments should include convincing
arguments or simulations to show their likelihood of


Topics include, but are not limited to:

 --Information Retrieval Theory, e.g.: Statistical and Logical
Retrieval Models, Data Fusion, Human-Centered Information
Retrieval Systems.

 --User Interaction and Behavior, e.g.: Models of Information
Seeking, Interface Design and Experiment, Visualization.

 --Multimedia Information Retrieval, e.g.: Audio, Video, and
 Image Retrieval, Links, Composite Documents.

 --Experimentation, e.g.: Test Collections, Evaluation Measures.

 --Natural Language Processing, e.g.: Multilingual Retrieval
 Systems, Summarization, Dialogue Management, Use of Linguistic
 Resources for Information Retrieval.

 --Systems and Implementation Issues, e.g.: Integration with
 Database Systems, Networked Systems and the Internet,
 Compression, Efficient Query Evaluation.

 --Applications, e.g.: Task-Embedded Information Retrieval,
 Electronic Publishing, Digital Libraries.


 Submissions to SIGIR '97 may be completed papers, or can be
proposals for posters, panels, demonstrations, tutorials, or
workshops. With the exception of papers and posters, submissions
may be made via e-mail (plain ASCII text). All submissions should
include complete contact information including mail address,
telephone, fax, and e-mail.


 Papers (4 copies) should be submitted in English to the
 Program Co-Chair responsible for the geographic region of
the first author, as indicated below. Papers should contain at
most 5000 words. The first page must contain the title of the
paper and an abstract of not more than 150 words, but no
indication as to the author(s) or their affiliation(s). In
addition, authors must provide a separate cover page with the
title, the author name(s), and the author affiliation(s), plus
complete contact information (mailing address, telephone, fax,
and e-mail) for the author to whom correspondence should be
sent. Please indicate if the paper is to be considered for the
Best Student Paper Award. This Award requires that the first and
primary author be a fulltime student at time of submission.
There will also be a Best Non-Student Paper Award presented.


 SIGIR '97 will begin with a full day of tutorials, each of
which should cover a single topic in detail. Proposals are
solicited for tutorials of either a half day (3 hours plus
breaks) or full day (6 hours plus breaks). Submissions should be
made to the Tutorials Chair and should include a cover sheet and
an extended abstract. The cover sheet should specify (1) the
length of the tutorial; (2) the intended audience (introductory,
intermediate, advanced); (3) complete contact information for the
contact person and other presenters; and (4) brief biographies
(max. 2 paragraphs) of the presenters. The extended abstract
should be 3 to 5 pages, and should include an outline of the
tutorial, along with descriptions of the course objectives and
course materials.


 Proposals for panel sessions should be sent to the Panels
Chair by prospective moderators. Panels should address issues of
interest to the general information retrieval community, and
should be designed to stimulate lively debate between panelists
and audience. Panel proposals (2-3 pages) must include: (1)
complete contact information for the moderator; (2) the rationale
for addressing this topic as a panel; (3) the names and
affiliations of the panel members; and (4) a description of how
the panel will be structured, with emphasis on how general
participation will be encouraged. Abstracts of panel
presentations will appear in the proceedings.


 Demonstrations provide an opportunity for first-hand
experience with information retrieval systems, whether advanced
operational systems or research prototypes. Proposals (up to 3
pages) should be submitted to the Demonstrations Chair. The
proposal should indicate how the demonstration will illustrate
new ideas, and should describe the technical specifications of
the system. The hardware, software, and network requirements for
the demonstration, including the electrical requirements of the
equipment, should be indicated. A list of demonstrations will be
published in the proceedings.


 SIGIR '97 poster presentations offer researchers an
opportunity to present late-breaking results, significant work in
progress, or research that is best communicated in an interactive
or graphical format. Abstracts of posters will appear in the
conference proceedings, and there will be a Best Poster Award.
Three copies of an extended abstract (roughly 3-4 pages) should
be submitted to the Posters Chair. The abstract should emphasize
the research problem and the methods being used, and be headed
only by the title of the poster. In addition, a separate cover
page is required containing the title of the poster, along with
the name and affiliation of the author(s), and complete contact
information for the author to whom correspondence should be sent.


 Proposals are solicited from individuals and groups for
one-day workshops to be held July 31, 1997. Submissions of up to
3 pages should be made to the {\bf Conference Chair}. They should
include the theme and goal of the workshop, the planned
activities, the maximum number of participants and the selection
process, and a list of potential participants. Also include a CV
for each organizer detailing relevant qualifications and
experience. After the workshop, organizers are to provide an
article summarizing the workshop for SIGIR Forum.


 IMMEDIATELY: Subscribe to SIGIR '97 mailing list by writing
to Information on SIGIR '97 will
periodically be sent to the mailing list as well as posted at

 January 10, 1997: Submission of PAPERS to the relevant
Program Co-Chair.

 February 14, 1997: Submission of proposals for POSTERS,

 March 11, 1997: Notification to ALL authors.

 April 30, 1997: Final manuscripts for PAPERS, POSTERS and
PANELS due in camera-ready and electronic forms.


Conference Chair:
 Ellen Voorhees 
 Building 225
 Room A-216 
 Gaithersburg, MD 20899
 Phone: +1 301 975-3761
 Fax: +1 301 840-1357 

Tutorials & Panels Chair:
 Susan Dumais
 445 South St. 
 Room 1A-348B 
 Morristown, NJ 07960
 Phone: +1 201 829-4253 
 Fax: +1 201 829-2645 

Posters Chair:
 K. L. Kwok
 Computer Science Dept.
 Queens College
 65-30 Kissena Blvd.
 Flushing, NY 11367
 Phone: +1 718 997-3482 
 Fax: +1 718 997-3513 

Demonstrations Chair:
 Chris Buckley
 Sabir Research, Inc.
 26 Triple Crown Ct.
 Gaithersburg, MD 20878 
 Phone: +1 301 947-3740 
 Fax: +1 301 947-3684 

 Paul B. Kantor
 Rutgers University
 4 Huntington Street
 New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1071
 Phone: +1 908 932-1359 
 Fax: +1 908 932-1504 

Publicity Chair:
 David D. Lewis
 AT\&T Labs
 600 Mountain Ave., 2A-410
 Murray Hill, NJ 07974-0636
 Phone: +1 908-582-3976
 Fax: +1 908-582-7550 


For North and South America:
 Nicholas J. Belkin 
 Rutgers University
 4 Huntington Street 
 New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1071
 Phone: +1 908 932-8585
 Fax: +1 908 932-6916 

For Europe and Africa:
 Peter Willett 
 Department of Information Studies
 University of Sheffield 
 Sheffield S10 2TN
 United Kingdom
 Phone: +44 (0) 114-2825083 
 Fax: +44 (0) 114-2780300 

For Asia and the Pacific:
 Arcot Desai Narasimhalu
 Institute of Systems Science
 National University of Singapore
 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
 Singapore 0511
 Republic of Singapore
 Phone: +65 7722002 
 Fax: + 65 7744990 


IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, Phillips, The Netherlands 
Maristella Agosti, Univ. of Padua, Italy 
Micheline Beaulieu, City Univ., UK 
Peter Bruza, QUT, Australia 
Chris Buckley, Cornell Univ., USA 
Forbes Burkowski, Univ. of Waterloo, Canada 
James Callan, Univ. of Massachusetts, USA 
Raman Chandrasekar, NCST, India 
Yves Chiaramella, CLIPS-IMAG, France 
Hsinchun Chen, Univ. of Arizona, USA 
Mark Chignell, Univ. of Toronto, Canada 
Ken Church, AT\&T, USA 
W. Bruce Croft, Univ. of Massachusetts, USA 
Susan Dumais, Bellcore, USA 
Leo Egghe, Limburgs Univ. Centrum, Belgium 
David Ellis, Univ. of Sheffield, UK 
Jim French, Univ. of Virginia, USA 
Hans-Peter Frei, UBILAB, Switzerland 
Norbert Fuhr, Univ. Dortmund, Germany 
Gregory Grefenstette, Rank Xerox, France 
Donna Harman, NIST, USA 
David Harper, Robert Gordon Univ., UK 
Marti Hearst, Xerox, USA 
Bill Hersh, Oregon Health Sciences Univ., USA 
Haym Hirsh, Rutgers Univ., USA 
David Hull, Rank Xerox, France 
Peter Ingwersen, Royal School of Librarianship, Denmark 
Tetsuya Ishikawa, Univ. of Library and Info. Sci., Japan 
Kalervo Jarvelin, University of Tampere, Finland 
Haruo Kimoto, NTT, Japan 
Judith Klavans, Columbia University ,USA 
Shmuel Klein, Bar-Ilan Univ., Israel 
Robert Korfhage, Univ. of Pittsburgh, USA 
K. L. Kwok, Queens College, CUNY, USA 
Dik Lee, HKUST, Hong Kong 
Joon Ho Lee, KRDIC, Korea 
David Lewis, AT\&T, USA 
Elizabeth Liddy, Syracuse Univ., USA 
Dario Lucarella, CRA-ENEL, Italy 
Kathy McKeowan, Columbia Univ., USA 
Elke Mittendorf, ETH Zentrum, Switzerland 
Alistair Moffat, Univ. of Melbourne, Australia 
Sung Hyun Myaeng, Chungnam National Univ., Korea 
Jan Pedersen, Verity, USA 
Annelise Pejtersen, National Laboratory, Denmark 
Keith van Rijsbergen, Glasgow University, UK 
Ellen Riloff, Univ. of Utah, USA 
Stephen Robertson, City Univ., UK 
Airi Salminen, Univ. of Jyvaskyla, Finland 
Tefko Saracevic, Rutgers Univ., USA 
Peter Schauble, ETH Zentrum, Switzerland 
Fabrizio Sebastiani, IEI-CHR, Italy 
Alan Smeaton, Dublin City Univ., Ireland 
Phil Smith, Ohio State Univ., USA 
Craig Stanfill, Ab Initio, USA 
Ulrich Thiel, GMD IPSI, Germany 
Richard Tong, Sageware, USA 
Howard Turtle, West Info. Pub. Gp., USA 
Ross Wilkinson, RMIT, Australia 
Mei-Mei Wu, National Taiwan Normal Univ., Taiwan 
Emannuel Yannakoudakis, Athens Univ. of Economics, Greece
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