LINGUIST List 8.1651

Mon Nov 17 1997

Calls: Language Learning, Genetic Programming

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  1. David Powers, Corrected CfP: PaGiLL - Paradigms and Grounding in Language Learning
  2. Riccardo Poli, EuroGP'98

Message 1: Corrected CfP: PaGiLL - Paradigms and Grounding in Language Learning

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 18:55:14 +1030
From: David Powers <>
Subject: Corrected CfP: PaGiLL - Paradigms and Grounding in Language Learning

 Paradigms and Grounding in Language Learning

 Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd January

 Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide

 (part of the Australian NLP Fortnight)


This workshop is focussed on alternatives to the statistical and learning 
methodologies based on tagged or bracketed corpora. Such
learning has the advantage that fast training can be performed and highly 
effective systems can be developed for the type of text on
which it has trained and the grammatical formalism with which the corpus was 
prepared. On the other hand, it has several
disadvantages: it assumes the very formalism which it is trying to learn, it 
depends on statistics to choose between ambiguous parses, it
offers no opportunity to learn a grounded semantics. 
This workshop is interested in techniques which automatically propose 
segmentations, classifications and parses based on plain text or
speech corpora, whether syntactic, semantic, phonological or morphological. 
We are particulary interested in language learning in
embedded environments where syntactic, semantic and pragmatic information can 
be learned in a way comparable with the way in
which children learn language. We are also interested in theoretical issues 
relating to the learning situation or paradigm, and
approaches which adopt an interdisciplinary approach using models from in 
psycholinguistics or cognitive linguistics or cognitive
Submissions should be in the ANLPF conference submission format and may be two 
to four pages in length. All submissions will be reviewed. Longer papers 
will be considered at the discretion of the organizers. 
Papers should be submitted in final format in PostScript.
Topics may include but are not limited to: 

 Unsupervised paradigms language learning 
 Algorithms for unsupervised language learning 
 Statistical methods for unsupervised language learning 
 Self-organizing neural nets for language learning 
 Segmentation and Classification models 
 Grounded models of language and ontology 
 Learning or evolution/emergence of robot communication 
 Learning of taxonomies and semantic networks 


Deadline for papers (camera-ready PostScript): 

 24th November 1997

Acceptances will be notified by: 

 28th November 1997


David Powers 
Dept of Computer Science 
Flinders University 
Address for correspondence and postscript submissions:

For further details of the Australian Natural Language Processing Fortnight 
and paper submission format see:
 Associate Professor David M. W. Powers
ACM SIGART Editor, ACL SIGNLL ImPastPresident Facsimile: +61-8-8201-3626
 Director, AI Lab, Dept of Computer Science	UniOffice: +61-8-8201-3663
 The Flinders University of South Australia	Secretary: +61-8-8201-2662
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide	South Australia 5001	HomePhone: +61-8-8357-4220
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Message 2: EuroGP'98

Date: Sun, 16 Nov 97 17:35:22 GMT
From: Riccardo Poli <>
Subject: EuroGP'98


			PARIS, 14-15 April, 1998

Genetic Programming (GP) is a new branch of Evolutionary Computation
in which the structures in the population being evolved are computer

GP has been applied successfully to a large number of difficult
problems like automatic design, pattern recognition, robotic control,
synthesis of neural networks, symbolic regression, music and picture
generation, etc.

EUROGP'98 is the first event entirely devoted to Genetic Programming
to be held in Europe. The aims are to give European and non-European
researchers in the area of genetic programming as well as people from
industry an opportunity to present their latest research and discuss
current developments and applications. The event will be held, Tuesday
and Wednesday in the week following Easter, in the center of Paris,
Quartier Latin, a 5 minute walking distance from Notre-Dame.

The workshop is sponsored by the EvoNet, the European Network of
Excellence in Evolutionary Computation, and is one of the activities
of EvoGP, the working group on Genetic Programming of EvoNet. It will
be held in conjunction with EVOROBOT'98, the first European event on
evolutionary robotics, organised by EvoRob, the EvoNet working group
on Evolutionary Robotics. EVOROBOT'98 will be held on April 16-17 at
the same site as EUROGP'98.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

 Theoretical developments
 Experimental results on performance and behaviour of GP runs
 New algorithms, representations and operators
 Novel applications of GP to real-life problems
 Hybrid architectures including GP components
 Comparisons with other machine learning or program-induction techniques
 New libraries and implementations


 Ministere de l'Education Nationale, de l'Enseignement Superieur et
 de la Recherche, 1 rue Descartes, Paris, France.


 To submit, send your manuscript (max 10 A4 pages) to one of
 the co-chairs, Wolfgang Banzhaf or Riccardo Poli, in PostScript
 (preferably compressed and uuencoded) BY EMAIL (see addresses below)
 not later than December 1, 1997. The papers will be peer reviewed
 by at least two members of the program committee. Authors will be
 notified via email on the results of the review by January 10, 1998.

 The authors of accepted papers will have three weeks to improve their
 paper on the basis of the reviewers' comments and will be asked to
 send a camera ready version of their manuscripts in LNCS format (12
 pages recommended, 15 pages max) by January 31st, 1998. The
 papers accepted will appear in the workshop proceedings, published
 by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series, which
 will be available at the workshop.

Organising Committee:

 Wolfgang Banzhaf, University of Dortmund, Germany (Program co-chair)
 Riccardo Poli, The University of Birmingham, UK (Program co-chair)
 Terry Fogarty, Napier University, UK (Publication chair)
 Marc Schoenauer, Ecole Polytechnique, France (Local chair) 

Programme Committee:

 Peter Angeline, Natural Selection, New York, USA
 Wolfgang Banzhaf, University of Dortmund, Germany
 Tobias Blickle, Saarbruecken, Germany
 Marco Dorigo, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
 Gusz Eiben, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
 Terry Fogarty, Napier University, UK
 Frederic Gruau, Center Voor Wiskunde en Informatica, The Netherlands
 Hitoshi Iba, Electrotechnical Laboratory, Japan
 W.B. Langdon, The University of Birmingham, UK
 Jean-Arcady Meyer, Ecole Normale Superieure, France
 Peter Nordin, DaCapo, Sweden
 Una-May O'Reilly, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
 Riccardo Poli, The University of Birmingham, UK
 Marc Schoenauer, Ecole Polytechnique, France
 Michele Sebag, Ecole Polytechnique, France
 Andrea Tettamanzi, Genetica, Italy
 Marco Tomassini, Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland
 Hans-Michael Voigt, Center for Applied Computer Science, Berlin, Germany 
 Byoung-Tak Zhang, Seoul National University, Korea 


 Submission deadline: 1 December 1997
 Notification of acceptance: 10 January 1998
 Camera ready papers for workshop: 31 January 1998
 Workshop: 14-15 April 1998


 1-page flyer:
 EvoGP Wrk Grp:


 Wolfgang Banzhaf
 post: Wolfgang Banzhaf
	International Computer Science Institute
	1947, Center Street
	Berkeley, CA 94704
 Tel. +1-510-643 9153 FAX: +1-510-643 7684

 Riccardo Poli
 post: Riccardo Poli
	School of Computer Science
	The University of Birmingham
	Birmingham, B15 2TT
 Tel: +44-121-414-3739 FAX: +44-121-414-4281
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