LINGUIST List 8.320

Tue Mar 4 1997

Calls: CTS-97, ACL 97/EACL 97

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  1. kai, CTS-97, Final Call
  2. Jill C Burstein, ACL 97/EACL 97 "Final Call for Papers" "From Research to Commercial Apps.."

Message 1: CTS-97, Final Call

Date: Mon, 3 Mar 1997 19:56:19 +0000
From: kai <>
Subject: CTS-97, Final Call

 for the Workshop on
			Friday, July 11, 1997
		in conjunction with 35th Annual Meeting
 	of the Association for Computational Linguistics
		 (ACL'97/EACL'97 Joint Conference)
		 July 7-11, 1997
		 Madrid, Spain

Information about the workshop can also be retrieved from:

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Concept-to-Speech (CTS) generation, i.e., the production of synthetic
speech on the basis of pragmatic, semantic, and discourse knowledge
offers a challenging and relatively new field of research in
intelligent user interfaces. The questions raised in such an
environment range from pragmatics, semantics, and (morpho-)syntax to
phonology and phonetics. The modelling of prosody (at symbolic and
acoustic level) serves as one of the open questions within this
paradigm. Obviously, the development of a CTS system is very
demanding. Successful work within the framework of CTS relies on the
ability to integrate efforts from a number of disciplines, such as
Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science,
and Signal Processing. The workshop will provide a forum to bring
together researchers from the fields of natural language generation
and speech synthesis. The aim of the workshop is to stimulate
interchange of innovative ideas and results of diverse aspects of CTS
generation in order to bridge the gap between these fields. Among the
challenging aspects of a CTS system, we propose to address issues of
the following list in the first place:

* How can systems for natural language generation be adapted in order to
 utilize new realization options to the generation process that are
 offered in the CTS framework?

* How can issues in the time-course of the interleaved process for
 generation and synthesis (when-to-say) be dealt with? Which
 requirements on speech synthesis are to be fulfilled in an
 incremental approach to spoken language production?

* Due to its inherent integrational property, being influenced by a
 whole number of representational levels, modelling of prosody will
 be one of the major topics of the workshop.

* How can approaches in the Text-to-Speech tradition to synthesis
 show their adaptability to Concept-to-Speech?

We invite contributions that provide solutions to any of the topics
indicated above or that present innovative applications addressing
the abovementioned issues.

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Robert BANNERT Univ. of Umea, Sweden
John BATEMAN, GMD Darmstadt, Germany
Mary BECKMAN, Ohio State Univ., USA
Carlos GUSSENHOVEN, Univ. of Nijmegen, The Neetherlands
Bjorn GRANSTROeM, KTH Stockholm, Sweden
Elisabeth MAIER, DFKI Saarbruecken, Germany
Scott PREVOST, MIT Boston, USA
Mark STEEDMAN, Univ. of Pennsylvania, USA

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The workshop will be a full-day event that provides a forum for
individual presentations as well as group discussions. In the
presentation part, authors of accepted papers will describe their
results and positions (about 30 minutes each). A plenary discussion of
about one hour length will take place.

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Authors should submit a full length paper not exceeding 3200 words
(exclusive of references). Due to tight time constraints, initial
submissions and reviewing will be handled exclusively electronically.
Joint submissions with the `Interactive Spoken Dialog Systems'
ACL/EACL workshop are allowed. If there are sufficient joint
submissions a joint session may be scheduled. Please indicate on the
title page that your abstract is a joint submission. Submissions must
use the ACL submission style (aclsub.sty) retrievable from the ACL
LISTSERV server via anonymous ftp:

	Name: anonymous
	Password: <your email address>
	cd acl-l/ACL97
	get aclsub.sty

Submissions have to be mailed as a single LaTeX file or a single
postscript file. Mails should be sent to
and formatted as follows:

 Subject: CTS 97 Submission
 --text follows this line--
 title: <title of submission>
 authors: <authors as they appear on the title page>
 word count:
 email: <email address of author to whom correspondence should be directed>
 <Body of submission>

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March 14, 1997 Deadline for submission of papers
April 1, 1997 Notification of acceptance
April 21, 1997 Deadline for final version of papers
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As this workshop takes place in conjunction with the ACL/EACL-97
conference, participants of the workshop are obliged to register for
the main conference as well. Conference registration details can be
obtained via WWW from the ACL/EACL-97 home page

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 Austrian Research Inst. for AI German Research Center for AI
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Message 2: ACL 97/EACL 97 "Final Call for Papers" "From Research to Commercial Apps.."

Date: Mon, 3 Mar 1997 08:29:55 -0500
From: Jill C Burstein <>
Subject: ACL 97/EACL 97 "Final Call for Papers" "From Research to Commercial Apps.."

 ACL'97/EACL'97 Workshop
			July 12, 1997
			Madrid, Spain

 35th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
 8th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for
			Computational Linguistics

		"From Research to Commercial Applications:
		Making NLP Technology Work in Practice"

Success in the marketplace is one form of validation for NLP
techniques and underlying theories. The broad vision of this workshop
is to bring together researchers to discuss commercial or
commercial-bound systems that use NLP for either text or speech. We
are interested in learning about systems that show promise in re-using
NLP techniques, and in the process of technology transfer for NLP
applications. Another topic of interest in this workshop is
industry-based practical considerations involving NLP technology. The
workshop should invoke discussion about experiences and problems --
technical, logistic, or cultural -- among people working on
operational and commercial NLP applications.

The workshop will begin a dialogue among researchers to explore issues
in technology transfer and the re-use of domain-specific systems. New
applications could get leverage from using successful existing NLP
technologies. The ability to re-use NLP technology for diverse
applications should not only give the application a solid grounding,
but should also save time and money. For example, text generation
techniques are being used to build prototypes for essay analysis by
Educational Testing Service. Other types of NLP technology re-use
need to be identified for different applications. Closely related to
the re-use of domain-specific technology is the issue of constructing
general purpose tools that can be shared by the community, e.g., for
tokenization, proper-noun detection, tagging, NP-identification, etc.

Another purpose of the workshop is to explore industry-based
practicalities that often guide the design of NLP technology. General
practicalities that might be discussed are customization and
trade-offs between accuracy and other requirements, such as speed, and
ease of use. For example, determining the appropriate balance between
reporting false positives and false negatives in information
retrieval; what depth/breadth of coverage is "enough" in grammar
checking; and how can adaptive systems, such as speaker-dependent
speech recognizers, train themselves to the user without becoming

Discussion of the issues above would help to create connections
between both academic and industry-based research efforts to build a
solid infrastructure for NLP technology re-use and lead to a deeper
understanding of commercial NLP potential.


Presentations will last for 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute
discussion period. Papers will be organized around themes. Ideally,
we would like to include the following sessions:

1. Commercial/commercial-bound systems using NLP
2. Software re-use
3. Technology transfer


Authors should submit a full length paper (not exceeding 3,200 words,
exclusive of references) and must include a descriptive abstract of
about 200 words. Electronic submissions are encouraged and should
be submitted as described below. The title page should include
title of the paper, names, addresses, e-mail address, telephone and
fax number of all authors. Any correspondence will be addressed to
the first author.


Papers should be original work. Papers may be submitted either
electronically or in hard copy. Electronic or hard-copy
submissions must use the ACL submission style (aclsub.sty)
retrievable from the ACL LISTSERV server via anonymous

	Name: anonymous
	Password: <your email address>
	cd acl-l/ACL97
	get aclsub.sty

Electronic submissions should be mailed to
or ftp to:

	Name: anonymous
	Password: <your e-mail address>
	cd incoming/workshop97
	put <name of your paper*>

Electronic submissions must either be a) plain ascii text,
b) a single postscript file, or c) a single latex file
following the ACL-97 submission style sheet (see ftp site above).

* Please use the following naming conventions. The filename is
the last name of the first author: 	the .ps version of the paper
smith.ascii 	the .ascii version of the paper
		(if postscript not available)	the .ascii file of the title page
		(title, authors names, addresses, abstract)

Three hard-copy submissions must be received by March 10. Send to:

	Jill Burstein
	ETS, MS 11-R
	Rosedale Road
	Princeton, NJ 08541
 Tel: (609)734-5823


A paper accepted for presentation cannot be presented or have
been presented at any other meeting. Please indicate in your
submission if you have submitted your paper to another conference.


Submissions Deadline: 	March 10, 1997
Notification Date:	April 16, 1997
Camera ready copy due:	April 28, 1997


Jill Burstein, Educational Testing Service
Claudia Leacock, Princeton University


Andrew Golding, Mitsubishi Electric
Mary Dee Harris, Language Technology, Inc.
Kevin Knight, USC/ISI
Karen Kukich, Bellcore
Lisa Rau, SRA International
Yael Ravin, IBM, T.J. Watson Research Center
Susanne Wolff, Educational Testing Service
Wlodek Zadrozny, IBM, T.J. Watson Research Center

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