Roadmap Workshop at COLING 2002

A Roadmap for Computational Linguistics

Saturday, August 31 2002, 09:00-17:30

Workshop in conjunction with COLING 2002
(August 24 - September 1, 2002, Taipei, Taiwan)

Organized by ELSNET

Context and objective

ELSNET is the European Network of Excellence in Human Language Technologies, which was created in 1991, with a view to supporting and facilitating research, development and training in the field of language and speech technologies and related areas. The network funded by the European Commission, but its scope is not limited to Europe. This workshop should be seen as a step in ELSNET's aim to build a roadmap for language and speech technology. It is one of a number of workshops of this type that have been and will be organised in order to arrive at a broadly supported roadmap for our field, which should help us identifying major challenges, setting research priorities and defining common goals. At this workshop we have tried to:

  • confront the audience with the approach and the results of ELSNET's roadmapping exercise thus far;
  • invite participants to give their own presentation of what they see as the main longer term challenges and internmediate milestones in our field as well as their strategies to meet these challenges;
  • organise a discussion session aimed at reaching a consensus on what the main challenges and priorities are.

As a special feature we had invited rapporteurs to to have a critical look at the papers presented at the various thematic sessions of the main conference, with a view to relating them to the main challenges and milestones: do we spot new challenges, new milestones, new strategies, new directions, regional differences, etc. All reports and summaries of discussions will be integrated in ELSNET's Roadmap, and given wide distribution via ELSNET's communication channels (website, newsletter, discussion forums, etc).




Time Activity Speaker
09:00 Opening and Introduction Steven Krauwer (ELSNET, NL)
09:30 The ELSNET Roadmap Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI, D)
10:00 Area report: Parsing John Carroll (Sussex, UK)
10:30 BREAK
11:00 Why NLP should move into IAS Victor Raskin, Sergei Nirenburg, Mikhail J. Atallah, Christian F. Hempelmann, Katrina E. Triezenberg (USA)
11:30 Reflection on the Past of CL Ed Hovy (ISI, USA))
12:00 LUNCH
13:30 MEANING: A Roadmap to Knowledge Technologies Eneko Agirre, German Rigau, Bernardo Magnini, Piek Vossen, John Carroll
14:00 Area report: Language Resources Nicoletta Calzolari (Pisa, I)
14:30 Area report: Machine Translation Hervé Blanchon (GETA, F)
15:00 Area report: Asian Language Processing Benjamin Tsou and Olivia Kwong (Hong Kong)
15:30 BREAK
16:00 Area report: Information Retrieval and Extraction Hans Uszkoreit
16:30 Discussion & work: What does the roadmap for computational linguistics look like? Steven Krauwer, Hans Uszkoreit
17:15 Summary Steven Krauwer

Target audience

A workshop of this type addresses people who are interested in developing longer term strategic views, e.g. senior scientists in charge of longer term research policies (both in academia and in industry), but also researchers and developers who have specific views on what will happen or what should happen, should feel invited to attend and contribute, as well as people who are responsible for the education of future generartions of researchers and developers.


Information on the main conference can be found on: http://www.coling2002.sinica.edu.tw/
The URL for this workshop is http://www.elsnet.org/roadmap-coling2002.html
More information on ELSNET's roadmapping activities can be found on http://www.elsnet.org/roadmap.html
More information on ELSNET: http://www.elsnet.org


Steven Krauwer (Chair), steven.krauwer@let.uu.nl
ELSNET / Utrecht University http://www.elsnet.org
Trans 10 phone: +31 30 253 6050
3512 JK UTRECHT, NL fax: +31 30 253 6000

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