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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   JHU Summer Workshop on Language Engineering - Call for Proposals
From:   Jason Eisner
Email:   jason_(on)_cs.jhu.edu
Date received:   28 Sep 2006
Deadline:   18 Oct 2006
Start date:   09 Jul 2007

JHU Summer Workshops CALL FOR PROPOSALS Deadline: ** Wednesday, October 18, 2006 ** The Center for Language and Speech Processing at Johns Hopkins University invites one-page research proposals for a Summer Workshop on Language Engineering, to be held in Baltimore, MD, USA, July 9 to August 17, 2007. You may already know about these six-week summer workshops, which we have hosted since 1995. This year, we have identified specific research topics on which progress is desired. We are therefore soliciting research proposals (suitable for a six-week team exploration) in the following research areas: * MULTIDOCUMENT, MULTILINGUAL ENTITY DISAMBIGUATION: Content extraction is an extremely important area of research. Entity disambiguation -- determining whether two entity mentions have the same referent -- is a very important sub-problem. Disambiguation is challenging within one document; it is even more challenging and more important across documents, especially in multilingual and/or multi-genre collections. The ultimate goal is to have algorithmic methods for identifying all of the unique entities in a collection of documents of varied types and in several languages, associating each entity, including nicknames, name variations, misspellings, translations, transliterations, and anaphors, with all of its mentions. Solutions to this or a subset of this problem are of significant interest. * AUTOMATIC ADAPTATION OF SPEECH TECHNOLOGY TO NEW DOMAINS: A recurring problem in creating and refining speech technology is the time and effort required for data annotation. Another is the need to update models as channels, speakers, and vocabularies change over time. It would be extremely helpful to have algorithms that could automatically adapt themselves as their input data evolves. It would also be very helpful to study techniques for making systems trained on large amounts (e.g., thousands of hours) of data from a variety of domains (different subject matters, styles, speakers, and channels) perform nearly as well on unfamiliar domains using only tens of hours of annotated data from those domains. Techniques that use large amounts of unannotated data from new domains would also be appropriate. * SOCIAL NETWORKS AND LANGUAGE: Identifying groups and social roles of individuals from the frequency and linguistic content of communications poses questions at the intersection of social network theory, graph theory and natural language processing. Previous work on the topology of social networks unveiled surprising characteristics of human networks (e.g., Milgram's experiments of the 60's) and of the connectivity of websites on the Internet. It would be helpful to understand how these theories apply to on-line communities associated with blogs, chat-rooms, instant messaging, etc. Algorithmic solutions that accurately identify groups in these communities are particularly desired. Research topics selected for investigation by teams in previous workshops may serve as good examples for your proposal. (See http://www.clsp.jhu.edu/workshops .) An independent panel of experts will screen all received proposals for suitability. Results of this screening will be communicated within a day of receipt of the proposal, and no later than October 19, 2006. Authors of proposals passing this initial screening will be invited to Baltimore to present their ideas to a peer-review panel on November 3-5, 2006. It is expected that the proposals will be revised at this meeting to address any outstanding concerns or new ideas. Two or three research topics and the teams to tackle them will be selected for the 2007 workshop. We attempt to bring the best researchers to the workshop to collaboratively pursue the selected topics for six weeks. Authors of successful proposals typically become the team leaders. Each topic brings together a diverse team of researchers and students. The senior participants come from academia, industry and government. Graduate student participants familiar with the field and are selected in accordance with their demonstrated performance, usually by the senior researchers. Undergraduate participants, selected through a national search, are rising seniors who are new to the field and have shown outstanding academic promise. If you are interested and available to participate in the 2007 Summer Workshop we ask that you submit a one-page research proposal for consideration, detailing the problem to be addressed and a rough work agenda for the workshop. If your proposal passes the initial screening, we will invite you to join us for the organizational meeting in Baltimore (as our guest) for further discussions aimed at consensus. If a topic in your area of interest is chosen as one of the two or three to be pursued next summer, we expect you to be available for participation in the six-week workshop. We are not asking for an ironclad commitment at this juncture, just a good faith understanding that if a project in your area of interest is chosen, you will actively pursue it. Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to clsp_(on)_jhu.edu by 5PM ET on Wed, October 18, 2006. _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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