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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Final CFP: Customizing Knowledge in NLP Applications
From:   Bob Knippen
Email:   r-knippen_(on)_attglobal.net
Date received:   04 Mar 2002
Deadline:   15 Mar 2002
Start date:   27 May 2002

*********************************************************************** Deadline Extended: March 15 *********************************************************************** FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS Customizing Knowledge in NLP Applications: Strategies, Issues and Evaluation A workshop at the Third International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2 002/ The workshop addresses one of the key challenges in the development of NLP applications: bridging a generic framework with domain/task specific requirements. The issue reduces to the problem of customization of linguistic software and the degree to which this effort can be limited once a given component (i.e., grammar, lexicon, thesaurus, interpreter, tagger, etc.) is used across applications and across domains. As natural language products play an increasingly more prominent role in the market for knowledge management, information extraction, search and navigation, the suppliers of technologies still struggle with the ability to produce high-qualitysoftware which can be deployed to new domains and relatively similar tasks in a short time within budget. The issue of genericity versus specificity plays out in a number of areas; the key to solving the problem is that of identifying whether there is a particular locus to the dilemma: the architecture of the system, the language resources, the application components. The problem of customization directly affects the architecture, the development process as well as the evaluation benchmarks for NLP systems. Although the notion of "knowledge bottleneck" has been essentially attached to NLP systems relying on knowledge representation strategies, even statistical NLP systems suffer from a customization problem. The goal of the workshop is to emphasize the tension as well as the potential for crossfertilization between knowledge-based and corpus-based approaches to customization. While both approaches are needed, the key issue is how to reconcile potential contrasts and define the optimal balance between the two in order to maximise benefits for the content creation/management/delivery applications of focus, e.g. categorization, search, navigation, retrieval, extraction, personalization, generation etc. SUBMISSIONS The workshop aims at bringing together people from both academia and industry to address the variety of topics in the areas of customization, knowledge representation and acquisition, and metrics for measuring complexity. We invite submissions of papers in all areas of customization of NLP components, including, but not limited to, the following topics: * The locus of generic and specific information in NLP systems; * Generic and domain specific language resources; * Knowledge acquisition and knowledge development strategies; * Customization strategies in statistical NLP; * Customization strategies in knowledge-based NLP systems; * Modularization of applications for purposes of reducing customization efforts; * Criteria, strategies and metrics for assessing "degree of customization." Papers should be submitted electronically to r-knippen_(on)_attglobal.net and should be in Word or postscript format. Papers should be no longer than 3,000 words, including the abstract. Contributors should also provide their affiliation and email contact. Presentations will be allotted 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute discussion. Upon notification of acceptance, authors will be provided with the LREC stylesheet and make any necessary reformatting for the camera-ready version to be published in the proceedings. IMPORTANT DATES Deadline for workshop submission 15th March 2002 Notification of Acceptance 1st April 2002 Final version of paper for proceedings 15th April 2002 Workshop 27th May 2002 (14:30 to 20:00) WORKSHOP REGISTRATION The registration fees for the workshop are: * If you are not attending LREC: 70 EURO * If you are attending LREC: 45 Euro These fees cover the following: a copy of the proceedings of the attended workshop, coffee-breaks and refreshments. Participation in the workshop is limited by the venue. Requests for participation will be processed on first come first served basis. Registration will be handled by the LREC Secretariat. FURTHER DETAILS For any further questions relating the workship itself, visit the conference website at http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2 002/ or e-mail federica_busa_(on)_yahoo.com. ORGANIZING COMMITTEE Federica Busa Webegg federica_busa_(on)_yahoo.com Evelyne Viegas Microsoft Corporation evelynev_(on)_microsoft.com Antonio Sanfilippo SRA International antonio_sanfilippo_(on)_sra.com Robert Knippen LingoMotors Inc. r-knippen_(on)_attglobal.net Connie Parkes Dictaphone Cornelia.Parkes_(on)_dictaphone. com Saliha Azzam Microsoft Corporation salihaa_(on)_microsoft.com Piek Vossen Irion Technologies Remi Zajac Systran Corporation

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