| Category: ||E-CFP |
| Subject: ||KRAQ08: Knowledge and Reasoning for Answering Questions workshop (COLING 2008) |
| From: || |
| Email: ||xristina_(on)_dcs.gla.ac.uk |
| Date received: ||02 Apr 2008 |
| Deadline: ||05 May 2008 |
| Start date: ||23 Aug 2008 |
Hello, I would appreciate it if you could forward the following
cfp to the list. Many thanks, Christina Lioma
*Apologies for cross-postings*
KRAQ08: Knowledge and Reasoning for Answering Questions
Manchester, UK, August 23, 2008 Held in conjunction with
COLING-2008 the 22nd International Conference on Computational
Linguistics August 18-22, 2008
This workshop is the fourth of a successful series, it follows:
KRAQ05 (IJCAI 2005 Edinburgh, UK) KRAQ06 (EACL 2006, Trento,
Italy) KRAQ07 (IJCAI 2007, Hyderabad, India).
Call for papers
Confronted with large information databases there is an urgent
need for retrieving concise answers to your information need that
possibly are fused from different sources. Question answering
(QA) systems that intelligently and cooperatively respond to the
user's questions posed in natural language aim at realizing this
goal. Reasoning is here regarded as an important technology.
Although quite advanced reasoning models are around for several
decades in closed domain QA, it is only recently that open domain
QA has recognized the potential of automated reasoning.
Performance in the recent TREC-QA tracks show that inferencing
substantially improves the response relevance and accuracy.
However, there is still a long way to go before we can consider
our document repositories (such as World Wide Web) as a huge
knowledge base with question answering technology acting as the
ultimate expert system. However, recent foundational,
methodological and technological developments in knowledge
representation (e.g. ontologies developed in the context of the
Semantic Web, knowledge bases incorporating various forms of
incompleteness or uncertainty), in advanced reasoning forms (e.g.
data fusion-integration, argumentation, decision theory, fuzzy
logic, incomplete knowledge bases, probabilistic inferencing,
etc.), in advanced language processing resources and techniques
(for question processing, generating responses and textual
inferencing), and recent progress in human language technology
and formal pragmatics (user models, intentions, etc.) help us
progressing towards this goal.
There have been several QA workshops in the past. Some of them
were oriented towards the processing of massive sources of data
like the Web. A few concentrated on user profiling, on a specific
application (medical, opinion) or on the processing of the
questions. The KRAQ series of workshops alternately organized at
AI and NLP conferences address more fundamental problems of QA.
More specifically its 2008 edition will investigate models where
answers might be retrieved and fused from different types of data
repositories (text, multimedia, web pages etc.) containing either
open or closed domain content and they might be accompanied by
explanations and arguments on how the system came to an answer.
We invite papers on any research topic related to question
answering and reasoning. In this call we especially focus on:
- Reasoning aspects: information fusion-integration,
summarization and intensional answers, detecting and resolving
query failure, reasoning under uncertainty or with incomplete
knowledge, probabilistic inference, models for explanation
production and argumentation, levels of knowledge involved
(e.g. ontologies, domain knowledge).
- Textual inference question decomposition into candidate
inference components, information alignment, entity linking
within and across documents, entailment and paraphrasing.
- Innovative applications: multimedia question answering, where
you question a more or less formal representation of the media
objects, spoken question answering (increasing uncertainty
caused by the speech recognition), question answering of
semi-structured documents such as Wikipedia and legislation,
XML question answering.
We also welcome papers on more traditional QA topics such as:
- Question analysis and related knowledge representation,
pragmatic and linguistic paradigms: procedural questions (how),
causal questions (why), opinion questions, questions with a
- Pragmatic dimensions of intelligently answering questions: user
intentions, plans and goals recognition and production,
conversational implicatures in responses, principles for the
design of cooperative systems.
- Language processing: question processing: parameters of
interest for response production, semantic role detection for
QA, reasoning with lexical resources, response production
(planning and argumentation), language generation (e.g. lexical
choice, templates), explanation production (showing sources and
inferences, reporting data incompleteness, etc.).
- Evaluation: end-to-end evaluation of complex question types,
intrinsic evaluation of inference methods, data-intensive vs
knowledge-intensive methods, evaluation of portability.
The goal of the KRAQ08 workshop is to enhance cooperation between
participants with an AI background and members of the NLP and
question-answering communities. The programme committee will take
care of having a balanced number of papers from the different
We welcome short papers (max. 4 pages) describing projects or
ongoing research and long papers (max. 8 pages), that include
established results. Papers can be uploaded in pdf format at
https://www.softconf.com/coling08/KRAQ08/submit.html. The format
to use for papers and abstracts is the same as for Coling (
http://www.coling2008.org.uk/). All papers are blinded for
review. The title page includes the following information:
- Topic(s) of the above list, as appropriate
- Abstract (short summary up to 5 lines).
May 5, 2008: paper submissions June 6, 2008: acceptance/rejection
notification July 1, 2008: final papers due, camera-ready
manuscript sent for printing by organizers.
All accepted papers (long and short) will be published in the
workshop proceedings. We are currently negotiating a special
journal issue or book publication for the best long pbook
publication for the best long papers.
Patrick Saint-Dizier CNRS IRIT Toulouse, France stdizier_(on)_irit.fr
Marie-Francine Moens Department of Computer Science Katholieke
Universiteit Leuven, Belgium Marie-Francine.Moens_(on)_cs.kuleuven.be
Leila Amgoud, IRIT CNRS, France, Sivaji Badhyopadyay, Jadavpur
University, Kolkata, India Johan Bos, Università di Roma, Italy
Gosse Bouma, University of Groningen, The Netherlands Maarten de
Rijke, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands Sanda Harabagiu,
University of Dallas, USA Jerry Hobbs, University of Southern
California/ISI, USA Kentaro Inui, NAIST, Nara, Japan Asanee
Kawtrakul, Kasetstart University, Bangkok, Thailand Dietrich
Klakow, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany Jochen L. Leidner,
Thomson Corporation , USA Anne-Laure Ligozat, LIMSI, France
Marie-Francine Moens, K.U.Leuven, Belgium (co-chair) Matteo
Negri, ITC-irst, Italy Silvia Quarteroni, University of Trento,
Italy Patrick Saint-Dizier, IRIT-CNRS, France (co-chair).
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