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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   JHU Summer Workshop on Language Engineering
From:   Jason Eisner
Email:   jason_(on)_cs.jhu.edu
Date received:   11 Sep 2003
Deadline:   12 Oct 2003
Start date:   06 Jul 2004

CALL FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS The Center for Language and Speech Processing at the Johns Hopkins University invites research proposals for an NSF-funded Summer Workshop on Language Engineering, to be held in Baltimore, MD, USA, from July 6 to August 18, 2004. The deadline for submitting proposals is October 12, 2003. You may already have a good idea of the purpose of these six-week summer workshops, which we have hosted every year since 1995. Each workshop team (eight or more people) explores a specific research topic that will help advance the state of the art in some area of Language Engineering, such as * Speech recognition * Trans-lingual information detection and extraction * Machine translation * Speech synthesis * Information retrieval * Topic detection and tracking * Text summarization * Question answering The research topics explored by teams in previous workshops can serve as good examples for your proposal (http://www.clsp.jhu.edu/worksho ps). Once the topics are selected, we attempt to bring the best researchers to the workshop to work on them collaboratively. Each topic brings together a diverse team of leading researchers and students. The senior participants in the workshop are university professors and industrial and governmental researchers from widely dispersed locations. The graduate students are familiar with the field and are selected in accordance with their demonstrated performance, usually by the senior researchers. The undergraduates, selected through a national search, are entering seniors who are new to the field and who have shown outstanding academic promise. We are soliciting proposals for research projects from a wide range of academic and government institutions, as well as from industry. An independent panel of experts will screen all proposals received by the deadline for suitability to the workshop goals and format. Results of this screening will be announced no later than October 24, 2003. Proposals passing this initial screening will be presented to a peer-review panel that will meet in Baltimore on November 7 - 9, 2003. One or two authors of the screened proposals and other leading researchers will be invited to this meeting. It is expected that the proposals will be revised at this meeting to address any outstanding concerns or new ideas. Out of these panel reviews and ensuing discussion, three research topics will finally be selected for the 2004 workshop. Authors of successful proposals will typically be the team leaders. Would you be interested and available to participate in the 2004 Summer Workshop? If so, 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 three or four 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 want to have an active role in pursuing it. Proposals may be faxed (410-516-5050), e-mailed (sec_(on)_clsp.jhu.edu) or sent via regular mail (CLSP, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Barton 320, Baltimore, MD 21218).

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