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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Task-Focused Summarization and Question Answering Workshop, at Coling-ACL 2006
From:   Timothy Baldwin
Email:   tim_(on)_csse.unimelb.edu.au
Date received:   14 Feb 2006
Deadline:   01 May 2006
Start date:   23 Jul 2006

CALL FOR PAPERS - COLING/ACL 2006 Conference Workshop Task-Focused Summarization and Question Answering http://research.microsoft.com/%7Elucyv/WS7.htm Sydney, Australia July 23, 2006 *** Submission Deadline: May 1, 2006 *** Multilingual Summarization Evaluation http://research.microsoft.com/%7Elucyv/MSE2006.htm Workshop Description This one-day workshop will focus on the challenges that the Summarization and QA communities face in developing useful systems and in developing evaluation measures. Our aim is to bring these two communities together to discuss the current challenges and to learn from each other's approaches, following the success of a similar workshop held at ACL-05, which brought together the Machine Translation and Summarization communities. A previous summarization workshop (Text Summarization Branches Out, ACL-04) targeted the exploration of different scenarios for summarization, such as small mobile devices, legal texts, speech, dialog, email and other genres. We encourage a deeper analysis of these, and other, user scenarios, focusing on the utility of summarization and question answering for such scenarios and genres, including cross-lingual ones. By focusing on the measurable benefits that summarization and question answering has for users, we hope one of the outcomes of this workshop will be to better motivate research and focus areas for summarization and question answering, and to establish task-appropriate evaluation methods. Given a user scenario, it would ideally be possible to demonstrate that a given evaluation method predicts greater/lesser utility for users. We especially encourage papers describing intrinsic and extrinsic evaluation metrics in the context of these user scenarios. Both summarization and QA have a long history of evaluations: Summarization since 1998 (SUMMAC) and QA since 1999 (TREC). The importance of summarization evaluation is evidenced by the many DUC workshops; in DUC-05, extensive discussions were held regarding the use of ROUGE, ROUGE-BE, and the pyramid method, a semantic-unit based approach, for evaluating summarization systems. The QA community has related evaluation issues for answers to complex questions such as the TREC definition questions. Some common considerations in both communities include what constitutes a good answer/response to an information request, and how does one determine whether a "complex" answer is sufficient? In both communities, as well as in the distillation component of the 2005 DARPA program GALE, researchers are exploring how to capture semantic equivalence among components of different answers (nuggets, factoids or SCUs). There also have been efforts to design new automatic scoring measures, such as ROUGE-BE and POURPRE. We encourage papers discussing these and other metrics that report on how well the metric correlates with human judgments and/or predicts effectiveness in task-focused scenarios for summarization and QA. This workshop is a continuation of ACL 2005 for the summarization community, In which those interested in evaluation measures participated in a joint Workshop on evaluation for summarization and MT. As a sequel to the ACL 2005 workshop, in which the results of the first Multilingual multi-document summarization evaluation (MSE) were presented (http://www.isi.edu/%7Ecyl/MTSE2005/MLSummEval.html), we plan to report and discuss the results of the 2006 MSE evaluation. In summary, we solicit papers on any or all of the following three topics: - Task-based user scenarios requiring question answering (beyond factoids/lists) and/or summarization, across genres and languages - Extrinsic and intrinsic evaluations, correlating extrinsic measures with outcome of task completion and/or intrinsic measures with human judgments previously obtained. - The 2006 Multilingual Multi-document Summarization Evaluation Anyone with an interest in summarization, QA and/or evaluation is encouraged to participate in the workshop. We are looking for research papers in the aforementioned topics, as well as position papers that identify limitations in current approaches and describe promising future research directions. SUMMARIZATION TASK: Multilingual Summarization Evaluation Details for MSE 2006 will be available soon at http://research.microsoft.com/%7Elucyv/MSE2006.htm. For description and results of last year's MSE task, please see: http://www.isi.edu/%7Ecyl/MTSE2005. Send email to lucy.vanderwende_(on)_microsoft.com to be added to MSE mailing list. PAPER FORMAT: Papers should be no more than 8 pages, formatted following the guidelines that will be made available on the conference Web site. The reviewing process will be blind, so authors' names, affiliations, and all self-references should not be included in the paper. Authors who cannot submit a PDF file electronically should contact the organizers at least one week prior to the May 1st deadline. Proceedings will be published in conjunction with the main HLT/NAACL proceedings. Details on how to submit your paper available on the website or by contacting the organizers. IMPORTANT DATES: Task-focused Summarization and Question Answering Workshop Submission Due: May 1st Notification of Acceptance: May 22nd Camera-ready papers due: June 1st Workshop date: July 23, 2006 Multilingual Summarization Evaluation: Dates to be announced. Send email to lucy.vanderwende_(on)_microsoft.com to be added to email distribution list. WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS Tat-Seng Chua, National University of Singapore; chuats_(on)_comp.nus.edu.eg Jade Goldstein, U.S. Department of Defense; jgstewa_(on)_afterlife.ncsc.mil Simone Teufel, Cambridge University; simone.teufel_(on)_cl.cam.ac.uk Lucy Vanderwende, Microsoft Research; lucy.vanderwende_(on)_microsoft.com PROGRAM COMMITTEE Regina Barzilay (MIT) Sabine Bergler (Concordia University, Canada) Silviu Cucerzan (Microsoft Research) Hang Cui (National University of Singapore) Krzysztof Czuba (Google) Hal Daume III (USC/ISI) Hans van Halteren (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands) Sanda Harabagiu (University of Texas, Dallas) Chiori Hori (CMU) Eduard Hovy (USC/ISI) Hongyan Jing (IBM Research) Guy Lapalme (University of Montreal) Geunbae (Gary) Lee (Postech Univ, Korea) Chin-Yew Lin (USC/ISI) Inderjeet Mani (MITRE) Marie-France Moens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) Ani Nenkova (Columbia University) Manabu Okumura (Tokyo Institute of Technology) John Prager (IBM Research) Horacio Saggion (University of Sheffield, UK) Judith Schlesinger (IDA/CCS) Karen Sparck Jones (University of Cambridge) Nicola Stokes (University of Melbourne) Beth Sundheim (SPAWAR Systems Center) Tomek Strzalkowski (University at Albany) Ralph Weischedel (BBN) _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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