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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   MSQA-Eval 2004 to held with IJCNLP-04
From:   Chin-Yew Lin
Email:   cyl_(on)_ISI.EDU
Date received:   01 Dec 2003
Deadline:   12 Dec 2003
Start date:   25 Mar 2004

CALL FOR PAPERS WORKSHOP ON MULTILINGUAL SUMMARIZATION AND QUESTION ANSWERING 2004 Workshop on Multilingual Summarization and Question Answering (2004) - Towards Systematizing and Automatic Evaluations (post-conference workshop in conjunction with IJCNLP-04) March 25, 2004 Hainan Island, China WEB SITE: http://www.isi.edu/%7Ecyl/msqa-eval-ijcnlp04 [INTRODUCTION] Automatic summarization and question answering (QA) are now enjoying a period of revival and they are advancing at a much quicker pace than before. Recently in the United States, TREC started an English QA track in 1999 and DUC sponsored by NIST also started a new English summarization evaluation series in 2001. In Japan, NTCIR project included Japanese text summarization task in 2000 and QA task in 2001. One major challenge of these large scale evaluation efforts is how we can evaluate summarization and QA systems systematically and automatically. In other words, is there a consistent and principled way in estimating the quality of any summarization and QA systems accurately and can we automate the evaluation process? The release of the "Framework for Machine Translation Evaluation in ISLE (FEMTI)" and the recent adoption of the automatic evaluation metrics, BLEU and NIST, in the machine translation community are good examples that we might be able to find leverage from and extend them to summarization and QA evaluations. A good example in automatic evaluation of summaries is the ROUGE method developed at the Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California. This workshop focuses on automatic summarization and QA, and enable participants to discuss the integration of multiple languages and multiple functions and most importantly how to robustly estimate quality of summarization and QA. We also welcome submissions related to any aspects of summarization and QA with main sections dedicated to evaluation. [FORMAT FOR SUBMISSIONS] Submissions are limited to original, unpublished work. Submissions must use the ijc-NLP LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style files tailored for ijc-NLP. The ijc-NLP style files can be found here. Paper submissions should consist of a full paper (5000 words or less, exclusive of title page and references). Papers outside the specified length are subject to be rejected without review. The paper should be written in English. [SUBMISSION QUESTIONS] Please send submission questions to Chin-Yew Lin [cyl at isi.edu]. [SUBMISSION PROCEDURE] Electronic submission only: send the pdf (preferred), postscript, or MS Word form of your submission to: Chin-Yew Lin [cyl at isi.edu]. The Subject line should be "IJCNLP-04 WORKSHOP PAPER SUBMISSION". Because reviewing is blind, no author information is included as part of the paper. An identification page must be sent in a separate email with the subject line: "IJCNLP-04 WORKSHOP ID PAGE" and must include title, all authors, theme area (i.e. summarization, QA, or both), keywords, word count, and an abstract of no more than 5 lines. Late submissions will not be accepted. Notification of receipt will be e-mailed to the first author shortly after receipt. [DEADLINES (Tentative)] Paper submission deadline: Dec 12, 2003 Notification of acceptance for papers: January 10, 2004 Camera ready papers due: January 24, 2004 Workshop date: March 25, 2004 [PROGRAM CHAIRS] Hang Li Microsoft Research, Asia, China Chin-Yew Lin USC/ISI, USA [PROGRAM COMMITTEE] Hsin-Hsi Chen, National Taiwan University, Taiwan Tat-Seng Chua, National University of Singapore, Singapore Junichi Fukumoto, Ritsumeikan University, Japan Takahiro Fukusima, Otemon Gakuin University, Japan Donna Harman, NIST, USA Hongyan Jing, IBM Research, USA Tsuneaki Kato, University of Tokyo, Japan Gary Geunbae Lee, Postech, South Korea Bernardo Magnini, Istituto Trentino di Cultura (ITC)/IRST, Italy Tadashi Nomoto, National Institute of Japanese Literature, Japan Manabu Okumura, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan John Prager, IBM Research, USA Drago Radev, University of Michigan, USA Karen Sparck-Jones, Cambridge University, UK Simone Teufel, Cambridge University, UK Benjamin K Tsou, City University of Hong Kong, China

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