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Category:   E-Conf
Subject:   HLT-2002 Final Call for Attendance
From:   Priscilla Rasmussen
Email:   rasmusse_(on)_cs.rutgers.edu
Date received:   25 Feb 2002
Deadline:   26 Feb 2002
Start date:   24 Mar 2002

FINAL CALL FOR ATTENDANCE HLT 2002, Human Language Technology Conference March 24-27, 2002 Catamaran Resort Hotel, San Diego, California http://hlt2002.org Human Language Technology brings together researchers in a broad spectrum of fields, all of which are working toward enabling computers to better process and use with natural language. The HLT Conference is a forum for researchers in those fields to present high-quality, cutting-edge work, and to exchange ideas and explore directions for further research. The Conference will also foster opportunities for international collaboration within language technology. The Conference and Program Chairs have selected 28 papers, 34 posters, and 20 demonstrations from over 170 submissions from researchers in computer science, linguistics, engineering, psychology, etc., who are exploring methods for enabling better use of language technology. HLT 2002 will also include a special focus on Language Processing of Biological Data, which includes both Information Extraction of Biological Data and Language Modeling of Biological Data. =>Space at the Conference is limited by the capacity of the conference =>facilities. Furthermore the hotel is only holding space until Feb 26, =>so reserving now is crucial. To register for the conference, make hotel reservations and for further information, please go to the Conference web site, http://hlt2002.org. The Conference will span four days, running from early Sunday afternoon through noon Wednesday. It will include peer-reviewed research presentations, posters, demonstrations, panel sessions and time for discussion. The cost of registration is $425, which includes all meals during the conference. HLT 2002 Conference Program (Tentative) Sunday, March 24, 2002 11:00am Registration Opens 1:30pm Conference Convenes 1:30 Special Focus Tutorials: Language Processing of Biological Data 1:30 Special Focus Tutorial 1 NLP Techniques for Information Extraction from Biological Documents - Resource building and our experience Professor J. Tsujii, University of Tokyo (Japan) 2:50 Break 3:10 Special Focus Tutorial 2 Profile HMMs and other grammatical models of sequences Professor Richard Hughey, University of California at Santa Cruz (USA) 4:30 Break 4:50 Welcome 5:00 Keynote "Technology Meets the Entertainment Industry: Building Virtual Humans for Immersive Training" William Swartout, Technical Director, Institute for Creative Technologies, USC 6:00 PAPERS: Across Human Language Technologies -"Asynchronous Modeling for Audio-Visual Speech Recognition" Guillaume Gravier, Gerasimos Potamianos, Chalapathy Neti (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center) -"Arabic Speech and Text in TIDES OnTAP" Jayadev Billa, Mohamed Noamany, Amit Srivastava, John Makhoul, Francis Kubala (BBN Technologies) -"Automatic learning of dialogue strategy using dialogue simulation and reinforcement learning" Konrad Scheffler, Steve Young (Cambridge University) 7:20 Reception ("light" hors d'eouvres) 8:45 Adjourn Monday, March 25, 2002 7:30am Breakfast (provided) 8:30am PAPERS: Speech Recognition -"Selective Sampling of Training Data for Speech Recognition" Teresa Kamm, Gerard G.L. Meyer (Johns Hopkins University) -"DynaSpeak: SRI's Scalable Speech Recognizer for Embedded and Mobile Systems" Horacio Franco, Jing Zheng, John Butzberger, Federico Cesari, Michael Frandsen, Jim Arnold, Ramana Rau, Andreas Stolcke, Victor Abrash (SRI International) -"Word and Sub-word Indexing Approaches for Reducing the Effects of OOV Queries on Spoken Audio" Beth Logan, Pedro J. Moreno, Om Deshmukh (Compaq Computer Corporation) -"Beyond the Phoneme: A Juncture-Accent Model of Spoken Language" Steven Greenberg, Hannah Carvery, Leah Hitchcock, Shuangyu Chang (International Computer Science Institute) 10:15 Break 10:45 PAPERS: Summarization -"The DUC Summarization Evaluations" Donna Harman, Paul Over (National Institutes of Standards and Technology) -"Experiments in Multi-Document Summarization" Barry Schiffman, Ani Nenkova, Kathleen McKeown (Columbia University) -"Automated Multi-document Summarization in NeATS" Chin-Yew Lin, Eduard Hovy (USC/ISI) 12:05pm Lunch (provided) 1:30pm SPECIAL SESSION ON LANGUAGE PROCESSING OF BIOLOGICAL DATA 1:30 Intro to special session 1:45 Invited Talk: (Title to be announced) Dr. Russ Altman, President, International Society for Computational Biology, Director, Biomedical Informatics Training Program Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford University (USA) 2:50 PAPER: Biology and Natural Language Processing -"Formal grammars for estimating conformation counts of double-stranded chain molecules" David Chiang, Aravind Joshi (University of Pennsylvania) 3:15 Break POSTER SETUP DURING THIS BREAK 3:45 papers PAPERS: Biology and Natural Language Processing -"Massive Bio-Ontology Engineering for NLP" Stefan Schulz, Udo Hahn (Freiburg University) -"Comparative n-gram analysis of whole-genome protein sequences" Judith Klein-Seetharaman, M. Ganapathiraju, R. Rosenfeld, J. Carbonell, R. Reddy (Carnegie Mellon University) -"The GENIA Corpus: An Annotated Research Abstract Corpus in Molecular Biology Domain" Yuka Tateisi, Tomoko Ohta, Jin-Dong Kim, Hideki Mima, Jun 'ichi Tsujii (CREST, JST) 3:45 Discussion 5:30 Boaster session for poster session 6:15 Poster session with reception ("heavy" hors d'eouvres) -"Natural Language Interaction in Goal-Directed C&C: A Comparative Analysis of Semantic Inference" Jerome Bellegarda (Apple Computer, Inc.) -"Cross-Document Summarization by Concept Classification" Hilda Hardy (University at Albany, SUNY) -"Toward Automatic Summarization of English Broadcast News Speech" Chiori Hori, Sadaaki Furui, Rob Malkin, Alex Waibel (Tokyo Institute of Technology) -"Resources to Facilitate Progress in Place-Name Identification and Reference Resolution" Beth Sundheim (SPAWAR Systems Center) -"Dynamic Stopwording for Story Link Detection" Ralf Brown (Carnegie Mellon University) -"A Trainable Approach for Multi-Lingual Speech-to-Speech Translation System" Yuqing Gao, B. Zhou, Z. Diao, J. Sorensen, H. Erdogan, R. Sarikaya, F. Liu, M. Picheny (IBM) -"XML Tag Information Management System -- A Workbench for Ontology-based Knowledge Acquisition and Integration" Hideki Mima, Sophia Ananiadou, Goran Nenadic, Junichi Tsujii (University of Tokyo) -"Maximum Entropy Estimation for Feature Forests" Yusuke Miyao, Junichi Tsujii (Department of Computer Science, University of Tokyo) -"Design of a Multi-lingual, Parallel-processing Statistical Parsing Engine" Daniel Bikel (University of Pennsylvania) -"An Efficient Incremental Architecture for Robust Interpretation" Carolyn Rose, Antonio Roque, Dumisizwe Bhembe, Kurt VanLehn (University of Pittsburgh) -"Spoken Book Alignment Using WFSTS" António Joaquim Serralheiro, Diumuntino Cuseiro, Hugo Meinedo, Isubel Truncoso, Jou Neto (INESC-ID / IST) -"Using Heuristics, Syntax and a Local Dynamic Dictionary for Protein Name Tagging" Kristofer Franzen, Gunnar Eriksson, Fredrik Olsson Lars Asker, Per Liden (Swedish Institute of Computer Science) -"Speech in Noisy Environments (SPINE) Adds New Dimension to Speech Recognition R&D" Astrid Schmidt-Nielsen, Thomas H. Crystal, Elaine Marsh (Office of Naval Research) -"TONGUES: Rapid Development of a Speech-to-Speech Translation System" Alan Black, Ralf D. Brown, Robert Frederking, Rita Singh, John Moody, Eric Steinbrecher (Carnegie Mellon University) -"Detecting Discrepancies in Numeric Estimates Using Multidocument Hypertext Summaries" Claire Cardie, Michael White, Vincent Ng, Daryl McCullough (Cornell University) -"The Arizona Virtual Patient: Using Question-Answering Technology to Enhance Dialogue Processing" Scott Farrar (University of Arizona) -"Annotating Temporal Information: From Theory to Practice" Lisa Ferro, Robyn Kozierok, Laurie Gerber, Beth Sundheim, Inderjeet Mani, George Wilson (The MITRE Corporation) -"A Question/Answer Typology with Surface Text Patterns" Eduard Hovy, Ult Hermjakob, Deepak Ravichandran (Information Sciences Institute) -"Spoken Dialogue Evaluation for the Bell Labs Communicator System" Sungbok Lee, Egbert Ammicht, Eric Fosler-Lussier, Hong-Kwang Kuo, Alexandros Potamianos (Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies) -"Tracking and Summarizing News on a Daily Basis with Columbia's Newsblaster" Kathleen McKeown, Regina Barzilay, David Evans, Vasileios Hatzivassiloglou, Judith L. Klavans, Carl Sable, Barry Schiffman, Sergey Sigelman (Columbia University) -"Enhancing the Usability and Performance of NESPOLE!: a Real-World Speech-to-Speech Translation System" Florian Metze, J. McDonough, H. Soltau, A. Lavie, L. Levin, C. Langley, T. Schultz, A. Waibel, R. Cattoni, G. Lazzari, N. Mana, F. Pianesi, E. Pianta (Universitat Karlsruhe (TH)) -"Dynamic Dialog Management with VoiceXML" Eric Nyberg, Teruko Mitamura, Paul Placeway, Michael Duggan (Carnegie Mellon University) -"AGORA: A GUI Approach to Multimodal User Interfaces" Alexandros Potamianos, Manolis M. Tsangaris (Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies) -"MeetingLogger: Rich Transcription of Courtroom Speech" Rohit Prasad, Long Nguyen, Richard Schwartz, John Makoul (BBN Technologies) -"Rapid Annotation through Human-Machine Collaboration" Elizabeth Boschee, Scott Miller, Ralph Weischedel (BBN Technologies) -"Automatic Paraphrase Acquisition from News Articles" Yusuke Shinyama, Satoshi Sekine, Kiyoshi Sudo, Ralph Grishman (New York University) -"A Statistical Parser for Chinese" Jinxi Xu, Scott Miller, Ralph Weischedel (BBN Technologies) -"Research Methodologies, Observations and Outcomes in Speech Data Collection" Christopher Cieri, David Miller, Kevin Walker (Linguistic Data Consortium, Univ. of Pennsylvania) -"Infrastructure for Open-Domain Information Extraction" Sanda Harabagiu, Mihai Surdeanu (University of Texas at Dallas) -"OCR Error Correction using a Noisy Channel Model" Okan Kolak, Philip Resnik (University of Maryland) -"Interdependencies among Dialog Acts, Task Goals and Discourse Inheritance in Mixed-Initiative Dialogs" Shuk Fong Chan, Helen M. Meng (CUHK) -"Adding Predicate Argument Structure to the Penn TreeBank" Paul Kingsbury, Mitch Marcus, Martha Palmer (University of Pennsylvania) -"A Practical Introduction to ATLAS 1.0" Christophe Laprun, Jonathan G. Fiscus, Sylvain Pajot, John Garofolo (NIST) -"Drug Discovery through Information Extraction Technology" Robin McEntire, Lois C. Childs, Carl E. Weir, Paula Matuszek (GlaxoSmithKline) 9:30 Adjourn Tuesday, March 26, 2002 7:30am Breakfast (provided) 8:50am 2 papers Text Understanding -"A Knowledge-Rich Approach to Understanding Text about Aircraft Systems" Peter Clark, Lisabeth Duncan, Heather Holmback, Tom Jenkins, John Thompson (Boeing) -"Can We Derive General World Knowledge from Texts?" Lenhart Schubert (University of Rochester) 9:45 Boaster session for demonstrations 10:30 Demonstrations ("Science Fair") -"TExtractor: a multilingual terminology extraction tool" Luis Iraola, Antonio S. Valderrabanos, Alexander Belskis (SchlumbergerSema) -"TouchMeKey4: A Text Entry System with Only Four Buttons" Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii, Yusuke Inutsuka, Masato Takeichi (University of Tokyo) -"TransType: Text Prediction for Translators" George Foster, Philippe Langlais, Guy Lapalme (Universite de Montreal) -"Real Users, Real Data, Real Problems: the MiTAP System for Monitoring Bio Events" Laurie Damianos, Steve Wohlever, George Wilson, Florence Reeder, Tom McEntee, Robyn Kozierok, Lynette Hirschman, David Day (The MITRE Corporation) -"An Automatic Speech Translation System for Travel Conversation" Ken-ichi Iso, Takao Watanabe (NEC Corporation) -"The Trinity Information Access System" Breck Baldwin (Baldwin Language Technologies) -"A Statistical Mixed-initiative Dialog System for 401k Management" Rajesh Balchandran, Linda Boyer, Mark Epstein, Robert Krewson, Margaret Marler, Howard Page, Thomas Kazmierczak, Edward Kemp (IBM) -"Demonstration of a Spoken Dialogue Interface for Planning Activities of a Semi-autonomous Robot" John Dowding, Jeremy Frank, Beth Ann Hockey, Ari Jonsson, Gregory Aist (RIACS) -"Japanese Broadcast News Transcription Demonstration" XueFeng Guo, Long Nguyen, Richard Schwartz, John Makhoul, Toru Imai, Akio Kobayashi, Atsushi Matsui, Akio Ando (BBN Technologies) -"Automated Question Answering in Webclopedia - A Demonstration" Chin-Yew Lin, Ulf Hermjakob, Eduard Hovy (USC/ISI) -"VITAP Demonstration" Andrew Merlino (Virage) -"The NESPOLE! Speech-to-Speech Translation System" Florian Metze, J. McDonough, H. Soltau, C. Langley, A. Lavie, L. Levin, T. Schultz, A. Waible, R. Cattoni, G. Lazzari, N. Mana, F. Pianesi, E. Pianta (Universität Karlsruhe (TH)) -"Event Extraction for Infectious Disease Outbreaks" Ralph Grishman, Silja Huttunen, Roman Yangarber (New York University) -"Oasis Translator's Aide" Scott Shepard, Sean Colbath, Dr. Kathleen Egan, Francis Kubala (BBN Technologies & DoD) -"Newsroom OnTAP -- Real-time alerting from streaming audio" Scott Shepard, Sean Colbath, Dr. Kathleen Egan, Francis Kubala (BBN Technologies & Dod) -"OnTAP: Mixed-media Multi-lingual Language Processing" Sean Colbath, Scott Shepard, Daben Liu, Amit Srivastava, Jay Billa, James Gugerty, Daniel Kiecza, Mohammed Noamany, Dr. Kathleen Egan, Francis Kubala (BBN Technologies & DoD) -"Biologically Inspired Lexicon Structuring Technique" Angelo Dalli (University of Malta) -"MyVoiceProcessor (MVP): Using Implicit Speech Recognition to Efficiently Process Voice Data" Eric Chang, Chengyuan Ma (Microsoft Research Asia) -"AnswerBus Question Answering System" Zhiping Zheng (University of Michigan) -"Medstract: Natural Language Tools for Mining the Biobibliome" James Pustejovsky, Brent Cochran, Jose Castanos, Jason Zhang, Michael Morrell, Wei Luo (Brandeis University) 12:30pm Lunch (provided) 2:00 PAPERS: Information Retrieval & Text Tracking and Detection -"A Formal Approach to Score Normalization for Metasearch" R. Manmatha, H. Sever (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) -"Quantifying Query Ambiguity" Steve Cronen-Townsend, W. Bruce Croft (University of Massachusetts) -"An Algorithm for Unsupervised Topic Discovery from Broadcast News Stories" Sreenivasa Sista, Richard Schwartz, Timothy R. Leek, John Makhoul (BBN Technologies) -"Relevance Models for Topic Detection and Tracking" Victor Lavrenko, James Allan, Edward DeGuzman, Daniel La Flamme, Veera Pollard, Steven Thomas (Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval) 3:45 Break 4:15 PAPERS: Machine Translation and Multilingual Systems -"Named Entity Translation" Yaser Al-Onaizan, Kevin Knight (USC/ISI) -"Speaker, Accent, and Language Identification using Multilingual Phone Strings" Tanja Schultz, Qin Jin, Kornel Laskowski, Alicia Tribble, Alex Waibel (Carnegie Mellon University) -"Corpus-based Comprehensive and Diagnostic MT Evaluation: Initial Arabic, Chinese, French, and Spanish Results" Kishore Papineni, Salim Roukos, Todd Ward, John Henderson, Florence Reeder (IBM & MITRE) -"Automatic Evaluation of Machine Translation Quality Using N-gram Co-Occurrence Statistics" George Doddington (NIST) 6:00 Banquet (provided) 8:00 Plenary Demonstration Session 9:30 Adjourn Wednesday, March 27, 2002 7:30am Breakfast (provided) 8:30 Panel of Government Sponsors Gary Strong, National Science Foundation Charles Wayne, DARPA John Prange, ARDA (other speakers to be arranged) 9:45 Break 10:15 PAPERS: Across Human Language Technologies -"Does Confidence Annotation Meet the Dialog Goal?: A Quantitative Analysis" Kadri Hacioglu, Wayne Ward (The Center for Spoken Language Research) -"Statistical Answer-Type Identification in Open-Domain Question Answering" John Prager, Jennifer Chu-Carroll, Krzsztof Czuba (IBM T.J. Watson Research Ctr.) -"Japanese Spoken Document Retrieval Considering OOV Keywords Using OOV Detection Processing and Word Spotting" Hiromitsu Nishizaki, Seiichi Nakagawa (Toyohashi University of Technology) -"An Adaptive Approach of Name Entity Extraction for Meeting Application" Fei Huang, Alex Waibel (Language Technology Institute, Carnegie Mellon University) 12:00noon Wrap-up session 12:30pm Conference Ends CONFERENCE COMMITTEES General chair: Mitch Marcus, University of Pennsylvania (USA) Co-chair: David Yarowsky, Johns Hopkins University (USA) Special Focus Committee: Chair: Aravind Joshi, University of Pennsylvania (USA) Co-chair: Lynette Hirschman, MITRE (USA) Demonstration Co-chairs: Clifford Weinstein, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (USA) Bob Younger, SPAWAR Systems Center (USA) HLT 2002 Conference Coordinator, Priscilla Rasmussen Executive Program Committee: James Allan, University of Massachusetts (USA) Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan) Ralph Grishman, New York University (USA) Donna Harman, NIST (USA) Lynette Hirschman, MITRE (USA) Eduard Hovy, ISI (USA) Kevin Knight, ISI (USA) Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS (France) John Makhoul, BBN Technologies (USA) Nelson Morgan, University of California at Berkeley (USA) Mari Ostendorf, University of Washington (USA) Hans Uszkoreit, Saarland University and DKFI (Germany) CONFERENCE VENUE The HLT Conference will be held at the Catamaran Resort Hotel in San Diego, California. The famous San Diego Zoo is the home of Hua Mei, the only baby giant panda to be born in the US. Sea World is one of the area's better known attractions, where you can see the killer whale Shamu. San Diego also houses Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park. You can stroll through the Gaslamp Quarter or through Old Town. Nearby La Jolla houses the Birch Aquarium, and Carlsbad houses Legoland. Heading south gets you to Tijuana, Mexico. FURTHER INFORMATION Up-to-date information about the Conference and registration is posted at http://hlt2002.org.

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