Natural Language Generation
 

Impacts in Natural Language Generation

 

German Research Center for 
Artificial Intelligence GmbH

NLG Between Technology and Applications 
July 26-28, 2000
Schloss Dagstuhl, Saarland, Germany 


Schloß Dagstuhl

Approved SIGGEN Natural Language Generation Workshop
 
Call for Participation Program Registration Call for Papers Dates Programme Committee Submission Instructions  Related Links Contact 

Call for Participation

The IMPACTS workshop aims at studying, discussing, and clarifying the relationships between NLG technologies and applications. The workshop addresses
  • researchers and developers in NLG,
  • current and potential users of NLG applications,
  • the reusability of modules within NLG systems,
  • the interplay between statistical and rule-based NLG,
  • the relation between summarization and NLG,
  • the use of corpora and the evaluation of NLG systems.
IMPACTS will be an ideal opportunity to discuss current issues and future prospects in Natural Language Generation with prominent researchers in the field, in the stimulating environment of Schloss Dagstuhl.

The Workshop

The workshop will consist of three types of sessions: presentation of submitted papers, an invited talk and several "burning issues" sessions.

In order to implement our concept of a discussion-intensive event, we have invited four "burning issues" presentations taking up the main topic of the workshop. They will initiate interesting discussions, possibly within smaller groups, and last two hours up to half a day. A panel session will sum up all discussions.

Sessions will be chaired by Srinivas Bangalore (AT&T Research), Eduard Hovy, Daniel Marcu (both ISI, Univ. of California, Los Angeles) and Chris Mellish (Univ. of Edinburgh, UK); more details can be found here. The invited talk will be given by David McDonald (Brandeis University, USA).

Accomodation and Registration

Please register soon; as Schloss Dagstuhl has limited capacity, registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.

All participants will stay at Schloss Dagstuhl. Cost is DM 450 (approx. US$ 210) per person, including full board, in single rooms with a shower. Please register directly with the organizers using the registration form The early registration fee (before July 1, 2000) is DM 170 (approx. US$ 80) and includes a copy of the proceedings. Late registration will cost DM 220 (approx US$ 100).

Dates and Travel

IMPACTS will take place from July 26-28, 2000 at the International Conference and Research Center for Computer Science at Schloss Dagstuhl (find out how to get there). Arrival is on Tuesday, July 25. The workshop will take until Friday, July 28, after lunch.

IMPACTS immediately precedes the events of COLING 2000 taking place in Luxembourg, Saarbrücken, and Nancy. Schloss Dagstuhl is situated in the Saarland, allowing participants to reach the COLING tutorials on July 29 conveniently.

 

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Workshop Registration and Reservation Form

Please use the registration form and either
  • fax it to (+49) 681 302 5341 (recommended for CC payments), OR
  • send it via e-mail to impacts@dfki.de, OR
  • send it via postal mail to

    IMPACTS
    c/o Dr. Tilman Becker
    DFKI GmbH
    Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
    66123 Saarbruecken
    Germany

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Program

The program.

 

Here is more about Burning Issues and their Chairs.
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Call for Papers

The tension between theoretical work and its implementation has often been considered fruitful. In the field of Natural Language Generation, it is now complemented by another tension, the one between technologies and applications: 

"I have invented a new technique for NLG!" - "What is its impact on applications?" 

"I have built a new NLG application!" - "What is its impact on the technology?"

Much of NLG technology is based on a theoretical understanding of the process of language generation, whereas the  applications strongly rely on practical requirements. There are not many theoretically well-motivated technologies that can straightforwardly be employed within specific applications.  For this workshop, we adopt a broad notion of application by including pieces of software containing NLG technology that currently are used by others  in order to solve real-world tasks.

Some NLG application developers find it preferable to not reuse existing technology. This is often due to the lack of solutions for the knowledge bottleneck and for the input formation bottleneck: NLG technology lacks the power of dealing with external  conceptual lexical knowledge bases, and it also lacks standards of representing inputs at a suitable specificity. 

The "IMPACTS" workshop aims at studying, discussing, and clarifying the relationships between NLG technologies and applications. The workshop addresses 

  • researchers and developers in NLG, 
  • current and potential users of NLG applications, 
  • providers of  large  conceptual lexicons  usable by NLG, and 
  • developers of systems that deal with the input specificity problem. 

 

We invite original and unpublished contributions from all areas of NL generation, either from the technological side or from the applications point of view. They must state clearly how they relate to the respective counterpart, hence addressing one of the above questions. Moreover, we welcome contributions discussing methods for improving the correspondence between applications, application types, and technologies, addressing both the above questions. 

"IMPACTS" is supported by SIGGEN: It has been approved as a "SIGGEN NLG Workshop," as defined in SIGGEN's policy. The proceedings will be published both electronically through the Computation and Language Archive and as a conventional paper document carrying an ISBN or an ISSN.

"IMPACTS" will take place from July 26-28, 2000 at the International Conference and Research Center for Computer Science at Schloss Dagstuhl. It immediately precedes the events of COLING 2000 taking place in Luxembourg, Saarbrücken, and Nancy. Schloss Dagstuhl is situated in the Saarland, allowing participants to reach the COLING tutorials on July 29 conveniently.
 
 

Dates

26.-28. July 2000: Workshop at Schloss Dagstuhl 
15. June 2000: Camera-ready copies 
20. May 2000: Notification of acceptance 
01. April 2000: Deadline for submissions 

 

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Programme Committee

John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany 
Tilman Becker, DFKI Saarbrücken, Germany
   (Program Co-Chair) 
Stephan Busemann, DFKI Saarbrücken, Germany
   (Program Co-Chair) 
Robert Dale, Language Technology Pty Ltd and
   Macquarie University, Australia
Laurence Danlos, LORIA, France 
Michael Elhadad, Ben-Gurion University, Israel 
Eduard Hovy, ISI, University of Southern 
   California, USA
Richard Kittredge, CoGenTex Inc., USA 
Inderjeet Mani, Mitre Corporation, USA 
David D. McDonald, Gensym Corporation, USA 
Cecile Paris, CSIRO Mathematical and Information
   Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia
Owen Rambow, AT&T, USA 
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK 
Donia Scott, ITRI, University of Brighton, UK 
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Submission Information

Submissions must be unpublished papers related to the Workshop Theme, as described in the Call for Papers. Submissions should be in the Springer LNCS format and may be up to 10 pages, based on the style files for LaTeX and MS Word.
 

Submission Questions

Questions regarding the submission procedure should be sent to impacts@dfki.de.

 

Submission Procedure 

All submissions must be sent in electronic form: send the PostScript or MS Word form of your submission (zipped, if large) to: impacts@dfki.de. The Subject line should contain Conference Submission.  Late submissions will not be accepted. Notification of receipt will be e-mailed to the first author shortly after receipt. In exceptional cases, an author unable to comply with the above submission procedure should contact one of the Program Co-Chairs sufficiently before the submission deadline so alternative arrangements can be made.
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Related Links

"May I Speak Freely?" Between Templates and Free Choice in Natural Language Generation

First International NLG Conference

COLING 2000

SIGGEN

Contact

Tilman Becker, DFKI GmbH 

Stephan Busemann, DFKI GmbH

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German Research Center for 
Artificial Intelligence GmbH