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[eu_members at aclweb dot org] New York: NSF Sponsored Symposium: Semantic Knowledge Discovery, Organization and Use -- Call for Participation

Call for Participation

NSF Sponsored Symposium
      Semantic Knowledge Discovery, Organization and Use

Date: November, 14 and 15 (Friday & Saturday), 2008
Location: Warren Weaver Hall, New York University
URL: http://nlp.cs.nyu.edu/sk-symposium
Invited Speakers: 
    Ido Dagan, Bill Dolan, Oren Eztioni, Christiane Fellbaum, 
    Marti Hearst, Kentaro Inui, Dekang Lin, Bernardo Magnini, 
    Dan Moldovan, Patrick Pantel, Marius Pasca, Peter Turney
Organizer: Satoshi Sekine
Admission: Free

---- Call for Participation --------------------------------------------
Pre-registration is required through the Web site. The registration will
close when the number of registrations exceeds the room capacity. Please
make your registration as soon as possible!

The focus of NLP research has been shifting towards semantic analysis
from syntactic analysis. It has become evident that the methods employed
for developing syntactic analyzers, i.e. supervised methods using small
annotated corpora, are not the best methods for the semantic task. In
order to handle semantics, we need large amounts of knowledge which may
be best collected by semi/un- supervised methods from a huge unannotated

Many methods have already been proposed along this line of research, e.g.
discovery of synonyms, hyponym-hypernyms, part-of relations, paraphrase,
textual entailment, relations between things, relations between events
and so on. The technical methods include distributional similarity,
lexico-syntactic patterns, alignment and so on. Although such discovery
techniques have been improving through numerous trials, there has been
little discussion of the background and high-level picture of the field.

The objectives of this symposium will be to discuss the following topics:
- High-level picture of the current technologies
- The types of semantic knowledge we need
- The relationships between knowledge and applications
- The format for representing this knowledge and its re-use
- Community effort for resource and platform
- Possible directions for the technology in the future

There will be 12 presentations by the invited speakers, 6 oral session
presentations, 32 posters and 7 demo presentations.
See the program at http://nlp.cs.nyu.edu/sk-symposium/program.html

Thank you very much for your interest. We are looking forward to seeing you
at the symposium.

Best Regards,
Satoshi Sekine