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[eu_members at aclweb dot org] France: Automated Knowledge Base Construction 2010 Workshop -- CFP

               Automated Knowledge Base Construction 2010
                            May 17-19, 2010
                            Grenoble, France


                            CALL FOR PAPERS
                 4-8 page submissions due March 5, 2010

Good decision-making is dependent on comprehensive, accurate
knowledge.  But the information relevant to many important decisions
in areas such as business, government, medicine and scientific
research is massive, and growing at an accelerating pace.  Relevant
raw data is widely available on the web and other data sources, but
usually in order to be useful it must be gathered, extracted,
organized, and normalized into a knowledge base.

Hand-built knowledge bases such as Wikipedia have made us all better
decision-makers.  However more than human editing will be necessary to
create a wide variety of domain-specific, deeply comprehensive,
more highly structured knowledge bases.

A variety of automated methods have begun to reach levels of accuracy
and scalability that make them applicable to automatically
constructing useful knowledge bases from text and other sources.
These capabilities have been enabled by research in areas including
natural language processing, information extraction, information
integration, databases, search and machine learning.  There are
substantial scientific and engineering challenges in advancing and
integrating such relevant methodologies.

This workshop will gather researchers in a variety of fields that
contribute to the automated construction of knowledge bases.

There has recently been a tremendous amount of new work in this area,
some of it in traditionally disconnected communities.  In this
workshop the organizers aim to bring these communities together.

Topics of interest include:

* information extraction; open information extraction,
   named entity extraction; entity resolution, relation extraction.
* information integration; schema alignment; ontology alignment;
   ontology constrution.
* monolingual alignment, alignment between knowlege bases and text.
* joint inference between text interpretation and knowledge base
   pattern analysis, semantic analysis of natural language,
   reading the web, learning by reading.
* databases; distributed information systems; probabilistic
* scalable computation; distributed computation.
* information retrieval; search on mixtures of structured and
   unstructured data; querying under uncertainty.
* machine learning; unsupervised, lightly-supervised and
   distantly-supervised learning; learning from naturally-available
* human-computer collaboration in knowledge base construction;
   automated population of wikis.
* dynamic data, online/on-the-fly adaptation of knowledge.
* inference; scalable approximate inference.
* languages, toolkits and systems for automated knowledge base
* demonstrations of existing automatically-built knowledge bases.

Speakers / Participants include:

* Oren Etzioni, University of Washington
* Michael Cafarella, University of Michigan
* AnHai Doan, University of Wisconsin
* Patrick Gallinari, LIP6
* Alon Halevy, Google
* Zachary Ives, University of Pennsylvania
* Ron Kaplan, Powerset / Microsoft
* Andrew McCallum, University of Massachusetts
* Zaiqing Nie, Microsoft Research
* Fernando Pereira, Google & University of Pennsylvania
* Sunita Sarawagi, Indian Institute of Technology
* Gerhard Weikum, Max Planck Institute
* Dan Weld, University of Washington

Important dates:

* Paper submission deadline:     Friday 5 March 2010
* Notification of acceptance:    Friday 2 April 2010
* Camera-ready due from authors: Monday 3 May 2010
* Workshop:                      Mon-Wed 17-19 May 2010
                                  (just after AIStats in Sardinia)

Submission Instructions:

Four to eight pages, two-column, in ICML conference style.  LaTeX and
MSWord style file are available from the workshop web site.  Papers
should be submitted through the electronic submission URL, also
available through the AKBC workshop web site.

Review and multiple submission policy:

Every paper will receive 3 single-blind reviews.  Work submitted or
appearing elsewhere is welcome to this workshop, within the
requirements of the other venue.

Organizing committee:

Program Chair:      Andrew McCallum
Publication Chair:  Guillaume Bouchard
Funding Chair:      Cedric Archambeau
Local Arrangements: Onno Zoeter
Host Arrangements:  Jean-Marc Andreoli

Workshop venue:

The workshop will take place in the chateau at Xerox Research Centre
Europe, near Grenoble, France.

In addition to technical talks, talks about submitted papers and a
poster session, we will have plenty of time for informal discussions
and community building: a reception dinner the evening before we
begin, lunches provided on-site with time to talk, a banquet dinner on
the first evening, and on the second day a half-day hike in the local
Alps, including a raclette dinner at a refuge.

Registration will be free for European Pascal Network members.