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RECONNECT Workshop 2010

Extracting and Visualizing Information from Natural Language Text

Where:  University of Southern California
When:   June 6-12, 2010

About Reconnect: This CCICADA/VACCINE Summer Reconnect Workshop exposes
faculty teaching undergraduates to the role of the mathematical sciences in
homeland security and provides an opportunity to researchers in government
or industry to learn about recent techniques in data analytics. Topics are
presented in a weeklong series of lectures and activities; participants are
involved in both research activities and in writing materials useful in the
classroom or to share with their colleagues. Participants may develop
materials for publication in either the CCICADA Technical Reports or the
Educational Modules Series published by the DIMACS Center at Rutgers
University.

Topic: Automatic identification and extraction of desired information from
natural language text is increasingly used as a way to improve general
purpose search and has a range of applications in medical informatics,
business applications, and for the intelligence community. The input is one
or more texts in the domain in question, and the output is a database
containing just the desired fields of information, extracted from the
source material and formatted appropriately. Information extraction (IE)
techniques have been developed since the early 1980s, and include finite
state technology, pattern-based extraction, and appropriate machine
learning methods. This week-long workshop will take participants from the
early, simpler, methods through the modern ones, and will include
theoretical and practical topics as well as hands-on exercises using
software packages. The material is very relevant to the undergraduate
classroom and to many applications. The lecturers are renowned experts in
the various aspects of IE and its visualization, and have a long history of
giving informative, engaging, and fun lectures.

Organizers: Eduard Hovy, USC/ISI; Zornitsa Kozareva, USC/ISI; Midge
Cozzens, CCICADA.
Speakers: Eduard Hovy, USC/ISI; Zornitsa Kozareva, USC/ISI; Dan Roth, UIUC;
and John Stasko, GATech

Registration fees, lodging, meals and travel: Academic participants:
registration, lodging and meals will be provided through DHS funding.
Government participants: $350. For-Profit Corporation participants: $500
(includes all meals from Sunday dinner to Saturday lunch). Limited funds
are expected to be available to waive part or the entire registration fee
and/or provide partial support for travel.

Deadline for Applications is April 5, 2010 or until all slots are filled.
Applications are to be submitted online at
http://ccicada.org/Reconnect/2010/ApplicationChecklistPage.html and will be
reviewed as they are received.

For more information: Christine Spassione (spassion at dimacs dot rutgers dot edu) or
visit the Reconnect web page http://ccicada.org/Reconnect/2010/.

(This Reconnect Conference takes place in Los Angeles the week immediately
after the Human Language Technologies (HLT-NAACL) conference of the North
American Association for Computational Linguistics (June 1-6, 2010).
HLT-NAACL is one of the primary conferences in this field, and participants
are encouraged to consider attending it as well. See
http://naaclhlt2010.isi.edu/).