Corpora: CfP, LREC2002 workshop on "Annotation Standards for TemporalInformation in Natural Language"

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                                Workshop on

        "Annotation Standards for Temporal Information in Natural Language"

                                 LREC 2002

              27th May 2002, Las Palmas, Canary Islands - Spain

    Workshop scope and aims:
    The ability to identify and analyse temporal information is important
    for a
    variety of natural language applications, such as information
    question answering, and multi-document summarisation. Nevertheless, this
    area of
    research has been relatively unexplored. It became evident during an ACL
    workshop on temporal and spatial information processing that that some
    institutions have started to work on different aspects of temporal
    but no consensus has been achieved yet on what and how temporal
    should be identified in text.

    This workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers to present their
    work in
    this field and to discuss future developments such as building shared
    e.g. temporally annotated corpora. It is timely to coordinate the effort
    undertaken in the community at this stage of research into temporal
    in text.

    Topics of interest include:
    The workshop organisers invite papers focussing on:

    - How are times referred to in text?
    - How are events temporally positioned?
    - How are events related to each other?
    - What is the relative role of tense/aspect vs. explicit time
    - What is the chronological structure of different types of text? (for
      scientific reports vs. fiction vs. newswire texts)
    - resolution of deictic/partial/vague/relative time expressions
    - graphical representations of the temporal order of events
    - ontologies for temporal information, e.g. times and events
    - reasoning with/about temporal information
    - proposals for annotating temporal information and identifying
    - evaluation of metrics for temporal annotation and evaluation of
      annotation schemes
    - tools for annotation

    application areas include:
    - information extraction
    - question answering
    - planning
    - multi-document summarisation

    Authors whose work is directed at annotation schemes are encouraged to
    (in their full paper) the example texts provided at - this is not obligatory.

    Workshop agenda:
    The half-day workshop will consist of paper presentations, a panel
    and an open discussion session.

    We hope to arrange a follow-up meeting outside the workshop format to
    future development and plans for possible collaborations.

    Bill Black, UMIST, UK
    Rob Gaizauskas, University of Sheffield, UK
    Graham Katz, University of Osnabrueck, Germany
    Andrea Setzer, University of Sheffield, UK
    George Wilson, the MITRE Corporation, USA

    Program committee (provisional):
    Bill Black, UMIST, UK
    Rob Gaizauskas, University of Sheffield, UK
    Graham Katz, University of Osnabrueck, Germany
    Inderjeet Mani, the MITRE Corporation, USA
    Allan Ramsay, UMIST, UK
    Andrea Setzer, University of Sheffield, UK
    Beth Sundheim, SPAWAR Systems Center, USA
    Janyce Wiebe, University of Pittsburgh, UK
    George Wilson, the MITRE Corporation, USA

    Important dates:
    Deadline for submission of abstracts: 18/02/2002
    Notification of acceptance: 11/03/2002
    Camera-ready final copy for proceedings: 15/04/2002
    Workshop: 27/05/2002

    Abstracts for workshop contributions should not exceed two A4 pages
    references). An additional title page should state: the title;
    affiliation(s); and contact author's e-mail address, as well as postal
    telephone and fax numbers.

    Submission is to be sent by email, preferably in Postscript or PDF
    format, to
    Andrea Setzer ( by the 18th February 2002.

    Formatting instructions for the final full version of papers will be
    sent to
    authors after notification of acceptance.

    Workshop Registration Fees:
    The registration fees for the workshop are:

        If you are not attending LREC: 140 EURO
        If you are attending LREC: 90 Euro

    Registration will be handled by the LREC Secretariat. All attendees will
    a copy of the workshop proceedings.

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