Corpora: Final CFP: Workshop on Customizing Knowledge in NLP

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                                 Deadline Extended:
                                     March 15
                               FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

                    Customizing Knowledge in NLP Applications:
                         Strategies, Issues and Evaluation

                 A workshop at the Third International Conference
                       on Language Resources and Evaluation

    The workshop addresses one of the key challenges in the development of
    NLP applications: bridging a generic framework with domain/task specific
    requirements. The issue reduces to the problem of customization of
    linguistic software and the degree to which this effort can be limited
    once a given component (i.e., grammar, lexicon, thesaurus, interpreter,
    tagger, etc.) is used across applications and across domains.

    As natural language products play an increasingly more prominent role in
    the market for knowledge management, information extraction, search and
    navigation, the suppliers of technologies still struggle with the
    ability to produce high-qualitysoftware which can be deployed to new
    domains and relatively similar tasks in a short time within budget.

    The issue of genericity versus specificity plays out in a number of
    areas; the key to solving the problem is that of identifying whether
    there is a particular locus to the dilemma: the architecture of the
    system, the language resources, the application components.

    The problem of customization directly affects the architecture, the
    development process as well as the evaluation benchmarks for NLP
    systems. Although the notion of "knowledge bottleneck" has been
    essentially attached to NLP systems relying on knowledge representation
    strategies, even statistical NLP systems suffer from a customization
    problem. The goal of the workshop is to emphasize the tension as well
    as the potential for crossfertilization between knowledge-based and
    corpus-based approaches to customization. While both approaches are
    needed, the key issue is how to reconcile potential contrasts and define
    the optimal balance between the two in order to maximise benefits for
    the content creation/management/delivery applications of focus, e.g.
    categorization, search, navigation, retrieval, extraction,
    personalization, generation etc.


    The workshop aims at bringing together people from both academia and
    industry to address the variety of topics in the areas of customization,
    knowledge representation and acquisition, and metrics for measuring
    complexity. We invite submissions of papers in all areas of
    customization of NLP components, including, but not limited to, the
    following topics:

    * The locus of generic and specific information in NLP systems;
    * Generic and domain specific language resources;
    * Knowledge acquisition and knowledge development strategies;
    * Customization strategies in statistical NLP;
    * Customization strategies in knowledge-based NLP systems;
    * Modularization of applications for purposes of reducing customization
    * Criteria, strategies and metrics for assessing "degree of

    Papers should be submitted electronically to and
    should be in Word or postscript format.

    Papers should be no longer than 3,000 words, including the abstract.
    Contributors should also provide their affiliation and email contact.

    Presentations will be allotted 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute

    Upon notification of acceptance, authors will be provided with the LREC
    stylesheet and make any necessary reformatting for the camera-ready
    version to be published in the proceedings.


    Deadline for workshop submission 15th March 2002
    Notification of Acceptance 1st April 2002
    Final version of paper for proceedings 15th April 2002
    Workshop 27th May 2002 (14:30 to 20:00)


    The registration fees for the workshop are:
    * If you are not attending LREC: 70 EURO
    * If you are attending LREC: 45 Euro

    These fees cover the following: a copy of the proceedings of the
    attended workshop, coffee-breaks and refreshments.

    Participation in the workshop is limited by the venue.

    Requests for participation will be processed on first come first served

    Registration will be handled by the LREC Secretariat.


    For any further questions relating the workship itself, visit the
    conference website at or e-mail


    Federica Busa Webegg
    Evelyne Viegas Microsoft Corporation
    Antonio Sanfilippo SRA International
    Robert Knippen LingoMotors Inc.
    Connie Parkes Dictaphone
    Saliha Azzam Microsoft Corporation
    Piek Vossen Irion Technologies
    Remi Zajac Systran Corporation

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