Corpora: CfP: ROMAND 2002 RObust Methods in Analysis of Natural language Data

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    ROMAND 2002
    2nd Workshop on
    RObust Methods in Analysis of Natural language Data

    jointly held with
    SCIE 2002 - International Summer Convention on
    Information Extraction
                                                                                                                            on July 17 2002

    at ESA-Esrin (European Space Agency), Frascati, Rome (Italy)

    Motivations and Goals

    The ability of dealing with odd (i.e. ill-formed or simply partial)
    sentences is largely exhibited by humans. This allows to rather easily
    manage unknown words (e.g. proper nouns never encountered before), to
    tackle odd grammatical constructions, to force the interpretation of
    illegal syntactic structures (e.g. gaps in the information streams as in
    remote/telephonic dialogue) as well as the ability of resorting always to
    partial information during the interpretation of uncomplete (or erroneous)

    All of the above phenomena are interesting aspects of what has been
    recently called robustness in NLP processing (Menzel,1997). The modeling of
    such phenomena within computational devices is thus more than a relevant
    research area either for linguistic research as well as for the design of
    real NLP systems. Robustness has been traditionally stressed as a general
    desirable property of any computational model and system. NLP engineering
    methods and NLP systems are crucially faced by problems caused by the noise
    found in the "real" target texts. However, the nature of these problems and
    their interactions with the different levels of the language analysis
    process exhibits specific properties that are hardly approached by
    exisisting software engineering criteria and practice. Moreover, the above
    research area is also central from a linguistic point of view. Effective
    models of robusteness, tha are able to fill gaps or to recover from
    deficiencies against wrong or poor input streams, pose challanges to the
    expresiveness of any underlying explanatory language theory. Cognitive
    aspects of robustness are here also playing the role of experimental
    evidence as well as definitory knowledge.

    The interdisciplinary nature of these research theme is even more critical
    as without a systematic validation within "real" NLP systems no linguistic
    or psycholinguistic definition of robustness is possible, that is
    objectively captured and assessed. The success of a recent Special Issue of
    the Journal of Natural Language Engineering (Cambridge University Press) is
    a further evidence of the relevance of these problems within the current
    research trends. ROMAND 2002 is the second of a series of workshop that
    aims at bringing together researchers working on robust methods in natural
    language processing. The term natural language is here intended as all
    possible modalities of human communication and it is not restricted to
    written or spoken language.

    The main goal of the workshop will be to bring together researchers working
    in fields like artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, language
    engineering, human-computer interaction, cognitive science who are facing
    with the problem of feasible and reliable systems implementation.
    Theoretical aspects of robustness in NLP are welcome as well as engineering
    and industrial experiences.

    The workshop will be jointly held with the SCIE 2002 Summer Convention on
    Information Extraction which will be held in Frascati, Rome (Italy) from
    July 16th to 18th. The ROMAND workshop will be held during the SCIE 2002
    week on the 19th.


    Abstracts are invited on all topics related to robustness in natural
    language processing, including, but not limited to:

       * Robust Text Analysis
       * Information Extraction
       * Robust Parsing
       * Natural Language Architectures
       * Hybrid methods in computational linguistics and language engineering
       * Text Mining
       * Robust Semantics
       * Underspecification
       * Spoken Dialogue systems
       * Multimodal human-computer interfaces
       * NLP and Soft Computing
       * Multimedia document analysis


    Papers from the first two ROMAND workshops will be considered for
    publication on a book on Robust Methods in Analysis of Natural language
    Data for an International Editor. Among the submitted papers relevant
    results on robustness or significant position papers will be considered for
    inclusion on the above book.

    Authors should submit the final version of the paper of at most 12 pages
    following the ACL/Coling formatting instructions.

    Authors are encouraged to submit papers electronically (both printable
    versions (postscript or pdf format) or sources, i.e. Word97-2000, will be
    accepted) to: Roberto Basili (

    Also hardcopy submission will be accepted at:

    Roberto Basili

    Dept. of Computer Science, Systems and Management
    University of Roma Tor Vergata
    Via di Tor Vergata
    00133 Roma (ITALY)

    tel: +39 06 72597391
    fax: +39 06 72597460

    Workshop Committee

    Program chairs:

       * Roberto Basili
       * Vincenzo Pallotta

     Program Committee

        * Afzal Ballim (EPFL and Japan Tobacco International)
        * Philippe Blache (University of Aix-en-provence)
        * Rens Bod (University of Amsterdam)
        * Jean-Pierre Chanod (XEROX Grenoble)
        * Dan Cristea (University of Iasi)
        * Rodolfo Delmonte (University of Venice)
        * Wolfgang Menzel (University of Hamburg)
        * Martin Rajman (EPFL-LIA)
        * Giorgio Satta (University of Padova)
        * Srinivas Bangalore (University of Pennsylvania)
        * Atro Voutilainen (University of Helsinki)
        * Patrick Ruch (University of Geneva and EPFL)


    This year's workshop is jointly held with the "SCIE 2002 - International
    Summer Convention on Information Extraction " ( SCIE 2002 ). The workshop
    will take place at the ESA (European Space Agency) premises at Frascati
    (Rome, Italy). The workshop is endorsed by:

       * AI*IA (Associazione Italiana per l'Intelligenza Artificiale).


    Details about the registration procedure and the on-line registration form
    could be found at:

    The registration fee will be:
    Normal registration: 100 Euros
    For SCIE2002 attendee: 40 Euros

    Travel information and Accomodation
    Details about the travel information to Frascati, local accomodation and
    the access to the workshop site could be found at

    Further Information

    For any information related to the organization, please contact:

    Roberto Basili

    Dept. of Computer Science, Systems and Management
    University of Roma Tor Vergata
    Via di Tor Vergata
    00133 Roma (ITALY)

    tel: +39 06 72597391
    fax: +39 06 72597460


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