[Humanist] 25.867 events: context; annotation; controlled language; Turing

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Mar 31 09:40:53 CEST 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 867.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>         (151)
        Subject: Second Workshop on Annotation of Corpora for Research in the

  [2]   From:    ARCOE Announcement <announcement-lists at arcoe.org>        (110)
        Subject: ARCOE-12: Second Call for Papers

  [3]   From:    Geoff Sutcliffe <geoff at cs.miami.edu>                     (156)
        Subject: The Turing Centenary Conference in Manchester: 2nd Call for
                Papersand Call For Participation

  [4]   From:    Tobias Kuhn <kuhntobias at GMAIL.COM>                        (98)
        Subject: CNL 2012: Final Call for Papers / Deadline Extended to 13

        Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:36:47 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: Second Workshop on Annotation of Corpora for Research in the Humanities


---- Second Workshop on Annotation of Corpora for Research in the 
Humanities (ACRH-2) ----

The second edition of the workshop on ìAnnotation of Corpora for 
Research in the Humanitiesî (ACRH-2) will be held on November 29, 2012 
at the University of Lisbon (Portugal) 
Submissions are invited for oral presentations and posters (with or 
without demonstrations) featuring high quality and previously 
unpublished research on the topics described below. Contributions should 
focus on results from completed as well as ongoing research, with an 
emphasis on novel approaches, methods, ideas, and perspectives, whether 
descriptive, theoretical, formal or computational.

Proceedings will be published in time for the workshop by the Centro de 
LinguÌstica da Universidade de Lisboa (CLUL). Publication will be online 
The workshop will be co-located with the Eleventh International Workshop 
on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT-11), which will be held on 
November 30 - December 1, 2012 (http://tlt11.clul.ul.pt/).


Like in its first edition (held in Heidelberg on 5 January, 2012: 
proceedings available here: 
http://www.jlcl.org/index.php?modus=aktuelle_ausgabe&language=en), the 
ACRH workshop aims at building a tighter collaboration between people 
working in various areas of the Humanities (such as literature, 
philology, history etc.) and the research community involved in 
developing, using and making accessible annotated corpora.

Addressing topics related to annotated corpora for research in the 
Humanities is an interdisciplinary task, which involves corpus and 
computational linguists (mostly those working in literary computing), 
philologists, scholars in the Humanities and computer scientists. 
However, this interdisciplinarity is not fully realised yet. Indeed, 
philologists and scholars are not used to exploit NLP tools and language 
resources such as annotated corpora; in turn, computational linguists 
are more prone to develop language resources for NLP purposes only.
For instance, although many corpora that play a relevant role for 
research in Humanities are today available in digital format (theatrical 
plays, contemporary novels, critical literature, literary reviews etc.), 
only a few of them are linguistically tagged, while most still lack 
linguistic tagging at all. Historical corpora are also a case of special 
interest, since their creation demands a strong interplay between 
computational linguistics and more traditional scholarship.

Over the past few years a number of historical annotated corpora have 
been started, among which are treebanks for Middle, Early Modern and Old 
English, Early New High German, Medieval Portuguese, Ugaritic, Latin, 
Ancient Greek and several translations of the New Testament into 
Indo-European languages. The experience of these ever-growing group of 
projects can provide many suggestions on the methodology as well as on 
the practice of interaction between literary studies, philology and 
corpus linguistics.

We believe that a tighter collaboration between people working in the 
Humanities and the research community involved in developing annotated 
corpora is now needed because, while annotating a corpus from scratch 
still remains a labor-intensive and time-consuming task, today this is 
simplified by intensively exploiting prior experience in the field. 
Indeed, such a collaboration is still quite far from being achieved, as 
a gap still holds between computational linguists (who sometimes do not 
involve humanists in developing and exploiting annotated corpora for the 
Humanities) and humanists (who sometimes just ignore that such corpora 
do exist and that automatic methods and standards to build them are 
today available).


To overcome the above mentioned issues, ACRH-2 aims at covering a wide 
range of topics related to the annotation of corpora for research in the 

The topics to be addressed in the workshop include (but are not limited 
to) the following:

- specific issues related to the annotation of corpora for research in 
the Humanities
- annotated corpora as a basis for research in the Humanities
- diachronic, historical and literary annotated corpora
- use of annotated corpora for stylometrics and authorship attribution
- philological issues, like different readings, textual variants, 
apparatus, non-standard orthography and spelling variation
- annotation principles and schemes of corpora for research in the 
- adaptation of NLP tools for older language varieties. Specific 
features of tools for accessing and retrieving annotated corpora to 
address various research topics in the Humanities
- examples of fruitful collaboration between Computational Linguistics 
and Humanities in building and exploiting annotated corpora

Martin Wynne (University of Oxford, UK)

Deadlines: always midnight, UTC ('Coordinated Universal Time'), ignoring 
DST ('Daylight Saving Time'):
- Deadline for paper submission: September 2, 2012
- Notification of acceptance: October 7, 2012
- Final version of paper for workshop proceedings: October 28, 2012
- Workshop: November 29, 2012


We invite to submit full papers describing original, unpublished 
research related to the topics of the workshop. Papers should not exceed 
12 pages.
The language of the workshop is English. All papers must be submitted in 
well-checked English.

Papers should be submitted in PDF format only. Submissions have to be 
made via the EasyChair page of the workshop at 
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=acrh2. Please, first 
register at EasyChair if you do not have an EasyChair account.

The style guidelines follow the specifications required by TLT. They can 
be found here: http://alfclul.clul.ul.pt/crpc/acrh2/submission.html.
Please, note that as reviewing will be double-blind, the papers should 
not include the authors' names and affiliations or any references to 
web-sites, project names etc. revealing the authors' identity. 
Furthermore, any self-reference should be avoided. For instance, instead 
of "We previously showed (Brown, 2001)...", use citations such as "Brown 
previously showed (Brown, 2001)...". Each submitted paper will be 
reviewed by three members of the program committee.
Submitted papers can be for oral or poster presentations (with or 
without demo). There is no difference between the different kinds of 
presentation both in terms of reviewing process and publication in the 
proceedings (the limit of 12 pages holds for both oral and poster 


The oral presentations at the workshop will be 30 minutes long (25 
minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion).

- Francesco Mambrini (University of Cologne, Germany)
- Marco Passarotti (Universit‡ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy)
- Caroline Sporleder (Saarland University, Saarbr¸cken, Germany)

- David Bamman (USA)
- Gabriel Bodard (UK)
- Lars Borin (Sweden)
- Antonio Branco (Portugal)
- Helma Dik (USA)
- Anette Frank (Germany)
- Dag Haug (Norway)
- Erhard Hinrichs (Germany)
- Be·ta Megyesi (Sweden)
- Martha Nell Smith (USA)
- Petya Osenova (Bulgaria)
- Martin Reynaert (the Netherlands)
- Victoria RosÈn (Norway)
- Jeff Rydberg Cox (USA)
- Melissa Terras (UK)
- Manfred Thaller (Germany)
- Martin Volk (Switzerland)

- Amalia Mendes
- Iris Hendrickx
- Sandra Antunes
- Aida Cardoso
- Sandra Perreira
All CLUL, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Professor Willard McCarty, Department of Digital Humanities, King's
College London; Professor (fractional), University of Western Sydney;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.isr-journal.org); Editor,
Humanist (www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

        Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 07:57:49 +0100
        From: ARCOE Announcement <announcement-lists at arcoe.org>
        Subject: ARCOE-12: Second Call for Papers

Acquisition, Representation and Reasoning with Contextualized Knowledge,
4th International Workshop (ARCOE-12)


held in collocation with

20th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-12)
Montpellier, France

-- Important Dates --

Submission deadline: 28 May 2012
Notification: 28 June 2012
Camera ready: 15 July 2012  
Early registration: [TBA]
Late registration: [TBA]
Workshop dates: 27-28 August 2012

-- Description of the workshop --

Dealing with context is one of the most interesting and most important
problems faced in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Traditional AI applications
often require to model, store, retrieve and reason about knowledge that
holds within certain circumstances - the context. Without considering this
contextual information, reasoning can easily run to problems such as:
inconsistency, when considering knowledge in the
wrong context; inefficiency, by considering knowledge irrelevant for a
certain context; incompleteness, since an inference may depend on knowledge
assumed in the context and not explicitly stated. Contextual information is
also relevant in many tasks in knowledge representation and reasoning such
as common-sense reasoning, dealing with inconsistency, ambiguity, and
uncertainty, evolution, etc.

In recent years, research in contextual knowledge representation and
reasoning became more relevant in the areas of Semantic Web, Linked Open
Data, and Ambient Intelligence, where knowledge is not considered a
monolithic and static asset, but it is distributed in a network of
interconnected heterogeneous and evolving knowledge resources. The ARCOE
workshop aims to provide a dedicated forum for researchers interested in
these topics to discuss recent developments, important open issues, and
future directions.

-- Topics --

ARCOE-12 welcomes submissions on the topics below as well as on their
intersection and other topics related to acquisition, representation,
reasoning with context and its applications.

Philosophical and theoretical foundations of context:

  1. What is context and how should it be represented.
  2. Relevant types of contextual information and their properties.
  3. Combining contextual information with object information for reasoning.
  4. Context and common-sense reasoning.
  5. Exploiting context in inconsistency and uncertainty handling,
     defeasible reasoning and argumentation.
  6. Contextual logic programming.
  7. Updating contextual knowledge and context-aware belief revision.
  8. Frameworks for formalizing context and context-aware knowledge

Context modeling and contextual knowledge engineering:

  1. Modeling of user's/agent's context.
  2. Context driven organization of knowledge and modeling.
  3. Ontologies for context modeling.
  4. Context-aware modeling tools and methodology.
  5. Comparisons to context-unaware modeling techniques.

Effective reasoning with context:

  1. Effective context-aware reasoning algorithms.
  2. Distributed reasoning with context.
  3. Context-driven heuristics in classical reasoning systems.
  4. Reasoning under uncertainty and inconsitency.
  5. Defeasible reasoning.
  4. Hybrid formalisms for reasoning with context, including sub-symbolic

Applications of context in areas such as:

  1. Agent communication and coordination.
  2. Semantic Web and Linked Open Data.
  3. Knowledge modularization.
  4. Ontology matching.
  5. Ontology fault diagnosis and repair.
  6. Ontology evolution and versioning.
  7. Information integration.
  8. Ambient intelligence and pervasive computing.
  9. Exploiting context in Web 2.0 applications, e-commerce, and e-learning.

-- Submission Requirements  --

Papers of two types can be submitted. Regular papers are intended for research
reports and surveys. ARCOE also welcomes reports on significant work in
progress which has already achieved some interesting partial results, as well
as papers recently submitted or published elsewhere as long as their topic is
in line with the workshop. Regular papers should not exceed 12 pages in length
including references. Position papers are intended for presentation of
interesting new open issues and challenges, and opinions on the status of the
field. Position papers are limited to 6 pages including references. All papers
must be formatted using the Springer LNCS style:


and submitted in PDF format via EasyChair using:


The distinction during the selection-phase will be based on

1) Relevance, significance and quality of the submission;

2) The contribution's potential to foster cross-pollination and
discussions on ARCOE main themes during the event.

Accepted papers will be presented either as oral presentations or as
posters, depending on the choice of the program committee.
However, all accepted papers will be included in the Working Notes
in their full form and will be accessible via the Internet.

-- Workshop Co-Chairs --

* Michael Fink, Vienna University of Technology
* Martin Homola (primary contact), Comenius University, Bratislava
* Alessandra Mileo, DERI, National University of Ireland
* Ivan Jose Varzinczak, Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research, South

-- Steering Committee --

* Alan Bundy, University of Edinburgh
* Thomas Eiter, Vienna University of Technology
* Luciano Serafini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento

-- Resources --

ARCOE-12 website: http://www.arcoe.org/2012/
EasyChair submission site: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=arcoe12
ARCOE workshop series: http://www.arcoe.org/
ECAI-12 website: http://www2.lirmm.fr/ecai2012/
Enquiries about the ARCOE workshop: arcoe [at] arcoe [dot] org

        Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:28:04 +0100
        From: Geoff Sutcliffe <geoff at cs.miami.edu>
        Subject: The Turing Centenary Conference in Manchester: 2nd Call for Papersand Call For Participation

Manchester, UK, June 22-25, 2012

Second announcement, call for submissions and call for participation.


(1) Ten Turing Award winners, a Templeton Award winner and
    Garry Kasparov as invited speakers
(2) GBP 20,000 worth best paper award program, including
    GBP 5,000 best paper award
(3) Two panels and two public lectures
(4) Turing Fellowship award ceremony
(5) Computer chess programme
(6) Competition of programs proving theorems
(7) and many more ...

For more details please check

Note that the registration is now open.


Confirmed invited speakers:

- Fred Brooks (University of North Carolina)
- Rodney Brooks (MIT)
- Vint Cerf (Google)
- Ed Clarke (Carnegie Mellon University)
- Jack Copeland (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
- George Francis Rayner Ellis (University of Cape Town)
- David Ferrucci (IBM)
- Tony Hoare (Microsoft Research)
- Garry Kasparov (Kasparov Chess Foundation)
- Samuel Klein (Wikipedia)
- Don Knuth (Stanford University)
- Yuri Matiyasevich (Institute of Mathematics, St. Petersburg)
- Hans Meinhardt (Max-Planck Institute for Developmental Biology)
- Roger Penrose (University of Oxford)
- Adi Shamir (Weizmann Institute of Science)
- Michael Rabin (Harvard University)
- Leslie Valiant (Harvard University)
- Manuela M. Veloso (Carnegie Mellon University)
- Andrew Yao (Tsinghua University)

Confirmed panel speakers:

- Ron Brachman (Yahoo Labs)
- Steve Furber (The University of Manchester)
- Carole Goble (The University of Manchester)
- Pat Hayes (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola)
- Bertrand Meyer (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
- Moshe Vardi (Rice University)


The Turing Centenary Conference will include invited talks and a
poster session. Submissions are sought in several areas of computer
science, mathematics and biology.

Submissions of two kinds are welcome:

- Regular papers
- Research reports

All submitted papers must be in the PDF format and between 3 and 15
pages long. All submissions will be evaluated by the programme
committee. Submission is through the EasyChair system,

Regular papers must include original work not submitted before or
during the Turing-100 reviewing period to any other event with
published proceedings or a journal. All submitted regular papers will
be considered eligible for the best paper awards.

Research reports can contain work in progress and/or be based on
previously submitted work. They will not be eligible for the best
paper awards.

 *** Areas ***

Submissions are welcome in all areas of computer science, mathematics
and biology listed below:

- computation theory
- logic in computation
- artificial intelligence
- social aspects of computation
- models of computation
- program analysis
- mathematics of evolution and emergence
- knowledge processing
- natural language processing
- cryptography
- machine learning
- cognitive science
- mathematical biology

 *** Schedule and conference proceedings ***

The submission deadline is April 16. All submissions will be evaluated
by the programme committee. Authors will be notified by acceptance or
rejection on or before May 1st.  At least one author of every accepted
paper must register for the conference, attend it and present the
paper at the poster session. All accepted papers will be published in
the conference proceedings and available at the conference. The
instructions on preparing final versions for the proceedings will
appear on the Turing-100 Web site.

 *** Submissions and Best paper awards ***

A subset of accepted regular papers will be selected by the programme
committee for the second round of reviewing. The authors of the
selected papers will be invited to submit revised versions of their
papers by May 16. The programme committee will make decisions on best
paper awards by June 14. All papers receiving the award will be
published in a book dedicated to the conference and published after
the conference. This book will also contain some papers by invited and
panel speakers.

In the case of doubts about the relevance of your paper to the
conference and for all other queries please contact programme chair
Andrei Voronkov at andrei at voronkov.com.

See http://www.turing100.manchester.ac.uk/index.php/submission
for more details.


A subset of poster session submissions will be selected as
candidates for best paper awards:

- The best paper award of GBP 5,000
- The best young researcher best paper award of GBP 3,000
- The second best paper award of GBP 2,500
- The second best young researcher best paper award of GBP 1,500
- Sixteen (16) awards of GBP 500 each

See http://www.turing100.manchester.ac.uk/index.php/submission/bestpaper
for more details.


The number of participants is limited. Register early to avoid
disappointment! To register, access
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=turing100 and click on

 *** Registration fees ***

All fees are in Pound Sterling.

         early (on or before May 3)   late (May 4 or later)
Student  280                          330
Regular  380                          450

To qualify for a student registration you must be a full-time student
on June 23, 2012.

The registration fees include

- Attendance of sessions
- Conference reception
- Conference dinner
- Coffee breaks and lunches
- Poster session proceedings

There will be a travel support programme for students and attendees
from countries where getting funding for travel is hardly possible.

For more details about registration check


April 16:       Poster session submission deadline
May 1:          Poster session notification and selection of
                candidates for awards
May 15:         Final versions of poster session papers
May 16:         Submission of full versions of papers selected for awards
June 14:        Best paper award decisions
June 22-25:     Conference
July 15:        Final versions of papers selected for awards


Honorary Chairs:
  Rodney Brooks (MIT)
  Roger Penrose (Oxford)
Conference Chairs:
  Matthias Baaz (Vienna University of Technology)
  Andrei Voronkov (The University of Manchester)
Turing Fellowships Chair:
  Barry Cooper (University of Leeds)
Theorem Proving Competition Chair:
  Geoff Sutcliffe (University of Miami)
Programme Chair
  Andrei Voronkov (The University of Manchester)

        Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 20:16:46 +0100
        From: Tobias Kuhn <kuhntobias at GMAIL.COM>
        Subject: CNL 2012: Final Call for Papers / Deadline Extended to 13 April

Final Call for Papers:


29-31 August 2012
Zurich, Switzerland



A controlled natural language (CNL) is based on natural language but
comes with restrictions on vocabulary, grammar, and/or semantics. The
general goal is to reduce or eliminate ambiguity and complexity.

Some of these languages are designed to improve communication among
humans, especially for non-native speakers of the respective natural
language. In other cases, the restrictions on the language are
supposed to make it easier for computers to analyze such texts in
order to improve computer-aided, semi-automatic, or automatic
translations into other languages. A third group of CNL has the goal
to enable reliable automated reasoning on seemingly natural texts.
Such languages have a direct mapping to some sort of formal logic and
should improve the accessiblity of formal knowledge representations
or specifications for people unfamiliar with formal notations.

All these types of CNL are covered by this workshop.


Possible topics for CNL 2012 include:

- CNL for knowledge representation
- CNL for question answering
- CNL for specifications
- CNL for business rules
- CNL for interactive systems
- CNL for machine translation
- CNL for improved understandability of texts
- design of CNLs
- CNL applications
- CNL evaluation
- usability and acceptance of CNL
- CNL grammars and lexica
- reasoning in CNL
- spoken CNL
- CNL in the context of the Semantic Web and Linked Open Data
- CNL in the government
- CNL in industry
- CNL use cases
- theoretical properties of CNL

Important Dates

Submission deadline (extended):  13 April 2012
Notification of acceptance:      28 May 2012
Deadline for revised papers:     18 June 2012
Workshop:                        29-31 August 2012

Submissions and Proceedings

We invite researchers to submit papers with novel contributions in
the area of CNL. These research papers should be formatted according
to the Springer LNCS format and should not exceed 15 pages (but
shorter papers are highly welcome too). Papers should be submitted in
PDF format via the EasyChair conference system:


Accepted papers will be included in the printed workshop proceedings
to be published by Springer within the LNAI series. Authors of
accepted papers will be invited to present their research at the
workshop. Unlike the previous CNL workshops, the final papers will be
reviewed and published before the workshop (there are no extended
abstracts anymore).


The workshop will take place at the Department of Informatics and the
Institute of Computational Linguistics of the University of Zurich in

Organization Committee

- Tobias Kuhn (Yale University, USA), kuhntobias at gmail.com
- Norbert E. Fuchs (University of Zurich, Switzerland), fuchs at ifi.uzh.ch

Program Committee

- Johan Bos (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
- Peter E. Clark (Vulcan Inc, USA)
- Rogan Creswick (Galois, USA)
- Danica Damljanovic (University of Sheffield, UK)
- Brian Davis (DERI / National University of Ireland)
- Norbert E. Fuchs (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
- Normunds Gruzitis (University of Latvia)
- Stefan Hoefler (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
- Kaarel Kaljurand (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
- Peter Koepke (University of Bonn, Germany)
- Tobias Kuhn (Yale University, USA)
- Hans Leiss (University of Munich, Germany)
- Reinhard Muskens (Tilburg University, Netherlands)
- Gordon Pace (University of Malta)
- Richard Power (The Open University, UK)
- Laurette Pretorius (University of South Africa)
- Mike Rosner (University of Malta)
- Aarne Ranta (Chalmers University, Sweden)
- Rolf Schwitter (Macquarie University, Australia)
- Geoff Sutcliffe (University of Miami, USA)
- Silvie Spreeuwenberg (LibRT, Netherlands)
- Uta Schwertel (imc, Germany)
- Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield, UK)
- Adam Wyner (University of Liverpool, UK)

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