[Corpora-List] NSF Symposium on Semantic Knowledge Discovery, Organization and Use

Satoshi Sekine sekine at cs.nyu.edu
Fri Oct 17 22:11:07 CEST 2008


Call for Participation

********************************************************************** NSF Sponsored Symposium

Semantic Knowledge Discovery, Organization and Use

Date: November, 14 and 15 (Friday & Saturday), 2008 Location: Warren Weaver Hall, New York University URL: http://nlp.cs.nyu.edu/sk-symposium Invited Speakers:

Ido Dagan, Bill Dolan, Oren Eztioni, Christiane Fellbaum,

Marti Hearst, Kentaro Inui, Dekang Lin, Bernardo Magnini,

Dan Moldovan, Patrick Pantel, Marius Pasca, Peter Turney Organizer: Satoshi Sekine Admission: Free ***********************************************************************

---- Call for Participation -------------------------------------------- Pre-registration is required through the Web site. The registration will close when the number of registrations exceeds the room capacity. Please make your registration as soon as possible! http://nlp.cs.nyu.edu/sk-symposium/registration.html -----------------------------------------------------------------------

The focus of NLP research has been shifting towards semantic analysis from syntactic analysis. It has become evident that the methods employed for developing syntactic analyzers, i.e. supervised methods using small annotated corpora, are not the best methods for the semantic task. In order to handle semantics, we need large amounts of knowledge which may be best collected by semi/un- supervised methods from a huge unannotated corpus.

Many methods have already been proposed along this line of research, e.g. discovery of synonyms, hyponym-hypernyms, part-of relations, paraphrase, textual entailment, relations between things, relations between events and so on. The technical methods include distributional similarity, lexico-syntactic patterns, alignment and so on. Although such discovery techniques have been improving through numerous trials, there has been little discussion of the background and high-level picture of the field.

The objectives of this symposium will be to discuss the following topics: - High-level picture of the current technologies - The types of semantic knowledge we need - The relationships between knowledge and applications - The format for representing this knowledge and its re-use - Community effort for resource and platform - Possible directions for the technology in the future

There will be 12 presentations by the invited speakers, 6 oral session presentations, 32 posters and 7 demo presentations. See the program at http://nlp.cs.nyu.edu/sk-symposium/program.html

Thank you very much for your interest. We are looking forward to seeing you at the symposium.

Best Regards, Satoshi Sekine



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