2nd CALL for PAPERS WORKSHOP on “LEARNING BY READING in the REAL WORLD”, Palermo, Italy, September 15, 2011 (https://sites.google.com/a/aixia.it/nlp/lerrew2011) co-located with the XII Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence
****New submission deadline: May 15, 2011***** https://sites.google.com/a/aixia.it/nlp/lerrew2011
Currently, almost all successful AI systems need to rely on sufficient relevant knowledge about a problem domain in order to perform a task. Such knowledge needs to be consistent and expressed in a logical formalism of some type. Since manually encoding such knowledge can become prohibitively expensive, the possibility to automatically acquire it from naturally occurring text and to convert it into a deep logical notation would greatly improve the systems’ performance. The NLP community has become increasingly aware of this new framework, also known as “Learning by Reading”, and several events concerning different aspects of this approach have been organized recently, such as the 1st International Workshop on Formalisms and Methodology for Learning by Reading (http://www.isi.edu/~rutu/FAM-LbR.php<http://www.isi.edu/%7Erutu/FAM-LbR.php>), the IJCAI-2011 Workshop on Learning by Reading and its Applications in Intelligent Question-Answering (http://www.isi.edu/~rutu/FAM-LbR-KRAQ-2011.php<http://www.isi.edu/%7Erutu/FAM-LbR-KRAQ-2011.php>), as well as the CLEF 2011 Evaluation Campaign on Question Answering for Machine Reading Evaluation (http://celct.fbk.eu/QA4MRE/).
TOPICS of INTEREST:
With respect to previous events, this workshop will be more focused on the role of background knowledge in Machine Reading applications. More specifically, we particularly encourage the submission of unpublished papers addressing the issues of acquiring and using background knowledge in NLP applications, of exploiting structured data for the semantic annotation of texts and of performing semantic enrichment of documents for deep understanding.
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) methods and paradigms for:
* Analysis, merging and linking of existing knowledge sources such as Wikipedia
* Knowledge extraction from text vs. using pre-built knowledge sources
* Bridging knowledge gaps in text through inference
* Identification of implicit knowledge in text including null instantiated semantic roles
* Bootstrapping learning
* Portability techniques of machine reading approaches for closed domains
* Recognizing temporal sequences, casuality and other semantic relations between events in texts
* Machine-reading based applications, including question answering systems
* Ontology learning, merging and expansion
* Intrinsic evaluation of inference methods
IMPORTANT DATES (NEW!):
Submission deadline: May 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance: May 31, 2011
Camera-ready papers due: June 15, 2011
Workshop: September 15, 2011
Authors are invited to submit full papers of up to 8 pages (including references) in electronic format. We also solicit short contributions of up to 4 pages presenting challenge or position papers. For submission details, see the workshop web site: https://sites.google.com/a/aixia.it/nlp/lerrew2011. As reviewing will be blind, please ensure that papers are anonymous.
The workshop is supported by the interest group on NLP of the AI*IA (https://sites.google.com/a/aixia.it/nlp/). Additional sponsorship is foreseen by the LiveMemories project (http://www.livememories.org<http://www.livememories.org/> ).
The workshop organizers are considering the opportunity to publish selected and revised versions of the workshop papers as a special issue of Intelligenza Artificiale - the International Journal of the AI*IA, in the second half of 2012 (http://www.iospress.nl/loadtop/load.php?isbn=17248035 ).
INVITED SPEAKER: TBA
Sara Tonelli – FBK-irst (co-chair; contact: satonelli at fbk.eu)
Fabio Zanzotto – University of Rome Tor Vergata (co-chair)
Roberto Basili - University of Rome Tor Vergata (co-chair)
Bernardo Magnini – FBK-irst (co-chair)
Steven Bethard, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Volha Bryl – FBK-irst
Philipp Cimiano, University of Bielefeld
Claudio Giuliano – FBK-irst
Iryna Gurevych, University of Darmstadt
Rodolfo Delmonte, University of Venice
Leonardo Lesmo, University of Turin
Ruth Mulkar-Mehta, ISI, University of Southern California
Sergei Nirenburg, UMBC
Marco Pennacchiotti, Yahoo! Inc.
Massimo Poesio, CIMeC
Josef Ruppenhofer, University of Saarbruecken
Gianni Semeraro, University of Bari
Caroline Sporleder, University of Saarbruecken
Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield