***Workshop on Language, Ontology, Terminology and Knowledge Structures (LOTKS - 2017) ***
In conjunction with the 12th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS), 19th September, 2017 Montpellier (France)
Paper submissions due: 10th July 2017
This workshop, the second of a joint series, will bring together two closely related strands of research. On the one hand it will look at the overlap between ontologies and computational linguistics; and on the other the relationship between knowledge modelling and terminologies -- as well as the many points of intersection between these two topics.
Languages and Ontologies:
Formal ontologies are taking on an increasingly important role in computational linguistics and automated language processing. Knowledge models and ontologies are of interest to several areas of NLP including, but not limited to, Machine Translation, Question Answering, and Word Sense Disambiguation. At a more abstract level ontologies can help us to model and reason about natural language semantics. They can be also used for the organisation and formalisation of linguistically relevant categories such as those used in tagsets for corpus annotation. At the same time, the fact that formal ontologies are being increasingly accessed by users with a limited or with no background in formal logic has led to a growing interest in the development of front ends that allow for the easy editing, querying and summarisation of such resources; it has also led to work in developing natural language interfaces for authoring and for evaluating ontologies. Another area that is now beginning to receive more attention is the application of ontologies and taxonomies to the annotation and study of literary texts, as well as of texts more generally in the humanities. This is closely related to the ontology-enhanced modelling of lexicographic resources, another topic which is gaining in popular.
This brings us to the field of terminology as a linguistic field, where in recent years there has been a shift from merely compiling specialized lexicographic resources to exploring terminology as a tool for structuring knowledge in a given domain. As such, this has led to more intelligent ways of accessing, extracting, representing, modelling, visualising and transferring knowledge. Numerous tools for the automatic extraction of terms, term variants, knowledge-rich contexts, definitions, semantic relations, and taxonomies from specialized corpora have been developed for a number of languages and new theoretical approaches have emerged as potential frameworks for the study of specialized communication. However, the building of adequate knowledge models for practitioners (e.g. experts, researchers, translators, teachers etc.), on the one hand, and for use by NLP applications (including cross-language, cross-domain, cross-device, multimodal, multi-platform applications) on the other, still remains a challenge. LOTKS will provide a forum for discussion on how to best bridge these two sets of requirements.
**Motivation and Topics of Interest**
This workshop welcomes contributions from researchers in fields such as linguistics, terminologies, and knowledge engineering, whose work fits in with our topics of interest as well as interested industry professionals. Building on the success both of the 1st LangandOnto workshop (co-located with ICWS 2015) as well as last year’s joint LangandOnto/TermiKS workshop (co-located with LREC 2016), this workshop aims to create a forum for open discussion that will help to highlight the common areas of interest in the different fields concerned, as well as fostering dialogue between the various different approaches taken by each discipline. And therefore we particularly welcome approaches with a cross-language, cross-domain and/or cross-interdisciplinary scope.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
NLP-driven ontology modelling
The use of ontologies to structure linguistic tagsets
Natural language interfaces to ontologies
Ontologies for NLP tasks (e.g. textual entailment, summarisation, word
sense disambiguation) and Information Retrieval
The use of ontologies in analysing/studying literary texts
Ontology-driven natural language generation
Linguistic, cognitive, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, computational
and hybrid approaches to knowledge modelling
Construction of terminological knowledge bases
Terminology modelling for MT
Knowledge extraction from user-generated content
Frame-based approaches to knowledge extraction and representation
Building knowledge resources for less-resourced domains and languages
Visual components of specialized knowledge bases
Visualisation techniques for knowledge representations
Term variation and knowledge representations
NLP applications for terminology management
Terminologies in the Digital Humanities
We invite proposals in the form of abstracts of up to 6 pages (up to 4 pages of text +2 pages for references) for short papers, or up to 8 pages (up to 6 pages of text+ 2 pages for references) for long papers. Accepted workshop papers will be published together with the general program papers.
Follow the formatting guidelines for the IWCS general program, which can be found at: https://www.lirmm.fr/iwcs2017/iwcs_instructions.php
Submission via Easychair at https://easychair.org/conferen ces/submission_show_all.cgi?a=14733768
**Camera ready - Requirements**
Final paper format: up to 10 pages (8 pages of text + 2 of references).
Accepted workshop papers will be published together with the general program papers.
Paper submissions due: 10th July 2017
Paper notification of acceptance: 31st July 2017
Camera-ready papers due: 4th September 2017
Workshop: 19th September 2017
For all enquiries please contact: langandonto at gmail.com
**The Organising Committee**
Francesca Frontini, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 - Praxiling ( francesca.frontini at univ-montp3.fr)
Larisa Grčić Simeunović, University of Zadar (lgrcic at unizd.hr)
Fahad Khan, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale "A. Zampolli" - CNR, Italy (fahad.khan at ilc.cnr.it)
Artemis Parvizi, Oxford University Press, UK (Artemis.Parvizi at oup.com)
Špela Vintar, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (spela.vintar at ff.uni-lj.si)
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