8th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems
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Keynote Lectures





The Third International Workshop on

Natural Language Understanding and Cognitive Science

NLUCS - 2006

May 23, 2006 – Paphos, Cyprus

 Call for Papers 

Workshop Program

In conjunction with the Eighth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - ICEIS 2006 (http://www.iceis.org/)  


Bernadette Sharp
Staffordshire University
United Kingdom

Workshop Background and Goals

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to
- Computer Model of Language Understanding
- Evolutionary Language Understanding
- Cognitive and Psychological Models of Language Understanding
- Pragmatics and Natural Language Understanding
- Speech Understanding
- Computational Text Understanding
- Situated (embodied) understanders / communicators
- Multimodality in speech / text understanding
- Message and Narrative Understanding Systems
- Text Summarization and Information Extraction
- Natural Language Interfaces and Dialogue Systems
- Multi-Lingual Processing and Understanding
- Tools and Resources in Language Understanding
- Evaluation of Language Understanding Systems
- Ontologies
- Text Mining
- Electronic Dictionaries

Format of the Workshop
The workshop will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations of previously submitted papers that went through a double peer review process. The proceedings of the workshop will be published in the form of a book.

Invited Speaker
Due to unforeseen circumstance Professor Y. Wilks will not be able to attend NLUCS 2006. Professor Matthew Stone is the new keynote speaker.

- Prof Matthew Stone, Rutgers University, U.S.A.
Title: Designing Meaningful Agents.
Natural language dialogue systems exhibit increasingly rich behavior. But what insight do they offer into our own conversations? In this talk, I offer ways of describing the mechanisms of implemented systems as realizations of our commonsense understanding of conversation. To do this, we need to give computational content to the intuitions we use to ascribe meaning to one another, sharpening our ideas about processes such as symbol grounding, reference borrowing and deliberative rationality. Already, I suggest, we can correctly describe implemented systems---even some information-state systems that just manipulate structured representations of interpretation---as rational agents. They do work collaboratively with their interlocutors, and can co-construct aligned bodies of content. More speculatively, I suggest that we will soon be able to flesh out these abilities into mechanisms of commitment and coordination that allow systems to pursue public meanings as an explicit target in both communication and learning. Such systems would more faithfully realize the interrelated capacities that underpin our judgments of meaning in interactions with one another, so we may be able to defend the claim that such systems mean what they say. The more we know about the breadth and complexity of meaning, however, the clearer it is that we will have to conceptualize such systems not just as "interfaces", but as listeners and speakers that share in our lives.

Submission of Papers
Prospective authors are invited to submit papers for oral presentation in any of the areas listed above. Only full papers in English will be accepted, and the length of the paper should not exceed 10 pages (5000 words). Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex format) are available at the ICEIS web site. Postscript/RTF versions of the manuscript should be submitted thru ICEIS web-based paper submission procedure.

Important Dates
Full Paper Submission: 6th February, 2006 (new deadline)
Authors Notification: 6th March, 2006
Final Paper Submission and Registration: 20th March, 2006

Workshop Program Committee
Y. Wilks (UK)
J. Barnden (UK)
C. Higgins (UK)
J. Mothe (France)
C. Soule Dupuy (France)
C. Mota (Portugal)
P. Rayson (UK)
E. Ranchhod (Portugal)
D. Tufis (Romania)
F. Sedes (France)
M. Nunes (Brasil)
C. Day (UK)
M. Tadic (Croatia)
A. Gelbukh (Korea)
C. Shan (USA)
G. Thompson (UK)
B. Endres-Niggemeye (Germany)
A. Monaghan (Ireland)
R. Schwitter (Australia)
D. Molla (Australia)
S. Helmreich (USA)
M. Aretoulaki (UK)
P. Windridge (UK)
D. Cristea (Romania)
S. Narayanan (USA)
D. Mladenic (Slovenia)
E. Hinrichs (Germany)
F. Ren (Japan)

Registration Information
To attend the workshop you need to register at http://www.iceis.org

ICEIS 2006 Secretariat - The Third International Workshop on Natural Language Understanding and Cognitive Science
E-mail: workshops@iceis.org
Web site: http://www.iceis.org

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