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AAAI 2008 Workshop




Since its inception less than seven years ago, Wikipedia has become one of the largest and fastest growing online sources of encyclopedic knowledge. One of the reasons why Wikipedia is appealing to contributors and users alike is the richness of its embedded structural information: articles are hyperlinked to each other and connected to categories from an ever expanding taxonomy; pervasive language phenomena such as synonymy and polysemy are addressed through redirection and disambiguation pages; entities of the same type are described in a consistent format using infoboxes; related articles are grouped together in series templates.


As a large-scale repository of structured knowledge, Wikipedia has become a valuable resource for a diverse set of Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. Major conferences in natural language processing and machine learning have recently witnessed a significant number of approaches that use Wikipedia for tasks ranging from text categorization and clustering to word sense disambiguation, information retrieval, information extraction and question answering. On the other hand, Wikipedia can greatly benefit from numerous algorithms and representation models developed during decades of AI research, as illustrated recently in tasks such as estimating the reliability of authors' contributions, automatic linking of articles, or intelligent matching of Wikipedia tasks with potential contributors.


The goal of the workshop is to foster the research and dissemination of ideas on the mutually beneficial interaction between Wikipedia and AI. The workshop is intended to be highly interdisciplinary. We encourage participation of researchers working on Wikipedia from different perspectives, including (but not limited to) machine learning, computational linguistics, information retrieval, information extraction, question answering, knowledge representation, and others. We also encourage participation of researchers from other areas who might benefit from the use of a large body of machine-readable knowledge. 

We invite submissions of papers addressing the following or related topics::

-          Using Wikipedia as a source of training data for AI tasks (both supervised an unsupervised)

-          Automatic methods for improving the quality of Wikipedia pages

-          Integrating Wikipedia with existing ontologies (e.g. WordNet, CYC, ODP)

-          Extracting annotated data from Wikipedia

-          Enriching Wikipedia with new types of structural information

-          Wikipedia and the Semantic Web / Web 2.0

-          Automatic extraction and use of cross-lingual information from Wikipedia

-          Computerized use of satellite projects such as Wiktionary, Wikibooks or Wikispecies

The day long workshop will consist of presentations, invited talk, demos showcasing work presented in the research papers, and a panel session.

We invite submissions of regular full papers (up to 6 pages), short papers reporting on late-breaking results (up to 3 pages), and descriptions of system demonstrations (up to 1 page) using the AAAI style. Submissions that have been accepted for publication elsewhere or are under review for another conference must clearly state so on the front page of the paper.

      Deadline for long papers submission
     March 21, 2008
      Deadline for short papers and system demos
     April 7, 2008
      Notification of acceptance
     April 21, 2008
      Camera-ready papers due at AAAI
     May 5, 2008

Razvan Bunescu, Ohio University ([log in to unmask]) 

Evgeniy Gabrilovich, Yahoo! Research ([log in to unmask])

Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas ([log in to unmask]) 


1.       Eugene Agichtein, Emory University

2.       Einat Amitay, IBM Research, Israel

3.       Mikhail Bilenko, Microsoft Research

4.       Chris Brew, Ohio State University

5.       Timothy Chklovski, Structured Commons

6.       Massimiliano Ciaramita, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain

7.       Andras Csomai, University of North Texas

8.       Silviu Cucerzan, Microsoft Research

9.       Ido Dagan, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

10.   Ravi Kumar, Yahoo! Research

11.   Lillian Lee, Cornell University

12.   Elizabeth Liddy, Syracuse University

13.   Daniel Marcu, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California

14.   Shaul Markovitch, Technion, Israel

15.   Raymond Mooney, University of Texas at Austin

16.   Vivi Nastase, EML Research, Germany

17.   Marius Pasca, Google

18.   Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota, Duluth

19.   Simone Paolo Ponzetto, EML Research, Germany

20.   Dragomir Radev, University of Michigan

21.   Dan Roth, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

22.   Peter Turney, National Research Council, Canada

For additional information about the workshop please contact the organizers or visit the workshop website at

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