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                           COLING-ACL 1998 Workshop

                          Content Visualization and
                          Intermedia Representations

                               August 15, 1998
                           University of Montreal
                           Montreal, Quebec, Canada

               *** SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 20, 1998 ***


In the last few years, multimedia systems have become available which
integrate text, graphics, sound (speech and non-speech audio), as well
as animation. There are many different communities working on such
systems (e.g., hypermedia, human-machine interaction, information
retrieval, scientific visualization, content extraction, dialog
each with distinct concerns and goals, and often the communities are not
aware of  each other's research and methods.

This workshop aims to bring together these communities to examine the
questions of the visual presentation of diverse content through multiple
media. The major goal is to explore common intermedia representation
languages which are expressive enough to cover diverse modalities yet
suitably appropriate for the individual media.  With increasing amounts
of  data, information, and knowledge available to  the user, the
use of visualization is increasingly important in applications. Examples

 # visualization of data in scientific literature, including support for
    interactive information retrieval;
 # business and finance data visualization (data profiling);
 # automated or assisted map, graph, diagram, or image construction from
     text or data; event, process, and knowledge editing and
    visualization tools;
 # and knowledge navigation over databases, texts, and search results.

The specific issues addressed by the workshop include but are not
limited to:

1. Definition of Content: different disciplines and applications have
     distinct perspectives on what content is, e.g., of text, video,
    graphics, collections of interactions or correspondences.
2. Knowledge Representation: i.e., what it is, how to represent it,
    reason about it, and present it.
3. Taxonomies of content representations, tasks, and
     visualization artifacts.
4. Representations for content and how these relate to and/or facilitate
    visualization tasks.
5. Selection and Organization of Content: Deciding what to present and
    how to organize the presentation of selected content and why (i.e.,
6. Deciding how to coordinate the presentation of content through
    several media:
7. The relationship of cognitive task to visualization content and style
     (e.g., visualization structure, properties, form, coherency,
     interpretability, and accuracy of displays).
8. Deciding how to accept and integrate input from several media.
9. Medium-specific encoding of content.
10. Presentation and interaction techniques for generated results.
11. Tailoring visualizations to specific user and usergroup
      characteristics, knowledge, and interests.
12. Content visualization evaluation metrics and methods.

We encourage submissions of demonstrations and/or videos of working
visualizations pertaining to the above topics.

The organizers will produce a workshop report and, providing there is
sufficient interest and adequate results reported, will consider a
special edited journal issue and/or state of the art collection.

Authors are encouraged to submit their workshop papers simultaneously
for public discussion to the Area Intelligence User Interfaces of the
Electronic Transactions on Artificial Intelligence (ETAI). The ETAI is a
new kind of electronic journal using open and posteriori reviewing.
Formally, the rules work as follows. In the ETAI, you first have the
article discussed for three months, then you have a chance to revise it
based on the feedback, and then you decide whether to submit it for
refereeing in the ETAI or in some other journal. For more information,


       SIGMEDIA (ACL's special interest group on
           Multimedia Language Processing)


       Elisabeth Andre , DFKI Saarbruecken
       Branimir Boguraev, IBM Watson Research
       Steve Feiner , Columbia University
       Michael Johnston , Oregon Graduate Institute
       Mark Maybury , MITRE Corporation
       James Pustejovsky , Brandeis University
       Steve Roth , Carnegie Mellon University
       Wolfgang Wahlster, DFKI Saarbruecken
       Kent Wittenburg , GTE Laboratories


       James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University
       Mark T. Maybury, MITRE


Papers are invited that address any of the topics listed above. Maximum
length is 8 pages including figures and references. Please use US or A4
letter format and set margins so that the text lies within a rectangle
of 6.5 x 9 inches (16.5 x 23 cm). Use classical fonts such as Times
Roman or Computer Modern, 11 to 12 points for text, 14 to 16 points for
headings and title. LaTeX users are encouraged to use the ACL style file
for LateX. MS-Word users should use the ACL style file for MS-Word.

Submissions can be made either as hardcopies or electronically in ASCII,
PostScript, HTML, or MS-Word format. They should be sent to:

James Pustejovsky
Computer Science Department
258 Volen
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02254-9110
voice: 1-781-736-2709
fax: 1-781-736-2741
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More detailed information on the workshop can be found at:


* REVISED Deadline for electronic submissions: April 20, 1998

* Deadline for hardcopy submissions: March 13 (arrival date)

* Notification of acceptance: May 1, 1998

* Final manuscripts due: June 12, 1998

Organizer Information:

Advanced Information Systems Center
The MITRE Corporation (MS K308)
202 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 01730
Tel: 1-78-271-7230
Fax: 1-781-271-2780
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JAMES PUSTEJOVSKY, Associate Professor
Computer Science Department and
Volen Center for Complex Systems
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02254-9110
voice: 1-781-736-2709
fax: 1-781-736-2741
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