From: [log in to unmask] (Cecile Paris) Call For Papers: ESSLLI97 PhD Workshop on Natural Language Generation A workshop held as part of the 9th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI97) August 11-22, 1997, Aix-en-Provence, France ORGANISERS: Cecile Paris (CSIRO, Sydney) and Robert Dale (MRI, Sydney) Web Page: http://www.mri.mq.edu.au/conf/esslli-nlg/ WORKSHOP THEME: Natural Language Generation BACKGROUND: Natural Language Generation (NLG) is coming of age: historically, natural language analysis has received substantially more attention from computational linguists and those working in natural language processing, but recent years have seen the development of a robust NLG community, with an international NLG workshop being organised every two years, and a European workshop in the alternate years; and many new research projects in NLP and CL include work on natural language generation. As a consequence, there are now a significant number of researchers working in the field, both in Europe and internationally. One effect of this growing interest is that there is considerable competition for limited space in the fora available for students undertaking their PhDs to report on their progress and results, and discuss their work with colleagues and more senior researchers. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum for students undertaking PhD research in NLG to present their results. WORKSHOP AIMS: This workshops aims to: * provide a setting for PhD Students to present and discuss their work, in a small, friendly and constructive environment; * provide guidance for future research directions; * develop spirit of collaborative research. CALL FOR PAPERS: We invite PhD students to submit a description of their thesis topic, approach and results. Papers should be 5--8 pages long. Authors are also welcome to submit a list of topics they would like to see discussed. This will be used by the organisers to identify issues for discussions and debates. Finally, PhD students are invited to provide additional information about their background and relevant experience. DEADLINE: Papers for submission shold be received by April 30th 1997. They should be sent to Dr Cecile Paris CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences Locked Bag 17, North Ryde, NSW 2113 Australia Use the above address for paper submission. Electronic submission is also acceptable: send your submission, in PostScript form, to [log in to unmask] If you are submitting electronically, please do this by April 28th, so that we can ensure that your su8bmission is printable before the deadline. PUBLICATION: Authors of papers presented at the workshop will be invited to submit, after the workshop, written versions for a 'virtual special issue' of WEB-SLS, the European Student Journal of Language and Speech, a journal supported jointly by the European Speech Communication Association (ESCA), the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL) and the Europan Network in Language and Speech (ELSNET). The papers will be reviewed and the best will be published on the web as part of the journal. WORKSHOP FORMAT: The workshop will consist of five sessions of 90 minutes each, over 5 days. There will be two research presentations per day and extensive time for discussions and debates. We will select specific themes that are currently of particular interest depending on the submissions. We intend to select up to ten students currently working in the area.