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DM: Second School on Information Extraction - Call for Participation

From: SCIE99
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999 15:39:18 -0500 (EST)
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Call for Participation
Second School on Information Extraction SCIE99
Frascati(Rome), June 28, July 3, 1999

The Artificial Intelligence group of the Department of Computer Science, Systems and Production of the University of Roma Tor Vergata (Italy), in cooperation with the Italian Association of Artifical Intelligence (AI*IA), is pleased to announce the second Second School on Information Extraction (SCIE99), to be held in Frascati (Roma), Italy, from June 28 to July 3, 1999 .

Information Extraction (IE) is a rapidly expanding interdisciplinary area drawing upon concepts and techniques from artificial intelligence, information retrieval, data bases, machine learning, statistics. As a matter of fact natural language processing and computational linguistics are playing an important role in supporting systems for information extraction from documents. Information extraction aims to derive structures and various levels of linguistic generalization from the large volumes of textual data that users and machines can now access and manipulate through networks.
If at the first edition of the school the international scenario was including mainly sacademic/research oriented systems for IE, the current situation shows an increasung maturity. This can be considered as a side effect of sa deeper technological insite as welll as a stronger industrial awareness. sThis also emerges from the successful results sof different european community language engineering projects ( FACILE, SPARKLE, ECRAN among others)
The school provides a forum for researchers and practitioners with different background and expertise, to discuss ideas and describe experiences in defining and implementing IE systems.
To maximize interaction among SCIE-99 participants, the attendance will be limited to 80 persons.
The school is organized as a set of lectures held by internationally renown expers from the different disciplines concerning IE themes. These lectures are axplicitly meant to address interdisciplinary issues and will introduce common goals, needs and problems of the different approaches. Demo sessions on current IE technologies and systems will be also held at the school. Specific workshops are planned to favor the cooperative discussion among specialists and fellows.
A preliminary list of invited speakers and covered topics follows:
Jean Pierre CHANOD (XEROX Research Centre Europe, FR)
"Finite-state linguistic components: the case of digital libreries"
Veronica DAHL (Simon Fraser Univ. CA)
"From Assumptions to Speech"
Maria Teresa PAZIENZA (Univ. Rome Tor Vergata, IT)
"Software architectures for engineering IE systems"
"Statistical methods for knowledge extraction from corpora"
John SOWA (Westchester Polytechnic Univ. USA)
"Conceptual modeling and linguistic knowledge"
Marc VILAIN (The MITRE Corporation, MA, USA)
"Multilingual IE systems"
"Contribution of NLP to improve retrieval in very large documents collection"
Yorick WILKS (Univ. of Sheffield, UK)
"Hybrid statistical-semantic models of IE"
The speakers contributions will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series.

Thanks to the support of the AI*IA (Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence) and some of the sponsors, grants will be available for advanced students and young researchers. Details are in the SCIE99 web site.


The School will be held in the pleasant atmosphere of the historic city of Frascati (near Rome, Italy)
Frascati is famous for its high quality wines, exquisite cuisine, cordial hospitality, many villas and parks distributed throughout its territory, and for its pleasant summer weather.
The school will be hosted by the European Space Agency at ESRIN establishment. Thanks to this hospitality, we hope to reach a friendly atmosphere as in the past edition of the school, which enabled fruitful exchanges of ideas among participants.

All information for SCIE-99 participation (registration fees, accommodation, lectures, timeschedule, social events, ...) may be found in the school web page

SCIE-99 Program Commettee:
* Luigia Carlucci Aiello (Univ. of Roma La Sapienza)
* Elisa Bertino (Univ. of Milano)
* Maria Teresa Pazienza (Univ. of Roma, Tor Vergata) (chair)
* Domenico Sacca' (Univ. of Calabria)
* Lorenza Saitta (Univ. of Torino)

SCIE-99 Organizing Committee:
- R. Basili (Univ. Roma Tor Vergata) (chair)
- C. Cardani (Univ. Roma Tor Vergata)
- M. Di Nanni (Univ. Roma Tor Vergata)
- M. Vindigni (Univ. Roma Tor Vergata)
- F. Zanzotto (Univ. Roma Tor Vergata)

School e-mail:
For more information contact:
prof. Maria Teresa Pazienza
Dept. of Computer Science, Systems and Production
University of Roma, Tor Vergata
Via di Tor Vergata
00133 ROMA (ITALY)
tel: +39 06 72597378 (office); fax +39 06 72597460;

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