Canadian AI, St. John's, Newfoundland, May 2011, Workshop on text summarization

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
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Tuesday, 24 May 2011
St. John's
Alistair Kennedy
Stan Szpakowicz
Submission Deadline: 
Monday, 7 March 2011

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Automatic text summarization (TS) has been a matter of active research for over a decade now. Doing TS really well would require insights from statistics, machine learning, linguistics and cognitive science, to name a few. Despite a great deal of research effort, state-of-the-art TS systems achieve summary quality much lower than even untrained human summarizers. There is room for improvement and much interesting work to do.

Summarization is the theme of Text Analysis Conferences (TAC), an influential annual shared evaluation exercise. It is not uncommon to plan TS work around those annual events, regardless of their somewhat narrow range: they focus on summarizing news. While this workshop is open to relevant work already presented at TAC, it is designed as a venue for research on TS which does not necessarily fit the TAC format. We will welcome articles which discuss summarization of other genres (such as blogs, email messages, books, captions or subtitles), investigation of human recall and summarization of data, and the role of language generation in TS, among others. We will also gladly consider position papers on more fundamental long-term challenges in TS: how to move past heavy reliance on shallow lexical information, how to create summaries of high linguistic quality, and so on.

We invite original unpublished contributions on all aspects of TS, including:

* the role of linguistic information and semantic processing in TS;
* discovery of salient information in texts;
* discourse structure for TS;
* TS and models of human summarization and discourse processing;
* summarization of long narratives;
* beyond genre differences: event-based TS, abstractive TS, contrastive TS, opinion summarization;
* summary evaluation models, user involvement in evaluation;
* automatic domain modeling for summarization and abstracting;
* user-tailored summaries;
* integration of summarization with end-user tools.

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submission: March 7, 2011
acceptance notices: April 8, 2011
camera-ready papers: April 22, 2011
workshop: May 24, 2011

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Papers must be written in English and have up to 12 pages in the Springer LNCS style ( Submission will be electronic, in PDF, Postscript or RTF. Visit our submission page in EasyChair ( The use of LaTeX and PDF is strongly encouraged.

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Program committee
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Sabine Bergler, Concordia University
Aurélien Bossard, Orange Labs
Claire Cardie, Cornell University
Giuseppe Carenini, University of British Columbia
Yllias Chali, University of Lethbridge
John Conroy, IDA / Center for Computing Sciences
Pierre-Étienne Genest, Université de Montréal
Atefeh Farzindar, NLP Technologies
Eduard Hovy, University of Southern California
Diana Inkpen, University of Ottawa
Anna Kazantseva, University of Ottawa
Alistair Kennedy, University of Ottawa
Guy Lapalme, Université de Montréal
Vivi Nastase, HITS gGmbH
Thierry Poibeau, CNRS and École Normale Supérieure
Horacio Saggion, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Frank Schilder, Thomson Reuters
Judith Schlesinger, IDA / Center for Computing Sciences
Josef Steinberger, EC Joint Research Centre
Stan Szpakowicz, University of Ottawa
Kapil Thadani, Columbia University
René Witte, Concordia University
Florian Wolf, MergeFlow
Liang Zhou, Thomson Reuter

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Anna Kazantseva, University of Ottawa
Alistair Kennedy, University of Ottawa
Guy Lapalme, Université de Montréal
Stan Szpakowicz, University of Ottawa

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