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CFP: 1st International Workshop on Natural Language Generation from the Semantic Web

From: Claire Gardent <claire.gardent@loria.fr>
Date: 23 Apr 2015 16:48:11 +0200
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To: semantic-web@w3.org
´╗┐WebNLG 2015 
First International Workshop on Natural Language Generation from the Semantic Web
June 12th, 2015. Nancy, France.
Deadline for submissions: 27 April 2015 (2 pages)

There is a growing need in the Semantic Web (SW) community for technologies that give humans easy access to the machine-oriented Web of data. Because it maps data to text, Natural Language Generation (NLG) provides a natural mean for presenting this data in an organized, coherent and accessible way. Conversely, the representation languages used by the semantic web (e.g., OWL and RDF) are a natural starting ground for NLG systems.

Concretely, the exponential growth of Linked Data, the massive amount of comparable data-to-text corpora and the rapid development of Semantic Web technologies provide an exciting environment in which to explore new directions for generation from formal representations (RDF, OWL, etc). Indeed, as Semantic Web applications are required to facilitate access to, and presentation of, web data,  NLG-based approaches are often used to develop Natural Language Interfaces (e.g., Quelo and ORAKEL)  and ontology verbalisers (e.g. SWAT, ACE, NaturalOWL, MIAKT).  More generally, similar problems are tackled by both communities and there are in fact strong parallels between some of the current SW work and the different steps involved in NLG. For instance, SW applications aim at providing methods to facilitate the exploration of large datasets. From the NLG point of view this can be viewed as  a content selection problem. Similarly, because it relates words to data, work on semantic annotation (e.g. wikification, relatio extraction) is relevant for NLG lexicalisation while pattern extraction has clear connections with the template extraction phase often resorted to in the surface realisation step of the NLG process. 

The goal of this workshop is to promote discussion and exchange of research on NLG and the SW. The workshop invites the submission of abstracts presenting work in progress, system demonstrations, a negative result, an opinion piece or a summary of research activities. 

Topics include, but are not limited to:

* Ontology Summarization 
* Content Selection
* Ontology Modularization 
* Content Planning
* Fact Ranking
* Exploration of SW data
* Standards for lexicons
* Ontology Lexicalisation, Relation Extraction, Wikification[a], Semantic Annotation
* Lexicalisation, Template Extraction, Surface Realisation
* LG applications from SW data
* Ontology Verbalisation
* Query Verbalisation
* Entity Presentation
* Answer Aggregation and Rendering
* NLG based NL interfaces to KBs
* Document Generation
* Summarisation and SW data
* eLearning
* Feedback Generation

Abstract Submissions

Authors should submit an abstract of at most 2 pages long (excluding references) following the formatting instructions below. Abstract submissions will not be refereed, but evaluated for relevance only by the chairs. As such, papers do not need to be anonymised. The paper submissions should be sent to: WebNLG2015@gmail.com

Important Dates

Submissions due: 27 April 2015
Notification: May 11, 2015
Final version due: June 1, 2015
Registration opens: May 11, 2015
Workshop: 12 June 2015


Muriel Foulonneau, ITIS/LIST (Luxemburg)
Claire Gardent, CNRS/LORIA, Nancy (France)
Yassine Mrabet ITIS/LIST (Luxemburg)
Laura Perez-Beltrachini, CNRS/LORIA, Nancy (France)
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