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Coling-ACL '98 Workshop

"Usage of WordNet in Natural Language Processing Systems"

August 16, 1998
Université de Montréal

Lexicons are indispensable resources for almost every natural language project. To date, WordNet 1.6 represents the largest publicly available on-line lexical resource, already used in various applications of the human language technology. Systems performing word sense disambiguation, information extraction or retrieval, prepositional attachment, interpretation of nominalizations, textual summarization, coreference resolution, abductive reasoning conversational implicature, recognition of textual cohesion and coherence, intelligent Internet searches and some of the digital libraries projects use WordNet.

This workshop intends to bring together researchers that use WordNet in different systems and to focus on two particular issues: (a) how to customize the knowledge derived from WordNet for various NLP applications and (b) how to derive methods that infer semantic information using WordNet. The contributions might address one or more of the following questions:

Organizing committee

The workshop is organized by

    Sanda Harabagiu (SRI International)
    Joyce Yue Chai (Duke University)

Program committee

Preliminary Schedule

9:00--9:05 Opening
9:05--9:20 Introductory Talk by Dr. George Miller
Session 1: Semantic Disambiguaiton using WordNet
9:20--9:40 Jiri Stetina, Sadao Kurohashi and Makoto Nagao, Kyoto UniversityGeneral Word Sense Disambiguation Method Based on a Full Sentential Context
9:40--10:00 Eric Siegel, Columbia UniversityDisambiguating Verbs with the WordNet Category of the Direct Object
10:00--10:20 Coffee Break
10:20--10:40 Rada Mihalcea and Dan Moldovan, Southern Methodist UniversityWord sense disambiguation based on semantic density
10:40--11:00 Janyce Wiebe, Tom O'Hara and Rebecca Bruce, New Mexico State UniversityConstructing Bayesian Networks from WordNet for Word-Sense Disambiguation: Representational and Processing Issues
Session 2: Usage of WordNet for Information Retrieval and Text Classification
11:00--11:20 Rila Mandala, Tokunaga Takenobu, Tanaka Hozumi, Tokyo Institute of TechnologyThe Use of WordNet in Information Retrieval
11:20--11:40 Julio Gonzalo, Felisa Verdejo, Irina Chugur and Juan Cigarran, UNED, SpainIndexing with WordNet synsets can improve text retrieval
11:40--12:00 Sam Scott and Stan Matwin, University of OttawaText Classification Using WordNet Hypernyms
12:00--13:00 Lunch Break
Session 3: WordNet Augmentations and Construction
13:00--13:20 Christiane Fellbaum, Rider University and Princeton UniversityTowards a representation of Idioms in WordNet
13:20--13:40 Fernando Gomez, University of Central FloridaLinking WordNet Verb Classes to Semantic Interpretation
13:40--14:00 Xavier Farres, German Rigau and Horacio Rodriguez, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, SpainUsing WordNet for Building WordNets
14:00--14:20 Oi Yee Kwong, University of CambridgeAligning WordNet with Additional Lexical Resources
14:20--14:40 Roberto Basili, Alessandro Cucchiarelli, Carlo Consoli, Maria Teresa Pazienza and Paola Velardi, Universita Di Roma Tor Vergata, Universita di Ancona and Universita di Roma La SapienzaAutomatic Adaptation of WordNet to Sublanguages and Computational Tasks
14:40--15:00 Simonetta Montemagni and Vitto Pirelli, CNRAugmenting WordNet-like lexical resources with distributional evidence. An application-oriented perspective
15:00--15:20 Coffee Break
Session 4: Ontologies based on WordNet
15:20--15:40 Tom O'Hara, Kavi Mahesh and Sergei Nirenburg, New Mexico State UniversityLexical Acquisition with WordNet and the Microkosmos Ontology
15:40--16:00 Alistair Campell and Stuart Shapiro, State University of New York at BuffaloAlgorithms for Ontological Mediation
16:00--16:20 Noriko Tomuro, DePaul UniversitySemi-automatic Induction of Systematic Polysemy from WordNet
16:20--16:40 Michael McHale, Air Force Research LaboratoryA Comparison of WordNet and Roget's Taxonomy for Measuring Semantic Similarity
Session 5: Other Applications of WordNet
16:40--17:00 Yuval Krymolowski and Dan Roth, Bar-Ilan University and University of IllinoisIncorporating Knowledge in Natural Language Processing: A Case Study
17:00--17:20 Hongyan Jing, Columbia UniversityApplying WordNet to Natural Language Generation
17:20--17:40 Doug Beeferman, Carnegie Melllon UniversityLexical Discovery with an Enriched Semantic Network
17:40--18:00 Sanda Harabagiu, SRI InternationalDeriving metonymic coercions from WordNet

  • Accepted papers should be sent by June 1st 1998 in hardcopy, camera-ready format to :
    Sanda Harabagiu
    SRI International 
    333 Ravenswood Ave 
    Menlo Park, CA 94025 
    (Ph) (650) 859-3852 
    (Fax) (650) 859-3735