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With great pleasure we announce the formation of the Human Language Technology Research Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas. We are especially excited and grateful that the HLTRI idea has been embraced and supported by the University administrators at all levels. UTD is surrounded by over 600 high tech companies and the potential of HLT research here is great. Several additional faculty positions in NLP and Speech, ample office and laboratories space in a new Computer Science Building, seed funding, and other resources have been granted by the UTD Administration.

The official opening of the Institute will take place Thursday and Friday, March 7 and 8. The program includes several technical talks by leading researchers, industrial representatives describing their need for HLT, panel discussions by representatives from several funding agencies, and much more. A tentative agenda is included.

Press release mirrors:
Thursday March 7, 2002
9:00 - 10:00 Introduction
Dr. Franklyn G. Jenifer, UTD President,
Dr. Bryan Hobson Wildenthal, UTD Provost,

Dr. William P. Osborne, Dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science,

Drs. Dan Moldovan and Sanda Harabagiu, Professors
10:00 - 10:45 The Role of Human Language Technology in the Future
(Dr. Ed Hovy - President of the Association for Computational Linguistics and Director of the Natural Language Processing Group at University of Southern California/ISI)
10:45 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:00 Information Retrieval Research at the Language Technologies Institute
(Professor Jamie Callan, Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie-Mellon University)
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Panel: Government Sponsored Research in Human Language Technology
Dr. John Prange - Director of the AQUAINT Program, ARDA
Dr. Michael Lesk - Director of the Information Technology Division, National Science Foundation
Donna Harman - National Institute for Standards and Technology
2:00 - 3:00 Context as a Spurious Concept in Natural Language Processing
(Professor Graeme Hirst - University of Toronto)
3:00 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:00 Human/Computer Speech Dialog Systems
(Ellis K. "Skip" Cave, Sr. Principal Engineer, InterVoice, Inc.)
4:00 - 4:30 Enabling Multimedia Applications Platforms for Speech and Language Processing
(Gilles Delfassy, Senior Vice-President of Texas Instruments and General Manager of TI's Wireless Terminal Business Unit)
4:30 - 5:00 Spoken Language Understanding in Multimodal Interfaces
(Dr. Alex Acero, Senior Researcher and Manager, Speech Technology Group, Microsoft)
6:00 - 6:30 Reception (Renaissance Dallas-Richardson Hotel)
6:30 - 8:00 Dinner (Renaissance Dallas-Richardson Hotel)
Friday March 8, 2002
9:00 - 9:45 Learning Dictionaries for Information Extraction
(Professor Ellen Riloff, Department of Computer Science University of Utah)
9:45 - 10:30 Current Research in the Institute for Human Language Technology
(Dr. Dan Moldovan, UTD)
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:30 Research Perspectives for Universal Access and Conversational Agents
(Dr. Sanda Harabagiu, UTD)
11:30 - 12:00 Automatic Speech Recognition: Better than Text?
(Dr. Joe Picone, Institute for Speech and Signal Processing, Mississippi State University)
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 PhD Student Presentations of Current Sponsored Research in the Institute for Human Language Technology, UTD
(Roxana Girju, Finley Lacatusu and Paul Morarescu)
3:00 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:00 Customer Applications in need of Human Language Technology
(Ron Owens, Director of Product Marketing, InterVoice, Inc.)
4:00 - 4:30 Wrap-up

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