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The 2nd Annual Research Symposium of the Human Language Technology Research Institute
The Texas Instruments Foundation Auditorium (Room 2.102)
The Engineering and Computer Science Complex
(second floor; see building ECSS on campus map)
University of Texas at Dallas
March 10-11 2003
2003 Symposium

In observance of the one-year anniversary of the founding of the Human Language Technology Research Institute, we organize a scientific symposium featuring presentations by top experts in the field of human language technology. The symposium, taking place on March 10-11, 2003 is also attended by leaders from the Government Research Sponsoring Organizations, e.g. the NSF and ARDA , as well as by the University and local industry leaders.

We hope that the 2003 Symposium will be as exciting as the 2002 Symposium as it offers an unique mix of research interests, emerging from academic and commercial experience.

Press release mirrors:
Monday March 10, 2003
9:00 - 10:30 Introduction
Dr. Franklyn G. Jenifer, President, UTD
Dr. B. Hobson Wildenthal, Provost, UTD
Dr. Da Hsuan Feng, VP Research UTD
Dr. Chandrasekaran, Dean of Eng & Comp Sci
Dr. Bert Moore, Dean of Human Development
Mr. David Brandenburg, CEO Intervoice
Dr. Sanda Harabagiu, Director HLTRI
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 Morphosemantics in Wordnet
Prof George Miller, Princeton Univ., National Academy of Science

Technology Barriers to Speech Market Growth
Dr. Bill Meisel, President TMA Associates, Publisher & Editor of Speech Recognition Update
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 Research Funding in Human Language Technology
Government Panel:

     Research Funding in Human Language and Communication
     Dr. Mary Harper, NSF

     Knowledge Discovery from Text
     Dr. Carol Van Ess-Dykema, DoD
3:00 -3:30 Break
3:30 - 5:00 Auto Tutor: Learning by Collaborative Question Answering and Mixed-Initiative Dialog
Prof Art Graesser, Univ of Memphis

Virtual DJs of KBOT: Embedding Chatterbot Technology into Real-Time Media Streams
Prof Doug DeGroot, Univ of Leiden, The Netherlands, Chair, Industrial Technologies
7:00 - 9:00 Dinner, Renaissance Hotel, Richardson, Texas
Tuesday March 11, 2003
9:00 - 10:30 Questions and Intentions
Prof Sanda Harabagiu, UTD

Discovery of Semantic Relations from Text
Prof Dan Moldovan, UTD

Reference Resolution in Multimodal Conversation
Prof Joyce Chai, Michigan State University
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 Scalable Inference for Language Understanding
Dr Srini Narayanan, UC Berkeley

Learning Constraints for the Discovery of Manner Semantic Relation in Text
Prof Roxana Girju, Baylor Univ

Automatic Semantic Annotation of Domain-Specific Free Response Data
Prof Richard Golden, UTD
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 Commercial Applications and Usability Testing
Susan Hura, Intervoice

Conversational Voice Systems - Challenges for the Future
Skip Cave, Intervoice
Dr. Deborah Rekart, UTD
Kevin Podsiadlik, UTD

Sequence Package Analysis: A New Natural Language Intelligence Method for Speeding up Wiretap Analysis
Dr. Amy Neustein, Founder and CEO, Linguistic Technology Systems
3:00 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 5:00 PhD Student Presentations:

Information Extraction Project:
     Using Frame Semantics for Information Extraction
     Paul Morarescu

Co-Reference Resolution Project:
     Text and Knowledge Mining for Co-Reference Resolution
     Finley Lacatusu

Is Text Categorization Useful for Word Sense Disambiguation or Question Answering?
Alessandro Moschitti

 Extended Wordnet Project:
     High Precision Parsing of Wordnet Glosses
     Orest Bolohan
     Logic Form Transformation of Wordnet Glosses
     Altaf Mohammed
     Word Sense Disambiguation of Wordnet Glosses
     Adrian Novischi

 Knowledge Discovery from Text Project:
     Lexical Syntactic Patterns Expressing Manner
     Manju Putcha
     Learning Constraints for Mining Part-Whole Relations from Text
     Adriana Badulescu

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