Conference Program

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

12:00-1:30 Lunch and Check-in
1:30-1:45 Opening
1:45-2:45 Invited Talk: Natural Language Generation and Assistive Technologies
Kathleen McCoy, University of Delaware
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:30 Session I: Referring Expressions and Summarization
3:00-3:30 Learning Preferences for Referring Expression Generation: Effects of Domain, Language and Algorithm (Koolen, Krahmer, Theune)
3:30-4:00 Referring in Installments: A Corpus Study of Spoken Object References in an Interactive Virtual Environment (Striegnitz, Buschmeier, Kopp)
4:00-4:30 MinkApp: Generating Spatio-temporal Summaries for Nature Conservation Volunteers (Tintarev, Melero, Sripada, Tait, van der Wal, Mellish)
7:00 Dinner

Thursday, May 31, 2012

8:30-9:30 Breakfast
09:30-10:30 Session II: Grammar and Surface Realization
9:30-10:00 Towards a Surface Realization-Oriented Corpus Annotation
(Wanner, Mille, Bohnet)
10:00-10:30 Generation for Grammar Engineering (Gardent, Kruszewski)
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Panel: Advances in Natural Language Generation
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 GenChal '12: Reports on Current and Future Tasks
1:30-1:40 Introduction and Report: Question Generation Task
1:40-1:55 Report: Surface Realization Task
1:55-2:15 Report: Helping Our Own Task
2:15-2:30 Proposal: KBGen – Text Generation from Knowledge Bases
(Banik, Gardent, Scott, Dinesh, Liang)
2:30-2:45 Proposal: Content Selection From Semantic Web Data
(Bouayad-Agha, Mellish, Casamayor, Wanner)
2:45-3:00 Proposal: Syntactic Paraphrase Ranking (White)
3:00-3:30 Break
3:30-4:30 Session III: Dialogue
3:30-4:00 Perceptions of Alignment and Personality in Generated Dialogue
(Gill, Brockmann, Oberlander)
4:00-4:30 Optimising Incremental Generation for Spoken Dialogue Systems: Reducing the Need for Fillers (Dethlefs, Hastie, Rieser, Lemon)
4:30-6:30 Session IV: Posters&Demos
4:30-5:00 Poster&Demo Preview: Two minute madness
5:00-6:30 Poster&Demo Presentations
Blogging birds: Generating narratives about reintroduced species to promote public engagement (Siddharthan, Green, van Deemter, Mellish, van der Wal)
Interactive Natural Language Query Construction for Report Generation
(Popowich, Mosny, Lindberg)
Working with Clinicians to Improve a Patient-Information NLG System
(Mahamood, Reiter)
Sign Language Generation with Expert Systems and CCG (Mazzei)
Rich Morphology Generation Using Statistical Machine Translation
(El Kholy, Habash)
Extractive email thread summarization: Can we do better than He Said She Said? (Duboue)
Planning Accessible Explanations for Entailments in OWL Ontologies
(Nguyen, Power, Piwek, Williams)
Reformulating student contributions in tutorial dialogue
(Jordan, Katz, Albacete, Ford and Wilson)
Demo: Using Linguist's Assistant for Language Description and Translation
(Allman, Beale)
Demo: Midge: Generating Descriptions of Images (Mitchell, Han, Hayes)
Demo: Generating Natural Language Summaries for Multimedia
(Ding, Metze, Rawat, Schulam, Burger)
Demo: Natural Language Generation for a Smart Biology Textbook
(Banik, Kow, Dinesh, Chaudri and Oza)
7:30 Dinner

Friday, June 1, 2012

8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Invited Talk: Expressive NLG for Next-Generation Learning Environments: Language, Affect, and Narrative.
James Lester, North Carolina State University
10:00-10:20 Break
10:20-11:50 Session V: Ontologies and Multilinguality
10:20-10:50 On generating coherent multilingual descriptions of museum objects from Semantic Web ontologies (Dannélls)
10:50-11:20 “Hidden semantics”: what can we learn from the names in an ontology? (Third)
11:20-11:50 Linguist's Assistant: A Multi-Lingual Natural Language Generator based on Linguistic Universals, Typologies, and Primitives (Allman, Beale, Denton)
11:50-12:00 Closing
12:00-1:00 Lunch