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Third International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG04) Day 2 of 3

INLG is the leading international conference on research into natural language generation.

INLG04 will take place in the beautiful New Forest in the south of England. In keeping with the tradition established by past INLG conferences, Careys Manor is a secluded self-contained venue with outstanding food, rooms, conference and fitness facilities.

INLG04 is the 3rd biennial conference on Natural Language Generation of the Association for Computational Linguistics Special Interest Group on Generation (SIGGEN). INLG is the principal venue for researchers within the field of Natural Language Generation. The conference series succeeds a series of nine biennial workshops that were held between 1982 and 1998. The field of Natural Language Generation covers, amongst others, psycholinguistic, statistical and language engineering approaches, and it attracts researchers from a range of disciplines including linguistics, computational linguistics, psychology, computer science and artificial intelligence.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together researchers in the field of Natural Language Generation in a secluded self-contained venue for two days of intensive interaction. This year's conference takes place from noon July 14 till noon July 16 2004 and is held at Careys Manor, a country house hotel situated in the village of Brockenhurst in the heart of the New Forest in central southern England. Accommodation and conference facilities are both at the hotel. The programme consists of paper presentations, an invited talk, a student session, a poster session and a banquet on the second evening.

Provisional Programme

14th July 2004 (Day 1)

From 12:30 Lunch

Opening Session

Text Planning Session:

  • Salience-Driven Text Planning Christian Chiarcos and Manfred Stede
  • A Corpus-based Methodology for Evaluating Metrics of Coherence for Text Structuring Nikiforos Karamanis, Chris Mellish, Jon Oberlander and Massimo Poesio
  • Generating Intensional Answers in Intelligent Question Answering Systems Farah Benamara

Generating Referring Expressions Session:

  • Generating Referring Expressions Using Perceptual Groups Kotaro Funakoshi, Satoru Watanabe, Naoko Kuriyama and Takenobu Tokunaga
  • On Referring to Sets of Objects Naturally Helmut Horacek
  • Overgenerating Referring Expressions Involving Relations and Booleans Sebastian Varges

Poster Session and Drinks Reception


15th July 2004 (Day 2)

Keynote Address

The Seduced Speaker: Modeling of Cognitive Control Ardi Roelofs (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Nijmegen)

Student Session

  • Categorization of Narrative Semantics for Use in Generative Multidocument Summarization David K. Elson
  • Corpus-based Planning of Deictic Gestures in COMIC Mary Ellen Foster
  • Hybrid NLG in a Generic Dialog System Martin Klarner
  • Two Kinds of Alternative Sets and a Marking Principle - When to Say "also" Kristina Striegnitz

Machine Learning for NLG Session

  • Indirect Supervised Learning of Content Selection Logic Pablo A.Duboue
  • Classification-based Generation Using TAG Tomasz Marciniak and Michael Strube
  • SEGUE: A Hybrid Case-based Surface Natural Language Generator Shimei Pan and James Shaw

Realisation I: Empirical Methods Session

  • The Use of a Structural N-gram Language Model in Generation-heavy Hybrid Machine Translation Nizar Habash
  • Contextual Influences on Near-synonym Choice Ehud Reiter and Somayajulu Sripada
  • Finetuning NLG through Experiments with Human Subjects: The Case of Vague Descriptions Kees van Deemter

Barbecue Banquet

16th July 2004 (Day 3)

Realisation II: Style and Variation Session

  • Modelling Politeness in Natural Language Generation Kaska Porayska-Pomsta and Chris Mellish
  • Stylistically controlled generation Daniel S. Paiva and Roger Evans
  • An ATMS Approach to Systemic Sentence Generation Hasan Kamal and Chris Mellish

Realisation III Session

  • Resolving Structural Ambiguity in Generated Speech Chris Mellish
  • Context-Based Incremental Generation for Dialogue Matthew Purver and Ruth Kempson
  • Reining in CCG Chart Realization Michael White

Closing Session


A New Architecture for Summarising Time Series Data Jin Yu, Ehud Reiter, Jim Hunter and Somayajulu Sripada

Utterance Planning in an Agent-based Dialogue System Paul Thompson, Mark Stairmand and William Black

Situated Generation of Multimodal Deixis in Task-Oriented Dialogue Alfred Kranstedt and Ipke Wachsmuth

Word lookup on the basis of associations: strategies for turning an intuition into a product Michael Zock

An Approach for Evaluating Cooperative Question Answering Systems Farida Aouladomar and Farah Benamara

A Development Environment for Multimodal Functional Unification Generation Grammars David Reitter

Controlling wide-coverage generation - The Cogent project Roger Evans, Kees van Deemter, Anja Belz, Jason Teeple, David Weir, John Carroll, Daniel Paiva, Eva Esteve Ferrer

Sentence generation in British Sign Language Serge Sharoff, Anthony Hartley and Peter Llewellyn-Jones

Medical Record Generation in MedView from an NLG Perspective Fredrik Lindahl

_Three Scenarios for Navigational Advice Generation Mike Rosner and Doreen Mizzi

Representational Underspecification in a Context-Free Framework Anja Belz

Wysiwym with wider coverage Richard Power and Roger Evans


Register at http://www.itri.brighton.ac.uk/inlg04/registration.htm The early registration deadline is June 30.


INLG04 is organized on behalf of ACL SIGGEN by ITRI, University of Brighton. The chairs of this year's conference are Roger Evans, Anja Belz and Paul Piwek

Contact Information

INLG04 Conference, ITRI, University of Brighton BN2 4GJ, UK

Tel: +44 1273 642900 Fax: +44 1273 642908 Email: inlg04@itri.brighton.ac.uk Web: http://www.itri.brighton.ac.uk/inlg04


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Date and Time:

15 July 2004 at 9:00 am


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Careys Manor
Lyndhurst Road
SO42 7RH

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