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Eurolan 2007 Summer School - Final Call for Participation


Final Call for Participation

EUROLAN 2007 - Eighth Biennial Summer School


July 23  August 3, 2007
Faculty of Computer Science, Al. I. Cuza University
Iasi, Romania

Registration open at http://eurolan.info.uaic.ro/html/reg.html.
New deadlines!

The EUROLAN 2007 Summer School will teach how to seize the difference between what a text explicitly conveys and what is hidden behind its words, to know how sentiments and emotions are expressed by authors, how could they be identified and how to make use of them in writings.
It offers two weeks of intensive study in the emerging areas of sentiment and opinion analysis complementing deep semantic analysis, and their applications to discourse and dialogue, next generation Semantic Web, applications of Natural Language Processing to blogs, wikis, etc. Lectures will consist of half- and full-day seminars, together with hands-on labs to provide to PhD, master or even undergraduate students in-depth understanding and experience.

Invited lecturers and their topics:
    * Mathieu dAquin, Enrico Motta (KMi, Open University, UK): Next generation Semantic Web
    * Dan Cristea, Corina Forascu (Al. I. Cuza University of Iasi): Thematic threads in chats
    * Nancy Ide (Vassar College, USA): Overview: Sentiment and Opinion Analysis
    * Rada Mihalcea (University of North Texas, USA), Carlo Strapparava (IRST, Trento, Italy): Words, Meanings and Emotions
    * Paola Monachesi (Utrecht University, The Netherlands): Annotation of semantic roles
    * Nicolas Nicolov (Umbria Inc., Boulder, USA): The Good, the bad and the money -- How industry capitalizes on sentiment
    * Livia Polanyi (Powerset inc., USA): Structural, Rhetorical, Informational and Interactional Dimensions of Discourse Organization
    * Horia-Nicolai Teodorescu (Romanian Academy): Traces of emotion, intentions and meaning in spoken language
    * Dan Tufis (Romanian Academy): Cross lingual and cross cultural textual encoding of opinions and emotions
    * Jan Wiebe (University of Pittsburgh, USA): Manual and Automatic Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis
    * Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield, UK): Artificial Companions - a new approach to dialogue modelling
    * Michael Zock (LIF-CNRS, France): Do you (still) love me? A crash course on telling and recognizing lies

Satellite events:

1. Doctoral Consortium - http://eurolan.info.uaic.ro/2007/DC/   (paper submissions closed)
    * Corina Forascu, Al. I. Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
    * Oana Postolache, ISI - University of Southern California, USA
    * Georgiana Puscasu, University of Wolverhampton, UK
    * Cristina Vertan, University of Hamburg, Germany

2. Workshop on Applications of Semantics, Opinion and Sentiments in eLearning (ASOS) - http://eurolan.info.uaic.ro/2007/ASOS/  (paper submissions still open)
    * Steven Krauwer, Utrecht University
    * Paola Monachesi, Utrecht University

Social events:
    * Monday, July 23: a welcome party
    * Saturday afternoon, July 28: a guided city tour
    * Sunday, July 29: a one day excursion to the Northern part of the Romanian province of Moldavia, including the famous monasteries from Bucovina
    * Thursday, August 2: a farewell party
    * a daily contest "Taste it!.. and rank your opinions", where those taking part will cook for everybody a national dish - to be prepared at the school's restaurant (well, with some help from the restaurant personnel). If you intend to take part in this unusual, yet exciting contest, please contact the organisers, or use the Eurolan blog.

The venue of EUROLAN 2007 is the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi - the capital city of the historical region of Romanian Moldavia.

Since its inception in 1993, the EUROLAN summer schools have gained a high reputation in the scientific community devoted to different areas of Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing. They are well known also for the degree of camaraderie that develops among students and professors. Eurolaners learn a lot, while also having much fun during the daily social events.

Program Committee:
    * Dan Cristea, Al. I. Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
    * Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
    * Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas, USA
    * Oliviero Stock, ITC-IRST, Trento, Italy
    * Dan Tufis, Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania

Organising Committee: (local co-chairs)
    * Dan Cristea, Al. I. Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
    * Corina Forascu, Al. I. Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
    * Dan Tufis, Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania

Welcome to EUROLAN 2007!