6th International Natural Language Generation Conference


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Conference Program


  • Wednesday 7 July 2010
    Arrive at Trim by noon
    12:00 - 13:30 Buffet lunch & check-in

    SESSION 1: Opening
    13:30 - 13.45 Opening
    13.45 - 14:45 Invited Talk Richard Power
    Ontologies and text: Can NLG bridge the gap?

    14:45 - 15:00 Break

    SESSION 2: Ontology based Generation
    15:00 - 15.30 Chris Mellish
    Using Semantic Web Technology to Support NLG \\ Case study: OWL finds RAGS.
    15.30 - 16.00 Yuan Ren, Kees van Deemter and Jeff Z. Pan
    Charting the Potential of Description Logic for the Generation of Referring Expressions.
    16.00 - 16:30 Gabriel Murray, Giuseppe Carenini and Raymond Ng
    Generating and Validating Abstracts of Meeting Conversations: a User Study.

    16:30 - 16:45 Break

    SESSION 3: Sentence level Generation and Machine Learning in NLG
    16:45 - 17.15 Advaith Siddharthan
    Complex Lexico-syntactic Reformulation of Sentences Using Typed Dependency Representations.
    17.15 - 17.45 Daniel de Kok
    Feature Selection for Fluency Ranking.
    17.45 - 18:15 Nina Dethlefs and Heriberto Cuayahuitl
    Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning for Adaptive Text Generation.

    Banquet and special event
    Evening drinks at on-site pub

  • Thursday 8 July 2010
    Breakfast
    09:00 - 12:30 Gen Chal '10
    12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

    SESSION 4: Evaluation
    13:30 - 14.00 Chris Mellish
    Towards a Programmable Instrumented Generator.
    14.00 - 14.30 Anja Belz and Eric Kow
    Comparing Rating Scales and Preference Judgements in Language Evaluation.
    14.30 - 15.00 - Albert Gatt and Francois Portet
    Textual properties and task-based evaluation: Investigating the role of surface properties, structure and content.
    15.00 - 15:15 Poster teasers

    15:15 - 17:15 Activity break
    18:00 - late Poster session with drinks and buffet dinner and music

  • Friday 9 July 2010
    Breakfast

    SESSION 5:
    09:00 - 10:00 Invited Talk Susan Brennan
    Adapting generation to addressees: What drives audience design?
    10:00 - 10:15 Break

    SESSION 6: Situated Reference
    10:15 - 10.45 Manuel Giuliani, Mary Ellen Foster, Amy Isard, Colin Matheson, Jon Oberlander and Alois Knoll
    Situated Reference in a Hybrid Human-Robot Interaction System.
    10.45 - 11.15 Margaret Mitchell, Kees van Deemter and Ehud Reiter
    Natural Reference to Objects in a Visual Domain.
    11.15 - 11.45 Alexandre Denis
    Generating Referring Expressions with Reference Domain Theory.
    11.45 - 12:15 Philipp Spanger, Ryu Iida, Takenobu Tokunaga, Asuka Terai and Naoko Kuriyama
    Towards an extrinsic evaluation of referring expressions in situated dialogs.

    12:15 - 13:30 Lunch

    SESSION 7: Discourse/Dialogue Generation
    13:30 - 14.00 Paul Piwek and Svetlana Stoyanchev
    Harvesting Re-usable High-level Rules for Expository Dialogue Generation.
    14.00 - 14.30 Seniz Demir, Sandra Carberry and Kathleen F. McCoy
    A Discourse-Aware Graph-Based Content-Selection Framework.
    14.30 - 15.00 David Elson and Kathleen McKeown
    Tense and Aspect Assignment in Narrative Discourse.

    15:00 - 15.15 Closing remarks

    16:00 Bus departs for Dublin


Accepted Papers


  • Anja Belz and Eric Kow
    Comparing Rating Scales and Preference Judgements in Language Evaluation.
  • Seniz Demir, Sandra Carberry and Kathleen F. McCoy
    A Discourse-Aware Graph-Based Content-Selection Framework.
  • Alexandre Denis
    Generating Referring Expressions with Reference Domain Theory.
  • Nina Dethlefs and Heriberto Cuayahuitl
    Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning for Adaptive Text Generation.
  • David Elson and Kathleen McKeown
    Tense and Aspect Assignment in Narrative Discourse.
  • Albert Gatt and Francois Portet
    Textual properties and task-based evaluation: Investigating the role of surface properties, structure and content.
  • Manuel Giuliani, Mary Ellen Foster, Amy Isard, Colin Matheson, Jon Oberlander and Alois Knoll
    Situated Reference in a Hybrid Human-Robot Interaction System.
  • Daniel de Kok.
    Feature Selection for Fluency Ranking.
  • Chris Mellish
    Using Semantic Web Technology to Support NLG \\Case study: OWL finds RAGS.
  • Chris Mellish
    Towards a Programmable Instrumented Generator.
  • Margaret Mitchell, Kees van Deemter and Ehud Reiter
    Natural Reference to Objects in a Visual Domain.
  • Gabriel Murray, Giuseppe Carenini and Raymond Ng
    Generating and Validating Abstracts of Meeting Conversations: a User Study.
  • Paul Piwek and Svetlana Stoyanchev
    Harvesting Re-usable High-level Rules for Expository Dialogue Generation.
  • Yuan Ren, Kees van Deemter and Jeff Z. Pan
    Charting the Potential of Description Logic for the Generation of Referring Expressions.
  • Advaith Siddharthan
    Complex Lexico-syntactic Reformulation of Sentences Using Typed Dependency Representations.
  • Philipp Spanger, Ryu Iida, Takenobu Tokunaga, Asuka Terai and Naoko Kuriyama
    Towards an extrinsic evaluation of referring expressions in situated dialogs. <\ul>

    Accepted Posters


    • Anja Belz and Eric Kow
      Extracting Parallel Fragments from Comparable Corpora for Data-to-text Generation.
    • Maximiliano Cristia and Brian Pluss
      Generating Natural Language Descriptions of Z Test Cases.
    • Dana Dannells
      Applying Semantic Frame Theory to Automate Natural Language Template Generation of Ontology Statements.
    • David McDonald and Charlie Greenbacker.
      "If you've heard it, you can say it" - Towards an Account of Expressibility.
    • Mariet Theune, Ruud Koolen and Emiel Krahmer
      Cross-linguistic attribute selection for REG: Comparing Dutch and English.
    • Sandra Williams and Richard Power
      Grouping axioms for more coherent ontology descriptions.
    • Sander Wubben, Antal van den Bosch and Emiel Krahmer
      Paraphrase Generation as Monolingual Translation: Data and Evaluation.
    • Hendrik Zender, Christopher Koppermann, Fai Greeve and Geert-Jan Kruijff
      Anchor-Progression in Spatially Situated Discourse: a Production Experiment. <\ul>