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Sunday, April 22, 2007

6:00-9:00pm Welcoming reception in the Galleria of the Rochester Convention Center, across St. Paul Street from the Hyatt Regency.

Monday, April 23, 2007

9:00-9:10 Opening Session
9:10-10:10 Invited talk by Franz Josef Och, Google
Machine Translation at Google
10:10-10:40 Break
10:40-12:20 Paper Sessions
Conversational speech Machine Translation 1 Coreference
10:40-11:05 Exploiting acoustic and syntactic features for prosody labeling in a maximum entropy framework
Vivek Kumar Rangarajan Sridhar, Srinivas Bangalore and Shrikanth Narayanan
Automatic Evaluation of Machine Translation Based on Rate of Accomplishment of Sub-goals
Kiyotaka Uchimoto, Katsunori Kotani, Yujie Zhang and Hitoshi Isahara
Structured Local Training and Biased Potential Functions for Conditional Random Fields with Application to Coreference Resolution
Yejin Choi and Claire Cardie
11:05-11:30 To Memorize or to Predict: Prominence labeling in Conversational Speech
Ani Nenkova, Jason Brenier, Anubha Kothari, Dan Jurafsky, Sasha Calhoun, David Beaver and Laura Whitton
Maximum Correlation Training for Machine Translation Evaluation
Ding Liu and Daniel Gildea
Coreference or Not: A Twin Model for Coreference Resolution
Xiaoqiang Luo
11:30-11:55 Avoiding and Resolving Initiative Conflicts in Dialogue
Fan Yang and Peter A. Heeman
Generating Case Markers in Machine Translation
Kristina Toutanova and Hisami Suzuki
First-Order Probabilistic Models for Coreference Resolution
Aron Culotta, Michael Wick and Andrew McCallum
11:55-12:20 What decisions have you made?: Automatic Decision Detection in Meeting Conversations
Pei-yun Hsueh and Johanna D. Moore
Direct Translation Model 2
Abraham Ittycheriah and Salim Roukos
2:00-3:15 Paper sesions
Information retrieval models Information extraction 1 Grammatical inference
2:00-2:25 Information Retrieval On Empty Fields
Victor Lavrenko, Xing Yi and James Allan
A Systematic Exploration of The Feature Space for Relation Extraction
Jing Jiang and ChengXiang Zhai
Bayesian Inference for PCFGs via Markov chain Monte Carlo
Mark Johnson, Thomas Griffiths and Sharon Goldwater
2:25-2:50 Improving Diversity in Ranking using Absorbing Random Walks
Xiaojin Zhu, Andrew Goldberg, Jurgen Van Gael and David Andrzejewski
Unsupervised Resolution of Objects and Relations on the Web
Alexander Yates and Oren Etzioni
Worst-Case Synchronous Grammar Rules
Daniel Gildea and Daniel Stefankovic
2:50-3:15 A Random Text Model for the Generation of Statistical Language Invariants
Chris Biemann
The Domain Restriction Hypothesis: Relating Term Similarity and Semantic Consistency
Alfio Massimiliano Gliozzo, Marco Pennacchiotti and Patrick Pantel
High-Performance, Language-Independent Morphological Segmentation
Sajib Dasgupta and Vincent Ng
3:45-5:05 Paper sessions
Generation Word senses Frontiers of Information Retrieval
3:45-4:10 Probabilistic Generation of Weather Forecast Texts
Anja Belz
Hybrid Models for Semantic Classification of Chinese Unknown Words
Xiaofei Lu
Is Question Answering Better Than Information Retrieval? A Task-Based Evaluation Framework for Question Series
Jimmy Lin
4:10-4:35 Generation by Inverting a Semantic Parser that uses Statistical Machine Translation
Yuk Wah Wong and Raymond Mooney
Using Wikipedia for Automatic Word Sense Disambiguation
Rada Mihalcea
A Case For Shorter Queries, and Helping Users Create Them
Giridhar Kumaran and James Allan
4:35-5:00 Lexicalized Markov Grammars for Sentence Compression
Michel Galley
Data-Driven Graph Construction for Semi-Supervised Graph-Based Learning in NLP
Andrei Alexandrescu and Katrin Kirchhoff
Situated Models of Meaning for Sports Video Retrieval
Michael Fleischman and Deb Roy (Short Paper)

Speech Summarization Without Lexical Features for Mandarin Broadcast News
Jian Zhang and Pascale Fung (Short Paper)

5:30-8:00 Posters and demos
Short PapersDemonstrations

Comparing User Simulation Models For Dialog Strategy Learning
Hua Ai, Joel Tetreault and Diane Litman

Automatic acquisition of grammatical types for nouns
Nuria Bel, Sergio Espeja and Montserrat Marimon

Conquest - an Open-Source Dialog System for Conferences
Dan Bohus, Sergio Grau Puerto, David Huggins-Daines, Venkatesh Keri, Gopala Krishna, Rohit Kumar, Antoine Raux and Stefanie Tomko

K-Best Suffix Arrays
Kenneth Church, Bo Thiesson and Robert Ragno

Analysis and System Combination of Phrase- and N-gram-based Statistical Machine Translation Systems
Marta R. Costa-jussà, Josep M. Crego, David Vilar, José A. R. Fonollosa, José B. Mariño and Hermann Ney

Translation Model Pruning via Usage Statistics for Statistical Machine Translation
Matthias Eck, Stephan Vogel and Alex Waibel

Combination of Statistical Word Alignments Based on Multiple Preprocessing Schemes
Jakob Elming and Nizar Habash

A Fast Method for Parallel Document Identification
Jessica Enright and Grzegorz Kondrak

A Filter-Based Approach to Detect End-of-Utterances from Prosody in Dialog Systems
Olac Fuentes, David Vera and Thamar Solorio

Relationship between Non-Projective Edges, their Level Types, and Well-Nestedness
Jiri Havelka

Clustered Sub-matrix Singular Value Decomposition
Fang Huang and Yorick Wilks

Implicitly Supervised Language Model Adaptation for Meeting Transcription
David Huggins-Daines and Alexander I. Rudnicky

ILR-Based MT Comprehension Test with Multi-Level Questions
Douglas Jones, Martha Herzog, Hussny Ibrahim, Arvind Jairam, Wade Shen, Edward Gibson and Michael Emonts

A Geometric Interpretation of Normalized Maximum Crosscorrelation for Vocal Activity Detection in Meetings
Kornel Laskowski and Tanja Schultz

Detection of Non-native Sentences using Machine-translated Training Data
John Lee, Ming Zhou and Xiaohua Liu

Look Who is Talking: Soundbite Speaker Name Recognition in Broadcast News Speech
Feifan Liu and Yang Liu

Exploiting Rich Syntactic Information for Relationship Extraction from Biomedical Articles
Yudong Liu, Zhongmin Shi and Anoop Sarkar

Efficient Computation of Entropy Gradient for Semi-Supervised Conditional Random Fields
Gideon Mann and Andrew McCallum

Hybrid Document Indexing with Spectral Embedding
Irina Matveeva and Gina-Anne Levow

An integrated architecture for speech-input multi-target machine translation
Alicia Pérez, M. Teresa González, M. Inés Torres and Francisco Casacuberta

Stating with Certainty or Stating with Doubt: Intercoder Reliability Results for Manual Annotation of Epistemically Modalized Statements
Victoria L. Rubin

Virtual Evidence for Training Speech Recognizers using Partially Labeled Data
Amarnag Subramanya and Jeff Bilmes

A High Accuracy Method for Semi-supervised Information Extraction
Stephen Tratz and Antonio Sanfilippo

The Effects of Word Prediction on Communication Rate for AAC
Keith Trnka, Debra Yarrington, John McCaw, Kathleen F. McCoy and Christopher Pennington

Modifying SO-PMI for Japanese Weblog Opinion Mining by Using a Balancing Factor and Detecting Neutral Expressions
Guangwei Wang and Kenji Araki

Combined Use of Speaker- and Tone-Normalized Pitch Reset with Pause Duration for Automatic Story Segmentation in Mandarin Broadcast News
Lei Xie, Chuan Liu and Helen Meng

Comparing Wikipedia and German Wordnet by Evaluating Semantic Relatedness on Multiple Datasets
Torsten Zesch, Iryna Gurevych and Max Mühlhäuser

Selective Phrase Pair Extraction for Improved Statistical Machine Translation
Luke Zettlemoyer and Robert Moore

Demonstration of PLOW: A Dialogue System for One-Shot Task Learning
James Allen, Nathanael Chambers, George Ferguson, Lucian Galescu, Hyuckchul Jung, Mary Swift and William Taysom

The Automated Text Adaptation Tool
Jill Burstein, Jane Shore, John Sabatini, Yong-Won Lee and Matthew Ventura

Adaptive Tutorial Dialogue Systems Using Deep NLP Techniques
Myroslava O. Dzikovska, Charles B. Callaway, Elaine Farrow, Manuel Marques-Pita, Colin Matheson and Johanna D. Moore

POSSLT: A Korean to English Spoken Language Translation System
Donghyeon Lee, Jonghoon Lee and Gary Geunbae Lee

Automatic Segmentation and Summarization of Meeting Speech
Gabriel Murray, Pei-Yun Hsueh, Simon Tucker, Jonathan Kilgour, Jean Carletta, Johanna D. Moore and Steve Renals

Cedit Semantic Networks Manual Annotation Tool
Václav Novák

Spoken Dialogue Systems for Language Learning
Stephanie Seneff, Chao Wang and Chih-yu Chao

RavenCalendar: A Multimodal Dialog System for Managing a Personal Calendar
Svetlana Stenchikova, Basia Mucha, Sarah Hoffman and Amanda Stent

The CALO Meeting Assistant
L. Lynn Voss and Patrick Ehlen

OMS-J: An Opinion Mining System for Japanese Weblog Reviews Using a Combination of Supervised and Unsupervised Approaches
Guangwei Wang and Kenji Araki

Learning to Find Transliteration on the Web
Chien-Cheng Wu and Jason S. Chang

A Conversational In-Car Dialog System
Baoshi Yan, Fuliang Weng, Zhe Feng, Florin Ratiu, Madhuri Raya, Yao Meng, Sebastian Varges, Matthew Purver, Annie Lien, Tobias Scheideck, Badri Raghunathan, Feng Lin, Rohit Mishra, Brian Lathrop, Zhaoxia Zhang, Harry Bratt and Stanley Peters

TextRunner: Open Information Extraction on the Web
Alexander Yates, Michele Banko, Matthew Broadhead, Michael Cafarella, Oren Etzioni and Stephen Soderland

The Hidden Information State Dialogue Manager: A Real-World POMDP-Based System
Steve Young, Jost Schatzmann, Blaise Thomson, Karl Weilhammer and Hui Ye

Text Comparison Using Machine-Generated Nuggets
Liang Zhou

Voice-Rate: A Dialog System for Consumer Ratings
Geoffrey Zweig, Y.C. Ju, Patrick Nguyen, Dong Yu, Ye-Yi Wang and Alex Acero

Doctoral consortium posters

Unsupervised Natural Language Processing Using Graph Models
Chris Biemann

Query Expansion Using Domain Information in Compounds
Karen Friberg

Analysis of Summarization Evaluation Experiments
Marie-Josée Goulet

Combining Evidence for Improved Speech Retrieval
J. Scott Olsson

Dynamic Use of Ontologies in Dialogue Systems
Joana Paolo Pardal

Creating a Knowledge Base from a Collaboratively Generated Encyclopeodia
Simone Paolo Ponzetto

Exploiting Event Semantics to Parse the Rhetorical Structures of Natural Language Text
Rajen Subba

Semantic Frames in Romanian Natural Language Processing Systems
Diana Marie Trandabat

Knowledge-Based Labeling of Semantic Relationships in English
Alicia Tribble

Learning Structured Classifiers for Statistical Dependency Parsing
Qin Iris Wang

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

9:00-10:40 Plenary session
9:00-9:05 Award presentations
9:05-9:30 Combining Outputs from Multiple Machine Translation Systems
Antti-Veikko Rosti, Necip Fazil Ayan, Bing Xiang, Spyros Matsoukas, Richard Schwartz and Bonnie Dorr (Full paper)
9:30-9:55 Global, Joint Determination of Anaphoricity and Coreference Resolution using Integer Programming
Pascal Denis and Jason Baldridge (Student Paper)
9:55-10:10 Exploring Affect-Context Dependencies for Adaptive System Development
Kate Forbes-Riley, Mihai Rotaru, Diane Litman and Joel Tetreault (Late-breaking news)
10:10-10:25 Demonstration of PLOW: A Dialogue System for One-Shot Task Learning
James Allen, Nathanael Chambers, George Ferguson, Lucian Galescu, Hyuckchul Jung, Mary Swift and William Taysom
10:25-10:40 Spoken Dialogue Systems for Language Learning
Stephanie Seneff, Chao Wang and Chih-yu Chao
10:40-11:10 Break
11:10-12:25 Paper Sessions
Text classification Conversational systems Extracting sentiment
11:10-11:35 Automating Creation of Hierarchical Faceted Metadata Structures
Emilia Stoica, Marti Hearst and Megan Richardson
Combining Reinformation Learning with Information-State Update Rules
Peter Heeman
Extracting Semantic Orientations of Phrases from Dictionary
Hiroya Takamura, Takashi Inui and Manabu Okumura
11:35-12:00 Tuning Jensen-Renyi Divergences with Statistically Similar Examples for Unsupervised Document Categorization via Iterative Denoising Trees
Damianos Karakos, Jason Eisner, Sanjeev Khudanpur and Carey E. Priebe
Estimating the Reliability of MDP Policies: a Confidence Interval Approach
Joel Tetreault, Dan Bohus and Diane Litman
Multiple Aspect Ranking using the Good Grief Algorithm
Benjamin Snyder and Regina Barzilay
12:00-12:25 Using "Annotator Rationales" to Improve Machine Learning for Text Categorization
Omar Zaidan, Jason Eisner and Christine Piatko
An Exploration of Eye Gaze in Spoken Language Processing for Multimodal Conversational Interfaces
Shaolin Qu and Joyce Chai
Extracting Appraisal Expressions
Kenneth Bloom, Shlomo Argamon and Navendu Garg
12:25-2:00 Lunch
2:00-4:00 Short paper sessions
Translation and tagging Language understanding Speech and IR
2:00-2:15 Arabic Diacritization through Full Morphological Tagging
Nizar Habash and Owen Rambow
A Three-Step Deterministic Parser for Chinese Dependency Parsing
Kun Yu, Sadao Kurohashi and Hao Liu
Joint versus Independent Phonological Feature Models within CRF Phone Recognition
Ilana Bromberg, Jeremy Morris and Eric Fosler-Lussier
2:15-2:30 Tagging Icelandic Text Using a Linguistic and a Statistical Tagger
Hrafn Loftsson
RH: A Retro-Hybrid Parser
Paula Newman
On Using Articulatory Features for Discriminative Speaker Adaptation
Florian Metze
2:30-2:45 Language Modeling for Determiner Selection
Jenine Turner and Eugene Charniak
Semi-Supervised Learning for Semantic Parsing using Support Vector Machines
Rohit Kate and Raymond Mooney
Reversible Sound-to-letter/Letter-to-sound Modeling based On Syllable Structure
Stephanie Seneff
2:45-3:00 Joint Morphological-lexical Language Modeling for Machine Translation
Ruhi Sarikaya and Yonggang Deng
Subtree Mining for Relation Extraction from Wikipedia
Dat P.T. Nguyen, Yutaka Matsuo and Mitsuru Ishizuka
iROVER: Improving System Combination with Classification
Dustin Hillard, Bjoern Hoffmeister, Mari Ostendorf, Ralf Schlueter and Hermann Ney
3:00-3:15 Discriminative Alignment Training without Annotated Data for Machine Translation
Patrik Lambert, Josep M. Crego and Rafael E. Banchs
Simultaneous Identification of Biomedical Named-Entity and Functional Relationship using Statistical Parsing Techniques
Zhongmin Shi, Fred Popowich and Anoop Sarkar
Advances in the CMU/INTERACT Arabic GALE Transcription System
Mohamed Noamany, Thomas Schaaf and Tanja Schultz
3:15-3:30 Generalized Graphical Abstractions for Statistical Machine Translation
Karim Filali and Jeff Bilmes
Chinese Named Entity Recognition with Cascaded Hybrid Model
Xiaofeng YU
Are some Speech Recognition Errors Easier to Detect than Others?
Yongmei Shi and Lina Zhou
3:30-3:45 Kernel Regression Based Machine Translation
Zhuoran Wang, John Shawe-Taylor and Sandor Szedmak
Entity Extraction is a Boring Solved Problem -- or is it?
Marc Vilain, Jennifer Su and Suzi Lubar
Agenda-based User Simulation for Bootstrapping a POMDP Dialogue System
Jost Schatzmann, Blaise Thomson, Karl Weilhammer, Hui Ye and Steve Young
3:45-4:00 Are Very Large N-Best Lists Useful for SMT?
Sasa Hasan, Richard Zens and Hermann Ney
A Semi-automatic Evaluation Scheme: Automated Nuggetization for Manual Annotation
Liang Zhou, Namhee Kwon and Eduard Hovy
Document Similarity Measures to Distinguish Native vs. Non-Native Essay Writers
Olga Gurevich and Paul Deane
4:00-4:30 Break
4:30-5:45 Paper sessions
Information extraction 2 Words and similarity Letters and sounds
4:30-4:55 Whose idea was this, and why does it matter? Attributing scientific work to citations
Advaith Siddharthan and Simone Teufel
An integrated approach to measuring Semantic Similarity between Words using Information available on the Web
Danushka Bollegala, Yutaka Matsuo and Mitsuru Ishizuka
A Log-linear Block Transliteration Model based on Bi-Stream HMMs
Bing Zhao, Nguyen Bach, Ian Lane and Stephan Vogel
4:55-5:20 Combining Probability-Based Rankers for Action-Item Detection
Paul N. Bennett and Jaime G. Carbonell
An Information Retrieval Approach to Sense Ranking
Mirella Lapata and Frank Keller
Applying Many-to-Many Alignments and Hidden Markov Models to Letter-to-Phoneme Conversion
Sittichai Jiampojamarn, Grzegorz Kondrak and Tarek Sherif
5:20-5:45 Multi-Document Fusion Using Probabilistic Database Constraints
Gideon Mann
Near-Synonym Choice in an Intelligent Thesaurus
Diana Inkpen
Analysis of Morph-Based Speech Recognition and the Modeling of Out-of-Vocabulary Words Across Languages
Mathias Creutz, Teemu Hirsimäki, Mikko Kurimo, Antti Puurula, Janne Pylkkönen, Vesa Siivola, Matti Varjokallio, Ebru Arisoy, Murat Saraclar and Andreas Stolcke
7:00 Banquet

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

9:00-10:00 Invited talk by Luis von Ahn, Carnegie Mellon University Human Computation
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:15 Panel: MINDS: High Impact Future Research Directions for HLT
11:15-12:00 NAACL Business Meeting
12:00-1:45 Lunch
1:45-3:25 Paper sessions
Parsing Semantics and discourse Applications
1:45-2:10 Tree Revision Learning for Dependency Parsing
Giuseppe Attardi and Massimiliano Ciaramita
A cascaded machine learning approach to interpreting temporal expressions
David Ahn, Joris van Rantwijk and Maarten de Rijke
Multilingual Structural Projection across Interlinearized Text
Fei Xia, William Lewis and Dan Jinguji
2:10-2:35 Incremental Non-Projective Dependency Parsing
Joakim Nivre
Building and Refining Rhetorical-Semantic Relation Models
Sasha Blair-Goldensohn, Kathleen McKeown and Owen Rambow
Combining Lexical and Grammatical Features to Improve Readability Measures for First and Second Language Texts
Michael Heilman, Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Jamie Callan and Maxine Eskenazi
2:35-3:00 Improved Inference for Unlexicalized Parsing
Slav Petrov and Dan Klein
A Unified Local and Global Model for Discourse Coherence
Micha Elsner, Joseph Austerweil and Eugene Charniak
Automatic Assessment of Student Translations for Foreign Language Tutoring
Chao Wang and Stephanie Seneff
3:00-3:25 Approximate Factoring for A* Search
Aria Haghighi, John DeNero and Dan Klein
Randomized Decoding for Selection-and-Ordering Problems
Pawan Deshpande, Regina Barzilay and David Karger
Automatic and human scoring of word definition responses
Kevyn Collins-Thompson and Jamie Callan
3:25-3:55 Break
3:55-5:35 Paper sessions
Machine translation 2 Question answering Semantics
3:55-4:20 A Comparison of Pivot Methods for Phrase-based Statistical Machine Translation
Masao Utiyama and Hitoshi Isahara
Automatic Answer Typing for How-Questions
Christopher Pinchak and Shane Bergsma
Can Semantic Roles Generalize Across Genres?
Szu-ting Yi, Edward Loper and Martha Palmer
4:20-4:45 Efficient Phrase-table Representation for Machine Translation with Applications to Online MT and Speech Translation
Richard Zens and Hermann Ney
A Probabilistic Framework for Answer Selection in Question Answering
Jeongwoo Ko, Luo Si and Eric Nyberg
Towards Robust Semantic Role Labeling
Sameer Pradhan, Wayne Ward and James Martin
4:45-5:10 An Efficient Two-Pass Approach to Synchronous-CFG Driven Statistical MT
Ashish Venugopal and Andreas Zollmann
Question Answering Using Integrated Information Retrieval and Information Extraction
Barry Schiffman, Kathleen McKeown, Ralph Grishman and James Allan
ISP: Learning Inferential Selectional Preferences
Patrick Pantel, Rahul Bhagat, Bonaventura Coppola, Timothy Chklovski and Eduard Hovy
5:10-5:35 Statistical Phrase-based Post-editing
Michel Simard, Cyril Goutte and Pierre Isabelle
Toward Multimedia: A String Pattern-based Passage Ranking Model for Video Question Answering
Yu-Chieh Wu
Computing Semantic Similarity between Skill Statements for Approximate Matching
Feng Pan and Robert Farrell