Trento, April 3rd, 2005, an EACL Workshop
The EACL KRAQ06 workshop will be hosted in conjunction with the 11th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics that will take place April 3-7, 2006, in Trento, Italy.


8:45 - 9:00 Welcome

9: 00 - 9 : 30 Introductory presentation : Farah Benamara
      Language and Reasoning for Question Answering: State of the Art and Future Directions
9 : 30 - 10: 00 Myroslava O. Dzikovska, Charles B. Callaway, Elaine Farrow
      Interpretation and Generation in a Knowledge-Based Tutorial System
10 : 00 - 10 : 30 Matra Gatius and Maritxell Gonzàles
      Using Application-Specific Ontologies To Improve Performance in a Bottom-up Parser

10 : 30 - 11: 00 Coffee break

11: 00 - 11 : 30 Marilisa Amoia and Claire Gardent
      Adjective based inference
11: 30 - 12 : 00 Martin Magnusson
      Natural Language Understanding using Temporal Action Logic
12:00 - 12: 30 Fiona McNeill and Harry Halpin and Ewan Klein and Alan Bundy
      Merging Stories with Shallow Semantics

12:00 - 14: 30 Lunch

14 : 30 - 15: 30 Invited speaker: Gosse Bouma
      Linguistic Knowledge and Question Answering.
15: 30 - 16: 00 Véronique Moriceau
      Numerical Data Integration for Cooperative Question-Answering

16: 00 - 16: 30 Coffee break

16: 30 - 17: 00 Silvia Quarteroni and Suresh Manandhar
      Incorporating User Models in Question Answering to Improve Readability
17: 00 - 17: 45 Invited speaker: Dominique Laurent
      Industrial concerns of a Question-Answering system
17: 45 - 18: 00 Closing


Recent foundational, methodological and technological developments in advanced language processing resources and techniques, knowledge representation, advanced reasoning forms not necessarily based on unification, applied pragmatics, and recent progress in HLT make it possible to foresee the elaboration of much more accurate, cooperative and robust systems dedicated to NLP in general and to answering questions in particular. The development of more robust evaluation techniques make it also possible to identify results, weaknesses and future directions.
The 2006 version of this workshop will be organized around major questions of interest to a number of NLP, AI, HLT and pragmatics people. Besides Question-Answering, which is a hot topic in this perspective, we want the workshop to address any area of NLP that requires knowledge and reasoning to perform better. We expect contributions on rapidly evolving areas, such as question processing and interpretation, explanation production, user profiling, dialogue, language generation, evaluation for advanced systems, pragmatics, etc. For example, w.r.t. NLG, an important question concerns the language models and techniques appropriate for producing responses which sound natural for the user (relevant, fluid, of an appropriate granularity, with terms the user understands, etc.).

List of topics


The goal of this workshop is to enhance cooperation between participants with an AI background and the NLP community. Contributors must be opened to interactions with the different workshop areas. The programme committee will care to have a balanced number of participants from the different areas concerned: reasoning and inference, NLP (among which question processing and language generation), question-answering, human language technology and pragmatics. Although papers will obviously have a dominant theme, it is important that they contain material from at least 2 topics of the workshop.

Submission format:

We welcome original, unpublished, short papers (max 3 to 5 pages, with a short oral presentation), describing projects or ongoing research and long papers (6 to 8 pages), that relate more established results. The format follows the guidelines of the main conference which can be found at:
Please, send your final file in .pdf form to the two co-chairs, as specified below.
Each submission will be reviewed at least by two members of the programme committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. Dual submissions to the main EACL 2006 conference and this workshop are allowed; if you submit to the main session, do indicate this when you submit to the workshop. If your paper is accepted for the main session, you should withdraw your paper from the workshop upon notification by the main session.


January 6: paper submissions

January 27: acceptance/rejection notification

February 10: final papers due, camera-ready

3 April 2006:  Workshop


Workshop co-chairs and contact persons:

Dr. Farah Benamara and Dr. Patrick Saint-Dizier (,

IRIT-CNRS 118 route de Narbonne 31062 Toulouse cedex France

Programme Committee

Farah Benamara, IRIT, France
Johan Bos, University of Edinburgh, UK
Eduard Hovy, ISI, USA
Daniel Kayser, LIPN, France
Asanee Kawtrakul, Kasererart univ. Thailand
Mark Maybury, The MITRE Corp., USA
Yuji Matsumoto, Nara, Japan
Marie-Francine Moens, KUL, Belgium
John Prager, IBM, USA
Bali Ranaivo, Univ. Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK
Patrick Saint Dizier, IRIT, CNRS, France
Sudeshna Sarkar, IIT Kharagpur, India
Mathiew Stone, Center of Cognitive Science, Rutgers, USA