Workshop Program

DAY 1 March 30, 2009

09:00-10:30 Session 1: NLG and Applications
09:00-09:30 Ehud Reiter, Norman Alm, Rolf Black, Martin Dempster, Ross Turner and Annalu Waller - Using NLG to Help Language-Impaired Users Tell Stories and Participate in Social Dialogues
09:30-10.00 Richard Power - Towards a Generation-Based Semantic Web Authoring Tool
10.00-10.30 Anja Belz and Eric Kow - System Building Cost vs. Output Quality in Data-to-Text Generation
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Session 2: Text-to-Text Generation
11.00-11.30 Erwin Marsi, Emiel Krahmer, Iris hendrickx and Walter Daelemans - Is Sentence Compression an NLG Task?
11.30-12.30 Invited speaker: Regina Barzilay (MIT) - Probabilistic Approaches for Modeling Text Structure and their Application to Text-to-Text Generation
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break 
14:00-16:00 Session 3: Referring Expression Generation
14.00-14.30 Monique Rolbert and Pascal Préa - Distinguishable Entities: Definitions and Properties
14.30-15.00 Ross Turner, Yaji Sripada and Ehud Reiter - Generating Approximate Geographic Descriptions
15.00-15.30 Margaret Mitchell - Class-Based Ordering of Prenominal Modifiers
15.30-16.00 Robert Dale and Jette Viethen - Referring Expression Generation through Attribute-Based Heuristics
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break 
16:30-18:00 Session 4 - Generation Challenges

Anja Belz - Introduction to the Generation Challenges 2009

16:40-17:10 Donna Byron, Alexander Koller, Kristina Striegnitz, Kristina Striegnitz, Robert Dale, Johanna Moore and Jon Oberlander - Report on the First NLG Challenge on Generating Instructions in Virtual Environments (GIVE)
17:10-17:40 Albert Gatt, Anja Belz and Eric Kow - The TUNA-REG Challenge 2009: Overview and Evaluation Results
17:40-18:00 General discussion


DAY 2 March 31, 2009

09:00-10:30 Session 1: NLG in interactive settings
09:00-09:30 Daniel Dionne, Salvador de la Puente, Carlos León, Pablo Gervás and Raquel Hervás - A Model for Human Readable Instruction Generation Using Level-Based Discourse Planning and Dynamic Inference of Attributes
09:30-10.00 Srinivasan Janarthanam and Oliver Lemon - Learning Lexical Alignment Policies for Generating Referring Expressions for Spoken Dialogue Systems
10.00-10.30 Hendrik Buschmeier, Kirsten Bergmann and Stefan Kopp - An Alignment-capable Microplanner for Natural Language Generation
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Session 2 - Poster session
12:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30-16:00 Session 3: And Now for Something Completely Different
14.30-15.00 Colin Kelly, Ann Copestake and Nikiforos Karamanis - Investigating Content Selection for Language Generation using Machine Learning
15.00-15.30 Karin Harbusch and Gerard Kempen - Generating Clausal Coordinate Ellipsis Multilingually: A Uniform Approach Based on Postediting
15.30-16.00 Ielka van der Sluis and Chris Mellish - Towards Empirical Evaluation of Affective Tactical NLG
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-18:00 Session 4: Closing session
16.30-17.30 Invited speaker: Kees van Deemter (University of Aberdeen) - What game theory can do for NLG: The case of vague language 
17.30-18.00 Final words / Closing of ENLG 2009



A Wizard-of-Oz Environment to Study Referring Expression Generation in a Situated Spoken Dialogue Task
Authors:  Srinivasan Janarthanam and Oliver Lemon

The Effect of Linguistic Devices in Information Presentation Messages on Recall and Comprehension
Authors:  Martin I. Tietze, Andi Winterboer and Johanna D. Moore

A Situated Context Model for Resolution and Generation of Referring Expressions
Authors:  Hendrik Zender, Geert-Jan M. Kruijff and Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova

A Hearer-oriented Evaluation of Referring Expression Generation
Authors:  Imtiaz Hussain Khan, Kees van Deemter, Graeme Ritchie, Albert Gatt and Alexandra A. Cleland

Generating Natural Language Descriptions of Ontology Concepts
Author:  Niels Schütte

Clustering and Matching Headlines for Automatic Paraphrase Acquisition
Authors:  Sander Wubben, Antal van den Bosch, Emiel Krahmer and Erwin Marsi

Towards a Game-Theoretic Approach to Content Determination 
Authors:  Ralf Klabunde

Collection and Analysis of Referring Expressions Used in Collaboration 
Authors:  Philipp Spanger, Yasuhara Masaaki, Tokunaga Takenobu and Iida Ryu

Precision and Mathematical Form in First and Subsequent Mentions of Numerical Facts and their Relation to Document Structure 
Authors:  Sandra Williams and Richard Power

SimpleNLG: A realisation engine for practical applications 
Authors:  Albert Gatt and Ehud Reiter


Generation Challenges Posters

Realizing the Costs: Template-Based Surface Realisation in the GRAPH Approach to Referring Expression Generation
Authors: Ivo Brugman, Mariët Theune, Emiel Krahmer and Jette Viethen

Generation of Referring Expression with an Individual Imprint
Author: Bernd Bohnet

Evolutionary and Case-Based Approaches to REG: NIL-UCM-EvoTAP, NIL-UCM-ValuesCBR and NIL-UCM-EvoCBR
Authors: Raquel Hervás and Pablo Gervás:

USP-EACH: Improved Frequency-based Greedy Attribute Selection
Authors: Diego Jesus de Lucena and Ivandré Paraboni

A Probabilistic Model of Referring Expressions for Complex Objects
Authors: Kotaro Funakoshi, Philipp Spanger, Mikio Nakano and Takenobu Tokunaga

Finding landmarks or counting steps: two strategies for navigation instructions in virtual environments
Authors: Kristina Striegnitz and Filip Majda

Instruction Giving based on Graphical World Abstractions
Authors: Daniel Dionne, Salvador de la Puente, Carlos León, Raquel Hervás, Pablo Gervás

Two Approaches to GIVE: Dynamic Level Adaptation versus Playfulness
Authors: Roan Boer Rookhuiszen, Michel Obbink, Mariët Theune