Minutes of the 4th working group meeting
Soesterberg, January 8-10, 1998.
Present at the meeting: Bill Black, Antal van den Bosch, Julia Lavid
López, Paul Mc Kevitt, Karel Oliva, Koenraad de Smedt (chair), Andy
Note: ACO*HUM would like to express its thanks to Gerrit Bloothooft
of the TNP on Speech Communication Sciences for the practical organization
of the meeting.
Approval of the minutes
The minutes of the 3rd meeting are approved.
The draft outline for a book on advanced computing in the humanities, and
in particular a chapter in it about computational linguistics, was discussed
and adjusted. Writing tasks are distributed as follows:
The draft for the questionnaire was discussed
and adjusted. Koenraad de Smedt will work out the questionnaire and put
it on the web. Tasks for gathering addresses are distributed as follows:
Paul Mc Kevitt: Introduction on the changing field of computational linguistics
and human language technologies.
Andy Way and Julia Lavid: Section on curricula and courses in computational
Bill Black: Section on technologies for teaching and learning computational
Antal van den Bosch and Koenraad de Smedt: Overview of institutions offering
Paul Mc Kevitt and Koenraad de Smedt: Conclusion and general recommendations.
Koenraad de Smedt: chapter coordination and questionnaire coordination.
The time plan is as follows:
Bill Black: Britain, France, Italy and Greece.
Paul Mc Kevitt: Denmark, Portugal, Sweden and Finland.
Julia Lavid: Spain.
Andy Way: Ireland.
Antal van den Bosch: BeNeLux.
Koenraad de Smedt: Norway.
Karel Oliva: Germany, Austria, Central and Eastern Europe, former Soviet
Mike Rosner: Switzerland and Malta.
Jan. 31: addresses are collected by the persons above.
Feb. 1: questionnaire is finalized.
Feb. 5: message sent out to addresses by the persons mentioned above.
Feb. 22: reminder sent out to non-respondents.
March 15: data collected in database, analysis begins.
March 31: analysis of data ready.
April 15: drafts of chapters are written.
May 1: comments on drafts are received by authors.
May 15: final version of chapters is written.
Internet-based teaching 1: ELSNET pilots
The ELSNET sponsored pilots will be evaluated and this evaluation will
be included in the publication (see above). Three CL-related pilots
are under construction and close to completion:
Another course, coordinated by Joakim Nivre, deals with Statistical
A third course, coordinated by Felisa Verdejo, deals with NLP
in information retrieval.
The CALL group in the TNP on Speech Communication Sciences will offer suggestions
The pilot in which Bill Black, Andy Way and Koenraad de Smedt are involved,
is presented in some detail. This project is expected to finish in the
spring of 1999. It currently has two components which will be linked:
Internet-based teaching 2: EACL workshop
For the EACL '99 conference
in Bergen, Mike Rosner has proposed the following workshop on Saturday,
June 12, 1999. The working group will be involved in the committee
and in presentations.
WORKSHOP ON INTERNET BASED TEACHING FOR LANGUAGE AND SPEECH
We now have the technology to deliver course components, if not complete
courses, over the internet. The advantages of internet delivery in general
are obvious: limitless multimedia resources, asynchronous patterns of connection,
access to world expertise, styles of interaction ranging from student-centered,
teaching to interactive virtual classroom discussions and demonstrations
-- and more. Less clear are
(a) the particular areas of language/speech technology (LST) education
that are well suited to internet delivery (as opposed to other media such
as CD Rom).
(b) the nature of course materials/authorware that are available or
that need to be developed to support teaching within these areas.
(c) the design of pedagogical systems (i.e. curricula/course management)
for LST within which the internet might play a substantial role.
The main aims of the workshop are to provide a forum for the presentation
of internet-ready LST materials (i.e. courses, tools, resources, components),
and to initiate some reflection on the above issues. Contributions
in the following sub-areas are welcomed:
* Online Components for LST
* Authorware (tools supporting production of LST course materials)
* Curriculum Design
* Course Management
PRELIMINARY WORKSHOP PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
Mike Rosner, University of Malta, Malta (coordinator)
Doug Arnold (Essex)
Maria Wolters (Bonn)
Mark Huckvale (London)
Chris Bowerman (Sunderland)
Anders Erikkson (Umea)
EXPECTED No. of Participants: 20-40
Contacts between this working group and the TNP on Speech Communication
Current trends in curriculum innovation and in research and development
suggest that a tighter cooperation between the two network projects is
desirable. The fields of spoken language engineering, multimodal interfaces,
dialogue and multilinguality have a need for such cooperation. Ways
of cooperating should concentrate on curricula, resources, infrastructure
and the transfer of research findings to teaching. Special attention should
be paid to harmonization of terminology and other ways of making the communities
A possible 4th year extension could be a joint effort aimed at dissemination
in Natural Language and Speech, exploring a pan-European dimension.
Under the successor to the current SOCRATES programme, a new joint proposal
for a network in Human Language and Speech Technologies must seriously
be considered, with CL as a working group or subproject.
Minutes written by Koenraad de Smedt, Jan. 23, 1999.