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Energy Week Conference and Exhibition

Session on Natural Language in Human-Computer Interfaces

Houston, TX
January 28 - January 30, 1997

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Petroleum Division is
sponsoring the Energy Week Conference & Exhibition, at George R. Brown
Convention Center in Houston, Texas. One symposium is devoted to various
aspects of using computers in engineering. Attendees will be from both
academia and industry.

This year, one session of will consider the use of natural language in
human-computer interfaces. The value of being able to use natural language
to interact with computers is unquestioned. A natural language interface is
a flexible and efficient means of communication. For example, a natural
language interface for processing speech provides an additional means of
communication if a human user's eyes and hands are occupied. Providing for
dialogue, whether typed or spoken, allows for humans to collaborate
effectively with computer systems that are becoming increasingly complex to
use because of their capabilities. For these reasons, a user interface that
can process natural language has the potential for simplifying an overly
complex and unfriendly working environment.

The diversity of natural applications is mirrored in the research
communities that contribute to natural language research: computer science,
engineering, medicine, geography, and business. The use of natural language
in interfaces to problem-solving systems such as medical experts, software
engineering tools, navigation tools, and database systems is becoming an
increasingly important consideration.

The aim of this session is to bring together researchers from two

  1. Researchers who are working on the design and/or implementation of
     systems that use natural language as a primary modality. Discussions
     should be relevant to engineering applications.
  2. Researchers who are working on software tools for engineering
     applications where a natural language interface is being, or could be
     used. Papers should indicate how natural language is useful or could be
     useful in these applications.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

   * Empirical studies in designing human-computer interfaces with natural
   * Multimodal interface designs that include natural language
   * Use of natural language in computer-supported cooperative work
   * Discussions of implemented systems that employ natural language
   * Knowledge representation and reasoning to support natural language in
     human-computer interfaces and cooperative work systems
   * Speech recognition and synthesis in interface design
   * Limitations and pitfalls of relying on natural language as an interface

Papers submitted to this session should show how their work addresses the
issue of using natural language in the design of a human-computer interface
providing as much detail of the problem area as is necessary to evaluate the
work. Relevant examples of a system interacting with a user (either on paper
or video) are encouraged.

All presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Please
contact the session organizers if you have any questions. We look forward to
your contributions.

This call for papers is available as a web page:


Susan Haller

Computer Science and Engineering Department
University of Wisconsin -- Parkside

241 Molinaro Hall
Phone: 414-595-2343

Syed Ali

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

3200 N. Cramer Street
University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee
Phone: 414-962-8560


Susan Haller
Computer Science and Engineering Dept.
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
Kenosha, WI 53141-2000
Tel.: (414) 595-2343
FAX.: (414) 595-2114

*Note: We encourage electronic submissions, either plain text or postscript.


   * Paper Submission (maximum of 8 pages): September 15, 1996
   * Notification of acceptance: October 16, 1996
   * Camera-ready copies due: November 15, 1996
   * Energy Week Conference and Exhibition (Houston): Jan. 28 - Jan. 30,