Natural Language Applications and Planning
27-Aug-2001, The Millennium Room, 2 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh
Organisers: Jean Carletta and John Levine
Some of the Informatics folks involved in the Workshop on Natural Language Applications and Planning,
27-Aug-2001, Edinburgh. The second event run by PEA Pod. Another image:
In this workshop, we discussed the use of planning and plan
representations within natural language applications. Planning is
pervasive in human activity, including in the way that people use
language. Natural language applications may wish to use plan
representations to (among other things):
The major issues which were addressed in the workshop discussion were:
- plan the structure of a text or dialogue;
- plan the surface realization associated with a particular intended meaning
- understand the intentions of the humans with which they converse
- represent and reason about the domain of discourse.
The following people attended the workshop:
- what sorts of planners and plan representations can be used for
natural language applications? Although the natural language community
has traditionally rolled their own, can we build on standards and
- How can one best allow for dialogue, which requires more than just
planning, but also the monitoring and adjustment of plans?
- What should plans for natural language applications be optimized
for, and which optimization techniques are appropriate?
- Are there aspects of how people use natural language which suggest
good planning mechanisms to use (such as the apparent re-use of not
just words but entire texts suggesting a case-based approach)?
D K Arvind (ICSA), Johan Bos (ICCS[LTG]), Jean Carletta (ICCS[LTG]),
Alison Cawsey (Heriot-Watt), Mark Core (ICCS), Bruce Eddy
(Heriot-Watt), Mike Fourman [CISA/ICCS], Nikiforos Karamanis (ICCS),
Ewan Klein (ICCS), John Levine (CISA[AIAI]), Ruli Manurung (ICCS),
Colin Matheson (ICCS[LTG]), Nestor Miliaev (Heriot-Watt), Johanna
Moore (ICCS/HCRC), Jon Oberlander (ICCS), Emiliano Gomes Padilha
(ICCS), Graeme Ritchie (ICCS), Mark Steedman (ICCS/HCRC), Austin Tate
(CISA[AIAI]), Sebastian Varges (ICCS), Bonnie Webber (ICCS/CISA), John
Zeleznikow (Law School), Klaus Zinn (ICCS), Ofir Zussman (ICCS).
- 10-10:15 Welcome and Introductions around the room
- 10:15-10:45 John Levine, "Modern Planning Techniques"
accompanying the Talk,
related to the Talk
- 10:45-11:15 Johanna Moore, "The Role of Planning in Tutorial Dialogue
- 11:30-12 Mark Steedman, "The Role of Planning in Natural Language
- 12:30-1 Bonnie Webber, "Micro-planning in SPUD and consequences for
the design of linguistic resources"
- 2-3:30 Open Forum Discussion. Two possible topics for discussion
- how one decides whether planning is the right technology for a
particular NL application; and
- search strategies to make planning faster where it is necessary.
- 3:30-4 Summary, Conclusions, Plans for any further activity
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