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TAC 2008
NIST Building 101

Monday, November 17, 2008
08:30 NIST bus from Gaithersburg Holiday Inn to NIST
On your first day at NIST only: Photo identification must be presented at check-in at the Visitor Center if you are driving to NIST; non-U.S. citizens must provide a passport.
Attendees must wear their conference badge at all times while on the campus.
08:30-09:30Workshop Check-InRed Auditorium area
Continental BreakfastWest Square Cafeteria
09:30-10:45TAC Overview, RTE Session IRed Auditorium
09:30–10:15 Welcome, TAC 2008 Overview   [.pdf slides]
Hoa Trang Dang (NIST)
10:15–10:45 The Fourth PASCAL Recognizing Textual Entailment Challenge   [.ppt slides] [.pdf slides]
Danilo Giampicolo, Hoa Trang Dang, Bernardo Magnini, Ido Dagan, and Bill Dolan
10:45–11:15BreakWest Square Cafeteria
11:15-12:55RTE Session IIRed Auditorium
11:15–11:40 An Accuracy-Oriented Divide-and-Conquer Strategy for Recognizing Textual Entailment   [.pdf slides]
Rui Wang and Guenter Neumann (DFKI)
11:40–12:05 UAIC Participation at RTE4   [.ppt slides] [.pdf slides]
Adrian Iftene (UAIC2008)
12:05–12:30 THU QUANTA at TAC 2008 QA and RTE track   [.pdf slides]
Fangtao Li, Zhicheng Zheng, Tang Yang, Fan Bu, Rong Ge, Xiaoyan Zhu, Xian Zhang, and Minlie Huang (QUANTA)
12:30–12:55 Deciding Entailment and Contradiction with Stochastic and Edit Distance-based Alignment   [.ppt slides] [.pdf slides]
Sebastian Pado, Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, Bill MacCartney, Anna N. Rafferty, Eric Yeh, and Christopher D. Manning (Stanford)
12:55–14:05LunchMain Cafeteria
14:05-15:20RTE Session IIIRed Auditorium
14:05–14:30 Application of LCC's GROUNDHOG System for RTE4
Andrew Hickl and Jeremy Bensley (lcc)
14:30–14:55 Monte Carlo Semantics: McPIET at RTE4   [.pdf slides] [.pdf slide notes]
Richard Bergmair (cambridge)
14:55–15:20 Efficient Semantic Deduction and Approximate Matching over Compact Parse Forests   [.ppt slides] [.pdf slides]
Roy Bar-Haim, Jonathan Berant, Ido Dagan, Iddo Greental, Shachar Mirkin, Eyal Shnarch, and Idan Szpektor (BIU)
15:20-15:50Targeted Machine Reading
Dan Oblinger (DARPA)
Red Auditorium
15:50–16:20BreakWest Square Cafeteria
16:20-17:30RTE Discussion, Planning SessionRed Auditorium
17:30 NIST bus from NIST to Gaithersburg Holiday Inn
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
08:00 NIST bus from Gaithersburg Holiday Inn to NIST
Attendees must wear their conference badge at all times while on the campus.
08:00-09:00Continental BreakfastWest Square Cafeteria
09:00-10:45Summarization Session IRed Auditorium
09:00–09:30 Overview of the TAC 2008 Update Summarization Task   [.pdf slides]
Hoa Trang Dang and Karolina Owczarzak (NIST)
09:30–09:55 ICTCAS's ICTGrasper at TAC 2008: Summarizing Dynamic Information with Signature Terms Based Content Filtering   [.pdf slides]
Jin Zhang, Xueqi Cheng, Hongbo Xu, Xiaolei Wang, and Yiling Zeng (ICTCAS)
09:55–10:20 Update Summarization Based on Novel Topic Distribution   [.pdf slides]
Josef Steinberger and Karel Jezek (Sutler)
10:20–10:45 HITIR's update Summary at TAC2008: Extractive content selection for language independence   [.ppt slides] [.pdf slides]
Ruifang He, Yang Liu, Bing Qin, Ting Liu, and Sheng Li (HITIRTMDS)
10:45–11:15BreakWest Square Cafeteria
11:15-12:55Summarization Session IIRed Auditorium
11:15–11:40 The ICSI Summarization System at TAC 2008   [.ppt slides]
Dan Gillick, Benoit Favre, and Dilek Hakkani-Tur (ICSI)
11:40–12:05 CLASSY and TAC 2008 Metrics   [.pdf slides]
John M. Conroy and Judith D. Schlesinger (CLASSY)
12:05–12:30 Summarization Evaluation Using Transformed Basic Elements   [.ppt slides] [.pdf slides]
Stephen Tratz and Eduard Hovy (ISI)
12:30–12:55 Testing the Use of N-Gram Graphs in Summarization Sub-Tasks   [.pdf slides]
George Giannakopoulos, Vangelis Karkaletsis, and George Vouros (DemokritosGR)
12:55–14:05LunchMain Cafeteria
14:05-14:55Summarization Session IIIRed Auditorium
14:05–14:30 Tsinghua University at the summarization track of TAC 2008   [.pdf slides]
Shouyuan Chen, Yuanming Yu, Chong Long, Feng Jin, Lijing Qin, Minlie Huang, and Xiaoyan Zhu (THUSUM)
14:30–14:55 Thomson Reuters at TAC 2008: Aggressive Filtering with FastSum for Update and Opinion Summarization   [.ppt slides] [.pdf slides]
Frank Schilder, Ravi Kondadadi, Jochen L. Leidner, and Jack G. Conrad (TOC)
14:55–15:30TAC Poster BoastersRed Auditorium
15:30–16:00TAC Posters with BreakRed Auditorium area
16:00-17:30TAC 2009 Planning SessionRed Auditorium
17:30 NIST bus from NIST to Gaithersburg Holiday Inn
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
08:00 NIST bus from Gaithersburg Holiday Inn to NIST
Attendees must wear their conference badge at all times while on the campus.
08:00-09:00Continental BreakfastWest Square Cafeteria
09:00-10:30Welcome and Overview of TREC
Ellen Voorhees (NIST)
Green Auditorium
10:30–11:00BreakWest Square Cafeteria
11:00-12:50TREC Blog SessionGreen Auditorium
11:00–11:30 TREC Blog Track Overview
11:30–11:50 Pohang University of Science and Technology
11:50–12:10 University of Illinois at Chicago
12:10–12:30 Indiana University
12:30–12:50 University of Texas at Dallas
12:50–14:00LunchMain Cafeteria
14:00-16:00TAC Opinion QA/Summarization SessionGreen Auditorium
14:00–14:40 Overview of the TAC 2008 Opinion QA and Summarization Tasks   [.pdf slides]
Hoa Trang Dang (NIST)
14:40–15:00 IIIT Hyderabad at TAC 2008   [.pdf slides]
Vasudeva Varma, Sai Krishna, Harish Garapati, Kranthi Reddy, Prasad Pingali, Surya Ganesh, Hareen Gopisetty, Praveen Bysani, Rahul Katragadda, Kiran Sarvabhotla, Vijay Bharath Reddy, and Rohit Bharadwaj (IIITSum08)
15:00–15:20 Opinion Summarization Using Entity Features and Probabilistic Sentence Coherence Optimization: UIUC at TAC 2008 Opinion Summarization Pilot   [.pptx slides] [.pdf slides]
Hyun Duk Kim, Dae Hoon Park, V.G.Vinod Vydiswaran, and ChengXiang Zhai (UIUC)
15:20–15:40 The DLSIUAES Team's Participation in the TAC 2008 Tracks   [.ppt slides] [.pdf slides]
Alexandra Balahur, Elena Lloret, Oscar Ferrandez, Andres Montoyo, Manuel Palomar, and Rafael Munoz (DLSIUAES)
15:40–16:00 Summarization Focusing on Polarity or Opinion Fragments in Blogs   [.ppt slides] [.pdf slides]
Yohei Seki (TUT)
16:00–17:30TREC/TAC Posters with BreakGreen Auditorium area
17:30 NIST bus from NIST to Gaithersburg Holiday Inn
18:00 NIST bus from Gaithersburg Holiday Inn to Smokey Glen Farm
18:30–21:00TREC/TAC Barbecue DinnerSmokey Glen Farm, Gaithersburg, MD
21:00 NIST bus from Smokey Glen Farm to Gaithersburg Holiday Inn

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