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"May I Speak Freely?" Between Templates and Free Choice in Natural Language Generation. Workshop at the 23rd German Annual Conference for Artificial Intelligence (KI'99), Bonn

Tilman Becker; Stephan Busemann (Hrsg.)
German Conference on Artificial Intelligence (KI), located at KI '99, September 14-15, Bonn, Germany, DFKI Documents (D), Vol. 99-01, DFKI, 1999.


This workshop is, to our knowledge, the first one topicalizing the relation between application tasks and technologies used. It aims at exploring the tension between more general and more specific approaches to NLG, thereby clarifying what NLG technology is suited best for which task. It is intended to be an opportunity to get an overview over existing state-of-the-art technology and its optimal usage. It will be relevant for both developers and users of NLG systems. Exploring conditions for successful NLG applications is a step that should be taken jointly by technology providers and current and potential users of NLG software. The invited speaker, Paul Heisterkamp of DaimlerChrysler AG, will focus on the industrial usage of NLG software, and we appreciate his contribution to this volume. The workshop is embedded into the German Annual AI conference KI'99, following its tradition of hosting small hot-topic workshops. At the same time it is an activity of the Special Interest Group for Natural Language Systems (Fachgruppe 1.3.1) of the German association for computer science, Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI). The ten contributions to this volume are unpublished research reports reviewed by the workshop organizers. The authors agreed to make available to each other the submitted papers before preparing the final versions. The papers can also be downloaded from the workshop's web page at

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