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[EP 96] [PODP 96]


Third International Workshop on Principles of Document Processing

September 23, 1996

Palo Alto, California

PODP 96 is the third in a series of international workshops that provide forums to discuss the modeling of document processing systems using theories and techniques from, for example, computer science, mathematics, and psychology. PODP 96 will take place in conjunction with EP 96 at Xerox Corporation's conference center in Palo Alto, California. (PODP 96 is, however, a workshop and not a conference.) The workshop will be held on one day, Monday, September 23, 1996.

The charter of PODP is deliberately ambitious and its scope broad. The current state of electronic document processing can be characterized as a plethora of tools without a clear articulation of unifying principles and concepts underlying them. The practical and commercial impact of these tools --- formatters, composition systems, word processing systems, structured editors, document management systems --- is too pervasive and obvious to require further elaboration and emphasis. However, with the rapid development in hardware technology (processors, memory, and especially high bandwidth networks) the notion of a document and of document processing itself is undergoing a profound change. It is imperative that this change be fueled, not only by enabling technologies and tools, but also by precise, computational, and conceptual models of documents and document processing. To this end, we hope to bring to bear theories and techniques developed by researchers in other areas of science, mathematics, engineering and the humanities (such as databases, formal specification languages and methodologies, optimization, workflow analysis, and user interface design.)

PODP is organized to promote a happy marriage between documents and document processing, and theories and techniques. PODP provides an ideal opportunity for discussion and information exchange between researchers who are grappling with problems in ANY area of document processing.

We invite researchers to submit papers that attempt to find a good balance between theory and practice in document processing. Papers that address both on a somewhat equal basis are preferred. We recommend that papers not exceed ten pages in length.

One author of each accepted paper will be expected to present the paper at the workshop. Presentations will last about 25 minutes, plus questions. Draft proceedings will be distributed at the workshop, and may be publicly available afterward over the Internet. We are, however, searching for publishers so that some of the accepted papers will be further reviewed and published in a widely available journal or book subsequent to the workshop. Papers from PODP 92 and PODP 94 were published in special issues of the journal ``Mathematical and Computer Modelling'' (Pergamon Press), which is well-known and respected in the operations research community, and in various circles of applied mathematics.


Major topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Digital Libraries
  • Document Conversion
  • Document Databases
  • Document Editing
  • Document Formatting
  • Document Recognition
  • Document Standards
  • Document Transformation
  • Hypertext
  • Information Retrieval
  • Multimedia Documents
  • SGML, HTML, and the World Wide Web
  • Theories of Documents

    You are invited to submit SIX copies of a detailed abstract or a complete paper by April 15, 1996 to either program co-chair:
  • Charles Nicholas, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, UMBC, Baltimore, MD 21228-5398 USA.

  • Derick Wood, Department of Computer Science, HKUST, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, HONG KONG.
  • Each submission should have a cover page, which indicates the name, affiliation, address, electronic mail address, and telephone number of the contact author. Submission by e-mail (to nicholas@cs.umbc.edu or to dwood@cs.ust.hk) is acceptable. In this case the paper should be in ASCII, LaTeX, or Postscript (in the latter case, it is crucial that there are line breaks).


  • Paper Submission Deadline: April 15, 1996

  • Notification of Acceptance: May 28, 1996

  • Final Papers Due: June 30, 1996

    The program committee consists of researchers who are active in the area of document processing, and researchers who are active in relevant areas of computer science, such as databases, and are interested in documents.

  • Howard Blair(USA)
  • Heather Brown(UK)
  • Anne Brueggemann-Klein(Germany)
  • Richard Furuta(USA)
  • Heikki Mannila(Finland)
  • Ethan Munson(USA)
  • Makoto Murata(Japan)
  • Charles Nicholas(USA) Co-Chair
  • James Sasaki(USA)
  • Derick Wood(Hong Kong) Co-Chair

    Xerox Corporation's conference center in Palo Alto.


    The registration procedure will be announced in the call for participants in March.


    Further information will be available over the Web at UMBC and at HKUST, and via the PODP mailing list. To subscribe to PODP, send the message "subscribe PODP" without quotes, in the body (not the subject line) of an email message to majordomo@cs.umbc.edu.

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