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DARPA/SISTO (Software and Intelligent Systems Technology Office) has announced the 4th Message Conference (MUC-4), June 16-18, 1992, at PRC, Inc. in McLean, VA. The conference will include evaluations of currently competing message-understanding systems. Attendance is limited to participants, advisers, and government representatives, and applications must be received by 12/27/91. Limited support (perhaps $20K) is available. Contact Beth M. Sundheim ( Last year's challenge involved 15 systems operating in the domain of terrorist violence in Latin America. For details, get the MUC-3 proceedings, ISBN 1-55860-236-4, $40, from Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, (800) 745-7372 or [NL-KR, 12/3.] (Start now if you want to participate in MUC-5!)

DARPA/SISTO is also sponsoring the TREC text-retrieval conference at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD, November 4-6, 1992. Full participants will access half a million English documents (2Gb) from ACL/DCI and the DARPA TIPSTER project, for retrieval and routing of articles on 50 topics in international finance and science and technology. Exploratory groups may work with a subset of the data. Minimal support may be available, even to non-U.S. participants. Apply by 1/1/92 to Donna Harman (harman [Beth M. Sundheim (, NL-KR, 12/3.]

AAAI is having a workshop on hybrid statistical NLP, at the 10th National Conference on AI. Contact Carl Weir ( by 3/13/92. [NL-KR Digest, 12/3.]