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ReX awards proposal Cambridge - KUB

international exchange of scholars for software projects

Date: June 9, 2001
To: Dr. Sabine Buchholz
Computational Linguistics
Faculty of Arts
Tilburg University
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg
The Netherlands
Dr. Ted Briscoe
Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge
Pembroke St.

Dear Prof. Briscoe and Prof. Bimal K. Roy:

The Research Exchange Program (ReX) Committee is pleased to inform you that your proposal submitted by Tilburg University, The Netherlands and the Natural Language and Information Processing (NLIP) Group at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK has been accepted. The purpose of this exchange is to conduct research on the automatic construction of electronic dictionaries for use in text mining and related applications using memory-based learning techniques. The total amount of the award shall not exceed $5,150 (US$).

We understand that the exchange will be between Sabine Buchholz of the Centre for the Induction of Linguistic Knowledge (ILK) at Tilburg University, The Netherlands to the Natural Language and Information Processing (NLIP) Group at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK. The exchange would be for a period of 4 months, beginning late July or early August 2001 and ending at the latest by December 2001.

You have estimated the costs for the project as follows:

Housing 750/month
Food 300/month
Spending money 200/month
Transportation (airfare or train) 2 * $150
Total requested: $5150

The proposed budget is based on the cost of a 4-month research exchange. We require that these funds be used exclusively for this project, and that no funds are to be used for overhead or university administrative expenses.

Also, whenever USENIX funds a proposal, we also pre-approve student travel stipends so that students involved in the project can attend a USENIX conference and present the results of the work.

The USENIX Association will be responsible for issuing the funds. The ReX Committee may decide at any point in time to adjust the budget on the basis of input acquired during the project (e.g. requests from institutes involved). All costs shall be reimbursed on a monthly basis directly to the participant involved, assuming progress reports and financial statements have been submitted and accepted. Claims should be submitted to Gale Berkowitz at the USENIX Association (, or at the address below).

All findings from funded projects must be made freely available to the computing community. All parties involved in the exchange must agree that the product of the research will be freely redistributable. Publication or other broadcasting of such results will be facilitated by the sponsors of ReX.

The ReX Committee would like to receive short statements on the progress of the project every 2-3 weeks by email. The final report should also include a full financial accounting of the project.

We are also interested in progress reports that we can publish in ;login:, and will be contacting you in the next few months about this. We would also like to request that anytime the work is presented or published, the support of the ReX, USENIX, and NLnet be acknowledged. We would appreciate it if you could place the USENIX and NLnet banners on your project homepage with a link to our home page.

On behalf of the ReX, USENIX Association and Stichting NLnet, congratulations! We hope that the exchange will stimulate future collaboration between the two institutes. We look forward to hearing about the progress of your work.

Gale Berkowitz
Deputy Executive Director

The ReX is sponsored by the USENIX Association and Stichting NLnet:
USENIX Association
2560 Ninth Street, Suite 215
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone: +1 510 528 8649
FAX: +1 510 548 5738
Stichting NLnet
Koenestraat 92
3958 XH Amerongen
Phone: +31 343457775
FAX: +31 343 453928

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