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From reports to maps

: Schade, U.; Frey, M.; Becker, S.

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Bunt, H.:
Sixth International Workshop on Computational Semantics, IWCS 2005. Proceedings : January 12-14, 2005, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Tilburg: Tilburg University, Computational Linguistics & AI Group, 2005
ISBN: 90-74029-29-9
International Workshop on Computational Semantics (IWCS) <6, 2005, Tilburg>
Conference Paper, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer FKIE

In this paper, we will sketch a project in progress. The project aims at an application of a command and control system. The application is meant to process military reports written in natural language. It exploits computer linguistic techniques, especially information extraction and ontological augmentation. A prototype has already be completed. A real world application of report processing has to go beyond pure syntactic parsing. Semantic analysis is needed and the meaning of the report has to be constructed. Even more, the meaning has to be represented in a format such that it can be visualized within the so called ``common operational picture'' (COP). The COP is an interactive map displaying information. COP standards are provided by NATO. Since military operations of our days -- war operations as well as peace-keeping and nation building ones -- involve forces of many nations, the COP serves as main tool for synchronizing actions and plans. The paper at hand will provide some insights what kind of problems come along if language processing has to result in map visualization. It also will describe some solutions to overcome these problems.