[Corpora-List] ACL workshop BSNLP 2007 deadline extended

Hristo Tanev htanev at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Apr 2 14:47:00 CEST 2007


The paper submission deadline has been extended to
April 9, 2007

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FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline Extension)
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BSNLP 2007: Balto-Slavonic Natural Language Processing
2007 with Special Theme: Information Extraction and
Enabling Technologies ACL 2007 Workshop Prague, Czech
Republic, June 29 2007
http://langtech.jrc.it/bsnlp2007


SUMMARY:

Workshop Paper Submission deadline: extented to April
9
Notification of Acceptance: April 30
Camera-ready Version: May 9
Workshop: June 29, 2007.


TOPIC AND MOTIVATION:

The recent political and economic changes in Central
and
Eastern Europe and the related on-going enlargement of
the
European Union brings into focus new cultures and
languages.
Among them, the languages from the Balto-Slavonic
group have
an outstanding role because of their rich cultural
heritage
and the widespread use - over 400 million speakers.

The topic of the workshop addresses Natural Language
Processing (NLP) for the Balto-Slavonic languages,
with the
focus on Information Extraction (IE) and enabling
technologies
for this language family. The task of IE is to
identify a
predefined set of concepts from natural language text.
The
spectrum of IE tasks ranges from named-entity
recognition,
through relation extraction and co-reference
resolution to the
identification of complex events and cross-document
entity
profile extraction. Although a considerable amount of
IE-related work exists, most of the studies are
concentrated
on a few major languages. Research on this topic, as
well as
on general-purpose NLP tools in the context of
Balto-Slavonic
languages, is still in its early stage and is
progressing
relatively slowly. Due to some specific phenomena
like the
highly inflectional character and relatively free word
order,
a construction of IE systems and other language
processing
tools (question-answering, text summarization, machine

translation) for these languages is an intriguing and
challenging task.

This workshop can be seen as the follow-up to the
successful
workshop on Information Extraction for Slavonic and
Other
Central and Eastern European Languages
(http://lml.bas.bg/IESL2003) held in conjunction with
the
RANLP 2003 conference. It is also related to the EACL
2003
workshop on Morphological Processing of Slavic
Languages
(http://nl.ijs.si/mpsl03). In particular, we would
strongly
encourage submissions describing systems, resources or

solutions that are made available to the wider public,
as
these would help to promote computational linguistics
applications for these languages.

AREAS OF INTEREST include, but are not limited to:

A. Specific challenges for Balto-Slavonic NLP, in
particular
in the context of IE and enabling technologies

- text segmentation
- morphological analysis
- morphology models
- morpho-syntactic disambiguation
- named-entity recognition
- named-entity disambiguation (e.g., geo-referencing)
- named-entity lemmatisation
- term and keyword extraction
- name variant recognition and merging
- syntactic parsing and chunking
- co-reference resolution
- word sense disambiguation
- corpus-based knowledge acquisition

B. Multilingual IE frameworks and techniques applied
to these languages

- tools and resources (freely available for research
purposes will be preferred)
- experience with, and evaluation of, linguistic data
and processing resources
- comparative evaluation between languages

C. IE solutions for these languages:

- scenario template filling / event extraction
- relation extraction
- automatic pattern learning
- corpus studies and statistical techniques for IE
- IE from Web sources
- IE-based ontology population
- IE evaluation
- IE techniques for Question/Answering and Answer
Extraction
- Utilisation of IE-based techniques in other NLP
applications

INTENDED AUDIENCE

The goal of this workshop is to bring together
researchers and
practitioners working on NLP for Balto-Slavonic
languages, in
particular on IE and core technologies supporting IE
for these
languages. The workshop will give an opportunity to
exchange
ideas and experience, to discuss hard-to-tackle
problems in
this field of research, and to make available
resources more
widely known.

SUBMISSION

Papers should describe original work and should
indicate the
state of completion of the reported results. In
particular, an
overlap with previously published work should be
clearly
mentioned. Submissions will be judged on correctness,
novelty,
technical strength, clarity of presentation,
usability, and
significance/relevance to the workshop.

Submissions should follow the two-column format of the
ACL
2007 main-conference proceedings and should not exceed
eight
(8) pages, including references. We recommend to use
either
the LaTeX style file or the Microsoft-Word style file,
which
can be found at
http://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/acl2007/styles.

The reviewing will be blind. Therefore, the paper
should not
include the authors' names and affiliations.
Furthermore,
self-citations and other references that could reveal
the
author's identity should be avoided.

Submission will be electronic. The only accepted
format for
submitted papers is Adobe PDF. Papers must be
submitted no
later than April 9, 2006 using the submission webpage
http://langtech.jrc.it/BSNLP2007/submission
(or
http://www.softconf.com/acl07/ACL07-WS12/submit.html).


Submissions will be reviewed by 3 members of the
Program
Committee. Authors of accepted papers will receive
guidelines
regarding how to produce camera-ready versions of
their papers
for inclusion in the ACL workshop proceedings.

IMPORTANT DATES

Workshop Paper Submission deadline: extented to April
9
Notification of Acceptance: April 30
Camera-ready Version: May 9
Workshop: June 29, 2007.

LOCATION

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is located
in the
centre of Europe. It is one of the most valuable
historical
city reserves in Europe. The historical core of the
city is
listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural
Heritage
Register. The workshop itself will take place in the
TOP HOTEL
Praha, located in the quiet neighbourhood of the
Prague 4
district, only 15-20 minutes from the historic centre
of Prague.

Prague is easily reachable by car, bus or train from
central
Europe (only 3-hour drive from Vienna or Budapest or 4
hours
from Berlin or Munich), by cheap flights from the rest
of
Europe, and by several direct flights from overseas.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information please write to
bsnlp2007 at jrc.it or
check the workshop web page
http://langtech.jrc.it/BSNLP2007.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Tania Avgustinova (University of Saarland / DFKI,
Germany)
Kalina Bontcheva (University of Sheffield, UK)
Tomaz Erjavec (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
Vaclav Kubon (Charles University Prague, Czech
Republic)
Anna Kupsc (University Paris III, France)
Ruta Marcinkeviciene (Vytautas Magnus University,
Kaunas, Lithuania)
Agnieszka Mykowiecka (Polish Academy of Sciences,
Poland)
Jakub Piskorski (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Bruno Pouliquen (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Hristo Tanev (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Marko Tadic (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Agata Savary (University of Tours, France)
Kiril Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
Wojciech Skut (Google Inc., USA)
Ralf Steinberger (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Dusko Vitas (University of Beograd, Serbia)
Roman Yangarber (University of Helsinki, Finland)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR

Jakub Piskorski (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Hristo Tanev (Joint Research Centre, Italy)

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Jakub Piskorski (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Bruno Pouliquen (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Hristo Tanev (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Ralf Steinberger (Joint Research Centre, Italy)




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