[Corpora-List] 1st CFP: RANLP-07 Workshop on Genre and NLP

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WORKSHOP: "Towards Genre-Enabled Search Engines: The Impact of NLP"

Workshop held in conjunction with RANLP-2007
Location: Borovets, Bulgaria
Workshop Date: 30 September 2007

Organizers: Marina Santini and Georg Rehm

Workshop website: http://www.sics.se/use/genre-ws/

RANLP 2007 website: http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2007/

Generally speaking, genres are textual categories that streamline communication by relying on acknowledged conventions and raising predictable expectations. For instance, the conventions underlying the BLOG genre are represented by a sequence of daily entries that contain narratives, opinions, and feelings of the blogger, an individual who wishes to participate in a discussion on a certain subject. These entries are public and other bloggers can directly comment on them by sending their own postings. These conventions are different from those underlying the EDITORIAL genre, where a single person presents an argumentative statement of views that are considered to be representative of a newspaper as a whole. In brief, genres convey the context of communication. This context is essential when determining the relevance of the information contained in a text.

The concept of genre has great potential for Information Retrieval (IR). One application is its integration in a search-engine architecture, enabling the user to combine topic-based search with genre-based search.

The distinction between topical and non-topical textual dimensions is crucial when it comes to features. Traditionally, topics and domains rely on features based on content words (e.g. in the bag-of-words approach), while genre classes appear to be more easily identified through the use of grammatical features (like function words, POS tags, and syntactic features). As Natural Language Processing (NLP) provides methods to retrieve grammatical features, an investigation of the influence of NLP on automatic genre identification appears of primary importance. For this reason, we wish to investigate to what extent NLP can help identify genre in an IR scenario.

The main aims of the workshop are as follows:

* To identify the key features that help classify documents by genre, and their efficiency and effectiveness within an IR framework.
* To explore how genres can improve search engines, and in particular how it can be integrated with topic-based retrieval.
* To bring together researchers working on genre in different communities – such as Computational Linguistics, NLP, Information Retrieval and Extraction, Text and Web Mining, or Summarization – in order to investigate the extent to which NLP can assist or enable automatic genre identification.

The topics of interests include but are not limited to:

- Computational modelling of genres for web applications;
- Implementation of genre-based applications for retrieval;
- The impact of lexis, morphology and syntax on automatic genre identification;
- Genre-revealing features and their automatic extraction;
- Genre-driven NLP tools, such as genre-driven taggers, parsers, or discourse annotation;
- Genre classification schemes accounting for multi-genre and no-genre documents;
- Test collections and evaluation metrics for genre-enabled applications;
- Clustering and visualization of results based on genre.

Papers can be submitted to one of two categories: REGULAR PAPER and POSTER. Authors must designate one of these categories at submission time. REGULAR PAPERS are full-length papers and must NOT exceed 8 pages. POSTERS are submitted as extended abstracts (MAX 4 pages). If accepted, a poster is presented in the workshop poster session. Both regular papers and poster papers are included in the workshop proceedings.

Format. Authors are invited to submit papers and posters on *original and unpublished* work in the topic area of this workshop. Papers and posters should be submitted as PDF files, formatted according to the RANLP 2007 stylefiles, without author name(s) and affiliation(s). Papers and posters should not exceed the length indicated above. The RANLP 2007 stylefiles are available at: http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2007/submissions.htm

Please, send papers and posters to both MarinaSantini.MS at gmail.com and georg.rehm at uni-tuebingen.de

Reviewing. Each submission will be reviewed at least by three members of the Program Committee. Reviewing will be blind. Reviewers will be asked to provide detailed comments, and to score submissions on the following factors:

- Relevance to the workshop
- Significance and originality
- Technical/methodological accuracy
- References to related work
- Presentation (clarity, organisation, English)

Accepted papers policy. Accepted papers (regular papers and posters) will be published in the workshop proceedings. By submitting a paper at the workshop the authors agree that, in case the paper is accepted for publication, at least one of the authors will attend the workshop; all workshop participants are expected to pay the RANLP-2007 workshop registration fees.

Dual submissions to the main RANLP 2007 conference and this workshop are allowed; if you submit to the main session, please DO indicate this when you submit to the workshop. If your paper or poster is accepted for the main session, you should withdraw it from the workshop upon notification by the main session.

Information on registration and registration fees will be provided at the conference website.

First Call for papers: March 20, 2007
Second Call for papers: May 2, 2007
Workshop paper submission deadline: June 15, 2007
Workshop paper acceptance notification: July 25, 2007
Camera-ready papers for workshop proceedings due: August 31, 2007
Workshop date: September 30, 2007

Shlomo Argamon (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)
Roberto Basili (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy)
Pavel Braslavski (Institute of Engineering Science, RAS, Russia)
Kevin Crowston (Syracuse University, USA)
Aidan Finn (DERI, Ireland)
Jussi Karlgren (Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden)
Alexander Mehler (Bielefeld University, Germany)
Sven Meyer zu Eissen (University of Weimar, Germany)
Alessandro Moschitti (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy)
Michael Oakes (University of Sunderland, UK)
Andreas Rauber (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Georg Rehm (University of Tübingen, Germany)
Mark Rosso (North Carolina Central University, USA)
Dmitri Roussinov (Arizona State University, USA)
Marina Santini (University of Brighton, UK)
Serge Sharoff (University of Leeds, UK)
Michael Shepherd (Dalhousie University, Canada)
Efstathios Stamatatos (University of the Aegean, Greece)
Benno Stein (University of Weimar, Germany)
John Tait (University of Sunderland, UK)
Ozlem Uzuner (State University of New York, USA)

Marina Santini (University of Brighton, UK)
Email: MarinaSantini.MS at gmail.com
Personal Home Page: http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/home/Marina.Santini/

Georg Rehm (University of Tübingen, Germany)
Email: georg.rehm at uni-tuebingen.de
Personal Home Page: http://georg-re.hm/

For questions or comments, please contact Marina Santini (MarinaSantini.MS at gmail.com), or Georg Rehm (georg.rehm at uni-tuebingen.de).

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