Second Call for Papers Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) 2nd UIMA at GSCL Workshop
September 30, 2009 Potsdam, Germany
** NEWS: a one-hour beginners tutorial on UIMA will be held prior to the workshop at the same day **
For many decades, NLP has suffered from low software engineering standards causing a limited degree of re-usability of code and interoperability of different modules within larger NLP systems. While this did not really hamper success in limited task areas (such as implementing a parser), it caused serious problems for the emerging field of language technology where the focus is on building complex integrated software systems, e.g., for information extraction or machine translation. This lack of integration has led to duplicated software development, work-arounds for programs written in different (versions of) programming languages, and ad-hoc tweaking of interfaces between modules developed at different sites.
In recent years, the Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) framework has been proposed as a middleware platform which offers integration by design through common type systems and standardized communication methods for components analysing streams of unstructured information, such as natural language. The UIMA framework offers a solid processing infrastructure that allows developers to concentrate on the implementation of the actual analytics components. An increasing number of members of the NLP community thus have adopted UIMA as a platform facilitating the creation of reusable NLP components that can be assembled to address different NLP tasks depending on their order, combination and configuration.
This workshop aims at bringing together members of the NLP community that are users, developers or providers of either UIMA components or UIMA-related tools in order to explore and discuss the opportunities and challenges in using UIMA as a platform for modern, well-engineered NLP. In the context of an emerging NLP-oriented UIMA community, the challenge to create not only reusable, but also interoperable components raises particular interest. From a methodological perspective, interoperability relies largely on UIMA type systems. Technically, it includes issues related to the packaging and distribution of UIMA components. Also, tools are important, for example to assemble complex processing work flows, to manage the bodies of data that are to be analysed and to visualize, explore, and further deploy the analysis results. Finally, interoperability is also affected by legal issues, such as potentially incompatible licenses of components and tools.
The availability of ready-to-use components plays a major role in choosing UIMA over other alternatives. To accentuate this, the workshop puts a focus on UIMA-based components and tools that are freely available for research.
====== Topics ======
Participants are invited to present applications realized using UIMA, general experiences using UIMA as a platform for natural language processing, as well as technical papers on particular aspects of the UIMA framework. Alternatives to and comparisons of other frameworks with UIMA are of interest, too. More specifically, workshop topics include, but are not limited to:
* UIMA components with a special focus on genericity and type-system
* repositories of ready-to-use UIMA-based components
* (generic) type systems for UIMA
* distribution of UIMA components: documentation, licensing and packaging
* sophisticated tools to build and manage complex processing pipelines
* experience reports combining UIMA-based components from different sources,
as well as solutions to interoperability issues
* processing of very large data collections: scale-out, parallelization, and
* analysis of results: exploration, evaluation, visualization, and
* developing for UIMA: simplified APIs, debugging, unit testing, and
limitations of UIMA
=========== Submissions ===========
We invite submissions of full papers, limited to 8 pages of text, and position papers or papers describing ongoing work as short papers, limited to 4 pages. Both kinds of papers will be orally presented. Double submissions (whether verbatim or in essence) should indicate this fact and name the workshop or conference event also addressed. Reviewing will not be anonymous but authors wishing to keep their anonymity may hide their identity on demand.
All submissions must be in English and follow the Springer LNCS style  and should be created using LaTeX. Submissions must be sent in PDF format to uima.gscl2009 at googlemail.com no later than July, 6th.
Accepted submissions will appear in the GSCL conference proceedings.
=============== Important Dates ===============
July, 6 : Submission deadline July, 20: Notification of acceptance July, 28: Camera-ready copies due Sept, 30: Workshop held in Potsdam in conjunction with GSCL
====================== Organizers and Contact ======================
* JULIE Lab, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
* Udo Hahn
* Katrin Tomanek
* UKP Lab, Technische Universität Darmstadt
* Iryna Gurevych
* Richard Eckart de Castilho
Please address any inquiries regarding the workshop to: uima.gscl2009 at googlemail.com
================= Program Committee =================
* Anni R. Coden, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
* Branimir K. Boguraev, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
* Graham Wilcock, University of Helsinki, Finland
* Dietmar Rösner, University of Magdeburg, Germany
* Iryna Gurevych, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
* Katrin Tomanek, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
* Leo Ferres, University of Concepcion, Chile
* Michael Tanenblatt, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
* Nicolas Hernandez, Université de Nantes, France
* Philipp Cimiano, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
* Richard Eckart de Castilho, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
* Sophia Ananiadou, University of Manchester, Great Britain
* Stefan Geißler, TEMIS GmbH, Germany
* Udo Hahn, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
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