------------------------------------------------------------------------ 9th International Workshop on Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing
L A S T C A L L F O R P A P E R S
Universite Francois Rabelais Tours, Blois, France
July 12-15, 2011
The International Workshop Series of Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing (FSMNLP) is the premier forum of the ACL Special Interest Group on Finite-State Methods (SIGFSM). It serves researchers and practitioners working on
- natural language processing (NLP) applications or language resources,
- theoretical and implementation aspects, or
- their combinations that have obvious relevance or an explicitly discussed relation to Finite-State Methods in NLP.
FSMNLP invites papers related to themes including but not limited to:
* NLP applications and linguistic aspects of finite-state methods
* Finite-state models of language
* Practices for building lexical transducers for the world's
* Specification and implementation of sets, relations and
multiplicities in NLP using finite-state devices
* Machine learning of finite-state models of natural language
* Finite-state manipulation software (with relevance to NLP)
******* PREVIOUS EDITIONS
Eight FSMNLP workshops have been organised in the past in: Pretoria (2009), Ispra (2008), Potsdam (2007), Helsinki (2005), Budapest (2003), Helsinki (2001), Ankara (1998), Budapest (1996).
******* JOINT EVENT
16th International Conference on Implementation and Application of Automata (CIAA 2011), July 13-16, Blois, France.
The CIAA and FSMNLP conferences have been important international meetings for researchers and practitioners interested in various aspects of finite-state tools. These two events, which deal with complementary topics, will be, for the first time, organised jointly in Blois, France in 2011.
CIAA is the premier annual conference for researchers, application developers and users of automata-based systems. The CIAA series has published significant papers describing the applications of finite automata in parsing and compilers, logic, natural language processing, pattern matching, database management and bioinformatics. The conference also accepts papers that advance the state of the art in the theoretical study of finite automata, regular expressions, grammars and related formal models.
A goal of the conference is to provide additions and enhancements to existing software systems that manipulate automata, regular expressions, grammars, and related structures; examples of such systems include AGL, AMoRE, ASTL, Automate, FADELA, FAdo, FinITE, FIRE Station, FSM, Grail+, INR, JFLAP, MERLin, MONA, Nooj, TESTAS, Turing's World, Unitex, Vaucanson, WFSC and Whale Calf.
******* RELATED EVENTS
CIAA/FSMNLP 2010 will be organized shortly before two other conferences on related subjects: - DLT 2011 (July 19-22, Milan, Italy) and - DCFS 2011 (July 25-27, Giessen, Germany). These consecutive periods, as well as the European locations, facilitate the attendance at all three conferences.
******* IMPORTANT DATES
Extended submission Deadline: April 27, 2011 Notification: May 30, 2011 Camera-ready Version: June 10, 2011
Workshop Dates: July 12-15, 2011
Papers should present original, unpublished research results. Simultaneous submission to another venue with published proceedings is prohibited. FSMNLP accepts three kinds of submissions:
- full papers (12 pages) reporting completed, significant research,
- short papers (6 pages) reporting ongoing work and partial results,
- interactive software demos and industrial presentations (6 pages).
All submissions are electronic and in PDF format via a web-based submission server. Authors are encouraged to use Springer LNCS style (Proceedings and Other Multiauthor Volumes) for LaTeX in producing the PDF document. More information on this style can be found at: http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html
Information about the author(s) and other identifying information such as - obvious self-references (e.g., "We showed in  ...") and - financial or personal acknowledgements should be omitted in the submitted papers (whenever feasible) since the review process will be double-blinded.
Papers will be submitted electronically in PDF using the EasyChair system. The paper can contain a clearly marked appendix and data files can be submitted to support your claims. However, it is at the reviewer's discretion whether or not they consult the additional material, which will not be published. Use the following link for submission:
The papers and abstracts will be published in FSMNLP 2011 proceedings and archived in the ACL Anthology. The publication of selected, revised versions of accepted papers in a special journal issue is planned.
******* KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Mark-Jan Nederhof, University of St Andrews, Scotland "Generalisation of the prefix probability of probabilistic grammars"
Joachim Niehren, INRIA, University of Lille, France "XPath Streaming by Tree Automata"
Sheng Yu, University of Western Ontario, Canada "A talk in honour of Derick Wood"
Eric Laporte, LIGM, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France "Tutorial on Unitex" (http://www-igm.univ-mlv.fr/~unitex/)
Jacques Sakarovitch, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, Paris, France "Tutorial on Vaucanson" (http://www.lrde.epita.fr/cgi-bin/twiki/view/Vaucanson/WebHome)
******* SCIENTIFIC SPONSORSHIP
The CIAA/FSMNLP 2011 conference is supported by: - the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS), - the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) via the Special Interest Group on Finite State Methods (SIG FSM).
******* PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Cyril Allauzen (Google Inc., New York, USA) Francisco Casacuberta (Instituto Tecnologico De Informatica, Valencia, Spain) Damir Cavar (University of Zadar, Croatia) David Chiang (ISI, University of Southern California, USA) Maxime Crochemore (King's College London, United-Kingdom) Jan Daciuk (Gdansk University of Technology, Poland) Frank Drewes (Umea University, Sweden) Dafydd Gibbon (University of Bielefeld, Germany) Thomas Hanneforth (University of Potsdam, Germany) Colin de la Higuera (University of Nantes, France) Jan Holub (Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic) Andre Kempe (CADEGE Technologies & Consulting, France) Andras Kornai (Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary) Derrick Kourie (University of Pretoria, South Africa) Eric Laporte (Universite Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallee, France) Sylvain Lombardy (Universite Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallee, France) Andreas Maletti (University of Stuttgart, Germany) Mike Maxwell (University of Maryland, USA) Kemal Oflazer (Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar) Jakub Piskorski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland) Laurette Pretorius (University of South Africa, South Africa) Strahil Ristov (Ruder Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia) Jim Rogers (Earlham College, Richmond, USA) Giorgio Satta (University of Padua, Italy) Max Silberztein (Universite de Franche-Comte, France) Bruce Watson (Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch, South Africa) Anssi Yli-Jyra (University of Helsinki, Finland) Sheng Yu (The University of Western Ontario, Canada) Menno van Zaanen (Tilburg University, Netherlands) Lynette van Zijl (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
******************** ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Jean-Yves Antoine (Universite Francois Rabelais Tours, France) Beatrice Bouchou (Universite Francois Rabelais Tours, France) Pascal Caron (Universite de Rouen, France) Jean-Marc Champarnaud (Universite de Rouen, France) Matthieu Constant (Universite Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallee, France), FSMNLP chair Nathalie Friburger (Universite Francois Rabelais Tours, France) Mirian Halfeld Ferrari Alves (Universite d'Orleans, France) Aurore Leroy (Universite Francois Rabelais Tours, France) Andreas Maletti (University of Stuttgart, Germany) Patrick Marcel (Universite Francois Rabelais Tours, France) Denis Maurel (Universite Francois Rabelais Tours, France) Veronika Peralta (Universite Francois Rabelais Tours, France) Yacine Sam (Universite Francois Rabelais Tours, France) Agata Savary (Universite Francois Rabelais Tours, France), CIAA chair