The Third Named Entities Workshop (NEWS 2011) - Shared Task on Transliteration
An IJCNLP 2011 Workshop on 12 November 2011, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Named Entities (NE) play a crucial role in many monolingual and multilingual Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Information Retrieval (IR) tasks, such as document search, clustering, information extraction, etc. The phenomenal growth of the Internet data and the dramatic changes in the user demographics especially among the non-English speaking parts of the world, has made identification, association and transformation Named Entities across languages a critical path problem for most NLP and IR Tasks.
The Third Workshop on Named Entities (NEWS 2011) together with a Shared Task on Transliteration is a continuous effort on top of the success of the first Named Entities Workshop (NEWS 2009) in conjunction with ACL-IJCNLP 2009 and the second Named Entities Workshop (NEWS 2010) in conjunction with ACL 2010. NEWS 2011 will continue the tradition to run a Shared Task on Transliteration, which aims to provide a common platform for benchmarking the transliteration approaches and systems across many languages. The details of Shared Task will be described in the Shared Task Whitepaper.
NEWS 2011 seeks to build on the foundations established in NEWS 2009 and NEWS 2010. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers interested in various aspects of NEs in natural language text. The shared task in this workshop will cover more language pairs and more scopes of evaluation tasks.
Research Paper Submission Deadline 6-July-2011 Shared Task Registration Opens 1-April-2011 Registration Closes 31-May-2011 Release Training/Development Data 20-April-2011 Release Test Data 13-June-2011 Results Submission Due 20-June-2011 Results Announcement 30-June-2011 Task (short) Papers Due 6-July-2011 For All Submissions Acceptance Notification 6-Aug-2011 Camera-Ready Copy Deadline 19-Aug-2011 Workshop Date 12-November-2011
Topics of Interest
This workshop invites original research contributions on all aspects of Named Entities (NEs), including identification, analysis, extraction, mining, transformation and applications to NLP and IR systems. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
* NE Analysis
o Distributional characteristics of NEs in mono- and multi-lingual text corpus
o Orthographic/phonetic characteristics of NE * NE Annotated Data
o Annotated data sets in specific languages & Creation experiences * Monolingual and Multilingual NE Identification & processing
o Named Entity Recognition * Named Entity Recognition (NER) approaches & evaluation
o Monolingual NE set expansion
o Cross-lingual NE data identification & mapping
o Cross-lingual NE data mining
o Social Network Analysis and Entity Resolution * Machine Transliteration
o Statistical transliteration approaches & evaluation * NE for IR
o NE for Monolingual IR
o NE Translation/Transliteration for CLIR
Shared Task on Transliteration
For details, please refer to our white paper that is to be released very soon at the workshop website.
Paper submissions to NEWS 2011 should follow the IJCNLP 2011 paper submission policy, including paper format, blind review policy and title and author format convention. Full papers (research paper) are in two-column format without exceeding eight (8) pages of content plus two (2) extra page for references and short papers (task paper) are also in two-column format without exceeding four (4) pages plus two (2) extra page for references. Submission must conform to the official IJCNLP style guidelines. For details, please refer to
Website * Workshop website: http://translit.i2r.a-star.edu.sg/news2011/ * Paper submission portal: https://www.softconf.com/ijcnlp2011/NEWS2011/.
Min Zhang Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, Singapore Email: mzhang at i2r.a-star.edu.sg
A Kumaran Microsoft Research India Email: a.kumaran at microsoft.com
Haizhou Li Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, Singapore Email: hli at i2r.a-star.edu.sg
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