BURGA DIAZ, ALICIA alicia.burga at upf.edu
Fri Apr 4 16:14:53 CEST 2014



FOR NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING (SEPLN 2014) September 17-19, 2014 Universitat de Girona http://www.taln.upf.edu/pages/sepln2014/es/index.html





INTRODUCTION -----------------------

The 30th edition of the Annual Conference of the Spanish Society for Natural Language Processing (SEPLN) will take place in Universitat de Girona, Girona, Spain on 17-19 September 2014. We also expect to organize associated workshops.

The huge amount of information available in digital format and in different languages calls for systems to enable us to access this vast library in an increasingly more structured way.

In this same area, there is a renewed interest in improving information accessibility and information exploitation in multilingual environments. Many of the formal foundations for dealing appropriately with these necessities have been, and are still being established in the area of Natural Language Processing and its many branches: Information extraction and retrieval, Questions answering systems, Machine translation, Automatic analysis of textual content, Text summarization, Text generation, and Speech recognition and synthesis.

The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for discussion and communication where the latest research work and developments in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP) can be presented by scientific and business communities. The conference also aims at exposing new possibilities of real applications and R&D projects in this field.

Moreover, as in previous editions, there is the intention of identifying future guidelines or paths for basic research and foreseen software applications, in order to compare them against the market needs. Finally, the conference intends to be an appropriate forum in helping new professionals to become active members in this field.



Researchers and companies are encouraged to send communications, project abstracts or demonstrations related to any language technology topic including but not limited to the following:

* Linguistic, mathematic and psycholinguistic models of language. * Machine learning in NLP. * Computational lexicography and terminology. * Corpus linguistics. * Development of linguistic resources and tools. * Grammars and formalisms for morphological and syntactic analysis. * Semantics, pragmatics and discourse. * Lexical ambiguity resolution. * Monolingual and multilingual text generation. * Machine translation. * Speech synthesis and recognition. * Dialogue systems. * Audio indexing. * Monolingual and multilingual information extraction and retrieval. * Question answering systems. * Evaluation of NLP systems. * Automatic textual content analysis. * Sentiment analysis and opinion mining. * Plagiarism detection. * Negation and speculation processing. * Text mining in blogosphere and social networks. * Text summarization. * Image retrieval. * NLP in biomedical domain.

* NLP-based generation of teaching resources. * NLP for languages with limited resources. * NLP industrial applications.

CONTACT --------------

All information related to the conference can be found in the web:


STRUCTURE OF THE CONFERENCE --------------------------------------------------

The conference will last three days, and will consist of sessions devoted to presenting papers, posters, tutorials, ongoing research projects and prototype or product demonstrations connected with topics addressed in the conference. Besides, we expect to organize associated workshops.

SUBMISSION OF CONTRIBUTIONS -------------------------------------------------

Authors are encouraged to send theoretical or application-oriented proposals related to NLP. The proposals must include the following sections:

* The title of the communication.

* An abstract in English and Spanish (maximum 150 words) and a list of keywords.

* The paper can be written in Spanish or English. Its overall maximum length will be 8 pages, including references. * The documents must not include headers or footers.

* Papers should NOT include the names of the authors.

The papers proposed will be reviewed at least by three reviewers, and can be accepted to be presented either as posters or as communications, depending on the program necessities. However, no distinction will be made between communications and posters in the printed version of the SEPLN journal.


The final version of the paper (camera ready) should be submitted together with a cover letter explaining how the suggestions of the reviewers were implemented in the final version.


Please, send your proposals using the following link::


The format of the SEPLN journal must be followed:


In addition, all proposals will have to comply with the following requirements, depending on whether they pare papers, demos or projects.

PROJECTS AND DEMOS ----------------------------------

As in previous editions, the organizers encourage participants to give oral presentations of R&D projects and demos of systems or tools related to the NLP field. For oral presentations on R&D projects to be accepted, the following information must be included:

* Project title. * Name, affiliation, address, e-mail and phone number of the project director. * Funding institutions. * Groups participating in the project. * Abstract (4 pages maximum, including references).

For demonstrations to be accepted, the following information is mandatory:

* Demo title. * Name, affiliation, e-mail and phone number of the authors. * Abstract (4 pages maximum, including references). * Time estimation for the whole presentation.




The goal of the NLP industry track is to bring together researchers, practitioners, analysts, and consumers and to achieve knowledge transfer across the boundaries.

In recent years interest in practical natural language processing applications has intensified from an industrial perspective.

Among others, some examples of NLP applied to business needs are:

- Construction and use of Language Resources (extraction and acquisition

of knowledge, use of ontologies, etc).

- Language Resources in systems and applications (information

extraction, information retrieval, audio-visual and multimedia search,

speech dictation, meeting transcription, Computer Aided Language Learning,

training and education, mobile communication, machine translation, speech

translation, summarization, web services, semantic search, text mining,


- Analyzing linguistic properties for Text Categorization and Clustering.

- Sentiment analysis and opinion mining for smart Brand Monitoring and

Big Data Analytics.

- Use of Machine Translation to reduce localization time and/or cost.

- Portal search using Natural Language.

- Integrating NLP techniques to enhance eLearning.

- Virtual Assistant products able to process Natural Language.


Assisting human interaction with Natural Language Understanding techniques.

- NLP to process multimedia information and multimodal communication.

- Online services using Open-source NLP tools.

The SEPLN Industry track aims to bring together industrial participants to present current tools, systems, and ideas for the application of natural language processing in real settings. We invite proposals highlighting how natural language processing techniques have been implemented in real systems, services, or demonstrator. We welcome papers discussing for example the maturity of the solutions (strength and limitations), efficiency, need for further research, business opportunities, etc.

Contributions should have:

a title

should be 4 pages long (including references)

the names and affiliations of the authors

Authors of accepted papers will give an oral presentation in a focused session at the conference.


IMPORTANT DATES ----------------------------

Deadline for full papers (including those for the Industry Track), demos, and projects: *** 15th April 2014 (EXTENDED) ***

Notifications: 26th May 2014

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