[Elsnet-list] ICON-2007: Call for Papers

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Sat Apr 22 12:28:29 CEST 2006


Respected sir,

Prof Rajeev Sangal, Director, IIIT Hyderabad has requested you to announce 
the below announcement of ICON-2007 conference to your electronic mailing 
list for wide publicity. Please announce to ICCPOL list.  Kindly do the
needful.

Thanking you,

Rambabu
PA to Prof Rajeev Sangal
IIIT Hyderabad - 500 032

Encl: ICON-2007: Call for Papers
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          ICON-2007: 5th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING
                                 IIIT Hyderabad, India
                                  4 - 6  January 2007


                                     Organized by

                                 NLP Association, India
                   Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, India
              International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India


                               FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS


The fifth International Conference on Natural Language Processing (ICON) will 
be  held in IIIT, Hyderabad, India during  4 - 6 January, 2007.   The 
conference series  is intended to act as a forum for promoting interaction 
among researchers in  the field of Natural Language Processing in India and 
abroad.

ICON-2007 will be held just before Twentieth International Joint Conference on 
Artificial Intelligence  (IJCAI-2007). IJCAI-2007  will be held in Hyderabad, 
India  from 6 - 12 January, 2007.  Participants who attend ICON-2007 Conference 
are likely to  be given a special rate for attending IJCAI-2007. Please visit 
www.ijcai-07.org


1. TOPICS

Papers are invited on substantial, original and unpublished research on all 
aspects of Natural Language Processing, with a particular focus on languages, 
issues, and applications relevant to India. The areas of interest include, but 
are not limited to:

         Morphology                     POS tagging
         Phonology                      Parsing
         Syntax                 	      Word Sense Disambiguation
         Semantics                      Machine Translation
         Discourse                      Information Retrieval
         Pragmatics                     Text Summarization
         Statistical methods            Question Answering
         Knowledge-based methods        Dialog Systems
         Annotated Corpora              Performance Evaluation
         Lexical Resources              Speech corpora
         Ontology                       Speech Recognition
                                        Speech Synthesis


2. FORMAT OF SUBMISSION

Papers  in English, not exceeding 10 pages, should be submitted at 
www.iiit.ac.in/icon2007.  One can also submit hard copy (four copies) under 
special circumstances. Papers should include an abstract of about 100-200 
words. Papers outside the specified length are  subject to rejection without 
review.
Please see the style file at www.acl2006.mq.edu.au/program/style

BLIND REVIEW: Kindly ensure that authors' names and affiliations are given only 
on a separate cover sheet. Papers in electronic form can be in plain text, 
Postscript, PDF, Latex or Microsoft Word (RTF only). If your paper contains 
text of languages other than English, please attach relevant font files 
alongwith your submission.


3. CALL FOR TUTORIALS

Proposals are invited for pre-conference tutorials. Tutorials can be of 
half-day or full-day duration. The proposal should be presented in the form of 
a 200-word abstract, one page topical outline of the content, description of 
the proposers  and their qualifications relating to the tutorial content.

Send tutorial proposals to the ICON-2007 Secretariat. For further information, 
please refer to the Conference URL or contact the ICON-2007 Secretariat.


4. NLP TOOLS CONTEST:  POS TAGGING & CHUNKING

Machine learning techniques are widely used today
for a variety of tasks. In this contest, ML techniques will
be applied to Part-of-Speech (POS) tagging and chunking of
Indian languages.  These are usually essential tasks for any NLP application. 
This shared task aims to collectively explore various machine  learning 
techniques (example, Hidden Markov Models) to solve the problem of POS tagging 
and chunking for Indian languages.

Competition:

In the competition, training data will be provided
to the contestants. It will consist of annotated text.
The contestants will have to train their systems on
the data.  Test data will be made available to them to
improve and refine their system. The final contest
will be held in January, 2007  with new test data.  A
workshop will be held to allow the shortlisted
contestants to present their techniques and results.

The contestants may also tag data with the given
tag set and submit to the contest. Those who do not
submit may still participate.  They will, however,
be provided with reduced size of training data.

Resources:

     * Tools which implement various machine learning
       techniques are available.

     * Data submitted by all participants would be
       available to all the participants who submit data.


5. STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION IN LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGIES

ICON-2007  announces STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION in two tracks:

Track I
     NLP (All areas)

Track II
     Speech Synthesis
     Speech Recognition
     Handwriting Recognition

Papers may be submitted under the link on the web page. Prizes will be awarded 
in each track for up to two papers based on original work carried out. The 
prizes are:

FIRST PRIZE: Rs.10000/-       SECOND PRIZE: Rs.7500/-

The short-listed papers in each track will be invited for presentation in a 
special session in ICON-2007 conference. Registration, domestic travel and 
subsistence expenses will be provided by the conference organizers for one 
author of each paper. Upto two winners will be offered summer fellowships at 
major NLP Centres in India. For any clarifications, contact Student Paper 
Competition Chair on icon07student at iiit.ac.in.


6. IMPORTANT DATES

     Paper registration deadline                     Jul  22,  2006
     Paper submission deadline                       Jul  30,  2006
     Paper acceptance notification                   Sep  20,  2006
     Camera ready copy due	                   Oct  15,  2006

     Tutorial proposals due                          Jul  30,  2006
     Tutorials acceptance notification               Aug  15,  2006
     Lecture Materials for tutorial                  Nov  25,  2006

     NLP Tools Contest registration deadline         Aug  05,  2006
     Student Paper Competition submission deadline   Aug  15,  2006


7. COMMITTEES

ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIR

    Aravind K Joshi, University of Pennsylvania, USA

CONFERENCE GENERAL CHAIR

    Rajeev Sangal, IIIT, Hyderabad, India

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE CHAIR

    Inderjeet Mani, MITRE Corporation, USA

TOOLS CONTEST CHAIR

    Dipti Misra Sharma, IIIT, Hyderabad, India


STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION CHAIR

    S.M.Bendre, University of Hyderabad, India

ORGANIZING CHAIR

     R K Bagga, IIIT, Hyderabad, India


8. CONTACT INFORMATION

     ICON-2007 Secretariat
     Language Technologies Research Centre
     International Institute of Information Technology
     Gachibowli, Hyderabad - 500 032, India
     Ph: +91-40-2300 1412; Fax: +91-40-2300 1413
     e-mail: icon2007 at iiit.ac.in
     www.iiit.ac.in/icon2007


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