[Elsnet-list] Final CFP (deadline extension) BSNLP 2007 - an ACL 2007 workshop

Jakub.Piskorski at jrc.it Jakub.Piskorski at jrc.it
Mon Apr 2 12:39:48 CEST 2007




The paper submission deadline has been extended to April 9, 2007

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    FINAL  CALL   FOR   PAPERS   (Deadline Extension)
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BSNLP 2007: Balto-Slavonic Natural Language Processing 2007 
with Special Theme: Information Extraction and Enabling Technologies
ACL 2007  Workshop
Prague, Czech Republic, June 29 2007
http://langtech.jrc.it/bsnlp2007


SUMMARY:

Workshop Paper Submission deadline: extented to April 9
Notification of Acceptance: April 30
Camera-ready Version: May 9
Workshop: June 29, 2007.


TOPIC AND MOTIVATION:

The recent political and economic changes in Central and
Eastern Europe and the related on-going enlargement of the
European Union brings into focus new cultures and languages. 
Among them, the languages from the Balto-Slavonic group have 
an outstanding role because of their rich cultural heritage 
and the widespread use - over 400 million speakers.

The topic of the workshop addresses Natural Language 
Processing (NLP) for the Balto-Slavonic languages, with the 
focus on Information Extraction (IE) and enabling technologies 
for this language family. The task of IE is to identify a 
predefined set of concepts from natural language text. The 
spectrum of IE tasks ranges from named-entity recognition, 
through relation extraction and co-reference resolution to the 
identification of complex events and cross-document entity 
profile extraction. Although a considerable amount of 
IE-related work exists, most of the studies are concentrated 
on a few major languages. Research on this topic, as well as 
on general-purpose NLP tools in the context of Balto-Slavonic 
languages, is still in its early stage and is progressing 
relatively slowly. Due to some specific  phenomena like the
highly inflectional character and relatively free word order, 
a construction of IE systems and other language processing 
tools (question-answering, text summarization, machine 
translation) for these languages is an intriguing and 
challenging task.

This workshop can be seen as the follow-up to the successful 
workshop on Information Extraction for Slavonic and Other 
Central and Eastern European Languages
(http://lml.bas.bg/IESL2003) held in conjunction with the 
RANLP 2003 conference. It is also related to the EACL 2003 
workshop on Morphological Processing of Slavic Languages 
(http://nl.ijs.si/mpsl03). In particular, we would strongly 
encourage submissions describing systems, resources or 
solutions that are made available to the wider public, as 
these would help to promote computational linguistics 
applications for these languages.

AREAS OF INTEREST include, but are not limited to:

A. Specific challenges for Balto-Slavonic NLP, in particular 
in the context of IE and enabling technologies

- text segmentation
- morphological analysis
- morphology models
- morpho-syntactic disambiguation
- named-entity recognition 
- named-entity disambiguation (e.g., geo-referencing)
- named-entity lemmatisation
- term and keyword extraction
- name variant recognition and merging
- syntactic parsing and chunking
- co-reference resolution
- word sense disambiguation
- corpus-based knowledge acquisition

B. Multilingual IE frameworks and techniques applied to these languages

- tools and resources (freely available for research purposes will be preferred)
- experience with, and evaluation of, linguistic data and processing resources
- comparative evaluation between languages

C. IE solutions for these languages:

- scenario template filling / event extraction
- relation extraction
- automatic pattern learning
- corpus studies and statistical techniques for IE
- IE from Web sources
- IE-based ontology population
- IE evaluation
- IE techniques for Question/Answering and Answer Extraction
- Utilisation of IE-based techniques in other NLP applications

INTENDED AUDIENCE

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and 
practitioners working on NLP for Balto-Slavonic languages, in 
particular on IE and core technologies supporting IE for these 
languages. The workshop will give an opportunity to exchange 
ideas and experience, to discuss hard-to-tackle problems in 
this field of research, and to make available resources more 
widely known.

SUBMISSION

Papers should describe original work and should indicate the 
state of completion of the reported results. In particular, an 
overlap with previously published work should be clearly 
mentioned. Submissions will be judged on correctness, novelty, 
technical strength, clarity of presentation, usability, and 
significance/relevance to the workshop. 

Submissions should follow the two-column format of the ACL 
2007 main-conference proceedings and should not exceed eight 
(8) pages, including references. We recommend to use either 
the LaTeX style file or the Microsoft-Word style file, which 
can be found at http://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/acl2007/styles.

The reviewing will be blind. Therefore, the paper should not
include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, 
self-citations and other references that could reveal the 
author's identity should be avoided. 

Submission will be electronic. The only accepted format for 
submitted papers is Adobe PDF. Papers must be submitted no 
later than April 9, 2006 using the submission webpage 
http://langtech.jrc.it/BSNLP2007/submission 
(or http://www.softconf.com/acl07/ACL07-WS12/submit.html). 

Submissions will be reviewed by 3 members of the Program 
Committee. Authors of accepted papers will receive guidelines 
regarding how to produce camera-ready versions of their papers 
for inclusion in the ACL workshop proceedings.

IMPORTANT DATES

Workshop Paper Submission deadline: extented to April 9
Notification of Acceptance: April 30
Camera-ready Version: May 9
Workshop: June 29, 2007.

LOCATION

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is located in the 
centre of Europe. It is one of the most valuable historical 
city reserves in Europe. The historical core of the city is 
listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage 
Register. The workshop itself will take place in the TOP HOTEL 
Praha, located in the quiet neighbourhood of the Prague 4 
district, only 15-20 minutes from the historic centre of Prague. 

Prague is easily reachable by car, bus or train from central 
Europe (only 3-hour drive from Vienna or Budapest or 4 hours 
from Berlin or Munich), by cheap flights from the rest of 
Europe, and by several direct flights from overseas. 

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information please write to bsnlp2007 at jrc.it or 
check the workshop web page http://langtech.jrc.it/BSNLP2007.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Tania Avgustinova (University of Saarland / DFKI, Germany)
Kalina Bontcheva (University of Sheffield, UK)
Tomaz Erjavec (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
Vaclav Kubon (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
Anna Kupsc (University Paris III, France)
Ruta Marcinkeviciene (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania)
Agnieszka Mykowiecka (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
Jakub Piskorski (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Bruno Pouliquen (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Hristo Tanev (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Marko Tadic (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Agata Savary (University of Tours, France)
Kiril Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
Wojciech Skut (Google Inc., USA)
Ralf Steinberger (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Dusko Vitas (University of Beograd, Serbia)
Roman Yangarber (University of Helsinki, Finland) 

PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR

Jakub Piskorski (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Hristo Tanev (Joint Research Centre, Italy)

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Jakub Piskorski (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Bruno Pouliquen (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Hristo Tanev (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
Ralf Steinberger (Joint Research Centre, Italy)



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