[Elsnet-list] Call for Papers (Applied Natural Language Processing)

Scott A. Crossley sacrossley at gmail.com
Wed Jul 23 22:15:54 CEST 2008

Dear ELSNET moderator, 


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Thanks so much!


Applied Natural Language Processing

Special Track at

the 22nd International FLAIRS Conference

In cooperation with the American Association for Artificial Intelligence


Sundial Beach and Golf Resort
Sanibel Island, Florida
May 19th-21st, 2009

Paper submission deadline: November 23rd, 2008. 
Notifications sent by: Late January, 2009.  

Call for Papers


The track of Applied Natural Language Processing is a forum for researchers working in natural language processing (NLP), computational linguistics (CL), applied linguistics (AL) and related areas. 


NLP/CL developments in fields such as textual studies, speech recognition, speech production, data mining and numerous other fields have led to a rapid growth in interest in tools able to understand, organize, and extract information from natural language sources. This interest includes the analysis of online materials, most of them in textual form or text combined with other media (visual, audio), the use of innovative human-computer interfaces, such as interactive agents, which benefit from language understanding, and the use of computational tools to facilitate intelligent tutoring systems and instructional methodology. In addition, natural language processing can facilitate human-computer interaction for people with special needs, assist in the organization of classification systems, and coordinate text segmentation.


Papers and contributions on all issues are very much welcome, but the track emphasizes and encourages submissions that present actual applications that can benefit from or have an impact on NLP/CL.



General Topics

We invite original papers (i.e. work not previously submitted, in submission, or to be submitted to another conference during the reviewing process) that describe work in, but not limited to, the following areas:

1. Paraphrase or Entailment evaluation approaches

2. Textual assessment indices 

3. NL-based Knowledge Representations and Systems

4. Coreference Resolution 

5. Word Sense Disambiguation 

6. Text Cohesion and Coherence 

7. Dialogue Management and Systems 

8. Language Generation 

9. Language Models 

10. Human Computer Interfaces - in particular, multimodal human-computer communication and language as the only acceptable human-computer communication channel for the handicapped and elderly 

11. Machine Learning applied to NL problems 

12. Multilingual Processing 

13. Standardization, Language Resources, Corpora Building, and Annotation Languages 

14. NL in Learning Environments 

15. Semantic Web, Ontologies, Reasoning 

16. Applications: Machine Translation, Summarization, Intelligent Tutoring, Question Answering, Information Extraction, etc. 

17. Syntax 

18. Semantics 

19. Applied Linguistics and First and Second Language Acquisition

20. English for Specific Purposes

21. Others

22. The special topic: The User-Language Paraphrase Challenge


Special Topic


This year, the ANLP track features a special topic, which is IN ADDITION TO general topics for the track. The special topic is the User-Language Paraphrase Challenge. 


We are pleased to introduce the User-Language Paraphrase Challenge. We use the term User-Language to refer to the natural language input of users interacting with an intelligent tutoring system (ITS). The primary characteristics of user-language are that it is short (typically a single sentence) and that it is unedited (e.g., it is replete with typographical errors and lacking in grammaticality). We use the term paraphrase to refer to ITS users’ attempt to restate a given target sentence in their own words such that a produced sentence, or user response, has the same meaning as the target sentence. The corpus in this challenge comprises 1998 target-sentence/student response text-pairs, or protocols. The protocols have been evaluated by expert human raters along 10 dimensions of paraphrase characteristics. Along with the protocols, the database comprising the challenge includes 10 computational indices that have been used to assess these protocols. The challenge we pose for researchers is to describe and assess their own approach (computational or statistical) to evaluating, characterizing, and/or categorizing, any, some, or all of the paraphrase dimensions in this corpus. The purpose of establishing such evaluations of user-language paraphrases is so that ITSs may provide users with accurate assessment and subsequently facilitative feedback, such that the assessment would be comparable to one or more trained human raters.  As such, these evaluations will help to develop the field of natural language assessment and understanding. For full details of the challenge and all data go to: http://csep.psyc.memphis.edu/mcnamara/link.htm and click on User Language Paraphrase Corpus.


Submission Guidelines for the ANLP track

Interested authors (for the general ANLP track or the special topic) should format their papers according to  <http://www.aaai.org/Publications/Author/author.php> AAAI formatting guidelines. The papers should be original work (i.e., not submitted, in submission, or submitted to another conference while in review). Papers should not exceed 6 pages and are due by November 23rd, 2008. For FLAIRS-22, the 2009 conference, the reviewing is a double blind process. Fake author names and affiliations must be used on submitted papers to provide double-blind reviewing. Papers must be submitted as PDF through the EasyChair conference system. (n.b. Do not use a fake name for your EasyChair login - your EasyChair account information is hidden from reviewers). Authors should indicate the special track of ANLP for submissions. All submissions will be done electronically via the FLAIRS web submission system available through the paper submission site at http://www.easychair.org/FLAIRS-22/ 

Please, check the website http://www.flairs-22.info/ for information regarding submission.


Conference Proceedings

Papers will be refereed and all accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings which will be published by AAAI Press.  


Organizing Committee

Philip McCarthy, Institute for Intelligent Systems
Scott Crossley, Mississippi State University


Proposed Program Committee (additions will be made)

Stephen Anthony, University of California San Diego, USA

Sivaji Bandyopadhyay, Jadavpur Unviersity, India

Cosmin Adrian Bejan, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Cederick Bellissens, Institute for Intelligent Systems, USA

Chutima Boonthum, Hampton University, UK

Stephen Briner, DePaul University, USA

Peter Clark, Boeing, USA

Nicoletta Calzolari, University of Pisa, Italy

Joao Cordeiro, University of Beira Interior, Portugal

Andrea Corradini, University of Potsdam, Germany

Kyle Demsey, Institute for Intelligent Systems, USA

Gael Dias, University of Beira Interior, Portugal

Sidney D’Mello, Institute for Intelligent Systems, USA

Nick Duran, Institute for Intelligent Systems, USA

Asif Ekbal, Jadavpur University, India

Anna Feldman, Montclair State University, USA

Leo Ferres, Carleton University, Canada                        

Andrew Gordon, University of Southern California, USA

Charles Hall, University of Memphis, USA

Christian Hempelmann, Hakia Inc., USA

Diana Inkpen, University of Toronto, Canda

Pamela Jordan, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Christel Kemke, University of Manitoboa, Canada

Yılmaz Kılıçaslan, Trakya University, Turkey

Christopher Kurby, Northern Illinois University, USA

Max Louwerse, University of Memphis, USA

Xiaofei Lu, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Manish Mehta, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas, USA

Roberto Navigli, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy

Tomasz Obrębski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

Andrew Olney, Institute for Intelligent Systems, USA

Constantin Orasan, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Katherine M Forbes Riley, University of Pittsburg, USA

Graeme Ritchie, University of Aberdeen, UK

Vasile Rus, University of Memphis, USA

Stacey Todaro, Northern Illinois University, USA

Savaş Yıldırım, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey


Further Information

Questions regarding the ANLP Special Track should be addressed to the track co-chairs:

Philip McCarthy, pmccarthy at mail.psyc.memphis.edu

Scott A. Crossley, sc544 at msstate.edu


Questions regarding the ANLP Special topic should be addressed to Philip McCarthy, pmccarthy at mail.psyc.memphis.edu


Questions regarding any other FLAIRS special tracks should be addressed to the special track co-ordinator: Philip McCarthy, pmccarthy at mail.psyc.memphis.edu


Questions regarding the conference should be addressed to the FLAIRS-2009 program co-chairs:

David Wilson, University of North Carolina Charlotte,  <mailto:davils at uncc.edu> davils at uncc.edu

Geoff Sutcliffe, University of Miami,  <mailto:geoff at cs.miami.edu> geoff at cs.miami.edu

General questions concerning the conference should be addressed to the FLAIRS-2008 conference co-chairs: 

Douglas D. Dankel II, University of Florida,  <mailto:ddd at cise.ufl.edu> ddd at cise.ufl.edu

Special Tracks Chair

Philip McCarthy: pmccarthy at mail.psyc.memphis.edu


Invited Speakers

To be announced


Conference Web Sites

Paper submission site: http://www.easychair.org/FLAIRS-22/ 
NLP Special Track web page: http://www.msstate.edu/dept/english/applied_nlp/flairs_2009
FLAIRS-2009 conference web page: http://www.flairs-22.info <http://www.flairs-22.info/> 
Florida AI Research Society (FLAIRS):  <http://www.flairs.com/> http://www.flairs.com 



 <http://www.flairs-22.info/> FLAIRS 2009 home page



Scott Crossley, Ph.D.



Department of English

Mississippi State University


(662) 325-2355


Institute for Intelligent Systems

University of Memphis



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