[Elsnet-list] Call for Papers: Balto-Slavonic Natural Language Processing - BSNLP 2011, 5 September 2011

Jakub Piskorski jakub.piskorski at frontex.europa.eu
Wed Jan 5 12:21:34 CET 2011



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FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

Balto-Slavonic Natural Language Processing - BSNLP 2011
Third International Workshop
Plzeň, Czech Republic
5 September 2011
http://nlp.pwr.wroc.pl/BSNLP11 
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This year BSNLP is co-located with the TSD 2011 
(14th International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue).

TOPIC and MOTIVATION

The recent political and economic changes in Central and Eastern Europe and the related 
on-going enlargement of the European Union brought 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. The NLP tasks include, but are not limited to: morphological analysis and generation, 
tagging, named-entity and event recognition, co-reference resolution, word sense disambiguation, 
parsing, information extraction, question-answering, information retrieval, text summarisation, 
machine translation, text understanding, linguistic knowledge acquisition from corpora, and language 
resources directly related to processing. Research on these topics in the context of Balto-Slavonic 
languages is still in its early stage and is progressing relatively slowly. Due to specific linguistic 
phenomena, such as rich inflection and relatively free word order, a construction of language 
processing tools for these languages is an intriguing and challenging task.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners working on NLP 
for Balto-Slavonic 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.

This workshop is a follow-up to the successful first BSNLP 2007 workshop held in conjunction 
with the ACL 2007 conference in Prague, and second BSNLP 2009 workshop held in conjunction 
with the IIS 2009 (Intelligent Information Systems) in Cracow. In particular, we would strongly 
encourage submissions describing systems, resources or solutions that are made available 
to the wider public, as this would help to promote computational linguistics applications 
for these languages.

AREAS OF INTEREST

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Specific challenges for Balto-Slavonic NLP in the context of: 

- text segmentation 
- morphological analysis 
- morphology models 
- morpho-syntactic disambiguation 
- named-entity recognition 
- named-entity dissambiguation 
- named-entity lemmatisation 
- name variant recognition and merging 
- term and keyword extraction 
- syntactic parsing and chunking 
- co-reference resolution 
- word sense disambiguation 
- corpus-based knowledge acquisition 
- parsing 
- information extraction 
- question answering 
- machine translation 
- text summarisation 
- text classification 
- information retrieval 
- text understanding 
- linguistic processing in search engines 
- Multilingual frameworks 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 
- encoding standards and formats 

SUBMISSION

We expect papers up to 6 pages in the LNCS style.

The papers should describe original unpublished work and should indicate the state of 
completion of the reported results. In particular, an overlap with previously published 
work should be clearly mentioned. The authors should indicate in the abstract of their 
submission if the paper has been submitted elsewhere. 

All submissions, both of long and short papers, will be judged on correctness, novelty, 
technical strength, clarity of presentation, usability, and significance/relevance to the 
workshop. Submissions will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the Program Committee.

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.

The final papers are to be prepared using LaTeX in the LNCS style 
(http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0). 
Please download the zipped archive with files needed to process your document. 
Please follow all the recommendations given in the example.

Submission will be electronic. The only accepted format for submitted papers is Adobe PDF. 
Papers must be submitted no later than April 8, 2011 using the submission webpage.

The page limit is 6 pages.

PUBLICATION

Accepted papers will be published by Springer in the LNCS volume together with the TSD'2011 proceedings. 
They will be available during the workshop.

IMPORTANT DATES

Paper submissions due: 8 April 2011 
Notification of acceptance: 6 May 2011 
Camera-ready versions due: 27 May 2011 
Workshop: 5 September 2011 

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Tania Avgustinova (University of Saarland, Germany) 
Damir Ćavar (University of Zadar, Croatia) 
Tomaž Erjavec (Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia) 
Radovan Garabik (Comenius University in Bratislava) 
Leonid Iomdin (Institute for Information Transmission Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences) 
Krzysztof Jassem (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań) 
Vladislav Kuboň (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic) 
Anna Kupść (Université de Bordeaux, France) 
Rūta Marcinkevičienė (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania) 
Olga Mitrofanova (St.Petersburg State University, Russia) 
Agnieszka Mykowiecka (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland) 
Karel Pala (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic) 
Gerald Penn (University of Toronto, Canada) 
Maciej Piasecki (Wrocław University of Technology, Poland) 
Jakub Piskorski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland) 
Adam Przepiórkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland) 
Agata Savary (Université François Rabelais, Tours, France) 
Kiril Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria) 
Inguna Skadina (University of Latvia) 
Wojciech Skut (Google Inc., Zurich) 
Straňák Pavel (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic) 
Stan Szpakowicz (University of Ottawa, Canada) 
Hristo Tanev (Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy) 
Duško Vitas (University of Belgrade, Serbia) 
Roman Yangarber (University of Helsinki, Finalnd) 

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Anna Kupść (Université de Bordeaux, France) 
Michał Marcińczuk (Wrocław University of Technology, Poland) 
Maciej Piasecki (Wrocław University of Technology, Poland) 
Jakub Piskorski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland) 
Adam Przepiórkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland) 



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