[Elsnet-list] Call for Participation: AAAI-11 Workshop on Analyzing Microtext

Dave Uthus david.uthus.ctr at nrl.navy.mil
Fri Jan 28 19:44:32 CET 2011

AAAI-11 Workshop on Analyzing Microtext
Call for Participation


Text and dialogue analysis are important areas of AI research, and there 
have been many advances for several types of communications (e.g., news 
feeds, emails, technical support forums, and blogs). However, fewer 
efforts have focused on studying microtext (Ellen, ICAART-11) (e.g., 
instant messages, chat rooms, and microblog services such as Twitter, 
Buzz, and the DoD's Chirp service), which are semi-structured and are 
also distinguished by their short length, informality, lexicon, and (in 
the case of group chat) multiple interwoven conversations. Along with 
their typically poor grammar, misspellings, and frequent use of icons, 
these characteristics make microtext content challenging to analyze.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a research forum for 
cross-fertilization of ideas pertaining to analysis of microtext, 
including discussion on tasks of interest, investigations of analysis 
techniques, surveys on related work, presentation of recent 
accomplishments, reports on relevant applications (e.g., marketing, 
alerting, expertise finding, crime prevention, anti-terrorism, 
collaborative learning, and communication patterns in teams for training 
and performance assessment), and recommendations for future research foci.


- Thread and topic detection/extraction
- Identifying individual message and user characteristics (e.g., 
urgency, gender, expertise, age)
- Summarization (e.g., of a chat room's threads)
- Author attribution
- NLP issues specifically pertaining to microtext analysis
- Message analysis databases and applications (e.g., educational, law 


This one-day workshop will include a comprehensive introductory 
presentation, invited talks from active researchers, paper and poster 
presentations, and a panel focusing on key research issues and 
directions. Additional time will be reserved for Q/A and discussion of 
workshop topics/presentations. Interested and curious researchers are 
most welcome!


This workshop is limited to (75) invited attendees. Please notify 
Co-Chair David Uthus (david.uthus.ctr at nrl.navy.mil) if you wish to attend.

Important Dates

22 April 2011: Paper submissions due
13 May 2011: Responses returned re: submitted papers
27 May 2011: Submission of revised and invited camera-ready papers
7 or 8 August 2011: Workshop date! (San Francisco, California)

Submission requirements

Please email AAAI-styled PDF submissions (max 6 pages) or letters of 
interest (1-2 pages) to Co-Chair David Uthus (Naval Research Laboratory, 
Code 5514; 4555 Overlook Ave., SW; Washington, DC 20375; 
david.uthus.ctr at nrl.navy.mil; 202 767-0018; 202 767-2166 (FAX)).

Workshop Organizing Committee

David W. Aha (Naval Research Laboratory;david.aha at nrl.navy.mil),
Douglas W. Oard (University of Maryland;oard at umd.edu),
Sowyma Ramachandran (Stottler-Henke Associates, 
Inc.;sowmya at stottlerhenke.com),
David C. Uthus (National Research Council& Naval Research 
Laboratory;david.uthus.ctr at nrl.navy.mil)


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