[Elsnet-list] ICON-2011: NINTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING

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ICON-2011: NINTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING
                      ANNA UNIVERSITY, CHENNAI, INDIA
                           16 - 19 December 2011
                                Organized by
                            NLP Association, India
        International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India
               AU-KBC Research Centre, Anna University, Chennai, India
       Linguistic Data Consortium for Indian Languages (LDC-IL), CIIL, Mysore

                            SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

The Ninth International Conference on Natural Language Processing(ICON-2011) will be held at Anna University, Chennai, India during 16-19 December, 2011. The ICON conference series is a forum for promoting interaction among researchers in the field of Natural Language Processing in India and abroad. The main conference is on December 18-19 December 2011. This will be preceded by two days of pre-conference tutorials and workshops on 16-17 Dec 2011.
 
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Papers are invited on substantial, original and unpublished research on all aspects of Natural Language Processing, with a particular focus on languages, issues, and applications relevant to India.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                             Parsing
          Phonology                               Word Sense Disambiguation
          Syntax                                    Machine Translation
          Semantics                               Information Retrieval
          Discourse                                Text Summarization
          Pragmatics                              Question Answering
          Statistical methods                   Dialog Systems
          Knowledge-based methods        Performance Evaluation
          Annotated Corpora                   Speech Corpora
          Lexical Resources                   Speech Recognition
          Ontology                                  Speech Synthesis
          POS tagging
 
The authors must mark the topic of their paper at the time of submission.
2. TRACKS
2.1 The authors have to submit the papers under any one of the following
     categories.
      - Theoretical Linguistics
      - Theoretical computational linguistics
      - Empirical/data-driven approaches
      - Paradigms/techniques/strategies
      - Resources and evaluation
      - Applications/systems
2.2 Special track
      - Natural Language Software Engineering
      - Linguistic Engineering
2.3 Position Papers
      A paper which expresses an opinion or point of view affecting
      the field.
 
3. FORMAT OF SUBMISSION:
Papers in English, not exceeding 10 pages, should be submitted at www.iiit.ac.in/icon2011. One can also submit hard copies (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.aclweb.org/downloads/acl-ftp/Styfiles/Proceedings/
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 along with your submission.
 
4. CALL FOR TUTORIALS/WORKSHOPS:
 
Proposals are invited for pre-conference tutorials/workshops. Tutorials/Workshops 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.
Workshops on Linguistic aspects of South Asian Languagaes are also welcome.
Send tutorial/Workshop proposals to the ICON-2011 Secretariat. For further information, please refer to the Conference URL or contact the ICON-2011 Secretariat.

5.NLP TOOLS CONTEST ON ANAPHORA RESOLUTION IN INDIAN LANGUAGES:
 
The ICON2011 tools contest is on Anaphora Resolution in Indian languages (IL). Any entity that is referred to another entity preceding it is called an anaphor. The referent to the anaphor is termed as the antecedent. The identification of the antecedent of an anaphora automatically is anaphora resolution.
 
CONTEST:
Participants will be provided training, development and test data to report the efficiency of their Anaphora Resolution System. Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu languages will be explored. The task of the contest is to identify the antecedents for an anaphor from a POS, NP Chunked and NE tagged corpus. Efficiency of the system is measured using Precision and Recall. Shortlisted candidates will present their techniques and results in a special session at ICON 2011.

The development data will be provided on 30th August 2011
The test data will be provided on 1st October 2011.
  System submission by 30th October 2011
  Report Submission by 15th November 2011.

The Contest will have two prizes :
           FIRST PRIZE: Rs.7500/-
           SECOND PRIZE: Rs.5000/-
 
 
6. STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION IN LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGIES:
ICON-2011 announces STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION in two tracks:
      Track I : NLP (All areas)
      Track II : Linguistics (Morphology, Syntax and Semantics)
 
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.7500/-
      SECOND PRIZE: Rs.5000/-
 
The short-listed papers in each track will be invited for presentation in a special session in the conference. Registration, domestic travel and subsistence expenses will be provided by the conference organizers for one author of each paper. Up to two winners will be offered summer fellowships at major NLP Centres in India. For any clarifications, contact Student Paper Competition Chair on icon2011 at iiit.ac.in.
 
7. IMPORTANT DATES:
        Paper registration deadline    Jul 25, 2011
        Paper submission deadline    Jul 25, 2011
        Paper acceptance notification    Sep 15, 2011
        Camera ready copy due            Oct 15, 2011
        Tutorial/Workshop proposals due  Aug 7, 2011
        Tutorial acceptance notification Aug 16,2011
        Lecture Materials for tutorial     Nov 7, 2011
        NLP Tools Contest registration
          deadline                    Jul 21, 2011
        Student Paper Competition
         submission deadline             Aug 7, 2011

8. COMMITTEES:
   
ADVISORY COMMITTEE
     Aravind K Joshi, University of Pennsylvania, USA (Chair)
     Junichi Tsujii, Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China
     B Yegnanarayana, IIIT Hyderabad, India

 
  CONFERENCE GENERAL CHAIR
     Rajeev Sangal, IIIT Hyderabad, India
  
 PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
     Dipti Misra Sharma, IIIT Hyderabad, India (Chair)
     Sobha L, AU-KBC Research Centre, Chennai, India (Co-Chair)
     Sivaji Bandyopadhyay, Jadavpur University, India
     Srinivas Bangalore, AT&T Research, USA
     Anupam Basu, IIT Kharagpur, India
     Peri Bhaskararao, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan
     Rajesh Bhatt, University of Massachusetts, USA
     Pushpak Bhattacharyya, IIT Bombay, India
     Sarmad Hussain, University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan
     Amba P Kulkarni, University of Hyderabad, India
     A Kumaran, Microsoft Research, India
     B.Mallikarjun, CIIL Mysore, India
     Hema A. Murthy, IIT Madras, India
     Joakim Nivre, Uppsala University, Uppsala
     Achla M Raina, IIT Kanpur, India
     L Ramamoorthy, CIIL Mysore, India
     Owen Rambow, Columbia University, USA
     Sudeshna Sarkar, IIT Kharagpur, India
     K V Subbarao, University of Delhi, India
     Keh-Yih Su, Behavior Design Corporation, Taiwan
     Vasudeva Varma, IIIT Hyderabad, India
     Bonnie Webber, University of Edinburgh, UK

   TOOLS CONTEST CHAIR
     Sobha L, AU-KBC Research Centre, Chennai, India (Chair)
     Sivaji Bandyopadhyay, Jadavpur University, India (Co-Chair)
  
   STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION CHAIR
     Sriram Venkatapathy, Xerox Research Centre Europe, France
   
   ORGANIZING CHAIR
     C N Krishnan, AU-KBC Research Centre, Chennai, India
 
 
9. CONTACT INFORMATION
     ICON-2011 Secretariat
     Language Technologies Research Centre
     International Institute of Information Technology
     Gachibowli, Hyderabad - 500 032, India
     Ph: +91-40-6653 1333   Fax: +91-40-6653 1413
     e-mail: icon2011 at iiit.ac.in
     www.iiit.ac.in/icon2011

 
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