[Elsnet-list] BSNLP 2013: Workshop on Balto-Slavic Natural Language Processing: Deadline Extension

Roman Yangarber Roman.Yangarber at cs.helsinki.fi
Sat Apr 27 00:37:07 CEST 2013

BSNLP 2013:
The 4th Biennial International Workshop on Balto-Slavic Natural 
Language Processing

Sofia, Bulgaria
8 August 2013

Held in conjunction with:
ACL 2013: the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational 
5-9 August 2013

Workshop Site:



     Paper submissions due: 11 May 2013
     Notification of acceptance: 3 June 2013
     Camera-ready versions due: 13 June 2014
     Workshop: 8 August 2013

Organizing Committee

     Jakub Piskorski, Polish Academy of Sciences
     Lidia Pivovarova, University of Helsinki, and St.Petersburg State 
University, Russia
     Hristo Tanev, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, 
Ispra, Italy
     Roman Yangarber, University of Helsinki, Finland


The languages from the Balto-Slavic group play an important role due to 
their diverse cultural heritage and widespread use — with over 400 
million speakers. The recent political and economic developments in 
Central and Eastern Europe have brought Balto-Slavic societies and their 
languages into focus in terms of rapid technological advancement and 
rapidly expanding consumer markets.

This Workshop addresses Natural Language Processing (NLP) for the 
Balto-Slavic languages. The NLP tasks in urgent need of attention 
include, but are not limited to:

   - Morphological analysis and generation,
   - Syntactic and semantic tagging,
   - Named-entity recognition,
   - Information extraction,
   - Co-reference resolution,
   - Question-answering,
   - Information retrieval,
   - Text summarization,
   - Machine translation.

Research on theoretical and applied topics in the context of many 
Balto-Slavic languages is still in its early stages. The linguistic 
phenomena specific to Balto-Slavic languages — such as rich 
morphological inflection and free word order — make the construction of 
NLP tools for these languages a challenging and intriguing task.

The goal of this Workshop is to bring together academic researchers and 
industry practitioners working on NLP for Balto-Slavic languages. In 
particular, the Workshop will serve as an instrument to further 
stimulate the research on NLP techniques for Balto-Slavic languages, and 
to foster the creation of tools for these languages. The Workshop will 
provide an forum for exchanging ideas and experience, discussing 
difficult-to-tackle problems in this field of research, and making the 
available resources more widely-known. One fascinating aspect of this 
sub-family of languages is the striking structural similarity, as well 
as an easily recognizable core vocabulary and inflectional inventory 
spanning the entire group of languages — despite a lack of mutual 
intelligibility — which creates a special environment in which 
researchers can fully appreciate the shared problems and solutions and 
communicate naturally.

This Workshop continues the proud tradition established by the previous 
BSNLP Workshops:

   - the First BSNLP Workshop, held in conjunction with ACL 2007 
Conference in Prague;
   - the Second BSNLP Workshop, held in conjunction with IIS 2009: 
Intelligent Information Systems, in Kraków, Poland;
   - the Third BSNLP Workshop, held in conjunction with TSD 2011, 14th 
International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue in Plzeň, Czech 


BSNLP 2013 welcomes two types of submissions: (a) full papers, and (b) 
short papers. We accept only electronic submissions via the submission 

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

Short papers should describe work in progress and/or interactive 
software demos.

All submissions, both 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. Self-citations and other references 
that reveal the authors' identity should be avoided.

In particular, submissions describing systems, resources or solutions 
that are made available to the wider public would be strongly 
encouraged, as this would help to promote computational linguistics 
applications for these languages.

Long paper submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL 2013 
proceedings not exceeding eight (8) pages of content plus two (2) 
additional pages for references. Short paper submissions should follow 
the same format, and should not exceed four (4) pages for content plus 
two (2) additional pages for references. Submissions must conform to the 
official style guidelines of ACL 2013, which are contained in the style 
files, and must be in PDF.

Note: It should be clearly indicated if a submission to BSNLP 2013 had 
been previously submitted to ACL 2013 Main Conference and rejected 
therefrom. All resubmitted papers must clearly demonstrate how they have 
addressed the ACL reviewers' criticisms.


The official language of the workshop is English.


The papers accepted for BSNLP 2013 will be published in ACL Workshop 

After the Workshop, we intend to make a selection of the best papers 
based on this year's and previous years' Workshops, and to publish 
expanded versions of these papers in a volume on Balto-Slavic NLP as a 
book with a reputable publisher or in a special journal issue. No such 
unified reference work for Balto-Slavic NLP exists to date.

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