LINGUIST List 10.1014

Wed Jun 30 1999

Calls: Computational Ling, NLP

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  1. Masahito KAWAMORI, Pacific Asia Conf on Language, Information and Computation 14
  2. tatsu, NLP for Biology within PSB2000

Message 1: Pacific Asia Conf on Language, Information and Computation 14

Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 16:18:14 +0900 (JST)
From: Masahito KAWAMORI <>
Subject: Pacific Asia Conf on Language, Information and Computation 14



The Logico-Linguistic Society of Japan is pleased to announce that the
14th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation
(PACLIC 14) will be held in Tokyo, Japan on February 15-17, 2000. The
Conference is an annual meeting of scholars with a wide range of
interest in theoretical and computational linguistics from the Pacific
Asia region.

PACLIC 14 solicits papers treating any field in theoretical and
computational linguistics, including, but not limited to, syntax,
morphology, phonology, semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis,
typology, corpus linguistics, formal grammar theory, natural language
processing, and computer applications.

Four hard-copies of a preliminary version of a paper (maximum 20
letter- or A4-sized pages, 11pt, double spaced throughout) should be
sent to the following address. The first page of the submitted paper
should bear the following information: the title of the paper, the
name(s) of the author(s), affiliations, mailing address, and Email
address for correspondence. E-mail submission is also acceptable (but
no fax submissions). Accepted papers will be published in the
Conference Proceedings.


 For Hard-Copy Submission:

 c/o Akira Ikeya,
 Chiyogaoka 4-7-4, Asao-ku,
 Kawasaki 215-0005 

 For Electronic Submission: 



 Akira Ikeya, Toyo Gakuen University, Japan


 Chu-Ren Huang, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (co-chair)
 Chungmin Lee, Seoul National University, Korea (co-chair)
 Ik-Hwan Lee, Yonsei University, Korea (co-chair)
 Kiyong Lee, Korea University, Korea (co-chair)
 Lin-Shan Lee, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (co-chair)
 Young-Hern Lee, Chosun University, Korea (co-chair)
 Kim Teng Lua, National University of Singapore (co-chair)
 Byung-Soo Park, Kyung Hee University, Korea (co-chair)
 Benjamin K. T'sou, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (co-chair)
 Jhing-fa Wang, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (co-chair)


 Masahito Kawamori, NTT Research Labs., Japan.
 Yasunari Harada, Waseda University, Japan
 Kaoru Horie, Tohoku University, Japan
 Kiyoshi Ishikawa, Hosei University, Japan
 Chiharu Uda Kakuta, Dohshisha University, Japan
 Beom-mo Kang, Korea University, Korea
 Kazuhiko Ozeki, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan 


 Suk-Jin Chang, Seoul National Univeristy, Korea 
 Jaewoong Choe, Korea University, Korea 
 Samuel W. K. Chan, City Univerity of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 
 Zhao-Ming Gao, National Chi Nan University, Taiwan 
 Jin Guo, Motorola, Singapore 
 One-Soon Her, National Chenchi University, Taiwan 
 Hsue-hueh Hsu, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan 
 Akira Ishikawa, Sophia University, Japan
 Makoto Kanazawa, Chiba University, Japan
 Charces C. Lee, National Chiao Tun University, Taiwan 
 Hai Zhou Li, Kent Ridge Digital Labs, Singapore 
 Yuji Matsumoto, NAIST, Japan
 Yoshihiko Nitta, Nihon University, Japan
 Toshiyuki Ogihara, U of Washington, USA
 Hsiao-Chuan Wang, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan 
 Jie Xu, Singapore National University, Singapore 
 Kei Yoshimoto, Tohoku University, Japan



 Preliminary paper submission due: October 10, 1999 

 Notification of acceptance: November 25, 1999 

 Camera-ready copy due: January 5, 2000


For further information, please contact:

Dr. Masahito KAWAMORI,

NTT Research Laboratories.
3-1 Morinosato Wakamiya,
Atsugi, Kanagawa, 243-0198

Phone : +81-462-40-3624
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Message 2: NLP for Biology within PSB2000

Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 09:15:49 +0900 (JST)
From: tatsu <>
Subject: NLP for Biology within PSB2000

With Apologies for possible multiple deliveries of this message.

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 A call for paper in 


 A special session within the
 Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2000
 January 5-9, 2000
 Honolulu, Hawaii

A large part of the information required for biology research can only be
found in free-text form, as in MEDLINE abstracts, or in comment fields
of relevant reports, as in GenBank feature table annotations. Such
information is important for many types of analysis, such as
classification of proteins into functional groups, discovery of new
functional relationships, maintaining information of material and
methods, increasing the precision and relevance of hits returned by
information retrieval systems, and so on.

However, information in free-text form or in comment fields is very
difficult for use by automated system. For example, annotation of
biological function of different proteins is a time-consuming process
currently performed by human experts because genome analysis tools
encounter great difficulty in performing this task. The ability to extract
information directly from MEDLINE abstracts and other sources can
directly help in such a task. 

This special session provides an international forum for researchers
from the fields of natural language processing (NLP), information
extraction, and bioinformatics to present and exchange ideas and
results on this exciting emerging subject. We welcome technical papers
covering algorithms, techniques, and applications. We particularly
encourage submissions describing systems that 

 - use NLP means to extract keywords, gene names, protein names,
 biological materials and methods, protein interactions, functions,

 - demonstrate novel natural language-based applications in biology 

Also, NLP technologies sometimes contribute to analyzing genomic
sequences. Their grammar-class varies from regular to context
sensitive (or even higher) according to how precise we define their
structure. Which classes and parsing technologies are appropriate for
searching functional sites or genes is still an open question. Thus we
also welcome original papers describing how NLP techniques have
brought break-throughs in genomic sequence analysis. 

Session co-chairs

 - Tatsuhiko Tsunoda, University of Tokyo, Japan 
 - Limsoon Wong, Kent Ridge Digital Labs, Singapore 

Submission information:

 Submissions are due 12 July 1999
 Decisions are announced 27 August 1999
 Camera ready copy due 22 September 1999

All papers must be submitted to in electronic
format. The file formats we accept are: postscript (*.ps), adobe acrobat
(*.pdf) and Microsoft Word documents (*.doc). Attached files should be
named with the last name of the first author (e.g.,
altman.pdf, or altman.doc). Hardcopy submissions or unprocessed TEX
or LATEX files will be rejected without review. 

Each paper must be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter
must state the following: 

 - The email address of the corresponding author 
 - The specific PSB session that should review the paper or abstract 
 - The submitted paper contains original, unpublished results, and is
 not currently under consideration elsewhere. 
 - All co-authors concur with the contents of the paper. 

Submitted papers are limited to twelve (12) pages in our publication
format. Please format your paper according to instructions found at If figures can not be easily
resized and placed precisely in the text, then it should be clear that
with appropriate modifications, the total manuscript length would be
within the page limit. Color pictures can be printed at the expense of
the authors. The fee is $500 per page of color pictures, payable at the
time of camera ready submission. 
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