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Tue Aug 27 2002

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  1. Alexander Gelbukh, CICLing-2003 -- Computational Linguistics, Mexico, February, Springer LNCS
  2. Vergeer CCA, Call for Papers

Message 1: CICLing-2003 -- Computational Linguistics, Mexico, February, Springer LNCS

Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2002 23:19:24 -0600
From: Alexander Gelbukh <>
Subject: CICLing-2003 -- Computational Linguistics, Mexico, February, Springer LNCS


 Third International Conference
 on Intelligent Text Processing
 and Computational Linguistics

 February 16 to 22, 2003
 Mexico City, Mexico



 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 10, short papers: October 20

 Eric Brill (Microsoft Research, USA)
 Adam Kilgarriff (Brighton U., UK)
 Ted Pedersen (U. of Minnesota, USA)
 More are likely to be announced, see

 EXCURSIONS: Ancient pyramids, Monarch butterflies,
 great cave and colonial city, and more.
 See photos of past events at


The latest complete version of this CFP is at that website. Just in
case, below is ABRIDGED text. If you can read the website, please go
there and IGNORE the rest of this document.



- WHY CICLing?
- Areas of interest
- Important dates
- Registration
- Submission guidelines
- Tentative schedule
- Cultural Program
- Hotel and local guide
- Program Committee

| WHY CICLing?

This conference is the fourth CICLing event. The past CICLing
conferences have been very successful, according to the comments of
the participants. We consider the following factors to define our

 General interest. The conf covers nearly all topics related
 to computational linguistics. This makes it attractive for
 people from different areas and leads to vivid and interesting
 discussions and exchange of opinions.

 Informal interaction. It is intended for a small group of
 professionals, some 50 participants. This allows for informal
 and friendly atmosphere, more resembling a friendly party than
 an official event. At CICLing you can pass hours speaking with
 your favorite famous scientists who you scarcely could greet in
 the crowd at large confs.

 Excellent excursions. Mexico is a wonderful country rich in
 culture, history, and nature. The conference is intended for
 people feeling themselves young in their souls, adventurous
 explorers in both science and life. Our cultural program brings
 the participants to unique marvels of history and nature hidden
 from the usual tourists.

 Relief from frosts. In the middle of February frosts, the
 participants from Europe and North America can enjoy bright warm
 sun under the shadow of palms.

The conf is held at the Center for Computer Research (CIC) of the
National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Mexico. The IPN is one of the
largest universities in the world, with over 120,000 students. The CIC
is a relatively new school devoted to the cutting edge research in all
areas of science related to computers, both in software and
hardware. The conf is organized by the Natural Language Processing
laboratory of CIC (you can find some our publications at

| Areas of interest 

In general, we are interested in whatever helps, will help eventually,
or might help computers meaningfully process language data.

The conference is intended to the exchange of opinions between the
scientists working in different areas of the growing field of
computational linguistics and intelligent text processing. Our idea is
to get a general view of the state of art in computational linguistics
and its applications.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited by, the following
topics, as long as the topic is presented in computer-related or
formal description aspects:

Computational linguistics research:

 Computational linguistic theories and formalisms
 Representation of linguistic knowledge
 Discourse models
 Text generation
 Statistical methods in computational linguistics
 Corpus linguistics
 Lexical resources

Intelligent text processing and applications:

 Document classification and search
 Information retrieval
 Information extraction
 Text mining
 Automatic summarization
 Spell checking
 Natural language interfaces

In particular, papers on the following narrower themes are especially

 Ambiguity resolution
 Word Sense Disambiguation
 Anaphora resolution

Naturally, we welcome the works on processing any language, not
necessarily English, though major languages are of more general
interest. Note: when describing phenomena of languages other than
English, please be sure to make your discussion understandable for
people not familiar with this language.

See more info at

| Important dates

Submission deadline: October 10, short papers: October 20
Notification of acceptance: November 1, short papers: November 10
Firm camera-ready deadline: November 13
Conf: February 17-23

Authors of rejected full papers will be given a chance to re-submit
their works as short papers before November 5.

Please note that the camera-ready deadline is firm. We do not
guarantee the inclusion of any paper that does not arrive
(camera-ready version) by the midnight November 15.
| Registration 

Authors of accepted papers: By submitting a paper, at least one author
thereby promises, in case of acceptance of the paper, to attend the
conf in person to present their paper and to pay the corresponding
early registration fee. Unless the current policy changes, the authors
of accepted papers will register on-site at the early registration
rate. Note: We reserve the right to change this information before
November 15; please check our website.

Public: Please contact before November 20 for
early registration information.

Early registration fee (before November 20):

 Professionals US$ 280
 Students US$ 140

On-site registration fee:

 Professionals US$ 320
 Students US$ 180

Local students enter free (no printed material).

A limited number of reduced registrations will be available. See more
info at

| Submission guidelines 

All accepted full and short papers will be published in a Proceedings
volume edited by Springer-Verlag in its Lecture Notes in Computer
Science series.

The full papers should not exceed 12 pages, though we encourage you to
keep it as short as possible (but not shorter!). If you really need
more pages, please let us know:

Short papers should not exceed 4 pages and should, if possible,
contain references to Internet sites where more detail on the work can
be found. Otherwise the format of the short papers is identical to
that of full papers.

Please strictly follow the format guidelines of Springer LNSC series, We cannot guarantee
publication of any paper that does not follow these guidelines. Please
do not hesitate to ask any questions at

We accept only electronic submissions, which should be properly
formatted. To submit a paper, send both or any one of the following at

 PostScript or PDF file. PostScript usually better works
 with non-English characters. 

 Source file in RTF or DOC. Or, file in LaTeX together with
 a PostScript or PDF file.

When sending us the camera-ready paper, please send all of the

 Source file in LaTeX or RTF (not in DOC). If you use LaTeX,
 then also all necessary source files, such as EPS pictures
 and all style files different from llncs.cls (note that the
 use of custom style files is strongly discouraged).

 PostScript and PDF file, if you are unable to produce a PDF
 file. If you use LaTeX, then also DVI file.

 Copyright form (
 by fax at +1 (928) 441-1817.

See more info at

| Tentative schedule 

The specific schedule will be posted in the Program section at the

The following schedule and, in particular, the list of excursions and
their exact dates is tentative.

There will be four working days and three days of excursions. You can
arrive on Monday and leave on Friday if you wish; then you will loose
two excursions.

February 16, Sunday:
 Excursion to Teotihuacan: ancient Indian pyramids.
February 17, Monday:
 Registration. Talks. Welcome party.
February 18, Tuesday:
February 19, Wednesday:
 Excursion to Angangueo: Monarch Butterfly wintering site.
February 20, Thursday:
February 21, Friday:
 Talks and discussions. Excursion to the Anthropological Museum
February 22, Saturday:
 Excursion to Cacahuamilpa and Taxco: very large cave and
 colonial city.

We will try to arrange for an alternative excursion to the City Center
on Wednesday; no guarantee yet.

| Cultural Program 

One of the most exciting things at the conference are excursions to
the ancient Indian pyramids and visiting a unique natural phenomenon,
the Monarch Butterfly wintering site where you can see millions of
beautiful butterflies in the trees and in the air around you. In
common opinion of the last year's participants, the excursions were
excellent; at our webisite you can see their own photos.

Warning: the excursion to the Butterflies is very long and tiresome,
especially for not so young people. We think it is worth the trouble,
but you decide. What is more, after the death of very many butterflies
in 2002, we do not know if their population will recover for the conf
time. If not, this excursion may be cancelled. We will try to arrange
for an alternative informal excursion to the city center at the same
time as the excursion to the Butterflies.

Here is the tentative list of excursions:

- The Anthropological Museum: inside Mexico City
- The City Center; tentative and informal
- Teotihuacan: ancient Indian pyramids, 1 hour drive
- Cacahuamilpa and Taxco: great cave and colonial city, 2 hours drive
- Angangueo: Monarch Butterfly wintering site, 4 hours drive

The reception party will be combined with the Poster and Demo section.
We will have some snack, maybe some wine. (No music, no real food,
even no tables, sorry: we consider official banquets waste of your
valuable time.) You will enjoy the informal atmosphere to speak with
each other and with the presenters of the posters and demos. You will
also have a chance to show and discuss your own programs (for this,
please let us know your software and hardware requirements).

| Hotel and local guide

We suggest that it is convenient for the participants to stay in the
same hotel, to facilitate informal interaction. Usually our
participants form ad-hoc informal companies in the hotel reception to
go to some restaurant, walking tours, etc.

We will provide free transportation from the recommended hotel to the
conf place. Also, we will try to get discounted rates for the conf
participants in this hotel.

Please notify us in advance if you wish to reserve a room in this
hotel. Please see, Hotel, for specific info.

Also, at the website you will find the following information:

- How to get to the Hotel,
- How to get to CIC, the conf place,
- Useful local information: currency and credit cards, transportation,
 food museums, security.

| Program Committee

1. Barbu, Catalina, UK
2. Boitet, Christian, France
3. Bolshakov, Igor, Mexico
4. Bontcheva, Kalina, UK
5. Brusilovsky, Peter, USA
6. Calzolari, Nicoletta, Italy
7. Carroll, John, UK
8. Cassidy, Patrick, USA
9. Cristea, Dan, Romania
10. Gelbukh, Alexander (chair), Mexico
11. Hasida, Koiti, Japan
12. Harada, Yasunari, Japan
13. Hirst, Graeme, Canada
14. Johnson, Frances, UK
15. Kittredge, Richard, USA / Canada
16. Kharrat, Alma, USA
17. Knudsen, Line, Denmark
18. Koch, Gregers, Denmark
19. Kuebler, Sandra, Germany
20. Lappin, Shalom, UK
21. Laufer, Natalia, Russia
22. Lopez-Lopez, Aurelio, Mexico
23. Loukanova, Roussanka, USA / Bulgaria
24. Luedeling, Anke, Germany
25. Maegaard, Bente, Denmark
26. Martin-Vide, Carlos, Spain
27. Mel'cuk, Igor, Canada
28. Metais, Elisabeth, France
29. Mikheev, Andrei, UK
30. Mitkov, Ruslan, UK
31. Murata, Masaki, Japan
32. Narin'yani, Alexander, Russia
33. Nevzorova, Olga, Russia
34. Nirenburg, Sergei, USA
35. Palomar, Manuel, Spain
36. Pedersen, Ted, USA
37. Pineda-Cortes, Luis Alberto, Mexico
38. Piperidis, Stelios, Greece
39. Ren, Fuji, Japan
40. Sag, Ivan, USA
41. Sidorov, Grigori, Mexico
42. Sharoff, Serge, Russia
43. Sun Maosong, China
44. Tait, John, UK
45. Trujillo, Arturo, UK
46. T'sou Ka-yin, Benjamin, Hong Kong
47. Van Guilder, Linda, USA
48. Verspoor, Karin, USA / The Netherlands
49. Vilares Ferro, Manuel, Spain
50. Wilks, Yorick, UK

More info:

Alexander Gelbukh,

Prof. Dr. Alexander Gelbukh (Alexandre Guelboukh Kahn),
Research Professor, head of NLP Lab,
Centro de Investigacion en Computacion (CIC),
Instituto Politecnico Nacional (IPN).
Address: CIC, IPN, entrada por calle Venus (cerca de Metro Poli),
 Col. Zacatenco, CP 07738, Mexico DF., Mexico
Office: +52 (55) 5729-6000 ext. 56544, 56518, 56602, home 5597-0709
Fax: +1 (928) 441-1817 (personal), +52 (55) 5586-2936, 5729-6607 (shared),,
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Message 2: Call for Papers

Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 09:41:11 +0200
From: Vergeer CCA <>
Subject: Call for Papers



7 - 11 JULY 2003



Precise details of registration and conference events will be
communicated later at the conference website at:


Abstracts are invited on a wide range of fields within African
linguistics and literature on topics linked to the conference theme,
although papers on other topics within the following sub-fields are
also welcome:

African linguistics

	Language Planning and Policy
	Language in Society
	Language acquisition
	Applied Linguistics including
		Literacy and language teaching
	Discourse analysis / Text linguistics
	Human Communication

	Phonology and phonetics
	Computational linguistics
	Comparative linguistics
	Historical linguistics
Literature produced in African Languages

		Literary theory
	Theatre and Performance
	Praise poetry
	Oral art, folklore
	History of Literature
	Comparative Literature
	Science fiction

Proposals for papers

Presentations will be 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes for

Submission of summaries and abstracts: Abstracts and summaries should
be submitted by email as part of the message text or as an MSWord file
attachment in accordance with the following guidelines:

	Full first name(s)
	Institutional affiliation
	Email address
	Telephone number and/or Fax number
	Sub-field of linguistics or literature of topic on which paper
		is presented
	An abstract of the paper of approximately 100 words
	A summary of the paper of approximately 800 words (excluding
		the "References") stating the research questions and
		aims, theoretical approach and main findings of the

The author's name, abstract (and summary) title, affiliation, email
address, telephone and fax number should appear on a separate page.
The title of the paper should also appear at the top of the abstract
and summary.

Deadline for summaries and abstracts: There is one deadline for the
submission of abstracts for paper proposals, 31 January 2003.
Abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible, preferably before
20 December 2002. Abstracts may also be submitted in hard copy form
by mailing/faxing three (3) copies to the attention of the ALASA
Conference Secretariat.

Abstracts received after 31 January 2003 will not be
considered. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously and notification of
acceptance will be sent by 15 March 2003.

For detailed instructions for the submission of conference
contributions, as well as for information on registration and other
conference related matters, please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Conference contributions can be emailed to the ALASA Conference

		Ms K Vergeer			Mrs SJ du Plessis
		Email: 		Email:
		Tel:	021-808 2210		Tel:	021-808 2106
		Fax:	021-808 2171		Fax:	021-808 2171

or posted to:

ALASA Conference Secretariat
Department of African Languages
University of Stellenbosch
Private Bag X1
Stellenbosch, 7602
South Africa
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