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LINGUIST List 18.1772

Mon Jun 11 2007

Calls: Computational Ling/Bulgaria; General Ling/Thailand

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        1.    Marina Santini, RANLP-07 Workshop on Genre and NLP
        2.    Amarin Deemagarn, International Symposium on Natural Language Processing

Message 1: RANLP-07 Workshop on Genre and NLP
Date: 08-Jun-2007
From: Marina Santini <MarinaSantini.MSgmail.com>
Subject: RANLP-07 Workshop on Genre and NLP

Full Title: RANLP-07 Workshop on Genre and NLP

Date: 30-Sep-2007 - 30-Sep-2007
Location: Borovets, Bulgaria
Contact Person: Marina Santini
Meeting Email: MarinaSantini.MSgmail.com
Web Site: http://www.sics.se/use/genre-ws/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Jun-2007

Meeting Description
Workshop: 'Towards Genre-Enabled Search Engines: The Impact of NLP'
Held in conjunction with RANLP-2007 (Recent Advances in Natural Language

New Deadline for Submission: 20 June 2007

''Towards Genre-Enabled Search Engines: The Impact of NLP''
Workshop held in conjunction with RANLP 2007

Workshop Location: Borovets, Bulgaria
Workshop Date: 30 September 2007
Workshop website: http://www.sics.se/use/genre-ws/
RANLP 2007 website: http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2007/

Organizers: Marina Santini and Georg Rehm

Workshop Description
Broadly speaking, genres are textual categories that streamline communication by
relying on acknowledged conventions and raising predictable expectations. For
instance, the conventions underlying the Blog genre are represented by a
sequence of daily entries that contain narratives, opinions, as well as the
feelings of the blogger, an individual who wishes to participate in a discussion
on a certain subject. These entries are public and other bloggers can directly
comment on them by sending their own postings. These conventions are different
from those underlying the Editorial genre, where a single person presents an
argumentative statement of views that are considered to be representative of a
newspaper as a whole. In brief, genres convey the context of communication. This
context is essential when determining the relevance of the information contained
in a text.

The concept of genre has great potential for Information Retrieval (IR). One
application is its integration in a search-engine architecture, enabling the
user to combine topic-based search with genre-based search.

The distinction between topical and non-topical textual dimensions is crucial
when it comes to features. Traditionally, topics and domains rely on features
based on content words (e.g. in the bag-of-words approach), while genre classes
appear to be more easily identified through the use of grammatical features
(like function words, POS tags, and syntactic features). As Natural Language
Processing (NLP) provides methods to retrieve grammatical features, an
investigation of the influence of NLP on automatic genre identification appears
of primary importance. For this reason, we wish to investigate to what extent
NLP can help identify genre in an IR scenario.

The main aims of the workshop are as follows:

- To identify the key features that help classify documents by genre, and their
efficiency and effectiveness within an IR framework.
- To explore how genres can improve search engines, and in particular how it can
be integrated with topic-based retrieval.
- To bring together researchers working on genre in different communities - such
as Computational Linguistics, NLP, Information Retrieval and Extraction, Text
and Web Mining, or Summarization - in order to investigate the extent to which
NLP can assist or enable automatic genre identification.

The topics of interests include but are not limited to:

- Computational modelling of genres for web applications;
- Implementation of genre-based applications for retrieval;
- The impact of lexis, morphology and syntax on automatic genre identification;
- Genre-revealing features and their automatic extraction;
- Genre-driven NLP tools, such as genre-driven taggers, parsers, or discourse
- Genre classification schemes accounting for multi-genre and no-genre documents;
- Test collections and evaluation metrics for genre-enabled applications;
- Clustering and visualization of results based on genre.

Categories of Papers
Papers can be submitted to one of two categories: regular paper and poster.
Authors must designate one of these categories at submission time. Regular
papers are full-length papers and must not exceed 8 pages. Posters are submitted
as extended abstracts (max 4 pages). If accepted, a poster is presented in the
workshop poster session. Both regular papers and poster papers are included in
the workshop proceedings.

Submission Instructions
Format. Authors are invited to submit papers and posters on original and
unpublished work in the topic area of this workshop. Papers and posters should
be submitted as PDF files, formatted according to the RANLP 2007 stylefiles,
without author name(s) and affiliation(s). Papers and posters should not exceed
the length indicated above. The RANLP 2007 stylefiles are available at:

Please, send papers and posters to both MarinaSantini.MSgmail.com and

Reviewing. Each submission will be reviewed at least by three members of the
Program Committee. Reviewing will be blind. Reviewers will be asked to provide
detailed comments, and to score submissions on the following factors:

- Relevance to the workshop
- Significance and originality
- Technical/methodological accuracy
- References to related work
- Presentation (clarity, organisation, English)

Accepted papers policy. Accepted papers (regular papers and posters) will be
published in the workshop proceedings. By submitting a paper at the workshop the
authors agree that, in case the paper is accepted for publication, at least one
of the authors will attend the workshop; all workshop participants are expected
to pay the RANLP-2007 workshop registration fees.

Dual submissions to the main RANLP 2007 conference and this workshop are
allowed; if you submit to the main session, please DO indicate this when you
submit to the workshop. If your paper or poster is accepted for the main
session, you should withdraw it from the workshop upon notification by the main

Information on registration and registration fees are provided at the conference
website (http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2007/).

Important Dates
First Call for Papers: March 20-22, 2007 (passed)
Second Call for Papers: May 2, 2007 (passed)
Final Call for Papers: June, 2007
New Submission Deadline: June 20, 2007
Workshop paper acceptance notification: July 25, 2007
Camera-ready papers for workshop proceedings due: August 31, 2007
Workshop date: September 30, 2007

Program Committee
Shlomo Argamon (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)
Roberto Basili (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy)
Pavel Braslavski (Institute of Engineering Science, RAS, Russia)
Kevin Crowston (Syracuse University, USA)
Aidan Finn (DERI, Ireland)
Jussi Karlgren (Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden)
Alexander Mehler (Bielefeld University, Germany)
Sven Meyer zu Eissen (University of Weimar, Germany)
Alessandro Moschitti (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy)
Michael Oakes (University of Sunderland, UK)
Andreas Rauber (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Georg Rehm (University of Tübingen, Germany) (co-chair)
Mark Rosso (North Carolina Central University, USA)
Dmitri Roussinov (Arizona State University, USA)
Marina Santini (University of Brighton, UK) (co-chair)
Serge Sharoff (University of Leeds, UK)
Michael Shepherd (Dalhousie University, Canada)
Efstathios Stamatatos (University of the Aegean, Greece)
Benno Stein (University of Weimar, Germany)
John Tait (University of Sunderland, UK)
Ozlem Uzuner (State University of New York, USA)

Organizing Committee
Marina Santini (University of Brighton, UK)
Email: MarinaSantini.MSgmail.com
Personal Home Page: http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/home/Marina.Santini/

Georg Rehm (University of Tübingen, Germany)
Email: georg.rehmuni-tuebingen.de
Personal Home Page: http://georg-re.hm/

Contact Information
For questions or comments, please contact Marina Santini
(MarinaSantini.MSgmail.com), or Georg Rehm (georg.rehmuni-tuebingen.de).
Message 2: International Symposium on Natural Language Processing
Date: 08-Jun-2007
From: Amarin Deemagarn <amarin_naistyahoo.com>
Subject: International Symposium on Natural Language Processing

Full Title: International Symposium on Natural Language Processing
Short Title: SNLP 2007

Date: 13-Dec-2007 - 15-Dec-2007
Location: Pattaya, Thailand
Contact Person: Asanee Kawtrakul
Meeting Email: snlp2007naist.cpe.ku.ac.th
Web Site: http://naist.cpe.ku.ac.th/snlp2007/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jul-2007

Meeting Description
The seventh International Symposium on Natural Language Processing, SNLP2007, is
hosted by Kasetsart University in cooperation with the Thailand's National
Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC). The conference will be held
in Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand, from 13th -15th December 2007 and tutorials on
December 11th-12th. The theme of the conference is 'Language Technology for
Diversity Bridging'.

''SNLP 2007''
The Seventh International Symposium on Natural Language Processing
13th-15th December 2007
Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand

Tutorials on 11th-12th December 2007

The Symposium on Natural Language Processing (SNLP) is an international
conference held biannually since 1993 with the cooperative effort of a number of
universities in Thailand. The purpose of SNLP is to promote research in Natural
Language Processing by bringing together researchers and practitioners in the
field to exchange ideas and present results from research in Natural Language
Processing and various related fields. Papers are invited on substantial,
original, and unpublished research on all aspects of computational linguistics,
including, but not limited to:

- syntax, semantics, grammars, lexicon, morphology and phonology
- pragmatics and discourse
- parsing, generation and summarization
- machine translation and multilingual processing
- question answering, information extraction, information retrieval and text mining
- natural language applications, tools and resources, system evaluation
- natural language processing for web, knowledge-management systems
- language modeling, statistical methods in natural language processing
machine learning for natural language
- natural language interfaces and dialogue systems
- lexical semantics and ontologies for NLP
- linguistic, psychological and mathematical models of language
- computational psycholinguistics
- phonetics, phonology and morphology
- interpreting and generating spoken and written language
- message and narrative understanding systems
- speech processing
- evaluation of speech understanding/dialogue systems
- multi-modal speech corpora
- speech corpus annotation tools
- spoken language processing
- the internet's effects on linguistic diversity
- modifying computers to meet minority language requirements

Papers should describe original work. Submissions will be judged on correctness,
originality, technical strength, significance and relevance to the conference,
and interest to the attendees. A paper accepted for presentation at the SNLP2007
cannot be presented or have been presented at any other meeting with publicly
available published proceedings. Papers that are being submitted to other
conferences or workshops must indicate this on the title page, as must papers
that contain significant overlap with previously published work.

Submission Information
Submissions should follow a two-column format and should not exceed six (6)
pages, including references. We strongly recommend the use of SNLP2007 Style
Files tailored for SNLP2007. The files and a description of the format are
available in the submission site.

Submission Site: http://naist.cpe.ku.ac.th/snlp2007

Note that full paper submissions are restricted to 6 pages.

Note also that as reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the
authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the
author's identity, e.g., ''We previously showed (Kim, 1991) ...'', should be
avoided. Instead, use citations such as ''Smith previously showed (Kim, 1991)
...''. Papers that do not conform to the requirements above are subject to be
rejected without review.

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: July 31st, 2007
Notification of acceptance: September 15th, 2007
Camera ready papers due: October 15th, 2007
Tutorials: December 11th-12th, 2007
Main conference: December 13th-15th, 2007

More Information
For queries about complying to the submission process, e-mail
snlp2007naist.cpe.ku.ac.th sufficiently ahead of the submission deadline so
that alternate arrangements can be made. For help with difficulties in
electronic submission or technical problems, contact snlp2007 naist.cpe.ku.ac.th.

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