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Mon Jan 21 2008

Calls: Computational Ling/Morocco; Computational Ling/Morocco

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        1.    Jian Su, Building and Evaluating Resources for Biomedical Text Mining
        2.    Nicole Gregoire, Towards a Shared Task for Multiword Expressions


Message 1: Building and Evaluating Resources for Biomedical Text Mining
Date: 20-Jan-2008
From: Jian Su <sujiani2r.a-star.edu.sg>
Subject: Building and Evaluating Resources for Biomedical Text Mining
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Full Title: Building and Evaluating Resources for Biomedical Text Mining
Short Title: BERBMTX-08

Date: 26-May-2008 - 26-May-2008
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Contact Person: Sophia Ananiadou
Meeting Email: sophia.ananiadoumanchester.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2008/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2008

Meeting Description

We invite papers reporting on biomedical resources specifically used to
facilitate biomedical text mining and the process of designing, building,
updating, delivering, evaluating and disseminating them. A focus of the workshop
is on lexical and knowledge repositories (e.g. controlled vocabularies,
terminologies, ontologies, factual databases) and annotated corpora. Another
focus is on design guidelines, standards for building resources, storage and
exchange format, interoperability of resources and last, on exploring new
directions for their dissemination.


2nd Call for Papers

Pre LREC-2008 Workshop:
Building and evaluating resources for biomedical text mining
Marrakech, Morocco
Monday, 26 May 2008
http://www.nactem.ac.uk/workshops/lrec08_ws/

Building and Evaluating Resources for Biomedical Text Mining

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

- Building biomedical resources: controlled vocabularies, terminologies,
ontologies, corpora
- Guidelines and annotation schemas, challenges, interoperability
- Building task-specific resources
- Reengineering existing biomedical or general language resources
- Augmentation of resources with biomedical features
- Update and evolution of resources
- Lightly annotated and noisy resources
- Tools for exploration of resources
- Data exchange formats
- Standards for building resources
- Documenting and disseminating resources
- Evaluation of resources


Organisers:

Sophia Ananiadou, National Centre for Text Mining, University of Manchester,UK
Monica Monachini, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Pisa, Italy
Goran Nenadic, University of Manchester, UK
Jian Su, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore


Important Dates:

February 15, 2008: Paper submissions due
March 20, 2008: Paper notification of acceptance
April 4, 2008: Camera-ready papers due
May 26, 2008: Workshop


Submissions:

Submissions must describe original, completed or in progress, and unpublished
work. Your paper (up to 8 pages) should be formatted according to the stylesheet
provided at LREC 2008. Please upload your electronic submissions in PDF format
to EasyChair at
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=berbmtm08 .

Each submission will be reviewed by three program committee members.
Paper review will be double blind, so papers should not include authors' names
and affiliations. Self-references are to be avoided-instead of ''As we showed in
Smith et al. 1999...'', say ''As Smith et al. 1999 showed....''.

Accepted papers may be presented either as a poster or an oral presentation in
the workshop, being published in the workshop proceedings. Besides, selected
papers will be published in a special issue of the Language Resources and
Evaluation journal with further expansion.


Program Committee Members:

Olivier Bodenreider, NLM, USA
Paul Buitelaar, DFKI, Germany
Nicoletta Calzolari, CNR, Italy
Kevin B. Cohen, MITRE, USA
Nigel Collier, National Institute for Informatics, Japan
Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Beatrice Daille, University of Nantes, France
Udo Hahn, Jena University, Germany
Marti Hearst, Berkeley, USA
Martin Krallinger, Protein Design group, Spain
Ewan Klein, Edinburgh University, UK
Mark Liberman, CIS, UPenn, USA
Hong Fang Liu, Georgetown University Medical Center, USA
John McNaught, University of Manchester, UK
Simonetta Montemagni, CNR, Italy
Claire Nedellec, CNRS, Framce
Adeline Nazarenko, LIPN, Paris 13, France
John Pestian, Computational Medicine Center, Cincinnati Children's, USA
Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann, EMBL-EBI, UK
Patrick Ruch, University Hospital of Geneva and Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology, Switzerland
Guergana Savova, Mayo Clinic, USA
Hagit Shatkay, Queen's University, USA
Stefan Schulz, Freiburg University Hospital, Germany
Yoshimasa Tsuruoka, University of Manchester, UK
Jun-ichi Tsujii, University of Tokyo, Japan and University of Manchester, UK
Karin Verspoor, Los Alamos National Labs, USA
Pierre Zweigenbaum, LIMSI-CNRS, France


Workshop Contact Person:

Sophia.Ananiadoumanchester.ac.uk
National Centre for Text Mining, Computer Science, University of Manchester
Message 2: Towards a Shared Task for Multiword Expressions
Date: 20-Jan-2008
From: Nicole Gregoire <Nicole.Gregoirelet.uu.nl>
Subject: Towards a Shared Task for Multiword Expressions
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Full Title: Towards a Shared Task for Multiword Expressions
Short Title: MWE 2008

Date: 01-Jun-2008 - 01-Jun-2008
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Contact Person: Nicole Gregoire
Meeting Email: Nicole.Gregoirelet.uu.nl
Web Site: http://multiword.sf.net/mwe2008/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 29-Feb-2008

Meeting Description

LREC 2008 Workshop 'Towards a Shared Task for Multiword Expressions (MWE 2008)'


Call for Papers

LREC2008 - Towards a Shared Task for Multiword Expressions (MWE 2008)

endorsed by the ACL Special Interest Group on the Lexicon (SIGLEX)

Date: Sunday, 1 June 2008
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Deadline: Friday, 29 February 2008

Workshop web page: http://multiword.sf.net/mwe2008/

In recent years, considerable progress has been made in our understanding of
multiword expressions (MWE), the development of algorithms for their automatic
extraction from corpora, and the automatic identification of additional
properties such as morphosyntactic preferences or the interpretation of
semi-compositional expressions.

It is difficult to compare results of the many published studies on MWEs and
obtain a broader perspective, though, because algorithms and implemented
systems have been evaluated on vastly different gold standards and corpora, in
different languages, for different subtypes of MWEs, etc. In order to make the
next big step forward, the field of MWE research needs a shared task in which
different approaches are applied to the same data sets, allowing completely new
insights to be gained. Since there is as yet not a clear and universally
accepted definition of multiword expressions, the first instalment of this
shared task will be of a more exploratory nature than the competitions that have
been carried out in other areas of computational linguistics.

The MWE 2008 workshop is primarily intended as a forum for collecting, sharing
and exploiting MWE evaluation resources. We have solicited contributions of such
resources in a separate call.

After collection of the resources, teams are invited to participate in a
shared task by evaluating their MWE extraction algorithms on data sets
downloaded from http://multiword.sf.net/. Further instructions will be made
available on the workshop web site, and the full collection of data sets will
be online by February 1, 2008 at the latest.

There will be three different types of submissions to the workshop:

(1) short papers describing data sets and other evaluation resources made
freely available on the community Web page;

(2) shared task participants, who evaluate an algorithm or MWE extraction
system on multiple data sets and discuss implications of their results;

(3) regular papers addressing the evaluation and comparison of multiword
extraction algorithms (but not limited to these topics).

With this call, we invite submissions of regular papers, in particular (but not
limited to) research on:

(a) Linguistic analysis of MWEs based on language resources (such as corpora)
and the impact that these studies have on NLP applications. We particularly
welcome papers that perform a cross-linguistic analysis of MWEs, identify
variation across languages, text types, domains, etc. or investigate the
variability of MWEs.

(b) Typologies of MWEs: Papers that describe classes of MWEs and their
representation in language resources, discuss different approaches to the
definition and classification of MWEs, or apply new MWE typologies to the
evaluation of computational techniques.

(c) The evaluation and comparison of multiword extraction techniques: Do
methods generalise across languages, text types, different classes of MWEs,
etc.? How useful and essential is linguistic knowledge and a theoretical
understanding of MWEs? Is fully automatic extraction feasible or will manual
intervention always be necessary?

(d) Evaluation methodology and the creation of gold standards for MWEs. Papers
should address theoretical and technical issues, while descriptions of
existing resources may be submitted as short papers for the shared task.
Topics of particular interest are novel types of gold standards (such as human
ratings from expert and non-expert subjects, language resources derived from the
Web, etc.), inter-annotator agreement in the manual validation of candidate
lists (which is often fairly low) and the task-based evaluation of MWE resources
in NLP applications.


Submission Information

Regular papers must adhere to the format of LREC proceedings (preferably using
the style files provided on the conference Web site) and must not exceed eight
(8) pages, including references. Short papers describing evaluation resources
and shared task participants will be allowed four (4) pages, using the same
formatting. Only submissions in PDF format will be considered.

As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors' names and
affiliations. Furthermore, self-citations and other references (e.g. to
projects, corpora, or software) that could reveal the author's identity should
be avoided. For example, instead of ''We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...'',
write ''Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...''.

The papers must be submitted no later than 23:59 GMT on February 29, 2008.
Papers submitted after that time cannot be reviewed.

Please submit your paper here: https://www.softconf.com/LREC2008/MWE2008/submit.html


Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: February 29, 2008
Notification of acceptance: March 28, 2008
Camera ready papers due: April 4, 2008
Workshop date: June 1, 2008


Program Committee

Iñaki Alegria, University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Timothy Baldwin, Stanford University (USA); U of Melbourne (Australia)
Colin Bannard, Max Planck Institute (Germany)
Francis Bond, NTT Communication Science Laboratories (Japan)
Gaël Dias, Beira Interior University (Portugal)
Ulrich Heid, Stuttgart University (Germany)
Kyo Kageura, University of Tokyo (Japan)
Rosamund Moon, University of Birmingham (UK)
Diana McCarthy, University of Sussex (UK)
Eric Laporte, University of Marne-la-Vallee (France)
Preslov Nakov, University of California, Berkeley (USA)
Jan Odijk, University of Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Stephan Oepen, Stanford University (USA); U of Oslo (Norway)
Darren Pearce, University of Sussex (UK)
Pavel Pecina, Charles University (Czech Republic)
Scott Piao, University of Manchester (UK)
Violeta Seretan, University of Geneva (Switzerland)
Suzanne Stevenson University of Toronto (Canada)
Beata Trawinski, University of Tuebingen (Germany)
Kiyoko Uchiyama, Keio University (Japan)
Begoña Villada Moirón, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
Aline Villavicencio, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)


Workshop Chairs

Nicole Grégoire
University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Stefan Evert
University of Osnabrueck, Germany

Brigitte Krenn
Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (ÖFAI), Austria


Contact

For any inquiries regarding the workshop please contact Nicole Grégoire
(Nicole.Gregoirelet.uu.nl).



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