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LINGUIST List 22.1250

Tue Mar 15 2011

Calls: Computational Linguistics/Bulgaria

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        1.     Galia Angelova , Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing

Message 1: Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing
Date: 14-Mar-2011
From: Galia Angelova <galialml.bas.bg>
Subject: Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing
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Full Title: Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing
Short Title: RANLP-2011

Date: 12-Sep-2011 - 14-Sep-2011
Location: Hissar, Bulgaria
Contact Person: Galia Angelova
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.lml.bas.bg/ranlp2011

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 18-Apr-2011

Meeting Description:


Tutorials: September 10-11, 2011 (Saturday-Sunday)
Main Conference: September 12-14, 2011 (Monday-Wednesday)
Workshops: September 15-16, 2011 (Thursday-Friday)

RANLP (Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing) is one of the most established and competitive NLP conferences. The event is held biennially and grew out of the International summer schools 'Contemporary Topics in Computational Linguistics' which were organised for many years as international training events. All RANLP conferences in 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 featured keynote talks by leading names in NLP as well as presentations/papers of high quality, rigorously reviewed by a Programme Committee of well-known experts. The acceptance rates for full papers in recent years were as follows: 14% (RANLP-2005), 11% (RANLP-2007) and 10% (RANLP-2009). Selected papers from most RANLP conferences were published in a volume as part of John Benjamins’ series 'Current Trends of Linguistic Research'. The conference is preceded by tutorials on current NLP topics and is followed by international workshops. The papers accepted at RANLP-09 and the associated workshops are included in the ACL Anthology.

RANLP-11 will be held in Hissar, Bulgaria. Located in the Rila mountains, it is one of most popular tourist resorts in South-East Europe. Hotel Samokov, the event venue, offers excellent conference and leisure facilities.

The conference will take the form of addresses from invited keynote speakers plus presentations of peer-reviewed individual papers. There will also be an exhibition area for poster and demo sessions. The conference will be preceded by two days of tutorials (10-11 September 2011). Post-conference workshops will be held on 15-16 September 2011.

RANLP-2011 will feature six Keynote Speakers:

Roberto Cencioni (European Commission, DG INFSO)
Ido Dagan (Bar Ilan University)
Patrick Hanks (University of the West of England, Bristol and University of Wolverhampton)
Inderjeet Mani (Children's Organization of Southeast Asia)
Roberto Navigli (Sapienza University of Rome)
Hans Uszkoreit (University of Saarland)

Six pre-conference tutorials will be given on 10-11 September 2011 by the following Tutorial Speakers:

Kevin Bretonnel Cohen (University of Colorado School of Medicine)
Patrick Hanks (University of the West of England, Bristol and University of Wolverhampton)
Erhard Hinrichs (University of Tubingen)
Zornitsa Kozareva (Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California) & Preslav Nakov (National University of Singapore)
Inderjeet Mani (Children's Organization of Southeast Asia)
Lucia Specia (University of Wolverhampton)

The Team behind RANLP-11:

Galia Angelova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria (OC Chair)
Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield, UK
Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton, UK (PC Chair)
Preslav Nakov, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Nicolas Nicolov, J.D. Power and Assoc. [McGraw-Hill Company], USA (Publications)
Nikolai Nikolov, INCOMA Ltd., Shoumen, Bulgaria (Local operations)
Ivelina Nikolova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria (PC assistant, webmaster)
Kiril Simov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria (Workshop coordinator)
Irina Teminikova, University of Wolverhampton, UK (PC assistant)

Call for Papers:


We invite papers reporting on recent advances in all aspects of Natural Language Processing (NLP). We encourage submissions on any NLP topic including but not limited to pragmatics, discourse, semantics, syntax, and the lexicon; phonetics, phonology, and morphology; mathematical models and complexity; text understanding and generation; multilingual NLP; machine translation, machine-aided translation, translation memory systems, translation aids and tools; corpus-based language processing; POS tagging; parsing; electronic dictionaries; knowledge acquisition; terminology; word-sense disambiguation; anaphora resolution; information retrieval; information extraction; text summarisation; term recognition; text categorisation; question answering; textual entailment; opinion mining; dialogue systems; speech processing; computer-aided language learning; language resources; evaluation; and theoretical and application-orientated topics related to NLP.

Submission Guidelines:

The submission will be maintained by conference management software START, see details at the conference site at http://www.lml.bas.bg/ranlp2011. Submissions should follow strictly the ACL based stylesheets, available at the RANLP 2011 conference site, and should not exceed 8 pages (poster and demo submissions should be no longer than six pages), including cover page, figures, tables and references. Poster and demo papers are presented at the conference in joint poster/demo sessions.

The review process will be anonymous. Double submissions are allowed, but authors will be asked to declare these explicitly. Submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the Programme Committee. Authors of accepted papers will receive guidelines regarding how to produce camera-ready versions of their papers for inclusion in the proceedings. The full conference proceedings will be distributed at the event. The proceedings will be uploaded at the ACL Anthology shortly after the event.

Important Dates:

11 April 2011: Abstract submission & registration at START (not mandatory but would be helpful to plan the review)
18 April 2011: Conference paper submission deadline at START
15 June 2011: Conference paper acceptance notification
20 July 2011: Camera-ready versions of the conference papers at START
20 July 2011: Abstracts for the RANLP 2011 Book of Abstracts at START

PC Chair: Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton)
OC Chair: Galia Angelova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

The Program Committee members are distinguished experts from all over the world:

Guadalupe Aguado de Cea (Polytechnic University Madrid, Spain)
Elisabeth André (University of Augsburg, Germany)
Galia Angelova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
Kalina Bontcheva (University of Sheffield, UK)
António Branco (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Kevin Bretonnel Cohen (University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA)
Gloria Corpas (University of Malaga, Spain)
Dan Cristea ('Al. I. Cuza' University of Iasi, Romania)
Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Arantza Diaz de Ilarraza (University of Basque Country, Spain)
Alexander Gelbukh (Nat. Polytechnic Inst., Mexico)
Ralph Grishman (New York University, USA)
Catalina Hallett (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
Graeme Hirst (University of Toronto, Canada)
Diana Inkpen (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Richard J. Evans (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
Frances Johnson (Manchester Metrop. University, UK)
Dimitar Kazakov (University of York, UK)
Alma Kharrat (Microsoft, USA)
Richard Kittredge (CoGenTex, USA)
Steven Krauwer (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Lori Lamel (LIMSI - CNRS, France)
Yuji Matsumoto (NAIST, Japan)
Diana Maynard (University of Sheffield, UK)
Rada Mihalcea (University of North Texas, USA)
Andrei Mikheev (Infogistics Ltd & Daxtra Tech. Ltd, UK)
Andres Montoyo (University of Alicante, Spain)
Rafael Muñoz Guillena (University of Alicante, Spain)
Makoto Nagao (National Diet Library, Japan)
Preslav Nakov (National Univ. of Singapore, Singapore)
Roberto Navigli (Univ. di Roma La Sapienza, Italy)
Ani Nenkova (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Kemal Oflazer (Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar)
Constantin Orasan (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
Manuel Palomar (University of Alicante, Spain)
Javier Pérez Guerra (University of Vigo, Spain)
Stelios Piperidis (ILSP, Greece)
John Prager (IBM, USA)
Gábor Prószéky (MorphoLogic, Hungary)
Stephen Pulman (Oxford University, UK)
Allan Ramsay (University of Manchester, UK)
Horacio Rodríguez (Technical Univ. of Catalonia, Spain)
Frédérique Segond (Xerox Research Centre, France)
Khaled Shaalan (British Univ. in Dubai, U. Arab Emirates)
Khalil Sima'an (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Kiril Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
Lucia Specia (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
Keh-Yih Su (Behavior Design Corporation, Taiwan)
Kristina Toutanova (Microsoft, USA)
Dan Tufiş (Research Institute for AI, Romania)
L. Alfonso Ureña López (University of Jaen, Spain)
Karin Verspoor (Los Alamos National Lab., USA)
Manuel Vilares Ferro (University of Corunna, Spain)
Piek Vossen (Irion Technologies BV, The Netherlands)
Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield, UK)
Dekai Wu (Hong Kong Univ. S&T, Hong Kong)


RANLP 2011 will be held in AUGUSTA SPA hotel ( http://www.augustaspa.com), Hissar. Hissar or Hisarya (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hisarya, Bulgaria) has been a well-known resort since ancient times; it boasts 22 mineral springs with water temperatures between 37˚C and 52˚C. Archaeological research has revealed that a town existed near the springs 5000 years BC. Many years later, Thracians, and after them Romans, settled around the warm springs. The Roman emperor Diocletian visited the town in 293 and built a fortified wall around it. The town was named Diocletianopol. Famous archeological monuments such as theThracian Tomb of Kazanluk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thracian_Tomb_of_Kazanlak) and the Tomb at Starosel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starosel) are located within 20-50 km from Hissar.


Hissar is situated in the centre of Bulgaria, 40 km north of the city of Plovdiv and 160 km east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Both the International airports of Sofia and Plovdiv can be used as arrival/departure points for RANLP 2011. Ryanair is now operating flights between London Stansted and Plovdiv two times per week. Sofia Airport is connected to Plovdiv via a motorway and it takes only 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach Hissar from Sofia. In addition to the regular public transport (trains and buses), the organisers will provide shuttle minibuses from/to Sofia and Plovdiv airports at an inexpensive rate.

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