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Sat Jun 18 2011

Calls: Computational Linguistics/Bulgaria

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        1.     Preslav Nakov , Workshop on Information Extraction and Knowledge Acquisition

Message 1: Workshop on Information Extraction and Knowledge Acquisition
Date: 17-Jun-2011
From: Preslav Nakov <preslavngmail.com>
Subject: Workshop on Information Extraction and Knowledge Acquisition
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Full Title: Workshop on Information Extraction and Knowledge Acquisition
Short Title: IEKA'2011

Date: 15-Sep-2011 - 16-Sep-2011
Location: Hissar, Bulgaria
Contact Person: Preslav Nakov
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://sites.google.com/site/ranlpieka/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Jul-2011

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Information Extraction and Knowledge Acquisition
15 or 16 September 2011
at RANLP'2009

Until a decade ago, the fields of information extractions (IE) and knowledge acquisition (KA) were limited to identifying and extracting named entities, semantic and ontological relations, events, templates, and facts in relatively small text corpora using a small variety of external resources such as gazetteers, thesauri, and lexical hierarchies.

Today everything has changed. The size of corpora has grown dramatically: using Gigaword-scale data is common, and it is almost standard to use the Web, which contains quadrillions of words, or at least the Web 1T 5-grams (Google n-gram corpus). More importantly, new types of communication have emerged, such as chats, blogs and, in the last 2-3 years, Twitter, whose informal language poses many challenges to automatic IE and KA, yet they are becoming increasingly important, e.g., for learning customer opinions on various products and services. Social network analysis is another emerging topic, where data is naturally much more interconnected than in the rest of the Web.

All these recent developments have posed not only new challenges, but have also created a number of opportunities, opening new research directions, and offering new useful resources. For example, the growth of Wikipedia has given rise to DBpedia and other collaboratively-created resources such as Freebase. Today, IE and KA researchers can even create annotations and resources on demand as they need them for a very low price using crowd-sourcing tools such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.

The workshop will provide a place for researchers to discuss all these exciting developments and their implications for the future of IE and KA.

Workshop Venue:

The workshop is being held in conjunction with RANLP 2011 in Hissarya, Bulgaria.

See the RANLP 2011 web site at http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2011 for further details.

Final Call for Papers:

Topics of Interest:

The topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

- Knowledge discovery and mining on the Web
- Social networks and folksonomy analysis
- Ontology population and induction
- Cross-lingual and multi-lingual approaches to IE and KA
- Using crowd-sourcing tools, such as Mechanical Turk, for IE and KA
- IE and KA and the Semantic Web
- Multi-lingual named entity recognition and disambiguation
- Event extraction
- Paraphrase extraction
- Temporal data mining
- Using resources such as Wikipedia, DBpedia, Freebase
- IE and KA from informal text: chats, instant messages, blogs, Twitter

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: July 1, 2011
Notification of acceptance: July 25, 2011
Camera-ready copy due from authors: August 22, 2011
Workshop: September 15 or 16, 2011

All deadlines refer to 11:59pm Samoa time (UTC/GMT -11 hours)

Submission Instructions:

Multiple Submission Policy:

We welcome papers that are under review for other venues, but, in the event of multiple acceptances, authors are requested to notify us and choose which meeting to present and publish the work at as soon as possible - we cannot accept for publication or presentation work that will be (or has been) published elsewhere.


Reviewing will be blind. No information identifying the authors should be in the paper: this includes not only the authors' names and affiliations, but also self-references that reveal authors' identities; for example, 'We have previously shown (Smith 1999)' should be changed to 'Smith (1999) has previously shown'.

Paper Length and Presentation:

We invite long (8) and short (4) papers. Accepted short papers will be presented either as short oral presentations or as posters.

Submission Format:

Authors are strongly encouraged to use the LaTeX style files or MSWord equivalents below – these formats will ease the transition to the proceedings version:

RANLP LaTeX styles (.zip): http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2011/ranlpStyleFiles/ranlpLaTeX.zip
RANLP PDF demo: http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2011/ranlpStyleFiles/ranlp2011.pdf
RANLP MS Word Template (.zip): http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2011/ranlpStyleFiles/ranlpWord.zip

Submission should be made using START: https://www.softconf.com/ranlp11/ieka2011/

All papers accepted for presentation will appear in the Workshop Proceedings and will be uploaded at the ACL Anthology.

Workshop Organizers:

Preslav Nakov, National University of Singapore
Zornitsa Kozareva, University of Southern California
Kuzman Ganchev, Google Inc.
Jerry Hobbs, University of Southern California

Program Committee:

Javier Artiles, Queens College
Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield
Razvan Bunescu, Ohio State University
Hamish Cunningham, University of Sheffield
Mona Diab, Columbia University
Greg Druck, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Georgi Georgiev, Ontotext AD
Filip Ginter, University of Turku
Jennifer Gillenwater, University of Pennsylvania
Andrew Gordon, USC/ICT
Joao Graca, University of Pennsylvania
Chikara Hashimoto, NICT
Nitin Indurkhya, eBay
Hagen Fürstenau, Saarland University
Alex Kulesza, University of Pennsylvania
Maussam, University of Washington
Su Nam Kim, The University of Melbourne
Alexandre Klementiev, Johns Hopkins University
Ana-Maria Popescu, Yahoo!
Ryan McDonald, Google
Andres Montoyo, University of Alicante
Rafael Munoz, University of Alicante
Roberto Navigli, University of Rome
Manuel Palomar, University of Alicante
Siddharth Patwardhan, IBM
Marco Pennacchiotti, Yahoo!
Simone Paolo Ponzetto, University of Heidelberg
Sampo Pyysalo, University of Tokyo
Sujith Ravi, ISI, University of Southern California
Ellen Riloff, University of Utah
Alan Ritter, University of Washington
Paolo Rosso, University of Valencia
Kenji Sagae, USC/ICT
Thamar Solorio, University of Alabama
Ralf Steinberger, JRC
Mihai Surdeanu, Stanford University
Idan Szpektor, Yahoo Research
Valentin Tablan, University of Sheffield
Jörg Tiedemann, University of Uppsala
Ivan Titov, Saarland University
Aline Villavicencio, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
Alexander Yates, Temple University

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