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Fri Feb 11 2011

Calls: Text/Corpus Ling, Discourse Analysis, Computational Ling/USA

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        1.     David Uthus , Workshop on Analyzing Microtext at AAAI-11

Message 1: Workshop on Analyzing Microtext at AAAI-11
Date: 09-Feb-2011
From: David Uthus <david.uthus.ctrnrl.navy.mil>
Subject: Workshop on Analyzing Microtext at AAAI-11
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Full Title: Workshop on Analyzing Microtext at AAAI-11

Date: 07-Aug-2011 - 08-Aug-2011
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Contact Person: David Uthus
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://home.earthlink.net/~dwaha/research/meetings/aaai11-amw

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

Call Deadline: 22-Apr-2011

Meeting Description:

Text and dialogue analysis are important areas of AI research, and there have been many advances for several types of communications (e.g., news feeds, emails, technical support forums, and blogs). However, fewer efforts have focused on studying microtext (Ellen, ICAART-11) (e.g., instant messages, chat rooms, and microblog services such as Twitter, Buzz, and the DoD's Chirp service), which are semi-structured and are also distinguished by their short length, informality, lexicon, and (in the case of group chat) multiple interwoven conversations. Along with their typically poor grammar, misspellings, and frequent use of icons, these characteristics make microtext content challenging to analyze.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a research forum for cross-fertilization of ideas pertaining to analysis of microtext, including discussion on tasks of interest, investigations of analysis techniques, surveys on related work, presentation of recent accomplishments, reports on relevant applications (e.g., marketing, alerting, expertise finding, crime prevention, anti-terrorism, collaborative learning, and communication patterns in teams for training and performance assessment), and recommendations for future research foci.

Attendance

This workshop is limited to (75) invited attendees. Please notify Co-Chair David Uthus (david.uthus.ctrnrl.navy.mil) if you wish to attend.

Workshop Organizing Committee

David W. Aha (Naval Research Laboratory;david.ahanrl.navy.mil),
Douglas W. Oard (University of Maryland;oardumd.edu),
Sowyma Ramachandran (Stottler-Henke Associates,
Inc.;sowmyastottlerhenke.com),
David C. Uthus (National Research Council& Naval Research
Laboratory;david.uthus.ctrnrl.navy.mil)


Call for Papers:

Topics:

- Thread and topic detection/extraction
- Identifying individual message and user characteristics (e.g., urgency, gender, expertise, age)
- Summarization (e.g., of a chat room's threads)
- Author attribution
- NLP issues specifically pertaining to microtext analysis
- Message analysis databases and applications (e.g., educational, law enforcement)

Format:

This one-day workshop will include a comprehensive introductory presentation, invited talks from active researchers, paper and poster presentations, and a panel focusing on key research issues and directions. Additional time will be reserved for Q/A and discussion of workshop topics/presentations. Interested and curious researchers are most welcome!

Important Dates:

22 April 2011: Paper submissions due
13 May 2011: Responses returned re: submitted papers
27 May 2011: Submission of revised and invited camera-ready papers
7 or 8 August 2011: Workshop date! (San Francisco, California)

Submission Requirements:

Please email AAAI-styled PDF submissions (max 6 pages) or letters of interest (1-2 pages) to Co-Chair David Uthus (Naval Research Laboratory, Code 5514; 4555 Overlook Ave., SW; Washington, DC 20375; david.uthus.ctrnrl.navy.mil; 202 767-0018; 202 767-2166 (FAX)).



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