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Thu Feb 09 2012

Calls: Computational Linguistics/Switzerland

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        1.     Tobias Kuhn , 3rd Workshop on Controlled Natural Language

Message 1: 3rd Workshop on Controlled Natural Language
Date: 09-Feb-2012
From: Tobias Kuhn <kuhntobiasgmail.com>
Subject: 3rd Workshop on Controlled Natural Language
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Full Title: 3rd Workshop on Controlled Natural Language
Short Title: CNL 2012

Date: 29-Aug-2012 - 31-Aug-2012
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Contact Person: Tobias Kuhn
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://attempto.ifi.uzh.ch/site/cnl2012/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 06-Apr-2012

Meeting Description:

3rd Workshop on Controlled Natural Language (CNL 2012)
29-31 August 2012
Zurich, Switzerland

A controlled natural language (CNL) is based on natural language but comes with restrictions on vocabulary, grammar, and/or semantics. The general goal is to reduce or eliminate ambiguity and complexity.

Some of these languages are designed to improve communication among humans, especially for non-native speakers of the respective natural language. In other cases, the restrictions on the language are supposed to make it easier for computers to analyze such texts in order to improve computer-aided, semi-automatic, or automatic translations into other languages. A third group of CNL has the goal to enable reliable automated reasoning on seemingly natural texts. Such languages have a direct mapping to some sort of formal logic and should improve the accessiblity of formal knowledge representations or specifications for people unfamiliar with formal notations.

All these types of CNL are covered by this workshop.


The workshop will take place at the Department of Informatics and the Institute of Computational Linguistics of the University of Zurich in Switzerland.

2nd Call for Papers:

The deadline has been extended to 6 April 2012.


Possible topics for CNL 2012 include:

CNL for knowledge representation
CNL for question answering
CNL for specifications
CNL for business rules
CNL for interactive systems
CNL for machine translation
CNL for improved understandability of texts
Design of CNLs
CNL applications
CNL evaluation
Usability and acceptance of CNL
CNL grammars and lexica
Reasoning in CNL
Spoken CNL
CNL in the context of the Semantic Web and Linked Open Data
CNL in the government
CNL in industry
CNL use cases
Theoretical properties of CNL

Submissions and Proceedings:

We invite researchers to submit papers with novel contributions in the area of CNL. These research papers should be formatted according to the Springer LNCS format and should not exceed 15 pages (but shorter papers are highly welcome too). Papers should be submitted in PDF format via the EasyChair conference system:


Accepted papers will be included in the printed workshop proceedings to be published by Springer within the LNAI series. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their research at the workshop. Unlike the previous CNL workshops, the final papers will be reviewed and published before the workshop (there are no extended abstracts anymore).

Important Dates:

Submission deadline (extended): 6 April 2012
Notification of acceptance: 25 May 2012
Deadline for revised papers: 18 June 2012
Workshop: 29-31 August 2012

Organization Committee:

Tobias Kuhn (Yale University, USA), kuhntobiasgmail.com
Norbert E. Fuchs (University of Zurich, Switzerland), fuchsifi.uzh.ch

Program Committee:

Johan Bos (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Peter E. Clark (Vulcan Inc, USA)
Rogan Creswick (Galois, USA)
Danica Damljanovic (University of Sheffield, UK)
Brian Davis (DERI/National University of Ireland)
Norbert E. Fuchs (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Normunds Gruzitis (University of Latvia)
Stefan Hoefler (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Kaarel Kaljurand (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Peter Koepke (University of Bonn, Germany)
Tobias Kuhn (Yale University, USA)
Hans Leiss (University of Munich, Germany)
Reinhard Muskens (Tilburg University, Netherlands)
Gordon Pace (University of Malta)
Richard Power (The Open University, UK)
Laurette Pretorius (University of South Africa)
Mike Rosner (University of Malta)
Aarne Ranta (Chalmers University, Sweden)
Rolf Schwitter (Macquarie University, Australia)
Geoff Sutcliffe (University of Miami, USA)
Silvie Spreeuwenberg (LibRT, Netherlands)
Uta Schwertel (imc, Germany)
Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield, UK)
Adam Wyner (University of Liverpool, UK)

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