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Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2016

Call Information:
Call for papers, TAL journal special issue on NLP and ethics.

Invited editors: Karën Fort (U. Paris-Sorbonne/STIH), Gilles Adda (LIMSI-CNRS/IMMI), K. Bretonnel Cohen (U. of Colorado, School of Medicine)

This special issue of the TAL journal aims to highlight the NLP contributions to ethics and data protection and to uncover the limitations of the field both in terms of real possibilities (evaluation) and societal dangers.

We encourage submissions on all aspects related to ethics for and by Natural Language Processing, and in particular on the following problems or tasks:

- Sensitive corpus processing, including medical, police or personal data
- Language resource production, in particular using crowdsourcing, and ethics
- Ethical questions linked to the use of tools or the result of NLP processing
- Ethical questions related to NLP practices
- Quality and ways of evaluating applications and/or language resources
- Anonymization, de-identification and re-identification of NLP corpora
- Plagiarism detection by NLP
- Facts checking
- Paralinguistic and ethics, in particular speaker identification or detection of pathologies
- Historical perspective of ethics in NLP
- Definition of ethics as applied to NLP

We also welcome position papers on the subject.


Manuscripts may be submitted in English or French. French-speaking authors are requested to submit in French. Submissions in English are accepted only in case of one of the authors not being a French speaker.

Important Dates (Tentative)

Mid-March 2016 Deadline for submission
End of May 2016 Notification to authors after first review
Beg. of July 2016 Deadline for submission of revised version
Mid-July 2016 Notification to authors after second review
End of Sept. 2016 Deadline for submission of final version
December 2016 Publication

Paper Submission

TAL perfoms double blind reviewing.
*** Your paper should be anonymised ***

Reviewing Committee

Maxime Amblard (U. de Lorraine/LORIA)
Jean-Yves Antoine (U. de Tours/LI)
Philippe Blache (CNRS / LPL)
Jean-François Bonastre (LIA/U. D'Avignon)
Alain Couillault (U. de La Rochelle/L3i)
Gaël de Chalendar (CEA LIST)
Patrick Drouin (U. de Montréal/OLST)
Cécile Fabre (U. de Toulouse/CLLE-ERSS)
Cyril Grouin (LIMSI-CNRS)
Lynette Hirschman (MITRE Corporation)
Larry Hunter (U. of Colorado, School of Medicine)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College/Dpt of Computer Science)
Juliette Kahn (LNE)
Mark Liberman (UPenn/LDC)
Joseph Mariani (LIMSI-CNRS/IMMI)
Yann Mathet (U. de Caen/GREYC)
Claude Montacié (U. Paris-Sorbonne/STIH)
Jean-Philippe Prost (U. de Montpellier/LIRMM)
Rafal Rzepka (Hokkaido University/Language Media Laboratory)
Björn Schuller (University of Passau)
Michel Simard (National Reseach Council Canada)
Mariarosaria Taddeo (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford)