Appel: 1st International Joint Conference of Natural Language Processing

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***** IJCNLP-04 Newsletter No.1 *******

The 1st International Joint Conference of Natural Language Processing
      organized by the Asia Federation of NLP associations (AFNLP)


    Main Conference: March 22-24, 2004
    Workshops:          March 25, 2004

    Sanya, Hainan island, China
    ***Land's End - Hainan is so remote on the sea that ancient people,
while believing that earth is square, really thought it is where the
land ends***

[Sponsoring Organizations]
    Chinese Information Processing Society of China
    Association for Natural Language Processing of Japan
    Association for Computational Linguistics


This issue contains

[0] Paper submission
[1] Area chairs of the Program Committee
[2] Accepted Thematic Sessions
[3] International Advisory Committee of IJCNLP
[4] Steering Committee of IJCNLP
[5] Organization of IJCNLP-04

[0] Paper Submission

The information on paper submission will soon appear in the website?@

The important dates are as follows.

Paper submission deadline: November 15, 2003
    (Note that we abolish the paper registration deadline of November 8)
Notification of acceptance: December 23, 2003
Camera ready papers due: January 24, 2004

[1] Program Committee

   We are happy to announce the co-chairs and the area chairs of the PC.

[Co-chairs of the Program Committee]

    Keh-Yih Su (Behavior Design Corporation, Hsinchu)
    Jun-ichi Tsujii (University of Tokyo, Tokyo)

[Information Retrieval]
    Sung Hyon Myaeng (Information and Communications University,
[FSA, Parsing Algorithms]
    John Carroll (Sussex University, Brighton)
[Theories and Formalisms for Morphology, Syntax and Semantics]
    Ann Copestake (University of Cambridge, Cambridge)
[Semantic Disambiguation]
    Martha Palmer (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)
[Taggers, Chunkers, Shallow Parsers]
    Yuji Matsumoto (NAIST, Nara)
[Word Segmentation]
    Keh-Jiann Chen (Academia Sinica, Taipei)
[Statistical Models and Machine Learning for NLP]
    Dekang Lin (University of Alberta, Alberta)
[Machine Translation and Multilinguality]
    Franz Och (ISI-USC, Los Angeles)
    Tiejun Zhao (Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin)
[Text Mining]
    Kenji Yamanishi (NEC, Tokyo)
[Lexical Semantics, Ontology and Linguistic Resource]
    Chu-Ren Huang (Academia Sinica, Taipei)
    Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, Pisa)
[Text and Sentence Generation]
    Robert Dale (Macquarie University, Sydney)
[Dialogue and Discourse]
    Laurent Romary (LORIA, Paris)
[Automatic Abstraction and Text Summarization]
    Manabu Okumura(Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo)
[Information Extraction, Q/A]
    Hwee Tou Ng (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
[NLP Software and Application]
    Gary Geunbae Lee (Pohang University of Science and Technology,
    Declerck Thierry (DFKI and Saarland University, Saarbruecken)
    Chin-Hui Lee (Georgia Institute of Tech, Atlanta)
    Chengqing Zong,(Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing,)

[2] Thematic Sessions
A Thematic Session provides a good occasion to focus peoples with the
same special interest, and let them meet each other at a specific
time-space to discuss and exchange ideas.

The following proposals have been accepted as thematic sessions. Please
note that the deadline and procedure for submitting papers to these
sessions are the same as those for general sessions. Also, the same
quality standard will be applied to evaluate various submissions across
general sessions and thematic sessions.
You will find the detailed submission procedure in our website.

[TS-1] Natural Language Learning using Both Labeled and Unlabeled Data
Organizer : Hang Li (Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing)

Recently, a new trend has arisen in the field of Natural Language
Processing (NLP): the development of machine learning technologies that
use both labeled and unlabeled data for training.  Methods that have
been proposed under this paradigm include co-training, EM learning,
transductive learning, and other semi-supervised learning techniques.
For many NLP tasks, existing data are by their nature unlabeled and
manually labeling them is prohibitively expensive.  Effective
utilization of both unlabeled and labeled data in learning is also a
challenging but important issue.  The goal of this thematic session is
to bring together researchers working on this issue from different
perspectives, in order to share their latest research results and to
discuss future directions.  We think that this session will advance
research not only in exploiting unlabeled data but also in other natural
language learning issues.

[TS-2] Natural Language Technology in the Text Processing User Interface
Organizers: Michael Kuehn (Universitaet Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz)
             Kumiko TANAKA-Ishii (University of Tokyo, Tokyo)

The emergence of applications like mobile text processing, communication
aids and authoring support require sophisticated methods of text
processing under challenging conditions. We invite researchers to
discuss language technologies such as (but not restricted to) language
modeling, analysis, summarization and disambiguation, in order to assist
the user at the text processing front-end.

[TS-3] Mobile Information Retrieval
Organizer: Mun-Kew Leong (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore)

One of the strongest impacts in recent information technology is the way
mobility has changed computer applications. The rapid rate of handphone
adoption, the ubiquitous PDA, and the low cost of wireless adoption has
created new problems, new challenges, and new opportunities to
researchers in many disciplines. One common thread through all these
applications is the necessity for information retrieval in one form or
another. Another characteristic is the limited screen size of mobile
devices and the consequent ramifications on input and output. The use of
NLP plays an integral part in creating better user interfaces, better
analysis of results for precise display, and greater understanding in
the iterative interaction (dialogue) between user and mobile device. We
propose this workshop to explore user oriented and theoretical limits
and characteristics of NLP and IR within the context of mobile devices.

[TS-4] Text mining in Biomedicine
Organizers: Sophia Ananiadou (Salford University, Manchester)
             Jong C. Park?@(KAIST, Daejeon)

With biomedical literature expanding so rapidly, there is an urgent need
to discover and organise  knowledge extracted from texts. Although
factual databases contain crucial information the overwhelming amount of
new knowledge remains in textual form (e.g. MEDLINE). In addition, new
terms are constantly coined as the  relationships linking new genes,
drugs, proteins etc. As the size of biomedical literature is expanding,
more systems are applying a variety of methods to automate the process
of knowledge acquisition and management. These include a variety of
techniques such as statistics, machine learning, SVMs, deep or shallow
linguistic or domain knowledge etc. Some NLP related topics are
challenging in biomedicine such as: dynamic terminology management,
named-entity recognition , integration with non-textual resources,
discovery of named relationships, populating and updating  existing
ontologies / taxonomies. The aim of this thematic session is to examine
es and challenges in the area of biomedical text mining.

[3] International Advisory Committee of IJCNLP

The following distinguished researchers have agreed to oversee IJCNLP-04
and the future conferences.

Nicoletta Calzolari (Pisa)
Eva Hajicova (Prague)
Eduard Hovy (Los Angeles)
Mark Johnson (Rhode Island)
Aravind Joshi (Philadelphia)
Martin Kay (Palo Alto)
Bente Maegaard (Copenhagen)
Joseph Mariani (Paris)

Makoto Nagao (Kyoto)
Donia Scott (Brighton)
Hozumi Tanaka (Tokyo)
Hans Uszkoreit (Saarbruecken)
Tianshun Yao (Shenyang)

[4] Steering Committee of IJCNLP

Chair: Keh-Yih Su (Hsinchu)

Jason S. Chang (Hsinchu)
Key-Sun Choi (Daejeon)
Robert Dale (Sydney)
Tetsuya Ishikawa (Tsukuba)
Shun Ishizaki (Fujisawa)
Hyuk-Chul Kweon (Busan)
Jong-Hyeok Lee (Pohang)
Kim Teng Lua (Singapore)
Hammam Riza (Jakarta)

Rajeev Sangal (Hyderabad)
Virach Sornlertlamvanich (Bangkok)
Maosong Sun (Beijing)
Hideki Tanaka (Keihan-na)
Benjamin Tsou (Hongkong)
Jun-ichi Tsujii (Tokyo)
Lide Wu (Shanghai) (TBC)
Shiwen Yu (Beijing) (TBC)
Zaharin Yusoff (Penang)

[5] Organization of IJCNLP-04

Honorary Chair
  Nagao, Makoto (Kyoto University, Kyoto)

Conference Co-chairs
  Ni, Guangnan (Chinese Academy of Engineering, Beijing)
  Tsou, Benjamin K. (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Program Committee Co-chairs
  Su, Keh-Yih (Behavior Design Corporation, Taipei)
  Tsujii, Jun-ichi (University of Tokyo, Tokyo)

Chair for Satellite Events
  Choi, Key-Sun (KAIST, Daejeon)

Chair for Interactive Posters and Demos
  Zhou, Ming (Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing)

Local Organizing Committee Chair
  Cao, Youqi (Chinese Information Processing Society of China, Beijing)
  (VC) Sun, Maosong (Tsinghua University, Beijing) (External Liaison

Publicity Chair
  Isahara, Hitoshi (CRL, Kyoto)

Publication Chair
  Jong Hyeok LEE (Postech, Pohang)
(VC) Kurohashi, Sadao (University of Tokyo, Tokyo)
      Kwong, Olivia (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Financial Chair
  Wong, Kam Fai (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  (VC) Lai, Tom (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
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