Last CFP: COLING'04 Workshop on RObust Methods in Analysis of Natural language Data

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Mon Mar 29 15:52:43 UTC 2004

Submission Deadline: March 31st

3rd  workshop on RObust Methods in Analysis of Natural language Data
A satellite event of COLING 2004
Geneva - August 29th 2004

Robustness in Computational Linguistics has been recently recognized as
a central issue for the design of interactive applications based on
natural language communication. If a failure of the system can be
acceptable in batch applications requiring a human intervention, an
on-line system should be capable of dealing with unforeseen situations
in a more flexible way. When we talk about system failure we do not
think at inherent program failures like infinite loops or system
exception, we consider, rather, failures related to the processing of
the input and its assimilation in the system's knowledge base. A failure
of this kind means simply that the system does not "understand" the
input. The automated analysis of natural language data has become a
central issue in the design of Intelligent Information Systems.
Processing unconstrained natural language data is still considered an
AI-hard task. However, various analysis techniques have been proposed in
order to address specific aspects of natural language. In particular,
recent interest has been focused on providing approximate analysis
techniques, assuming that when perfect analysis is not possible, partial
results may be still very useful.

ROMAND 2004 is the third of a series of workshops aimed at bringing
together researchers and students that work in fields like artificial
intelligence, computational linguistics, human-computer interaction,
cognitive science and are interested in robust methods in natural
language processing and understanding. The term "natural language" is
intended as all the possible modalities of human communication and it is
not restricted to written or spoken language. Theoretical aspects of
robustness in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Understanding (NLU)
are welcome as well as engineering and industrial experiences. We are
also interested in research works that investigate different types of
linguistic modules integration, in order to characterise their
advantages and disadvantages with respect to different types of
applications, and works that propose different types of NLP/NLU systems,
ranging from sequential/pipelined architectures to more loosely-coupled
multi-level distributed architectures.

We invite papers on all topics related to robustness in natural
language processing, including, but not limited to:

* Natural Language Architectures
* Robust Morpho-Syntactic Parsing
* Robust Semantics
* Robust Discourse Analysis
* Robust Computational Pragmatics
* Complexity of linguistic analysis
* Spell checking and automated spell correction
* NLP and Soft Computing
* Hybrid methods in computational linguistics
* Information Extraction
* Multimedia Document Analysis
* Spoken Language Understanding
* Multimodal Human-Computer Interfaces
* Cognitive Linguistics

Dr. Frank Keller, University of Edinburgh:
                 "Gradient Grammaticality: Applications in Robust Parsing"

Authors should submit an anonymous paper (avoiding, as much as
possible, hints for the identification of authors) of at most 10 pages
(including pictures and references), intended for talks with a duration of
minutes plus 10 minutes for discussions. The paper should follow the
COLING formatting style available on the main conference web site
(, and the authors must also send
us a wrapper e-mail message indicating:

    (at least) the contacting author,
2.  an ABSTRACT of the submitted paper (less than 500 words),
3.  a list of KEYWORDS (no more than 5).

The papers should be submitted electronically in PDF (preferred) or
postscript format to:

mailto:romand at

Papers submission:           March 31st
Acceptance notification:     May 7th
Final version:               June 4th
Workshop:                    August 29th

Vincenzo Pallotta (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Lausanne and
                   International Computer Science Institute - Berkeley)

Amalia Todirascu (University of Troyes and University of Iasi)

Afzal Ballim
Alberto Lavelli
Alexander Clark
Atro Voutilainen
Bangalore Srinivas
C.J. Rupp
Dan Cristea
Diego Molla'-Aliod
Eric Wherli
Jose' Iria
Fabio Massimo Zanzotto
Fabio Rinaldi
Frank Keller
Giovanni Coray
Guenther Goerz
Hatem Ghorbel
Jean-Cedric Chappelier
Jean-Pierre Chanod
Joachim Niehren
John Carroll
Kay-Uwe Carstensen
Manuela Boros
Maria Teresa Pazienza
Martin Rajman
Michael Hess
Patrick Ruch
Roberto Basili
Rodolfo Delmonte
Salah Ait-Mokhtar
Susan Armstrong
Wolfgang Menzel
Yuji Matsumoto

Violeta Seretan (University of Geneva)
Hatem Ghorbel (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Lausanne)

All inquiries should be sent to [romand at]. Please note that
general organizational details (registration, accommodation, etc.) are
taken care of by COLING 2004, not by the workshop organizers.

More information are available the workshop's Web page at

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