Appel: Workshop on Definition Extraction

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Apr 17 14:32:05 UTC 2009

Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 15:10:53 -0500
From: Workshop on Definition Extraction <WDE at>
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1st Call for papers


September 18, 2009
Borovets, Bulgaria


Nowadays, the automatic extraction of definitions from textual data is
a common task in different domains of Natural Language
Processing. Briefly, we can sketch two main research directions:

- The use of Definition Extraction (DE) as a methodological resource
  in areas such as Computational Semantic, Information Extraction,
  Text Mining, Ontologies, WEB Semantics or E-Learning.

- The conception of DE as a self-challenging task, particularity in
  Computational Lexicography and Terminology, toward the design and
  implementation of electronic resources such as lexical knowledge
  bases, machine-readable dictionaries, terminological databases,
  thesauri.  Such resources can be monolingual or multilingual.

However, in contrast to the generalised use of DE in multiple domains,
there is no specific forum for sharing information about
methodologies, tools, evaluation techniques or applications related
directly with DE.

We propose this 1st Workshop on Definition Extraction as such an
exchange forum, with the hope that this workshop could become an
academic space to share and assess new methodologies, tools and
techniques, in the spirit of promoting the DE as a consolidated
research area.


This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss, both theoretical
and practical views in DE. The following are examples of topics that
are relevant, but not exclusive, for the workshop:

· Discussions, analysis, positions around the state of art on DE.

· Concrete uses of resources obtained from DE in scientific or
  technical areas.

· Original methodologies considering the use of symbolic and/or
  statistical methods for the recognition and extraction of possible
  candidates of textual definitions.

· Comparisons between DE from structured (such as Wikipedia) and
  unstructured textual data.

· Development of computational tools for extracting definitions from
  large corpora.

· Concrete applications of DE within larger projects in Language
  Learning, Automated Reasoning, Text Mining, etc.

· DE in multilingual environment.


Lexicographers, terminographers, linguists, computational linguists,
NLP community and those people interested in DE field.


1 Invited speaker (to be determined)
8-10 papers
4-5 software demonstrations


The official language of the conference is English.


- Submission process will be independent for RANLP-2009: papers should
  be submitted to the e-mail address
  wde at<mailto:wde at>.

- However, all submissions should follow RANLP-2009 papers format (no
  longer than 7 pages, including cover page, figures, tables and

- We also encourage the submission of demos, which should be no longer
  than 5 pages.

- RANLP-2009 templates could be found in the following

- Papers will be reviewed using a blind peer review process by at
  least two members of the program committee.

- At least one author of each accepted submission must attend the
  workshop, and all workshop participants must pay the RANLP-2009
  workshop registration fee.


Teresa Cabré (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
Patrick Drouin (Université de Montréal, Canada)

Thierry Fontenelle (Microsoft Corporation, USA)
Adam Kilgarriff (University of Sussex, United Kingdom)
John McNaught (National Center for Text Mining, United Kingdom)
Veronique Malaisé (Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands)
Alfonso Medina (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico)

Paola Monachesi (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
María Pozzi (El Colegio de México, Mexico)
Paolo Rosso (Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain)
Juan Manuel Torres (Université d'Avignon, France)


-Paper submission deadline: 5 June 2009.

-Acceptance or rejection notification: 20 July 2009.

-Camera ready: 24 August 2009.

-Workshop: September 18, 2009.


César Aguilar (Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Mexico)
Rodrigo Alarcón (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico)
Carme Bach (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
Héctor Jiménez (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico)
Horacio Saggion (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)

Gerardo Sierra (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico)
Caroline Barrière (Institute for Information Technology, National
Research Council of Canada)

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