Appel: CLA'10, Computational Linguistics - Applications (CLA'10) Preliminary Announcement

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Jan 8 21:33:05 UTC 2010

Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 16:12:50 +0100
From: "[IMCSIT] News Service" <chair.cla2010 at>
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        Computational Linguistics - Applications (CLA'10)
                Wisla, Poland, October 18-20, 2010



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Workshop Goals

The Computational Linguistics - Applications Workshop was created in
2008 in response to the fast-paced progress in the area.

Traditionally, computational linguistics was limited to the scientists
specialized in the processing of a natural language by computers.
Scientific approaches and practical techniques come from linguistics,
computer science, psychology, and mathematics. Nowadays, there is a
number of practical applications available. These applications are
sometimes developed by smart yet NLP-untrained developers who solve
the problems using sophisticated heuristics.

Computational Linguistics needs to be applied to make the full use of
the Internet. There is a definite need for software that can handle
unstructured text to allow search for information on the
web. According to the European Commission, Human Language Technologies
are one of the key research areas for the upcoming years. The priority
aim of the research in this area is to enable users to communicate
with the computer in their native language.

CLA'10 Workshop is a place where the parties meet to exchange views
and ideas with a benefit to all involved. The Workshop will focus on
practical outcome of modeling human language use and the applications
needed to improve human-machine interaction.

Paper Topics

This call is for papers that present research and developments on all
aspects of Natural Language Processing used in real-life applications,
such as (this list is not exhaustive):

    * information retrieval
    * extraction of linguistic knowledge from text corpora
    * semantic ontologies in computer linguistics
    * lexical resources
    * machine translation and translation aids
    * ambiguity resolution
    * text classification
    * corpus-based language modeling
    * POS-tagging
    * parsing issues
    * proofing tools
    * dialogue systems
    * machine learning methods applied to language processing
    * ontology and taxonomy evaluation
    * opinion mining
    * question answering
    * sentiment analysis
    * speech and audio processing
    * text summarization
    * use of NLP techniques in practical applications 

Paper Presentation

The presentation of the paper has to include a demonstration of an
existing tool. The papers should include a section describing the tool
(or a prototype), which demonstrates the theory discussed in the

The presentation is divided into two parts. First, the author(s)
shortly demonstrate their tools to the audience. In the second part,
the authors discuss their work with other participants and let the
audience test their software.

Papers will be evaluated and accepted on the basis of their technical
merit, usefulness of the real life application and relevance to the
workshop scope by the CLA'10 Program Committee. The paper will be
assessed by academics as well as industry representatives in order to
assure fair and balanced assessment.

All accepted and presented papers will be published in the Conference
Proceedings and included in the IEEE Xplore(r) database. The best
demonstrations will be selected to be shown to the general audience of
the conference at a plenary session.

Papers Submission

    * Authors should submit draft papers (as Postscript, PDF of MSWord
    * The total length of a paper should not exceed 8 pages (IEEE
      style).  IEEE style templates will be available ASAP.
    * Papers will be refereed and accepted on the basis of their
      scientific merit and relevance to the workshop.
    * Accepted and Presented paper will be published in the Conference
      Proceedings and included in the IEEE Xplore(r) database.
    * Organizers reserve right to move accepted papers between IMCSIT

Important dates

31.05.2010 (May 31, 2010) - Full paper submission

12.07.2010 (July 12, 2010) - Notification of acceptance

23.08.2010 (August 23, 2010) - Camera-ready version of the accepted

CLA'09 post conference report

It seems that the motto of our workshop "Show the system in action"
has been accepted by the NLP community. This year 33 papers were
submitted (90% increase from last year); 19 of them were accepted by
the programming committee. 15 papers were presented during the
workshop - our guests from Iran or Tunisia seemingly found Poland too
far away from their homelands.  Still, 11 countries were represented
in the workshop, mainly from the Western Europe.

The workshop was composed of oral presentations and the demo-poster
session. Presentations, given on Tuesday (October, 12th), were divided
into three sessions:

   1. Information Retrieval,
   2. Use of NLP Tools In practical application,
   3. Parsing issues; Linguistic resources.

In the evening the audience voted for the best presentations of each
of the session as well as the best overall performance. The voters
used their mobile phones and the result were known immediately - to
the chairman. The winners were presented officially at the Gala
Ceremony (In the Oscar Ceremony fashion). The Information Retrieval
session was one by Igor Leturia from Spain - or rather his virtual
agent who could fluently answer any question posed in the Basque
language. The session on Practical Applications was won by Eric Wehrli
from Switzerland and his micro-scanner that read German texts and
translated them into English. Parsing issues were best presented by
charming Katarzyna Moroz from Poznan (Poland) who convinced the
audience that her new parsing algorithm using pregroup grammars will
soon outperform existing ones. And finally, after the three nominees
had been presented, the Oscar went to...Spain.

The demo-poster session took place on Wednesday morning. It looked as
if the participants had not celebrated too long into the Tuesday night
- at 9 a.m. almost all of them were ready to put their applications
under the pressure of real tests. Well, the winner did not understand
the chairman's Basque too well... she obviously preferred her master,


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