Appel: Analyzing short texts: Soft computing and other approaches

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Sun Nov 28 18:31:36 UTC 2010

Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2010 16:26:52 +0100
From: Davide Buscaldi <dbuscaldi at>
Message-ID: <4CED2EBC.6070801 at>

Call for Papers

Analyzing short texts: Soft computing and other approaches

Special Session of the International Workshop on Fuzzy Logic and

Trani (Italy), August 29-31, 2011

Modern communication is increasingly centered on the exchange of
shorter and shorter messages. For instance, SMS messages must fit into
a 140-characters limit, and so do Twitter's tweets. Results from web
search engines are summarized by short snippets, which often carry all
the requested information, avoiding a visit to the actual, referred
page. But even when no external constraint is imposed, texts tend to
become shorter and more up to the point, simply to avoid wasting time
and effort.

As these examples clearly indicate, the field of natural language
processing and interpretation is in need of efficient techniques to
tackle this kind of problems. Traditionally, analysis of natural
language texts assumes that several properties can be inferred by
statistical considerations. Such is the case, for instance, for tf-idf
weighting, where frequencies are lightheartedly assumed to stand for
probabilities proper, due to the abundance of terms in the documents
of a given collection. Another instance is provided by language
detection, which is obviously easier for longer texts allowing, e.g.,
grammatical or structural analysis. When removing some of these
assumptions, uncertainty grows, and so does the need for methods that
take it into account explicitly.

This session is therefore devoted to advances in methods that do not
make large-sample assumptions, and instead take the challenge to
tackle the uncertainty that arises in the analysis of short text
segments. Submissions describing soft-computing approaches to the
above problems, as well as works blurring the border between different
approaches, are especially welcome. We are interested, for instance
(but not exclusively), in works dealing with the following topics:

- Extracting knowledge from short communications (SMS, Twitter, etc.)

- Identification of changes in language, topic and context within text

- Language identification in multilingual text fragments

- Categorization of text snippets

- Word sense disambiguation in short texts

Submit your paper directly at Please select
"Special Session on Analyzing short texts". Papers will go through the
same peer reviewing process as the rest of contributed papers.

All accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings
(Springer-Verlag LNCS/LNAI)

Submission January 14, 2011

Review results  February 21, 2011

Final version and registration March 15, 2011

Workshop  August 29-31, 2011

GIRPR Prize: The Italian Group of Italian Researchers in Pattern

Recognition (GIRPR) will award a young researcher for the best paper
presented at WILF 2011. The award will consist of a 500 Euro grant and
a two-years subscription to GIRPR. The selection of the winner will be
made by the general chairs of WILF 2011.

Keynote Speaker

Roberto Navigli, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Italy (tentative, to
be confirmed)


Stefano Rovetta, University of Genova, Italy - ste at

Paolo Rosso, Universidad Politécnica Valencia, Spain -
prosso at

Special Session Experts

Mikhail Alexandrov, Univ. Autónoma Barcelona, Spain

Pierpaolo Basile, Univ. degli Studi di Bari, Italy

Roberto Basili, Univ. di Roma, Tor Vergata, Italy

Dasha Bogdanova, Saint Petersburg University, Russia

Davide Buscaldi, Univ. d'Orléans, France

Leticia Cagnina, Univ. Nacional San Luis, Argentina

Roxana Danger, Univ. Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Mirko Degli Esposti, Univ. di Bologna, Italy

Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio, Univ. di Padova, Italy

Marcelo Errecalde, Univ. Nacional San Luis, Argentina

Pamela Forner, CELCT, Italy

Alfio Massimiliano Gliozzo, IBM Watson, USA

Lidia Moreno, Univ. Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Alessandro Moschitti, Univ. di Trento, Italy

Marco Pennacchiotti, Yahoo! Inc., Santa Clara, USA

Emanuele Pianta, CELCT, Italy

David Pinto, Ben. Univ. Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico

Antonio Reyes, Univ. Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Grigori Sidorov, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico

Marco Turchi, EU Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy

Luís Villaseñor, INAOE-Puebla, Mexico

Fabio Massimo Zanzotto, Univ. di Roma, Tor Vergata, Italy

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