Appel: Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing - FSMNLP 2012

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Jan 24 20:42:56 UTC 2012

Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:36:28 +0100
From: Koldo Gojenola <koldo.gojenola at>
Message-ID: <4F1EC1EC.9000807 at>


  *Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing - FSMNLP 2012 -
  Tenth International Workshop
  University of the Basque Country, Donostia - San Sebastián*

  *July 23-25,**2012*



The International Workshop Series of Finite-State Methods and Natural
Language Processing (FSMNLP) is the premier forum of the ACL Special
Interest Group on Finite-State Methods (SIGFSM).  It serves researchers
and practitioners working on

- natural language processing (NLP) applications or language resources
- theoretical and implementation aspects, or
- their combinations

that have obvious relevance or an explicitly discussed relation to 
Finite-State Methods in NLP.



FSMNLP invites papers related to themes including but not limited to:

- NLP applications and linguistic aspects of finite-state methods
- Finite-state models of language
- Practices for building morphological models for the world's languages 
  using finite-state technology
- Machine learning of finite-state models of natural language
- Finite-state manipulation software and tools with relevance to NLP


FSMNLP 2012 will have a special focus on the following topics:

- Practical implementations of linguistic descriptions with finite-state
  technology, including grammars, machine learning tools,
  language-specific challenges to finite-state NLP
- Software tools and utilities for finite-state NLP
- Finite-state models of linguistic theories
- Applications of finite-state-based NLP in closely related fields such
  as comparative linguistics, text processing, field linguistics,
  applied linguistics, language teaching, and computer-aided

The special theme does not restrict the scope of papers; rather, the
purpose is to attract, apart from other topics, a variety of submissions
relating to any practical dimension of finite-state NLP.  Especially
welcome are succinct short paper submissions focused on some specific
practical aspect or solution of finite-state NLP. This could be related
to e.g. a grammar, a linguistic phenomenon, a linguistic modeling
problem, a machine learning problem, a software tool that implements or
uses finite-state technology, etc. We hope that the theme provides us
with the possibility of organizing suitable poster, short presentation,
and demo sessions related to particular practical problems.

For example, today, a large number of languages have
morphological/phonological models based on finite-state technology.
While most such implementations follow standard design patterns, many
grammars also contain elegant non-trivial solutions to some
language-specific modeling problem (vowel harmony, reduplication,
long-distance agreement, opaque phonological alternations, free
variation, morphosyntactic restrictions, etc.).  For this year's FSMNLP,
we encourage submissions of short papers that focus on documenting such
solutions, and at the same time providing context by summarizing the
development and implementation of the overall grammar.



Nine FSMNLP workshops have been organized in the past in: Blois
(2011),Pretoria < (2009), Ispra (2008), Potsdam (2007), Helsinki (2005), Budapest (2003),
Helsinki (2001), Ankara (1998), Budapest (1996).



FSMNLP 2012 will be organized shortly before CIAA  The 17th International Conference on
Implementation and Application of Automata (CIAA) will take place in
Porto, Portugal on July 17-20, 2012 (800 km from Donostia-San

These consecutive periods as well as the European locations, facilitate
the attendance at both conferences.


Submission Deadline: April 23, 2012
Notification: May 31, 2012
Camera-ready Version: June 18, 2012

Workshop Dates: July 23-25, 2012


Papers should present original, unpublished research and implementation
results. Simultaneous submission to other venues with published
proceedings is prohibited. FSMNLP accepts two kinds of submissions:

- full papers (8 pages + references) reporting completed, significant 
- short papers (4 pages + references) reporting ongoing work and partial
  results, implementations, grammars, practical tools, interactive
  software demos, etc.

Short papers are expected to be presented as system demos in a demo
session, posters and/or short presentations, while long papers are
presented in a longer presentation session.  Both paper types are
published in the ACL anthology.

All submissions are electronic and in PDF format via a web-based
submission server.  Authors are strongly encouraged to use ACL (2012)
style (available for LaTeX and Word) in producing the PDF document.
These templates are available at:

Information about the author(s) and other identifying information such
as obvious self-references (e.g., "We showed in [12] ...") and financial
or personal acknowledgements should be omitted in the submitted papers
whenever feasible.

Papers will be submitted electronically in PDF using the EasyChair
system. The paper can contain a clearly marked appendix and data files
to support your claims.  This material will not be published.  While
reviewers are urged to consult this extra material for better
comprehension, it is at their discretion whether they do so. Such extra
material should also be anonymized to the extent feasible. Use the
following link for submission:

The papers and abstracts will be published in FSMNLP 2012 proceedings
and archived in the ACL Anthology.  The publication of selected, revised
versions of accepted papers in a special journal issue is planned.


To be announced


To be announced

We have planned a series of short tutorials (30-60 min. each) addressing
some specific application or topic in a concise manner. So far, we have
confirmed the following tutorials:

- Spelling and grammar correction with FSTs (Iñaki Alegria, Mans Hulden)
- Probabilistic parsing with weighted FSTs (Miikka Silfverberg, 
  University of Helsinki)


Iñaki Alegria (University of the Basque Country)
Francisco Casacuberta (Instituto Tecnologico De Informatica, Spain)
Jan Daciuk (Gdan'sk University of Technology, Poland)
Frank Drewes (Umea University, Sweden)
Dale Gerdemann (University of Tuebingen)
Thomas Hanneforth (University of Potsdam, Germany)
Colin de la Higuera (University of Nantes, France)
Jan Holub (Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic)
Mans Hulden (Ikerbasque, Basque Country)
André Kempe (CADEGE Technologies & Consulting, France)
Andras Kornai (Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary)
Andreas Maletti (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Mark-Jan Nederhof (University of St Andrews)
Kemal Oflazer (Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar)
Maite Oronoz (University of the Basque Country)
Laurette Pretorius (University of South Africa, South Africa)
Strahil Ristov (Ruder Boskovic Institute, Croatia)
Frederique Segond Frederique (ObjectDirect, France)
Max Silberztein (Université de Franche-Comte, France)
Richard Sproat (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Trond Trosterud (University of Tromsø)
Anssi Yli-Jyra (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Sheng Yu (University of Western Ontario, Canada)


Iñaki Alegria (University of the Basque Country)
Koldo Gojenola (University of the Basque Country)
Izaskun Etxeberria (University of the Basque Country)
Nerea Ezeiza (University of the Basque Country)
Mans Hulden (Ikerbasque)
Amaia Lorenzo (University of the Basque Country)
Esther Miranda (University of the Basque Country)
Maite Oronoz (University of the Basque Country)

All the information about the Conference is available in the FSMNLP 
Conference website:
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