Appel: FSMNLP 2012, Final CFP: May 9, 2012

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed May 2 10:40:02 UTC 2012

Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:49:03 +0200
From: Koldo Gojenola <koldo.gojenola at>
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************* FINAL CFP: May 9, 2012 *******************

                    "FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS"
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
   * theoretical and implementation aspects, or
   * their combinations

that have obvious relevance or an explicitly discussed relation to
Finite-State Methods in NLP. This year, the Finite-State Methods and
Natural Language Processing (FSMNLP) workshop is part of the Alan Turing
Year on the occasion of the Centenary Celebration of his life and work.


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 translation.

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 (see format below) 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, or a software
tool that implements or uses finite-state technology. We hope that the
theme provides us with the possibility of organizing suitable poster,
short presentation, and demo sessions related to particular practical

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, 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


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 Sebastián).

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


Submission Deadline: May 9, 2012
Notification: May 31, 2012
Camera-ready Version: June 18, 2012

Workshop Dates:
July 23: tutorials&   mini-workshops.
July 24-25: main session, poster and demo sessions.


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.


Kimmo Koskenniemi (University of Helsinki)


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

  * Spelling and grammar correction with FSTs (Iñaki Alegria, Mans

  * Probabilistic parsing with weighted FSTs (Miikka Silfverberg,
    University of Helsinki)

  * Machine learning of automata and transducers


Iñaki Alegria (University of the Basque Country)
Kenneth R. Beesley (SAP Business Objects, USA)
Francisco Casacuberta (Instituto Tecnológico de Informática, Spain)
Jan Daciuk (Gdansk University of Technology, Poland)
Frank Drewes (Umea University, Sweden)
Dale Gerdemann (University of Tubingen, Germany)
Mike Hammond (University of Arizona, USA)
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, Scotland)
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-Comté, France)
Richard Sproat (Oregon Health and Science University, USA)
Trond Trosterud (University of Tromso, Norway)
Shuly Wintner (University of Haifa, Israel)
Anssi Yli-Jyra (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Menno van Zaanen (Tilburg University, Netherlands)
Lynette van Zijl (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)


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)

Further information about the conference is available at the FSMNLP
Conference website:
E-mail:ixa at

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