Appel: Balto-Slavic Natural Language Processing 2013 (at ACL 2013)

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Sat Jan 5 20:21:41 UTC 2013

Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:15:24 +0000 (GMT)
From: Hristo Tanev <htanev at>
Message-ID: <1357294524.2040.YahooMailNeo at>

Dear all,

I have the pleasure to announce the Fourth Balto-Slavic Natural Language
Processing Workshop ( in conjunction with ACL 2013)


    Paper submissions due: 26 April 2013
    Notification of acceptance: 24 May 2013
    Camera-ready versions due: 7 June 2014
    Workshop: 8 or 9 August 2013

Hristo Tanev, Ph.D.
European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Ispra, Italy


BSNLP 2013
Fourth Biennial International Workshop on Balto-Slavic Natural Language
Sofia, Bulgaria
8-9 August 2013

This year BSNLP will be held in conjunction with ACL 2013 (the 51st
Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics), 5-9
August, 2013.


The languages from the Balto-Slavic group play an important role due to
their diverse cultural heritage and widespread use — with over 400
million speakers. The recent political and economic developments in
Central and Eastern Europe have brought Balto-Slavic societies and their
languages into focus in terms of rapid technological advancement and
rapidly expanding consumer markets.

This Workshop addresses Natural Language Processing (NLP) for the
Balto-Slavic languages. The NLP tasks in urgent need of attention
include, but are not limited to:

    morphological analysis and generation,
    syntactic and semantic tagging,
    named-entity recognition,
    information extraction,
    co-reference resolution,
    information retrieval,
    text summarization,
    machine translation. 

Research on theoretical and applied topics in the context of many
Balto-Slavic languages is still in its early stages. The linguistic
phenomena specific to Balto-Slavic languages — such as rich
morphological inflection and free word order — make the construction of
NLP tools for these languages a challenging and intriguing task.

The goal of this Workshop is to bring together academic researchers and
industry practitioners working on NLP for Balto-Slavic languages. In
particular, the Workshop will serve as an instrument to further
stimulate the research on NLP techniques for Balto-Slavic languages, and
to foster the creation of tools for these languages. The Workshop will
provide a forum for exchanging ideas and experience, discussing
difficult-to-tackle problems in this field of research, and making the
available resources more widely-known. One fascinating aspect of this
sub-family of languages is the striking structural similarity, as well
as an easily recognizable core vocabulary and inflectional inventory
spanning the entire group of languages — despite a lack of mutual
intelligibility — which creates a special environment in which
researchers can fully appreciate the shared problems and solutions and
communicate naturally.

This Workshop continues the proud tradition established by the previous
BSNLP Workshops:

    the First BSNLP Workshop, held in conjunction with ACL 2007
    Conference in Prague;

    the Second BSNLP Workshop, held in conjunction with IIS 2009:
    Intelligent Information Systems, in Cracow, Poland; and

    the Third BSNLP Workshop, held in conjunction with TSD 2011, 14th
    International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue in Plzen,
    Czech Republic.


BSNLP 2013 welcomes two types of submissions: (a) full papers, and (b)
short papers.

Long papers should describe original unpublished work and should
indicate the state of completion of the reported results. In particular,
overlap with previously published work should be clearly mentioned. The
authors should indicate along with their submission if the paper has
been submitted elsewhere.

Short papers should describe work in progress and/or interactive
software demos.

All submissions, both long and short papers, will be judged on
correctness, novelty, technical strength, clarity of presentation,
usability, and significance/relevance to the Workshop. Submissions will
be reviewed by at least 3 members of the Program Committee.

The reviewing will be blind. Therefore, the paper should not include the
authors' names and affiliations. Self-citations and other references
that reveal the authors' identity should be avoided.

In particular, submissions describing systems, resources or solutions
that are made available to the wider public would be strongly
encouraged, as this would help to promote computational linguistics
applications for these languages.

Further details related to the submission format and electronic
submission system will be announced in January 2013.


The official language of the workshop is English.


The papers accepted for BSNLP 2013 will be published in ACL Workshop

After the Workshop, we intend to make a selection of the best papers
based on this year's and previous years' Workshops, and to publish
expanded versions of these papers in a volume on Balto-Slavic NLP as a
book with a reputable publisher or in a special journal issue. No such
unified reference work for Balto-Slavic NLP exists to date.


    Paper submissions due: 26 April 2013
    Notification of acceptance: 24 May 2013
    Camera-ready versions due: 7 June 2014
    Workshop: 8 or 9 August 2013

    Tania Avgustinova (University of Saarland, Germany)
    Damir Cavar (University of Zadar, Croatia)
    Kalina Bontcheva (University of Sheffield, UK)
    Pavel Braslavski (Kontur labs / Ural Federal University, Russia)
    Boris Dobrov (Moscow State University, Russia)
    Tomaž Erjavec (Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
    Katja Filippova (Google, Zurich, Switzerland)
    Radovan Garabik (Comenius University in Bratislava)
    Tatiana Gornostay (Tilde, Riga, Latvia)
    Maxim Gubin (Facebook Inc., Menlo Park CA)
    Mikhail Kopotev (University of Helsinki, Finalnd)
    Vladislav Kubon (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)
    Olga Mitrofanova (St.Petersburg State University, Russia)
    Karel Pala (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)
    Gerald Penn (University of Toronto, Canada)
    Maciej Piasecki (Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland)
    Jakub Piskorski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland)
    Lidia Pivovarova (Univeristy of Helsinki/St.Petersburg State University, Russia)
    Adam Przepiórkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland)
    Agata Savary (Université François Rabelais, Tours, France)
    Kiril Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
    Vladimir Shirokov (The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)
    Joseph Steinberger (Pilzen University, Plsen, Czech Republic)
    Pavel Stranák (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)
    Stan Szpakowicz (University of Ottawa, Canada)
    Marko Tadic (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
    Hristo Tanev (Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy)
    Duško Vitas (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
    Roman Yangarber (University of Helsinki, Finalnd)


    Jakub Piskorski (Polish Academy of Sciences)
    Lidia Pivovarova (University of Helsinki, and St.Petersburg State University, Russia)
    Hristo Tanev (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Ispra, Italy)
    Roman Yangarber (University of Helsinki, Finland)

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