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From Jens Grivolla <j+...@grivolla.net>
Subject Last chance: Workshop on Open Infrastructures and Analysis Frameworks for HLT
Date Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:58:48 GMT
Hello all,

on request of several people who are just now getting back from LREC, we
have again extended the deadline for the Workshop on Open Infrastructures
and Analysis Frameworks for HLT.

The new paper submission deadline is June 10th, 2014

This is looking to be a very nice workshop, with a strong UIMA presence as
well as a chance to see how other frameworks deal with many of the same
issues that we encounter.

I hope to see many of you there. And thanks to those who have already
submitted their paper to the workshop. :-)

-- Jens

On Thu, May 1, 2014 at 12:13 AM, Jens Grivolla <j+asf@grivolla.net> wrote:

> The submission deadline for the workshop was just extended significantly
> to align with some of the other COLING 2014 workshop.
> The new dates are:
> Paper Submission Deadline: 1st June 2014
> Author Notification Deadline: 30th June 2014
> Camera-Ready Paper Deadline: 10th July 2014
> Workshop: 23rd August 2014
> You can find the workshop description and CFP at
> http://glicom.upf.edu/OIAF4HLT/
> I hope to see you there and look forward to your contributions.
> -- Jens
> On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 2:34 PM, Jens Grivolla <j+asf@grivolla.net> wrote:
>> Workshop on Open Infrastructures and Analysis Frameworks for HLT
>> ================================================================
>> http://glicom.upf.edu/OIAF4HLT/
>> At the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING
>> 2014)
>> Helix Conference Centre at Dublin City University (DCU)
>> 23-29 August 2014
>> Description
>> -----------
>> Recent advances in digital storage and networking, coupled with the
>> extension of human language technologies (HLT) into ever broader areas and
>> the persistence of difficulties in software portability, have led to an
>> increased focus on development and deployment of web-based infrastructures
>> that allow users to access tools and other resources and combine them to
>> create novel solutions that can be efficiently composed, tuned, evaluated,
>> disseminated and consumed. This in turn engenders collaborative development
>> and deployment among individuals and teams across the globe. It also
>> increases the need for robust, widely available evaluation methods and
>> tools, means to achieve interoperability of software and data from diverse
>> sources, means to handle licensing for limited access resources distributed
>> over the web, and, perhaps crucially, the need to develop strategies for
>> multi-site collaborative work.
>> For many decades, NLP has suffered from low software engineering
>> standards causing a limited degree of re-usability of code and
>> interoperability of different modules within larger NLP systems. While this
>> did not really hamper success in limited task areas (such as implementing a
>> parser), it caused serious problems for building complex integrated
>> software systems, e.g., for information extraction or machine translation.
>> This lack of integration has led to duplicated software development,
>> work-arounds for programs written in different (versions of) programming
>> languages, and ad-hoc tweaking of interfaces between modules developed at
>> different sites.
>> In recent years, two main frameworks, UIMA and GATE, have emerged that
>> aim to allow the easy integration of varied tools through common type
>> systems and standardized communication methods for components analysing
>> unstructured textual information, such as natural language. Both frameworks
>> offer a solid processing infrastructure that allows developers to
>> concentrate on the implementation of the actual analytics components. An
>> increasing number of members of the NLP community have adopted one of these
>> frameworks as a platform for facilitating the creation of reusable NLP
>> components that can be assembled to address different NLP tasks depending
>> on their order, combination and configuration. Analysis frameworks also
>> reduce the problem of reproducibility of NLP results by formalising
>> solution composition and making language processing tools shareable.
>> Very recently, several efforts have been devoted to the development of
>> web service platforms for NLP. These platforms exploit the growing number
>> of web-based tools and services available for tasks related to HLT,
>> including corpus annotation, configuration and execution of NLP pipelines,
>> and evaluation of results and automatic parameter tuning. These platforms
>> can also integrate modules and pipelines from existing frameworks such as
>> UIMA and GATE, in order to achieve interoperability with a wide variety of
>> modules from different sources.
>> Many of the issues and challenges surrounding these developments have
>> been addressed individually in particular projects and workshops, but there
>> are ramifications that cut across all of them. We therefore feel that this
>> is the moment to bring together participants representing the range of
>> interests that comprise the comprehensive picture for community-driven,
>> distributed, collaborative, web-based development and use for language
>> processing software and resources. This includes those engaged in
>> development of infrastructures for HLT as well as those who will use these
>> services and infrastructures, especially for multi-site collaborative work.
>> ### Workshop Objectives
>> The overall goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for discussion of
>> the requirements for an envisaged open “global laboratory” for HLT research
>> and development and establish the basis of a community effort to develop
>> and support it. To this end, the workshop will include both presentations
>> addressing the issues and challenges of developing, deploying, and using
>> the global laboratory for distributed and collaborative efforts and
>> discussion that will identify next steps for moving forward, fostering
>> community-wide awareness, and establishing and encouraging communication
>> among the various players.
>> It aims at bringing together members of the NLP community specifically
>> users, developers or providers of components and tools for these frameworks
>> in order to explore and discuss the opportunities and challenges in using
>> such platforms for modern, well-engineered NLP applications.
>> The challenge of creating reusable and interoperable components raises
>> particular interest and are affected by legal issues, such as potentially
>> incompatible licenses of components and tools as well as the technical
>> aspects of packaging and distribution of components. Also, tools are
>> important, for example to assemble complex processing pipelines, to manage
>> the bodies of data that are to be analysed and to visualize, explore, and
>> further deploy the analysis results. Further challenges are involved in
>> embedding framework based analysis within applications or using it in
>> distributed computing scenarios, such as deployment of and access to
>> required resources. Finally, the preservation of analysis results, their
>> provenance and reproducibility are of particular interest to the scientific
>> user community.
>> ### Topics
>> Workshop topics include, but are not limited to:
>> - processing of very large data collections: scale-out, parallelization,
>> and performance optimization
>> - advanced applications driven by an NLP framework
>> - sophisticated tools to build and manage complex processing pipelines
>> - analysis of results: exploration, evaluation, visualization, and
>> statistical analysis
>> - experience reports combining components from different sources, as well
>> as solutions to interoperability issues
>> - experience reports combining different frameworks (e.g.
>> GATE/UIMA/WebLicht/etc.)
>> - UIMA components with a special focus on genericity and type-system
>> independence
>> - repositories of ready-to-use components for UIMA and/or GATE
>> - distribution of components: documentation, licensing and packaging
>> - developing for UIMA or GATE: simplified APIs, debugging, unit testing,
>> and limitations of the frameworks
>> - combining annotation type systems in processing frameworks (GATE, UIMA,
>> etc.) with standardization efforts, such as done in the ISO TC37/SC4 or TEI
>> contexts.
>> - use of NLP frameworks in real-world "industry" settings
>> - reports on current projects and frameworks, their challenges and
>> proposed or implemented solutions, including efforts to address
>> interoperability
>> - issues and challenges of multi-site collaborative projects, including
>> reports of implemented or proposed strategies
>> - pipeline management, including authentication, strategies for passing
>> resources through disparate tools and across hosting nodes, and licensing
>> - development and use of evaluation environments that facilitate
>> assessment of HLT component performance, iterative application development,
>> and replication of results
>> - community awareness and implementation of open infrastructures,
>> including how to engage the community, establish confidence in the process,
>> and promote use
>> Dates
>> -----
>> Paper Submission Deadline: 2nd May 2014
>> Author Notification Deadline: 6th June 2014
>> Camera-Ready Paper Deadline: 27th June 2014
>> Workshop: 23rd August 2014
>> Organisers
>> ----------
>> Nancy Ide
>> Department of Computer Science, Vassar College
>> James Pustejovsky
>> Department of Computer Science, Brandeis University
>> Eric Nyberg
>> Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie
>> Mellon University
>> Christopher Cieri
>> Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania
>> Jonathan Wright
>> Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania
>> Jens Grivolla
>> GLiCom, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
>> Kalina Bontcheva
>> Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield

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