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From Ekaterina Buyko <ekaterina.bu...@uni-jena.de>
Subject LREC Workshop "New Challenges for NLP Frameworks" - 2nd Call for Papers
Date Mon, 01 Feb 2010 12:16:47 GMT

   2nd Call for Papers

   New Challenges for NLP Frameworks, a workshop at LREC 2010

   22 May 2010, La Valleta, Malta



Natural language processing frameworks like GATE and UIMA have
significantly changed the way NLP applications are designed,
developed, and deployed. Features such as component-based design,
test-driven development, and resource meta-descriptions now routinely
provide higher robustness, better reusability, faster deployment, and
improved scalability. They have become the staple of both NLP
research and industrial application, fostering a new generation of
NLP users and developers.

Nevertheless, after more than a decade of the current generation of
NLP frameworks, the NLP research and application landscape is
shifting. This brings new challenges to both the developers of NLP
frameworks and their users.  Driving forces include in particular:

- Social Media

- Interoperability needs between different NLP frameworks,
 components, and resources

- Terabyte-Scale Data Sets

- Cloud and Grid Computing

- Semantic Computing, Ontologies, and Reasoning

- Cross-Media Language Analysis (text, speech, images, video)

- Ambient Computing

- Addressing more complex genres of language


This workshop will provide a venue for reporting ongoing work in the
context of NLP frameworks, such as UIMA, GATE, and other related systems.
Principal themes include:

- issues and approaches in processing of very large data collections, e.g.,
 parallelisation and distribution (particularly in relation to cloud

- sophisticated tools to build and manage complex processing pipelines
and to
 analyse results

- software engineering in relation to language computation

- solutions to interoperability issues combining components from different
 sources (e.g., GATE, UIMA, NLTK, OpenNLP, NooJ)

- integration with related areas (data mining, semantic
 repositories, big table databases)

- persisting experimental contexts (computation and data), e.g. via

- distribution of self-developed components, repositories of ready-to-use
 UIMA/GATE-based components

- efficient embedding of NLP processing in diverse environments (including
 small memory devices)

- research on genericity of components and type-system independence

- Service-Oriented Architecture (SOAs) and Software-as-a-Service
 (SaaS) models of language computation

- automatic feedback processes of knowledge discovery and reuse from text


The workshop aims to bring together developers and users of NLP frameworks
from different perspectives, in order to elicit new requirements, feature
successful solutions, and exchange successful patterns of NLP engineering.
In particular, perspectives from the following user groups are welcome

- Application Developers, from both research and industry,
 with application experience reports

- Framework Developers, with an NLP/software engineering background

- Researcher users of NLP architectures


We solicit the following types of publications:

- full research papers (6-8 pages in LREC format)

- short papers (3-4 pages to be presented as demos/posters)

- open source tool/resource papers (full or short, must be accompanied by
 working code or accessible data)

Submission will be handled through the START system. When submitting a
from the START page, authors will be asked to provide essential information
about resources (in a broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards,
evaluation kits, etc.) that have been used for the work described in the
or are a new result of your research.  For further information on this new
iniative, please refer to


February 12, 2010 - Deadline for workshop paper
March 8, 2010 - Notification of acceptance
March 18, 2010 - Camera-ready papers due
May 22, 2010 - Workshop in Malta


Rene Witte, Concordia University, Montréal
Hamish Cunningham, University of Sheffield
Jon Patrick, University of Sydney
Elena Beisswanger, University of Jena
Ekaterina Buyko, University of Jena
Udo Hahn, University of Jena
Karin Verspoor, University of Colorado Denver
Anni R. Coden, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center


Aaron Kaplan (Xerox, France)
Adam Funk (Uni. Sheffield)
Angus Roberts (Uni. Sheffield)
Anni R. Coden (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)
Claude Roux (Xerox Research Labs)
Diana Inkpen (Uni Ottawa)
Diana Maynard (Uni. Sheffield)
Dietmar Rösner (Uni. Magdeburg)
Dragan Gasevic (Uni. Athabasca)
Ekaterina Buyko (Uni. Jena)
Elena Beisswanger (Uni. Jena)
Epaminondas Kapetanios (Uni Westminster)
Eric W. Brown (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)
Graham Wilcock (Uni. Helsinki)
Guergana K. Savova (Mayo Clinic)
Hamish Cunningham (Uni. Sheffield)
Horacio Saggion (Uni. Sheffield)
Iryna Gurevych (Uni. Darmstadt)
Jian Su (I2R, Singapore)
Jochen Leidner (Thompson Reuters)
Jon Patrick (Uni. Sydney)
Juergen Rilling (Concordia Uni, Montréal)
Kalina Bontcheva (Uni. Sheffield)
Kano Yoshinobu (Uni. Tokyo, Tsujii Lab)
Karin Verspoor (Uni. Colorado)
Katrin Tomanek (Uni. Jena)
Kevin B. Cohen (MITRE)
Leila Kosseim (Concordia Uni., Montréal)
Leo Ferres (Uni. of Concepcion)
Marc Light (Thomson Corp. R&D)
Michael Tanenblatt (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College)
Nicolas Hernandez (Uni. Nantes)
Philip V. Ogren (Uni. Colorado)
Ralf Krestel (L3S Research Center, Hannover)
Rene Witte (Concordia Uni., Montréal)
Richard Eckart de Castilho (Uni. Darmstadt)
Sameer Pradhan (BBN)
Stefan Geißler (TEMIS GmbH)
Steven Bethard (Stanford Uni.)
Thilo Götz (IBM Germany)
Udo Hahn (Uni. Jena)
Valentin Tablan (Uni. Sheffield)
Yuntao Zhang (Shanghai Jiaotong Uni.)

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