FSMNLP 2009 - final call for full papers - full paper deadline extended to April 26

FSMNLP 2009 - final call for full papers - full paper deadline extended to April 26

Post by FSMNLP 200 » Wed, 15 Apr 2009 21:18:06

Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing FSMNLP 2009
Final Call for Full Papers

** Final submission deadline extension for full papers to 26 April **

Eight International Workshop
University of Pretoria, South Africa

21-24 July 2009

As in 2008, FSMNLP is merged with the FASTAR (Finite Automata
Systems Theoretical and Applied Research) workshop.

About a collocated business meeting of SIGFSM: see information below


The International Workshop Series of Finite State Methods and Natural
Language Processing (FSMNLP) is a forum for researchers and
practitioners working on
- NLP applications or language/ language technology research
- theoretical and implementation aspects, or
- their combinations
having *obvious relevance or an explicitly discussed relation* to
Finite-State Methods in NLP.

In the past, seven FSMNLP workshops have been organised (Budapest
1996, Ankara 1998, Helsinki 2001, Budapest 2003, Helsinki 2005,
Potsdam 2007, Ispra 2008).

We invite submissions related to all obvious or traditional FSMNLP
topics, see e.g. FSMNLP 2008. The updated list of topics includes
- all the obvious or traditional topics
- plus some new topics such as:
* common interfaces, portability, and shared methods for testing/
benchmarking/evaluation of finite-state tools
* coping with large alphabets during finite-state compilation and
in real-word applications
* fixed parameter tractability and narrowness in streamed NLP
* conventional/parallel algorithms using/manipulating
conventional/stochastic finite-state automata/paths
* applications of rational kernels to active/statistical machine
learning of finite-state models.


In recognition of its location on the African continent, this year's
FSMNLP has Finite-State Methods for Under-Resourced Languages as a
special theme. The theme is relevant to finite-state methods

- applied to practical tasks such as language survey, elicitation,
data collection, computer-aided annotation, morphological
description, modelling and normalization,
- considering demanding conditions such as linguistic complexity
and diversity, scarce resources, research infrastructures, real-
time grammar updates,
- in language processing fields such as comparative linguistics,
field linguistics, applied linguistics, language teaching, and
computer-aided translation.

The special theme does not restrict the scope but attempts to draw the
attention of contributors to the challenges of computational
linguistics in Africa. We hope that the theme teases out promising and
useful applications of Finite-State Methods in this context.



To catalyze discussion and participation, three special sessions or
subworkshops will be organized, containing presentations of regular
papers and extended abstracts presenting ongoing research, tutorials,
competitions etc. relating to the following topic areas:

1. "Finite-State Methods for African and other Under-Resourced/
Low-Density Languages"