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FSMNLP 2009 - Call for subworkshop on Tree Automata and Transducers - DL April 13 (full papers) / May 17 (extended abstracts)

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     Tree Automata and Transducers Subworkshop/Special Session 
   Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing FSMNLP 2009
                            Call for Papers

          ** Submission deadline for full papers 13 April **
        ** Submission deadline for extended abstracts 17 May **

                       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.

As part of this year's FSMNLP, a Tree Automata and Transducers
Subworkshop/Special Session is organized as one of three such
subworkshops/special sessions.

In recent years, applications of formal tree language theory in
natural language processing have been on the rise, as witnessed by
papers at conferences and in journals on formal language theory,
finite automata, natural language processing, and computational
linguistics. FSMNLP 2009 will therefore have a special session/
subworkshop on tree automata and tree transducers in natural
language processing.

This subworkshop includes (but is not limited to) the following topics
as long as they relate to natural language processing:

  - tree languages and tree transformations,
  - their weighted generalizations,
  - the formalisms to represent and model them (including a.o. tree
      grammars, tree automata, tree expressions, tree transducers),
  - expressiveness of such models and representations,
  - relations to synchronous grammars,
  - learning of such models and representations,
  - algorithms for pattern matching, accepting, parsing of tree
      languages, and
  - large-scale applications (including those in statistical machine

A subcommittee of the FSMNLP PC supported by further experts from the
field is responsible for the program.

The main FSMNLP call for papers can be found at

No additional registration fee will be incurred for the
subworkshop/special session.



We invite submissions of full papers i.e. scientific
contributions presenting new theoretical or experimental
results. Papers should present original, unpublished research results
and should not be submitted elsewhere simultaneously.

We also invite submission of extended abstracts containing or
describing systems descriptions/demos, progress reports/ongoing work,
joint projects/project proposals, small focused contributions,
negative results, and opinion pieces, related to either of the
subworkshop themes or the broader FSMNLP themes.

We particularly invite demo submissions, which should consist of an
extended abstract of the technical content with authors (!), full
contact information, references, acknowledgements, plus a "script
outline" of the presentation and a detailed description of hardware,
software and internet requirements.

Note that the early acceptance notification date for full papers may
help to keep travel costs for international participants reasonably
low. If you come from far away and have only an extended abstract, the
abstract can be submitted earlier as if it were a full paper.

The information about the author(s) should be omitted in the
submissions since the review process wil be double blind, except for
demo submissions. Submissions are electronic and in PDF format via
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fsmnlp2009. Authors should
indicate during submission that the submission is intended for this
subworkshop/special session.

Authors are encouraged to use Springer LNCS style (Proceedings and
Other Multiauthor Volumes) for LaTeX in producing the PDF
document. For graph visualization, Vaucanson-G LaTeX style,
Graphviz/dot and XFig are recommended. If you use a non-roman script
or Microsoft Word, it is advisable to warn the organizers as early as
possible. The page limit is 12 pages for full papers and 8 pages for
extended abstracts.


The on-site proceedings for FSMNLP will be on CD.

The actual proceedings with all revised regular papers will be
published after the conference in a volume of Lecture Notes in
Artificial Intelligence as a part of the LNCS Series by

High quality extended abstracts may be invited to be included in the
LNCS postproceedings.

In addition, a special journal issue on the topics of the workshop is
being planned.  Related to these plans, we are already pleased to
inform that a Special Issue for Finite State Methods and Models in
Natural Language Processing has accepted for publication in the
Journal of Natural Language Engineering in 2011.  Extended versions of
the workshop papers and abstracts may be submitted to such a special
issue (the publication involves a second review/selection cycle).

                         IMPORTANT DATES

Full paper submissions due: 13 April 2009
Notification of acceptance for full papers: 12 May 2009

Extended abstract submissions due: 17 May 2009
Notification of acceptance for extended abstracts: 14 June 2009

Deadline for inclusion in preproceedings: 28 June 2009

                         CHAIRS AND COMMITTEES


Bruce Watson (University of Pretoria, South Africa)


Andras Kornai (Budapest Institute of Technology, Hungary and
  MetaCarta, Cambridge, USA) (PC chair)
Jacques Sakarovitch (Ecole nationale supérieure des
  Télécommunications, Paris, France) (PC chair)
Anssi Yli-Jyrä (University of Helsinki) (PC chair)


Loek Cleophas (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Jan Daciuk (Gda?sk University of Technology, Poland)
Frank Drewes (Umea University, Sweden)
Thomas Hanneforth (University of Potsdam, Germany)
Johanna Högberg (Umea University, Sweden)
André Kempe (Yahoo Search Technologies, Paris, France)
Kevin Knight (University of Southern California, USA)
Derrick Kourie (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Marcus Kracht (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Hans-Ulrich Krieger (DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany)
Andreas Maletti (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain)
Stoyan Mihov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria)
Jakub Piskorski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland)
James Rogers (Earlham College, USA)
Bruce Watson (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Lynette van Zijl (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)


Loek Cleophas (University of Pretoria) (OC chair)
Derrick Kourie (University of Pretoria)
Jakub Piskorski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland)
Bruce Watson (University of Pretoria)
Anssi Yli-Jyrä (University of Helsinki)