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[eu_members at aclweb dot org] Poland: Balto-Slavonic Natural Language Processing - BSNLP 2009

Balto-Slavonic Natural Language Processing - BSNLP 2009
Second International Workshop
Cracow, Poland
15 June 2009

This year BSNLP is co-located with the IIS 2009 (Intelligent 
Information Systems) conference.

The recent political and economic changes in Central and Eastern 
Europe and the related on-going enlargement of the European Union 
brings into focus new cultures and languages. Among them, the 
languages from the Balto-Slavonic group have an outstanding role 
because of their rich cultural heritage and the widespread use: over 
400 million speakers.

The topic of the workshop addresses Natural Language Processing (NLP) 
for the Balto-Slavonic languages. The NLP tasks include, but are not 
limited to, morphological analysis and generation, tagging, 
named-entity recognition, information extraction, co-reference 
resolution, question-answering, information retrieval, text 
summarisation, machine translation. Research on these topics in the 
context of Balto-Slavonic languages is still in its early stage and is 
progressing relatively slowly. Due to specific linguistic phenomena, 
such as rich inflection and relatively free word order, a construction 
of language processing tools for these languages is an intriguing and 
challenging task.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and 
practitioners working on NLP for Balto-Slavonic languages. The 
workshop will give an opportunity to exchange ideas and experience, to 
discuss hard-to-tackle problems in this field of research, and to make 
available resources more widely known.

This workshop is a follow-up to the successful first BSNLP 2007 
workshop held in conjunction with the ACL 2007 conference in Prague. 
In particular, we would strongly encourage submissions describing 
systems, resources or solutions that are made available to the wider 
public, as this would help to promote computational linguistics 
applications for these languages.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

A. Specific challenges for Balto-Slavonic NLP in the context of:

     * text segmentation
     * morphological analysis
     * morphology models
     * morpho-syntactic disambiguation
     * named-entity recognition
     * named-entity dissambiguation
     * named-entity lemmatisation
     * name variant recognition and merging
     * term and keyword extraction
     * syntactic parsing and chunking
     * co-reference resolution
     * word sense disambiguation
     * corpus-based knowledge acquisition
     * information extraction
     * question answering
     * machine translation
     * text summarisation
     * text classification
     * information retrieval
     * linguistic processing in search engines

B. Multilingual frameworks applied to these languages

     * tools and resources (freely available for research purposes 
will be preferred)
     * experience with, and evaluation of, linguistic data and 
processing resources
     * comparative evaluation between languages
     * encoding standards and formats

REGISTRATION: http://iis.ipipan.waw.pl/2009/reg.html

     * Early registration (by 15.05.2009): EUR 65 (250 PLN)
     * Regular registration (after 15.05.2009): EUR 75 (300 PLN)


Kraków (Cracow) is one of the largest and the oldest cities in Poland. 
Nowadays it is an important center of science, education and business. 
Thanks to its history, monuments, unique atmosphere of the old town 
district and excellent restaurants Kraków attracts tourists from all 
parts of the world.

     * Tania Avgustinova (University of Saarland, Germany)
     * Damir ?avar (University of Zadar, Croatia)
     * Toma? Erjavec (Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
     * Vladislav Kubo? (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)
     * Anna Kup?? (Université de Bordeaux, France)
     * Olga Mitrofanova (St.Petersburg State University, Russia)
     * Agnieszka Mykowiecka (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland)
     * R?ta Marcinkevi?ien? (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania)
     * Karel Pala (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)
     * Gerald Penn (University of Toronto, Canada)
     * Maciej Piasecki (Wroc?aw University of Technology, Poland)
     * Jakub Piskorski (Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy)
     * Adam Przepiórkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland)
     * Agata Savary (Université François Rabelais, Tours, France)
     * Inguna Skadina (University of Latvia)
     * Wojciech Skut (Google Inc., Zurich)
     * Kiril Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
     * Hristo Tanev (Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy)
     * Du?ko Vitas (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
     * Roman Yangarber (University of Helsinki, Finalnd)


     * Anna Kup?? (Université de Bordeaux, France)
     * Maciej Piasecki (Wroc?aw University of Technology, Poland)
     * Jakub Piskorski (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
     * Adam Przepiórkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)