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Practical Aspects and Experience of Finite State Methods and Systems, a subworkshop of FSMNLP 2009 - DL April 26 (full papers) / May 17 (extended abstracts)



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 Practical Aspects and Experience of Finite State Methods and Systems
                   Subworkshop/Special Session for
   Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing FSMNLP 2009
                            Call for Papers

          ** Submission deadline for full papers 26 April **
        ** Submission deadline for extended abstracts 17 May **

                       Eight International Workshop
                   University of Pretoria, South Africa
                       http://fsmnlp2009.fastar.org

                           21-24 July 2009

    As in 2008, FSMNLP is merged with the FASTAR (Finite Automata
         Systems Theoretical and Applied Research) workshop.
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As part of this year's FSMNLP, a Practical Aspects and Experience of
Finite State Methods and Systems Subworkshop/Special Session is
organized as one of three such subworkshops/special sessions.

The last decade has seen a significant increase in the number of
toolkits and implementations of finite state systems for NLP. Work on
such implementations has highlighted a wide variety of implementation
issues. Unfortunately much of this knowledge remains trade-secret or
is only embodied in implementations themselves, and is not presented
academically at conferences. This special session focuses on such
issues and knowledge and covers the following topics (as they relate
to NLP and real-life implementation issues):

  - user interfaces, visualisation, tracing and debugging
  - specification formalisms and languages (e.g. grammars, regular
      relations, etc.)
  - application programmer interfaces, interchange formats
  - performance, profiling and tuning techniques
  - classification, comparison and evaluation
  - data-structures and representations
  - compression of alphabets, lexicons and rules

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
http://fsmnlp2009.fastar.org.

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

                         SUBMISSION
                         ==========

PAPER CATEGORIES AND FORMATS

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.


PROCEEDINGS AND SPECIAL JOURNAL ISSUE

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
Springer-Verlag.

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

In addition, a special journal issue on Finite-State Methods and
Models in NLP is being planned. Extended versions of the regular
papers and of the extended abstracts may be submitted to this special
issue (the publication involves a second review/selection cycle).


                         IMPORTANT DATES
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Full paper submissions due: 26 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
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CONFERENCE CHAIR

Bruce Watson (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

FSMNLP PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIRS

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)

SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THIS SUBWORKSHOP / SPECIAL SESSION

Cyril Allauzen (Google Research, New York, USA)
Jean-Marc Champarnaud (Université de Rouen, France)
Loek Cleophas (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Maxime Crochemore (King's College London, UK)
Jan Daciuk (Gda?sk University of Technology, Poland)
Thomas Hanneforth (University of Potsdam, Germany)
André Kempe (Cadege Technologies, Paris, France)
Lauri Karttunen (Palo Alto Research Center and Stanford University,
USA)
Derrick Kourie (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Stoyan Mihov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria)
Jakub Piskorski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland)
Michael Riley (Google Research, New York, USA)
Strahil Ristov (Ruder Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia)
Max Silberztein (Université de Franche-Comté, France)
Bruce Watson (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Sheng Yu (University of Western Ontario, Canada)

FSMNLP ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

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)