First Call for Paper Submission
COLING Workshop 2010
Workshop on South and Southeast Asian Natural Language Processing (WSSANLP)
Endorsed by Asian Language Resources Committee (ALRC), Asian Federation of NLP (AFNLP)
28 August, Beijing, China
The main motive behind the organization of South and Southeast Asian Natural Languages Processing (SSANLP) workshop is to bring together the community working on the South and Southeast Asian languages covering all aspects of natural language processing and computational linguistics such as development of computational resources, morphology, syntax, semantics and machine translation. This is a long term commitment and goal, which cannot be achieved through a single workshop. Hence, we are planning to make this workshop an annual or biennial event collocated with one of the major ACL conferences and focusing on certain specific NLP issues. The current workshop focuses on the phenomena of rich Morphology of South and South East Asian languages and the complex segmentation in these languages.
Morphology is one of the core processes of Natural Language Processing (NLP). With the knowledge of rules for inflection, derivation, and compounding, we are able to generate and understand the word forms that are mandatory to communicate, including the creation of new words from existing words. To be acquainted with a language, we have to master the rules of syntax and morphology as these are crucial rudiments for dealing with semantics or even pragmatics. In NLP, morphological resources are the basis for all higher level developments and applications. It is especially true for languages with rich morphology like Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, etc. A morphological analysis component is crucial for analyzing word forms in the whole corpus. Generation of surface forms corresponding to a root is also essential from practical point of view. Another major challenge for understanding the word forms is the segmentation of the source text. The task of morphology, however, is intimately linked with segmentation for said languages. Apart from the uses in NLP, there are useful practical applications where morphological analysis and/or generation are required, e.g., in text processing, user interfaces, and information retrieval.
The topics of interest for SSANLP workshop include (but not limited to) the following related to the morphology and segmentation of South and Southeast Asian languages:
Authors are invited to submit substantial, original and completed research work relevant to the topics of the workshop in form of regular papers. Authors are also invited to submit a small, focused contribution, work in progress, a negative result and an opinion piece in form of short papers.
All submissions must follow and conform to the official COLING 2010 Style guidelines to be announced on the conference website www.coling-2010.org
Reviewing of papers will be double-blind. Therefore, the paper must not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", must be avoided. Instead, citations such as "Smith (1991) previously showed ...", must be used. Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.
Dual submission policy: If you have submitted or plan to submit your paper in other venues, then you must indicate this fact during submission to SSANLP. Note that if your paper is accepted in SSANLP then you must withdraw the same paper from other venues in order to get it published in the proceedings of SSANLP.
Paper submission: May 30, 2010
Notification of acceptance: June 30, 2010
Camera ready paper due: July 7, 2010
Workshop: August 28, 2010
The organizers plan to publish selected high quality submissions to SSANLP as a special issue of a reputed scientific journal.
Aravind K. Joshi
Ranaivo-Malançon Bali Multimedia University, Malaysia
Sivaji Bandyopadhyay Jadavpur University, India
Vincent Berment GETALP-LIG / INALCO, France
Laurent Besacier GETALP-LIG, Université Joseph Fourier, France
Pushpak Bhattacharyya IIT Bombay, India
Christian Boitet GETALP-LIG, Université Joseph Fourier, France
Nicola Cancedda Xerox Research Center Europe, France
Eric Castelli International Research Center MICA, Vietnam
Luong Chi Mai Institute of IT, Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology, Vietnam
Laurence Danlos University Paris 7, France
Georges Fafiotte GETALP-LIG, Université Joseph Fourier, France
Pascale Fung Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
John A. Goldsmith University of Chicago, USA
Gérard Heut INRIA, France
San San Hnin Tun Cornell University, USA
Sarmad Hussain National University, Pakistan
Abid Khan University of Peshawar, Pakistan
Mumit Khan BRAC University, Bangladesh
Wunna Ko Ko Northern Illinois University, USA
Bal Krishna Bal University of Kathmandu, Nepal
A. Kumaran Microsoft Research, India
Gurpreet Singh Lehel Punjabi University Patiala, India
Haizhou Li Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
Christian Monson OHSU, USA
Annie Montaut INALCO, Paris, France
Sackona Phoeurng Institute of Technology, Cambodia
Hammam Riza Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) – Indonesia
Rajeev Sangal IIIT Hyderabad, India
Anne Schiller Xerox Research Center Europe, France
L. Sobha AU-KBC Research Centre, Chennai, India
Chan Somnoble Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Virach Sornlertlamvanich TCL, National Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Thailand
Ruvan Weerasinghe University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka
Khaver Zia Beacon House National University, Pakistan
Chair of Organizing Committee
M. G. Abbas Malik email: Abbas dot Malik at imag dot fr
Aasim Ali CRULP, National University, Pakistan.
Asif Ekbal University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Dulip Herath School of Computing, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Hong-Thi Nguyen GETALP-LIG, Université Joseph Fourier, France.
M. G. Abbas Malik GETALP-LIG, Université Joseph Fourier, France.
M. Humayoun Université de Savoie, France.
Menaka Sankaralingam Anna University, India.
Monojit Choudhury Microsoft Research, India.
Sadaf Abdul Rauf Université du Maine, France.
Smriti Singh IITB, India.
M G Abbas Malik
Université de Grenoble (Ex : Université Joseph Fourier),
Groupe d'Etude pour la Traduction Automatique et le Traitement Automatisé des Langues et de la Parole (GETALP)
Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble (LIG) / Grenoble Informatics Laboratory
GETALP, LIG-Campus, BP53
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38041 Grenoble Cedex 9, France
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e-mail: abbas.malik at imag.fr abbas.malik at gmail.com