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NODALI: Helsinki: FSMNLP 2005

                                                    --  NODALI --

                                 FSMNLP 2005
       Workshop on Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing
                       University of Helsinki, Finland
                             1 - 2 September 2005

                         Papers due: 25th April 2005

    FSMNLP 2005 will be a forum for researchers working on applications of
    finite state methods (FSM) in natural language processing (NLP) or on
    the theoretical and implementation aspects of such finite-state
    methods that are relevant to NLP. The aim of the workshop is to bring
    together members of the academic, research, and industrial community
    working on finite-state based models in language technology,
    computational linguistics, linguistics and cognitive science or on
    related methods in fields such as computer science and mathematics.

    We invite novel high-quality papers that are related to the themes
    including but not limited to:

     1. NLP applications and linguistic aspects of finite-state methods

     2. Finite-state models of language

     3. Practices for building lexical transducers for the world's

     4. Specification and implementation of sets, relations and
        multiplicities in NLP using finite automata

     5. Constraint-based grammars and k-ary regular relations

     6. Machine learning of finite-state models of natural language

     7. Finite-state manipulation software (with relevance to the above

    See http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/events/FSMNLP2005 for further details.

    The descriptions of the topics above are not meant to be complete. The
    submitted papers or abstracts may fall in several categories without
    being necessarily rewarded or punished for that. Our aim is to keep
    the meeting size suitable for one-track program if possible.


      Paper/poster submissions due:     25th April
      Notifications sent out:           25th May

      Deadline for early registration:  10th June
      Abstracts for software demos due: 10th June
      Camera-ready papers due:          20th June


      Steven Bird (University of Melbourne, Australia) --
      Francisco Casacuberta (Universitat Politècnica de València,
      Spain) -- Jean-Marc Champarnaud (Université de Rouen, France)
      -- Jan Daciuk (Gdansk University of Technology, Poland) --
      Jason Eisner (Johns Hopkins University, USA) -- Tero Harju
      (University of Turku, Finland) -- Arvi Hurskainen (Institute
      for Asian and African Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland) --
      Juhani Karhumäki (University of Turku, Finland, co-chair) --
      Lauri Karttunen (PARC and Stanford University, USA, co-chair)
      -- André Kempe (Xerox Research Centre Europe, France) --
      George Anton Kiraz (Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute, USA)
      -- Andras Kornai (Budapest Institute of Technology, Hungary) --
      Terence Langendoen (University of Arizona, USA) -- Eric
      Laporte (Université de Marne-la-Vallée, France) -- Mike Maxwell
      (Linguistic Data Consortium, USA) -- Mark-Jan Nederhof
      (University of Groningen, the Netherlands) -- Gertjan van Noord
      (University of Groningen, the Netherlands) -- Kemal Oflazer
      (Sabanci University, Turkey) -- Jean-Eric Pin (CNRS/University
      Paris 7, France) -- Giorgio Satta (University of Padua, Italy)
      -- Jacques Sakarovitch (CNRS/ENST, France) -- Richard
      Sproat (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) --
      Nathan Vaillette (University of Tübingen, Germany) -- Atro
      Voutilainen (Connexor, Finland) -- Bruce W. Watson (University
      of Pretoria, South Africa) -- Shuly Wintner (University of
      Haifa, Israel) -- Sheng Yu (University of Western Ontario,
      Canada) -- Lynette van Zijl (Stellenbosch University, South


    Further information available at


    The workshop will take place in the University of Helsinki. The
    organizing institution is the Department of General Linguistics in
    the University of Helsinki. The local committee is headed by Anssi
    Yli-Jyrä at CSC -- Scientific Computing Ltd. (also a Ph.D. student
    at the University of Helsinki). Several institutions in Finland
    are co-operating with the organizing committee in order to make the
    event well-received in the national and international research
    community. The official call for papers was send out on 2 Feb 2005,
    but the homepage at http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/events/FSMNLP2005
    was already indexed by Google somewhat earlier.

    The workshop is a follow-up for some earlier workshops, but also
    continues their dynamic, changing tradition. These workshops and
    courses are under different names and time intervals:

      * 1996: course on Finite-State Techniques in NLP (Groningen)
      * 1996: ECAI workshop: Extended Finite-State Models of Language
      * 1998: Finite-State Methods in Natural Language Processing
      * 2001: ESSLLI workshop: Finite-State Methods in Natural
        Language Processing (Helsinki)
      * 2003: EACL workshop: Finite-State Methods in Natural Language
        Processing (Budapest)
      * 2005: Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing


    There are initial thoughts about a national, one-day workshop on
    Automata, Words and Languages (AWL) that would take place in Helsinki
    just before FSMNLP. An AWL workshop was arranged in 2002 at the
    University of Turku.