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Subject: [ E-CFP ] Call for papers Balto-Slavic Natural Language Processing (BSNLP 2013)
From: <htanev_(on)_yahoo.co.uk>
Date received: 04 Jan 2013
Deadline: 26 Apr 2013
Start date: 08 Aug 2013


BSNLP 2013 Fourth Biennial International Workshop on Balto-Slavic
Natural Language Processing Sofia, Bulgaria 8-9 August 2013

This year BSNLP will be held in conjunction with ACL 2013 (the
51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational
Linguistics), 5-9 August, 2013. THEME and MOTIVATION

The languages from the Balto-Slavic group play an important role
due to their diverse cultural heritage and widespread use - with
over 400 million speakers. The recent political and economic
developments in Central and Eastern Europe have brought
Balto-Slavic societies and their languages into focus in terms of
rapid technological advancement and rapidly expanding consumer

This Workshop addresses Natural Language Processing (NLP) for the
Balto-Slavic languages. The NLP tasks in urgent need of attention
include, but are not limited to:

    morphological analysis and generation, syntactic and semantic
    tagging, named-entity recognition, information extraction,
    co-reference resolution, question-answering, information
    retrieval, text summarization, machine translation.

Research on theoretical and applied topics in the context of many
Balto-Slavic languages is still in its early stages. The
linguistic phenomena specific to Balto-Slavic languages - such as
rich morphological inflection and free word order - make the
construction of NLP tools for these languages a challenging and
intriguing task.

The goal of this Workshop is to bring together academic
researchers and industry practitioners working on NLP for
Balto-Slavic languages. In particular, the Workshop will serve as
an instrument to further stimulate the research on NLP techniques
for Balto-Slavic languages, and to foster the creation of tools
for these languages. The Workshop will provide a forum for
exchanging ideas and experience, discussing difficult-to-tackle
problems in this field of research, and making the available
resources more widely-known. One fascinating aspect of this
sub-family of languages is the striking structural similarity, as
well as an easily recognizable core vocabulary and inflectional
inventory spanning the entire group of languages - despite a lack
of mutual intelligibility - which creates a special environment
in which researchers can fully appreciate the shared problems and
solutions and communicate naturally.

This Workshop continues the proud tradition established by the
previous BSNLP Workshops:

    the First BSNLP Workshop, held in conjunction with ACL 2007
    Conference in Prague; the Second BSNLP Workshop, held in
    conjunction with IIS 2009: Intelligent Information Systems,
    in Cracow, Poland; and the Third BSNLP Workshop, held in
    conjunction with TSD 2011, 14th International Conference on
    Text, Speech and Dialogue in Plzen, Czech Republic.


BSNLP 2013 welcomes two types of submissions: (a) full papers,
and (b) short papers.

Long papers should describe original unpublished work and should
indicate the state of completion of the reported results. In
particular, overlap with previously published work should be
clearly mentioned. The authors should indicate along with their
submission if the paper has been submitted elsewhere.

Short papers should describe work in progress and/or interactive
software demos.

All submissions, both long and short papers, will be judged on
correctness, novelty, technical strength, clarity of
presentation, usability, and significance/relevance to the
Workshop. Submissions will be reviewed by at least 3 members of
the Program Committee.

The reviewing will be blind. Therefore, the paper should not
include the authors' names and affiliations. Self-citations and
other references that reveal the authors' identity should be

In particular, submissions describing systems, resources or
solutions that are made available to the wider public would be
strongly encouraged, as this would help to promote computational
linguistics applications for these languages.

Further details related to the submission format and electronic
submission system will be announced in January 2013.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE The official language of the workshop is

PUBLICATION The papers accepted for BSNLP 2013 will be published
in ACL Workshop Proceedings.

After the Workshop, we intend to make a selection of the best
papers based on this year's and previous years' Workshops, and to
publish expanded versions of these papers in a volume on
Balto-Slavic NLP as a book with a reputable publisher or in a
special journal issue. No such unified reference work for
Balto-Slavic NLP exists to date.


    Paper submissions due: 26 April 2013 Notification of
    acceptance: 24 May 2013 Camera-ready versions due: 7 June
    2014 Workshop: 8 or 9 August 2013

PROGRAM COMMITTEE Tania Avgustinova (University of Saarland,
Germany) Damir Cavar (University of Zadar, Croatia) Kalina
Bontcheva (University of Sheffield, UK) Pavel Braslavski (Kontur
labs / Ural Federal University, Russia) Boris Dobrov (Moscow
State University, Russia) Tomaz Erjavec (Jozef Stefan Institute,
Ljubljana, Slovenia) Katja Filippova (Google, Zurich,
Switzerland) Radovan Garabik (Comenius University in Bratislava)
Tatiana Gornostay (Tilde, Riga, Latvia) Maxim Gubin (Facebook
Inc., Menlo Park CA) Mikhail Kopotev (University of Helsinki,
Finalnd) Vladislav Kubon (Charles University, Prague, Czech
Republic) Olga Mitrofanova (St.Petersburg State University,
Russia) Karel Pala (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)
Gerald Penn (University of Toronto, Canada) Maciej Piasecki
(Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland) Jakub Piskorski
(Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland) Lidia Pivovarova
(Univeristy of Helsinki/St.Petersburg State University, Russia)
Adam Przepiórkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland)
Agata Savary (Université François Rabelais, Tours, France) Kiril
Simov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria) Vladimir Shirokov
(The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) Joseph Steinberger
(Pilzen University, Plsen, Czech Republic) Pavel Stranák (Charles
University in Prague, Czech Republic) Stan Szpakowicz (University
of Ottawa, Canada) Marko Tadic (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Hristo Tanev (Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy) Dusko Vitas
(University of Belgrade, Serbia) Roman Yangarber (University of
Helsinki, Finalnd)


    Jakub Piskorski (Polish Academy of Sciences) Lidia Pivovarova
    (University of Helsinki, and St.Petersburg State University,
    Russia) Hristo Tanev (Joint Research Centre of the European
    Commission, Ispra, Italy) Roman Yangarber (University of
    Helsinki, Finland)


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