The Special Interest Group on Chinese Language Processing (SIGHAN) under the Association for Computational Linguistics was established in 2001 to realize and promote the widespread interest in all aspects of Chinese language. Following the success  of previous SIGHAN workshops, that is SIGHAN-1 (in Mumbai, India with COLING-02), SIGHAN-2 (in Sapporo, Japan with ACL-03), SIGHAN-3 (in Barcelona, Spain with ACL-04), SIGHAN-4 (in Jeju Island, Korea with IJCNLP-05), SIGHAN-5 (in Sydney, Australia with ACL-COLING-06), and SIGHAN-6 (Hyderabad, India with IJCNLP-08), IJCNLP-13 in Japan will provide yet another ideal opportunity to bring together again influential as well as aspiring researchers from Asia Pacific, and those from many others from Europe and USA, to deliberate and interact on a range of research issues.

The purpose of the SIGHAN-7 is to identify challenging problems facing the development of Chinese language processing systems, and to shape future research directions through the publication of high quality, applied and theoretical research findings. We encourage submissions of papers on all topics in the general areas
related to computational linguistics and speech/text processing of Chinese natural languages. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Computer-aided language learning
  • Corpus development and evaluation
  • Cross-language information retrieval
  • Discourse,dialogue, and pragmatics
  • Grammar induction
  • Language generation
  • Language modeling
  • Lexical semantics
  • Machine translation
  • NLP applications
  • Semantic role labeling
  • Speech recognition and synthesis 
  • Spoken language processing
  • Syntactic parsing 
  • Tagging and chunking
  • Text mining
  • Textual entailment and paraphrasing
  • Word segmentation
  • Word sense disambiguation