formerly Workshop on Adaptive NLP,
now merged with the IJCAI workshop on 

Invited Speaker: Hans Uszkoreit

in coordination with
a special issue of Language Resources and Evaluation Journal

sponsored by 
ELRA - European Language Resources Association
STIC-AmSud project RITA and project SKATER

The Adaptive NLP workshop will be held in conjunction with the 15th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI-15, taking place July 25-27, 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Motivation and Aims

Natural Language Processing is becoming more and more ubiquitous as technologies become omnipresent in our daily life. This involves a huge effort to develop language-based interfaces, text analytics, search engines, writing assistants among other systems and their related tools and resources. Adaptation has been key to facilitate rapid development of language-based systems, with reuse of existing resources as alternatives to creating tools and resources from scratch. These approaches have benefited from the recent surge of complex Machine Learning approaches as applied to NLP tasks. This is the case for Semi-supervised and Unsupervised Learning, Active Learning, Domain Adaptation, and even Representation Learning and Deep Learning, which have had a very positive impact on NLP tasks and applications.

This workshop aims to provide a meeting point for researchers working on the portability of language resources and methodologies across languages and domains, with a special focus on exploiting available knowledge as a base to facilitate and enhance new developments. We understand that there is a common factor between tasks like porting a parser between related languages, adapting a dialogue system for a different domain, using rules inferred from an annotated corpus together with an unannotated corpus to port an information extraction system to another domain, or simplifying texts for different kinds of readers, among others. We believe that sharing insights on such approaches will be enriching and will contribute to a better understanding of the problems and solutions.

We expect that themes like Representation Learning, Deep Learning and Active Learning, and their successful applications to various areas of NLP, will raise interesting, intellectually challenging discussions. 

Workshop Topics

Contributions may present results from completed as well as ongoing research, with an emphasis on novel approaches, methods, ideas, and perspectives.

The topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:
  • Semi-supervised learning, Deep Learning, Active learning and Representation learning for domain adaptation, language portability and task portability
  • Adaptation and reuse of tools and resources for closely related languages
  • Adaptation of highly valuable resources, like treebanks, to languages not closely related
  • Linguistic issues in language portability: false friends, asymmetric discretization of semantic continuum
  • Learning from multiple domains
  • Development of multi-domain datasets 
  • Evaluation paradigms for complex learning
  • Domain adaptation for specific applications: parsing, machine translation, information extraction, document classification, sentiment analysis and author attribution and profiling

Format of submissions

Submissions are invited for papers presenting high quality, previously unpublished research. Selection criteria include originality of ideas, correctness, clarity and significance of results and quality of presentation.

We welcome two types of contributions:
  • Long papers (10 pages), presenting substantial, original and completed research work. Accepted long papers will be presented orally.
  • Short papers (6 pages), with a small, focused contribution, work in progress, a negative result or an opinion piece. Accepted short papers will be presented either orally or as a poster.
Short papers can be combined with a system demonstration.

The only accepted format for submitting papers is Adobe PDF. Papers should follow IJCAI-15 formatting Guidelines. The papers will be published on-line in the Workshop proceedings. Depending on the number and quality of submissions, we plan to include selected papers from the workshop in a special issue of Language Resources and Evaluation, to appear next year. The deadline for submissions to the special issue is September 9th 2015, and notification to authors will be on January 15th 2016.

As the review process will be double-blind, your submission must not include the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s). Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Pérez, 2003) ...", must be avoided. Instead, citations such as "Pérez (2003) previously showed ...", must be used.

Submissions will be electronic, please submit your paper in PDF format via the EasyChair site:

Invited Speaker

We are happy to announce our invited speaker, Hans Uszkoreit, Professor of Computational Linguistics at the Dept. of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics of Saarland University at Saarbrücken, scientific Director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Head of DFKI Language Technology Lab and chair of the Multilingual Europe Technology Alliance (META-NET) Executive Board.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: April 27th 2015 May 4th 2015 Extended deadline!
Acceptance/rejection notification: May 20 2015 May 27th
Camera-ready deadline: May 30, 2015
IJCAI 2015 workshop days: July 25-27

Programme Committee

Luciana Benotti (UNC, Argentina)

Steven Bethard (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

Claudia Borg (University of Malta)

Xavier Carreras (XEROX-XRCE, France)

Helena Caseli (UFSCar, Brazil)

José Castaño (UBA, Argentina)

Carlos Iván Chesñevar (UNS, Argentina)

Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp)

Thierry Declerck (DFKI, Germany)

Martín Domínguez (UNC, Argentina)

Pablo Duboue (Les Laboratoires Foulab, Canada)

Marieke van Erp (VU University Amsterdam)

Marcelo Errecalde (UNSL, Argentina)

Hugo Jair Escalante (INAOE, Mexico)

Paula Estrella (UNC, Argentina)

Antske Fokkens (VU University Amsterdam)

Mikel Forcada (UA, Spain)

Maria Fuentes Fort (UPC, Spain)

Johannes Fürnkranz (TU Darmstadt)

Xavier Gómez Guinovart (UVigo, Spain)

Agustín Gravano (UBA, Argentina)

Ulrich Heid (University of Hildesheim)

Nancy Ide (Vassar College, New York)

Franco Luque (UNC, Argentina)

Rada Mihalcea (UNT, USA)

Preslav Nakov (Qatar Computing Research Institute)

Maria das Graças Volpe Nunes (USP, Brazil)

Lluís Padró (UPC, Spain)

Muntsa Padró (Nuance, Canada)

Thiago Pardo (USP, Brazil)

Ted Pedersen (UMN, USA)

Vid Podpečan (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)

Martí Quixal (UTübingen, Germany)

German Rigau (UPV, Spain)

Laurent Romary (INRIA, France)

Aiala Rosá (UdelaR, Uruguay)

Paolo Rosso (UPV, Spain)

Horacio Saggion (UPF, Spain)

Thamar Solorio (UH, USA)

Juan-Manuel Torres-Moreno (LIA/UAPV, France)

Dan Tufiş (Romanian Academy of Sciences)

Alfonso Ureña (UJAEN, Spain)

Cristina Vertan (UH, Germany)

Andreas Witt (Institute for German Language, Germany)

Peter Wittenburg (Max Planck Institute)

Dina Wonsever (UdelaR, Uruguay)

Organizing Committee

Laura Alonso i Alemany (UNC, Argentina)

Núria Bel (UPF, Spain)

Irene Castellón (UB, Spain)

Tomaž Erjavec (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)

Nada Lavrac (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)

Marie-Francine Moens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

Manuel Montes y Gómez (INAOE, Mexico)

Senja Pollak (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)