Applied Natural Language Processing



Special Track at 
the 26th International FLAIRS Conference 
In cooperation with the American Association for Artificial Intelligence 


St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA
May 22-24, 2013

Paper submission deadline: Monday, November 19, 2012.  
Notifications sent by: Friday, January 21, 2013.  
Camera Ready paper due: Monday, February 17, 2013. 

Call for Papers

What is ANLP

The track on Applied Natural Language Processing is a forum for researchers working in natural language processing(NLP)/computational linguistics(CL) and related areas. The rapid pace of development of online materials, most of them in textual form or text combined with other media (visual, audio), has led to a revived interest for tools capable to understand, organize and mine those materials. Novel human-computer interfaces, for instance talking heads, can benefit from language understanding and generation techniques with big impact on user satisfaction. Moreover, language can facilitate human-computer interaction for the handicapped (no typing needed) and elderly leading to an ever increasing user base for computer systems.

Goal of ANLP

The goal of the ANLP track is to inform researchers as to current project and studies that identify, investigate, and (begin to) resolve issues that relate to human/computer language interaction.

Who might be interested

Papers and contributions on traditional basic and applied language processing issues are welcome as well as novel challenges to the NLP/CL community: bioNLP, spam filtering, security, multilingual processing, learning environments, multimodal communication, etc. We also encourage papers in information retrieval, speech processing and machine learning that present novel approaches that can benefit from or have an impact on NLP/CL.


We invite highly original papers that describe work in, but not limited to, the following areas:

1.      NL-based representations and knowledge systems

2.      Syntax and Semantics (similarity metrics, lexical semantics)

3.      Co-reference Resolution

4.      Word Sense Disambiguation

5.      Text Cohesion and Coherence

6.      Dialogue Management and NL-based Human-Computer Interaction

7.      Language Generation (answer and question generation)

8.      Language Models

9.      NL in Learning Environments

10.  Machine Learning applied to NL problems

11.  Multilingual Processing

12.  BioNLP

13.  Standardization, Language Resources, Corpora Building and Annotation Languages

14.  Semantic Web, Ontologies, Reasoning

15.  Applications: Machine Translation, Information Retrieval, Summarization, Intelligent Tutoring, Question Answering, Information Extraction and others

16.  Other related topics

Note: We invite original papers (i.e. work not previously submitted, in submission, or to be submitted to another conference during the reviewing process).


Submission Guidelines

Submission Instructions

Submitted papers must be original, and not submitted concurrently to a journal or another conference. Double-blind reviewing will be provided, so submitted papers must use fake author names and affiliations. Papers must use the latest AAAI Press Word template or LaTeX macro package, and must be submitted as PDF through the EasyChair conference system. (N.B. Do not use a fake name for your EasyChair login; your EasyChair account information is hidden from reviewers.)

Papers and Abstracts
There are three kinds of submissions: full papers (up to 6 pages), short papers (up to 4 pages), and poster abstracts (up to 250 words). Acceptance as a full paper entails a 20 minute presentation during a regular session, while short papers and abstracts will be required to participate in the poster session. Rejected full papers may still be accepted as short papers or poster abstracts. All posters will be presented according to space and time availability. Authors may submit up to two full papers as first author, and a maximum of one poster as full author (whether short paper or poster abstract). Author names may be changed or re-ordered after reviewing; however, for budgeting reasons, registration fees will be based on the details at the time of submission and review.

Conference Proceedings

The proceedings of FLAIRS-26 will be published by the AAAI. Authors of accepted papers will be required to sign a form transferring copyright of their contribution to AAAI. Authors are expected to make a reasonable effort to address reviewers’ comments prior to the submission of the camera ready paper. Where such expectations have been flouted, actions may be taken to preserve the quality of the conference and the expectations of conference goers. An author of each accepted paper is required to register, attend, and present the paper at FLAIRS. It is a requirement of FLAIRS that there will be at least one early regular author registration per paper. 

Organizing Committee

Mihai Lintean, University of Memphis
Chutima Boonthum-Denecke, Hampton University

Programme Committee

Sivaji Bandyopadhyay, Jadavpur University, India

Cosmin Bejan, The University of Texas at Dallas

Eric Bell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Justin Brunelle, Old Dominion University

Nicoletta Calzolari, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale - CNR

Andrea Corradini, University of Southern Denmark

Anna Feldman, Montclair State University

Katherine Forbes-Riley, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh

Christian F. Hempelmann, RiverGlass Inc. and Purdue University

Verena Henrich, University of Tübingen

Diana Inkpen, University of Ottawa

Christel Kemke, University of Manitoba

Fazel Keshtkar, University of Memphis

Travis Lamkin, University of Memphis

Xiaofei Lu, The Pennsylvania State University

Philip McCarthy, Decooda

Manishauthor Mehta, Georgia Tech

Cristina Nicolae, Human Language Technology Research Institute - The University of Texas at Dallas

Nobal Niraula, University of Memphis, TN

Constantin Orasan, University of Wolverhampton

Shiyan Ou, Nanjing University

Gilles Richard, British Institute of Technology and E-Commerce

Vasile Rus, The University of Memphis

H. Andrew Schwartz, University of Pennsylvania

Rene Venegas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Michael Wiegand, Spoken Language Systems, Saarland University

Alistair Willis, The Open University


Further Information

 Questions regarding the Applied Natural Language Processing Special Track should be addressed to the track co-chairs:

Mihai Lintean, University of Memphis, mclinten@memphis.edu

Chutima Boonthum-Denecke, Hampton University, chutima.boonthum@gmail.com


General question about conference can be directed to one of the following:

 Conference Chair:  Philip McCarthy, Decooda, USA (pmccarthy@decooda.com)
 Program Co-Chairs:   Chutima Boonthum-Denecke, Hampton University, USA (chutima.boonthum@gmail.com)
  G. Michael Youngblood, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA (youngbld@uncc.edu)
 Special Track Coordinator:     William (Bill) Eberle, Tennessee Technological University, USA (WEberle@tntech.edu)


Invited Speakers

To be announced

Conference Web Sites

       Paper submission site: follow the link for submissions at http://www.flairs-26.info/ 
FLAIRS-26 conference web page: http://www.flairs-26.info/ 
Florida AI Research Society (FLAIRS): http://www.flairs.com