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AMW 2011 : The AAAI-11 Workshop on Analyzing Microtext


When Aug 7, 2011 - Aug 8, 2011
Where San Francisco
Submission Deadline Apr 22, 2011
Notification Due May 13, 2011
Final Version Due May 27, 2011
Categories    NLP   microtext

Call For Papers

Call for Participation
Text and dialogue analysis is an important area of AI research, and there have been many advances for several types of communications (e.g., news feeds, emails, technical support, and blogs). However, fewer efforts have focused on studying microtext (Ellen, 2011) (e.g., instant messages, chat rooms, transcribed voice communications, and microblog services such as Twitter, Buzz, and the DoD's Chirp service), which are semi-structured dialogues that are distinguished by their short length, informality, lexicon, and (in the case of group chat) multiple interwoven and simultaneous conversations. These characteristics make microtext content challenging to analyze, in addition to their typically poor grammar, misspellings, and frequent use of icons.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a research forum for cross-fertilization of ideas pertaining to analysis of microtext, including discussion on tasks of interest, investigations of analysis techniques, surveys on related work, presentation of recent accomplishments, reports on relevant applications (e.g., marketing, alerting, expertise finding, crime prevention, anti-terrorism, collaborative learning, and communication patterns in teams for training and performance assessment), and recommendations for future research foci.
Topics relevant to this workshop include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

* Thread and topic detection/extraction
* Identifying individual message and user characteristics (e.g., urgency, gender, expertise, age)
* Summarization (e.g., of a chat room's threads)
* Author attribution
* NLP issues specifically pertaining to microtext analysis
* Microtext databases and applications (e.g., educational, law enforcement)

This one-day workshop will include a comprehensive introductory presentation, invited talks from active researchers, paper and poster presentations, and a panel focusing on key research issues and directions. Additional time will be reserved for Q/A and discussion of workshop topics/presentations. Interested and curious researchers are most welcome!
Participation Process
This one-day workshop will be held on 7 or 8 August 2011 as part of the AAAI-11 workshop series in San Francisco, California. This workshop is open to all members of the AI community. Please contact Co-Chair David C. Uthus if you wish to attend. Please note: the number of participants is limited to 75, and attendees must register for this workshop. (A workshop-only registration option exists; see the AAAI-11 web site for details.)
Our Program Committee will select presentations through a review process. PDF paper submissions should be formatted using the standard AAAI format, but please include your name(s), affiliation(s), and email address(es) at the top of the first page as this will not be a double-blind reviewing process. Submissions should not exceed 6 pages in length. We also request a 1-2 page Statement of Interest from anyone who wishes to attend without submitting a paper. In these Statements, please describe your relevant interests, related projects (if any), and list a few relevant publications (if any). Please email all submissions, statements, or requests to be on this workshop's (moderated) mailing list to Co-chair David C. Uthus.

Authors of all accepted or invited workshop papers should sign AAAI's Distribution License form and mail or FAX it to AAAI by 27 May 2011:

* Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
445 Burgess Drive
Suite 100
Menlo Park, California 94025
(650) 321-4457 (FAX)

Important Dates
22 April 2011: Paper submissions due
13 May 2011: Responses returned re: submitted papers
27 May 2011: Submission of revised and invited camera-ready papers
7 or 8 August 2011: Workshop date! (San Francisco, California)

* David W. Aha, Naval Research Laboratory (Co-Chair)
* Douglas W. Oard, University of Maryland
* Sowmya Ramachandran, Stottler-Henke Associates, Inc
* David C. Uthus, National Research Council and Naval Research Laboratory (Co-Chair)

Program Committee (being formed)

* Tamatha Carpenter, Stottler-Henke Associates, Inc.
* Ciprian Chelba, Google
* Jeffrey Ellen, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific
* Micha Elsner, Brown University
* Craig Martell, Naval Postgraduate School
* James M. Nagy, Air Force Research Laboratory

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* ACL/HLT-11 Workshop: Language in Social Media (Chairs: Meenakshi Nagarajan and Michael Gamon)

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