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NLPCS 2008 : 5th International Workshop on NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE

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Conference Series : Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science
 
Link: http://www.iceis.org/workshops/nlpcs/nlpcs2008-cfp.html
 
When Jun 12, 2008 - Jun 13, 2008
Where Barcelona, Spain
Submission Deadline Mar 3, 2008
Notification Due Apr 4, 2008
Categories    NLP
 

Call For Papers

The 5th International Workshop on "NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING AND
COGNITIVE SCIENCE"
(NLPCS 2008), http://www.iceis.org/workshops/nlpcs/nlpcs2008-cfp.html

12-13 June, 2008 - Barcelona â?? Spain

In conjunction with the 10th International Conference on Enterprise
Information Systems (ICEIS 2008), http://www.iceis.org/


Co-Chairs
Bernadette Sharp, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom,
B.Sharp@staffs.ac.uk
Michael Zock, CNRS, LIF, Marseille, France, michael.zock@lif.univ-mrs.fr


BACKGROUND

Realising that no single discipline will ever suffice to reveal the
functioning of the human mind, cognitive science was born. The idea was
to analyse complex behaviour (speaking, thinking, problem-solving) from
different angles or levels and to build models that could account for them.


GOALS

While ambitious and intriguing, the idea looked promising enough to
attract numerous researchers, and there were plenty of opportunities
then to present this kind of work. Alas, the situation has changed, the
discipline has lost speed during the last decade. And if the reasons for
this are multiple, ranging from lack of results to unkept promises («
cognitive science » remaining wishful thinking rather than a widely
shared way of doing research), the fact is that funding has become more
and more scarce, and so have the opportunities to present work done
within this framework.

In the meantime statistical approaches have gained in popularity, and
evaluation has become an obligatory feature for presentation of work in
the arena of computational linguistics. While there is no doubt that
evaluation has certain qualities, it does not guarantee progress or
insights per se. A broader perspective is needed. To get the necessary
insights and to get the big picture, we probably need to get back to the
framework in which we worked in those days, which means, we should adopt
and integrate multiple viewpoints, that is, take a cognitive science
approach. This is the goal of this workshop.


JUSTIFICATION OF THE NEW NAME AND RELATION TO THE TOPICS

The workshop used to be called NLUCS (Natural Language Understanding and
Cognitive Science), yet, realising that this is too restrictive, we
decided to rename it NLPCS (Natural Language Processing and Cognitive
Science), as NLP is obviously more than just natural language
understanding. Information Retrieval, Information Extraction, Machine
Translation, Question Answering, Text Summarization, Text Generation,
etc. are all part of NLP or HLT (Human Language Technology), and they
all go clearly beyond language understanding. This being so, it might be
a valuable proposition to integrate them into the debate. In other
words, we would like to widen the scope and provide a forum for all
researchers of NLP working within the CS paradigm.

Also, while certain components (dictionaries, grammars, or ontologies)
are very general, the way they are used varies considerably with the
task. Hence it is important to show how the task reflects in the use of
a given resource.
The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for researchers working
within the paradigm of cognitive science

TOPICS OF INTEREST INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

â?¢ Computational Models of NLP
â?¢ Cognitive and Psychological Models of NLP
â?¢ Evolutionary NLP
â?¢ Situated (embodied) NLP
â?¢ Multimodality in speech / text processing
â?¢ Text Summarization and Information Extraction
â?¢ Natural Language Interfaces and Dialogue Systems
â?¢ Computer Assisted Language Learning
â?¢ Multi-Lingual Processing
â?¢ Pragmatics and NLP
â?¢ Speech Processing
â?¢ Tools and Resources in NLP
â?¢ Ontologies
â?¢ Text Mining
â?¢ Electronic Dictionaries
â?¢ Evaluation of NLP Systems

These topics can be addressed from any of the following perspectives:
full automation by machines for machine (traditional NLP or HLT),
semi-automated processing, i.e. machine-mediated processing (programs
assisting people in their tasks), simulation of human cognitive process.


SUBMISSION OF PAPERS

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers for oral presentation
in any of the areas listed above. Only full papers in English will be
accepted, and the length of the paper should not exceed 10 pages (5000
words). Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex
format) are available at the ICEIS web site.
http://www.iceis.org/paper_template.htm Postscript/RTF versions of the
manuscript should be submitted through ICEIS web-based paper submission
procedure: http://www.iceis.org/paper_submission.htm


WORKSHOP FORMAT

The workshop will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations of
previously submitted papers that went through a double peer review
process. The proceedings of the workshop will be published in the form
of a book.


IMPORTANT DATES

Paper Submission: March 3, 2008
Author Notification: April 4, 2008
Final Camera-Ready and Registration: April 14, 2008


WHORKSHOP PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Aretoulaki, M. (Germany), Intervoice Ltd., UK
Barnden, J. (UK), Birmingham University
Cristea, D. (Romania), University "A.I.Cuza" of Iasi, Romania
Day, C. (UK) , Keele University, UK
Delmonte, R. (USA), University of Texas
Endres-Niggemeyer, B. (Germany), Fachochschule Hanover, Germany
Helmreich, S.(USA), New Mexico State University, USA
Higgins, C. A. (UK), Nottingham University
Hinrichs, E. W. (Germany), University of Tuebingen
Mladenic, D. (Slovenia), J. Stefan Institute, Slovenia
Molla, D. (Australia), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Mota, C. (Portugal), L2F (INESC-ID) & Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Mothe, J. (France), Université de Toulouse, France
Narayanan, S. (USA), University of California, Berkeley
Nunes, M. G. (Brasil), Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e da Computação
- USP/São Carlos, Brasil
Rayson, P. (UK), Lancaster University, UK
Ren, F. (Japan), University of Tokushima, Japan
Roche, C. (France), Université de Savoie
Russell, S. (USA), University of New Hampshire
Schwitter, R. (Australia), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Sedes, F. (France), Université de Toulouse, France
Sharp, B. (Bahrain, UK), Royal University for Women, Staffordshire
University
Sheremetyeva, S. (Denmark), LanA Consulting ApS
Soule-Dupuy, C. (France), Université de Toulouse, France
Thompson, G. (UK), Liverpool University
Tufis, D. (Romania), University "A.I.Cuza" of Iasi, Romania
Wilks, Y. (UK), Sheffield University
Windridge, P. (UK), Staffordshire University
Zock, M. (France), CNRS-LIF, Marseille


WORKSHOP LOCATION

The workshop will take place in conjunction with the 10th International
Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS 2008) in Barcelona -
Spain.


REGISTRATION INFORMATION

At least one author of an accepted paper must register for the workshop.
If the registration fees are not received by April 14, 2008, the paper
will not be published in the proceedings. For registering go to
http://www.iceis.org


SECRETARIAT

ICEIS 2008 Secretariat - The Fifth International Workshop on Natural
Language Processing and Cognitive Science (NLPCS-2008), E-mail:
workshops@iceis.org
Web site: http://www.iceis.org

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