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ToRPorEsp 2014 : Workshop on Tools and Resources for Automatically Processing Portuguese and Spanish


When Oct 5, 2014 - Oct 5, 2014
Where Sao Carlos (SP), Brazil
Submission Deadline Jul 15, 2014
Notification Due Sep 1, 2014
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

Call For Papers
ToRPorEsp: Workshop on Tools and Resources for Automatically
Processing Portuguese and Spanish (Propor 2014)

October, 5th, 2014
Sao Carlos (SP), Brazil

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: July, 15th, 2014 (11:59pm GMT -12)

Much of the research and development of NLP tools has been done for
English, leading to best state of the art systems for this language,
while other languages lack of the coverage of English resources.
Although there are several interesting initiatives to develop state of
the art tools for other languages, there may not be enough awareness
in the community about them and the same work may be repeated in
several institutions and projects. This is a limitation for new
projects or research that would benefit from having such tools
available to develop higher level systems. Similarly, work done for
one language may be beneficial to other closely related languages.
Within this context, we present the first Ã^Â Workshop on Tools and
Resources for Automatically Processing Portuguese and Spanish in
PROPOR 2014 (International Conference on Computational Processing
of Portuguese,

This workshop aims to be a forum for the presentation and discussion
of language-specific developments for Portuguese and Spanish, two
closely related languages. We expect to join together researchers
and developers with a focus on the creation of tools and linguistic
resources for these two languages. These are two thriving communities
that can join efforts to maximize the impact of the developments in
the area for each of these languages, and promote resource reuse and
sharing. This workshop offers a venue for researchers and developers
to show work in NLP tools and resources, covering a wide spectrum of
tasks (from PoS taggers and parsers to text simplification or
sentiment analysis tools), and linguistic resources (WordNet
initiatives, grammars, etc). Furthermore, given the proximity of these
two languages, this workshop aims to promote discussion of
crosslinguistic approaches and possible tuning of existing tools for
one language as basis for developing similar tools for the other.

A special interest of the workshop is to facilitate access to
technologies and resources that are specific to Portuguese and
Spanish. We intend that the workshop will contribute to make tools and
resources easily available to the local community. To that aim, we
encourage submissions that are oriented towards simplifying the
integration of a given tool or resource to address specific needs in
these regions. Detailed descriptions, motivation of utility with
specific scenarios, even tutorial-like approaches will be highly
appreciated. All workshop-related materials will be readily available
from the workshop webpage, to promote adoption.

The workshop is targeted at anyone interested on developing and using
tools and resources for Portuguese and Spanish. Presentations and
demonstrations are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:
* NLP tools: PoS taggers, parsers, etc
* NLP applications: text simplification, summarization, sentiment
analysis, information retrieval, etc
* Linguistic Resources: WordNet, grammars, etc
* Techniques to Automatically create such resources
* Techniques to Automatically adapt such resources to local variants
of the languages.
* Cross-lingual approches, between Portuguese and Spanish or other languages.

The main goal of this workshop is to offer a venue for sharing tools
and resources . Thus we encourage submissions of presentations and
demonstrations of both consolidated and under-development resources.

Authors are invited to submit their presentations/demonstrations in
the form of abstracts that will be published online. We accept
submissions in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Abstracts should
contain authors names, afiliations, a set of keywords and should be up
to four pages including references. Papers must be submitted in PDF,
following the Springer LNAI format guidelines.

Important dates
July, 15th, 2014 - Abstract submission deadline
September, 1st, 2014 - Notification of acceptance
October, 5th, 2014 - Workshop

Program committee
* Laura Alonso Alemany (Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina)
* Nuria Bel (UPF, Spain)
* Maria Jose Finatto (UFRGS, Brazil)
* Montserrat Marimon (UPF, Spain)
* Lluis Padro (UPC, Spain)
* Muntsa Padro (UFRGS, Brazil)
* Thiago Pardo (ICMC-USP, Brazil)
* Alexandre Rademaker (IBM Research Brazil and FGv/EMAp, Brazil)
* Carlos Ramisch (LIF-TALEP, France)
* Aline Villavicencio (UFRGS, Brazil)
* Rodrigo Wilkens (UFRGS, Brazil)

Workshop organizers
* Laura Alonso Alemany (Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina)
* Muntsa Padro (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
* Alexandre Rademaker (IBM Research Brazil and FGv/EMAp, Brazil)
* Aline Villavicencio (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)


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