Corpora: CfP: CoNLL-2002, Sixth Conference on Natural Language Learning -- A COLING-2002 workshop

From: Antal van den Bosch (
Date: Tue Mar 19 2002 - 20:32:25 MET

  • Next message: Grace Ngai: "Corpora: CFP for SemaNet'02: COLING-2002 Workshop on Building and Using Semantic Networks"


       Sixth Conference on Natural Language Learning

       COLING-2002 workshop W11
       Taipei, Taiwan, August 31 - September 1, 2002

    Background and Scope

    CoNLL is the yearly meeting organized by SIGNLL, the Association for
    Computational Linguistics Special Interest Group on Natural Language
    Learning. Previous CoNLL meetings were held in Madrid (1997), Sydney
    (1998), Bergen (1999) Lisbon (2000) and Toulouse(2001).

    The 2002 event will be held as a two-days workshop at the 19th
    International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING), 24
    August - September 1, 2002 in Taipei, Taiwan. CoNLL is organised in
    cooperation with SIGDAT.

    CoNLL is an international forum for discussion and presentation of
    research on natural language learning. We invite submission of papers
    about natural language learning topics, including, but not limited to:

      * Computational models of human language acquisition
      * Computational models of the origins and evolution of language
      * Learning from very large corpora
      * Machine learning methods applied to natural language processing
        tasks (speech processing, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics,
        discourse processing, language engineering applications)
      * Symbolic learning methods (Rule Induction and Decision Tree
        Learning, Lazy Learning, Inductive Logic Programming, Analytical
        Learning, Transformation-based Error-driven Learning)
      * Biologically-inspired methods (Neural Networks, Evolutionary
      * Statistical methods (Bayesian Learning, HMM, maximum entropy,
        SNoW, Support Vector Machines)
      * Reinforcement Learning
      * Active learning, ensemble methods, meta-learning
      * Computational Learning Theory analysis of language learning
      * Empirical and theoretical comparisons of language learning methods
      * Models of induction and analogy in Linguistics

    Special Theme

    As in previous years, in addition to submissions on the general topics
    listed above, we encourage submissions on a special theme. This year's
    special theme is:

      Using unsupervised and semi-supervised learning methods
      in natural language learning

    Many machine learning approaches to natural language problems require
    supervision, typically in the form of labeled examples. Due to the
    difficulty annotating data, there has been a significant interest
    recently in the study of methods that can benefit from large amounts
    of unlabeled data, perhaps in addition to relatively small amounts of
    labeled examples. The purpose of the special theme is to present and
    discuss progress in this direction in the context of natural language
    learning and highlight both theoretical and experimental studies on a
    variety of approaches to these issues.

    Special Session: Shared Task - Named Entity Recognition

    This year's workshop will also accept submissions for a shared task:
    named entity recognition. Participating groups will be provided with
    the same training and testing material (in several languages), and
    will all use the same evaluation criteria, thus allowing comparison
    between various learning methods.

    More information on the shared task is available at:

    Invited Speaker

    John Lafferty (School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University,
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA)


    Main Session Submissions

     Submit an abstract of maximum 1500 words (Postscript, PDF or plain
     text ASCII) by May 2nd, 2002 electronically to the address below.
     Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to produce a full paper
     to be published in the proceedings of the workshop, which will be
     available at the workshop for participants, and distributed
     afterwords by COLING. Final submissions must follow the COLING style
     ( We strongly
     recommend the use of these style files also in the submission.

     Submit main session abstracts to:

       Dan Roth,
       Department of Computer Science,
       University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
       1304 West Springfield Ave. Urbana, IL 61801 USA
       Tel: 217 244 7068 Fax: 217 244 6500


       Antal van den Bosch,
       Computational Linguistics, Tilburg University,
       P.O. Box 90153
       NL-5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands
       Tel: +31.13.4663117 Fax: +31.13.4663110

    Shared Task Submissions

     Submit an abstract of maximum 1500 words describing the learning
     approach, and your results on the test set by April 6, 2001 to the
     address below (preferably by email). A special section of the
     proceedings will be devoted to a comparison and analysis of the
     results and to a description of the approaches used. Submit shared
     task submissions to:

       Erik Tjong Kim Sang,
       Centrum Nederlandse Taal en Spraak
       Linguistics, Department of Germanic languages and literature
       UIA, University of Antwerp
       Universiteitsplein 1, B-2610 Wilrijk, Belgium

    Important Dates

     * Deadline for Abstract Submission: May 2, 2002
     * Deadline for Shared Task Submission: May 2, 2002
     * Notification: May 22, 2002
     * Deadline camera-ready full paper: June 8, 2001
     * Conference: August 31-September 1, 2002

    Programme Committee

     Dan Roth (University of Illinois, Urbana, USA (co-chair)
     Antal van den Bosch (Tilburg University, Netherlands) (co-chair)
     Thorsten Brants (PARC, USA)
     Claire Cardie (Cornell University, USA)
     Ken Church (AT&T Labs-Research, USA)
     James Cussens (University of York, UK)
     Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
     Diane Litman (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
     Raymond Mooney (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
     John Nerbonne (Groningen University, Netherlands)
     Miles Osborne (University of Edinburgh, UK)
     David Powers (Flinders University, Australia)
     Adwait Ratnaparkhi (WhizBang! Labs-Research, USA)
     Erik Tjong Kim Sang (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
     David Yarowsky (Johns Hopkins University, USA)

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Tue Mar 19 2002 - 20:36:30 MET