The First International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP-04)
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  Newsletter 1 (10 Oct 2003)

***** IJCNLP-04 Newsletter No.1 *******

The 1st International Joint Conference of Natural Language Processing
organized by the Asia Federation of NLP associations (AFNLP)


Main Conference: March 22-24, 2004
Workshops: March 25, 2004

Sanya, Hainan island, China
***Land's End - Hainan is so remote on the sea that ancient people, while believing that earth is square, really thought it is where the land ends***

[Sponsoring Organizations]
Chinese Information Processing Society of China
Association for Natural Language Processing of Japan
Association for Computational Linguistics


This issue contains

[0] Paper submission
[1] Area chairs of the Program Committee
[2] Accepted Thematic Sessions
[3] International Advisory Committee of IJCNLP
[4] Steering Committee of IJCNLP
[5] Organization of IJCNLP-04

[0] Paper Submission

The information on paper submission will soon appear in the website

The important dates are as follows.

Paper submission deadline: November 15, 2003
(Note that we abolish the paper registration deadline of November 8)
Notification of acceptance: December 23, 2003
Camera ready papers due: January 24, 2004

[1] Program Committee

We are happy to announce the co-chairs and the area chairs of the PC.

[Co-chairs of the Program Committee]

Keh-Yih Su (Behavior Design Corporation, Hsinchu)
Jun-ichi Tsujii (University of Tokyo, Tokyo)

[Information Retrieval]
Sung Hyon Myaeng (Information and Communications University, Daejeon)
[FSA, Parsing Algorithms]
John Carroll (Sussex University, Brighton)
[Theories and Formalisms for Morphology, Syntax and Semantics]
Ann Copestake (University of Cambridge, Cambridge)
[Semantic Disambiguation]
Martha Palmer (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)
[Taggers, Chunkers, Shallow Parsers]
Yuji Matsumoto (NAIST, Nara)
[Word Segmentation]
Keh-Jiann Chen (Academia Sinica, Taipei)
[Statistical Models and Machine Learning for NLP]
Dekang Lin (University of Alberta, Alberta)
[Machine Translation and Multilinguality]
Franz Och (ISI-USC, Los Angeles)
Tiejun Zhao (Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin)
[Text Mining]
Kenji Yamanishi (NEC, Tokyo)
[Lexical Semantics, Ontology and Linguistic Resource]
Chu-Ren Huang (Academia Sinica, Taipei)
Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, Pisa)
[Text and Sentence Generation]
Robert Dale (Macquarie University, Sydney)
[Dialogue and Discourse]
Laurent Romary (LORIA, Paris)
[Automatic Abstraction and Text Summarization]
Manabu Okumura(Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo)
[Information Extraction, Q/A]
Hwee Tou Ng (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
[NLP Software and Application]
Gary Geunbae Lee (Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang).
Declerck Thierry (DFKI and Saarland University, Saarbruecken)
Chin-Hui Lee (Georgia Institute of Tech, Atlanta)
Chengqing Zong,(Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing,)

[2] Thematic Sessions
A Thematic Session provides a good occasion to focus peoples with the same special interest, and let them meet each other at a specific time-space to discuss and exchange ideas.

The following proposals have been accepted as thematic sessions. Please note that the deadline and procedure for submitting papers to these sessions are the same as those for general sessions. Also, the same quality standard will be applied to evaluate various submissions across general sessions and thematic sessions.
You will find the detailed submission procedure in our website.

[TS-1] Natural Language Learning using Both Labeled and Unlabeled Data
Organizer : Hang Li (Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing)

Recently, a new trend has arisen in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP): the development of machine learning technologies that use both labeled and unlabeled data for training. Methods that have been proposed under this paradigm include co-training, EM learning, transductive learning, and other semi-supervised learning techniques. For many NLP tasks, existing data are by their nature unlabeled and manually labeling them is prohibitively expensive. Effective utilization of both unlabeled and labeled data in learning is also a challenging but important issue. The goal of this thematic session is to bring together researchers working on this issue from different perspectives, in order to share their latest research results and to discuss future directions. We think that this session will advance research not only in exploiting unlabeled data but also in other natural language learning issues.

[TS-2] Natural Language Technology in the Text Processing User Interface
Organizers: Michael Kuehn (Universitaet Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz)
Kumiko TANAKA-Ishii (University of Tokyo, Tokyo)

The emergence of applications like mobile text processing, communication aids and authoring support require sophisticated methods of text processing under challenging conditions. We invite researchers to discuss language technologies such as (but not restricted to) language modeling, analysis, summarization and disambiguation, in order to assist the user at the text processing front-end.

[TS-3] Mobile Information Retrieval
Organizer: Mun-Kew Leong (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore)

One of the strongest impacts in recent information technology is the way mobility has changed computer applications. The rapid rate of handphone adoption, the ubiquitous PDA, and the low cost of wireless adoption has created new problems, new challenges, and new opportunities to researchers in many disciplines. One common thread through all these applications is the necessity for information retrieval in one form or another. Another characteristic is the limited screen size of mobile devices and the consequent ramifications on input and output. The use of NLP plays an integral part in creating better user interfaces, better analysis of results for precise display, and greater understanding in the iterative interaction (dialogue) between user and mobile device. We propose this workshop to explore user oriented and theoretical limits
and characteristics of NLP and IR within the context of mobile devices.

[TS-4] Text mining in Biomedicine
Organizers: Sophia Ananiadou (Salford University, Manchester)
Jong C. Park (KAIST, Daejeon)

With biomedical literature expanding so rapidly, there is an urgent need to discover and organise knowledge extracted from texts. Although factual databases contain crucial information the overwhelming amount of new knowledge remains in textual form (e.g. MEDLINE). In addition, new terms are constantly coined as the relationships linking new genes, drugs, proteins etc. As the size of biomedical literature is expanding, more systems are applying a variety of methods to automate the process of knowledge acquisition and management. These include a variety of techniques such as statistics, machine learning, SVMs, deep or shallow linguistic or domain knowledge etc. Some NLP related topics are challenging in biomedicine such as: dynamic terminology management, named-entity recognition , integration with non-textual resources, discovery of named relationships, populating and updating existing ontologies / taxonomies. The aim of this thematic session is to examine issu
es and challenges in the area of biomedical text mining.

[3] International Advisory Committee of IJCNLP

The following distinguished researchers have agreed to oversee IJCNLP-04 and the future conferences.

Nicoletta Calzolari (Pisa)
Eva Hajicova (Prague)
Eduard Hovy (Los Angeles)
Mark Johnson (Rhode Island)
Aravind Joshi (Philadelphia)
Martin Kay (Palo Alto)
Bente Maegaard (Copenhagen)
Joseph Mariani (Paris)
Makoto Nagao (Kyoto)
Donia Scott (Brighton)
Hozumi Tanaka (Tokyo)
Hans Uszkoreit (Saarbruecken)
Tianshun Yao (Shenyang)

[4] Steering Committee of IJCNLP

Chair: Keh-Yih Su (Hsinchu)

Jason S. Chang (Hsinchu)
Key-Sun Choi (Daejeon)
Robert Dale (Sydney)
Tetsuya Ishikawa (Tsukuba)
Shun Ishizaki (Fujisawa)
Hyuk-Chul Kweon (Busan)
Jong-Hyeok Lee (Pohang)
Kim Teng Lua (Singapore)
Hammam Riza (Jakarta)
Rajeev Sangal (Hyderabad)
Virach Sornlertlamvanich (Bangkok)
Maosong Sun (Beijing)
Hideki Tanaka (Keihan-na)
Benjamin Tsou (Hongkong)
Jun-ichi Tsujii (Tokyo)
Lide Wu (Shanghai) (TBC)
Shiwen Yu (Beijing) (TBC)
Zaharin Yusoff (Penang)

[5] Organization of IJCNLP-04

Honorary Chair
Nagao, Makoto (Kyoto University, Kyoto)

Conference Co-chairs
Ni, Guangnan (Chinese Academy of Engineering, Beijing)
Tsou, Benjamin K. (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Program Committee Co-chairs
Su, Keh-Yih (Behavior Design Corporation, Taipei)
Tsujii, Jun-ichi (University of Tokyo, Tokyo)

Chair for Satellite Events
Choi, Key-Sun (KAIST, Daejeon)

Chair for Interactive Posters and Demos
Zhou, Ming (Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing)

Local Organizing Committee Chair
Cao, Youqi (Chinese Information Processing Society of China, Beijing)
(VC) Sun, Maosong (Tsinghua University, Beijing) (External Liaison Person)

Publicity Chair
Isahara, Hitoshi (CRL, Kyoto)

Publication Chair
Jong Hyeok LEE (Postech, Pohang)
(VC) Kurohashi, Sadao (University of Tokyo, Tokyo)
Kwong, Olivia (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Financial Chair
Wong, Kam Fai (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
(VC) Lai, Tom (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)



Preliminary Announcement

Newsletter 1 (10 Oct 2003)

Newsletter 2 (23 Oct 2003)

Newsletter 3 (6 Nov 2003)

Newsletter 4 (18 Dec 2003)

Newsletter 5 (9 Jan 2004)

Newsletter 6 (25 Feb 2004)

Call for Proposals for Thematic Sessions

Call for Proposals for Satellite Events

Call for Papers

Author Instructions

Poster/Demo Session

Thematic Sessions

Financial Subsidy