Optimization Techniques for Human Language Technology

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Saturday, 8 December 2012
Contact Email: 
Asif Ekbal
Submission Deadline: 
Saturday, 20 October 2012

First International Workshop on
Optimization Techniques for Human Language Technology


Call for Papers
(note extended submission date)

The aim of the workshop is to bring together the communities who are
working in the areas of evolutionary computation, optimization
techniques, machine learning, language technology/Natural Language
Processing, information retrieval, and text mining. The workshop will
be a starting platform to explore the possibilities of
interdisciplinary research that will focus on developing optimization
based methods within the context of human language technology. Almost
all the research and development activities in human language
technology rely on the high level of performance to satisfy the users
intended needs, and have to deal with many objectives and
parameters. For example, in Information Retrieval, it is often
necessary to optimize the recall and precision parameters. In
automatic summarisation, it is desired to optimize different objective
functions like similarity to user query, ROUGE metric, important
sentence score, and difference in length between the scored sentence
and the desired sentence. Other examples of optimization in NLP
include parsing, machine translation, and computational models of
language acquisition.

We solicit submissions in, but not limited to, the following topics:

1. General and Evolutionary Algorithms in Optimization Techniques.
2. Optimization Techniques for Sentence Classification and Automatic
3. Optimization in Question-Answering.
4. Optimization in Named Entity Recognition, Part-of-Speech Tagging
and other sequential learning problems.
5. Optimization in Machine Translation.
6. Optimization in Information Extraction and Information Retrieval.
7. Optimization in Sentiment Analysis, Anaphora/Coreference resolution etc.
8. Optimization techniques in bio-informatics and biomedical text
mining applications.
9. Optimization techniques in the broad areas of Artificial
Intelligence and Language Technology.


Prof. Aravind K.Joshi (University of Pennsylvania) has kindly agreed to be a keynote speaker of the workshop.


Please use the submission and formatting guidelines of COLING
workshops (http://www.coling2012-iitb.org/). The three possible
submission formats are:

* Full papers: 14 A5 sized pages plus references.
* Short papers: 8 A5 sized pages plus references.
* Demo papers: 6 A5 sized papers plus references.

The COLING 2012 style files are:

* LaTeX: http://www.coling2012-iitb.org/doc/coling-latex.zip
* Microsoft Word: http://www.coling2012-iitb.org/doc/coling-word.zip
* Libre Office:

The submission link is:


Note that the submissions must be anonymous.


All foreign nationals intending to participate in the Congress/
meeting, except those of Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives, are required to
obtain an Indian VISA. There is no provision for 'VISA on Arrival' in

For details, refer to
http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/FAQs-on-ConferenceVisa.pdf &

In case of difficulties, please get in touch with the conference
secretariat at swati@cimglobal.net


20th October, 2012 Paper submission deadline
5th November, 2012 Paper accept/reject notification
15th November, 2012 Camera ready paper due
8th December, 2012 Workshop

- Dr. Ramiz M. Aliguliyev, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Azerbaijan
- Prof. Timothy Baldwin, University of Melbourne, Australia
- Dr. Malay Bhattacharyya, Kalyani University, India
- Mr. Benjamin Boerschingen, Macquarie University, Australia
- Dr. Monojit Choudhury, Microsoft Research India
- Prof. Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium
- Dr. Soumyajit Dey, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India
- Prof. Patrick Saint-Dizier, Institut de Recherches en Informatique
de Toulouse, France
- Dr. Lan Du, Macquarie University, Australia
- Prof. Alexander Gelbukh, National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Mexico
- Dr. Veronique Hoste, University College Ghent, Belgium
- Prof. Nitin Indurkya, University of New South Wales, Australia
- Dr. Zornitsa Kozareva, Information Sciences Institute / University
of Southern California, USA
- Dr. A Kumaran, Microsoft Research India
- Dr. Pabitra Mitra, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
- Dr. Samrat Mondal, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India
- Dr. Anirban Mukhopadhyay, Kalyani University, India
- Prof. Massimo Poesio, University of Trento, Italy
- Prof. Alexander M. Rush, MIT/Columbia, USA
- Ms. Soumi Sengupta, Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata, India
- Dr. Jyoti Prakash Singh, National Institute of Technology Patna, India
- Dr. Olga Uryupina, University of Trento, Italy
- Dr. Sriram Venkatapathy, Xerox Research Centre Europe, France
- Prof. Jose Luis Vicedo, University of Alicante, Spain


- Dr. Asif Ekbal, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India
(workshop chair).
- Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India.
- Dr. Sriparna Saha, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India.
- Prof. Mark Johnson, Department of Computing, Macquarie
University, Australia.
- Dr. Diego Molla-Aliod, Department of Computing, Macquarie
University, Australia.
- Dr. Mark Dras, Department of Computing, Macquarie University, Australia.

This workshop is a part of the "Australia-India Strategic Research
Fund, Round Six 2011/12 grant".