TextGraphs-7: Graph-based Methods for Natural Language Processing

Abbreviated Title: 
TextGraphs-7
Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: 
18 Mar 2012
Event Dates: 
12 Jul 2012
Location: 
At ACL 2012, ICC Jeju
City: 
Jeju
Country: 
Republic of Korea
Contact: 
Ahmed Hassan
Contact: 
Gaël Dias
Contact: 
Irina Matveeva
Contact Email: 
textgraphs2012 [at] gmail [dot] com

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CALL FOR PAPERS

TextGraphs-7: Graph-based Methods for Natural Language Processing
(http://www.textgraphs.org/ws12)

Special Theme:
Understanding and Mining Social Media Using Graphs: Information
Propagation in Blogs and Tweets

Workshop of ACL 2012

July 12, 2012, Jeju, Republic of Korea

Submission dealdine: March 18, 2012
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(1) Workshop Description
(2) Workshop Submissions
(3) Important Dates
(4) Author Instructions
(5) Invited Speaker
(6) Poster Session
(7) Workshop Organisers
(8) Program Committee
(9) Contacts

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(1) Workshop Description
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Recent years have shown an increased interest in integrating various
aspects of the field of Graph Theory (GT) into Natural Language
Processing (NLP). Many language phenomena can be naturally put into
graph-based representations and in the last 5 years a significant
number of NLP applications adopted efficient and elegant solutions from
graph theoretical frameworks. These applications range from part-of-
speech tagging, word sense disambiguation, ontology learning and
parsing to information extraction, semantic role assignment,
summarization and sentiment analysis to name but a few. The emergence
of new fields of research focusing on the social media such as Twitter
and Facebook brought the graph-based methods even more into focus. In
particular, graph-based algorithms are used to explore social network
connections and propagation of information in those networks in
addition to exploring the connections between the language entities. As
a consequence, many new applications have been emerging such as rumor
proliferation, e-reputation, multiple identity detection, language
dynamics learning and future events prediction to name but a few.
TextGraphs-7 aims to bring together researchers interested in GT
applied to NLP and provide an environment for further integration of
graph-based solutions into NLP tasks. The workshop also encourages
discussions about theoretical justifications from GT that explain
empirical results obtained in the NLP community. As a consequence, a
deeper understanding of new theories of graph-based algorithms is
likely to help to create new approaches and widen the usage of graphs
for NLP applications.

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(2) Workshop Submissions
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TextGraphs-7 will invite innovative submissions on the following, but
not limited to, three main topics:

Topic I: Graph-based methods for Information Retrieval, Information
Extraction and Text Mining
- Graph-based methods for word sense disambiguation,
- Graph-based representations for ontology learning,
- Graph-based strategies for semantic relations identification,
- Encoding semantic distances in graphs,
- Graph-based techniques for document navigation and visualization,
- and more subtopics;

Topic II: New graph-based methods for NLP applications
- Random walk methods in graphs,
- Spectral graph clustering,
- Semi-supervised graph-based methods,
- Methods and analyses for statistical networks,
- Small world graphs,
- Dynamic graph representations ,
- Topological and pretopological analysis of graphs,
- and more subtopics;

Topic III: Graph-based methods for applications on social networks
- Rumor proliferation,
- E-reputation,
- Multiple identity detection,
- Language dynamics studies,
- Surveillance systems,
- and more subtopics.

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(3) Important Dates
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Submission deadline: March 18, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: April 15, 2012
Camera-ready deadline: April 30, 2012
Workshop: July 12, 2012

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(4) Authors Instructions
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Submissions will consist of (1) regular full papers of maximum 8 pages
(for well established research), (2) regular short papers of maximum 4
pages (for on-going research), (3) position papers of maximum 4 pages
(for prospective ideas) and (4) demo papers of maximum 4 pages (for
software and architectures). One extra page will be accepted for the
Reference section for all submissions’ types.

Textgraphs-7 will have a blind review policy. In order to facilitate
blind reviewing, the authors should omit their names and affiliations
from the paper. Furthermore, all self-references that may reveal the
author identity must be avoided. Papers that do not conform to these
requirements will be rejected without review.

All submissions must be in PDF format and must be formatted using the
ACL 2012 Style Files available a http://www.acl2012.org/call/sub01.asp.

Papers should be submitted to the START Conference Manager available at
the following url: https://www.softconf.com/acl2012/textgraphs-7/.

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(5) Invited Speaker
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TextGraphs-7 will have the pleasure to invite Lada Adamic to present
her work on information propagation in blogs and tweets. Lada Adamic is
an associate professor in the School of Information at the University
of Michigan Ann Arbor. She is also affiliated with the Center for the
Study of Complex Systems and the Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science Department. Her research interests center on information
dynamics in networks: how information diffuses, how it can be found,
and how it influences the evolution of a network's structure. She
worked previously in Hewlett-Packard's Information Dynamics Lab. Her
projects have included identifying expertise in online question and
answer forums, studying the dynamics of viral marketing, and
characterizing the structure in blogs and other online communities. She
recently received the 10 years best paper award from the ACM/IEEE/WIC
Conference 2011.

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(6) Poster Session
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Authors of accepted papers and demos will be able to present their work
on a poster in addition to the oral presentation. The posters will be
displayed in the workshop room all day and there will be a short poster
session in the workshop schedule.

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(7) Workshop Organisers
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Ahmed Hassan
Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, United States
Phone: +14257222849,
Email: hassanam@microsoft.com

Gaël Dias
University of Caen Basse-Normandie, Caen, France
Phone: +33231567487
Email: gael.dias@unicaen.fr

Irina Matveeva
Dieselpoint Inc., Chicago, United States
Phone: +17737047852
Email: imatveeva@dieselpoint.com

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(8) Program Committee
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Aitor Soroa, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Alessandro Moschitti, University of Trento, Italy
Animesh Mukherjee, ISI Foundation, Italy
Antoine Widlöcher, University of Caen Basse-Normandie, France
Arzucan Özgür, Istanbul University, Turkey
Bruno Crémilleux, University of Caen Basse-Normandie, France
Chris Biemann, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Dragomir Radev, University of Michigan, USA
Fabio Massimo Zanzotto, University of Rome, Italy
Gina-Anne Levow, University of Washington, USA
Guillaume Cleuziou, University of Orléans, France
Michael Gamon, Microsoft Research, USA
Patrik Pantel, Microsoft Research, USA
Paul Tarau, University of North Texas, USA
Philippe Muller, Paul Sabatier University, France
Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas, USA
Swapna Somasundaran, Siemens Corporate Research, USA
Torsten Zesch, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Uwe Quasthoff, University of Leipzig, Germany
Zornitsa Kozareva, ISI, University of Southern California, USA

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(9) Workshop Contacts
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For any question, please email us at textgraphs2012@gmail.com or look
at the web site http://www.textgraphs.org/ws12