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Trends in Natural Language Processing
Special Track at
the 19th International FLAIRS Conference
In cooperation with the American Association for Artificial Intelligence 

Crowne Plaza - Melbourne Oceanfront
Melbourne Beach, FL
May 11-13, 2006

Paper submission deadline: Monday, November 21, 2005. 
Notifications sent by: Friday, January 20, 2006. 
Camera Ready paper due: Monday, February 13, 2006. 

Call for Papers


The track on Trends in Natural Language Processing is a forum for researchers working in natural language processing(NLP)/computational linguistics(CL) and related areas. The rapid pace of development of online materials, most of them in textual form or text combined with other media (visual, audio), has led to a revived interest for tools able to understand, organize and mine those materials. Innovative human-computer interfaces, for instance talking heads, can benefit from language understanding and generation techniques with a big impact on user acceptance and satisfaction. Moreover, language can facilitate human-computer interaction for people with disabilities (no typing needed) and the elderly leading to an ever increasing user base for computer systems.

While papers and contributions on traditional, basic and applied language processing issues are welcome, the 2006 track will emphasize novel challenges to the NLP/CL community: multilingual processing, learning environments, multimodal communication, bioNLP, spam filtering, humourous language processing, security, etc. We also encourage papers in information retrieval, speech processing and machine learning that present novel approaches that can benefit from or have an impact on NLP/CL.


We invite highly original papers that describe work in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  1. NL-based Knowledge Representations and Systems
  2. Lexical Semantics
  3. Syntax
  4. Semantics
  5. Coreference Resolution
  6. Word Sense Disambiguation
  7. Text Cohesion and Coherence
  8. Dialogue Management and Systems
  9. Language Generation
  10. Language Models
  11. Human Computer Interfaces - in particular multimodal human-computer communication and language as the only acceptable human-computer communication channel for handicapped and elderly
  12. Machine Learning applied to NL problems
  13. Multilingual Processing
  14. Standardization, Language Resources, Corpora Building and Annotation Languages
  15. NL in Learning Environments
  16. Semantic Web, Ontologies, Reasoning
  17. Applications: Machine Translation, Summarization, Intelligent Tutoring, Question Answering, Information Extraction, etc.
  18. others
Submission Guidelines

Interested authors should format their papers according to AAAI formatting guidelines. The papers should not exceed 6 pages and are due by November 21, 2005. Please note the change from 5 to 6 pages from the first CFP. Additional pages (7 and more) have to be cleared by the program chairs and will be $100 each. For FLAIRS-19, the 2006 conference, the reviewing is not blind. Authors should indicate the special track if one exists that closely matches the topic of their paper. All submissions will be done electronically via the FLAIRS web submission system available through the paper submission site at 

Conference Proceedings

Papers will be refereed and all accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings which will be published by AAAI Press.  Selected authors will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to a special issue of the International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools (IJAIT) to be published in 2007. 

Organizing Committee

Vasile Rus, The University of Memphis
Vivi Nastase, University of Ottawa

Programme Committee

Stephen Anthony, University of Sydney
Nicoletta Calzolari, CNR, Italy
Joyce Chai, Michigan State University
Peter Clark, Boeing
Claire Gardent, CNRS/LORIA
Andrew Gordon, USC/ICT
Art Graesser, University of Memphis
Susan Haller, University of Wisconsin - Parkside
Daniel Hardt, Copenhagen Business School
Christian Hempelmann, Georgia Southern University
Diana Inkpen, University of Ottawa
Pamela Jordan, University of Pittsburgh
Max Louwerse, University of Memphis
Paul Morarescu, University of Texas, Dallas
Tudor Muresan, Technical University of Cluj
Zdravko Markov, Central Connecticut State University
Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas
Smaranda Muresan, Columbia University
Vivi Nastase, University of Ottawa
Roberto Navigli, University of Rome "La Sapienza"
Andrew Olney, University of Memphis
Constantin Orasan, University of Wolverhampton
Vasile Rus, The University of Memphis
Carlo Strapparava, IRST
Zygmunt Vetulani, Adam Mickiewicz University

Further Information

       Questions regarding the NLP Special Track should be addressed to the track co-chairs: 

       Vasile  Rus at 
       Viviana Nastase at

       Questions regarding paper submission should be addressed to the FLAIRS-2006 program co-chairs:

       Geoff Sutcliffe, University of Miami
       Randy Goebel, University of Alberta

       General questions concerning the conference should be addressed to the FLAIRS-2006 conference co-chairs: 

       Philip Chan, Florida Institute of Technology
       Debasis Mitra, Florida Institute of Technology

       Special Tracks Chair

       Barry O'Sullivan, University College, Cork

Invited Speakers

Alan Bundy, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Bob Morris, NASA Ames Research Center
Mehran Sahami, Stanford University and Google
Barry Smyth, University College Dublin, Ireland

Conference Web Sites

       Paper submission site: 
       NLP Special Track web page:
       FLAIRS-2006 conference web page: 
       Florida AI Research Society (FLAIRS): 
       Related Special Track on KR and NL

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