2010Q3 Reports: SIGFSM

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The current membership count of the SIGFSM is 57 members. This adds 36% to the funding members.

Officers

The nominations (April 9 - May 9, 2010) for the elections (May 10 – July 10, 2010) provided one candidate for each position and the results were thus immediately available and were announced on May 11, 2010, making the former de factor officers the elected officers:

  • Anssi Yli-Jyrä (President)
  • Thomas Hanneforth (Treasurer)
  • Laurette Pretorius (Secretary)

Other Positions:

  • Liaison Representative in ACL 2010: Anssi Yli-Jyrä
  • Email List Resource Manager: Thomas Hanneforth
  • Web Site Resource Manager:
  • Web Content Resource Manager:

SIGFSM Business Meeting and International Advisory Committee

The first business meeting of the SIGFSM was held during the FSMNLP 2009 workshop on July 22, 2009, at the University of Pretoria. During the business meeting, the SIGFSM constitution was accepted. A list of candidates for nominations for IAC was discussed. After the meeting, the International Advisory Committee (IAC), was nominated by the President:

  • Matthieu Constant (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France)
  • Colin de la Higuera (Nantes University, France)
  • Lauri Karttunen (Stanford University, USA)
  • Kevin Knight (USC/Information Sciences Institute, USA)
  • András Kornai (Harvard University, USA & Budapest Institute of Technology, Hungary)
  • Andreas Maletti (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain)
  • Jakub Piskorski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)
  • Bruce W. Watson (University of Pretoria, SA & Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
  • Menno van Zaanen (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
  • Lynette van Zijl (Stellenbosch University, SA)
  • the elected officers

Events and Publications

In 2009, SIGFSM and SIGMORPHON were mutually in contact concerning plans for a joint workshop. However, SIGFSM could not provide volunteers to help in organizing a workshop during 2010. Besides this, the IAC of SIGFSM has specifically endorsed the following events:

The proceedings of FSMNLP 2009 are currently being published by Springer. In addition, a special journal issue Finite State Methods and Models in Natural Language Processing in Natural Language Engineering by Cambridge University Press has been organized.

A mailing list for the SIGFSM has been established. Plans including a web site, a proceedings archive and future publication policies were discussed in the SIGFSM meeting. András Kornai and other former FSMNLP organizers have put some effort on archiving of earlier proceedings. The SIGFSM has had varying policies concerning proceedings publishers. In FSMNLP 2009, T. Hanneforth advocated an Open Access policy. There seem to be interest in Open Access publishing in long term and a need to weight the alternatives by ballot.

--Anssi.Yli-Jyra 20:51, 17 June 2010 (UTC) --Anssi.Yli-Jyra 03:56, 18 June 2010 (UTC) --Anssi.Yli-Jyra 08:20, 23 June 2010 (UTC)