Workshop on Optimization Techniques for Human Language Technology

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Call for Participation
in conjunction with COLING 2012
Sunday, 9 December 2012

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Workshop on Optimization Techniques for Human Language Technology, December 09, 2012 in conjunction with COLING-2012.

The First International Workshop on Optimization Techniques for Human Language Technology ( will be held in conjunction with COLING-12. 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.

WORKSHOP DATE: December 09, 2012


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9 December 2012, COLING 2012, Mumbai, India

9:45 - Start

10:00 - Keynote presentation

Aravind K. Joshi
Complexity of Parse representations, Parsing complexity, Side
Information: Relevance to Optimization?

11:00 - Session 1

Ana Paula Silva, Arlindo Silva and Irene Rodrigues
BioPOS: Biologically Inspired Algorithms for POS Tagging

11:30 - 12:00 Tea

12:00 - Session 2

Optimization for Efficient Determination of Chunk in Automatic
Evaluation for Machine Translation
Hiroshi Echizen'ya, Kenji Araki and Eduard Hovy

Manikrao Dhore, Shantanu Dixit and Ruchi Dhore
Optimizing Transliteration for Hindi/Marathi to English Using
only Two Weights

Kuo-Ming TANG, Chien-Kang HUANG and Chia-Ming LEE
Selection of Discriminative Features for Translation Texts

1:30 - 2:30 Lunch

2:30 - Session 3

Nagesh Bhattu Sristy and D.V.L.N Somayajulu
Semi-supervised Learning of Naive Bayes Classifier with
Feature Constraints

Marc Dymetman, Guillaume Bouchard and Simon Carter
Optimization and Sampling for NLP from a Unified Viewpoint

Chia-Ming LEE, Chien-Kang HUANG and Kuo-Ming TANG
Iterative Chinese Bi-gram Term Extraction using Machine
Learning Classification Approach

Andon Tchechmedjiev, Jérôme Goulian and Didier Schwab
Parameter estimation under uncertainty with Simulated
Annealing applied to an ant colony based probabilistic WSD

4:30 - Workshop end


-Ramiz M. Aliguliyev, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Azerbaijan

-Timothy Baldwin, University of Melbourne, Australia

- Sivaji Bandyopadhyay, Jadavpur University, India

- Malay Bhattacharyya, Kalyani University, India

- Benjamin Boerschingen, Macquarie University, Australia

- Niladri Chatterjee, IIT Delhi, India

- Monojit Choudhury, Microsoft Research India

- Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium

-Gaël Harry Dias, University of Caen Basse-Normadie, France

- Soumyajit Dey, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India

- Patrick Saint-Dizier, Institut de Recherches en Informatique

de Toulouse, France

- Lan Du, Macquarie University, Australia

- Alexander Gelbukh, National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Mexico

- Veronique Hoste, University College Ghent, Belgium

- Nitin Indurkya, University of New South Wales, Australia

- Jagadeesh Jagarlamudi, University of Maryland College Park, USA

- Zornitsa Kozareva, Information Sciences Institute / University

of Southern California, USA

- A Kumaran, Microsoft Research India

- Pabitra Mitra, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

- Samrat Mondal, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India

- Anirban Mukhopadhyay, Kalyani University, India

- Massimo Poesio, University of Trento, Italy

- Alexander M. Rush, MIT/Columbia, USA

- Ashok Singh Sairam, Indian Institute of Technology Patna

- Soumi Sengupta, Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata, India

- Jyoti Prakash Singh, National Institute of Technology Patna, India

- Olga Uryupina, University of Trento, Italy

- Sriram Venkatapathy, Xerox Research Centre Europe, France

- Jose Luis Vicedo, University of Alicante, Spain


- Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India.

- Asif Ekbal, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India

- Sriparna Saha, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India.

- Mark Johnson, Department of Computing, Macquarie

University, Australia.

- Diego Molla-Aliod, Department of Computing, Macquarie

University, Australia.

- Mark Dras, Department of Computing, Macquarie University, Australia.