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Applied Natural Language Processing


Special Track at


the 22nd International FLAIRS Conference


In cooperation with the American Association for Artificial Intelligence




Sundial Beach and Golf Resort

Sanibel Island, Florida

May 19th-21st, 2009


Paper submission deadline: November 23rd, 2008. 

Notifications sent by: Late January, 2009.  


Call for Papers




The track of Applied Natural Language Processing is a forum for researchers working in natural language processing (NLP), computational linguistics (CL), applied linguistics (AL) and related areas. 




NLP/CL developments in fields such as textual studies, speech recognition, speech production, data mining and numerous other fields have led to a rapid growth in interest in tools able to understand, organize, and extract information from natural language sources. This interest includes the analysis of online materials, most of them in textual form or text combined with other media (visual, audio), the use of innovative human-computer interfaces, such as interactive agents, which benefit from language understanding, and the use of computational tools to facilitate intelligent tutoring systems and instructional methodology. In addition, natural language processing can facilitate human-computer interaction for people with special needs, assist in the organization of classification systems, and coordinate text segmentation.




Papers and contributions on all issues are very much welcome, but the track emphasizes and encourages submissions that present actual applications that can benefit from or have an impact on NLP/CL.






General Topics


We invite original papers (i.e. work not previously submitted, in submission, or to be submitted to another conference during the reviewing process) that describe work in, but not limited to, the following areas:


1. Paraphrase or Entailment evaluation approaches


2. Textual assessment indices 


3. NL-based Knowledge Representations and Systems


4. Coreference Resolution 


5. Word Sense Disambiguation 


6. Text Cohesion and Coherence 


7. Dialogue Management and Systems 


8. Language Generation 


9. Language Models 


10. Human Computer Interfaces - in particular, multimodal human-computer communication and language as the only acceptable human-computer communication channel for the handicapped and elderly 


11. Machine Learning applied to NL problems 


12. Multilingual Processing 


13. Standardization, Language Resources, Corpora Building, and Annotation Languages 


14. NL in Learning Environments 


15. Semantic Web, Ontologies, Reasoning 


16. Applications: Machine Translation, Summarization, Intelligent Tutoring, Question Answering, Information Extraction, etc. 


17. Syntax 


18. Semantics 


19. Applied Linguistics and First and Second Language Acquisition


20. English for Specific Purposes


21. Others


22. The special topic: The User-Language Paraphrase Challenge




Special Topic




This year, the ANLP track features a special topic, which is IN ADDITION TO general topics for the track. The special topic is the User-Language Paraphrase Challenge. 




We are pleased to introduce the User-Language Paraphrase Challenge. We use the term User-Language to refer to the natural language input of users interacting with an intelligent tutoring system (ITS). The primary characteristics of user-language are that it is short (typically a single sentence) and that it is unedited (e.g., it is replete with typographical errors and lacking in grammaticality). We use the term paraphrase to refer to ITS users’ attempt to restate a given target sentence in their own words such that a produced sentence, or user response, has the same meaning as the target sentence. The corpus in this challenge comprises 1998 target-sentence/student response text-pairs, or protocols. The protocols have been evaluated by expert human raters along 10 dimensions of paraphrase characteristics. Along with the protocols, the database comprising the challenge includes 10 computational indices that have been used to assess these protocols. The challenge we pose for researchers is to describe and assess their own approach (computational or statistical) to evaluating, characterizing, and/or categorizing, any, some, or all of the paraphrase dimensions in this corpus. The purpose of establishing such evaluations of user-language paraphrases is so that ITSs may provide users with accurate assessment and subsequently facilitative feedback, such that the assessment would be comparable to one or more trained human raters.  As such, these evaluations will help to develop the field of natural language assessment and understanding. For full details of the challenge and all data go to: and click on User Language Paraphrase Corpus.




Submission Guidelines for the ANLP track


Interested authors (for the general ANLP track or the special topic) should format their papers according to  <> AAAI formatting guidelines. The papers should be original work (i.e., not submitted, in submission, or submitted to another conference while in review). Papers should not exceed 6 pages and are due by November 23rd, 2008. For FLAIRS-22, the 2009 conference, the reviewing is a double blind process. Fake author names and affiliations must be used on submitted papers to provide double-blind reviewing. Papers must be submitted as PDF through the EasyChair conference system. (n.b. Do not use a fake name for your EasyChair login - your EasyChair account information is hidden from reviewers). Authors should indicate the special track of ANLP for submissions. All submissions will be done electronically via the FLAIRS web submission system available through the paper submission site at 


Please, check the website for information regarding submission.




Conference Proceedings


Papers will be refereed and all accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings which will be published by AAAI Press.  




Organizing Committee


Philip McCarthy, Institute for Intelligent Systems Scott Crossley, Mississippi State University




Proposed Program Committee (additions will be made)


Stephen Anthony, University of California San Diego, USA


Sivaji Bandyopadhyay, Jadavpur Unviersity, India


Cosmin Adrian Bejan, University of Texas at Dallas, USA


Cederick Bellissens, Institute for Intelligent Systems, USA


Chutima Boonthum, Hampton University, UK


Stephen Briner, DePaul University, USA


Peter Clark, Boeing, USA


Nicoletta Calzolari, University of Pisa, Italy


Joao Cordeiro, University of Beira Interior, Portugal


Andrea Corradini, University of Potsdam, Germany


Kyle Demsey, Institute for Intelligent Systems, USA


Gael Dias, University of Beira Interior, Portugal


Sidney D’Mello, Institute for Intelligent Systems, USA


Nick Duran, Institute for Intelligent Systems, USA


Asif Ekbal, Jadavpur University, India


Anna Feldman, Montclair State University, USA


Leo Ferres, Carleton University, Canada                        


Andrew Gordon, University of Southern California, USA


Charles Hall, University of Memphis, USA


Christian Hempelmann, Hakia Inc., USA


Diana Inkpen, University of Toronto, Canda


Pamela Jordan, University of Pittsburgh, USA


Christel Kemke, University of Manitoboa, Canada


Yılmaz Kılıçaslan, Trakya University, Turkey


Christopher Kurby, Northern Illinois University, USA


Max Louwerse, University of Memphis, USA


Xiaofei Lu, Pennsylvania State University, USA


Manish Mehta, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA


Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas, USA


Roberto Navigli, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy


Tomasz Obrębski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland


Andrew Olney, Institute for Intelligent Systems, USA


Constantin Orasan, University of Wolverhampton, UK


Katherine M Forbes Riley, University of Pittsburg, USA


Graeme Ritchie, University of Aberdeen, UK


Vasile Rus, University of Memphis, USA


Stacey Todaro, Northern Illinois University, USA


Savaş Yıldırım, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey




Further Information


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


Philip McCarthy, [log in to unmask]


Scott A. Crossley, [log in to unmask]




Questions regarding the ANLP Special topic should be addressed to Philip McCarthy, [log in to unmask]




Questions regarding any other FLAIRS special tracks should be addressed to the special track co-ordinator: Philip McCarthy, [log in to unmask]




Questions regarding the conference should be addressed to the FLAIRS-2009 program co-chairs:


David Wilson, University of North Carolina Charlotte,  <mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask]


Geoff Sutcliffe, University of Miami,  <mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask]


General questions concerning the conference should be addressed to the FLAIRS-2008 conference co-chairs: 


Douglas D. Dankel II, University of Florida,  <mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask]


Special Tracks Chair


Philip McCarthy: [log in to unmask]




Invited Speakers


To be announced




Conference Web Sites


Paper submission site:

NLP Special Track web page:

FLAIRS-2009 conference web page: <> Florida AI Research Society (FLAIRS):  <> 






 <> FLAIRS 2009 home page




Scott Crossley, Ph.D.



Department of English

Mississippi State University

(662) 325-2355


Institute for Intelligent Systems

University of Memphis


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