Applied Natural Language Processing

Special Track at FLAIRS-28, Hollywood, Florida USA





·         Fazel Keshtkar, Southeast Missouri State University (

·         Vasile Rus, University of Memphis,


Full Title: Applied Natural Language Processing


Date:                           May 18 – 20, 2015

Call Deadline: November 17, 2015

Location:                     Hollywood, Florida, USA

Web Site:          

Field(s):                       Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science

Email:                          Fazel Keshtkar (

                                  Vasile Rus (



Applied Natural Language Processing


Special Track at

The 28th International FLAIRS Conference

In cooperation with the American Association for Artificial Intelligence

Hollywood, Florida, USA

May 18 - 20, 2015

Paper submission deadline: November 17, 2014.

Notifications: January 19, 2015.

Camera ready version due: February 23, 2015.


All accepted papers will be published in FLAIRS proceedings by the AAAI.



Call for Papers


What is ANLP?

The track on Applied 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 capable to understand, organize and mine those materials. Novel human-computer interfaces, for instance talking heads, can benefit from language understanding and generation techniques with big impact on user satisfaction. Moreover, language can facilitate human-computer interaction for the handicapped (no typing needed) and elderly leading to an ever increasing user base for computer systems.


What is the GOAL of the track?

The goal of the ANLP track is to inform researchers as to current project and studies that identify, investigate, and (begin to) resolve issues that relate to human/computer language interaction.


Who might be interested?

Papers and contributions on traditional basic and applied language processing issues are welcome as well as novel challenges to the NLP/CL community: bioNLP, spam filtering, security, multilingual processing, learning environments, Educationa Data Mining (EDM), Learning Analytics Knowldge (LAK), Big Data, multimodal communication, etc. We also encourage papers in information retrieval, speech processing, Data Mining,  and machine learning that present novel approaches that can benefit from or have an impact on NLP/CL.


What kind of studies will be of interest?

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

. NL-based representations and knowledge systems

. Lexical Semantics

. Syntax

. Co-reference Resolution

. Word Sense Disambiguation

. Text Cohesion and Coherence

. Educational Data Mining (EDM)

. Learning Analytics Knowledge (LAK)

.Tutoring and Dialoge Systems

. Dialogue Management Systems

. Language Generation

. Language Models

. Human Computer Interfaces - in particular multimodal human-computer communication

and language as the only acceptable human-computer communication channel for

handicapped and elderly

. NL in Learning Environments

. Machine Learning applied to NL problems

 .Multilingual Processing

. Standardization, Language Resources, Corpora Building and Annotation Languages

. Semantic Web, Ontologies, Reasoning

. Semantic Similarity Metrics

. Applications: Machine Translation, Information Retrieval, Summarization, Intelligent

Tutoring, Question Answering, Information Extraction and others

. Other related topics


Note: We invite original papers (i.e. work not previously submitted, in submission, or to be submitted to another conference during the reviewing process).


Submission Guidelines

Interested authors 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 (4 pages for a poster) and are due by November 17, 2014. For FLAIRS-28, the 2015 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, which can be accessed through the main conference web site ( Note: do not use a fake name for your EasyChair login - your EasyChair account information is hidden from reviewers. Authors should indicate the [your track name] special track for submissions. The proceedings of FLAIRS will be published by the AAAI. Authors of accepted papers will be required to sign a form transferring copyright of their contribution to AAAI. FLAIRS requires that there be at least one full author registration per paper.



Please, check the website for further information.


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

Fazel Keshtkar, Southeast Missouri State University (

Vasile Rus, University of Memphis,





Current Program Committee

Eric Bell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Chutima Boonthum, Hampton University, USA

Asif Ekbal, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India

Christian Hempelmann, RiverGlass Inc. and Purdue University, USA

Diana Inkpen, University of Ottawa, Canada

Christel Kemke, University of Manitoboa, Canada

Fazel Keshtkar, Southeast Missouri State University, USA

Xiaofei Lu, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Nobal Niraula, University of Memphis, USA

Constantin Orasan, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Shiyan Ou, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Gilles Richard, Paul Sabatier University, France

Vasile Rus University of Memphis, USA

Hansen A. Schwartz, University of Central Florida, USA

Rene Venegas, Pontificia University, Chile

Michael Wiegand, Saarland University, Germany

Soon Ae Chun, City University of New York, USA

Fatiha Sadat, UQAM, Canada

Vivek Datla, University of memphis

Xiaoxi Xu, UMass, Amherst

Boyi Xie, Columbia University

Aminul Islam, Dalhousie University



Further Information

Questions regarding the Applied Natural Language Processing Special Track should be addressed to the track co-chairs:

Fazel Keshtkar, Southeast Missouri State University,

Vasile Rus, University of Memphis,


Questions regarding Special Tracks should be addressed to Chair Zdravko Markov at

Conference Chair:

 Chutima Boonthum-Denecke, Hampton University, USA (

Program Co-Chairs:

William (Bill) Eberle, Tennessee Technological University, USA

 Ingrid Russell, University of Hartford, USA (


Special Tracks Coordinator:

Zdravko Markov, Central Connecticut State University, USA (



Invited Speakers

To be announced


Conference Web Sites

Paper submission site: follow the link for submissions at

FLAIRS-28 conference web page:

Florida AI Research Society (FLAIRS):