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Applied Natural Language Processing



Special Track at
the 27th International FLAIRS Conference
In cooperation with the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)


Pensacola Beach, FL
May 21-23, 2014

Paper submission deadline: Monday, November 18, 2013
Notifications sent by: Monday, January 20, 2014
Camera Ready paper due: Monday, February 24, 2014

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.

Goal of ANLP

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, multimodal communication, 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 representations and knowledge systems

2.      Syntax and Semantics (similarity metrics, lexical semantics)

3.      Co-reference Resolution

4.      Word Sense Disambiguation

5.      Text Cohesion and Coherence

6.      Dialogue Management and NL-based Human-Computer Interaction

7.      Language Generation (answer and question generation)

8.      Language Models

9.      NL in Learning Environments

10.  Machine Learning applied to NL problems

11.  Multilingual Processing

12.  BioNLP

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

14.  Semantic Web, Ontologies, Reasoning

15.  Applications: Machine Translation, Information Retrieval, Summarization, Intelligent Tutoring, Question Answering, Information Extraction and others

16.  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 (2 pages for a poster) and are due by November 18th, 2013. For FLAIRS-27, the 2014 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 ANLP 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
Chutima Boonthum, Hampton University

Program Committee

Sivaji Bandyopadhyay, Jadavpur University, India

Lee Becker, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Cosmin Adrian Bejan, University of Southern California, USA

Eric Bell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Chutima Boonthum, Hampton University, USA

Justin Brunelle, Old Dominion University, USA

Nicoletta Calzolari, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Italy

Andrea Corradini, University of Southern Denmark, DK

Asif Ekbal, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India

Stefano Faralli, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy

Anna Feldman, Montclair State University, USA

Katherine M Forbes Riley, University of Pittsburg, USA

Christian Hempelmann, RiverGlass Inc. and Purdue University, USA

Verena Henrich, University of Tubingen, Germany

Diana Inkpen, University of Ottawa, Canada

Pamela Jordan, University of Pittsburg, USA

Christel Kemke, University of Manitoboa, Canada

Fazel Keshtkar, Southeast Missouri State University, USA

Travis Lamkin, University of Memphis, USA

Mihai Lintean, University of Memphis, USA

Xiaofei Lu, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Mehdi Manshadi, University of Rochester, USA

Phil McCarthy, University of Memphis, USA

Manish Mehta, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Cristina Nicolae, University of Texas at Dallas, 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

Svetlana Stoyanchev, The Open University, UK

Rene Venegas, Pontificia University, Chile

Nina Wacholder, Rutgers University, USA

Michael Wiegand, Saarland University, Germany

Alistair Willis, The Open University, UK


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,

         Chutima Boonthum-Denecke, Hampton University,

 Questions regarding Special Tracks should be addressed to:

         Special Tracks Coordinator: Ingrid Russell,

Invited Speakers:

         William J. Clancey; Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

         Jennifer Neville; Purdue University

         Thad Starner; Georgia Institute of Technology

Conference Web Sites

         Paper submission site: follow the link for submissions at

         FLAIRS-27 conference web page:

         Florida AI Research Society (FLAIRS):


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