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Applied Natural Language Processing




Special Track at
the 29th International FLAIRS Conference
In cooperation with the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)


Key Largo, Florida, USA
May 16-18, 2016

Paper submission deadline: November 16, 2015
Notifications sent by: January 18, 2016
Camera Ready paper due: February 22, 2016

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:

         NL-based representations and knowledge systems

         Lexical Semantics


         Co-reference Resolution

         Word Sense Disambiguation

         Text Cohesion and Coherence

         Educational Data Mining

         Learning Analytics Knowledge

         Tutoring and Dialoge Systems

         Dialogue Management Systems

         Language Generation

         Language Models

         Human Computer Interfaces

         Multimodal human-computer communication

         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 (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-Denecke, Hamtone University, (

Program Committee

Eric Bell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Chutima Boonthum, Hampton University, USA

Nicoletta Calzolari, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Italy

Asif Ekbal, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India

Diana Inkpen, University of Ottawa, 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

Vasile Rus University of Memphis, USA

Michael Wiegand, Saarland University, Germany

Soon Ae Chun, City University of New York, USA

Fatiha Sadat, UQAM, Canada

Boyi Xie, Columbia University, USA

Aminul Islam, Dal House Univesity, Canada

Rajendra Banjade, University of Memphis, USA

Rebeca Cerezo, University of Oviedo, Spain 

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-Deneck,Hamtone University, (

 Questions regarding Special Tracks should be addressed to:

Conference Chair:

William (Bill) Eberle, Tennessee Technological University, USA (

Program Co-Chairs:

Zdravko Markov, Central Connecticut State University, USA (

Ingrid Russell, University of Hartford, USA (

Special Tracks Coordinator:

Vasile Rus, The University of Memphis, USA (


Invited Speakers: TBA

Conference Web Sites

         Paper submission site: follow the link for submissions at

         FLAIRS-29 conference web page:

         Florida AI Research Society (FLAIRS):


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