International Conference
RANLP - 2007

/Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing/
September 27-29, 2007, Borovets, Bulgaria

Second Call for Papers


International Conference RANLP-2007

September 27-29, 2007
Borovets, Bulgaria

Supported by the European Commission through project BIS-21++,
INCO grant 016639/2005

Further to the successful and highly competitive 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th conferences 'Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing' (RANLP), we are pleased to announce the 6th RANLP conference to be held in September 2007.

The conference will take the form of addresses from invited keynote speakers plus presentations of peer-reviewed individual papers. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. In addition, volumes of RANLP selected papers are traditionally published by John Benjamins Publishing Company (Amsterdam & Philadelphia). There will also be an exhibition area for poster and demo sessions.

The conference will be preceded by tutorials (23-25 Sep 2007) and workshops (26 and 30 Sep 2007).

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We invite papers reporting on recent advances in all aspects of Natural Language Processing (NLP). We encourage the representation of a broad range of areas including but not limited to: pragmatics, discourse, semantics, syntax, and the lexicon; phonetics, phonology, and morphology; mathematical models and complexity; text understanding and generation; multilingual NLP; machine translation, statistical machine translation, machine-aided translation, translation memory systems, translation aids and tools; text data mining; corpus-based language processing; POS tagging; phrase identification; finite state methods; efficiency of processing; parsing; grammatical frameworks; electronic dictionaries; knowledge acquisition; terminology; term recognition; term extraction; word-sense disambiguation; information retrieval; cross-language information retrieval; information extraction; named entity and mention detection; anaphora resolution; coreference; relation extraction; unsupervised methods; text summarization; text categorization; language indentification; author identification; gender prediction; spam filtering; topic detection and tracking; question answering; ontologies and reasoning; textual entailment; sentiment analysis; opinion identification; influencer analysis; nlp and graph methods; clustering; visualisation; speech processing; dialogue systems; multimedia systems; nlp-enhanced visual concept detection; nlp and interactive visual environments (computer games); unstructured knowledge management; computer-aided language learning; nlp and collaboration environments; language resources; evaluation; and theoretical and application-oriented papers related to NLP of every kind.

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- Lauri Karttunen (Palo Alto Research Center and Stanford University)
- Ellen Riloff (University of Utah)
- Karin Verspoor (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
- Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield)

Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton)

Galia Angelova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)


- Eneko Agirre (Basque Country University, Spain)
- Elisabeth Andre (University of Augsburg, Germany)
- Laura Alonso i Alemany (Universidad de la República, Uruguay &
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina)
- Galia Angelova (BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria)
- Amit Bagga (IAC Search & Media, USA)
- Marco De Boni (Unilever Colworth, UK)
- Branimir Boguraev (IBM, USA)
- Kalina Bontcheva (Sheffield University, UK)
- Antonio Branco (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
- Kevin Bretonnel Cohen (University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA)
- Sylviane Cardey (University of Franche-Comté, France)
- Dan Cristea (Al.I.Cuza University of Iasi, Romania)
- Hamish Cunningham (University of Sheffield, UK)
- Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
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- Ido Dagan (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
- Robert Dale (Macquarie University, Australia)
- Dekai Wu (Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong)
- Rodolfo Delmonte (Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
- Gael Dias (University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal)
- Robert Gaizauskas (University of Sheffield, UK)
- Alexander Gelbukh (Nat. Polytechnic Inst., Mexico)
- Gregory Grefenstette (LIC2M, CEA-LIST, France)
- Johann Haller (IAI, Saarbruecken, Germany)
- Catalina Hallett (Open University, UK)
- Patrick Hanks (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)
- Michael Hess (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
- Erhard Hinrichs (Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen, Germany)
- Veronique Hoste (University College Ghent, Belgium)
- Gerhard van Huyssteen (North-West University, South Africa)
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- Diana Inkpen (University of Ottawa, Canada)
- Hitoshi Isahara (NICT, Kyoto, Japan)
- Graeme Hirst (University of Toronto, Canada)
- Frances Johnson (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
- Mijail Alexandrov Kabadjov (University of Edinburgh, UK)
- Asanee Kawtrakul (NAiST, Kasetsart University, Thailand)
- Dimitar Kazakov (University of York, UK)
- Alma Kharrat (Microsoft, USA)
- Richard Kittredge (CoGenTex, NY, USA)
- Steven Krauwer (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
- Hristo Krushkov (University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
- Udo Kruschwitz (University of Essex, UK)
- Sandra Kuebler (Indiana University, USA )
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- Lori Lamel (LIMSI - CNRS, France)
- Mirella Lapata (University of Edinburgh, UK)
- Shalom Lappin (King's College, London, UK)
- Anke Lüdeling (Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany)
- Bernardo Magnini (FBK-irst, Trento, Italy)
- Inderjeet Mani (Georgetown University, USA)
- Montserrat Maritxalar Anglada (Basque Country University, Spain)
- Patricio Martinez-Barco (University of Alicante, Spain)
- Yuji Matsumoto (NAIST, Japan)
- Wolfgang Menzel (University of Hamburg)
- Rada Mihalcea (University of North Texas, USA)
- Andrei Mikheev (Infogistics Ltd and Daxtra Technologies Ltd, UK)
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- Leonel Miyares (Centre for Applied Linguistics, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba)
- Dunja Mladenic (J. Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
- Andres Montoyo (University of Alicante, Spain)
- Rafael Munoz Guillena (University of Alicante, Spain)
- Masaki Murata (NICT, Tokyo, Japan)
- Makoto Nagao (National Diet Library, Tokyo, Japan)
- Preslav Nakov (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

- Vivi Nastase (EML Research)
- Roberto Navigli (Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Italy)
- Ani Nenkova (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
- Nicolas Nicolov (Umbria Inc., USA)
- Michael Oakes (University of Sunderland, UK)
- Kemal Oflazer (Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey)
- Constantin Orasan (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
- Petya Osenova (BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria)
- Manuel Palomar (University of Alicante, Spain)
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- Viktor Pekar (Univ of Wolverhampton, UK)
- Stelios Piperidis (ILSP Athens, Greece)
- Aurora Pons (Centre of Pattern Recognition and Data Mining,
Universidad de Oriente, Cuba)
- Oana Postolache (ISI, University of Southern California, USA)
- John Prager (IBM, USA)
- Gabor Proszeky (MorphoLogic, Budapest, Hungary)
- Stephen Pulman (Oxford University, UK)
- Allan Ramsay (University of Manchester, UK)
- Ellen Riloff (University of Utah, USA)
- Horacio Rodriguez (Technical University of Catalonia, Spain)
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- Anne De Roeck (Open University, UK)
- Horacio Saggion (University of Sheffield, UK)
- Christer Samuelsson (Umbria Inc., USA)
- Frederique Segond (Xerox Research Centre Grenoble, France)
- Khaled Shaalan (British University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
- Kiril Simov (BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria)
- Ralf Steinberger (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy)
- Keh-Yih Su (Behavior Design Corporation, Taiwan)
- Jana Sukkarieh (ETS, USA)
- John Tait (University of Sunderland, UK)
- Mike Thelwall (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
- Kristina Toutanova (Microsoft Natural Language Group, USA)
- Harald Trost (Medical University of Vienna, Austria)
- Dan Tufis (The Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Bucharest, Romania)
- L. Alfonso Urena Lopez (Universidad of Jaen, Spain)
- Karin Verspoor (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
- Manuel Vilares Ferro (University of Corunna, Spain)
- Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
- Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield, UK)
- Piek Vossen (Irion Technologies BV, The Netherlands)
- Michael Zock (LIF, CNRS, France)

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TUTORIALS 23-25 September 2007

- Elisabeth Andre (University of Augsburg)
- Kevin Bretonnel Cohen (University of Colorado)
- Dimitar Kazakov (University of York)
- Stelios Piperidis (ILSP Athens)
- Frederique Segond (Xerox Research Centre Grenoble)
- Karin Verspoor (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

WORKSHOPS 26 and 30 September 2007

Several one-day workshops will be organized on 26 and 30 September 2007. A list of the selected workshops is published on the conference website.

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SECOND EXTENDED conference submission deadline: 17 April 2007
Conference acceptance notification: 14 Jun 2007
Workshop submission deadline (suggested): 15 Jun 2007
Workshop acceptance notification (suggested): 25 Jul 2007
RANLP-07 tutorials, workshops and conference: 23-30 Sep 2007


People interested in participating should submit a paper, poster or demo through the conference website where details instructions will be provided.

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The picturesque resort of Borovets is located in the Rila mountains and is one of the best known winter resorts in South-East Europe, a frequent meeting place for the elite in world skiing. The resort is 1350m above sea level, at the foot of  the highest peak on the Balkan Peninsula - Moussala (2925m). The resort of Borovets is 73km from Sofia and the International airport of Sofia can serve as arrival/departure point. In addition to regular public transport, the organizers will provide daily shuttle buses from Sofia airport to the conference location at an inexpensive rate. A taxi from Sofia to Borovets is relatively cheap; it is also possible to take a taxi from the international airport in Sofia
to the conference venue.

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The main local organizer is the Linguistic Modelling Department, Institute for Parallel Processing, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences ( The conference is partially supported by the European Commission via the project BIS-21++ "Bulgarian IST Centre of Competence in 21 Century", INCO grant 016639/2005 awarded to the Institute for Parallel Processing, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.


- Galia Angelova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria (chair of the
org. committee)
- Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield, UK
- Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton, UK (chair of the programme
- Nicolas Nicolov, Umbria Inc, USA (editor of volume with selected
- Nikolai Nikolov, INCOMA Ltd., Shoumen, Bulgaria
- Kiril Simov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria (workshop

Contact us at ranlp2007[AT]

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