FSMNLP 2008 (Finite State Methods and Natural Language Processing) has issued their first Call for Papers (CFP). The deadline is May 11, 2008 and the conference will take place on September 11-12, 2008. Not the best time to be travelling perhaps, but this year it will be in Ispra, Lago Maggiore, Italy! That’s in the far north of Italy, right next to the Swiss border. From the pictures I’m finding on Google, it’s a gorgeous resort area.
The sorts of things they are interested in include:
- NLP applications and linguistic aspects of finite state methods
- Finite state models of language
- Practices for building lexical transducers for the world’s languages
- Specification and implementation of sets, relations, and multiplicities in NLP using finite state devices
- Machine learning of finite state models of natural language
- Finite state manipulation software
The special theme this year will be on high performance finite state systems in large scale NLP applications.
I am going to try really hard to get something together for it this year. I had a project last year that was potentially worth submitting, but I wasn’t able to get it done in time. Unfortunately, it has languished since then as other, more pressing matters have superceded it. Going to Northern Italy ought to be motivation enough, though, don’t you think?
The entire CFP is below the jump and is also available on their website: