First Call for Papers
 Jointly organized by
(An event of the NLP Association of India)
2 - 4 April, 2006
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Call Deadline: 06 March, 2006

IIT Bombay, CIIL Mysore, C-DAC INDIA are pleased to announce the hosting of THE FIRST NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON MODELING AND SHALLOW PARSING OF INDIAN LANGUAGES (MSPIL-06 : an event of the NLP Association of India) to be held at IIT Bombay from 31 March 2006 to 4 April 2006. The event is motivated by the international trend of going deeper and deeper in shallow processing of natural languages and the fact that Indian languages show unique and richly complex behavior in morphology, word-order, compounding, etc. The symposium intends to focus on challenges in modeling and shallow parsing of Indian Languages. The objective of the symposium is to bring the linguists, computational linguists and the computer scientists together who are working on Indian languages in different parts of India and its neighboring countries. Researchers are expected to present an overview of their ongoing activities, demonstrate NLP tools and systems, and discuss significant results and future directions of Indian Language Processing.
There will be pre-symposium events for two days (31March-1April 2006), which will be devoted for NLP tools/systems demonstration and informal interactions for the local participants only. The sessions for invited speeches and the focused papers will be held from 2 April to 4 April, 2006.    
Structure of the Symposium
The symposium will be conducted in the mode of intense discussions centered around invited and focused paper presentations. There will be a panel discussion to chart out the future course of action in Indian Language processing. Demonstrations of actual systems are highly encouraged. Student-speakers, who will be fully supported, are the part and parcel of this event. The symposium will be enriched by the experience of researchers from academia, industry and the government bodies.  
Confirmed Invited Speakers
(to be announce shortly!)
Theme of the Symposium
In Natural language Processing, Parsing is considered to be a very important component that involves a number of issues concerning grammatical formalisms, algorithmic complexities, ambiguity resolution, and so on. There are many approaches adopted by the Parsing community, such as stochastic parsing or classical deep/full parsing. The task is at hand range from segmentation into chunks to deep parsing based on wide coverage grammars, including shallow and/or robust parsing.
In deep/full parsing, sentences are assigned a complete syntactic structure. However, not all natural language applications demand a complete syntactic analysis. A deep parse often provides more information than actual requirement, and sometimes less. Shallow/partial parsing, on the other hand, is a task of recovering only a limited amount of syntactic information from natural language sentences. Key parts of the syntactic structure or key pieces of semantic information are identified or extracted in shallow parsing, instead of producing a detailed syntactic or semantic analysis of each sentence. In particular, such tasks include identifying the noun phrases in a text and extracting non-overlapping chunks, the subject, the main verb and the object from a sentence. Typical modules in a shallow parser include Parts-of-speech tagging (given a word and its context, the correct morphosyntactic class of that word is determined), chunking (given the words and their morphosyntactic class, a chunk is determined) and morphosyntactic tagging (given the chunks of a sentence, the syntactic relationships among the chunks are determined).
Shallow parsers are used to reduce the search space for full blown deep parsers. These have been proved to be useful in the application domains like Information Retrieval, Summarization, Question-Answering, etc. Other applications of shallow parsing include data mining from unstructured textual material from the web, automated annotation of linguistic corpora and the preprocessing of data for high level linguistic tasks.
Like any other NLP tasks, shallow/partial parsing of Indian languages is also a challenge. Over the last decade there has been an increased interest in Parts-of-speech tagging and chunking of Indian languages. The stress is now put on shallow parsing, which, in turn, will be a push for deep/full parsing of Indian languages.
Original and unpublished research papers are solicited from academia and industry which address linguistic, foundational, or computational issues relating to Shallow Parsing in the context of Indian Languages Processing, including but not limited to:
- morphology, syntax, morphosyntax, semantics, pragmatics
- linguistic and mathematical models for Indian languages
- text segmentation and preprocessing
- morphological processing
- parts-of-speech tagging
- morphosyntactic tagging
- designing principles for shallow-parsed large corpora
- chunking and partial parsing of large amounts of texts in Indian Languages
- corpus-based language modeling
- language-oriented machine learning
- software systems for management and accessibility to shallow-parsed large corpora
- applications of shallow-parsed large Indian language corpora.
- interpreting and generating written Indian languages
- multi-lingual processing and machine translation
- shallow processing in NLP Applications
Important Dates
Paper registration deadline      :    24 February, 2006
Paper submissions deadline    :    06 March, 2006
Notification of acceptance         :    15 March, 2006
Camera ready papers due        :    24 March, 2006
Submission Details
We invite only electronic submissions of full papers, containing title of the paper, name of the author(s), E-mail address(es) and affiliation(s). Papers should include an abstract of 200 words, and the total length of the paper should not exceed 5000 words, including all figures and references. Papers may be either in PostScript, or PDF format, but it must be in the prescribed template (download? will be up soon!). For paper registration and submission, please visit: Papers can also be mailed to mspil06[*at]cse[dot]iitb[dot]ac[dot]in / rkm[*at]cse[dot]iitb[dot]ac[dot]in with the subject heading 'MSPIL-06 Paper'. All completed papers that are received positively before 24 March 2006 will be included in the Proceedings of the Symposium.
Reviewing and Publication
All focused papers will be reviewed by the experts in the concerned field, and the final decision will be made by the MSPIL-06 Program Committee.  All accepted papers will be included in the Proceedings of the Symposium, if the completed camera-ready copy is received positively before 24 March 2006 in the specified format. A few selected papers presented by authors at the symposium are likely to be edited in a Research Volume.
Symposium Registration Details
All the participants are requested to register for MSPIL-06. The registration fee details are given below:
Student Participants                            :             200 INR
Non-Student Academic Participants :             500 INR
Participants from Industry                    :           1500 INR
Foreign Nationals                                 :           2500 INR
The MSPIL-06 organizing committee will provide free local hospitality including local accommodation to the outstation speakers during the main symposium period (i.e., 2 - 4 April 2006). All outstation student-speakers will be supported for their travel (i.e., SL class Railway fare in the shortest route). Efforts are beingmade to provide travel support (i.e., II-AC Railway fare) to the other non-local speakers who do not have any institutional support.  It may be noted that through well-informed planning sufficiently in advance, one could avail of airfares that are sometimes less than II-AC railway fare. We cannot provide travel support to the participants coming from abroad.  
Questions and queries
For any clarification, please visit: or mail to:
mspil06[*at]cse[dot]iitb[dot]ac[dot]in /
rkm[*at]cse[dot]iitb[dot]ac[dot]in /
vasant[*at]cse[dot]iitb[dot]ac[dot]in /
Advisory Committee
Ashok Misra                         (IIT Bombay)
M. G. K. Menon                    (Ex-chairman, BOG, IIT Bombay)
Kartik Khillar                         (IIT Bombay)
Arvind Joshi                           (University of Pennsylvania)
Om Vikas                              (DIT, Delhi)
A.B. Pandey                          (Government of Maharashtra)
R.M.K. Sinha                         (IIT Kanpur)
Rajeev Sangal                        (IIIT Hyderabad)
U.N. Singh                             (CIIL, Mysore)
P.V.S. Rao                             (TIL, Mumbai)
Kapil Kapur                           (JNU, Delhi)
V. Chaitanya                          (Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetham, Tirupati)
B.B. Chaudhuri                      (ISI, Kolkata)
C.N.Krishnan                         (Anna University, Chennai)
Anupam Basu                         (IIT Kharagpur)
Gautam Barua                        (IIT Guwahati)
P. Anandan                            (Microsoft Research India)
N.J.Rao                                  (IISc, Bangalore)
S. Ramani                              (HP Labs India)
Inderjeet Mani                         (Georgetown University Washington, DC )
Rohini K. Srihari                     (University at Buffalo, New York)
B. Yegnanarayana                  (IIT Madras)
K. Ramamritham                    (IIT Bombay)
G. Sivakumar                          (IIT Bombay)
Program Chair
Pushpak Bhattacharyya             (IIT Bombay)
Program Committee
B.Mallikarjun                     (CIIL, Mysore)
V.N.Shukla                        (C-DAC, Noida)
A.B.Saha                          (C-DAC, Kolkata)
Jitendra Shah                   (Government of Maharashtra)
Gautam Sengupta            (University of Hyderabad)
P. Madhavan                     (CIEFL, Hyderabad)
M. Hariprasad                   (CIEFL, Hyderabad)
Tanmoy Bhattacharya     (University of Delhi)
Ayesha Kidwai                  (JNU, New Delhi)
Sobha L. Nair                    (Anna University, Chennai)
Sudeshna Sarkar              (IIT Kharagpur)
Niladri Chatterjee              (IIT Delhi)
K.Narayana Murthy            (University of Hyderabad)
K. Anjaneyelu                      (HP Labs India)
M. Sasikumar                     (C-DAC, Mumbai)
Niladri Das                          (ISI, Kolkata)
Mandar Mitra                       (ISI, Kolkata)
Dipti Mishra Sarma            (IIIT Hyderabad)
Kentaro Toyoma                  (Microsoft Research India)
A. Kumaran                          (Microsoft Research India)
Vineet Gupta                        (Google India)
Hemant Darbari                   (C-DAC, Pune)
Mahesh Kulkarni                  (C-DAC, Pune)
Amitabha Mukherjee           (IIT Kanpur)
Sanghamitra Mohanty         (Utkal University, Bhubaneswar)
Amba Kulkarni                      (Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetham, Tirupati)
Sivaji Bandyopadhyaya       (Jadavpur University, Kolkata)
Raghu Krishnapuram           (IBM India Research Lab)
Ganesh Ramakrishnan        (IBM India Research Lab)
Vaijayanthi Sarma                (IIT Bombay)
Malhar Kulkarni                     (IIT Bombay)
R. K. Joshi                             (IIT Bombay)
Milind Malshe                        (IIT Bombay)
Rajat Kumar Mohanty           (IIT Bombay)
Pushpak Bhattacharyya (IIT Bombay)
B. Mallikarjun                   (CIIL, Mysore)
V. N. Shukla                     (C-DAC, Noida)
A. B. Saha                        (C-DAC, Kolkata)
Organizing Committee
(CFILT Research Team)
Rajat Kumar Mohanty     (IIT Bombay)
Vasant Zende                  (IIT Bombay)
Sachin Burange               (IIT Bombay)
Ronny Melz                      (University of Leipzig and IIT Bombay)
Debasri Chakrabarty      (IIT Bombay)
Ashish F. Almeida          (IIT Bombay)
Sushant S. Devlekar        (IIT Bombay)
Shraddha Kalele             (IIT Bombay)
Gajanan Rane                 (IIT Bombay)
Salil Badodekar              (IIT Bombay)
Jaya Saraswati                (IIT Bombay)
Laxmi Kashyap              (IIT Bombay)
Prabhakar Pandey          (IIT Bombay)
Madhura Bapat               (IIT Bombay)
Lata Popale                    (IIT Bombay)
Vidyadhar P. Kulkarni    (IIT Bombay)
Deepak Jagtap                (IIT Bombay)
Manish Shrivastava        (IIT Bombay)
Smriti Singh                    (IIT Bombay)
Kuhoo Gupta                   (IIT Bombay)
Ananthakrishnan R.        (IIT Bombay)
Manoj Chinnakotla          (IIT Bombay)
Sanjeet Khaitan               (IIT Bombay)

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