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16th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics
April 14–20, 2015 • Cairo, Egypt
Co-located: ACLing 2015, 1st International Arabic Computational Linguistics Conference
Lecture Notes in Computer Science;
posters: issue of a journal
Cultural program: three full-day tours to Giza Pyramids, Old Cairo, Cairo Museum.
Pre/post conf tours to Aswan, Luxor, etc. are tentatively planned for separate fee.
Keynote: Lauri Karttunen, Joakim Nivre, Mona Diab, Erik Cambria
Awards: best paper, best presentation, best poster,
See our verifiability, reproducibility, and working description policy
Endorsed by the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
See also photos of past CICLing events
George Washington U.
Nanyang Tech. U
Call For Papers
This conference is the sixteenth CICLing event. Some comments about past CICLing conferences include: Best NLP conference in Europe (Dan Tufiş, 2010), Fantastic conference! (Martin Kay, 2004), Everything was just great! Super-hyper-ultra-well done! (Igor Mel'cuk, 2000). We consider the following factors to define our identity:
High reputation. CICLing is one of leading NLP conferences, ranked 6th in Computational Linguistics by Google Metrics, ranked 8th in NLP by ArnetMiner, and B by the CORE list.
Good publication. The Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) published by Springer is a prestigious book series / journal highly valued in many countries for university promotion. CICLing is included in ISI Conference Proceedings Citation Index, EI, and a number of other important indices.
Excellent keynote speakers. We invite the most prominent scientists of the field to give keynote talks that (unlike other conferences) are published in extenso in the proceedings. Each keynote speaker also organizes an additional tutorial or discussion. They usually participate in the cultural program, where you can interact with them in an informal environment. [Past participants' opinions]
General interest. The conference covers nearly all topics related to computational linguistics and NLP. This makes it attractive for people from different areas and leads to vivid and interesting discussions and exchange of opinions.
Informal interaction. The conference is intended for a rather small group of professionals. This allows for informal and friendly atmosphere, more resembling a friendly party than an official event. At CICLing, you can pass hours speaking with your favorite famous scientists who you scarcely could even greet in the crowd at large conferences.
Excellent cultural program. The conference is intended for people feeling themselves young in their souls, adventurous explorers of both science and life. Our cultural program brings the participants to unique marvels of history and nature often hidden from ordinary tourists.
I think Egypt is the main place on Earth to see before you die. At least in Western culture, Egyptian pyramids are a prototypical tourist destination -- at least for those who identify tourism with history.
Helping the renewed Egypt to integrate into world's culture, education, society, and economy is CICLing's contribution to peace and mutual tolerance in the world. The better we get to know each other, the better world we all will live in.
Deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs was a major success of corpus linguistics.
We all have used Giza++. Now we will see Giza for ourselves!
Yes. Otherwise we would not hold the conference there.
We conducted a poll among past CICLing participants as to whether they consider Egypt safe enough to go there; 70% of respondents said yes, they will go to CICLing in Egypt.
Egypt is not starring in the news for about a year already. No news is good news.
The local committee takes safety very seriously. All activities of the conference, including the tours, will be specially protected by local police, just in case.
OK, suppose the probability for you to have any security problem in Egypt is ten times higher than at home (assuming your home town is a very safe place... or is it?). How much does it add to the probability of one being killed by a car in front of his home? Compare: 10 per 100,000 population per year were reported to be killed in Egypt during the peak of the civil war (!), while 11 per 100,000 population are killed by traffic in the US every year. If you don't attack the presidential palace (would you?), and if at home you live in a big city (don't you?), then for you the former probability is a lot lower and the latter probability is a lot higher. You are safer spending this week in the conference hall in Egypt than spending this week in your home city crossing the street twice a day.
CICLing 2015 is hosted by Nile University, Egypt, and organized by the CICLing 2015 Organizing Committee in conjunction with the Nile University, the Natural Language and Text Processing Laboratory of the CIC, IPN, and the Mexican Society of Artificial Intelligence (SMIA).
In general, we are interested in whatever helps, will help eventually, or might help computers meaningfully deal with language data.
The conference is intended to encourage exchange of opinions between the scientists working in different areas of the growing field of computational linguistics and intelligent text and speech processing. Our idea is to get a general view of the state of art in computational linguistics and its applications.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topics, provided that the work is presented in computer-related or formal description aspects:
Computational linguistics research:
Intelligent text and speech processing and their applications:
We welcome works on processing any language (not necessarily English), though major languages are of more general interest. When discussing phenomena of languages other than English, please keep your discussion understandable for people not familiar with this language.
You can have a look at the contents of the proceedings of past CICLing events to get an idea of our interests. If not sure whether your topic is of interest, please ask us.
Traditionally, our keynote speakers give a formal talk, which is also published in extenso in the proceedings, and also organize a "special event" (a discussion, tutorial, experiment, or something just interesting). Such events, as well as publication of the keynote talks in the proceedings, are distinctive features of CICLing. [Past participants' opinions]
Lauri Karttunen, Stanford
Keynote talk: From Natural Logic to Natural Reasoning
Abstract: Natural Logic attempts to do formal reasoning in natural language making use of the syntactic structure and the semantic properties of lexical items and constructions. It contrasts with approaches that involve a translation from a natural into a formal language such as predicate calculus or a higher-order logic that is sometimes deemed a more appropriate basis for reasoning although difficult to implement efficiently. Both approaches have been used in current work on computational semantics. Natural Logic goes back to the Aristotelian syllogisms; computing meaning representations in an artificial language emerged in more recent times with the advances in logic and model-theoretic approaches to semantics.
The current popularity of Natural Logic can be traced back to the work of Charles Sanders Peirce in the 1890s on problems that bedeviled Medieval logicians. Peirce's account of monotonicity reasoning was revived in the 1990s by Johan van Bentham and Víctor Sánchez-Valencia. The most recent seminal publications in this tradition include papers by Bill MacCartney, Christopher Manning, Larry Moss, and Thomas Icard. MacCartney and Manning (2009) extend monotonicity reasoning with seven basic relations for lexical categories and Karttunen's six types of implicative verbs dating back to the 1970s.
This talk will start with a brief history of Natural Logic from its origins to the most recent work. We will then move to on-going attempts to represent the meanings of so-called ‘evaluative adjectives’ in these terms based on what linguists have traditionally assumed about constructions such as NP was stupid to VP, NP will be lucky to VP. It turns out that the account cannot be based solely on lexical classification as the framework of Natural Logic assumes.
We discuss three cases of Natural Reasoning that go beyond classical Natural Logic: soft inferences, the consonance/dissonance effect of evaluative adjectives, and the double meaning of lucky sentences in the future tense. Experimental evidence shows that the interpretations in these cases are affected by pragmatic considerations, opinions about the world, and even by the perceived communicative intent of the speaker.
Johan van Benthem (2007). A Brief History of Natural Logic.
Bill MacCartney and Christopher Manning (2009). An extended model of natural logic.
Thomas Icard III (2012). “Inclusion and Exclusion in Natural Language,” Studia Logica 100 (4) 705-725.
Thomas Icard III and Larry Moss (2014). Recent Progress on Monotonicity.
Lauri Karttunen (2012). Simple and Phrasal Implicatives .
Lauri Karttunen (2013) You Will Be Lucky to Break Even.
Lauri Karttunen, Stanley Peters, Annie Zaenen, and Cleo Condoravdi (2014). The Chameleon-like Nature of Evaluative Adjectives.
Joakim Nivre, Uppsala
Keynote talk: Towards a Universal Grammar for Natural Language Processing
Abstract: Universal Dependencies is a recent initiative to develop cross-linguistically consistent treebank annotation for many languages, with the goal of facilitating multilingual parser development, cross-lingual learning, and parsing research from a language typology perspective. In this talk, I outline the motivation behind the initiative and explain how the basic design principles follow from these requirements. I then discuss the different components of the annotation standard, including principles for word segmentation, morphological annotation, and syntactic annotation. I conclude with some thoughts on the challenges that lie ahead.
Special event: to be announced.
Diab, George Washington University, US
Keynote: Towards the Computational Modeling of Linguistic
Bio: Mona Diab is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the George Washington University. She is also a cofounder of the CADIM (Columbia Arabic Dialect Modeling) group at Columbia University. She is the Director of the CARE4Lang NLP lab at GWU. Mona earned her PhD in Computational Linguistics from University of Maryland College Park with Philip Resnik in 2003 and then did her postdoctoral training with Daniel Jurafsky at Stanford University where she was part of the NLP group. From 2005 till 2012, before joining GWU in Jan of 2013, Mona held the position of Research Scientist/Principle Investigator at Columbia University, Center for Computational Learning Systems (CCLS). Mona's research interests span computational lexical semantics, multilingual processing (with a special interest in Arabic and low resource languages), unsupervised learning for NLP, computational sociopragmatic modeling, information extraction and machine translation. Over the past 12 years, Mona has developed significant expertise in modeling low resource languages with a focus on Arabic dialect processing. She is especially interested in ways to leverage existing rich resources to inform algorithms for processing low resource languages. Her research has been published in over 120 papers in various internationally recognized scientific venues. Mona serves as the current elected President of both the ACL SIG on Semitic Language Processing and the ACL SIG on issues in the Lexicon (SIGLEX). Mona recently (2012) co-founded the yearly *SEM conference that attempts to bring together all aspects of semantic processing under the same umbrella.
Special event: Lost and found in Idiomatic Translation
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Keynote talk (tentative): Sentic Patterns: Designing the Circuitry of Sentiment Data Flow
Abstract: The Web is evolving through an era where the opinions of users are getting increasingly important and valuable. The distillation of knowledge from the huge amount of unstructured information on the Web can be a key factor for tasks such as social media marketing, branding, product positioning, and corporate reputation management. These online social data, however, remain hardly accessible to computers, as they are specifically meant for human consumption. The automatic analysis of online opinions involves a deep understanding of natural language text by machines, from which we are still very far. To this end, concept-level sentiment analysis aims to go beyond a mere word-level analysis of text and provide novel approaches to opinion mining and sentiment analysis that enable a more efficient passage from (unstructured) textual information to (structured) machine-processable data. A recent knowledge-based technology in this context is sentic computing, which relies on the ensemble application of common-sense computing and the psychology of emotions to infer the conceptual and affective information associated with natural language. Sentic computing, however, is limited by the richness of the knowledge base and by the fact that the bag-of-concepts model, despite more sophisticated than bag-of-words, misses out important discourse structure information that is key for properly detecting the polarity conveyed by natural language opinions. In this work, we introduce a novel paradigm to concept-level sentiment analysis that merges linguistics, common-sense computing, and machine learning for improving the accuracy of tasks such as polarity detection. By allowing sentiments to flow from concept to concept based on the dependency relation of the input sentence like in an electronic circuit, in particular, we achieve a better understanding of the contextual role of each concept within the sentence and, hence, obtain a polarity detection engine that outperforms state-of-the-art statistical methods.
Another talk or special event (tentative): Sentic DB (see info on Sentic Computing).
Expression of interest = registration of abstracts, see below
Full text of registered papers (please first register your abstract)
Notification of acceptance
Camera-ready for LNCS
Camera-ready for post-conf journals (RCS, CyS, IJCLA -- not LNCS)
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Early registration (authors)
April 14–20, 2015
Submitting a paper constitutes a consent for publication and a promise in case of acceptance to attend the conference and to pay the fee. See more details in the legal notices.
Paper submission is divided into two phases:
Please express your interest now by registering a tentative abstract of the paper via the web submission system. At this stage, the full text is not required and the tentative abstract will only be used to assign reviewers for your paper. You can update abstract, title, or full text as many times as you wish while the paper submission system is open. At this stage we only need to know the topic of your paper
By the full text deadline, the authors of papers registered at the previous step should upload the full text of the paper. No changes should be made after this date (but contact the organizers if you need to make changes).
Early registration deadline is March 25. Registration and payment is open. Early registration:
$ 675 USD full fee / professional, 0 or 1 papers
$ 450 USD student fee, 0 or 1 papers
$ 600 USD for each additional paper for professionals
$ 400 USD for each additional paper for students
The fee is per participant and per paper. I.e., for each paper, at least one fee is to be paid: if a participant presents two papers, two fees are to be paid. On the other hand, a participant that does not present any paper should pay a fee.
For questions, please contact us at the registration@ address as indicated here.
By submitting a paper, at least one author has thereby promised, in case of acceptance, to pay the registration fee.
We try to make the fee as low as we could. Why this fee?
We do our best to keep the fee as low as possible. In particular, CICLing is completely non-profit: nobody of the organizers receives any remuneration.
CICLing gives much more than most conferences do. In particular, CICLing provides a greater number of keynote speakers, a much wider cultural program, lunches on all working days; this inevitably affects the fee. Lowering the fee beyond reasonable level would greatly decrease the quality of the conference and the benefits for its attendees, while making negligible difference for the budget of most participants, because:
Most universities allocate sufficient funding for attending conferences;
The fee is a minor part of your total expenses, as compared with the airplane tickets and lodging.
In addition to the expenses for each participant, the fee includes a number of waivers for poor students. Namely:
If you pay: You pay a bit more than is spent on your participation: you also pay for students from poor countries;
If you don't: A waiver does not mean waiving the fee; instead, it means that others pay for you. Your waiver increases the fee for all.
The full fee is higher than the real expenses per participant, because it includes part of the student's expenses and waivers. The student fee is lower than the real expenses, because non-students partially pay for the students.
We have no governmental funding. Please let us know if you can help in any way in (or give advice about) obtaining sponsorship or another kind of help.
On reduced registration fee: A limited number of reduced fees will be available. To apply, please contact us and thoroughly justify your application. Eligible for reduced registration are people from underdeveloped countries in case if their institutions have real difficulties paying the full fee (generally not included: North America, Western Europe, China, South Korea, Japan, but if you feel your situation is really different, try applying anyway). Authors must apply for reduced registration (clearly indicating the discount amount) before submission of their paper, and also must tick the group "[X] Discount or waiver is requested" in the web submission system. No applications will be considered for already reviewed papers. Notes:
Though all papers are judged by strictly academic criteria, in borderline cases and between papers of comparable quality we may give preference to papers with fully paid fee.
Though we will do our best for this not to happen, we cannot guarantee providing some material (including the proceedings) to participants with reduced fee. Also, in case of lack of seats in the excursion bus we will have to give preference to fully registered participants.
We are interested in a few volunteer helpers, please contact us. Speakers of the local language and residents of the local venue are preferred. The volunteers may or may not have preference in assigning fee reduction.
All papers accepted for full oral presentation will be published in a proceedings volume edited by Springer in its Lecture Notes in Computer Science series, which is indexed in many major indices including Scopus. Papers accepted for short oral presentation plus poster presentation will be published separately in a special issue of a journal (to be announced later), see Poster Session (let us know if you actually prefer this type of publication).
In addition to the text of the paper, authors are strongly encouraged to provide code and data that permit to reproduce their results, see CICLing verifiability, reproducibility, and working description policy.
Before submitting, please check our legal notices on video recording and on obligations of authors. In particular, by submitting a paper, at least one author thereby promises, in case of acceptance, to attend the conference in person to present the paper (if possible) and to pay the corresponding registration fee. Submissions are received electronically:
Contact: See email options, fax, and the street address on www.CICLing.org/contact.html.
Starting from 2011, CICLing implements a policy of giving preference to papers with verifiable and reproducible results, i.e., papers that provide the code and lexical resources that allow to reproduce the results. This is not a requirement. If for any reason you cannot accompany your paper with the code, go ahead and submit your paper normally.
A Special best verifiability, reproducibility, and working description award will be given at the conference.
For the time being, we encourage the submitted software to be anonymous but we do not require this: your data (but not the text of your paper) can disclose your identity if there is no reasonable way of avoidingthis.
If your data are too large to be attached within the EasyChair program, then please:
Please try to make your software self-contained by reasonably including whatever is needed to run it (such as specific versions of programs). Specifically, please avoid pointing to URLs where the data can be downloaded from; instead, please include the actual data whenever possible -- this is important for reproducibility because the data on remote servers might change (or become unavailable) at any moment, while attached data will be safely stored on our servers. All programs should be submitted in source code, and all data in clearly specified, preferably human-readable, format.
Please see a detailed description of the CICLing verifiability, reproducibility, and working description policy, our reasons and goals, and some FAQ. Note that by submitting your material you allow its free distribution in case of acceptance of your paper; see more details in legal disclaimers.
The following awards will be given at the conference:
Best Paper awards will be assigned by the Award Committee basing on the reviewers' scores and judgment of the Committee members. The criteria taken into account are: novelty, originality, and importance of the reported work and overall quality of the paper.
Best Student Paper award will be assigned by the Award Committee basing on the same criteria, but choosing out of papers whose first author is a full-time student and excluding the papers selected for a Best Paper award.
Best Verifiability, Reproducibility, and Working Description award will be assigned by the Software Reviewing Committee for the software accompanying the paper that best fulfills the goals of our verifiability, reproducibility, and working description policy. The criteria taken into account are: the clarity, simplicity, completeness, and overall quality of the code accompanying the paper that allows to verify and exactly reproduce the claims of the paper; see more details in the instructions for software reviewers.
Best Presentation award will be assigned oral session authors by a ballot among all participants. The criteria taken into account are: the clarity and overall quality of the presentation, and in lesser degree the technical quality of the presented work.
Best Poster award will be assigned to poster session authors by a ballot among all participants. The criteria taken into account are: the clarity and overall quality of the poster, and in lesser degree the technical quality of the presented work.
The papers accepted for the poster/demo session are anticipated to be published in a special issue of a journal, to be announced later. See here the guidelines for submitting and preparing your poster.
Poster session will be combined with the welcome party, so people will be in good mood when reading your poster. In our experience the authors often have better opportunity to communicate their idea to interested attendees via individual live interaction at a poster presentation than via standard talk. If you feel your paper is not competitive enough for the oral session, do go ahead and submit it: a poster can be an excellent opportunity for you to get feedback.
Immediately before the poster session the poster papers will be presented (better to say, announced) orally. Each presentation will be of one minute, and you can use a couple of slides. We recommend to use one or two slides to show the title and the main idea of your work, and maybe the main results, and the final slide to show an image of your poster, for people to recognize your poster during the poster session. The purpose of this one-minute presentation is not to explain your work in detail but to attract attention of people to you and your poster. If you succeed, you will then have two hours to explain your work to all interested people, during the poster session and in fact all the breaks on other days. Please only include the main selling points of your work in this short presentation; too dense information would only confuse people.
To streamline the session, we will ask you to send us your presentation, to be pre-loaded to our laptop.
There will be four days of technical program and three days of academic activities and cultural program (see our disclaimer about availability of tours). Here is a tentative general layout (please check this page in some days for possible changes):
keynote talk, regular talks, special event, short presentations + poster session + welcome party 1
Academic and cultural activities
keynote talk, regular talks, regular talks, special event
Academic and cultural activities
keynote talk, regular talks, special event, short presentations + poster session + welcome party 2
keynote talk, regular talks, special event, awarding and closing ceremony
Academic and cultural activities
See a detailed schedule.
See a detailed schedule of presentation of the accepted papers.
During the conference, we will have three full-day tours: Wednesday 15, Friday 17, and Tuesday 20. We expect to visit main tourist attractions in Cairo: the Giza pyramids, Old Cairo, and Cairo Museum. See more information on our cultural activities. See applicable conditions and disclaimers.
Information about conference hotels and booking. Official hotels: Novotel Cairo 6th of October, Swiss Inn Plaza Hotel, Cairo Plaza Guest House.
Transportation to/from the conference venue and tours will be provided (only) from these hotels.
To get the discounted rates, please book only though the provided page.
It is convenient for the participants to stay in the same hotel or nearby hotels, to facilitate informal interaction. Usually our participants form ad-hoc informal companies in the hotel reception to go to some restaurant, local sightseeing, etc. All cultural activities will start from the official hotel. In addition, this hotel provided discounted rates for CICLing participants. We suggest you not to book a different hotel.
Please see local information.
By submitting a paper or attending the conference you accept the following terms:
Obligations of the authors. Submitting a paper constitutes a consent for publication, acceptance of the terms specified hereby, and a promise in case of acceptance to provide a correct and complete camera-ready version of the paper in editable (source) format, a duly filled copyright transfer form, to attend the conference (if possible), and to pay the registration fee, except in the cases agreed upon in due time with the organizers.
Software and data. Software and data accompanying the paper will be treated in the same way as the paper itself in that in case of acceptance, free access to this material can be provided to the readers of the paper or to public. By submitting software or data, you agree that in case of acceptance, it can be freely distributed by the organizers, and anybody is allowed to copy it. This also applies to the cases when you provide only a URL: you agree that the organizers can store a copy of the data accessible via this URL and, in case of acceptance, freely distribute this copy. While you cannot restrict copying of the submitted data (otherwise don't submit it), you can restrict using your data by including a reasonable no-nonsense license, which should allow the use of the data for research purposes.
Cultural program. The cultural program is a courtesy of the organizing committee provided "as is" and intended to help the participants in visiting certain places, which they visit under their own risk and responsibility. Quality and safety. Some or all of the cultural program activities may be organized not professionally but by volunteers. We will make any reasonable effort in order for the activities to be interesting, well-organized, and safe, but we cannot guarantee any particular quality of service. Some activities may require physical effort, such as much walking or hill-climbing, and/or rely on the use of public transportation.Force-majeure. Though so far no tours have been cancelled due to force-majeure circumstances at any of past CICLing conferences, the following formal disclaimer applies: Some or all of the cultural program may depend on weather conditions, technical, political, or other circumstances. Permission for transportation or visiting specific places may depend on the authorities and not on the organizing committee; thus the corresponding tours can accordingly be cancelled at any moment without prior notice. Since all expenses are done in advance and are non-refundable, in case of cancellation of the tours no refund can be offered to the participants. The organizers may or may not be able to provide alternative cultural or academic activities instead of cancelled tours.
Video recording. All CICLing-related activities, both academic and cultural, may be video recorded, photographed, and/or live video broadcast over the Internet or otherwise. The organizers may make the recordings and photos publicly available or provide them to third parties for any legal purpose, including storage and distribution. Unless otherwise explicitly communicated to the organizers in advance, by submitting a paper, registering for the conference, or attending the conference you authorize the organizers, attendees, or persons authorized by the organizers to video record, photograph, and/or video broadcast all conference activities, including your presentation, and to make these video recordings and photos publicly available and/or available to any third party for any legal purpose, and you also promise to explicitly confirm this authorization, in writing or otherwise, if later asked to do so by the organizers. If this is a problem, please contact us in advance.
General disclaimer. The following text does not imply any specific risk for CICLing attendees; this is a standard legal disclaimer generally applied to any public event in any part of the world: No special insurance, medical service, or security measures are guaranteed to be provided for the conference. The participants are advised to arrange with a third party for their travel insurance that includes international medical coverage, as well as to observe the standard safety precautions. The participants will take part in all activities of the conference entirely on their own risk. The organizers shall not be liable, to the extend permitted by law, for any illness, injuries, stolen objects, or any other problems that the participants may face during the cultural or academic program of the conference.
General Chair: Alexander Gelbukh
|Samhaa El-Beltagy||Chair||Nile University|
|Hussein Anis||Senior Adviser||Nile University|
|Aleya Serag El-Din||Principal co-coordinator||Nile University|
|Yasser Nasr||Finance||Nile University|
|Sameh Habib||Facilities and Logistics||Nile University|
|Hoda El-Beleidy||Accommodation||Nile University|
|Mariam Yasin Abdel Ghafar||Cultural activities||The Human Foundation|
|Yasser Bayoumi||Engineering||Nile University|
|Mahmoud Gabr||IT||Nile University|
|Layla Al Roz||Nile University|
|Hady Alsahar||Nile University|
|Mohamed Fawzy||Nile University|
|Amal Halby||Nile University|
|Muhammad Hammad||Nile University|
|Talaat Khalil||Nile University|
|Yomna El-Nahas||Nile University|
|Omnia Zayed||Nile University|
Software Reviewing Committee
Sergio Jiménez Vargas
Best Paper Award Committee
Please distribute the CFP! Here is a poster in different formats, please hang it on a wall in your University:
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