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Human-Computer Study Laboratory of the University of Amsterdam organizes the workshop "Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing" to be held on May 16, 2007 in Amsterdam. The workshop is collocated with the annual Belgian-Dutch conference on Machine Learning (Benelearn'07).
We invite submissions of extended abstracts on topics concerning use of machine learning for natural language. The topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
  • ML applied to various NLP tasks (syntax and semantics)
  • Supervised, semi-supervised and unsupervised techniques for NLP
  • Language acquisition
  • Information extraction
  • Relational learning
  • Ontology learning and enrichment
  • Learning with the background knowledge


Abstract submission deadline April 29, 2007
Notification of poster acceptance May 5, 2007
Registration deadline May 5, 2007 May 9, 2007
Workshop May 16, 2007

9.00 - 09.30 Registration
09.30 - 10.15 Sander Canisius (University of Tilburg, the Netherlands).
"Memory, Language, and Semantics; Machine learning for natural language in Tilburg"
10.15 - 11.00 Véronique Hoste (University of Ghent, Belgium).
"Framing Discourse as a Classification Approach"
11.00 - 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 - 12.00 Kai-Uwe Kühnberger (University of Osnabrück, Germany).
"Extraction and Adaptation of Ontological Knowledge from Heterogeneous Data Sources"
12.00 - 13.00 Poster Session

Stefan Bordag (University of Leipzig, Germany).
Knowledge-Free Learning of Lexical Hierarchical Paradigmatic Relations.
Rémi Eyraud (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands).
Two Approaches to Learn Context-Free Languages.
Felix Jungermann (University of Dortmund, Germany).
Named Entity Recognition without Domain Knowledge Using Conditional Random Fields.
Iris Hendrickx, Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp, Belgium).
Adding Semantic Information: Unsupervised Clusters for Coreference Resolution.
Els Lefever, Véronique Hoste, Timur Fayruzow (Ghent University Association, Belgium).
A Combined Classification and Clustering Approach for Web People Disambiguation.
Roser Morante, Bertjan Busser (Tilburg University, the Netherlands).
Semantic Role Labeling Based on TiMBL.
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 14.45 Rens Bod (University of St. Andrews, UK and University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands).
"Is the End of Supervised NLP in Sight?"
14.45 - 15.30 Claire Nédellec (Laboratoire Mathématique Informatique et Génome, France).
"Alvis Semantic Search Engine Adaptation to Biology"
15.30 - 15.45 Coffee break
15.45 - 16.30 David Ahn, Maarten de Rijke, Wouter Weerkamp (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands).
"Learning to Track Sentiments in Text Streams: The Verdonk Case"
16.30 - 17.15 Jakub Zavrel (Textkernel, the Netherlands).
"Industrial Applications of Information Extraction"
17.15 - 17.25 Closing
17.25 - 18.00 Drinks