The Third International Joint Conference
on Natural Language Processing

January 7-12, 2008, Hyderabad, India

Conference Program

Overview of the Conference Program


7 Jan (Mon)


T2. How to Add a New Language on the NLP Map: Building Resources and Tools for Languages with Scarce Resources


T1. Social Network inspired Models of NLP and Language Evolution


T3. Introduction to Text Summarization and Other Information Access Technologies


Main Conference

8 Jan (Tue)

9 Jan (Wed)

10 Jan (Thru)


Prof Aravind Joshi,
Univ of Pennsylvania




Poster Session 1





Invited Talk 1
Prof Hyopil Shin,
Seoul National University

Invited Talk 2
Dr S.H. Srinivasan,


Poster Session 2


Banquet Dinner


Panel and Closing Session



11 Jan (Fri)

12 Jan (Sat)


W1: NLP for Less Privileged Languages (NLPLPL)

W2: The Sixth SIGHAN Workshop on Chinese Language Processing (SIGHAN6)

W4: Cross Language Information Access (CLIA)

W5: The 6th Workshop on Asian Language Resources (ALR6)

W6: Technologies and Corpora for Asia-Pacific Speech Translation (TCAST)


W2: The Sixth SIGHAN Workshop on Chinese Language Processing (SIGHAN6)

W5: The 6th Workshop on Asian Language Resources (ALR6)


W3: Named Entity Recognition for South and South East Asian Languages (NERSSEAL)


  • Morning Tea/Coffee Break: 10:30 – 11:00
  • Lunch: 12:30 – 14:00
  • Afternoon Tea/Coffee Break: 15:30 – 16:00hrs (Exception on Jan 10th: 15:00–16:00)

Session Index of Main Conference

Day1: January 8th (Tue)
Day2: January 9th (Wed)
Day 3: January 10th (Thu)

Details of Main Conference Schedule


Day1: January 8th (Tue)





Keynote Speech: Penn Discourse Treebank: Complexity of Dependencies at The Discourse Level and at the Sentence Level

Prof. Aravind Joshi, University of Pennsylvania





Oral session: (3 + 3 + 3)

A1-1: Word Segmentation/POS tagging

A Lemmatization Method for Modern Mongolian and its Application to Information Retrieval
Badam-Osor Khaltar and Atsushi Fujii

An Empirical Comparison of Goodness Measures for Unsupervised Chinese Word Segmentation with a Unified Framework
Hai Zhao and Chunyu Kit

A Hybrid Approach to the Induction of Underlying Morphology
Michael Tepper and Fei Xia

B1-1:Text Mining/Information Extraction (1)

Context-Sensitive Convolution Tree Kernel for Pronoun Resolution
GuoDong ZHOU and Fang KONG

Semi-Supervised Learning for Relation Extraction
GuoDong ZHOU, LongHua QIAN and QiaoMing ZHU

Story Link Detection based on Dynamic Information Extending
Xiaoyan Zhang, Ting Wang and Huowang Chen

C1-1: Asian Language Processing and Linguistics Issues

Orthographic Disambiguation Incorporating Transliterated Probability
Eiji ARAMAKI, Takeshi IMAI, Kengo MIYO and Kazuhiko OHE

Name Origin Recognition Using Maximum Entropy Model and Diverse Features
Min ZHANG, Chengjie SUN, Aiti AW and Chew Lim Tan

A More Discerning and Adaptable Multilingual Transliteration Mechanism for Indian Languages
Harshit Surana and Anil Kumar Singh





Oral session: (3 + 3 + 3)

A1-2: Parsing/Grammar

UCSG: A Wide Coverage Shallow Parsing System
Bharadwaja Kumar G and Narayana Murthy K

Memory-Inductive Categorial Grammar: An Approach to Gap Resolution in Analytic-Language Translation
Prachya Boonkwan and Thepchai Supnithi

Dependency Parsing with Short Dependency Relations in Unlabeled Data
Wenliang Chen, Daisuke Kawahara, Kiyotaka Uchimoto, Yujie Zhang and Hitoshi Isahara

B1-2: Text Mining/Information Extraction (2)

Effective Compositional Model for Lexical Alignment
Beatrice Daille and Emmanuel Morin

Determining the Unithood of Word Sequences using a Probabilistic Approach
Wilson Wong, Wei Liu and Mohammed Bennamoun

Lexical Chains as Document Features
Dinakar Jayarajan, Dipti Deodhare and Ravindran Balaraman

C1-2: Summarization

Entity-driven Rewrite for Multi-document Summarization
Ani Nenkova

A New Approach to Automatic Document Summarization
Xiaofeng Wu and Chengqing Zong

Generic Text Summarization Using Probabilistic Latent Semantic Indexing
Harendra Bhandari, Masashi Shimbo, Takahiko Ito and Yuji Matsumoto





Oral session: (4 + 4 + 3)

A1-3: Multiple Document Processing

Identifying Cross-Document Relations between Sentences
Yasunari Miyabe, Hiroya Takamura and Manabu Okumura

Experiments on Semantic-based Clustering for Cross-document Coreference
Horacio Saggion

Modeling Context in Scenario Template Creation
Long Qiu, Min-Yen Kan and Tat-Seng Chua

Cross Language Text Categorization Using a Bilingual Lexicon
Ke Wu, Xiaolin Wang and Bao-Liang Lu

B1-3: Information Retrieval

Identify Temporal Websites Based on User Behavior Analysis
Yong Wang, Yiqun Liu, Min Zhang, Shaoping Ma and Liyun Ru

A Comparative Study for Query Translation using Linear Combination and Confidence Measure
Youssef Kadri and Jian-Yun Nie

TSUBAKI: An Open Search Engine Infrastructure for Developing New Information Access Methodology
Keiji Shinzato, Tomohide Shibata, Daisuke Kawahara, Chikara Hashimoto and Sadao Kurohashi

A Study on Effectiveness of Syntactic Relationship in Dependence Retrieval Model
Ding Fan and Wang Bin

C1-3: Spoken Language Processing

Automatic Estimation of Word Significance oriented for Speech-based Information Retrieval
Takashi Shichiri, Hiroaki Nanjo and Takehiko Yoshimi

Rapid Prototyping of Robust Language Understanding Modules for Spoken Dialogue Systems
Yuichiro Fukubayashi, Kazunori Komatani, Mikio Nakano, Kotaro Funakoshi, Hiroshi Tsujino, Tetsuya Ogata and Hiroshi G. Okuno

Automatic Prosodic Labeling with Conditional Random Fields and Rich Acoustic Features
Gina-Anne Levow



Day2: January 9th (Wed)


Oral session: (4 + 4 + 4)

A2-1: Machine Translation (1)

Chinese Unknown Word Translation by Subword Re-segmentation
Ruiqiang Zhang and Eiichiro Sumita

Hypothesis Selection in Machine Transliteration: A Web Mining Approach
Jong-Hoon Oh and Hitoshi Isahara

What Prompts Translators to Modify Draft Translations? An Analysis of Basic Modification Patterns for Use in the Automatic Notification of Awkwardly Translated Text
Takeshi Abekawa and Kyo Kageura

Improving Word Alignment by Adjusting Chinese Word Segmentation
Ming-Hong Bai, Keh-Jiann Chen and Jason S. Chang

B2-1: Text Mining/Information Extraction (3)

The Telling Tail: Signals of Success in Electronic Negotiation Texts
Marina Sokolova, Vivi Nastase and Stan Szpakowicz

Automatic Extraction of Briefing Templates
Dipanjan Das, Mohit Kumar and Alexander I. Rudnicky

Mining the Web for Relations between Digital Devices using a Probabilistic Maximum Margin Model
Oksana Yakhnenko and Barbara Rosario

Learning Patterns from the Web to Translate Named Entities for Cross Language Information Retrieval
Yu-Chun Wang, Richard Tzong-Han Tsai and Wen-Lian Hsu

C2-1: Emotion/Sentiment Analysis

Bootstrapping Both Product Features and Opinion Words from Chinese Reviews with Cross-Inducing
Bo Wang and Houfeng Wang

Learning to Shift the Polarity of Words for Sentiment Classification
Daisuke Ikeda, Hiroya Takamura, Lev-Arie Ratinov and Manabu Okumura

Unsupervised Classification of Sentiment and Objectivity in Chinese Text
Taras Zagibalov and John Carroll

Using Roget's Thesaurus for Fine-grained Emotion Recognition
Saima Aman and Stan Szpakowicz


Poster session 1 (with coffee break): (30)

Poster papers (Poster session 1):

Vaakkriti: Sanskrit Tokenizer
Aasish Pappu and Ratna Sanyal

A Bottom Up approach to Persian Stemming
Amir Azim Sharifloo and Mehrnoush Shamsfard

Named Entity Recognition in Bengali: A Conditional Random Field Approach
Asif Ekbal, Rejwanul Haque and Sivaji Bandyopadhyay

An Online Cascaded Approach to Biomedical Named Entity Recognition
Shing-Kit Chan, Wai Lam and Xiaofeng Yu

Automatic rule acquisition for Chinese intra-chunk relations
Qiang Zhou

Japanese Named Entity Recognition Using Structural Natural Language Processing
Ryohei Sasano and Sadao Kurohashi

Dimensionality Reduction with Multilingual Resource
YingJu Xia, Hao Yu and Gang Zou

A Web-based English Proofing System for English as a Second Language Users
XING YI, Jianfeng Gao and William B. Dolan

Analysis of Intention in Dialogues Using Category Trees and Its Application to Advertisement Recommendation
Hung-Chi Huang and Hsin-Hsi Chen

Term extraction through unithood and termhood unification
Thuy Vu, Ai Ti Aw and Zhang Min

Search Result Clustering Using Label Language model
Yeha Lee, Seung-Hoon Na and Jong-Hyeok Lee

Effects of Related Term Extraction in Transliteration into Chinese
HaiXiang Huang and Atsushi Fujii

A Structured Prediction Approach for Statistical Machine Translation
Dakun Zhang, Le Sun and Wenbo Li

Method of Selecting Training Data to Build a Compact and Efficient Translation Model
Keiji Yasuda, Ruiqiang Zhang, Hirofumi Yamamoto and Eiichiro Sumita

Large and Diverse Language Models for Statistical Machine Translation
Holger Schwenk and Philipp Koehn

A linguistic and navigational knowledge approach to text navigation
Javier Couto and Jean-Luc Minel

Synset Assignment for Bi-lingual Dictionary with Limited Resource
Virach Sornlertlamvanich, Thatsanee Charoenporn, Chumpol Mokarat, Hitoshi Isahara, Hammam Riza and Purev Jaimai

Ranking words for building a Japanese defining vocabulary
Tomoya Noro and Takehiro Tokuda

Automatically Identifying Computationally Relevant Typological Features
William Lewis and Fei Xia

Automatic Paraphrasing of Japanese Functional Expressions Using a Hierarchically Organized Dictionary
Suguru Matsuyoshi and Satoshi Sato

Generation of Referring Expression Using Prefix Tree Structure
Sibabrata Paladhi and Sivaji Bandyopadhyay

Coverage-based Evaluation of Parser Generalizability
Tuomo Kakkonen and Erkki Sutinen

Learning Reliability of Parses for Domain Adaptation of Dependency Parsing
Daisuke Kawahara and Kiyotaka Uchimoto

Resolving Ambiguities of Chinese Conjunctive Structures by Divide-and-conquer Approaches
Duen-Chi Yang, Yu-Ming Hsieh and Keh-Jiann Chen

Dependency Annotation Scheme for Indian Languages
Rafiya Begum, Samar Husain, Arun Dhwaj, Dipti Misra Sharma, Lakshmi Bai and Rajeev Sangal

Non-Factoid Japanese Question Answering through Passage Retrieval that Is Weighted Based on Types of Answers
Masaki Murata, Sachiyo Tsukawaki, Toshiyuki Kanamaru, Qing Ma and Hitoshi Isahara

A Multi-Document Multi-Lingual Automatic Summarization System
Mohamad Ali Honarpisheh, Gholamreza Ghassem-Sani and Ghassem Mirroshandel

Summarization by Analogy: An Example-based Approach for News Articles
Megumi Makino and Kazuhide Yamamoto

Sentence Ordering based on Cluster Adjacency in Multi-Document Summarization
Donghong Ji

Statistical Machine Translation based Passage Retrieval for Cross-Lingual Question Answering
Tomoyosi Akiba, Kei Shimizu and Atsushi Fujii





Invited Talk 1: The 21st Sejong Project: With a Focus On Building of the SELK(Sejong Electronic Lexicon of Korean) and the KNC(Korean National Corpus)

Prof Hyopil Shin, Seoul National University


Poster session 2 (with coffee break): (30)

Poster papers (Poster session 2)

Unsupervised All-words Word Sense Disambiguation with Grammatical Dependencies
Vivi Nastase

Syntactic and Semantic Frames in PrepNet
Saint-Dizier Patrick

Automatic Classification of English Verbs Using Rich Syntactic Features
Lin Sun, Anna Korhonen and Yuval Krymolowski

MRD-based Word Sense Disambiguation: Further Extending Lesk
Timothy Baldwin, Su Nam Kim, Francis Bond, Sanae Fujita, David Martinez and Takaaki Tanaka

Fast Computing Grammar-driven Convolution Tree Kernel for Semantic Role Labeling
Wanxiang Che, Min Zhang, Aiti Aw, Chew Lim Tan, Ting Liu and Sheng Li

SYNGRAPH: A Flexible Matching Method based on Synonymous Expression Extraction from an Ordinary Dictionary and a Web Corpus
Tomohide Shibata, Michitaka Odani, Jun Harashima, Takashi Oonishi and Sadao Kurohashi

Annotation of Multiword Expressions in the Prague Dependency Treebank
Eduard Bejček, Pavel Straňk and Pavel Schlesinger

Learning Named Entity Hyponyms for Question Answering
Paul McNamee, Rion Snow, Patrick Schone and James Mayfield

Errgrams -- A Way to Improving ASR for Highly Inflected Dravidian Languages
Kamadev Bhanuprasad

Noise as a Tool for Spoken Language Identification
Sunita Maithani and J S Rawat

Identifying Real or Fake Articles: Towards better Language Modeling
Sameer Badaskar, Sachin Agarwal and Shilpa Arora

Multi-label Text Categorization with Model Combination based on F1-score Maximization
Akinori Fujino and Hideki Isozaki

An Experimental Comparison of the Voted Perceptron and Support Vector Machines in Japanese Analysis Tasks
Manabu Sassano

Learning Decision Lists with Known Rules for Text Mining
Venkatesan Chakravarthy, Sachindra Joshi, Ganesh Ramakrishnan, Shantanu Godbole and Sreeram Balakrishnan

A re-examination of dependency path kernels for relation extraction
Mengqiu Wang

Mining Chinese-English Parallel Corpora from the Web
Bo Li and Juan Liu

Fast Duplicated Documents Detection using Multi-level Prefix-filter
Kenji Tateishi and Dai Kusui

Towards Data And Goal Oriented Analysis: Tool Inter-Operability And Combinatorial Comparison
Yoshinobu Kano, Ngan Nguyen, Rune Satre, Kazuhiro Yoshida, Keiichiro Fukamachi, Yusuke Miyao, Yoshimasa Tsuruoka, Sophia Ananiadou and Jun'ichi Tsujii

A Co-occurrence Graph-based Approach for Personal Name Alias Extraction from Anchor Texts
Danushka Bollegala, Yutaka Matsuo and Mitsuru Ishizuka

Towards Automated Semantic Analysis on Biomedical Research Articles
Donghui Feng, Gully Burns, Jingbo Zhu and Eduard Hovy

Large Scale Diagnostic Code Classification for Medical Patient Records
Lucian Lita, Shipeng Yu, Stefan Niculescu and Jinbo Bi

Hacking Wikipedia for Hyponymy Relation Acquisition
Asuka Sumida and Kentaro Torisawa

A Discriminative Approach to Japanese Abbreviation Extraction
Naoaki Okazaki, Mitsuru Ishizuka and Jun'ichi Tsujii

Linguistic Interpretation of Emotions for Affect Sensing from Text
Mostafa Al Masum Shaikh, Helmut Prendinger and Mitsuru Ishizuka

How to Take Advantage of the Limitations with Markov Clustering?--The Foundations of Branching Markov Clustering (BMCL)
Hiroyuki AKAMA, Maki MIYAKE and Jaeyoung JUNG

Combining Context Features by Canonical Belief Network for Chinese Part-Of-Speech Tagging
Hongzhi Xu and Chunping Li

Language Independent Text Correction using Finite State Automata
Ahmed Hassan, Sara Noeman and Hany Hassan

Semantic Role Labeling of Chinese Using Transductive SVM and Semantic Heuristics
Yaodong Chen, Ting Wang, Huowang Chen and Xishan Xu

A Comparative Study of Mixture Models for Automatic Topic Segmentation of Multiparty Dialogues
Maria Georgescul

Exploiting Unlabeled Text to Extract New Words of Different Semantic Transparency for Chinese Word Segmentation
Richard Tzong-Han Tsai and Hsi-Chuan Hung



Oral session: (2 + 2 + 2)

A2-2: Machine Translation (2)

Heterogeneous Automatic MT Evaluation Through Non-Parametric Metric Combinations
Jesus Gimenez and Lluis Marquez

Paraphrasing depending on Bilingual Context Toward Generalization of Translation Knowledge
Young-Sook Hwang, Young-Kil Kim and Sangkyu Park

B2-2: Named Entity Recognition

A Framework Based on Graphical Models with Logic for Chinese Named Entity Recognition
Xiaofeng YU, Wai LAM and Shing-Kit CHAN

A Hybrid Feature Set based Maximum Entropy Hindi Named Entity Recognition
Sujan Kumar Saha, Sudeshna Sarkar and Pabitra Mitra

C2-2: Relation Extraction

Effective Methods of using Web based Information for Relation Extraction
Stanley, Wai Keong Yong and Jian Su

Minimally Supervised Learning of Semantic Knowledge from Query Logs
Mamoru Komachi and Hisami Suzuki



Day 3: January 10th (Thu)


Oral session: (3 + 3 + 3)

A3-1: Statistical Models/Machine Learning for NLP (1)

Learning a Stopping Criterion for Active Learning for Word Sense Disambiguation and Text Classification
Jingbo Zhu, Huizhen Wang and Eduard Hovy

Multi-View Co-Training of Transliteration Model
Jin-Shea Kuo and Haizhou Li

Identifying Sections in Scientific Abstracts using Conditional Random Fields
Kenji Hirohata, Naoaki Okazaki, Sophia Ananiadou and Mitsuru Ishizuka

B3-1: Ontologies and Linguistic Resources (1)

Formalising Multi-layer Corpora in OWL DL - Lexicon Modelling, Querying and Consistency Control
Aljoscha Burchardt, Sebastian Pado, Dennis Spohr, Anette Frank and Ulrich Heid

Constructing taxonomy of numerative classifiers for Asian languages
Kiyoaki Shirai, Takenobu Tokunaga, Chu-Ren Huang, Shu-Kai Hsieh, Tzu-Yi Kuo, Virach Sornlertlamvanich and Thatsanee Charoenporn

Translating Compounds by Learning Component Gloss Translation Models via Multiple Languages
Nikesh Garera and David Yarowsky

C3-1: Question Answering

Answering Definition Questions via Temporally-Anchored Text Snippets
Marius Pasca

Corpus-based Question Answering for why-Questions
Ryuichiro Higashinaka and Hideki Isozaki

Cluster-Based Query Expansion for Statistical Question Answering
Lucian Lita and Jaime Carbonell




Oral session: (3 + 3 + 3)

A3-2: Statistical Models/Machine Learning for NLP (2)

A Semantic Feature for Relation Recognition Using a Web-based Corpus
ChenMing Hung

Multilingual Text Entry using Automatic Language Detection
Yo Ehara and Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii

Using Contextual Speller Techniques and Language Modeling for ESL Error Correction
Michael Gamon, Jianfeng Gao, Chris Brockett, Alexandre Klementiev, William B. Dolan, Dmitriy Belenko and Lucy Vanderwende

B3-2: Ontologies and Linguistic Resources (2)

Bilingual Synonym Identification with Spelling Variations
Takashi Tsunakawa and Jun'ichi Tsujii

Minimally Supervised Multilingual Taxonomy and Translation Lexicon Induction
Nikesh Garera and David Yarowsky

Japanese-Spanish Thesaurus Construction using English as a Pivot
Jessica Ramirez, Masayuki Asahara and Yuji Matsumoto

C3-2: Event/Sentence Relation

Automatic Identification of Rhetorical Roles using Conditional Random Fields for Legal Document Summarization
Saravanan M., Ravindran B. and Raman S.

Projection-based Acquisition of a Temporal Labeller
Kathrin Spreyer and Anette Frank

Acquiring Event Relation Knowledge by Learning Cooccurrence Patterns and Fertilizing Cooccurrence Samples with Verbal Nouns
Shuya Abe, Kentaro Inui and Yuji Matsumoto






Invited talk 2: Language Processing for the evolving Web

Dr S.H. Srinivasan, Yahoo!





Oral session: (3 + 3 + 3)

A3-3: Statistical Machine Translation

Refinements in BTG-based Statistical Machine Translation
Deyi Xiong, Min Zhang, Ai Ti Aw, Haitao Mi, Qun Liu and Shouxun Lin

Simple Syntactic and Morphological Processing Can Help English-Hindi Statistical MT
Ananthakrishnan Ramanathan, Jayprasad Hegde, Ritesh Shah, Pushpak Bhattacharyya and Sasikumar M

Statistical Translation Models for Personalized Search
Rohini U, Vamshi Ambati and Vasudeva Varma

B3-3: Ontologies and Linguistic Resources (3)

Repurposing Theoretical Linguistic Data for Tool Development and Search
Fei Xia and William Lewis

Computing Paraphrasability of Syntactic Variants using Web Snippets
Atsushi Fujita and Satoshi Sato

Augmenting Wikipedia with Named Entity Tags
Wisam Dakka and Silviu Cucerzan

C3-3: Semantic Similarity

Context Feature Selection for Distributional Similarity
Masato Hagiwara, Yasuhiro Ogawa and Katsuhiko Toyama

Gloss-Based Semantic Similarity Metrics for Predominant Sense Acquisition
Ryu Iida, Diana McCarthy and Rob Koeling

Benchmarking Noun Compound Interpretation
Su Nam Kim and Timothy Baldwin


Closing session


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