PROPOR'2014 - The 11th International Conference on the Computational Processing of Portuguese


New: see accepted demos under "Accepted Papers".


Call for Demonstrations

The International Conference on Computational Processing of Portuguese (PROPOR) is the main event in the area of Portuguese Language Processing. It focuses on theoretical and technological issues of written and spoken Portuguese. The meeting has been a very rich forum for the exchange of ideas and partnerships for the research communities dedicated to the automated processing of Portuguese, promoting the development of methodologies, resources and projects that can be shared among researchers and practitioners in the field. The conference will consist of 3 days of paper presentations, special tracks and workshops.

Important dates (tentative):
March 31, 2014: Deadline for demos submission(EXTENDED)
April 25, 2014: Notification of paper acceptance or rejection
May 5, 2014: Camera-ready papers due
October 6-8, 2014: Conference

Invitation for Submissions
The PROPOR'2014 Demonstration Program Committee invites submissions for Demonstrations. Following the spirit of the Special Session of PROPOR'2008 and the Demos Session of PROPOR'2010 and 2012, the PROPOR'2014 demonstration track aims at bringing together Academia and Industry and creating a forum where more than written or spoken descriptions of research are available. Thus, demos should allow attendees to try and test them during their presentation in a dedicated session adopting a more informal setting. Products, systems or tools are examples of acceptable demos. Both early-research prototypes and mature systems will be considered for presentation.

The areas of interest include all topics related to theoretical and applied issues of written and spoken Portuguese, such as, but not limited to (the same topics as for the conference paper submission):

Human speech production, perception and communication
Human speech production
Human speech and sound perception
Physiology and pathology of spoken language
Paralinguistic and nonlinguistic cues (e.g. emotion and expression)

Linguistic Description and Theories
Phonology and phonetics, prosody (e.g., production, perception, modeling)
Syntactic, semantic and anaphoric phenomena

Natural Language Processing Tasks
Parsing, tagging, chunking and segmentation
Annotation, evaluation, semantic role labeling
Grammar induction, sub categorization acquisition
Sentiment analysis and opinion mining

Natural Language Processing Applications
Word sense disambiguation
Dialect identification
Machine translation
Information retrieval
Plagiarism detection
Question answering

Speech Technologies
Spoken language generation and synthesis
Speech and speaker recognition
Spoken language understanding

Speech Applications
Spoken language interfaces and dialogue systems
Systems for information retrieval and information extraction
Systems for speech-speech translation
Applications for aged and handicapped people
Applications for learning and education

Resources, standardization and evaluation
Spoken language resources, annotation and tools
Spoken language evaluation and standardization
NLP resources, annotation and tools
NLP evaluation and standardization

Language and Speech processing in academic disciplines
Speech and Hearing sciences, Health, Biology
Linguistics, Psychology, Education

The systems may be of the following kinds:
• Natural Language Processing systems or system components
• Application systems using language technology components
• Software tools for computational linguistics research
• Software for demonstration or evaluation
• Development tools

Submissions should consist of a non-anonymous brief description document of up to three (3) pages of content including references. Developers must outline the main characteristics of their systems, provide sufficient details to allow its evaluation and give information on how they plan to demonstrate their systems. Developers are encouraged to focus their description on the relevance of the computational processing component of Portuguese language in the proposed system.

Documents should be written in English following the LNAI format and sent by e-mail in PDF to arnaldoc at icmc dot usp dot br

Please include the words "Demo submission" in the e-mail title.

Accepted demos and the accompanying description document will be published in the conference website.

Presentation Format
Accepted demos will be presented on table tops at a designated demo session with an optional accompanying poster. Developers should make sure they can run their demos properly. Thus, it is the authors' responsibility to provide the necessary technical conditions (equipments) for the demo at the conference. Note that the local organizers will not provide any hardware or software. Free high-speed Internet access will be available.

A Best Demo Award will be given out to the best demo presented during the conference.

Further details on the date and time of the demonstration session(s) will be determined and provided at a later date.

Demos chairs
Arnaldo Candido Jr. (UFSCar, Brazil)
Fábio Natanael Kepler (UNIPAMPA, Brazil)

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