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Thu Feb 10 2011

Calls: Comp Ling, Forensic Ling, Text/Corpus Ling/USA

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        1.     Adam Wyner , Applying Human Language Technology to the Law

Message 1: Applying Human Language Technology to the Law
Date: 08-Feb-2011
From: Adam Wyner <adamwyner.info>
Subject: Applying Human Language Technology to the Law
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Full Title: Applying Human Language Technology to the Law
Short Title: AHLTL 2011

Date: 10-Jun-2011 - 10-Jun-2011
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Contact Person: Adam Wyner
Meeting Email: adamwyner.info
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Forensic Linguistics;
Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2011

Meeting Description:

Over the last decade there have been dramatic improvements in the
effectiveness and accuracy of Human Language Technology (HLT),
accompanied by a significant expansion of the HLT community itself. Over
the same period, there have been widespread developments in web-based
distribution and processing of legal textual information, e.g. cases,
legislation, citizen information sources, etc. More recently, a growing body
of research and practice has addressed a range of topics common to both
the HLT and Artificial Intelligence and Law communities, including
automated legal reasoning and argumentation, semantic information
retrieval, cross and multi-lingual information retrieval, document
classification, logical representations of legal language, dialogue systems,
legal drafting, legal knowledge discovery and extraction, linguistically based
legal ontologies, among others. Central to these shared topics is use of HLT
techniques and tools for automating knowledge extraction from legal texts
and for processing legal language.

The workshop has several objectives. The first objective is to broaden the
research base by introducing HLT researchers to the materials and
problems of processing legal language. The second objective is to introduce
AI and Law researchers to up-to-date theories, techniques, and tools from
HLT, which can be applied to legal language. And the third objective is to
deepen the existing research streams. Altogether, the interactions among
the researchers are expected to advance research and applications and
foster interdisciplinary collaboration within the legal domain.

Call for Papers:

The workshop will focus on extraction of information from legal text,
presentations of legal language (ontologies and semantic translations), and
dialogic aspects. While information extraction and retrieval are crucial
areas, the workshop emphasizes syntactic, semantic, and dialogic aspects
of legal information processing:

- Building legal resources: terminologies, ontologies, corpora
- Ontologies of legal texts, including subareas such as ontology acquisition,
ontology customization, ontology merging, ontology extension, ontology
evolution, lexical information, etc.
- Information retrieval and extraction from legal texts
- Semantic annotation of legal texts
- Multilingual aspects of legal text semantic processing
- Legal thesauri mapping
- Automatic classification of legal documents
- Automated parsing and translation of natural language arguments into a
logical formalism
- Linguistically-oriented XML mark up of legal arguments
- Computational theories of argumentation that is suitable to natural
- Controlled language systems for law
- Name matching and alias detection
- Dialogue protocols and systems for legal discussion

Author Guidelines:

The workshop solicits full papers and position papers. Authors are welcome
to submit tentative, incremental, and exploratory studies which examine HLT
issues distinctive to the law and legal applications. Papers not accepted as
full papers may be accepted as short research abstracts. Submissions will
be evaluated by the program committee.

For information on submission details (length, format, notion of position
paper, etc.) see the ICAIL 2011 conference information:


Submissions should be submitted electronically in PDF to the EasyChair site
by the deadline (see important dates below):


Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline: 31 March 2011 by 00:00 EST
Acceptance notification sent: 15 April 2011
Final version deadline: 15 May 2011
Workshop date: 10 June 2011
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