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The International Conference on Natural Language Processing(ICON)
will be held in Mysore, India during December 19-21, 2003. The
conference is intended to act as a forum for promoting interaction
among researchers in the field of Natural Language Processing in India
and abroad. The conference will be preceded by a day of pre-conference
tutorials on December 19, 2003. 


N Balakrishnan, IISc Bangalore
Vineet Chaitanya, IIIT Hyderabad 
Aravind K Joshi, University of Penn.
SP Mudur, Concordia University
PVS Rao, Tata Infotech, Mumbai
B Yegnanarayana, IIT Madras


Udaya Narayana Singh, CIIL, Mysore (Chair)
Anvita Abbi, JNU New Delhi
Sushama Bendre, Univ. of Hyderabad 
Pushpak Bhattacharya, IIT Bombay
BB Chaudhuri, ISI Calcutta
Hemant Darbari, CDAC Pune 
B D Jayaram, CIIL Mysore
Amba Kulkarni, IIIT Hyderabad
B Mallikarjun, CIIL Mysore
Milind Malshe, IIT Bombay 
Amitabh Mukherjee, IIT Kanpur
Hema Murthy, IIT Madras
Ranjani Parthasarathi, Anna Univ. Chennai
S Rajendran, Tamil Univ. Thanjavur 
K V Ramakrishnamacharyulu, R.S.V.P., Tirupati
S V Ramanan, AU-KBC, Anna Univ. Chennai
G Umamaheshwara Rao, Univ. of Hyderabad
Durgesh D Rao, DR Systems, Mumbai
Rajeev Sangal, IIIT Hyderabad 
M Sasikumar NCST, Mumbai
Vijay Shanker, Univ. of Delaware
Dipti Misra Sharma, IIIT Hyderabad
B Srinivas, AT&T Research USA
K V Subba Rao, Delhi University, New Delhi
Om Vikas, Ministry of CIT, New Delhi


Papers are invited on substantial, original and unpublished research on all aspects of Natural Language Processing, with a particular focus on languages, issues, and applications relevant to India. The areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Linguistic and Computational Issues in Indian Languages
    • Morphological processing
    • Syntactic processing
    • Semantic processing (+)
  • Development and Standardisation of Lexical Resources
    • Manual creation of Lexical Resources
    • Automatic acquisition
    • Standardization
    • Innovative uses and priority areas
    • Collection of corpora
    • Annotation of corpora
    • Lexicon and dictionaries
  • Statistical, Knowledge-based, and Hybrid Methods
    • Language Modeling
    • Language Analysis and Generation
    • Ontology and Thesauri (+)
    • Example Based Machine Translation (+)
    • Grammar Acquisition
  • NLP Formalisms and Technologies
    • Grammatical and Statistical NLP
    • Word Sense Disambiguation
  • Application areas
    • Machine Translation
    • Information Extraction
    • Intelligent Information Retrieval
    • Natural Language Interface
    • Question Answering
  • Systems
    • System building experience
    • Evaluation of systems
    • Information Retrieval tools
    • Internet oriented tools
  • Speech Processing
    • Text to Speech systems
    • Speech Recognition
    • Special purpose applications
  • Input/Output Standards and Technologies


Authors should register the title and abstract of their paper over the net. They should submit their papers, not to exceed 5000 words (including figures and references) either electronically (preferable) or in hard copy. Papers should be in English. Papers should include an abstract of about 100-200 words in length. Papers outside the specified length are subject to rejection without  review. Since reviewing will be "blind", the authors' names and affiliations along with the main area of the paper should be given only on a separate cover sheet.

Those submitting by hard copy should send four copies of the paper. Papers in electronic form can be in any of the following formats: plain text, Postscript, PDF, Latex or Microsoft Word (RTF only). Submissions in electronic form are preferred. If your paper contains text of languages other than English, you must send all the relevant font files with your submission.


Proposals are invited for pre-conference tutorials. Tutorials can be of half-day or full-day duration and will be held on December 19, 2003. The proposal should be presented in the form of a 200-word abstract, one page topical outline of the content, description of the proposers and their qualifications relating to the tutorial content.

Send papers and tutorial proposals to the ICON-2003 Secretariat. For further information, please refer to the online submission link or contact the ICON-2003 Secretariat.


Paper registration deadline July 7, 2003
Paper submission deadline July 10, 2003
Acceptance notification September 20, 2003
Camera ready copy due October 30, 2003

Tutorial proposals due September 20, 2003
Acceptance notification September 20, 2003
Lecture Materials for tutorial November 25, 2003


For paper submissions, tutorial and exhibition proposals:
ICON-2003 Secretariat
Language Technologies Research Centre
International Institute of Information Tech.
Gachibowli, Hyderabad -500 019, India.

Ph: +91-40-23001412 (direct); 
23001969 Extn: 144
Fax: +91-40-23001413
E-mail: icon2003@iiit.net

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