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The Conference on Natural Language Processing ("Konferenz zur Verarbeitung Natürlicher Sprache", KONVENS) aims at offering a broad perspective on current research and developments within the interdisciplinary field of natural language processing. It allows researchers from all disciplines relevant to this field of research to present their work.

The KONVENS is held in a two year rotation, organised by the scientific societies DGfS-CL (German Society for Linguistics, Section Computational Linguistics), the GSCL (Society for Language Technology and Computational Linguistics) and the ÖGAI (Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence).

The 10th KONVENS is organised by the DGfS-CL and hosted by the departement of Computational Linguistics & Phonetics at Saarland University. The conference will take place from September 6-8, 2010 in Saarbrücken (Germany).

We welcome contributions on research, development, applications and evaluation, covering all areas of natural language processing, ranging from basic questions to practical implementations of natural language resources, components and systems.

Central theme of the 10th KONVENS is

"Semantic approaches in Natural Language Processing".

We especially encourage the submission of contributions addressing linguistic aspects of meaning. Topics of interest include deep as well as shallow approaches, and knowledge-based as well as data-driven methods for modelling and acquiring semantic information. We are also interested in the use of semantic information in applications of language technology.

We are happy to announce that the following researchers have accepted our invitation as invited speakers:

  • Anette Frank (University of Heidelberg)
  • Ed Hovy (ISI, University of Southern California)
  • Gerhard Weikum (Max Planck Institute for Computer Science, Saarbücken)

The conference languages are English and German. We encourage the submission of contributions in English.

KONVENS 2010 will be co-located with the conference Sinn & Bedeutung, which will take place in Saarbrücken from September 8 to 10, organised by the Gesellschaft für Semantik (German Society for Semantics).

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