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Fifth International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics

February 15 to 21, 2004
CAU, Seoul, Korea

Seoul campus of the Chung-Ang University, the New Engineering College Building (behind, and can be also accessed through, the Old Engineering College Building), the Seminar room at the ground floor

Hosted by ITRI of the Chung-Ang University
Endorsed by the Association for Computational Linguistics (

Publication: Springer LNCS.

Deadline: full papers: October 1, short papers: October 20
Keynote speakers: Martin Kay, Philip Resnik, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Nick Campbell
Excursions: Yellow Sea, Seoul Royal Palaces, Suwon (Folk Village)
Approximate travel cost: Prague € 700, Madrid € 1035, US: $ 1000


Welcome to the Country of Morning Calm


Photos of the past CICLing-2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Please distribute! Plain text version of CFP, Poster  

Why CICLing?

We consider the following factors to define our identity:

   ISI-indexed publication. The Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) published by Springer-Verlag is a very prestigious book series and a journal. It has an ISSN and is indexed by ISI in its SCI Expanded, which in many countries is highly valued.

   Excellent keynote speakers. We invite the most prominent scientists of the field to give keynote talks which, unlike at many other confs, are published in extenso in the Proceedings. They also organize an additional tutorial or discussion, and usually even participate in the excursions, where you can speak with them in an informal environment. [Past participants' opinions]

   General interest. The conf covers nearly all topics related to computational linguistics. This makes it attractive for people from different areas and leads to vivid and interesting discussions and exchange of opinions.

   Informal interaction. It is intended for a small group of professionals, some 50 participants. This allows for informal and friendly atmosphere, more resembling a friendly party than an official event. At CICLing you can pass hours speaking with your favorite famous scientists who you scarcely could greet in the crowd at large confs.

   Excellent excursions. The conference is intended for people feeling themselves young in their souls, adventurous explorers in both science and life. Our cultural program often brings the participants to unique marvels of history and nature hidden from the ordinary tourists.


This year’s event will be held at the Computer Science and Engineering department of the College of Engineering of the Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea.

The conf is organized in cooperation with the Natural Language Processing laboratory of the Center for Computer Research (CIC) of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Mexico (you can find some publications of the Laboratory at

Areas of interest

In general, we are interested in whatever helps, will help eventually, or might help computers meaningfully process language data.

The conference is intended to the exchange of opinions between the scientists working in different areas of the growing field of computational linguistics and intelligent text processing. Our idea is to get a general view of the state of art in computational linguistics and its applications.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited by, the following topics, as long as the topic is presented in computer-related or formal description aspects:

Computational linguistics research:

   Computational linguistic theories and formalisms

   Representation of linguistic knowledge




   Discourse models

   Text generation

   Statistical methods in computational linguistics

   Corpus linguistics

   Lexical resources

Intelligent text processing and applications:

   Document classification and search

   Information retrieval

   Information extraction

   Text mining

   Automatic summarization

   Spell checking

   Natural language interfaces

Naturally, we welcome the works on processing any language, not necessarily English, though major languages are of more general interest. Note: when describing phenomena of languages other than English, please be sure to make your discussion understandable for people not familiar with this language.

You can have a look at the past CICLing-2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 tables of contents to get an idea of our interests. If you are not sure whether your particular topic is of interest, please do not hesitate to ask us.

Keynote speakers

   Martin Kay, Stanford U. The title of the talk to be announced.

   Philip Resnik, U. of Maryland. The title of the talk to be announced.

   Ricardo Baeza-Yates, U. of Chile, author of "Modern Information Retrieval." Talk on web retrieval; the exact topic to be announced.

   Nick Campbell, ATR Spoken Language Translation Research Labs, Japan. Talk: Expressive speech processing; a tutorial on practical experience in expressive speech processing.

[Past participants' opinions]

Important dates


Regular paper

Short papers

Submission deadline

October 1

October 20

Notification of acceptance

October 20

November 1

Firm camera-ready deadline

November 10


February 15-21

Authors of rejected full papers will be given a chance to re-submit their works as short papers.

Please note that the camera-ready deadline is firm. We do not guarantee the inclusion of any paper that does not arrive (camera-ready version) by November 10.


Payment instructions are here. Early registration is obligatory for publication!


Authors of accepted papers: By submitting a paper, at least one author thereby promises, in case of acceptance of the paper, to attend the conf in person to present their paper and to pay the corresponding early registration fee.

Public (not authors): For early registration information, please contact us before the deadline.

Registration fee:




Before November 10

US$ 280

US$ 180

On site

US$ 350

US$ 220

A very limited number of reduced registrations will be available. To apply, please contact us and thoroughly justify your application.

Specifically, eligible for reduced registration can be people from underdeveloped countries in case if their institutions have real difficulties paying the full fee (included: Latin America, Eastern Europe; not included: North America, Western Europe, Japan, Korea).

Submission guidelines


All accepted full and short papers will be published in a Proceedings volume edited by Springer-Verlag in its Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (listed here).

The full papers should not exceed 12 pages, though we encourage you to keep it as short as possible (but not shorter!). If you really need more pages, please let us know.

Short papers should not exceed 4 pages and should, if possible, contain references to Internet sites where more detail on the work can be found. Otherwise the format of the short papers is identical to that of full papers.


Please strictly follow the format guidelines of Springer LNCS series. We cannot guarantee publication of any paper that does not follow these guidelines. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

To download the Springer style sheets and templates, go to the Springer Author's Instructions page, choose there the link "Proceedings and Other Multiauthor Volumes - Using <your word processor>", read the instructions, and download the required files. The links to the files are in the right column near the top of the page, under the heading "Downloads". Right-click on the corresponding file and choose "Save Target As..." from the context menu.

Note: In spite of what that page says, please do not send us any printouts by paper mail. We handle the entire process electronically.

The following are frequent formatting problems:

1.      All figures and tables must be within margins. We will not be able to include the papers that do not meet this requirement.

2.      All pages must be free of page numbers and page headers.

3.      Please do not leave unused space on the pages. Try moving your figures if they cause unused space. Avoid if possible the last page being filled to less than 1/3.

4.      No section title should be the last line on the page. Widow and orphan lines are not desirable.

5.      If the title of your paper does not fit in one line, please divide it into logical parts (with Shift-Enter in Word, or \\ in TeX):


A Method of Calculation of Semantic Word




A Method of Calculation
of Semantic Word Distance

Note for Word users: the template currently provided by Springer has the following bugs that you must correct in the text of your paper (if they affect you) in order for it to be published:

1.      All centered paragraphs (title, author, address, email, equation, etc.) and some other special paragraphs (table and figure captions) have 0.4cm first line indentation, please set it to 0 (not indented). This can be done through the menu by changing Format | Paragraph | first tab | Indenting frame | Special list box to none or (only for expert users!) Format | Style | Modify | Format | Paragraph | etc.

2.      Bulleted lists seem to have a problem with the bullet character. You can choose another bullet character through the menu Format | Numbering and lists | Bulleted lists | Personalize or (only for expert users!) Format | Style | Modify | Format | Numbering | etc.

3.      Table captions must be centered; this can be changed through the menu by setting Format | Paragraph | Alignment to centered. Also, table caption style has German language, you might want to set it to English through Tools | Language | Define Language.


We accept only electronic submissions, which should be properly formatted. To submit a paper, send us both or any one of the following:

   PostScript or PDF file. With non-English characters, PostScript usually works better.

   Source file in RTF, DOC, or LaTeX (in case of LaTeX, PostScript or PDF file is also required).

When sending us the camera-ready paper, please send all of the following:

   Source file in LaTeX or RTF (not DOC). If you use LaTeX, then also all necessary source files, such as EPS pictures and all style files different from llncs.cls (note that the use of custom style files is strongly discouraged).

   PostScript and (if you can produce it) PDF file. If you use LaTeX, then also DVI file.

   Copyright form by fax or as scanned fine-fax-resolution grey-scale image by email. Note that it is enough that only one author sign it.

Please do not send us any hard copies.

If you are not sure whether some special symbols are printed correctly at our side, we encourage you to send us scanned images (or fax) of the pages in question, clearly indicating what symbols are to be checked; e.g., you can draw a circle around the symbol(s) in question.


Email: See email options at

    USA: +1 (509) 694-1440
    Europe: +44 (870) 133-4244
    Asia: +85 (230) 15-0746

Street address: available on request. Please avoid sending us hard copies; we might not receive them on time.

Short papers. Poster & Demo section

Short papers

The papers can be submitted either as full papers or as short papers (also to be published in the Proceedings). The authors of short papers will present their works as posters or demos. Whenever possible, a short paper should give references to Internet sites where more detailed info on the work can be found.

The authors of some of the rejected full papers will be recommended by the Committee to re-submit their works as short papers. They will be given 5 days to convert their rejected full paper into a short paper. Short papers are subject to a strict reviewing process.

Publication format: All accepted short papers will be published in the Proceedings by Springer-Verlag and thus must be prepared in the required format. In particular, they must have the same sections as a full paper: title, abstract, references. In all other respects short papers must follow Springer requirements. Short papers are limited to 4 pages.

Poster/demo format: Authors of the short papers will present them as posters and/or demos. They will be given approximately 2 square meters of vertical surface to attach their material. If you have some special requirements, please let us know. The following common wisdom improves your presentation:

For a poster

   Arrange individual pages vertically, in columns, from top to bottom. Horizontal arrangement of pages makes the readers to zigzag when reading your material.

   Use large font, at least 20 pt, and much larger for headings. Note that you probably will explain your poster to several or many people at the same time.

   Have detailed and additional material handy, though do not attach it together with your main material. It is a good idea to prepare some sufficient number of handouts.

For a demo

  Have a working program, not a PowerPoint presentation (which should constitute your poster instead).

   Prepare some plan of your demonstration, including some examples tested in advance.

   Prepare all necessary input files in advance, even small. On the other hand, give the users a chance to test their own examples and to play with your program’s options and features.

   If possible, have handy some floppies or CDs with your program and documentation to give out to the participants. Clearly indicate your name and email on these disks. Indicate the web page where more info can be found.

Presentation: The Poster/Demo presentations can be given during short breaks and after the end of the regular talks. On the first working day of the conf, the Poster/Demo session will be combined with the Welcome party.


During the same poster/demo sessions, all participants will be able to demonstrate the material related to their talks or posters.

Demo platforms provided by the organizers: PC with Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP (either one of these by our choice, no guarantee of some specific version), CD and floppy drives; no significant space on the disk is guaranteed. Those who need a specific version of Windows or some another OS or platform should contact the Committee in advance. Similarly, those who need some significant disk space, Internet access, or any special hardware or software.


See submission deadlines in the section Important Dates. See the conference program in the section Program.

The following schedule and, in particular, the list of excursions and their dates is tentative. Please return to this page later.

There will be four working days and three days of excursions. You can arrive on Monday and leave on Friday if you wish; then you will lose two excursions.

   February 15, Sunday: Excursion (tentatively) to Yellow Sea coast.

   February 16, Monday: Registration. Talks. Welcome party.

   February 17, Tuesday: Talks and discussions.

   February 18, Wednesday: Excursion within Seoul.

   February 19, Thursday: Talks.

   February 20, Friday: Talks and discussions.

   February 21, Saturday: Excursion to Suwon.


List of accepted papers and Table of Contents of the book, with page numbers, is here.


Conference Schedule is here. Please let us know if there is any problem. Note that this schedule can still undergo minor---or major!---changes.


You might want to have a look at the past CICLing-2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 schedules or CICLing-2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 tables of contents.

Cultural Program


Traditionally, CICLing features an excellent excursion program; you can see the photos of past participants: CICLing-2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and Ted’s site. This year's excursions are (see details here):

   Excursion to Ganghwa Island: Jeondeungsa (a Buddhist Temple), traditional market, ancient dolmen, etc.

After the excursion we will go all together to a traditional restaurant (not included in the fee). The bus to the restaurant will leave from the hotel at 7 pm (if the bus is returning late from the excursion, this will be announced at the hotel registration desk, and a tentative new time will be announced). We will return back to the hotel by Subway.

If you do not catch the bus for some reason, you can ask at the hotel desk how to get to it by taxi. The name of the restaurant: Peung Sung Bon Sha be Sha be, in Korean (please print this out for the taxi driver). Phone of the restaurant is 595-5720 (you can ask people at the hotel desk to call them). In case of trouble call the organizer: Prof. Han, cell: 019-320-5327.

   Excursion within Seoul: several former Royal Palaces and (tentatively) a traditional market in Seoul  .

   Excursion We changed plans: instead of Suwon and "Korean Folk Village" , we will go to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the demarcation line between the two Koreas -- a unique attraction of Korea.

We are open to any ideas on what other excursions would be interested. Please send us your ideas.

Welcome party

The reception party will be combined with the Poster and Demo section. We will have some snack, maybe some wine. (No music, no real food, even no tables, sorry: we consider official banquets waste of your valuable time.) You will enjoy the informal atmosphere to speak with each other and with the presenters of the posters and demos. You will also have a chance to show and discuss your own programs (for this, please let us know your software and hardware requirements).


We suggest that it is convenient for the participants to stay in the same hotel, to facilitate informal interaction. Usually our participants form ad-hoc informal companies in the hotel reception to go to some restaurant, walking tours, etc.

We have chosen Ibis hotel, which offered a very good price and is located conveniently with regard to the conf place. There is a convenient city bus between this hotel and the conf place. The price of a single or double room is about $65 (5% discount on the weekday when you say at the check-in that they are from CICLing). Hotel location and airport shuttle information, city subway and conf place information.

IMPORTANT: Please contact the hotel at ASAP and MAKE YOUR RESERVATION, mentioning that you come to CICLing-2004. The hotel required that it be done individually, so we are unable to do it for you. (There is also a reservation dialogue at their website, but the email contact is more reliable.) If you want a shared room, please negotiate this with the hotel (there are twin beds).

If you experience any problem, please let us know. We apologize for inconvenience. Please pass this info on to your co-authors and colleagues who plan to come to CICLing.

Travel and local transportation guide and useful info

How to get to Korea

The air tickets in February are cheaper than in the Summer; please check with your company.

   From Europe: I strongly recommend you Aeroflot, the Russian Airlines (in English, more complete in Russian), with changing flight in Moscow. No Russian visa required for under 24 hours transit stay; a hotel (if you stay overnight) costs some $50. The price from Prague is €700, from Madrid €1035. You can also check with Lufthansa, with changing in Frankfurt. Korean Airlines seems to be too expensive.

   From America: A ticket can be got for about $1000. I do not know any "trick" to get a better price; if you find one please share it with others!

Local information

Here you can find the following information:

   How to get to the Hotel and Airport Shuttle schedule,

   How to get to CAU, the conf place:

Conference will be held at Seoul campus of the Chung-Ang University, in the New Engineering College Building, which is behind (and can be also accessed through) the Old Engineering College Building, in the Seminar room at the ground floor. Transportation from the city:

   Useful local information:


Organizing Chair

Han, Sang Yong

Organizing committee

  1. Han, Sang Yong (co-chair)

  2. Gelbukh, Alexander (co-chair)

  3. Chang, Tae Gyu

  4. Shim, Duk Sun

  5. Kim, Jun Sung

  6. Park, Ho Hyun

  7. Kim, Hyung Suk

  8. Moon, Suk Whan

  9. Choi, Ok Kyung

  10. Kang, Nam Oh

  11. Shin, Kwang Chul

  12. Yun, Suk Whan

  13. Oh, Myung Eun

  14. Lee, Yong Pyo

  15. Kim, Dong Jun

  16. Kim, Ji Soo

Conference Chair

Gelbukh, Alexander

Program Committee

  1. Boitet, Christian, France

  2. Bolshakov, Igor, Mexico

  3. Bontcheva, Kalina, UK

  4. Calzolari, Nicoletta, Italy

  5. Carroll, John, UK

  6. Cristea, Dan, Romania

  7. Gelbukh, Alexander (chair), Mexico

  8. Hallett, Catalina, UK

  9. Han, SangYong, Korea

  10. Harada, Yasunari, Japan

  11. Hasida, Koiti, Japan

  12. Hirst, Graeme, Canada

  13. Hovy, Eduard, USA

  14. Johnson, Frances, UK

  15. Kharrat, Alma, USA

  16. Kilgarriff, Adam, UK

  17. Kittredge, Richard, USA / Canada

  18. Kuebler, Sandra, Germany

  19. Lopez-Lopez, Aurelio, Mexico

  20. Loukanova, Roussanka, USA / Bulgaria

  21. Luedeling, Anke, Germany

  22. Maegaard, Bente, Denmark

  23. Martin-Vide, Carlos, Spain

  24. Mel’cuk, Igor, Canada

  25. Metais, Elisabeth, France

  26. Mihalcea, Rada, USA/Romania

  27. Mitkov, Ruslan, UK

  28. Murata, Masaki, Japan

  29. Narin’yani, Alexander, Russia

  30. Nirenburg, Sergei, USA

  31. Palomar, Manuel, Spain

  32. Pedersen, Ted, USA

  33. Pekar, Viktor, UK

  34. Pineda-Cortes, Luis Alberto, Mexico

  35. Piperidis, Stelios, Greece

  36. Pustejovsky, James, USA

  37. Ren, Fuji, Japan

  38. Riloff, Ellen, USA

  39. Sag, Ivan, USA

  40. Sharoff, Serge, UK

  41. Sidorov, Grigori, Mexico

  42. Sun Maosong, China

  43. Tait, John, UK

  44. Trujillo, Arturo, UK

  45. T’sou Ka-yin, Benjamin, Hong Kong

  46. Van Guilder, Linda, USA

  47. Verspoor, Karin, USA / The Netherlands

  48. Vilares Ferro, Manuel, Spain

  49. Wilks, Yorick, UK

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Comments: A.Gelbukh.