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Special Session
Special Session on
Partiality, Underspecification, and Natural Language Processing
 - PUaNLP 2017

24 - 26 February, 2017 - Porto, Portugal

Within the 9th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - ICAART 2017


Roussanka Loukanova
Stockholm University
Brief Bio
Roussanka Loukanova has master degrees in mathematics from Sofia University, and computer science from Indiana University. She has PhD degree in mathematics from Moscow State University. She has been teaching topics in the areas of mathematics, logic, computability, computer science, and computational linguistics, at Sofia University, Indiana University, University of Minnesota, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Uppsala University. Her research is in the areas of logic, computability, type theories, languages, and information theory. Her major contributions are in recursion theory, computational syntax, semantics, and syntax-semantics interfaces of formal and natural languages. Currently, she is at the Department of Mathematics, Stockholm University.
M. Dolores Jiménez-López
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Brief Bio
M. Dolores Jiménez-López has a PhD in Linguistics. Currently, she is an associate professor at the Department of Romance Philologies in the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain). She worked two years, as a pre-doctoral fellow, at the Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. Her post-doctoral training includes a three-year stay at the Department of Computer Science in the University of Pisa as a Marie Curie Researcher. Application of formal models to natural language analysis is one of her main research topics.
Henning Christiansen
Roskilde University
Brief Bio
Henning Christiansen has experience as researcher of Computer Science since earlier 1980. He has a master degree from Aarhus University 1981 and PhD from Roskilde 1988, and he is now Full Professor at Roskilde University, Denmark, since 2004. His main contributions are in programming languages techniques, artificial intelligence, logic and constraint programming, abduction and language analysis as well as computational biology. He started recently also to work with interactive installations for art presentation and interactive theatre. He is very active in organizing international conferences, e.g. CONTEXT 2015, ISMIS 2014, FQAS conferences and CSLP workshop series.


Computational and technological developments that incorporate natural language are proliferating. Adequate coverage encounters difficult problems related to partiality, underspecification, and context-dependency, which are signature features of information in nature and natural languages. Furthermore, agents (humans or computational systems) can participate in informational content, or influence its flow as information conveyors and interpreters. Generally, language expression depends on agents' knowledge, reasoning, perspectives, and interactions. The session covers theoretical work, advanced applications, approaches, and techniques for computational models of information and its presentation by language (artificial, human, or natural in other ways). The goal is to promote intelligent natural language processing and related models of thought, mental states, reasoning, and other cognitive processes.

The session invites contributions relevant to the following topics, without limitations to them:

- Type theories for applications to language and information processing
- Computational grammar
- Computational semantics
- Computational syntax-semantics interface
- Parsing
- Multilingual processing
- Large-scale grammars of natural languages
- Models of computation and algorithms for natural language processing
- Integration of interdisciplinary methods, e.g., formal, computational, model theoretic, graphical, diagrammatic, statistical, and other related methods
- Computational models of partiality, underspecification, and context-dependency
- Models of situations, contexts, and agents, for applications to language processing
- Information retrieval from written and spoken language
- Logic Approaches to Information Retrieval and Machine Learning
- Bio-information and natural language
- Language processing based on biological fundamentals of information and languages
- Computational neuroscience of language


Paper Submission: December 14, 2016
Authors Notification: December 23, 2016
Camera Ready and Registration: January 5, 2017


Leonor Becerra Bonache, Université Jean Monnet, France
Eric Johannesson, Stockholm University, Sweden
Larry Moss, Indiana University, Bloomington, United States
Jørgen Fischer Nilsson, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Julia Sidorova, DIDD, Blekinge Teknisha Hogskola, Sweden
Jørgen Villadsen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Elie Wardini, Stockholm University, Sweden

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Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers should be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system at:


After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee complemented by members of the main conference program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on CD-ROM support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index) and Scopus.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


ICAART Special Sessions - PUaNLP 2017