Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Call for Papers FUZZ-IEEE 2015 Special Session "Fuzzy Natural Language Processing"

Although language, or linguistic expressions, undoubtedly contains fuzziness in nature, very little research has been conducted in related fields in recent years, as it was shown in “A Critical Survey on the use of Fuzzy Sets in Speech and Natural Language Processing”, Proc. of the IEEE WCCI 2012, Brisbane, Australia. This is partly because of the prevalence of probabilistic machine learning technologies in the natural language processing field. However, there has been a growing recognition that fuzziness found in every aspect of human language has to be adequately captured and that recent developments in the fields of computational intelligence such as computing with words can make a contribution. This session will follow on from the successful, special session entitled “Fuzzy Natural Language Processing” which was held at IEEE FUZZ 2013 in India and the hybrid special session held at the 2014 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence in Beijing.

The session will provide a forum to disseminate and discuss recent and significant research efforts in fuzzy natural language processing.

The aim of this Special Session is therefore to explore new techniques and applications in the field of fuzzy natural language processing which capture the fuzzy nature of human language.

It invites researchers from different related fields and gathers the most recent studies including but not limited to:
  • fuzzy set models of human language
  • fuzzy logic applications to human language processing
  • fuzzy machine learning approach to human language
  • fuzzy text mining
  • fuzzy simulations of language use
  • fuzzy ontology for human language
  • fuzzy applications to the semantic web
  • computing with words

Short biography of the organizer(s) and contact information:

Keeley Crockett is a Reader in Computational Intelligence in the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. She gained a BSc Degree (Hons) in Computation from UMIST in 1993, and a PhD in the field of machine learning from the Manchester Metropolitan University in 1998 entitled "Fuzzy Rule Induction from Data Domains". She also obtained a P.G.C.E from The University of Huddersfield in June 2000. She is a knowledge engineer and founding member of Convagent Ltd, a company set up in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, which provides business rule automation with natural language interfaces using conversational agents. She is also involved in a second University spin off company Silent Talker Ltd. She is a member of the Intelligent Systems Group which has established a strong international presence in its research into Conversational Agents and Adaptive Psychological Profiling including an international patent on "Silent Talker". Her main research interests include the areas of fuzzy decision trees, rule induction, applications of fuzzy theory, biologically inspired algorithms, text based similarity measures and the use of neural networks for psychological profiling. She is the current Chair of the IEEE Pre-College Activities committee, Vice-Chair of the IEEE Women into Computational Intelligence Society, CIS Travel Grant Administrator and a senior member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and the IEEE Women In Engineering Society. She is the Student Activities co-chair for IEEE FUZZ 2015, was workshops co-chair for IEEE WCCI 2010, programme co-chair for 5th International KES Conference on Agents and Multi-agent Systems – Technologies and Applications in 2011, and a technical co-chair for IEEE FUZZ 2012. She has authored over 87 publications in international scientific Journals, book chapters and peer-reviewed conferences.

Joao Paulo Carvalho has a PhD (2002) and MsC (1996) degrees from Instituto Superior T├ęcnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, where he is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computation. He has taught courses on Computational Intelligence, Distributed Systems, Computer Architectures and Digital Circuits since 1998. He is also a senior researcher at L2F – Spoken Language Systems Laboratory, INESC-ID Lisboa, where he has been working since 1991. His current main research interest involves applying Computational Intelligence techniques to speech and natural language processing. He was program co-chair and organizer of IFSA-EUSFLAT 2009, webchair for IEEE WCCI 2010 and program committee member of several conferences in the area of computational intelligence. He has authored over 80 papers in international scientific Journals, book chapters and peer-reviewed conferences.

Kiyota Hashimoto is an Associate Professor in Information Technology in the School of Knowledge & Information Systems, College of Sustainable System Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University in Japan. He gained a B.A & M.A. Degree in Linguistics from Kyoto University in 1987 and 1989,
respectively, and a PhD in the field of education technology from Nara Institute of Science and Technology entitled “An Educational Technological Study on Computational Supports for Learning Linguistic Styles”. He is both a professional theoretical linguist and a computer scientist, which enables him to investigate issues in natural language processing in depth both from linguistic and computational perspectives. His main research interest includes Asian natural language processing, cross-lingual processing, education technology and e-learning, together with computational intelligence related to machine learning and agent simulation. He is a current member of Task Force of Data mining and Standards Committee of CIS, IEEE. He organized many special sessions, workshops, and conferences in IEEE WCCI 2012, IEEE CEC 2012, FUZZ-IEEE 2011, IEEE iCAST 2011, IEEE ISAC 2010, and other conferences.

James O’Shea is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at MMU. His PhD topic was “A Framework for Applying Short Text Semantic Similarity in Goal-Oriented Conversational Agents” (2010), which is pertinent to dialogue between the cognitively intelligent systems and human users in this programme. James’ research interests lie in the areas of both Adaptive Psychological Profiling and Conversational Agents. He was a key member of the team that developed the Silent Talker (ST) system, and is a named inventor on the patent relating to the system. He also contributed to the development of the FATHOM system. James has been an enthusiastic advocate of raising the public awareness of science, using ST as a vehicle, from presentations to the Airports Internal Europe Security Summit (Manchester 2003), BBC Radio 4’s “The Material World” (2003), UK Science Minister Lord Sainsbury (Manchester 2005), to his most recent appearance on “The Lying Game: the Criminals That Fooled Britain ” ITV (UK, 2014). He organised and hosted the 2011 Knowledge Engineering Society Conference on Agent and Multi-Agent Systems (General Chair, O’Shea, Programme Co-Chairs Crockett and Bandar), also pertinent to this programme. He also guest edited the International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems “Special Issue on Improvised Explosive Devices.” He has published in excess of 48 articles in refereed journals and international conference proceedings. James is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a lifetime silver member of the Knowledge Engineering Society

Organizers Contact Information

Dr Keeley A Crockett SMIEE MCIEA
Reader in Computational Intelligence
School of Computing, Maths and Digital Technology
Manchester Metropolitan University
Chester Street
M1 5GDTel: 0161 247 1497

Prof. Dr. Joao Paulo Carvalho
R. Alves Redol, 9
1000-029 Lisboa
Tel: +351 962148272
Fax: +351 213145843

Prof. Dr. Kiyota Hashimoto
School of Knowledge and Information System
College of Sustainable System Sciences,
Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
1-1, Gakuen-cho, Naka Ward, Sakai, 599-8531, Japan
Tel & Fax: +81 72 254 9944

Dr James O’Shea
School of Computing, Maths and Digital Technology
Manchester Metropolitan University
Chester Street
M1 5GD

Important Dates

  • Paper submission February 8, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance for papers March 23, 2015
  • Camera-ready paper submission April 21, 2015
  • Early registration deadline April 23, 2015
  • Conference August 2-5, 2015

Submission of the papers

Please submit your papers for this special session to both the organizers and conference online submission system ( by indicating the title of the special session.

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