The 16th International FLAIRS Conference
In cooperation with the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)

2003 Special Track on
Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing

Casa Monica Hotel
St. Augustine, Florida
May 11-15, 2003

Call for Papers

The Special Track on "Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing" invites researchers from academia, government, and industry to submit papers reporting on recent advances in all aspects of Natural Language Processing, including but not limited to:

The conference also encourages submission of papers on applications of natural language processing in areas such as, biomedicine, finance, etc. We especially welcome any contribution to the area of language processing showing important developments in information technology.

Submission Guidelines

Authors must submit an electronic copy (ps or pdf) of their complete manuscript to the contact chair by November 8, 2002. All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work, and they should not exceed 10 double spaced pages. Also, the papers should not identify the author(s) (for details see FLAIRS-03 Paper Submissions ) and be accompanied by a cover letter that indicates the contact authors, paper's title, and appropriate subject areas under which the paper can be classified. Notification of acceptance will be emailed around January 7, 2003. Authors of accepted papers will be expected to submit the final camera-ready copy of their full papers by February 17, 2003.

Journal Publication

The Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools (IJAIT) will have a special issue of the journal devoted to FLAIRS-03. After the conference, authors of selected papers will be invited to submit revised versions of their papers for journal publication.

Important Dates

Paper submissions due:    November 8, 2002 (extension)
Notification letters sent:   January 7, 2003
Camera ready copy due:   February 17, 2003
Conference:   May 11-15, 2003


Roxana Girju    Baylor University, USA (contact chair:
Dan Moldovan    University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Program Committee:

Adrian Atanasiu    University of Bucharest, Romania
Peter Clark    Boeing, USA
Dan Cristea   "A.I.Cuza" University, Romania
Roxana Girju    Baylor University, USA
Udo Hahn    Freiburg University, Germany
Susan Haller    University of Wisconsin-Parkside, USA
Sanda Harabagiu    University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Nancy Ide    Vassar College, USA
Christopher Khoo    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Chin-Yew Lin    ISI/University of Southern California, USA
Paola Merlo    University of Geneva, Switzerland
Dan Moldovan    University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Maria Tereza Pazienza    Universita di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
Horacio Rodriguez    Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Tomek Strzalkowski    University of New York at Albany, USA
Stefan Trausan    "Politechnica" University of Bucharest, Romania
Dan Tufis    Romanian Academy
Takashi Yukawa    Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan
Bonnie Webber    University of Edinburgh, UK
Yorick Wilks    Sheffield University, UK

Conference location

This 16th FLAIRS conference will take place May 11-15, 2003 in St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest city in the United States, truly unique for its charm of Spanish history. For more information please visit the St.Augustine website.