CSLP 2016

TPLP Special Issue on Logic Programming for Constraint Solving and Natural Language Processing

Call for papers
Important dates
List of accepted papers
CSLP 2016 proceedings
Workshop program
Previous CSLP workshops and publications
Special issue of TPLP on CSLP

**PROVISIONARY** Call for contributions

A special issue of the journal Theory and Practice of Logic Programming is planned in relation to the 8th International Workshop on Constraints and Language Processing, CSLP 2016.

New papers or extended and revised versions of previously accepted papers

You are welcome to submit also extended and revised versions of previously accepted papers from relevant workshops and conferences, e.g., CSLP, ICLP or CP; in that case the submitted paper should add at least 30% new material, and the relationship to the previous paper should appear.

Entirely new papers are also more than welcome.

Subject and topics

Constraints are widely used in linguistics, computer science, psychology and many other fields. How they are used, however, varies widely according to the research domain: natural language processing, knowledge representation, cognitive modeling, problem solving mechanisms, etc. Since 2004, the CSLP workshop series and associated publications have addressed different constraint oriented ways of modeling and treating language, and similarly to the CSLP 2016 workshop, this special isue focuses (non-exclusively) on logic programming based methods.

Several years of CSLP workshops aiming at integrating the different approaches on Constraint Solving and Language Processing shed light upon possible common frameworks capable of explaining how constraints play a role in representing, processing and acquiring linguistic information, and this from a formal, technical, and cognitive perspective. Among these frameworks, those that contained logic programming as a main aspect emerged as the most promising ones, e.g.. Constraint Handling Rules (CHR) as an extension to the logic programming language Prolog has added a mechanism for forward-chaining reasoning to complement Prolog's standard backwards chaining, goal-directed style. The combination of the two proved to provide a very powerful reasoning framework that creates an extended potential in applying logic programming for language processing and reasoning. Such results allow us to predict that adding logic programming may quite likely jump-start a whole new area of research that stands to revolutionize and revitalize formal logic approaches to NLP, adding robustness and flexibility to the models that can now be achieved, while elegantly marrying efficiency with direct executability. Cross-discipline approaches are also welcome.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Linguistic analysis and linguistic theories biased towards (Constraint) Logic Programming
  • Application of Constraint Solving and Constraint Logic Programming for language analysis and production
  • Constraint based modeling, comprehension and production of language, including applications of Constraint Handling Hules (CHR), CHR grammars (CHRG) and similar systems
  • Context modeling and discourse interpretation
  • Acquisition of constraints
  • Constraints and learning
  • Cross-theoretical view of the notion of constraint
  • New advances in constraint-based linguistic theories
  • Constraint satisfaction technologies for language processing
  • Models of an applications for other than textual or spoken languages, e.g., sign languages and biological, multimodal human-computer interaction, visual languages
  • Probabilistic constraint-based reasoning for language and context comprehension

For inspiration and references, see also: all information about previous CSLP workshops and publications

**PROVISIONARY** Submission deadline **PROVISIONARY**

  • An expression of interest to submit, title and abstract: December 1, 2016 (strict)
  • Full paper: January 10, 2017
  • Expected publication: Late 2017 or (more likely) early 2018

Guest Editors

Henning Christiansen, Roskilde University, Denmark
Verònica Dahl, Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Submission format

Submissions must be made in the TPLP format and handled by the TPLP submission system:
  • Go to http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=TLP
  • Click the button "Submit Your Article" in the left column (register for an account if you don't have one)
  • After you are logged in click "Author Centre" and then "Click here to submit a new manuscript".
  • Then choose "Original Article"
  • Then, fill the required fields and upload the paper.
  • In particular, at the end of the page you will see the "Special Issue" option.
  • Select "Constraint Solving and Natural Language Processing".
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