NEWS 2018: The Seventh Named Entities Workshop and Shared Task on
Transliteration of Named Entities

Collocated with ACL 2018, in Melbourne, on July 20th 2018.

Named Entities (NE) play a crucial role in many monolingual and
multilingual Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Information Retrieval
(IR) tasks, such as document search, clustering, information extraction,
etc. The phenomenal growth of the Internet and the dramatic changes in the
user demographics, especially among the non-English speaking world, has
made identification, association and transformation of Named Entities
across languages a critical path problem for most NLP and IR Tasks.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers interested in
various aspects of NEs in natural language text.

Topics of Interest:

This workshop invites original research contributions on all aspects of
Named Entities (NEs), including identification, analysis, extraction,
mining, transformation and applications to NLP and IR systems. The topics
of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

* NE Analysis

- Distributional characteristics of NEs in mono- and multi-lingual text

- Orthographic/phonetic characteristics of NE

* NE Annotated Data

- Annotated data sets in specific languages & Creation experiences

* Monolingual and Multilingual NE Identification & processing

- Named Entity Recognition (approaches & evaluation)

- Monolingual NE set expansion

- Cross-lingual NE data identification & mapping

- Cross-lingual NE data mining

- Social Network Analysis and Entity Resolution

* Machine Transliteration

- Statistical transliteration approaches & evaluation

* NE for IR

- NE for Monolingual IR

- NE Translation/Transliteration for CLIR

* NE in Social Media

- Fuzzy matching of Named Entities

- Multilingual matching of Named Entities

- De-duplication of entities across social media

Paper Format:

Paper submissions to NEWS 2018 should follow the ACL 2018 paper submission
policy, including paper format, blind review policy and title and author
format convention. Full papers (research papers) are in two-column format
without exceeding eight (8) pages of content plus two (2) extra page for
references and short papers (research and task papers) are also in
two-column format without exceeding four (4) pages of content plus two (2)
extra page for references. Submission must conform to the official ACL 2018
style guidelines. For details, please refer to


Papers are to be submitted in pdf format at

Important Dates for Research (long and short) papers:

* 22 April 2018: Research paper submission extended deadline

* 14 May 2018: Acceptance notification

* 28 May 2018: Camera-Ready submission deadline

Important Dates for Shared Task (short) papers:

* 12 March 2018: Training/Development data release

* 07 May 2018: Test data release

* 14 May 2018: Results submission due

* 21 May 2018: Shared task paper submission deadline

* 28 May 2018: Acceptance notification

* 04 June 2018: Camera-Ready submission deadline
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