4th International workshop on RObust Methods in Analysis of Natural language Data

Held as an EACL 2006 Workshop

April 3rd 2006, Trento, Italy

Event sponsored by the Center for the Evaluation of Language and Communication Technology




Robustness in Computational Linguistics has been recognized as an  important issue for the design of Natural Language Processing applications but is not particularly well addressed by common evaluation procedures where test and training data are usually obtained from the same source. Robustness, however, can be defined as  a smooth degradation in the performance of a system when faced with unexpected input. Therefore, robustness is the ability to deal with deviation from the norm and has much in common with issues like scalability and portability.

To develop a deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying robust behaviour, papers are invited addressing aspects of robustness in HLT from different perspectives including psycholinguistic insights. Of particular interest are submissions dealing with issues of robustness for a range of challenging NLP applications such as (but not limited to)
Machine Translation, Information Extraction, Summarization, Question-Answering, and Spoken Dialogue Systems. Moreover, the workshop will also make an attempt to strengthen the empirical basis of research into issues of robustness
by inviting participants to contribute proposals for the design of Evaluation Frameworks which would allow to measure the degree of robustness and make it comparable, perhaps even across different Natural Language Processing tasks.


Authors are invited to submit full papers on original, unpublished work in the topic area of this workshop.  Submissions
should be formatted using the EACL 2006 stylefiles with overt author and affiliation information and not exceeding 8 pages. The EACL 2006 stylefiles are available at

Please send your PDF file no later than January 6, 2006, to both:
Vincenzo.Pallotta(at) and Menzel(at)

Each submission will be reviewed at least by two members of the programme committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.

Dual submissions to the main EACL 2006 conference and this workshop are allowed; if you submit to the main session, do indicate this when you submit to the workshop.  If your paper is accepted for the main session, you should withdraw your paper from the workshop upon notification by the main session.


Information on registration and registration fees will be provided at the conference web page.


January 6, 2006   - Deadline for workshop papers
January 27, 2006  - Notification of acceptance
February 10, 2006 - Camera-ready papers due
April 3, 2006 - ROMAND 2006 Worskhop

As the schedule is extremely tight, deadline extensions are NOT possible.


Afzal Ballim
Alberto Lavelli
Alexander Clark
Amedeo Cappelli
Amalia Todirascu
Atro Voutilainen
Beth-Ann Hockey
Bangalore Srinivas
Dan Cristea
Dan Tufis
Diego Mollá-Aliod
Eric Wehrli
Fabio Massimo Zanzotto
Fabio Rinaldi
Florentina Hristea
Frank Keller
Frank Schilder
Jean-Cédric Chappelier
Jean-Pierre Chanod
Joachim Niehren
John Dowding
Josè Iria
Kay-Uwe Carstensen
Maria Teresa Pazienza
Manny Rayner
Martin Kay
Michael Hess
Geertjan van Noord
Gian Lorenzo Thione
Günther Görz
Roberto Basili
Rodolfo Delmonte
Salah Ait-Mokhtar
Vincenzo Pallotta
Violeta Seretan
Wolfgang Menzel
Yuji Matsumoto


The EACL 2006 Workshop on RObust Methods in Analysis of Natural language Data will be hosted in conjunction with the 11th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics that will take place April 3-7, 2006, in Trento, italy.

Workshop web page

Conference web page

EACL 2006 Workshops site


Vincenzo Pallotta: Vincenzo.Pallotta(at)