[CfP] Call for Papers: Information Processing & Management (IP&M) (IF: 6.222) Special Issue on Science Behind Neural Language Models

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Ptaszynski Michal

Jan 19, 2022, 10:33:36 PMJan 19
Dear Colleagues,

** Apologies for cross-posting **

This is Michal Ptaszynski from Kitami Institute of Technology, Japan.

We are accepting papers for the Information Processing & Management (IP&M) (IF: 6.222) journal Special Issue on Science Behind Neural Language Models. This special issue is also a Thematic Track at Information Processing & Management Conference 2022 (IP&MC2022), meaning, that at least one author of the accepted manuscript will need to attend the IP&MC2022 conference.
For more information about IP&MC2022, please visit:

The deadline for manuscript submission is June 15, 2022, but your paper will be reviewed immediately after submission and will be published as soon as it is accepted.

We hope you will consider submitting your paper.

Info regarding submission:

Best regards,

Michal PTASZYNSKI, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Kitami Institute of Technology,
165 Koen-cho, Kitami, 090-8507, Japan
TEL/FAX: +81-157-26-9327

Information Processing & Management (IP&M) (IF: 6.222)
Special Issue on "Science Behind Neural Language Models"
Information Processing & Management Conference 2022 (IP&MC2022)
Thematic Track on "Science Behind Neural Language Models"


The last several years showed explosive popularity of neural language models, especially large pre-trained language models based on the transformer architecture. The field of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Computational Linguistics (CL) experienced a shift from simple language models such as Bag-of-Words, and word representations like word2vec, or GloVe, to more contextually-aware language models, such as ELMo, or more recently, BERT, or GPT including their improvements and derivatives. The general high performance obtained by BERT-based models in various tasks even convinced Google to apply it as a default backbone in its search engine query expansion module, thus making BERT-based models a mainstream, and a strong baseline in NLP/CL research. The popularity of large pretrained language models also allowed a major growth of companies providing freely available repositories of such models, and, more recently, the founding of Stanford University’s Center for Research on Foundation Models (CRFM).
However, despite the overwhelming popularity, and undeniable performance of large pretrained language models, or “foundation models”, the specific inner-workings of those models have been notoriously difficult to analyze and the causes of - usually unexpected and unreasonable - errors they make, difficult to untangle and mitigate. As the neural language models keep gaining in popularity while expanding into the area of multimodality by incorporating visual and speech information, it has become the more important to thoroughly analyze, fully explain and understand the internal mechanisms of neural language models. In other words, the science behind neural language models needs to be developed.

Aims and scope

With the above background in mind, we propose the following Information Processing & Management Conference 2022 (IP&MC2022) Thematic Track and Information Processing & Management Journal Special Issue on Science Behind Neural Language Models.
The TT/SI will focus on topics deepening the knowledge on how the neural language models work. Therefore, instead of taking up basic topics from the fields of CL and NLP, such as improvement of part-of-speech tagging, or standard sentiment analysis, regardless of whether they apply neural language models in practice, we will focus on promoting research that specifically aims at analyzing and understanding the “bells and whistles” of neural language models, for which the generally perceived science has not been established yet.

Target audience

The TT/SI will aim at the audience of scientists, researchers, scholars, and students performing research on the analysis of pretrained language models, with a specific focus on explainable approaches to language models, analysis of errors such models make, methods for debiasing, detoxification and other methods of improvement of the pretrained language models.
The TT/SI will not accept research on basic NLP/CL topics for which the field has been well established, such as improvement of part-of-speech tagging, sentiment analysis, etc., even if they apply neural language models unless they directly contribute to furthering the understanding and explanation of the inner workings of large scale pretrained language models.

List of Topics

List of Topics
The Thematic Track / Special Issue will invite papers on topics listed, but not limited to the following:
- Neural language model architectures
- Improvement of neural language model generation process
- Methods for fine tuning and optimization of neural language models
- Debiasing neural language models
- Detoxification of neural language models
- Error analysis and probing of neural language models
- Explainable methods for neural language models
- Neural language models and linguistic phenomena
- Lottery Ticket Hypothesis for neural language models
- Multimodality in neural language models
- Generative neural language models
- Inferential neural language models
- Cross-lingual or multilingual neural language models
- Compression of neural language models
- Domain specific neural language models
- Expansion of information embedded in neural language models

Important Dates:

Thematic track manuscript submission due date; authors are welcome to submit early as reviews will be rolling: June 15, 2022
Author notification: July 31, 2022
IP&MC conference presentation and feedback: October 20-23, 2022
Post conference revision due date: January 1, 2023

Submission Guidelines:

Submit your manuscript to the Special Issue category (VSI: IPMC2022 HCICTS) through the online submission system of Information Processing & Management.

Authors will prepare the submission following the Guide for Authors on IP&M journal at (https://www.elsevier.com/journals/information-processing-and-management/0306-4573/guide-for-authors). All papers will be peer-reviewed following the IP&MC2022 reviewing procedures.

The authors of accepted papers will be obligated to participate in IP&MC 2022 and present the paper to the community to receive feedback. The accepted papers will be invited for revision after receiving feedback on the IP&MC 2022 conference. The submissions will be given premium handling at IP&M following its peer-review procedure and, (if accepted), published in IP&M as full journal articles, with also an option for a short conference version at IP&MC2022.

Please see this infographic for the manuscript flow:

For more information about IP&MC2022, please visit https://www.elsevier.com/events/conferences/information-processing-and-management-conference.

Thematic Track / Special Issue Editors:

Managing Guest Editor:
Michal Ptaszynski (Kitami Institute of Technology)

Guest Editors:
Rafal Rzepka (Hokkaido University)
Anna Rogers (University of Copenhagen)
Karol Nowakowski (Tohoku University of Community Service and Science)

For further information, please feel free to contact Michal Ptaszynski directly.
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