First French-speaking meeting around the framework Apache UIMA

Nantes, France, 8-9 July 2009

As part of the 10th edition of the Libre Software Meeting (LSM/RMLL) under the conferences topic "Libre resources and software for scientific research"

Organized by LINA CNRS UMR 6241 - University of Nantes

News * Important dates * Objectives * Topics * Schedule * Accepted papers and special talks * Attendance list * Submission format * Inscription * Organisation * Practical information


Important dates


The complex nature of NLP applications -and language itself- involves mixing different models, resources and algorithms in the same process, leading to interoperability and data exchange issues.

The Apache UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture) framework offers appealing solutions to these problems. Apache UIMA is an open, industrial-strength, scaleable and extensible platform for creating, integrating and deploying un-(/semi-)structured information (text, audio, video...) management applications which help to build the bridge from unstructured information to structured knowledge. Apache UIMA dissociates the engineering middleware problems from NLP issues, its principles (semantic search and content analytics) are undergoing a standardization effort at OASIS, its international community is very active, and its Apache license fits research objectives and allows collaboration with industrial partners.

From 7 to 11 July 2009, the 10th edition of the LSM/RMLL (Libre Software Meeting) will take place in Nantes, France. The LSM is an opportunity for all sort of public (experts, beginners, professionals or just curious people) to come together around the free software. It is an event managed by Free, Libre and Open Source Software users'associations from the whole country.

We would like to use this opportunity to organize a special meeting around Apache UIMA to encourage the development of a user and developer French-speaking community ( We plan to organize a one day meeting with both conferences and a tutorial session. This meeting will be organized under the topic "Libre resources and software for scientific research" of the RMLL conferences.


We particularly wish to push forward contributions which involve French Language processing.

Tentative schedule


Wednesday, July 8th

Thursday, July 9th


Conferences opening


Tutorial opening


Conference session

Pr. Udo Hahn - Julie Lab. "Engineering with Style: UIMA for Human Language Technology"






Tutorial session

LINA / University of Nantes - « Developing with the Apache UIMA framework »


Conference session

Richard Eckart de Castilho and Iryna Gurevych – Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany – « DKPro-UGD: A Flexible Data-Cleansing Approach to Processing User-Generated Discourse »

Gaël de Chalendar – CEA – « UIMA and WebContent: Complementary Frameworks for Building Semantic Web Applications »






Tutorial session

LINA / University of Nantes -

« Developing with the Apache UIMA framework »


Conference session

Frédéric Meunier, Philippe Laval, Gaëlle Recourcé and Sylvain Surcin – KWAGA - « Kwaga : une chaîne UIMA d'analyse de contenu des mails  »

Francois-Regis Chaumartin, Etienne Coumont, Fabio Mancinelli, and Olivier Grisel - Nuxeo, Proxem, Xwiki - « Bridging Mono/.NET and Java in the SCRIBO Project: The Way to UIMA.NET »

Guillaume Jacquet – XEROX - « Combining NER Systems via a UIMA-based platform  »






Tutorial session

Graham Wilcock - Department of General Linguistics University of Helsinki - « Text Annotation with OpenNLP and UIMA  »


Round table


End of the tutorial


End of the meeting

Apart from the UIMA meeting, some LSM/RMLL plenary conferences on "Free software in Science" (and in particular in Computational Linguistic) will be held on Friday 10th.

List of accepted papers and special talks

Attendance list

Expected attendees - by last name followed by institution.


Thanks to address your intention of participation by mail to with "LSM UIMA Participation" in the subject. Please specify the name and the affiliation of all participants.

This declaration stands for the registration. We will care for you about the registration to the LSM Conferences. There is no registration fee for the meeting or the LSM conferences.

Practical information


Tutorial and the use of your personal laptops

Concerning the tutorial, we will already have prepared for you several machines which will have JAVA, UIMA and Eclipse already installed, so that we will be able to start as smoothly as possible. Of course, in case that you prefer to work on your personal laptops, please feel free to do so. In such a case though, please install the latest stable version of UIMA (2.2.2) and Eclipse (3.3 and higher) (along with the UIMA Eclipse plugins). The URLS for the above are the following:

JAVA (version >= 1.5) should also be installed in your machine.

Round table

At the end of the workshop we will have a round table. As the organizers of this workshop, we have already set a list of several subjects that we judge as interesting for launching a lively conversation. Nonetheless, it is entirely possible that what we judge as "very interesting" will probably be biased by our own research and development interests. For this reason we would like to ask you beforehand to send as a small email containing one or more subjects that you would like us to discuss during the round table. You can send

that email to the following address with the keywords "round table topics":


Booking a hotel room

The exact location of the event will be announced very soon. LSM/RMLL's organizers have encountered some problems and we have decided to wait as long as needed before announcing the final location. Whatever that will be, we would recommend you to book a hotel room in the city center ("centre ville").

How to come to Nantes?

Accessing La Chantrerie Site

The LSM/RMLL will take place at the Chantrerie site in Polytech Nantes, which is a part of the Nantes University. As a consequence the UIMA@LSM will take place in the same location.


Submission format

Authors may submit short papers (up to 4 pages in length). The languages of proposal will be French or English. Please send your submission in PDF to with "LSM UIMA Submission" in the subject.

Format should follow the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences (LNCS) templates (For Latex follow the Sample Latex File).

In case you are interested in making a demo, please inform us as soon as possible. Computing support and special equipment needs, must be specified with detailed descriptions.

English is the expected language for the lectures though (if nobody objects in the audience) some talks might be in French with at least the slides in English.