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ALTA 2015 : 13th Annual Workshop of the Australasian Language Technology Association


When Dec 8, 2015 - Dec 9, 2015
Where Parramatta, Sydney
Submission Deadline Oct 2, 2015
Notification Due Oct 30, 2015
Final Version Due Nov 13, 2015
Categories    language technology   NLP   computational linguistics   linguistics

Call For Papers

ALTA 2015 workshop @ University of Western Sydney

The 13th Annual Workshop of the Australian Language Technology Association will be held 7-8 December at the University of Western Sydney in Parramatta. It will be co-located with related events for linguistics, music science, and information retrieval.

The ALTA 2015 workshop is the key local forum for socialising research results in natural language processing and computational linguistics, with presentations and posters from student, industry, and early-career researchers.

The workshop also features invited keynote speaker and panelists, with a shared task that encourages promising students to get involved in language technology research.

We invite the submission of papers and presentations on all aspects of natural language processing, including, but not limited to:

* phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse;
* speech understanding and generation;
* interpreting spoken and written language;
* natural language generation;
* linguistic, mathematical, and psychological models of language;
* NLP-based information extraction and retrieval;
* corpus-based and statistical language modelling;
* machine translation and translation aids;
* question answering and information extraction;
* natural language interfaces and dialogue systems;
* natural language and multimodal systems;
* message and narrative understanding systems;
* evaluations of language systems;
* embodied conversational agents;
* computational lexicography;
* summarisation;
* language resources;
* topic modelling and unsupervised language analysis;
* social media analysis and processing;
* domain-specific adaptation of natural language processing algorithms;
* speculation and position papers.

We particularly encourage submissions that broaden the scope of our community through the consideration of practical applications of language technology and through multi-disciplinary research. We also specifically encourage submissions from industry.

Submission guidelines

Submissions must follow the two-column ACL format. Style files can be downloaded from

Original research papers

We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of natural language processing. Long papers should be 6-8 pages. Accepted long papers will have a 15 minute slot for oral presentation plus 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Short papers should be 3-4 pages. Accepted short papers will have a poster presentation plus 5 minute talk to advertise the poster. An additional 2 pages for references are allowed for both paper lengths, additional to the advised page length guidelines.

Original research papers will be included in the workshop proceedings, which will be published online in the ACL anthology and the ALTA website. Long papers will be distinguished from short papers in the proceedings.


To encourage broader participation and facilitate local socialisation of international results, we are introducing the presentations format. We invite submissions of 1-2 page presentation abstracts. These will not be published in the proceedings, but simply reviewed by the ALTA executive committee to ensure that they are on topic and coherent. Abstracts on work in progress and work published or submitted elsewhere are encouraged. Successful submissions will have a 15 minute slot for oral presentation.

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