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NAACL HLT 2010 : Human Language Technologies: The 11th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics


Conference Series : North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
When Jun 1, 2010 - Jun 6, 2010
Where Los Angeles, CA, USA
Submission Deadline Dec 1, 2009
Notification Due Jan 25, 2010
Final Version Due Mar 31, 2010
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

Call for Papers for NAACL HLT 2010

June 1 – June 6, 2010, Los Angeles, California

Important Dates:

· Deadline for BOTH Full and Short paper submission: Tuesday, December 1, 2009

· NEW: Author Response period: January 12-14, 2010

· Notification to Authors: Monday, January 25, 2010

· Final, camera-ready papers due: Mar 31, 2010

NAACL is pleased to announce the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics - Human Language Technologies (NAACL HLT) 2010 conference. The conference covers a broad spectrum of disciplines working towards enabling intelligent systems to interact with humans using natural language, and towards enhancing human-human communication through services such as speech recognition, automatic translation, information retrieval, text summarization, and information extraction. This year, we are especially interested in papers discussing research with noisy data, including data from informal communications (such as, Twitter, Blogs, Email, SMS) and processed data (such as, Speech, OCR, Historical Data, and Machine Translation). NAACL HLT 2010 will feature full papers, short papers, demonstrations, and a doctoral consortium, as well as pre-conference tutorials and post-conference workshops. The conference invites the submission of full and short papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research in disciplines that could impact human language processing systems. We also encourage the submission of short papers that can be characterized as a small, focused contribution, a work in progress, a negative result, an opinion piece or an interesting application note.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas, and are understood to be applied to speech and/or text:

· Phonology

· Morphology (including word segmentation)

· Part of speech tagging

· Syntax and parsing (e.g., grammar induction, formal grammar, algorithms)

· Grammar Engineering

· Word sense disambiguation

· Lexical semantics

· Formal semantics and logic

· Mathematical Linguistics

· Textual entailment and paraphrasing

· Discourse and pragmatics

· Knowledge acquisition and representation

· Statistical and machine learning techniques for language processing

· Multilingual processing

· Noisy data analysis

· Large-scale language processing

· Machine translation

· Language generation

· Summarization

· Question answering

· Information retrieval (including monolingual and CLIR)

· Information extraction

· Topic classification and information filtering

· Non-topical classification (e.g., sentiment/attribution/ genre analysis)

· Topic clustering

· Text and speech mining

· Spoken term detection and spoken document indexing

· Speech indexing and retrieval

· Speech analysis and recognition

· Speech synthesis

· Speech understanding

· Dialog(ue) systems

· Speech-centered applications (e.g., human-computer, human- robot interaction, education and learning systems, assistive technologies, digital entertainment)

· Evaluation (e.g., intrinsic, extrinsic, user studies)

· Development of language resources (e.g., lexicons, ontologies, annotated corpora)

· Rich transcription (automatic annotation of information structure and sources in speech)

· Multimodal representations and processing, including speech, gaze, gesture, and other sensory inputs


Full papers: NAACL HLT 2010 submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation and analysis should be included. Submissions will be judged on correctness, originality, technical strength, significance, replicability, contributions to research resources, relevance to the conference, and interest to the attendees. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three program committee members.

Full papers may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus one extra page for references, and will be presented orally or as a poster presentation as determined by the program committee. The decisions as to which papers will be presented orally and which as poster presentations will be based on the nature rather than on the quality of the work. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between full papers presented orally and those presented as poster presentations.

Short papers: NAACL HLT 2010 also solicits short papers. Short paper submissions must describe original and unpublished work. The short paper deadline this year is also December 1, 2010 by 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-8). Characteristics of past short papers include:

* A small, focused contribution
* Work in progress
* A negative result
* An opinion piece
* An interesting application nugget

Short papers will be presented in one or more oral or poster sessions, and will be given four (4) pages including references in the proceedings. While short papers will be distinguished from full papers in the proceedings, there will be no distinction in the proceedings between short papers presented orally and those presented as poster presentations. Each short paper submission will be reviewed by at least two program committee members.

Submission Deadline: The deadline for both full and short papers is December 1, 2010 by 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT+8).

Electronic Submission: Submission is electronic using paper submission software at:

Format: Full paper submissions should follow the two-column format of NAACL HLT 2010 proceedings without exceeding eight (8) pages of content plus one extra page for references. Short paper submissions should also follow the two-column format of NAACL HLT 2010 proceedings, and should not exceed four (4) pages including references. We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style files tailored for this year's conference, which will be available soon on the conference website under Submissions must conform to the official style guidelines, which are contained in the style files, and they must be electronic in PDF.

As the reviewing will be blind, the paper must not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...” must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...” Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review. In addition, please do not post your submissions on the web until after the review process is complete.

Multiple-submission policy: Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must indicate this at submission time. Authors submitting multiple papers to NAACL HLT may not submit papers that overlap significantly () 50%) with each other in content or results. Authors of papers accepted for presentation at NAACL HLT 2010 must notify the program chairs by February 15, 2010 as to whether the paper will be presented. All accepted papers must be presented at the conference to appear in the proceedings. We will not accept for publication or presentation papers that overlap significantly in content or results with papers that will be (or have been) published elsewhere.

General Conference Chair:

Ron Kaplan, Powerset Division of Microsoft Bing

Program Co-Chairs:

Jill Burstein, Educational Testing Service

Mary Harper, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins Human Language Technology Center of Excellence

Gerald Penn, University of Toronto

Area Chairs:

Eugene Agichtein, Emory

Yaser Al-onaizan, IBM

Ciprian Chelba, Google

Mona Diab, Columbia

Barbara Di Eugenio, University of Illinois at Chicago

Eric Fosler-Lussier, Ohio State University

Makoto Kanazawa, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo

Damianos Karakos, Johns Hopkins University

Philip Koehn, University of Edinburgh

Mike Maxwell, University of Maryland

Diana McCarthy, Lexical Computing Ltd

Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania

Dan Roth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Stefan Oepen, University of Oslo

Noah Smith, Carnegie Mellon University

Amanda Stent, AT&T

Joel Tetreault, ETS

Jan Wiebe, University of Pittsburgh

Workshop Chairs

Richard Sproat, Oregon Health & Sciences University

David Traum, University of Southern California, Institute for Creative Technologies

Demo Chair

Carolyn Penstein Rose, Carnegie Mellon University, Language Technologies Institute

Tutorial Chairs

Jason Baldridge, University of Texas at Austin

Gokhan Tur, SRI

Peter Clark, Boeing

Publications Chairs

Claudia Leacock, Butler-Hill Group

Richard Wicentowski, Swarthmore College

Local Arrangements Chairs

David Chiang, University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute

Eduard Hovy, University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute

Jonathan May, University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute

Jason Riesa, University of Southern California,. Information Sciences Institute

Sponsorship Chairs

North America: Srinivas Bangalore, AT&T; Christy Doran, MITRE

Europe: Stephen Pulman (Oxford), Frédérique Segond (Xerox RCE)

Local: Eduard Hovy, University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute

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