LINGUIST List 12.153

Mon Jan 22 2001

Calls: Empirical Methods in NLP, Australasian NLP

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2001)
  2. Rolf Schwitter, Australasian Natural Language Processing (ANLP 2001)

Message 1: Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2001)

Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 14:49:11 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2001)


2001 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

SIGDAT, the Association for Computational Linguistics' special
interest group on linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to NLP,
invites submissions to EMNLP 2001. The conference will be held at
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA USA on June 3 and 4,
immediately preceding the meeting of the North American Chapter of the

We are interested in papers from academia and industry on all areas of
traditional interest to the SIGDAT community and aligned fields,
including but not limited to:

* information extraction
* information retrieval
* language and dialog modeling
* lexical acquisition
* machine translation
* multilingual technologies
* question answering
* statistical parsing
* summarization
* tagging
* term and named entity extraction
* word sense disambiguation
* word, term, and text segmentation

Also, to encourage reflection on the current state of the art in
corpus-based methods, the conference will have the following theme:

 "What Works and What Doesn't: Successes and Challenges"

Successes --- We solicit papers showing the success of empirical
methods in and across application settings. Examples include
improvements in information retrieval performance due to employing
language modeling techniques; effective use of statistical word
segmentation algorithms in machine translation systems; and increased
speech recognition accuracy through the incorporation of statistical

Challenges --- It is clear that empirical and corpus-based methods
have enjoyed many successes over the past years; but in looking to
future accomplishments, the community needs to be aware of the
limitations of various techniques and paradigms. We welcome papers
that carefully expose and study such limitations. Examples include the
identification and exploration of: classes of domains or problems in
which popular techniques perform poorly; significant gaps between
human and machine performance on tasks where statistical approaches
have made great progress; and important practical situations where
common assumptions fail to hold. *** We emphasize that we seek
submissions that thoughtfully document fundamental limitations, rather
than simply report on unsuccessful experiments. *** It is desired that
such papers contain thorough examination, via careful experimentation,
of the critical factors contributing to the "negative" result.


Submissions should take the form of full papers (3200 words or
less, excluding references) describing original work. Papers being
submitted to other meetings must provide this information on the title


Submission deadline: March 13, 2001
Acceptance notification: April 13, 2001 
Camera-ready copy due: May 3, 2001
Conference: June 3-4, 2001


Lillian Lee (chair), Cornell University,
Donna Harman (co-chair), NIST,

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Message 2: Australasian Natural Language Processing (ANLP 2001)

Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 10:28:59 +1100
From: Rolf Schwitter <>
Subject: Australasian Natural Language Processing (ANLP 2001)

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 2001 Australasian Natural Language Processing Workshop
 Friday, 20th April 2001
 Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

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We are organizing a one-day workshop on Natural Language Processing at
Macquarie University in Sydney. The goals of the workshop are to bring
together the growing NLP community in Australia and New Zealand, and
to provide an opportunity for the broader computer science community
to become aware of local NLP research. Our hope is to get as many
Austral- asian NLPers together as possible to encourage dialogue be-
tween those working on similar topics and between areas with a
potential to interact.

We invite the submission of papers on substantial, original, and
unpublished research on all aspects of natural lan- guage processing,
including, but not limited to, speech understanding and generation;
phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse;
interpreting and gen- erating spoken and written language; linguistic,
mathemat- ical, and psychological models of language; language-ori-
ented information extraction and retrieval; corpus-based and
statistical language modeling; machine translation and translation
aids; natural language interfaces and dialogue systems; message and
narrative understanding systems; and computational lexicography.

As you can see we welcome submissions on any topic that is of interest
to the NLP community, but we particularly en- courage submissions that
broaden the scope of our commun- ity through the consideration of
practical NLP applications. We especially invite people from industry
working on NLP to send us their submissions and offer an opportunity
to dis- cuss and demonstrate their latest applications in front of an
informed audience.

Program Committee

Rolf Schwitter, Macquarie University (Chair); Dominique
Estival, Syrinx Speech Systems; Cecile Paris, CSIRO; and
Alistair Knott, University of Otago

Submission Format

Initial submissions should be in the form of four-page extended
abstracts,printed single-spaced in 12 point font. The first page
should include the paper title, author(s) name(s), complete addresses
including email address and fax number, and a short (5 line)
summary. We only accept electronic submissions of PDF or PostScript
files. If we cannot print your file by the submission date it will be
rejected without being reviewed. Therefore you are encouraged to send
an early version with the typo- graphical complexity of your final
intended version so that we can check it is printable. Electronic
submissions should be sent to


Electronic submissions must be received by Friday 2nd March
2001. Notification of receipt will be mailed to the first author (or
designated author) soon after receipt. Authors will be notified of
acceptance by Friday 16th March 2001. Camera-ready copies of final
eight-page papers must be received by Friday 6th April 2001.

Rolf Schwitter Email:
Department of Computing Phone: +61 2 9850 9533 
Macquarie University
NSW 2109 / Australia
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