LINGUIST List 12.417

Thu Feb 15 2001

Calls: Computational Ling, Automatic Summarization

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, Call for Bids to Host ACL-2003
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, NAACL-2001 Workshop on Automatic Summarization Final CFP

Message 1: Call for Bids to Host ACL-2003

Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 14:29:57 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Call for Bids to Host ACL-2003

CALL for Bids to Host ACL 2003 
(Second Posting)

The Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) hereby 
invites proposals to host the 41st Annual Meeting of the ACL (ACL'03). 
International ACL conferences are usually held at the end of July.
In keeping with the ACL policy of rotating conference venues,
we seek proposals from Asia. 

The proposal submission process is in two stages. First, draft proposals are
sought from prospective proposers. Based on the evaluation of the draft
proposals, selected proposers will be invited to submit full proposals. The
intent of a request for draft proposals is to minimize the labor and costs
associated with the production of full proposals.

Bids for Local Arrangements Chair can include suggestions for General 
Chair, which must be someone other than the Local Arrangements Chair 
but could be at the same institution. 

The General Chair will be responsible for overseeing operations of 
the conference, including working with the Executives of the ACL and 
the NAACL and collaborating with the Local Arrangements Chair to develop 
the budget and registration materials; working with the Program and 
Local Arrangements Chairs to develop the schedule and program; 
working with the ACL Executive Board to appoint supporting chairs to 
obtain outside funding, publicize the conference, and organize 
workshops, tutorials, student events, and demonstrations (none of 
these supporting nominations need to be included in the proposal); 
and coordinating the activities of the various chairs and their 

The Local Arrangements Chair will be responsible for the activities 
such as arranging meeting rooms, equipment, refreshments, housing, 
on-site registration, participant e-mail access, security for 
equipment, the reception, the banquet, and working with the General 
Chair, the ACL, and the NAACL to develop the budget and registration 

The ACL Executive Board will select the Program Committee Chair, who 
will be responsible for the processes of soliciting, receiving, and 
reviewing submissions; selecting the papers to be presented at the 
conference; notifying authors of acceptance or rejection; and 
developing the conference program. 

Draft proposals are due on 15 April 2001. Draft proposals are evaluated
competitively by the ACL Executive Committee. Selected proposers will be 
informed electronically before 15 May 2001. Full proposals are due on 15 
June 2001.

Draft proposals should include:

- - Location (accessibility, conference venue, hotels, student dorms)
- - Local CL Community
- - Proposed Date
- - Meeting Space (space for plenary sessions, tutorials, workshops, 
 posters, exhibits, demos and small meetings)
- - A/V equipment
- - Food/Entertainment/Banquet/Receptions
- - Local Arrangements (chairs, committee, volunteer labor, registration
- - Sponsorships
- - Budget estimates

Proposals will be evaluated in relation to a number of site selection
criteria (unordered):

- - Experience of Local Arrangement team.
- - Local CL community support.
- - Local government and industry support.
- - Accessibility and attractiveness of proposed site.
- - Appropriateness of proposed dates.
- - Adequacy of conference and exhibit facilities for the anticipated
 number of registrants 
- - Adequacy of residence accommodations and food services in a range of
 price categories and close to the conference facilities.
- - Adequacy of budget projections and expected surplus.
- - Balance with regard to the geographical distribution of previous

Draft proposals should be sent electronically to the ACL Vice-President,
with a copy to the executive committee's area coordinator for 2001.

Prof. John Nerbonne Prof. Junichi TSUJII
Alfa Informatica, P.O. Box 716 Department of Information Science
University of Groningen Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo
9700 AS Groningen, The Netherlands 7-3-1 Hongo Bunkyo-ku Tokyo 113-0033 JAPAN
Tel. +31 (0)50 363 58 15 +81 (0)3-5841-4098
Fax 363 68 55 5802-8872

Submission Dates: 

Draft proposals are due on 15 April 2001; 
Full proposals are due on 15 June 2001.
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Message 2: NAACL-2001 Workshop on Automatic Summarization Final CFP

Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 14:36:41 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: NAACL-2001 Workshop on Automatic Summarization Final CFP

Workshop on Automatic Summarization 2001
(pre-conference workshop in conjunction with NAACL2001)

Sunday, June 3, 2001
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
sponsored by

ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics)

MITRE Corporation

New submission deadline: Febuary 23, 2001

Organizing Committee:
Jade Goldstein Carnegie Mellon University
Chin-Yew Lin USC/Information Sciences Institute

Program Committee:
Breck Baldwin Baldwin Language Tech
Hsin-Hsi Chen National Taiwan University
Udo Hahn Universitaet Freiburg
Eduard Hovy USC/Information Sciences Institute
Hongyan Jing Columbia University
Elizabeth Liddy Syracuse University
Daniel Marcu USC/Information Sciences Institute
Inderjeet Mani MITRE
Shigeru Masuyama Toyohashi University of Technology
Marie-Francine Moens Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Vibhu Mittal Google Research
Sung Hyon Myaeng Chungnam National University
Akitoshi Okumura NEC
Chris Paice Lancaster University
Dragomir Radev University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Karen Sparck-Jones University of Cambridge
Tomek Strzalkowski State University of New York,
Simone Teufel Columbia University

Workshop Website: (for the latest update)





The problem of automatic summarization poses a variety of tough challenges
in both NL understanding and generation. A spate of recent papers and
tutorials on this subject at conferences such as ACL, ANLP/NAACL, ACL/EACL,
AAAI, ECAI, IJCAI, and SIGIR point to a growing interest in research in this
field. Several commercial summarization products have also appeared. There
have been several workshops in the past on this subject: Dagstuhl in 94,
ACL/EACL in 97, the AAAI Spring Symposium in 98, and ANLP/NAACL in 2000. All
of these were extremely successful, and the field is now enjoying a period
of revival and is advancing at a much quicker pace than before. NAACL'2001
is an ideal occasion to host another workshop on this problem.


The Workshop on Automatic Summarization program committee invites papers
addressing (but not limited to):

Summarization Methods:
	use of linguistic representations,
	statistical models,
 NL generation for summarization,
 production of abstracts and extracts,
 multi-document summarization,
 narrative techniques in summarization,
 multilingual summarization,
 text compaction,
 multimodal summarization (including summarization of audio),
	use of information extraction,
	studies and modeling of human summarizers,
	improving summary coherence,
	concept fusion,
	use of thesauri and ontologies,
	trainable summarizers,
	applications of machine learning,
	knowledge-rich methods.

Summarization Resources:
	development of corpora for training and evaluating summarizers,
	annotation standards,
	shared summarization tools,
	document segmentation,
	topic detection, and
	clustering related to summarization.

Evaluation Methods:
	intrinsic and extrinsic measures,
	on-line and off-line evaluations,
	standards for evaluation,
	task-based evaluation scenarios,
	user studies,
	inter-judge agreement.

Workshop Themes:

1. Summarization Applications
2. Multidocument Summarization
3. Multilingual Text Summarization
4. Evaluation and Text/Training Corpora
5. Generation for Summarization
6. Topic Identification for Summarization
7. Integration with Web and IR Access


Submissions must use the ACL latex style or Microsoft Word style
WAS-submission.doc (both available from the Automatic Summarization workshop
web page). Paper submissions should consist of a full paper (5000 words or
less, including references).


Please send submission questions to


Electronic submission only: send the pdf (preferred), postscript, or MS Word
form of your submission to: The Subject line should be
"NAACL2001 WORKSHOP PAPER SUBMISSION". Because reviewing is blind, no author
information is included as part of the paper. An identification page must be
sent in a separate email with the subject line: "NAACL2001 WORKSHOP ID PAGE"
and must include title, all authors, theme area, keywords, word count, and
an abstract of no more than 5 lines. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Notification of receipt will be e-mailed to the first author shortly after


Paper submission deadline: Feburary 23, 2001
Notification of acceptance for papers: March 23, 2001
Camera ready papers due: April 6, 2001
Workshop date: June 3, 2001
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