LINGUIST List 13.120

Sat Jan 19 2002

Calls: Computational Ling, Natural Lang Processing

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, ACL-02 Final Call for Papers
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, ACL-02 Workshop CFP: NLP in the Biomedical Domain

Message 1: ACL-02 Final Call for Papers

Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 16:34:49 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: ACL-02 Final Call for Papers

 ACL-02 Final Call For Papers

 The 40th Anniversary Meeting of the Association for
 Computational Linguistics
 7 - 12 July, 2002
	 Philadelphia, PA, USA

General Conference Chair: Pierre Isabelle (XRCE Grenoble, France)
Program Co-Chairs: Eugene Charniak (Brown University, USA)
 Dekang Lin (University of Alberta, Canada)
Local Organization Chair: Martha Palmer (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Area Chairs: 
Discourse and Dialogue: Daniel Marcu, Information Sciences Institute, USC
Generation and Multi-Modality: Stephan Busemann, German Research Center for AI
Machine Translation and Multilinguality: Keh-Yih Su, Behavior Design Corp.
Lexicon and Semantics: Bonnie Dorr, University of Maryland
Speech, Language Modeling and Statistical Methods: Steve Abney, AT&T Research
Word Segmentation, Shallow Parsing, Chunking and Tagging:
Jan Hajic, Charles University (Prague) 
Syntax, Grammars, Morphology and Phonology: Mark Steedman, Univ. of Edinburgh
Parsing: John Carroll, University of Sussex
NLP Applications: Ellen Riloff, University of Utah

The Association for Computational Linguistics invites the submission
of papers for its 40th Annual Meeting hosted jointly with the North
American Chapter of the ACL. Papers are invited on substantial,
original, and unpublished research on all aspects of computational
linguistics, including, but not limited to: pragmatics, discourse,
semantics, syntax and the lexicon; phonetics, phonology and
morphology; interpreting and generating spoken and written language;
linguistic, mathematical and psychological models of language;
language-oriented information retrieval, question answering,
summarization and information extraction; language-oriented machine
learning; corpus-based language modeling; multi-lingual processing,
machine translation and translation aids; natural language interfaces
and dialogue systems; approaches to coordinating the linguistic with
other modalities in multi-media systems; message and narrative
understanding systems; tools and resources; and evaluation of systems.

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Papers should describe original work; they should emphasize completed
work rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state
of completion of the reported results. Wherever appropriate, concrete
evaluation results should be included. A paper accepted for
presentation at the ACL Meeting cannot be presented or have been
presented at any other meeting with publicly available published
proceedings. Papers that are being submitted to other conferences or
workshops must indicate this on the title page, as must papers that
contain significant overlap with previously published work. For
details see:

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The reviewing of the papers will be blind. Reviewing will be managed
by an international Conference Program Committee consisting of Area
Chairs, each of whom will have the assistance of a set of Program
Committee members. Final decisions on the technical program will be
made by the Conference Program Committee. Each submission will be
reviewed by at least three reviewers.

Submission Format
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Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings and
should not exceed eight (8) pages, including references. We strongly
recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style
files tailored for this year's conference. They are available at
A description of the format will also be available in case you are
unable to use these style files directly. As reviewing will be
blind. The paper should not include the authors' names and
affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's
identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be
avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed
(Smith, 1991) ...".

Papers that do not conform to the requirements above are subject to be
rejected without review.

Submission Procedure
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1) Paper registration: You must submit a notification of submission by
filling out the form at 
The authors should fill in the title of the paper, the authors' names,
affiliations, and email addresses, one or two general topic areas, up
to 5 keywords specifying the subject area, and a short summary (up to
200 words). The authors should also specify whether the paper is
under consideration for other conferences or workshops, and if so,
which ones.

Each submission will be assigned an identification number. Please use
it on all correspondence with the program committee.

2) Paper submission: All papers must be submitted electronically at
the same web address. The first page of your paper must include the
identification number obtained from paper registration. The paper must
be submitted no later than 12 noon Mountain Time (7PM GMT) on Feb. 1
2002. Papers submitted after that time will not be reviewed. Papers
must be in PDF format. The submission web page includes information
about converting different types of documents to PDF. The program
committee will make every attempt to print out your paper
successfully, but cannot take responsibility if they do not. Authors
are strongly encouraged to submit papers 48 hours before the
submission deadline so that unprinting formats can be detected and
corrected by the submission deadline. If for some reason an author is
not able to submit electronically, or if we have discovered in advance
that there is a problem with the PDF file, authors should contact
Dekang Lin ( concerning hard-copy submission.

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 Paper registration deadline: January 25th, 2002
 Paper submissions deadline: February 1st, 2002
 Notification of acceptance: April 8th, 2002
 Camera ready papers due: May 10th, 2002
 ACL-02 Conference: July 7th-12th, 2002


ACL is providing a mentoring (coaching) service for authors from
regions of the world where English is not the language of scientific
exchange. Many authors from these regions, although able to read the
scientific literature in English, have little or no experience in
writing papers in English for conferences such as the ACL
meetings. They may also have some trouble with the style of the
presentation of the material that is expected for ACL.

The service will be arranged as follows. A set of potential mentors
will be identified by Aravind Joshi, who has agreed to organize this
service for ACL-02. An author who would like to take advantage of this
service must send a draft of his/her paper to

 Aravind K. Joshi
 Room 555 Moore
 Department of Computer and Information Science
 200 South 33rd Street
 University of Pennsylvania
 Philadelphia, PA
 FAX: +1 215 898 0587 

The author must send ONE copy of the paper (HARD COPY by regular mail
or by FAX) by no later than December 14th, 2001. The author should try
to make the draft as complete as possible in order to get the best
advice. An appropriate mentor will be assigned to your paper and the
mentor will get back to the author at least two weeks before the
deadline for the submission to ACL-02 program committee (February 1,

Please note that this service is for the benefit of the authors as
described above. It is not a general mentoring service for authors to
improve their papers.

If you have any questions about this service please feel free to send
a message to Aravind Joshi (
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Message 2: ACL-02 Workshop CFP: NLP in the Biomedical Domain

Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 16:47:58 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: ACL-02 Workshop CFP: NLP in the Biomedical Domain

ACL-02 ( Workshop

Natural Language Processing in the Biomedical Domain

July 11 - 12
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Sponsored by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA),
Special Interest Group on Natural Language Processing (NLP-SIG).

Workshop Description

The aim of this workshop is to focus on challenges in processing
biomedical language and to present results in developing techniques
for this domain. Biomedicine comprises biological sciences, clinical
medicine, public health and education. This domain presents many
opportunities for NLP technologies such as information extraction from
biomedical texts, document and answer retrieval from large,
unstructured text collections (such as the biomedical literature and
the World Wide Web), and interaction with users through natural
language. Until recently, the level of collaboration between core
computational linguistics researchers and the biomedical informatics
community has been limited. The purpose of this workshop is to take
active steps towards bridging that gap. Indeed, this would be the
first workshop under the auspices of the ACL entirely devoted to
biomedical language processing.

The biomedical informatics community conducts basic research on
natural language processing, but has a strong focus on practical
applications, large-scale systems, and rigorous evaluation to show
real-world impact.

They have helped develop a number of large, complex resources for
biomedical terminology, such as the Unified Medical Language System
(UMLS), International Classification of Disease (ICD), Systematized
Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED), Human Genome Organization Gene
Nomenclature (HUGO), and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). There is
also substantial experience with large corpora, deployed system
prototypes and statistical techniques.

The computational linguistics community can benefit from these
experiences and resources, while contributing recent technologies and
methodologies. The biomedical domain presents many exciting
challenges for collaboration between both communities.

We envision the outcome of this workshop to consist of concrete steps
towards establishing links between research groups from both camps for
future interactions.

We invite submissions including but not limited to the following areas:

- Information extraction
- Information retrieval
- Natural language interfaces
- Text mining
- Text summarization
- Speech recognition
- Integration of system components
- Lexicon and terminology acquisition
- Characterization of biomedical language
- Evaluation of biomedical applications

Format for Submission

Authors are requested to submit one electronic version of their papers
OR four hardcopies. Please submit hardcopies only if electronic
submission is impossible. Maximum length is 8 pages including figures
and references. Please conform to the traditional two-column ACL
Proceedings format. Style files can be downloaded from

Email submissions should be sent to:

Hard copy submissions should be sent to:

Stephen Johnson
Department of Medical Informatics
Columbia University
622 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032


Paper Submission Deadline Mar 15
Acceptance Notification 	Apr 19
Final Version Deadline 	May 17


Stephen Johnson (Columbia University), chair AMIA NLP-SIG
Udo Hahn (Freiburg University, Germany)
Judith Klavans (Columbia University)

Program Committee

Robert Baud (University Hospital of Geneva)
Tom Rindflesch (National Library of Medicine)
Robert Futrelle (Northeastern University)
Nina Wachholder (Rutgers University)
Tsujii Junichi (University of Tokyo)
Carol Friedman (Columbia University)
Donia Scott (University of Brighton)
Lynette Hirschman (MITRE Corporation)
Bonnie Webber (University of Edinburgh)
Pierre Zweigenbaum (University Pierre and Marie Curie)
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