LINGUIST List 13.332

Thu Feb 7 2002

Confs: Human Language Technology, San Diego, USA

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  1. Priscilla Rasmussen, Human Language Technology Conference (HLT-2002)

Message 1: Human Language Technology Conference (HLT-2002)

Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2002 15:23:42 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Human Language Technology Conference (HLT-2002)

	 HLT 2002, Human Language Technology Conference
			 March 24-27, 2002
	 Catamaran Resort Hotel, San Diego, California

Human language technology (HLT) incorporates a broad spectrum of
disciplines working towards two closely related goals: to enable
computers to interact with humans using natural language capabilities,
and to serve as useful adjuncts to humans in language understanding by
providing services such as automatic translation, information
retrieval and information extraction. The HLT 2002 Conference,
following the great success of HLT 2001, is a forum for researchers to
present high-quality, very recent, cutting-edge work, to exchange
ideas and to explore emerging new research directions. The Conference
and Program Chairs have now received over 170 submissions from researchers
in computer science, speech science, engineering, etc., who are
exploring innovative methods for improving human language technology.
HLT 2002 will also include a special focus on Language Processing of
Biological Data, which includes both Information Extraction of
Biological Data and Language Modeling of Biological Data. This special
focus, sponsored by NSF, will comprise back-to-back tutorial sessions
at the opening of the conference and a paper session within the larger
conference setting. Further information is available at the
Conference web site,

The Conference will span four days, running from early Sunday
afternoon through noon Wednesday. It will include peer-reviewed
research presentations, posters, demonstrations, panel sessions and
time for discussion.

In order to encourage cutting-edge work, submissions were accepted in
mid-January. Those submissions are under review at the moment, and
the full list of papers, posters, and demonstrations will not be known
until February 11. A loose-leaf proceedings will be distributed at
the conference, with a final proceedings distributed during July,

=>Space at the conference is limited by the conference facilities, so
=>we can only accept the first 330 registrants, with registration
=>officially beginning on or about Feb 15, after authors have been
=>informed of acceptances. To reserve a place now, please send email to
=>Priscilla Rasmussen,, including your name,
=>affiliation, and email address.

While the cost of the conference has not yet been finalized, we expect
the registration fee to be in the range of $375-400, including meals
during the conference.


General chair: Mitch Marcus, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
Co-chair: David Yarowsky, Johns Hopkins University (USA)

Executive Program Committee:

James Allan, University of Massachusetts (USA)
Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
Ralph Grishman, New York University (USA)
Donna Harman, NIST (USA)
Lynette Hirschman, MITRE (USA)
Eduard Hovy, ISI (USA)
Kevin Knight, ISI (USA)
Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS (France)
John Makhoul, BBN Technologies (USA)
Nelson Morgan, University of California at Berkeley (USA)
Mari Ostendorf, University of Washington (USA)
Hans Uszkoreit, Saarland University and DKFI (Germany)

Demonstration Co-chairs:
Clifford Weinstein, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (USA)
Bob Younger, SPAWAR Systems Center (USA)

Special Focus Committee:
Chair: Aravind Joshi, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
Co-chair: Lynette Hirschman, MITRE (USA)


The HLT Conference will be held at the Catamaran Resort Hotel in San
Diego, California. The famous San Diego Zoo is the home of Hua Mei,
the only baby giant panda to be born in the US. Sea World is one of
the area's better known attractions, where you can see the killer
whale Shamu. San Diego also houses Balboa Park, the largest urban
cultural park. You can stroll through the Gaslamp Quarter or through
Old Town. Nearby La Jolla houses the Birch Aquarium, and Carlsbad
houses Legoland. Heading south gets you to Tijuana, Mexico.

IMPORTANT DATES (all dates are in 2002)

**NOW** Reserve space to attend
(February 11 Authors informed of reviewing decisions)
February 15 Registration will officially begin
March 24-27 HLT 2002 Conference, San Diego
July 20 Proceedings published (target date)


Up-to-date information about the Conference and registration will be
posted at
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