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LINGUIST List 23.3668

Tue Sep 04 2012

Calls: Computational Linguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics/New Zealand

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 03-Sep-2012
From: Scott Nowson <snowsonappenbutlerhill.com>
Subject: Australasian Language Technology Workshop 2012
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Full Title: Australasian Language Technology Workshop 2012
Short Title: ALTW2012

Date: 04-Dec-2012 - 06-Dec-2012
Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Contact Person: Paul Cook
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.alta.asn.au/events/alta2012/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 24-Sep-2012

Meeting Description:

Australasian Language Technology Workshop (ALTA 2012)
4 - 6 December 2012, Dunedin, New Zealand
Tutorials: 4 December
Workshop: 5-6 December

This year the Australasian Language Technology Workshop (ALTA) will be held at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand from Tuesday 4 December to Thursday 6 December. This event will be the tenth annual installment of the ALTA Workshop in its most-recent incarnation, and the continuation of an annual workshop series that has existed under various guises since the early 90s. For the first time ALTA will take place outside of Australia, and correspondingly this year's workshop targets a more-international audience.

The goals of the ALTA workshop are:

- to bring together the growing Language Technology (LT) community in the Australasian region and encourage interactions;
- to encourage interactions and collaboration within this community and with the wider international LT community;
- to foster interaction between academic and industrial researchers, to encourage dissemination of research results;
- to provide a forum for students and young researchers to present their research;
- to facilitate the discussion of new and ongoing research and projects;
- to provide an opportunity for the broader artificial intelligence community to become aware of local LT research; and, finally,
- to increase visibility of LT research in Australasia and overseas.

Invited Speakers (Confirmed so far):

Chris Brockett (Microsoft Research)
Diverse Words, Shared Meanings: Statistical Machine Translation for Paraphrase, Grounding, and Intent

Tutorials (Confirmed so far):

We are pleased to announce that ALTA2012 will include pre-workshop tutorials on 4 December 2012.

Biomedical Natural Language Processing
David Martinez (NICTA), Hanna Suominen (NICTA), and Karin Verspoor (NICTA)

More details are available at http://alta.asn.au/events/alta2012.

Call for Papers:


We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of natural language processing, including, but not limited to:

- Phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse
- Speech understanding and generation
- Interpreting spoken and written language
- Natural language generation
- Linguistic, mathematical, and psychological models of language
- NLP-based information extraction and retrieval
- Corpus-based and statistical language modelling
- Machine translation and translation aids
- Question answering and information extraction
- Natural language interfaces and dialogue systems
- Natural language and multimodal systems
- Message and narrative understanding systems
- Evaluations of language systems
- Embodied conversational agents
- Computational lexicography
- Summarisation
- Language resources
- Social media analysis and processing

We welcome submissions on any topic that is of interest to the LT community, and particularly encourage submissions that broaden the scope of our community through the consideration of practical LT applications and through multi-disciplinary research. We also specifically encourage submissions from industry.

Submission Format:

All submissions should follow the ACL 2012 style guidelines and must be in PDF format.

Full paper submissions may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content plus any number of pages consisting of only references. Short papers may consist of up to four (4) pages of content plus any number of pages consisting of only references. All submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings. Full papers will be distinguished from short papers in the proceedings.

Papers will be presented either orally or as posters at the workshop. There will be no distinction between papers presented orally and those presented as posters in the proceedings.

Reviewing of papers will be double-blind. Therefore, 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 (1991) previously showed ...'. Papers not conforming to these requirements will be rejected without review.

We strongly recommend the use of the ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style files tailored for this year's conference. The style files and example documents will be available from the workshop website. We reserve the right to reject submissions that do not conform to these styles including font and page size restrictions.

For more information on submissions, please view our website at http://alta.asn.au/events/alta2012.


The full proceedings volume will have an ISSN and will be published online on the ACL anthology website as well as the website of the Australasian Language Technology Association (ALTA).

Student Travel Support:

Due to the generous support of our sponsors, ALTA will be offering travel support for students to attend and present at ALTA 2012. See the workshop website for details.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: Monday 24 September 2012 (23:59 GMT +10:00)
Notification: Monday 15 October 2012
Final camera-ready copy: Monday 29 October 2012
ALTA Tutorials: Tuesday 4 December 2012
ALTA Workshop: Wednesday 5 December - Thursday 6 December 2012

Workshop Co-Chairs:

Paul Cook (University of Melbourne)
Scott Nowson (Appen Butler Hill)

Program Committee (Confirmed so far):

Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne)
Steven Bird (University of Melbourne)
Wray Lindsay Buntine (NICTA)
Lawrence Cavedon (NICTA and RMIT University)
Nathalie Colineau (CSIRO - ICT Centre)
Rebecca Dridan (University of Oslo)
Alex Chengyu Fang (The City University of Hong Kong)
Nitin Indurkhya (UNSW)
Jong-Bok Kim (Kyung Hee University)
Alistair Knott (University of Otago)
Oi Yee Kwong (City University of Hong Kong)
Francois Lareau (Macquarie University)
Jey Han Lau (University of Melbourne)
Fang Li (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Haizhou Li (Institute for Infocomm Research)
Marco Lui (University of Melbourne)
Ruli Manurung (Universitas Indonesia)
David Martinez (NICTA VRL)
Tara McIntosh (Wavii)
Meladel Mistica (The Australian National University)
Diego Molla (Macquarie University)
Su Nam Kim (Monash University)
Luiz Augusto Pizzato (University of Sydney)
David Powers (Flinders University)
Stijn De Saeger (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)
Andrea Schalley (Griffith University)
Rolf Schwitter (Macquarie University)
Tony Smith (Waikato University)
Virach Sornlertlamvanich (National Electronics and Computer Technology Center)
Hanna Suominen (NICTA)
Karin Verspoor (National ICT Australia)

Workshop Local Organizer:

Alistair Knott (University of Otago)


The Australasian Language Technology Workshop is being organised by ALTA, the Australasian Language Technology Association. For any comments or questions about the workshop please contact the workshop organisers (workshop[]alta.asn.au).

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