LINGUIST List 13.332

Thu Feb 7 2002

Confs: Human Language Technology, San Diego, USA

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  • 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)

    FIRST CALL FOR ATTENDANCE 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, 2002.

    =>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