LINGUIST List 29.714

Tue Feb 13 2018

Calls: Computational Linguistics/USA

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 08-Feb-2018
From: Zeerak Waseem <>
Subject: Widening NLP at NAACL 2018
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Full Title: Widening NLP at NAACL 2018
Short Title: WiNLP

Date: 01-Jun-2018 - 01-Jun-2018
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Contact Person: Zeerak Waseem
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 09-Mar-2018

Meeting Description:

The Widening NLP (WiNLP) workshop is open to all. Its aim is to highlight the work of underrepresented groups in Natural Language Processing -- anyone who self-identifies within an underrepresented demographic, and would benefit from a more inclusive ACL environment. The full-day event includes invited talks, oral presentations, and poster sessions, and provides an excellent opportunity for junior members in the community to showcase their work and connect with senior mentors for feedback and career advice. It also offers recruitment opportunities with leading industrial labs. Most importantly, the workshop serves to share and promote the work of subpopulations in NLP that face additional barriers to entry and acceptance in the NLP community.

The second Widening NLP (WiNLP) Workshop will be held in conjunction with NAACL 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Invited Speakers:

- Claire Cardie, Cornell University
- Su Jian, Baidu
- Natalie Schluter, IT University of Copenhagen

Final Call for Papers:

The first call-for-papers targeted researchers who required an early deadline to allow for extended period to apply for visa. For this second call for paper we invite manuscripts that have not been previously submitted to WiNLP18. This deadline aims to enable every interested author from an under-represented group to submit to WiNLP while minimizing conflicts between other ACL-related submission deadlines. Authors should take into consideration that this deadline may not allow sufficient time to apply for a visa if needed.

Workshop Date: June 1, 2018 (Tutorial day)
Paper Submission Deadline: March 9, 2018

While everyone is encouraged to attend, the opportunity to present a talk or poster is intended for underrepresented genders and minorities (students, post-docs, professors, and other researchers). We invite submissions in the form of extended abstracts on topics in computational linguistics and natural language processing, including but not limited to:

- Cognitive modeling and psycholinguistics
- Computational social science
- Corpus development and evaluation
- Dialog and interactive systems
- Discourse and pragmatics
- Document analysis including text categorization, topic models, and retrieval
- Natural language generation
- Information extraction, text mining, and question answering
- Language-inclusive multimodal integration
- Linguistic theories for NLP
- Low-resource or endangered languages
- Machine learning
- Machine translation
- Mathematical models of language
- Multilinguality
- Phonology, morphology, and word segmentation
- Resources and evaluation
- Semantics
- Sentiment analysis and opinion mining
- Social media: Twitter, blogs, discussion forums, and other social media
- Sociolinguistics
- Speech, prosody, and spoken dialog
- Summarization
- Tagging, chunking, syntax, and parsing
- Vision, robots, and other grounding applications

Invited Panelists:

- Houda Bouamor, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
- Barbara Plank, University of Groningen
- Mugizi Robert Rwebangira, Howard University
- Amanda Stent, Bloomberg

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions must follow the standard two-column format of the ACL 2018 proceedings. Each submission should be a two-page Extended Abstract pdf, with any number of additional pages allowed for references. Authors should use the NAACL 2018 style files. We have made the LaTeX templates available on Overleaf.

Submission will be electronic using the paper submission web page at .

Multiple-Submission Policy:

As our goal is to highlight contribution to the community from women and underrepresented minorities, we will consider anonymized 2-page abstracts of papers that were submitted to other venues or published elsewhere in the past year (i.e. after Jan 1, 2017), though authors must indicate this at submission time.

Travel Support:

There will be a limited amount of travel grant and/or additional funding to cover expenses. More information will be made available closer to the submission deadline.

Organising Committee:

Libby Barak, Princeton University
Diyi Yang, Carnegie Mellon University
Amittai Axelrod, Amazon
Lucie Flekova, Amazon
Zeerak Waseem, University of Sheffield

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