[Elsnet-list] Vancouver: HLT/EMNLP 2005 Announcement and CFP

Priscilla Rasmussen rasmusse at research.rutgers.edu
Tue Jan 11 17:48:09 CET 2005

                         HLT/EMNLP 2005

               Human Language Technology Conference/
     Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

            Oct. 6-8, 2005 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada
          URL:  http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~ml/HLT-EMNLP05

In 2005, HLT (Human Language Technology Conference) and EMNLP (Conference
on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing) will be a joint
conference held in Vancouver, B.C.


Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina, Vancouver B.C., Canada

Located on the Waterfront between Stanley Park, the Pacific Ocean, downtown
Vancouver, and Coal Harbour with spectacular views of the Inner Harbor and
Coastal Mountains; only a short walk away from North America's largest
urban park and minutes from the heart of downtown, shopping centres and

Preliminary Call for Papers:

HLT/EMNLP 2005 continues the conference series jointly sponsored by the
Human Language Technology Advisory Board (HLT) and the Association for
Computational Linguistics (ACL).  This year's conference is co-sponsored by
SIGDAT, the ACL's special interest group on linguistic data and
corpus-based approaches to NLP, which has traditionally sponsored the
Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) Conferences. The
joint conference provides a unified forum for researchers across a spectrum
of disciplines to present recent, high-quality, cutting-edge work, to
exchange ideas, and to explore emerging new research directions. The
conference especially encourages submissions that discuss synergistic
combinations of language technologies (e.g., Speech with Information
Retrieval, Machine Translation with Speech, Question Answering with Natural
Language Processing, etc.). Particular consideration will be given to
papers addressing novel learning tasks and evaluation metrics in speech,
natural language processing and information retrieval, including e.g.

- learning tasks insufficiently addressed in the past, e.g. collaborative
  learning, learning in the presence of background knowledge, or finding
  anomalies in data;
- limits of standard evaluation methods on new tasks;
- novel performance measures incorporating user preferences, competence, or
  relevance to a given problem;
- learning and optimization algorithms addressing the above, e.g. novel
  statistical methods or cognitively inspired solutions.

We are interested in papers from academia, government, and industry on all
areas of traditional interest to the HLT and SIGDAT communities, as well as
aligned fields, including but not limited to:

# Speech processing, including:

    * Speech recognition
    * Speech generation
    * Speech summarization
    * Rich transcription: annotation of speech signals with  metalinguistic
      information, such as speaker identity, attitude, emotion, etc.
    * Speech-based human-computer interfaces

# Text summarization
# Question answering
# Paraphrasing
# Computational analysis of phonology, morphology, prosody, syntax,
  pragmatics, discourse, style
# Statistical techniques for language processing, including

    * Corpus-based language modeling
    * Lexical and knowledge acquisition

# Language generation and text planning
# Sentence parsing and discourse analysis
# Multilingual processing, including

    * Machine translation of speech and text
    * Cross-language information retrieval
    * Multi-lingual speech recognition and language identification

# Evaluation, including

    * Glass-box evaluation of HLT systems and system components
    * Back-box evaluation of HLT systems in application settings

# Development of language resources, including

    * Lexicons and ontologies
    * Treebanks, proposition banks, and frame banks

# Understanding of human communication, including

    * Natural language interfaces
    * Dialogue structure and dialogue systems
    * Message and narrative understanding systems

# Information extraction from multiple media

# Information retrieval, including
   * Formal models, clustering and classification
   * Web mining for IR
   * Natural language processing for IR
   * Spoken IR
   * Metadata annotation and XML IR

Important Dates:

Submission deadline:  June 3, 2005
Notification of acceptance: July 29, 2005
Submission of camera-ready papers: August 12, 2005
Conference: October 6-8, 2005


    * Requirements: Submissions must describe original, completed,
unpublished work, and include concrete evaluation results when
appropriate. Papers being submitted to other meetings must provide this
information (see submission format). In the event of multiple acceptances,
authors are requested to immediately notify the HLT/EMNLP program chair and
to choose which meeting to present and publish the work at as soon as
possible. We cannot accept for publication or presentation work that will
be (or has been) published elsewhere.

    * Format: Papers must be submitted electronically in Postscript (PS) or
Portable Document Format (PDF). They should follow the ACL formatting
guidelines and should not exceed eight (8) pages in two-column format,
including references and illustrations. Papers exceeding the maximum length
may be rejected without review. Authors are encouraged to use the style
files provided on the HLT/EMNLP05 website.  We strongly prefer submissions
in PS format. Any author who submits in PDF must assume the responsibility
for ensuring that fonts are treated properly so that the paper will print
(not just view) anywhere. (This may involve reading the manual.) DOC/RTF
formats cannot be accepted.

    * Reviewing: Reviewing will be blind. No information identifying the
authors should be in the paper: this includes not only the authors' names
and affiliations, but also self-references that reveal authors' identities;
for example, "We have previously shown (Smith 1999)" should be changed to
"Smith (1999) has previously shown". Names and affiliations should be
listed on a separate identification page.

    * Procedure: Papers must be submitted electronically by 12.a.m. GMT on
 June 3, 2005, through the conference website. In addition, information
 about each paper must be provided, including

        *  Paper title
        *  Authors names, affiliations, and contact information
        *  Contact author
        *  A short list of keywords (selected from a predefined list)
        *  Abstract (no more than 300 words)
        *  A statement whether the paper has been or will be submitted to
           other conferences

Authors who cannot submit a file electronically should contact the program
chairs before the due date to arrange alternative forms of submission.

After notifications of acceptance have been issued, authors will have the
opportunity to revise their submissions in accordance with reviewers'
comments. The due date for the final submission of camera-ready papers is
August 12, 2005.

Conference Organizers:

General Chair:
Raymond J. Mooney, The University of Texas at Austin

Program Chairs:
Chris Brew, The Ohio State University
Lee-Feng Chien, Academia Sinica
Katrin Kirchoff, University of Washington at Seattle

Area Chairs:
Ricardo Baeza-Yates, University of Chile
Regina Barzilay, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pascale Fung, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Timothy Hazen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rebecca Hwa, University of Pittsburgh
Frank Keller, University of Edinburgh
Elizabeth D. Liddy, University of Syracuse
Dan Melamed, New York University
Helen Meng, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Mark-Jan Nederhof, University of Groningen
Hwee Tou Ng, National University of Singapore
Dan Roth, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
Murat Saraclar, AT&T Research
Simone Teufel, University of Cambridge
Wayne Ward, University of Colorado
Janyce Wiebe, University of Pittsburgh
Cheng Xiang Zhai, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
Ming Zhou, Microsoft Research Asia

Local Arrangements Chair:
Priscilla Rasmussen, Assoc. for Computational Linguistics

Publications Chair:
Joyce Chai, Michigan State University

Publicity Chairs:
Srinivas Banagalore, AT&T Research
Zak Shafran, Johns Hopkins University
Hsin-Min Wang, Academia Sinica

Demonstrations Chairs:
Donna Byron, The Ohio State University
Anand Venkataraman, SRI
Dell Zhang, National University of Singapore

Student Volunteer Coordinator:
Anoop Sarkar, Simon Fraser University

Web Masters:
Yuk Wah Wong, The University of Texas at Austin
Razvan Bunescu, The University of Texas at Austin
Ruifang Ge, The University of Texas at Austin
Rohit Kate, The University of Texas at Austin


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