[Elsnet-list] COLING/ACL 2006 Final Call For Interactive Presentations (** Extended Deadline **)

Timothy Baldwin tim at csse.unimelb.edu.au
Fri Mar 17 01:10:47 CET 2006

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          COLING/ACL 2006 Final Call For Interactive Presentations

                        *** EXTENDED DEADLINE ***

         21st International Conference on Computational Linguistics
   44th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

                           17th-21st July 2006
                            Sydney, Australia

                  *** Extended deadline: MARCH 22, 2006 ***

Due to a number of requests for extensions and some authors experiencing
problems with the submission system, the submission deadline for proposals
for the Interactive Presentation has been extended to:
    March 22, 2006 at 11:59pm EST (GMT -5hours).

The START URL for Interactive Presentation submissions is:


There is more information below about the expected format of submission.
This information is repeated on the Interactive Presentations submission
page of the COLING/ACL 2006 website:


Some of the confusion has come from whether the Interactive Presentations
are demonstrations.  They are, but the name has been changed to reflect
the new format we are trying this year.


The COLING/ACL 2006 Program Committee invites proposals for the Interactive
Presentation program.  This forum will allow developers of implemented
software systems and libraries the opportunity to describe the design,
development and functionality of their work in an interactive setting.
It is also an opportunity to gain feedback from users and exchange ideas.

The committee encourages submission of early or experimental prototypes but
will also consider mature systems, particularly those with novel or
experimental features.

Please note that marketing commercial systems is not appropriate for the
Interactive Presentation program, and should be arranged as part of the
exhibit program. Please contact the Exhibits Chair, Menno van Zaanen
(menno at ics.mq.edu.au) for more details.

Interactive Presentations Chair: James Curran (University of Sydney)

Areas of Interest

We encourage proposals for the interactive presentation of software
systems and libraries related to any area of computational linguistics.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

* speech recognition and retrieval systems
* natural language generation systems
* interactive dialogue systems
* multi-modal user interfaces
* machine translation systems
* message and narrative understanding systems
* information retrieval, extraction and filtering systems
* question answering and summarisation systems
* document classification and clustering systems
* multilingual and cross-lingual applications
* embedded or mobile language technology applications
* domain-specific CL applications (e.g. biological text mining)
* reusable CL components, libraries and frameworks
* software engineering tools
* annotation and other resource development tools
* evaluation tools
* aids for teaching computational linguistics

Interactive Presentation sessions

There will be two days of interactive presentations running during the
main ACL/COLING conference. Each interactive presentation will be
allocated a session which will overlap a morning/afternoon tea or
lunch break for maximum exposure. The interactive presentations will
be setup in a room with a (240 volt Australian) power supply, data
projector for each presentation and a cluster of chairs.

This environment will allow for presenters to communicate with many people
at once but still encourage interactive engagement in the presentation.
Questions and comments should be strongly encouraged during the presentation.

Presenters will be expected to provide their own laptops and/or other
hardware unless otherwise arranged with the Interactive Presentation
chair when it is absolutely necessary.

We cannot confirm internet access will be available at this point.

Format for Submission

Interactive poster proposals must consist of a detailed 4 page
description of the system or library being presented, and a
(maximum) two page script of the Interactive Presentation itself.

* System/Library description (4 pages)

The system or library description will be included in the companion
to the ACL/COLING 2006 proceedings. It should be typeset using the
standard ACL/COLING 2006 guidelines including the title, authors,
contact information, references and acknowledgements.

The 4 pages should describe the purpose, functionality and applications
of the system or library. It should also contain information about the
design, implementation, testing and evaluation of system. The description
should also compare the work to existing work and highlight the novel
functionality/techniques of the system/library.

Preference will be given to detailed descriptions that will support
the reproduction of results (as much as is possible in only 4 pages).

* Interactive Presentation script (2 pages)

The presentation script will not appear with the system description
in the companion proceedings.

The presentation script should describe the aim of the presentation,
a narrative or script of the presentation itself and a description of
any other visual aids to be used during the presentation: live demos,
websites, screenshots, diagrams etc. It should also describe how the
audience will be able interact during the presentation.

The 2 pages should conclude with a description of any other hardware
or software required for the presentation to be provided by the local
organiser. Please remember that we cannot guarantee any other equipment
other than the power supply and projector.

Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance to
computational linguistics, innovation, scientific contribution,
presentation, and user friendliness, as well as potential logistical


The reviewing will be single blind, so author names and affiliations
should be included in the paper.  Reviewers will be asked to
provide feedback on both the system/library description and the
content of the presentation script itself.

Submission Style Files

Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings
and should not exceed six (6) pages: four (4) pages including
references for the description and two (2) pages for the interactive
script. Papers that exceed this page limit will be automatically
rejected by the paper submission software.

We strongly recommend the use of the  LaTeX style files or Microsoft
Word document template that are available on the conference Web site:


A description of the required format will be made available to those
who are unable to make direct use of these style files.
We reserve the right to reject submissions that do not conform to
these styles, including font size restrictions.

Submission Procedure

These 6 pages in total should be submitted as a single PDF document
with the system description coming first.  The presentation script
should follow and use the same 11 point font size and margins.
Single column format may be used for the presentation script part
if it is more convenient.

Please remember that the reviewing is single blind, that is, you
must include the author names and affiliations on the first page
of the system description.

Proposals should be submitted by 22 March 2006, to the COLING/ACL 2006
Interactive Presentation Chair using the START Conference Management
system. The submission URL is:


Links to the submission instructions and site can be found on the 
ACL/COLING 2006 homepage.

Submission will be electronic. The only accepted format for submitted
papers is Adobe PDF. Authors are responsible for ensuring their PDF
documents print correctly, e.g. all of the necessary fonts are embedded
in the PDF document. The papers must be submitted no later than
March 22, 2006 11:59pm EST (GMT -5hours). Papers submitted after that
time will not be reviewed.

The electronic submission site is open for submissions.

Please submit any inquiries to:

James Curran
School of Information Technologies
Madsen Building, F09
University of Sydney
NSW 2006
Phone: +61 2 9036 6037
Fax:   +61 2 9351 3838
Email: james at it.usyd.edu.au

Important Dates

Submission Deadline:   22 March 2006
Notification:          7 April 2006
Camera Ready:          28 April 2006
Conference Dates:      17-21 July 2006

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