[Elsnet-list] ACL 2008 Software engineering/testing/quality assurance for NLP workshop: deadline extension

Pierre Zweigenbaum pz at limsi.fr
Thu Mar 27 00:40:15 CET 2008


Software engineering, testing, and quality assurance for natural language processing
An ACL 2008 workshop
Columbus, OH 
June 20, 2008

Natural language, as an input type, has unique characteristics that present special problems for software testing, quality assurance, and even requirements specification.  This workshop is intended to stimulate research in all areas of software engineering for natural language processing.  The goals of the workshop include raising awareness of the need for good software engineering practices in NLP, stimulating research on same, and disseminating the results of current work in this area.

The target audience is researchers interested in natural language processing software, including testing and standardization.

Submissions of full papers and poster abstracts are solicited in all areas of software engineering, testing and quality assurance as they relate to natural language processing.  Some suggested areas are:

* Patterns for design, coding, refactoring, and unit testing of language processing systems
* Test suite design and generation
* Special issues in metrology for natural language processing
* Grammar/rule engineering
* Usability
* Standardization of tools and/or resources
* Design for and evaluation of reliability and robustness
* Scalability issues in training and deployment
* Reusability and toolkit design
* Concurrency and multithreading for NLP
* Theoretical issues in software engineering for NLP


NEW SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, April 4, 2008, 11:59 PM East Coast time
Notification of acceptance: Sunday, April 20, 2008
Camera-ready copy due: Saturday, April 26, 2008


Full papers: Revised ACL guidelines for full papers this year allow for 8 pages of text plus one page of references.  Full papers are intended to be reports of original and mature research.

Poster abstracts: Poster abstracts should not exceed two (2) pages.  Accepted abstracts will be published in a separate section of the workshop proceedings.  Appropriate poster topics include preliminary results, application notes, descriptions of work in progress, etc.

Submission format: Submissions must be in PDF and should follow the two-column format of the ACL proceedings.  Ensure that you are *not* in A4 format.  Please see the conference website for detailed typesetting specifications.  Authors are strongly encouraged to use the LaTeX or Microsoft Word style files available on the ACL meeting website at http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/acl08/stylefiles.html.

Submit your paper or abstract via the workshop web site at https://www.softconf.com/acl08/ACL08-WS04/ by 11:59 PM on Friday, April 4, East Coast time.  Submissions need not be anonymous.  Authors who cannot submit a PDF file electronically should contact the workshop organizers well in advance of the submission deadline.

Papers may not be submitted to the software engineering, testing, and quality assurance workshop if they are or will be concurrently submitted to another meeting or publication and that other meeting or publication prohibits dual submissions.  If your paper is or will be concurrently under consideration by another meeting or publication, please notify us of that fact in a footnote on the first page.



K. Bretonnel Cohen, MITRE and U. Colorado School of Medicine
Bob Carpenter, Alias-i


William A. Baumgartner, Jr., U. Colorado School of Medicine
Hamish Cunningham, U. Sheffield
Dan Flickinger, Stanford U.
Michael Gamon, Microsoft
Martin Jansche, Google
Marc Light, Thomson
James Lyle, Microsoft
Kevin Markey, Silver Creek Systems
Stephan Oepen, Stanford U.
Martha Palmer, U. Colorado at Boulder
Jeff Reynar, Google
Jun'ichi Tsujii, U. Tokyo and UK National Centre for Text Mining
Martin Volk, U. Stockholm
Scott A. Waterman, Powerset

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