[Elsnet-list] CFP: ALTA 2011

David Martinez david at alta.asn.au
Tue Jul 5 10:13:57 CEST 2011


          AUSTRALASIAN LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP
                 (ALTA 2011)
               Call for Papers

        1st and 2nd December 2011, Canberra, Australia

          http://alta.asn.au/events/alta2011

OVERVIEW

This year, the Australasian Language Technology Workshop (ALTA) will
be held at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra on
Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of December 2011. This event will be the
ninth annual installment of the ALTA Workshop in its most-recent
incarnation, and the continuation of an annual workshop series that
has existed under various guises since the early 90s.

The goals of the ALTA workshop are:

  * to bring together the growing Language Technology (LT) community
    in Australia and New Zealand and encourage interactions;

  * to encourage interactions and collaboration within this community
    and with the wider international LT community;

  * to foster interaction between academic and industrial researchers,
    to encourage dissemination of research results;

  * to provide a forum for students and young researchers to present
    their research;

  *  to facilitate the discussion of new and ongoing research and
     projects;

  *  to provide an opportunity for the broader artificial intelligence
     community to become aware of local LT research; and, finally,

  *  to increase visibility of LT research in Australia, New Zealand
     and overseas.

TOPICS

We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished
research on all aspects of natural language processing, including, but
not limited to:

  * phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse;
  * speech understanding and generation;
  * interpreting spoken and written language;
  * natural language generation;
  * linguistic, mathematical, and psychological models of language;
  * nlp-based information extraction and retrieval;
  * corpus-based and statistical language modelling;
  * machine translation and translation aids;
  * question answering and information extraction;
  * natural language interfaces and dialogue systems;
  * natural language and multimodal systems;
  * message and narrative understanding systems;
  * evaluations of language systems;
  * embodied conversational agents;
  * computational lexicography;
  * summarisation.

We welcome submissions on any topic that is of interest to the LT
community, and particularly encourage submissions that broaden the
scope of our community through the consideration of practical LT
applications and through multi-disciplinary research. We also
specifically encourage submissions from industry.

SUBMISSION FORMAT

All submissions should follow the ACL style guidelines and must be in
PDF format.

Full paper submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL
proceedings without exceeding eight (8) pages of content plus one
extra page for references. Accepted full papers will be presented
orally at the workshop.

Short paper submissions should also follow the two-column format of
ACL proceedings without exceeding four (4) pages of content plus one
extra page for references. Accepted short papers will be presented as
posters at the workshop.

Note that full paper submissions can be accepted as short papers as
determined by the program committee. Full papers will be distinguished
from short papers in the proceedings.

Reviewing of papers will be double-blind. Therefore, the paper must
not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore,
self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We
previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", must be avoided. Instead, use
citations such as "Smith (1991) previously showed ...".

We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft
Word Style files tailored for this year's conference. The style files
and example documents are available from the workshop website.We
reserve the right to reject submissions that do not conform to these
styles including font and page size restrictions.

If we cannot print your PDF file by the submission date it will be
rejected without being reviewed. Therefore you are encouraged to send
an early version with the typographical complexity of your final
intended version so that we can check it is printable. Detailed
directions for submission will be made available at the workshop
website. Contact the organisers for any questions regarding this
process.

PROCEEDINGS

The full proceedings volume will have an ISSN and will be published
online on the ACL anthology website as well as the website of the
Australasian Language Technology Association (ALTA).

IMPORTANT DATES

  * Submissions deadline: Monday 19th September 2011
  * Accept/reject: Monday 10th October 2011
  * Final camera-ready copy: Monday 31st October 2011
  * ALTA Workshop: Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd December 2011

WORKSHOP CO-CHAIRS

  * David Martinez (NICTA Victoria Research Lab and University of Melbourne)
  * Diego Molla (Macquarie University)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

  * Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne)
  * Steven Bird (University of Melbourne)
  * Francis Bond (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  * Wray Buntine (NICTA Canberra Research Lab and ANU)
  * Eric Choi (NICTA)
  * Jean-Yves Delort (Google)
  * Mark Dras (Macquarie University)
  * Rebecca Dridan (University of Melbourne)
  * Dominique Estival (University of Sydney)
  * Tanja Gaustad (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
  * Ben Hachey (Macquarie University and CMCRC)
  * Nitin Indurkya (University of New South Wales and eBay Research Labs)
  * Alistair Knott (University of Otago, New Zealand)
  * Kazunori Komatani (Nagoya University, Japan)
  * Andrew Lampert (CSIRO)
  * Meladel Mistica (ANU)
  * Scott Nowson (Appen Butler Hill)
  * Cecile Paris (CSIRO)
  * Son Bao Pham (Vietnam National University, Vietnam)
  * Luiz Augusto Pizzato (University of Sydney)
  * David Powers (Flinders University)
  * Adam Saulwick (DSTO)
  * Andrea Schalley (Griffith University)
  * Rolf Schwitter (Macquarie University)
  * Hanna Suominen (NICTA Canberra Research Lab and ANU)
  * Menno Van Zaanen (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
  * Jette Viethen (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
  * Wayne Wobcke (University of New South Wales)
  * Simon Zwarts (Google)

WORKSHOP LOCAL ORGANISERS

  * Hanna Suominen (NICTA Canberra Research Lab and ANU)
  * Wray Buntine (NICTA Canberra Research Lab and ANU)

ENQUIRIES

The Australasian Language Technology Workshop is being organised by
ALTA, the Australasian Language Technology Association. For any
comments or questions about the workshop please contact the workshop
organisers (workshop AT alta DOT asn DOT au).
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