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CALL FOR FULL PAPERS
HLT-NAACL 2003 combines the HLT and NAACL (North American Chapter of
the Association for Computational Linguistics) conference series. As
an experiment in reducing "conference overload", the organizers of HLT
and the NAACL Executive agreed to combined conference in 2003. Thus
the 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
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.).
The conference will give special consideration to papers that address
a special topic: New approaches to and uses of unsupervised and
lightly supervised learning techniques.
The conference organization is overseen by a board representing the
North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
(NAACL), SIGIR, the International Speech Communication Association
(ISCA), and HLT funding agencies in North America.
Full papers are due on December 30, 2002, at 5pm your local time.
TOPICS OF INTEREST
The conference addresses advances in all aspects of human language
processing. Topics of interest include computational approaches to:
Speech processing, including:
Rich transcription: automatic annotation of information structure
and sources in speech
Computational analysis of
phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse, style
Statistical techniques for language processing, including
- Speech recognition
- Speech generation
Language generation and text planning
Sentence parsing and discourse analysis
Multilingual processing, including
- Corpus-based language modeling
- Lexical and knowledge acquisition
- Machine translation of speech and text
- Cross-language information retrieval
- Multi-lingual speech recognition and language identification
Development of language resources, including
- Glass-box evaluation of HLT systems and system components
- Back-box evaluation of HLT systems in application settings
Understanding of human communication, including
- Lexicons and ontologies
- Treebanks, proposition banks, and frame banks
Information extraction from multiple media
- Natural language interfaces
- Dialogue structure and dialogue systems
- Message and narrative understanding systems
Full papers will be evaluated in a blind review process, as with previous
NAACL conferences. Short papers will be evaluated in a separate reviewing
process. Work cannot be submitted both as a full paper and as a short paper
or poster. However, the Program Committee may recommend that a full paper
be converted to a short paper or a poster (the authors are free to decline this
Two volumes of proceedings will be produced; one for full papers and a
another for short papers (late-breaking results), posters, and demonstration
Requirements: Submissions must describe original, completed,
unpublished work, and include concrete evaluation results when
appropriate. Papers that have been or will be submitted to other
meetings or publications must provide this information (see submission
format); in the event of multiple acceptances, authors are requested
to immediately notify the program chairs and choose which meeting to
present and publish the work at as soon as possible -- HLT-NAACL 2003
cannot accept for publication or presentation work that will be (or
has been) published elsewhere.
Format: Submissions must be electronic and in PDF, should
follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings and should not exceed
eight (8) pages, including references. Authors are strongly
encouraged to use the LaTeX style files or MSWord equivalents available on the website --
these formats will ease the transition to the proceedings version.
Reviewing: Reviewing will be blind. No information identifying the
authors should be in the paper: this includes not only the authors'
names and affilations, 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". A separate
identification page is required.
Procedure: All interactions will be done via the website and email.
A PDF file of the paper must be uploaded onto the system by the date
of the announced deadline. In addition, information about each paper
must be entered on the website. This information will include:
- Paper title
- Authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses
- Contact author
- A short list of keywords (selected from a predefined list)
- Abstract (no more than 500 words)
- Whether or not the paper addresses the special topic of unsupervised learning
- Whether or not the paper is under consideration for other conferences
Authors who for some reason cannot submit a PDF file electronically
should contact the program chairs in advance of the due date to work
out alternate arrangements.