NAACL-2001 Student Research Workshop Call for Papers

Priscilla Rasmussen rasmusse at
Tue Aug 15 14:08:06 EST 2000

                  Preliminary Call for Papers
                           for the
                   Student Research Workshop
                  Language Technologies 2001:
       2nd Meeting of the North American Chapter of the
           Association for Computational Linguistics

	    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 2-7, 2001

Student Co-Chairs: Krzysztof Czuba, Carnegie Mellon University
                   (kczuba at
                   Lisa Michaud, University of Delaware
                   (masterma at

                   (Full contact information below)

Advisor: Deborah Dahl, Unisys Corporation
        (Deborah.Dahl at

Contents: 1. Overview and Purpose of the Student Research Workshop
          2. Topics of Interest
          3. Format of Presentations
          4. Requirements
          5. Paper Publication
          6. Format for Submissions
          7. Timeline
          8. Website
          9. Contact Information

1.  Overview

The North American Chapter of the Association for Computational
Linguistics (ACL) is pleased to announce the student program for the
2nd Meeting of the North American Chapter of the ACL (NAACL).
Through this program, students working in any area of computational
linguistics present research in progress and receive feedback from
other members of the computational linguistics community.  This is a
valuable opportunity for students to solicit comments on their
research from a broad audience including other graduate students and
researchers from academia and industry.  We encourage students of all
levels to participate.

2. Topics of Interest

The Student Research Workshop accepts submission of papers addressing
all topics covered by NAACL.  Please see the main session CFP for a
list of topics, or see the NAACL 2001 webpage at:

3. Format of Presentations

Following the format of the successful Student Research Workshop at
NAACL 2000 in Seattle, this year's presentations will involve
responses given by panels of experienced researchers in the field. The
purpose of the panel is to provide the students with clear feedback on
their research and presentation skills.  Two panelists will respond to
each presentation. The panelists will have read the paper beforehand
and prepared supportive comments to help the student identify
strengths and weaknesses.  Following the panelists' comments, there
will be time for general comments from the audience.  The time block
for each paper will be fairly large to accommodate the more extensive
feedback expected in this format.

This year, we would also like to introduce poster presentations.  In
addition to the paper, all presenters will also design a poster for
the Student Poster Session outside of the workshop.  The Student
Poster Session will give the students greater exposure to the NAACL
community at large, particularly those individuals who are unable to
attend the workshop. There will be no separate submission to the
Student Poster Session. The organizers may also choose to invite the
authors of high-quality papers which, due to time constraints, were
not accepted for the Student Workshop, to present their work during
the Student Poster Session.

4. Paper Publication

Papers presented at the NAACL 2001 Student Research Workshop will be
published in the NAACL 2001 Student Research Workshop Proceedings.
The Proceedings will be printed in a volume separate from the main
conference proceedings, following the format adopted for other
preconference workshops.

5. Requirements

Papers submitted to the Student Research Workshop should describe
original, unpublished work in progress.  For student papers presenting
joint work, all co-authors must be students.  Concurrent submission to
other conferences is allowed, but this must be clearly indicated on
the identification page.  If accepted, the paper must be withdrawn
from all other conferences or alternatively may be withdrawn from
NAACL 2001.  Students may not submit the same paper to the main
sessions and the student workshop for NAACL 2001.  Students may, of
course, submit different papers to the main conference and the student
workshop, or papers on different aspects of a particular problem or
project.  The author's decision on which venue is most appropriate for
his or her work should depend on the completion level of the work
(work that has been extensively evaluated may be more appropriately
submitted to the main session, while work in early stages may benefit
most from the Student Workshop venue, where it can receive more
detailed feedback) and on the presentation experience of the student
(the workshop should be seen as an excellent opportunity to present to
a supportive audience whose comments aim to assist in the improvement
of the work rather than to criticize).

5.  Format for Submissions

The maximum allowable length is 3,200 words, including inline
references and footnotes but excluding the identification page,
figures and bibliography.  Electronic submissions are required and
should be either self-contained LaTeX source, PostScript, or PDF (we
encourage postscript submissions).  PostScript submissions must use a
standard font.  LaTeX submissions should not refer to any other
external files or styles except for the standard styles for TeX 3.14
and LaTeX 2.09 or the ACL-standard LaTeX style files.  The bibliography
for a LaTeX submission cannot be submitted as separate .bib file; the
actual bibliography entries must be inserted in the submitted LaTeX
source file.

We strongly recommend the use of ACL-standard LaTeX (including the
bibstyle) or Word style files (which will be available on the website)
for the preparation of submissions.  Authors who have difficulty
accessing the style files from the student web site should contact the
student Co-Chairs for a textual description.

Since reviewing will be blind, the heading of the paper should omit
author names and addresses (this information will be included in the
identification page).  Self-references that reveal the authors'
identity (e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) . . . ") should be
avoided.  Instead, use references in a neutral form (e.g., "Smith
previously showed (1991) . . . ").  Furthermore, avoid obvious
giveaways in the bibliography such as listings for unpublished
in-house technical reports.

Each paper will be reviewed by one non-student and two student
reviewers knowledgeable in the area addressed by the paper.

Identification Page

Identifying information should be on a separate page and must include
the following:

 	Authors' names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses
        Paper identification number
	Designated contact author
	Short (5 line) summary
	Up to 5 keywords specifying subject area
	Submission to other conferences (`none' or a list)

The ACL-standard LaTeX and Word can be used to create the
identification page.

Papers outside the specified length or that do not meet the formatting
guidelines are subject to rejection without review.	


Prior to submission, the author or authors must notify the Co-chairs
of the intent to submit via the Student Research Workshop website at:

There will be a form there to submit title, authors, abstract, and
keywords.  Following notification, an identification number will be
assigned to assist in the blind reviewing.

The preferred form for submission is via the author's web site. Load
the PostScript, PDF or self-contained LaTeX file (for papers prepared
using Word, a postscript or PDF file must be submitted) to a web site,
then email the URL to the Co-Chairs at an email address which will be
provided in the final Call for Papers and will be available on the
website.  Make certain you mention the identification number in your

If an author has no web space available, the file containing the paper
can be emailed to the above address.  Only in unusual cases will hard
copy submissions be allowed.  Please contact the Co-Chairs well in
advance of the deadline if you need to make special arrangements.

Late submissions will not be accepted.  Notification of receipt will be
e-mailed to the designated contact author shortly after receipt.

6. Timeline

The preliminary timeline for the Student Research Workshop follows the
main session timeline:

   Deadline for electronic notification of intent to submit:
      November 6, 2000

   Submission deadline:
      November 9, 2000

   Acceptance notification:
      January 24, 2001

   Camera-ready papers due by:
      February 27, 2001

   Workshop date:
      The exact date is still to be determined.  The workshop will
      take place before the main NAACL conference, either on the
      3rd or 4th of June 2001.

7.  Website

Updated information, including this CFP, will be available at this
website address:

8.  Contact Information

Inquiries to the Co-Chairs of the student session should be sent to:

Krzysztof Czuba
Language Technologies Institute
Newell-Simon Hall 4605
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 268 6521
Fax: (412) 268 6298
email: kczuba at

Lisa Michaud
Computer and Information Sciences Department
214 Smith Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-3643
Fax: (302) 831-4091
email: michaud at   (email is the best)

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