25.2869, Calls: Computational Linguistics/Australia

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LINGUIST List: Vol-25-2869. Tue Jul 08 2014. ISSN: 1069 - 4875.

Subject: 25.2869, Calls: Computational Linguistics/Australia

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Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:31:36
From: Gabriela Ferraro [gabriela.ferraro at nicta.com.au]
Subject: Australasian Language Technology Workshop

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Full Title: Australasian Language Technology Workshop 
Short Title: ALTA 2014 

Date: 26-Nov-2014 - 28-Nov-2014
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 
Contact Person: Gabriela Ferraro
Meeting Email: workshop at alta.asn.au
Web Site: http://www.alta.asn.au/events/alta2014/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 19-Nov-2014 

Meeting Description:

Australasian Language Technology Workshop (ALTA 2014) 

This year the Australasian Language Technology Workshop (ALTA) will be held at the RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, on Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 November. This event will be the twelfth annual installment of the ALTA.
The goals of the ALTA workshop are:

- To bring together the growing Language Technology (LT) community in the Australasian region 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
- To increase visibility of LT research in Australasia and overseas

Invited Speakers:
We are working to line up a couple of very exciting speakers. We will announce them when they are confirmed.
We would like to offer a few full- or half-day tutorials on Wednesday, 26 November and are currently requesting proposals for tutorial topics. If you would like to present a tutorial, please contact the organisers as soon as possible (workshop at alta.asn.au). For more information, please see http://www.alta.asn.au/events/alta2014/alta-2014-tutorials.html

Student Travel Support:
With the generous support of our sponsors, ALTA will be offering travel support for students to attend and present at ALTA 2014. We will provide details of this on the workshop website at a later date.

We are pleased to announce that we have already secured sponsorship for the workshop from the CSIRO.
If you or your organisation are interested in sponsoring the ALTA Workshop, please contact the workshop organisers for information.

ALTA Membership:
We invite anyone interested in language technology research and development to join ALTA by subscribing to the ALTA mailing list alta-announce+subscribe at googlegroups.com

Call for Papers:

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
- Language resources
- Topic modelling and unsupervised language analysis
- Social media analysis and processing
- Domain-specific adaptation of natural language processing algorithms

We welcome submissions on any topic that is of interest to the LT community, and particularly encourage submissions of practical LT applications and through multi-disciplinary research. We also especially encourage submissions from industry.
Submissions will be through EasyChair: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=altw2014
All submissions should follow the ACL 2014 style guidelines and must be in PDF format.
Full paper submissions may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content plus any number of pages consisting of only references. Short papers may consist of up to four (4) pages of content plus any number of pages consisting of only references. Full papers will be distinguished from short papers in the proceedings.
Papers will be presented either orally or as posters at the workshop. There will be no distinction between papers presented orally and those presented as posters in the proceedings.
Reviewing of papers will be double-blind. Therefore, the paper must not include the authors' names and affiliations. Papers not conforming to these requirements will be rejected without review.
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:
Please note that as ALTW 2014 happens earlier in the year than in previous years, there will be no extensions to the submission deadline, given this tight schedule.
Submission deadline: 19 September 2014(23:59 GMT +10:00)
Notification: 24 October 2014
Final camera-ready copy: 7 November 2014
ALTA Workshop: 26-28 November 2014
Workshop co-chairs:
Gabriela Ferraro (NICTA)
Stephen Wan (CSIRO)
Local Organisers:

Lawrence Cavedon (RMIT)
We are pleased to be working with Falk Scholer (RMIT) to organise the co-located event: the Australian Document Computing Symposium.

Preliminary Program Committee (to be finalised):
François Lareau (Université de Montréal)
Wray Lindsay (Monash University)
Andrea Schalley (Griffith University)
Scott Nowson (Xerox Research Centre Europe)
Anthony Nguyen (The Australian e-Health Research Centre)
Will Radford (Xerox Research Centre Europe)
Rolf Schwitter (Macquarie University)
Su Nam Kim (Monash University)
Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne)
Graeme Hirst (University of Toronto)
Diego Molla (Macquarie University)
Cecile Paris (CSIRO)
Horacio Saggion (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Karin Verspoor (The University of Melbourne)
Sarvnaz Karimi (CSIRO)
Alistair Knott (University of Otago)
Lan Du (Macquarie University)
David Powers (Flinders University)
Nathalie Colineau (DSTO)
Ben Hachey (University of Sydney)

The Australasian Language Technology Workshop is being organised by ALTA. For any comments, please contact (workshop at alta.asn.au)

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