Appel: ACL'99 Call for Demos

Pierre Zweigenbaum pz at
Fri Mar 26 17:12:28 UTC 1999

Date: Thu, 25 Mar 99 19:42:05 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse at>
Message-Id: <CMM-RU.1.5.922408925.rasmusse at>

			Call for Proposals:
		ACL-99   Software Demonstrations  Program

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  Demonstations Chair:

       David Traum
       UMIACS, University of Maryland
       traum at


      The ACL '99 Program Committee invites proposals for the
      Demonstrations Program for ACL '99, to be held at the University
      of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, June 20--26, 1999. This
      program is primarily to encourage the early exhibition of research
      prototypes, but interesting mature systems are also eligible
      (commercial sales and marketing activities are not appropriate in the
      Demonstration program, and should be arranged as part of the
      ACL-99 Exhibit Program).

      Areas of Interest

      We would like to encourage the submission of proposals for
      demonstrations of software related to any areas of computational
      linguistics. reas of interest include, but are not limited to:

      *     Natural language processing systems, including
              - Dialogue systems and interfaces
              - Machine translation systems and translation aids
              - Message and narrative understanding systems.
              - Language-oriented information retrieval and
                   information extraction systems
      *    Application systems using embedded language technology components
      *    Reusable components (parsers, generators, speech recognizers,...)
      *    Software tools for facilitating computational linguistics research
      *    Software for demonstrating or evaluating computational
            linguistics research
      *     Aids for teaching computational linguistics concepts

  Format for Submission

      Demo Proposals consist of the following parts, which should all be
      sent to the Demo Chair (electronic submissions preferred).

      *    An abstract of the technical content to be demonstrated, not
           to exceed two pages, including title, authors, full contact
           information, references and acknowledgements.

      *    A detailed description of hardware and software
           requirements expected to be provided by the local organizer.
           Demonstrators are encouraged to be flexible in their
           requirements (possibly with different demos for different
           logistical situations). Please state what you can bring
           yourself and what you absolutely must have provided. We
           will do our best to provide equipment and resources but
           nothing can be guaranteed at this point beyond space and
           power. Please contact the demo chair at one of the addresses
           below for any specific questions.

      *    A "Script Outline" of the demo presentation, including
           accompanying narrative, and either a web address for
           accessing the demo or visual aids (e.g., screen-shots,
           snapshots, or sketches). No more than 6 pages, total.

  Submissions Procedure

      Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible, but before April
      20th, to the ACL-99 Demonstrations Chair. Please submit your
      proposals and any inquiries to:

           David R. Traum
           UMIACS, A. V. Williams Building
           University of Maryland
           College Park, MD 20742 USA
           traum at
           phone: +1 (301) 405-1139
           fax: +1 (301) 405-6707

      Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance to
      computational linguistics, innovation, scientific contribution,
      presentation, and user friendliness, as well as potential logistical

  Other Details

  Further details on the timing and format for the demonstrations
  sessions will be  determined and provided at a later date. We
  anticipate charging a $40 fee for presenting demos, to help defray costs.

  Important Dates

  Submission Deadline for Demo Proposal:   20 April 1999
  Notification :                           15 May 1999
  Conference Dates:                     23-26 June 1999

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