Alexis Nasr alexis.nasr at LINGUIST.JUSSIEU.FR
Wed Mar 20 08:56:12 UTC 2002


			 An ACL 2002 Workshop

	  July 7, 2002 (the day before the main conference)
			Philadelphia, PA, USA


		  Chris Brew, Ohio State University
		Dragomir Radev, University of Michigan


Natural Language Processing (and Computational Linguistics) courses
have been enjoying a large interest in the last few years. More and
more universities are offering both introductory and advanced
classes. Over the years, faculty from different departments have been
developing their classes by introducing and refining new lectures,
software, and projects.  Some of the main challenges in teaching NLP

1. Teaching to a diverse audience, consisting of a mix of students in
   Linguistics, Computer Science, Information Science, and
   Bioinformatics; both undergraduate and graduate; and with a wide
   range of proficiency in linguistics, computer theory, or

2. Selecting an appropriate focus for a course, e.g., theory
   vs. applications, symbolic vs. empirical, text-only
   vs. text+speech, etc.

3. Finding an appropriate place of an NLP/CL course within a larger
   curriculum, e.g., in Artificial Intelligence, Computational
   Linguistics, Cognitive Science, or Language Engineering.

4. Finding the right links to related areas, such as Theoretical
   Linguistics, Information Retrieval, Speech Science, Cognitive
   Science, Artificial Intelligence, or Genetic/Molecular Biology.

5. Choosing appropriate assignments to provide the right mix of
   theoretical, programming and data analysis exercises.

6. Designing software for educational purposes and developing
   tutorials on existing software.

This ACL workshop on Effective Tools and Methodologies for Teaching
NLP/CL will address these challenges. The workshop will bring together
college faculty with experience in teaching such courses as well as
future teachers (e.g., current graduate students).


We will be soliciting short papers (4-6 pages) on the following

1. Effective course lectures

2. Innovative assignments and projects

3. Educational software

4. Web resources

5. Curriculum issues (e.g., developing an effective multi-course CL

6. Teaching NLP in different departments: Computer Science,
   Linguistics, Information Science, etc.

7. Connecting teaching and research

8. Seminar-style courses

9. Choice of programming languages (and programming requirements in

10. Teaching NLP in languages other than English

11. Evaluation issues (outcomes assessment, educational measurement,

In addition to these papers, the organizers will be collecting
pointers to educational resources on the Web, including course notes,
assignments, tutorials, software, and demos.

The workshop will feature a panel discussing longer-term activities
such as a mailing list for instructors, an archive of educational
materials, etc.

Submissions should be formatted according to the ACL style guide
( and must be in either
PS, PDF, or DOC format. These should be sent electronically to
radev at by the deadline shown below. Hard copies will be
accepted only if the authors explicitly make such arrangements the
co-chairs at least one week prior to the official submission date. In
that case, the hard copies will still have to arrive by the submission

We will assemble printed proceedings, however the ultimate goal of
this workshop would be laying the groundwork for further professional
collaboration in teaching NLP/CL, creating an ACL SIG, and building a
clearinghouse for educational materials.


Papers due:                             March 29, 2002
Acceptance or rejection notification:   April 22, 2002
Camera-ready versions due:              May   17, 2002
Workshop:                               July  07, 2002


Registration fees are $50 for regular participants and $0 (free) for
up to 10 lower income participants (e.g., graduate students and/or
participants from Eastern Europe, Africa, and other disadvantaged
areas of the world).

Candidates for registration fee waivers should indicate their interest
to the program co-chairs by April 22. Authors of accepted papers will
have priority, then authors of rejected papers, then all others.


Chris Brew (co-chair), Ohio State University, cbrew at
Dragomir Radev (co-chair), University of Michigan, radev at

Robert Dale, Macquarie University, rdale at
Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, gh at
Eduard Hovy, USC/ISI, hovy at
Andy Kehler, University of California, San Diego, kehler at
Lillian Lee, Cornell University, llee at
Gina Levow, University of Chicago, levow at
Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh, litman at
Chris Manning, Stanford University, manning at
James Martin, University of Colorado, martin at
Detmar Meurers, Ohio State University, dm at
Massimo Poesio, University of Essex, poesio at
James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University, jamesp at
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, ereiter at
Philip Resnik, University of Maryland, resnik at
Ellen Riloff, University of Utah, riloff at
Matt Stone, Rutgers University, mdstone at
Rich Thomason, University of Michigan, rich at
Hans Uszkoreit, University of the Saarland and DFKI, uszkoreit at
Bonnie Webber, University of Edinburgh, bonnie at
Dekai Wu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, dekai at

Dragomir R. Radev                                         radev at
Assistant Professor of Information, Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science, and Linguistics, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Phone: 734-615-5225   Fax: 734-764-2475
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