EACL '99 Call for Papers, Demos/Posters, Student Papers, Tutorials and Workshops, 2nd edition

9th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics

8--12 June, 1999

University of Bergen

Bergen, Norway

1. Table of Contents
2. Paper Sessions
2.1. Topics of Interest

Papers are invited on substantial, original, and unpublished research on all aspects of computational linguistics, including, but not limited to: pragmatics, discourse, semantics, syntax and the lexicon; phonetics, phonology and morphology; interpreting and generating spoken and written language; linguistic, mathematical and psychological models of language; language-oriented information retrieval and information extraction; corpus-based language modeling; machine translation and translation aids; natural language interfaces and dialogue systems; approaches to coordinating the linguistic with other modalities in multi-media systems; message and narrative understanding systems.

2.2. Requirements

Papers should describe original work. They should emphasize completed work rather than intended work and they should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation results should be included. A paper accepted for presentation at the EACL Meeting cannot be presented or have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available published proceedings. Papers that are being submitted to other conferences must reflect this fact on the title page.

2.3. Format for Submission

Authors should submit preliminary versions of their papers for review, not to exceed 3200 words (exclusive of references). Papers should be headed by a title page containing the paper ID code (see below), title, a short (5 line) summary, up to five keywords specifying the subject area, the word count (excluding figures and bibliography) and a notice of multiple submission, if required. Since reviewing will be `blind', the title page of the paper should omit author names and addresses. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the authors' identity (e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) . . . ") should be avoided. Instead, use references of the form "Smith previously showed (1991) . . . " Care should be taken to avoid obvious giveaways in the bibliography such as listings for unpublished in-house technical reports. Papers outside the specified length and/or without an ID code are liable to rejection without review.

To identify each paper, an ID code must be acquired by filing an electronic paper registration form: on successful completion of this form an ID code will be sent to the designated author by e-mail.

To assist in the refereeing process, we would be very grateful if authors prepare a web-browsable (e.g. HTML, PostScript, PDF) electronic version of their papers. We understand that this may not be possible in all cases, but request that it be prepared if at all possible. To preserve anonymity, do not include a pointer to this with your paper submission: We will request a URL for your electronic version in the email acknowledgement of receipt message. Also please note that we will not be downloading copies from this URL, so it should remain valid through the refereeing process, i.e. until 10 March 1999. Be aware that the paper copy is the definitive copy, and changes should not be made to the electronic copy after submission on paper.

We strongly recommend the use of ACL-standard LaTex (plus bibstyle and trivial example) or Word style files for the preparation of submissions. These styles include a place for the required information such as ID code and word count, and allow for a graceful transition to the style required for publication.

If you cannot use the ACL-standard styles directly, a description of the required format is at http://www.ltg.ed.ac.uk/eacl99/style/substyle.html. If you cannot access this web page, send email to eacl99@cogsci.ed.ac.uk with subject SUBSTYLE for an automatic reply.

2.4. Submission Procedure

Four (4) paper copies of each paper (printed on both sides of the page if possible) should be submitted to the following address:

Enquiries to the Programme Committee by email at eacl99@cogsci.ed.ac.uk.

2.5. Schedule

Submissions must be received by 18 January 1999. Late submissions (those arriving on or after 19 January 1999) will be returned unopened. Acknowledgements will be emailed soon after receipt. Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors (by email) on 10 March 1999. Camera-ready copies of final papers prepared in a double-column format, preferably using a laser printer, must be received by 19 April 1999, along with a signed copyright release statement. Detailed formatting guidelines will be provided to authors with their acceptance notice. The paper sessions, including student papers, will take place on 9--11 June 1999.

2.6. Programme Committee
ChairHenry S. Thompson, University of Edinburgh
co-ChairAlex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh
Area ChairsJohn Carroll, University of Sussex; Robert Gaizauskas, University of Sheffield; Jan Hajic, Charles University; Mats Rooth, University of Stuttgart; Paul Taylor, University of Edinburgh; Marilyn Walker, ATT Research Labs.
Poster session chairGiorgio Satta, University of Padua

The members in each area of the Programme Committee will be listed in the Proceedings.

3. Poster and Demo Sessions

The meeting will include a Poster Session and a Demo Session. Posters should present work in progress, project status reports, unevaluated results or system summaries (with or without demos). Space for A1 posters is reserved at the session and there will be 2 pages in the proceedings allocated to describe the work shown in the poster.

We also encourage the submission of software demos presenting system overviews. Developers should outline the design of their system and provide sufficient details to allow the evaluation of its validity, quality, and relevance to computational linguistics. Pointers to web sites running the demo preview will also be helpful.

For both sessions, four (4) paper copies of a two (2) page abstract not exceeding 800 words (exclusive of references) should be submitted by 18 January 1999 to the posters/demos chair:

Both submissions should include the following information on the first page: paper title and author(s)' name(s); address, telephone/fax numbers and email of contact author. Submission type ("poster submission" or "demo submission") must be clearly indicated on the first page.

Demo submissions should also clearly indicate if any computer equipment is expected to be provided by the local organizer. If so, please specify desired hardware platform, hard disk and memory capacity, operating system and other software needed in order to run the demo. Also mention name and contact information of systems operations specialist. If you are bringing your own laptop, you should instead request a video projector if you need one, providing details about PC type, screen resolution, etc.

Submissions arriving on or after 19 January 1999 will be returned unopened. Acknowledgements will be emailed soon after receipt. Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors by email on 10 March 1999. Camera-ready copies of poster papers must be received at the EACL Programme Committee address in Edinburgh by 19 April 1999, along with a signed copyright release statement. Detailed formatting guidelines will be provided to authors along with the acceptance notice.

4. Student Sessions

There will again be special Student Sessions organized by a committee of EACL graduate student members. EACL student members are invited to submit short papers on any of the topics listed above. The papers will be reviewed by a committee of students and faculty members for presentation in workshop-style sessions and publication in a special section of the conference proceedings. The call for papers is now available.

5. Tutorials

The meeting will include a programme of tutorials on Tuesday June 8, immediately preceding, and at the same venue as the conference.

Each tutorial should be well-focused so that its core content can be covered in a three hour slot (including a half-hour break). In exceptional cases, 6-hour tutorials are possible as well.

Proposals for tutorials should contain:

Proposals should be submitted by electronic mail, in plain ASCII text as soon as possible, but no later than 18 December 1998 to the tutorial coordinator:

Approved tutorial speakers' travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed provided a short tutorial abstract and full tutorial materials are received in good time for publicity and reproduction. Details of the schedule for this will accompany notification of acceptance.

For further details concerning tutorials, see the tutorials page at http://ilk.kub.nl/~walter/eacl/tutorials.html

6. Workshops

As in other years, EACL '99 will be accompanied by a number of workshops. These will be held on June 12, the day after the main conference. The ACL has a policy on workshops.

Proposals must include a clear description of the workshop aims, a budget of the workshop expenses and expected sources of income, and an indication of the expected number of participants. Please send your workshop proposals (preferably electronically) as soon as possible and in any case before 18 December 1998 to the workshop chair:

For further details concerning workshops, see the workshops page at http://www.let.rug.nl/~vannoord/eacl99/workshops.html

7. Invited Speakers

We are pleased to announce that Wolfgang Wahlster, Director of DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) and Vice President-elect of the ACL, and Bruce Croft, Director, Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will be our two keynote speakers.

8. Venue and Local Arrangements

The conference will be held in Bergen, Norway from 8 through 12 June, 1999. See the conference home page for local arrangements information. The Local Arrangements Committee is chaired by Koenraad de Smedt. The Local Arrangements Committee can be reached at:

9. Timetable
18 DecWorkshop proposals due in Groningen
18 DecTutorial proposals due in Tilburg
25 DecDecisions on workshops sent to workshop organisers
28 DecDecision on tutorials sent to tutorial organisers
18 JanSubmitted papers due in Edinburgh
18 JanSubmitted posters/demo papers due in Padua
1 MarTutorial summary for brochure due in Tilburg
10 MarDecisions on programme sent to authors
19 AprFinal versions of papers due in Edinburgh
19 AprFinal versions of poster/demo papers due in Edinburgh
1 MayTutorial course material due in Tilburg
5 MayCamera-ready copy of workshop proceedings due in Groningen
8 JunTutorials
9--11 JunPaper sessions
12 JunWorkshops