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Subject: [ E-CFP ] EMNLP 2013 Newsletter No. 1
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Date received: 05 Sep 2013
Deadline: 16 Sep 2013
Start date: 19 Oct 2013


             EMNLP 2013 NEWSLETTER NO. 1 (September 5, 2013)

:: Important Dates

Camera-ready submission deadline is September 16, 2013 (11:59pm
UTC/GMT -11 hours)

Registration will open in early September.

Workshops: October 18, 2013

Main conference: October 19-21, 2013

:: Table of Contents

1. EMNLP 2013 in Seattle, USA
2. Organising Committee
3. Main Conference: List of Accepted Papers
4. Invited Speakers
5. Student Volunteers and Travel Grants
6. Workshops
7. Registration
8. Accommodation
9. Invitation Letter for US Visa Application
10. Sponsorship
11. Newsletter No. 2

:: 1. EMNLP 2013 in Seattle, USA

Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
(EMNLP) is one of the largest and most competitive conferences in
computational linguistics. Organized by SIGDAT (the Association
for Computational Linguistics special interest group for
linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to natural language
processing) it presents papers on all areas of interest to the
SIGDAT community and aligned fields.

EMNLP will be held in Seattle, USA, October 18-21, 2013. The
conference will take place at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, in the
heart of downtown Seattle, just blocks from the famous Pike's

EMNLP 2013 website is available at

:: 2. Organising Committee

General Chair: David Yarowsky, Johns Hopkins University

Program Chairs: Tim Baldwin, The University of Melbourne Anna
Korhonen, University of Cambridge

Workshops Chair: Karen Livescu, Toyota Technological Institute at

Publication Chair: Steven Bethard, University of Alabama at

Local Organization Chair: Priscilla Rasmussen, ACL

Area Chairs:

Phonology, Morphology, Tagging, Chunking and Segmentation Kemal
Oflazer, Anna Feldman

Syntax and Parsing Jennifer Foster, Yoav Goldberg

Semantics Mark Stevenson, Luke Zettlemoyer

Discourse, Dialogue, and Pragmatics Carolyn Rose, Matt Purver

Language resources Emily Bender, Aline Villavicencio

Summarization and Generation Dragomir Radev, Yang Liu

NLP-related Machine Learning: theory, methods and algorithms Amir
Globerson, Antal van den Bosch

Machine Translation Taro Watanabe, Kevin Knight

Information Retrieval and Question Answering Bernardo Magnini,
Soumen Chakrabarti

Information Extraction Mausam, Heng Ji

Spoken Language Processing Haizhou Li, Amanda Stent

Text Mining and Natural Language Processing Applications Hang Li,
Kevin Cohen

Sentiment Analysis and Opinion Mining Janyce Weibe, Bing Liu

NLP for the Web and Social Media Miles Osborne, Chin-Yew Lin

Computational Models of Human Language Acquisition and Processing
Alessandro Lenci, Afra Alishahi

:: 3. Main Conference - List of Accepted Papers

EMNLP 2013 has a broad technical program. We received nearly 800
submissions, out of which we were able to accept 151 long papers
and 56 short papers (with the overall acceptance rate of 27%).
The list of accepted papers is now available at the conference


Important Dates:

Camera ready papers due: September 16, 2013

:: 4. Invited Speakers

We are delighted to announce our invited speakers for EMNLP 2013:

Dr Fernando Pereira, Research Director at Google

Dr Andrew Ng, Co-CEO and Co-founder of Coursera

:: 5. Student Volunteers and Travel Grants

1. Student Volunteer Program

We seek a limited number of student volunteers for EMNLP 2013. In
exchange for one full day's work equivalent, student volunteers
receive free registration to the main conference (although not to
the associated workshops). The work will be divided, probably
into two half-day shifts, and the shifts will be scheduled to
maximize volunteer access to the conference events. Tasks will
include assisting at the registration desk, stuffing delegate
packs, and providing technical assistance for conference events
including the main conference and workshops.

2. Student Travel Awards

A small amount of funding is also available to assist up to four
student participants both with travel to Seattle, WA for EMNLP
2013, as well as with conference expenses (such as housing, local
transportation to/from airport, etc.).

All students are welcome to apply. The applicants must agree to
participate in the EMNLP 2013 Student Volunteer Program to
further defray costs. Please note that Student Travel Awards are
to subsidize student authors' participation in EMNLP, and are not
intended to cover all travel expenses.

This funding is possible thanks to a grant from Google.

3. Submission procedure

To apply for either or both of the Student Volunteer Program
and/or a Student Travel Grant, please send an email application
to Priscilla Rasmussen (acl_(at)_aclweb.org) stating the following:

Application for: [ ] Travel Award [ ] Student Volunteer [ ] Both

Full Name:


Mailing Address:

Title of your accepted paper:

Paper to be presented in the Main Conference or specify which

Other Sources of Funding:

Application deadline: September 15, 2013, 24:59 EDT

Notification of awards: September 19, 2013

All Student Travel Award recipients who are not selected for the
Student Volunteer Program must register for the conference and
pay at the student rates. All Student Volunteer Award recipients
must also register for the conference, selecting "I am a Student
Volunteer" in the main conference section. Students will be
reimbursed by the ACL Business Manager, Priscilla Rasmussen,
after the conference and upon providing original or scanned
receipts and an accounting of the requested funding (i.e., a
business expense report).

:: 6. Workshops

Workshop Chair: Karen Livescu, Toyota Technological Institute at

The following 3 workshops will be held at EMNLP 2013:

TextGraphs-8 - Graph-based Methods for Natural Language
Processing Zornitsa Kozareva, Irina Matveeva, Gabor Melli, Vivi
Nastase Website: http://www.textgraphs.org/ws13

SPMRL-2013 - 4th Workshop on Statistical Parsing of
Morphologically Rich Languages Yoav Goldberg, Ines Rehbein,
Yannick Versley Website: http://www.spmrl.org/spmrl2013.html

Twenty Years of Bitext Chris Dyer, Noah A. Smith, Phil Blunsom
Website: http://sites.google.com/site/20yearsofbitext/

:: 7. Registration

The registration site will open very soon. It will be linked from
the main conference website

:: 8. Accommodation

The conference hotel is the Grand Hyatt Seattle where conference
rates have been negotiated to be:

$185 for single/double king bed $200 for single/double two beds
$210 for triple $235 for quadruple

All rooms include complimentary internet. The Group rate will be
available up to three days pre/post conference based upon the
availability of the Hotel. Attendees can access the site to learn
more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation
from August 23, 2013 to September 27, 2013.

To make your hotel reservations and take advantage of the
Conference Group Rate, please follow this link or use the
passcode EMNLP2013:


:: 9. Invitation letter for US Via Application

Since US visa applications can take 1-4 months to be approved, we
strongly encourage prospective participants to apply for a US
visa well in advance of the conference. If you require an
invitation letter for your visa application, please contact the
ACL Business Manager, Priscilla Rasmussen (acl_(at)_aclweb.org),
including the following information:

your full name your address if you have an accepted paper, the
title of the paper and whether it is a main conference or
workshop paper

Invitation letters can be requested prior to receipt of paper
notifications and also for prospective participants without
papers. For authors who have papers accepted, it is also possible
to request a second invitation letter which verifies that the
paper has been accepted.

Ms. Rasmussen will send on the invitation letter via email as a
signed MS Word document. If you additionally require a hard copy,
please indicate this in your invitation letter request.

:: 10. Sponsorship

Google (Gold Sponsor)

Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or finding out more about
sponsorship, exhibiting, advertising or other opportunities is
encouraged to contact Priscilla Rasmussen (acl_(at)_aclweb.org).

:: 11. Newsletter No. 2

EMNLP Newsletter No. 2 will be published before the end of
September giving more information on registration, venue, travel
and conference program, among other things.

Contacts: emnlp-2013_(at)_cl.cam.ac.uk

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