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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   2nd CFP for EMNLP-2001 (preceding NAACL-2001)
From:   Priscilla Rasmussen
Email:   >rasmusse_(on)_cs.rutgers.edu>
Date received:   05 Mar 2001
Deadline:   09 Mar 2001
Start date:   03 Jun 2001

*** SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS FOR EMNLP 2001 *** (includes submission instructions; note notification deadline) 2001 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing Sponsored by SIGDAT and the Intelligent Information Systems Institute (IISI). SIGDAT, the Association for Computational Linguistics' special interest group on linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to NLP, invites submissions to EMNLP 2001. The conference will be held at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA USA on June 3 and 4, immediately preceding the meeting of the North American Chapter of the ACL (NAACL). We are interested in papers from academia, government, and industry on all areas of traditional interest to the SIGDAT community and aligned fields, including but not limited to: * information extraction * information retrieval * language and dialog modeling * lexical acquisition * machine translation * multilingual technologies * question answering * statistical parsing * summarization * tagging * term and named-entity extraction * word sense disambiguation * word, term, and text segmentation Also, to encourage reflection on the current state of the art in corpus-based methods, the conference will have the following theme: "What Works and What Doesn't: Successes and Challenges" Successes --- We solicit papers showing the success of empirical methods in and across application settings. Examples include improvements in information retrieval performance due to employing language modeling techniques; effective use of statistical word segmentation algorithms in machine translation systems; and increased speech recognition accuracy through the incorporation of statistical parsing. Challenges --- It is clear that empirical and corpus-based methods have enjoyed many successes over the past years; but in looking to future accomplishments, the community needs to be aware of the limitations of various techniques and paradigms. We welcome papers that carefully expose and study such limitations. Examples include the identification and exploration of: classes of domains or problems in which popular techniques perform poorly; significant gaps between human and machine performance on tasks where statistical approaches have made great progress; and important practical situations where common assumptions fail to hold. *** We emphasize that we seek submissions that thoughtfully document fundamental limitations, rather than simply report on unsuccessful experiments. *** It is desired that such papers contain thorough examination, via careful experimentation, of the critical factors contributing to the "negative" result. SUBMISSIONS: Requirements: Submissions must describe original, completed, unpublished work, and include concrete evaluation results when appropriate. Papers being submitted to other meetings must provide this information (see submission format); in the event of multiple acceptances, authors are requested to immediately notify the EMNLP program chair (llee_(on)_cs.cornell.edu) and choose which meeting to present and publish the work at as soon as possible --- EMNLP cannot accept for publication or presentation work that will be (or has been) published elsewhere. Submission Format: Submissions must be hardcopy, and consist of full papers of not more than 3200 words (exclusive of references). Authors are strongly encouraged to use the LaTeX style files or MSWord equivalents available from the EMNLP website -- these formats will ease the transition to the proceedings version. Reviewing will be blind. No information identifying the authors should be in the paper: this includes not only the authors' names and affilations, but also self-references that reveal authors' identities; for example, "We have previously shown (Smith 1999)" should be changed to "Smith (1999) has previously shown". A separate identification page is required: see below. Submission procedure: First, an electronic notice of intent to submit is required. Please email llee_(on)_cs.cornell.edu (subject line EMNLP 2001 ITS) by March 9 with the following information: Paper title Authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses Contact author A short list of keywords A short (no more than 5 lines) summary of the contents Whether or not the paper is under consideration for other conferences (please specify) Then, six hardcopies of the paper together with a single separate page listing *all* the information from the notice of intent to submit (i.e., title, authors, contact author, keywords, summary, and multiple-submission information -- a printout of the notice of intent to submit suffices) must be received by March 13 at the following address: EMNLP 2001 Submissions Lillian Lee 4130 Upson Hall Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853-7501 USA The EMNLP committee is not responsible for postal delays or other mail problems. Papers will not be accepted electronically, and submissions that do not conform to the guidelines above are subject to rejection without review. IMPORTANT DATES: Notification deadline: March 9, 2001 Submission deadline: March 13, 2001 Acceptance notification: April 13, 2001 Camera-ready copy due: May 3, 2001 Conference: June 3-4, 2001 CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS: Lillian Lee (chair), Cornell University, llee_(on)_cs.cornell.edu Donna Harman (co-chair), NIST, donna.harman_(on)_nist.gov CONFERENCE URL: http://www.cs.cornell.edu/ home/llee/emnlp.html

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