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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   2002 Conference on Empirical Methods in NLP
From:   Priscilla Rasmussen
Email:   rasmusse_(on)_cs.rutgers.edu
Date received:   30 Jan 2002
Deadline:   04 Apr 2002
Start date:   06 Jul 2002

************************************************************************ 2002 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2002) Preliminary Call for Papers SIGDAT, the Association for Computational Linguistics' special interest group on linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to NLP, invites submissions to EMNLP 2002. The conference will be held at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA on July 6-7, immediately preceding the anniversary 40th meeting of the ACL (ACL 2002). 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 - general NLP-related machine learning techniques:=20 theory, methods and algorithms (incl. text mining, smoothing, etc.) As a follow-up to last year's focus on analyzing the current "Successes and Challenges" in the corpus-based methods, we encourage submissions=20 on the theme=20 "The Next Big Thing in Data-driven NLP" We solicit papers that describe attempts to substantially and radically deviate from current practice of simple adaptations of existing and usually well-studied methods. All directions of a venture to a territory previously unknown (or once abandoned for one reason or another) to NLP are welcome, such as but not limited to - using Really Large Corpora (cf. last year's Brill's talk); - using previously neglected methods, including those from non-NLP=20 fields, such as biology, nuclear physics, or finance, with promising=20 results and/or reasonable potential for the future; - employing known methods in a radically different way or on problems they were not tried upon previously, with truly significant improvement; - combining intuition-based and data-based methods (finally!) with=20 substantially improved results on known problems. We stress though that such papers, however radical their content might be, stick to the usual practice of documenting the results using standard experimental and evaluation practice. That does not exclude that authors provide extended final section in their submissions, discussing perhaps even slightly speculatively what the future might look like. Submissions: Submissions should take the form of full papers (3200 words or less, excluding references) describing original, unpublished work. Papers being submitted to other meetings must provide this information on the title page. More info will be coming soon; see also last year EMNLP's website at http://www.cs.corn ell.edu/home/llee/emnlp.html Important Dates: Submission deadline: April 4, 2002 Acceptance notification: May 8, 2002 Camera-ready copy due: June 6, 2002 Conference: July 6-7, 2002 Conference Organizers: - Jan Hajic (chair), Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (hajic_(on)_ufal.mff.cuni.cz)=20 - Yuji Matsumoto (co-chair), Nara Institute of Science and Technology (matsu_(on)_is.aist-nara.ac.jp) Conference URL http://ufal.mff.cuni .cz/%7Ehajic/emnlp02

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