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NAACL HLT 2007 Call for Demos

Human Language Technologies: The Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics

April 22-27, 2007, Rochester, New York

Demo Co-Chairs:
  • Bob Carpenter, Alias I, Inc.
  • Amanda Stent, Stony Brook University
  • Jason D. Williams, AT&T Labs - Research
Proposals are invited for the NAACL HLT 2007 Demonstrations Program. This program is aimed at offering first-hand experience with new systems, providing opportunities to exchange ideas gained from creating systems, and collecting feedback from expert users. It is primarily intended to encourage the early exhibition of research prototypes, but interesting mature systems are also eligible. Accepted proposals will be presented during the NAACL HLT 2007 Demonstrations Program. In addition, a plenary session in the NAACL HLT main conference will be reserved for proposals of exceptional quality and of broad interest. Submission of a demonstration proposal on a particular topic does not preclude or require a separate submission of a paper on that topic; it is possible that some but not all of the demonstrations will illustrate concepts that are described in companion papers.

Areas of Interest

We encourage the submission of proposals for demonstrations of software and hardware related to all areas of human language technology. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, natural language, speech, and retrieval systems for:
  • Speech recognition and generation;
  • Speech retrieval and summarization;
  • Rich transcription of speech;
  • Interactive dialogue;
  • Information retrieval, filtering, and extraction;
  • Document classification, clustering, and summarization;
  • Language modeling, text mining, and question answering;
  • Machine translation;
  • Multilingual and cross-lingual processing;
  • Multimodal user interface;
  • Mobile language-enabled devices;
  • Tools for Ontology, Lexicon, or other NLP resource development;
  • Methods for evaluation;
  • Unusual techniques, or applications to other domains.
Please refer to the NAACL HLT 2007 CFP for a more detailed but not necessarily an exhaustive list of relevant topics.

Submission Format

A demo proposal should consist of the following parts:
  • An extended abstract of up to two pages, including the title, authors, full contact information, and technical content to be demonstrated. It should give an overview of what the demonstration is aimed to achieve, how the demonstration illustrates novel ideas or late-breaking results, and how it relates to other systems or projects described in the context of other research (i.e., references to related literature).
  • A detailed requirement description of hardware, software, and network access expected to be provided by the local organizer. Demonstrators are encouraged to be flexible in their requirements (possibly preparing different demos for different logistical situations). Please state what you can bring yourself and what you absolutely must be provided with. We will do our best to provide equipment and resources but at this point we cannot guarantee anything beyond the space and power supply.
  • A concise outline of the demo script, including the accompanying narrative, and either a web address to access the demo or visual aids (e.g., screen-shots, snapshots, or sketches). The demo script should be no more than 6 pages.
The demo abstract must be submitted electronically in the Portable Document Format (PDF). It should follow the format guidelines for the main conference papers. Authors are encouraged to use the style files provided on the NAACL HLT 2007 website.

Submission Procedure

Demo proposals should be submitted electronically to the demo co-chairs at


Demo proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance to the conference, innovation, presentation, and potential logistical constraints. Demonstrations will also be evaluated on the underlying techniques or science they illustrate, but will not be expected to contribute new approaches.


The accepted demo abstracts will be published in the Companion Volume to the Proceedings of the NAACL HLT 2007 Conference.

Further Details

Further details on the date, time, and format of the demonstration session(s) will be determined and provided at a later date. Please send any inquiries to the demo co-chairs at Please check this page for latest updates.

Important Dates

Jan 18, 2007 Submission deadline
Feb 22, 2007 Notification of acceptance
Mar 1, 2007 Submission of final demo related literature
Apr 22-27, 2007 Conference
All submissions or camera-ready copies are due by 11:59pm EST on the date specified above.

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