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NAACL HLT 2007 Call for Papers

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

April 22-27, 2007, Rochester, New York

General Conference Chair: Candace Sidner (Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories)
Program Co-Chairs:
  • Tanja Schultz (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Matthew Stone (Rutgers University)
  • ChengXiang Zhai (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Senior Program Members:
  • Emily Bender, University of Washington
  • Alan Black, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Andrei Broder, Yahoo! Inc.
  • Donna Byron, Ohio State University
  • Jamie Callan, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Li Deng, Microsoft Research
  • Oren Etzioni, University of Washington
  • Jianfeng Gao, Microsoft Research
  • Nizar Habash, Columbia University
  • Sanda Harabagiu, University of Texas, Dallas
  • Julia Hockenmaier, University of Pennsylvania
  • Rebecca Hwa, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dietrich Klakow, Saarland University, Germany
  • Dan Klein, University of California, Berkeley
  • Philipp Koehn, University of Edinburgh
  • Alexander Koller, Columbia University
  • Liz Liddy, Syracuse University
  • Dekang Lin, Google Inc.
  • Ryan McDonald, Google Inc.
  • Ani Nenkova, Stanford University
  • Jian-yun Nie, University of Montreal
  • Patrick Pantel, University of Southern California
  • John Prager, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
  • Philip Resnik, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Eric Ringger, Brigham Young University
  • Brian Roark, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology
  • Suzanne Stevenson, University of Toronto
  • David Traum, University of Southern California
  • Gokhan Tur, SRI International
  • Michael White, Ohio State University
Local Arrangements: James Allen, Len Schubert, and Dan Gildea (University of Rochester)

NAACL HLT 2007 continues the tradition of the combined Human Language Technology Conferences (HLT) and North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL) Annual Meetings begun in 2003. The conference covers a broad spectrum of disciplines working towards enabling intelligent systems to interact with humans using natural language, and towards enhancing human-human communication through services such as speech recognition, automatic translation, information retrieval, text summarization, and information extraction. NAACL HLT 2007 will feature full papers, late-breaking (short) papers, demonstrations, and a doctoral consortium, as well as pre- and post-conference tutorials and workshops. The conference is organized by the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL), who is advised by a board representing the IR and speech communities and North American HLT funding agencies.

Topics of Interest:

The conference invites the submission of papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research in disciplines that could impact human language processing systems, with a special focus on theories and methods that enable compelling combinations of human language technologies (e.g., Speech with Information Retrieval, Machine Translation with Speech, Question Answering with Natural Language Processing, etc.). Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Computational analysis of language
    • Phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, dialogue, discourse, style
  • Speech processing, including:
    • Speech recognition and speech generation
    • Rich transcription: automatic annotation of information structure and sources in speech
  • Information retrieval, text classification, and information filtering/recommendation
  • Text data mining, information extraction, text summarization, and question answering
  • Multimodal representations and processing
  • Statistical and learning techniques for language, including
    • Corpus-based language modeling
    • Lexical and knowledge acquisition
  • Development of language resources, including
    • Lexicons and ontologies
    • Treebanks, proposition banks, and frame banks
  • Language generation and text planning
  • Multilingual processing, including
    • Machine translation of speech and text
    • Cross-language information retrieval
    • Multi-lingual speech recognition and language identification
  • Intelligent systems for natural language interaction, including
    • Conversational systems for collaboration, tutoring and behavioral intervention
    • Embodied conversational agents, virtual humans and human-robot conversation
    • Language-enhanced platforms for interactive narrative and digital entertainment
  • Evaluation, including
    • Glass-box evaluation of HLT systems and system components
    • Black-box evaluation of HLT systems in application settings

Submission information:

Full papers: Submissions must describe original, completed, unpublished work and should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings without exceeding eight pages, including references. Each submission will be judged chiefly on the strength of the argument it provides in support of its contribution, through e.g. experimental evaluation, theoretical analysis, or critical engagement with HLT. Reviewing will be double-blind; each submission will be reviewed by at least three program committee members.

New: The deadline for full papers has been extended to October 18, 2006. Online submission is available at

Late-breaking (short) papers: Submissions describing original, unpublished work can be submitted as short papers with a later deadline. The submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings without exceeding four pages, including references. Reviewing will be double-blind; each submission will be reviewed by at least two program committee members. Short paper submissions may be accepted for oral presentation in plenary OR for presentation in a poster session.

Format: Submissions must be electronic in PDF, should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings, and should not exceed eight (8) pages, including references. Please see the conference website for detailed typesetting specifications. Authors are strongly encouraged to use the LaTeX or Microsoft Word style files available on the conference website.

Demonstration, doctoral consortium, tutorial, and workshop proposals: See website.

Multiple-submission policy: Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must provide this information at submission time. If NAACL HLT accepts a paper, authors must notify the program chairs by January 5, 2007 (main session papers) or February 24 (short papers), indicating which meeting they choose for presentation of their work. NAACL HLT 2007 cannot accept for publication or presentation work that will be (or has been) published elsewhere. For the short paper submissions to NAACL HLT, a paper will be considered identical to a long paper (for example, an eight-page paper submitted to ACL) if it does not differ in at least two content pages from the long paper.

Important Dates:

Oct 18, 2006 Full paper submissions due
Dec 22, 2006 Full paper notification of acceptance
Jan 18, 2007 Short paper submissions due
Feb 22, 2007 Short Paper notification of acceptance
Mar 5, 2007 Camera-ready full/short papers due
Apr 22-27, 2007 Conference

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