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Call for Tutorial Proposals

Proposals are invited for the Tutorial Program for NAACL-HLT 2007, to be held at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York on April 22-27, 2007; the tutorial day is Sunday, April 22, 2007. The NAACL-HLT conferences combine the HLT (Human Language Technology) and NAACL (North American chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics) conference series, and bring together researchers in NLP, IR, and speech. For details, see

We seek half-day tutorials covering topics in Speech Processing, Information Retrieval, and Natural Language Processing, including their theoretical foundations, intersections, and applications. Tutorials will normally move quickly, but they are expected to be accessible, understandable, and of interest to a broad community of researchers, preferably from multiple areas of Human Language Technology. Our target is to have 4-6 tutorials.


Proposal format may be in (ASCII) text, HTML, or PDF. Proposals should be submitted by October 15, using the START conference reviewing system. The submissions form is available at

Proposals should contain:

  1. A title and brief (2-page max) description of the tutorial topic and content. Include a brief outline of the tutorial structure showing that the tutorial's core content can be covered in three hours (two 1.5 hour sessions). Tutorials should be accessible to the broadest practical audience. In keeping with the focus of the conference, please highlight any topics spanning disciplinary boundaries that you plan to address. (These are not strictly required, but they are a big plus.)
  2. Two pages of sample materials from the tutorial; sample slides are a recommended format but other kinds of material are acceptable.
  3. If available, a summary of similar tutorials given by the instructors, the venues, approximate audience size, and a summary of the ratings received, if available.
  4. The names, postal addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of the organizers, with one-paragraph statements of their research interests and areas of expertise.
  5. A description of special requirements for technical needs (computer infrastructure, etc). Tutorials must be financially self-supporting. The conference organizers will establish registration rates that will cover the room, audio-visual equipment, internet access, snacks for breaks, and reproduction the tutorial notes. A description of any additional anticipated expenses must be included in the proposal.


Accepted tutorial speakers will be asked to provide descriptions of their tutorials suitable for inclusion in all of: email announcements, the conference registration material, the printed program, the website, and the proceedings. This will involve producing text and/or HTML and/or LaTeX/Word/PDF versions of appropriate lengths.

Tutorial notes will be printed and distributed by the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). These materials, containing at least copies of the slides that will be presented and a bibliography for the material that will be covered, must be submitted by the date indicated below to allow adequate time for reproduction. Presenters retain copyright for their materials, but ACL requires that presenters execute a non-exclusive distribution license to permit distribution to participants and sales to others.

Tutorial presenters will be compensated in accordance with current ACL policies; see


Submission: October 15, 2006
Notification: November 1, 2006
Descriptions due: January 15, 2007
Course material due: March 10, 2007 (tentative)
Tutorial date: April 22, 2007


  • James Allan, U Massachusetts
  • Marti Hearst, UC Berkeley
  • Gina-Anne Levow, U Chicago
For inquiries, send email to: hlt-naacl07-tutorials at

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