2001 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
(EMNLP 2001)

Sponsored by
SIGDAT and the Intelligent Information Systems Institute

Final Call for Papers

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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 2001).

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:

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.


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

Program Committee (confirmed so far)

Lillian Lee (chair), Cornell University, llee@cs.cornell.edu
Donna Harman (co-chair), NIST, donna.harman@nist.gov

Regina Barzilay, Columbia
Thorsten Brants, Xerox
Chris Brew, Ohio State University
Eugene Charniak, Brown University
Key-Sun Choi, KAIST
Ken Church, AT&T Research
Stephen Clark, University of Edinburgh
Michael Collins, AT&T Research
Eric Gaussier, Xerox
Marti Hearst, UC Berkeley
Don Hindle, AnswerLogic
Changning Huang, Microsoft
Rebecca Hwa, University of Maryland
Hitoshi Iida, Sony
Paul Jacobs, AnswerLogic
Christian Jacquemin, LIMSI
Maghi King, University of Geneva
Wessel Kraaij, TNO-TPD
Maria Lapata, Saarland University
Elizabeth Liddy, Syracuse University
Marc Light, MITRE
Dekang Lin, University of Alberta
Kim-Teng Lua, National University of Singapore
Lluís Màrquez, Technical University of Catalonia
Diana McCarthy, University of Sussex
Helen Meng, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Paola Merlo, University of Geneva
Rada Mihalcea, Southern Methodist University
Guenter Neumann, DFKI
Jian-Yun Nie, University of Montreal
Franz Josef Och, RWTH Aachen
Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Roni Rosenfeld, Carnegie Mellon University
Erik Tjong Sang Kim, University of Antwerp
Anoop Sarkar, University of Pennsylvania
Paola Velardi, University of Rome "La Sapienza"
Atro Voutilainen, Conexor
Kiri Wagstaff, Cornell University
Roman Yangarber, New York University
Joe Zhou, Intel

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Preliminary call for papers

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