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Joint conference of the 47th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and
the 4th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing
Student Research Workshop

Note: the instrunctions for paper submission are available now.

Call for Papers

1. General Invitation for Submissions

The Student Research Workshop is an established tradition at ACL conferences. The workshop provides a venue for student researchers investigating topics in Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing to present their work and receive feedback. Participants will have the opportunity to receive feedback from a general audience as well as from panelists; the panelists are experienced researchers who will prepare in-depth comments and questions in advance of the presentation.

We would like to invite student researchers to submit their work to the workshop. Since this workshop is an excellent opportunity to ask for suggestions, to receive useful feedback and to run your ideas by an international audience of researchers, the emphasis of the workshop will be on work in progress. The research being presented can come from any topic area within computational linguistics including, but not limited to, the following topic areas:

  • pragmatics, discourse, semantics, syntax and the lexicon
  • phonetics, phonology and morphology
  • linguistic, mathematical and psychological models of language
  • information retrieval, information extraction, question answering
  • summarization and paraphrasing
  • speech recognition, speech synthesis
  • corpus-based language modeling
  • multi-lingual processing, machine translation, translation aids
  • spoken and written natural language interfaces, dialogue systems
  • multi-modal language processing, multimedia systems
  • message and narrative understanding system

2. Submission Requirements

The emphasis of the workshop is on original and unpublished research. The papers should describe original work in progress. Students who have settled on their thesis direction but still have significant research left to do are particularly encouraged to submit their papers.

Since the main purpose of presenting at the workshop is to exchange ideas with other researchers and to receive helpful feedback for further development of the work, papers should clearly indicate directions for future research wherever appropriate. All authors of multi-author papers MUST be students. Papers submitted for this workshop are eligible only if they have not been presented at any other meeting with publicly available published proceedings. Students who have already presented at an ACL/EACL/NAACL Student Research
Workshop may not submit to this workshop. They should submit their papers to the main conference instead. It must be indicated if a paper has been submitted to another conference or workshop.

Papers may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus one extra page for references, and will be presented orally or as a poster presentation as determined by the program committee. 

The deadline for full papers is February 22, 2009 (GMT+8). Submission is electronic using paper submission software at: .


Paper submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL-IJCNLP 2009 proceedings without exceeding eight (8) pages of content plus one extra page for references.  We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style files tailored for this year's conference, which are available on the conference website under Paper Format. (Note that, unlike the main conference, there are no short papers in the Student Research Workshop.) Submissions must conform to the official ACL-IJCNLP 2009 style guidelines, which are contained in the style files, and they must be electronic in PDF.

As the reviewing will be blind, the paper must not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...". Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review. 

3. Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: February 22, 2009
Notification of acceptance: April 12, 2009
Camera-ready submission deadline: May 17, 2009
Conference dates: August 2-7, 2009 (run concurrently with the main conference)

4. Funding for Travel

There will be funding to assist student participants with travel and conference expenses.
See for details.

5. Contact Information

If you need to contact the Co-Chairs of the Student Workshop, please use: An e-mail sent to this address will be forwarded to all Co-Chairs.

Brian Roark (Faculty Advisor)
Oregon Health & Science University
Beaverton, Oregon, USA

Grace Ngai (Faculty Advisor)
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Kowloon, Hong Kong

Jenny Rose Finkel (Co-Chair)
Stanford University
Stanford, California, USA

Blaise Thomson (Co-Chair)
Cambridge University
Cambridge, UK

Davis Muhajereen D. Dimalen (Co-Chair)
CLCLP, Taiwan International Graduate Program

Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Program Committee:

Galen Andrew, Microsoft, USA
Shane Bergsma, University of Alberta, Canada
Dan Bohus, Microsoft, USA
Don Erick Bonus, Jose Rizal University, Philippines
Wauter Bosma, Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands
Bill Byrne, University of Cambridge, UK
Colin Cherry, Microsoft , USA
Huang Chu-Ren, Academica Sinica, Taiwan
Shay Cohen, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Editha D. Dimalen, Mindanao State University, Philippines
Mark Dredze, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Jacob Eisenstein, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Sharon Goldwater, University of Edinburgh, UK
Mark Greenwood, University of Sheffield, UK
Masato Hagiwara, Nagoya University, Japan
David Hall, Stanford University, USA
LI Haizhou, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
Aurelie Herbelot, University of Cambridge Eva Banik Open
University UK
Samar Husain, IIIT Hyderabad, India
Pei-Yun Hsueh, University of Edinburgh, UK and IBM, USA
Sanaz Jabbari, University of Sheffield, UK
Maggie LI (Li Wenjie Maggie), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Yuji Matsumoto, NAIST, Japan
David McClosky, Brown University, USA
Roser Morante, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Teruhisa Misu, NICT/ATR, Japan
Vincent Ng, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Patrick Pantel, Yahoo, USA
Jong C. Park, KAIST, Korea
JIN Peng, Peking University, China
Le Hong Phuong, INRIA Lorraine, France
Emily Pitler, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Daniel Ramage, Stanford University, USA
Antti-Veikko Rosti, BBN, USA
Rachel Edita Roxas, De LaSalle University-Manila, Philippines
Philipp Spanger, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Reut Tsarfaty, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Joseph Turian, University of Montreal, Canada
Lonneke van der Plas, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Sumithra Velupillai, Stockholm University/KTH, Sweden
Andreas Vlachos, University of Cambridge, UK
Liang-Chih Yu, Yuan-Ze University, China
JIA Yuxiang, Peking University, China

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