Posts Tagged ‘acl’

At ACL this year, the Third Workshop on Stastical Machine Translation will be held and they are featuring a shared task on MT evaluation. The shared task will involve evaluating output from the shared translation task, which will be released on March 24th, with short papers and rankings due on April 4th. I created an MT evaluation system (pdf) last year for a class (on MT, no less), though I doubt it would do particularly well. I outperformed BLEU, but fell short of METEOR. In any case, it might be interesting to play with the data and certainly will be interesting to read the papers. My system does perform sentence-level ranking as one of its primary goals, which is also a goal stated by the shared task.

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The Call for Papers (CFP) is out for the Student Workshop at next year’s ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics) conference.  I’ve been playing around with a couple of side ideas, it would be nice to have something to submit to this.  We’ll see.  Full CFP is below the jump.

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ACL 2008 Call for Papers

Posted: 17 October 2007 in Uncategorized
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Well, the Call for Papers is out for ACL 2008 (Association for Computatonal Linguistics), which will be held in the city of my birth. Columbus, Ohio is such a short drive, it’d be a shame if I didn’t attend, even if I’m probably not submitting anything. The trick is getting someone else to pay for it!

Conference dates: 15-20 June 2008

Deadline for full papers: 10 January 2008
Deadline for short papers: 14 March 2008

The full Call for Papers is below the jump.

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Linguistic Issues in Language Technology (LiLT) is a new open-access journal in computational linguistics. The journal will focus on techniques that bring linguistics back into language technologies (LT). LT currently focus a lot on statistical techniques and sometimes can ignore linguistic insight altogether, but the field is beginning to swing around from the purely statistical approach to one that takes linguistic insight into account and merges it with statistical methods.

Curious about what sort of credibility this journal would have, I browsed the editorial staff and found some pretty big hitters. Following are some of the names that stood out to me. Christopher Manning of Stanford wrote the textbook used in my Language and Statistics class. Kemal Oflazer was one of my previous professors, who was visiting CMU last year. He’s done a lot of work with finite state transducers for morphological analysis of Turkish, among other things. Mark Liberman and Aravind Joshi of the University of Pennsylvania are pretty well known and accomplished. Aravind Joshi came up with Tree Adjoining Grammar and both he and Martin Kay won the ACL Lifetime Achievement Award. Mark Steedman is the current president of the ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics). Jason Eisner has done a lot of work on applying statistics to linguistics approaches and advised one of my current professors, Noah Smith. Philip Resnick has done a lot with word alignment and statistical machine translation.

CFP Wiki

Posted: 2 September 2007 in Uncategorized
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Just the other day I was discussing upcoming conferences with my friend Eric.  We were lamenting the choice of location for the 2008 ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics) conference in Columbus, OH — my hometown.  At least I can stay with family (assuming I even go).  The conference I really want to go to (and actually have a chance of going to) is ICML (International Conference on Machine Learning) in Helsinki, Finland.  Eric said he’d rather to go to Spain, which sparked a very brief and unsuccessful search for conferences dealing with computational linguistics in Spain.

Today I came across a post on the comp.ai.nat-lang newsgroup pointing to a new wiki for calls for papers.  How timely!  And very nice.  A brief search on WikiCFP revealed that Eric’s best chances are for the EURALEX conference in Barcelona, which deals with dictionaries (including software approaches).  Not that he’s doing any work with dictionaries.   I may be, though, with my new project.  I’d much rather go to Helsinki, though, and ICML would do my career a lot of good.