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EMNLP-CoNLL 2012 : Joint meeting of Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning


When Jul 12, 2012 - Jul 14, 2012
Where Jeju Island, Korea
Submission Deadline Mar 28, 2012
Notification Due May 18, 2012
Final Version Due Jun 3, 2012
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

First Call for Papers for EMNLP-CoNLL 2012

Joint meeting of
Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning
Jeju Island, Korea
July 12-14, immediately after ACL 2012

SIGDAT (the ACL Special Interest Group on Linguistic Data and Corpus-based
Approaches to NLP) and SIGNLL (the ACL Special Interest Group on Natural
Language Learning) invite submissions to EMNLP-CoNLL 2012. The conference
will be held July 12-14, 2012, at the International Convention Center on
Jeju Island, Korea, immediately following ACL 2012.

Important Dates
* March 28, 2012: Paper submission deadline
* May 1-4, 2012: Author response period
* May 18, 2012: Acceptance notification
* June 3, 2012: Camera ready papers due
* July 12-14, 2012: EMNLP-CoNLL conference

All deadlines refer to 23:59 PST (UTC/GMT-8 hours; Los Angeles time zone)

We solicit papers on all areas that may be of interest to the SIGDAT and
SIGNLL communities, including but not limited to:
* Phonology and morphology, tagging and chunking, segmentation
* Syntax and parsing
* Semantics
* Discourse, dialog, and pragmatics
* Summarization and generation
* Machine translation
* Information retrieval and question answering
* Information extraction
* Spoken language processing
* Text mining and natural language processing applications
* Multilinguality
* Sentiment analysis and opinion mining
* Models of language in social context
* NLP for the Web
* Computational models of human language acquisition
* Supervised, unsupervised and semi-supervised machine learning
methods applied to natural language, including speech
* Statistical methods (Bayesian learning, graphical models, kernel
methods, statistical models for structured problems)
* Symbolic learning methods (rule induction and decision tree
learning, lazy learning, inductive logic programming, analytical
learning, transformation-based error-driven learning)
* Biologically-inspired methods (Neural Networks, Evolutionary Computing)
* Reinforcement learning, active learning
* Learning architectures for structural and relational NLP tasks
* Computational models of language evolution and historical change
* Computational learning theory analysis of language learning
* Empirical and theoretical comparisons of language learning
methods, including novel evaluation methods
* Models of induction and analogy in linguistics

Submissions should describe original, unpublished work. Papers presented at
EMNLP-CoNLL should mainly contain new material that has not been presented
at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. Papers that have
been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must disclose
this information at submission time. Please list all other meetings where
the paper has been submitted in the "other submissions" field on the
submission site.

Each submission consists of a paper of up to nine (9) pages of content and
any number of additional pages containing references only, together with
optional supplementary material as described below. The paper must conform
to the official ACL 2012 style guidelines. Please use the official ACL 2012
style files( for the paper. We reserve
the right to reject submissions if the paper does not conform to these
styles, including letter size and font size restrictions.

Since reviewing will be blind, the submission should not include the
authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal
the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...",
should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith (1991) previously
showed ...". Submissions that do not conform to these requirements will be
rejected without review. Separate author identification information is
required as part of the on-line submission process.

The "supplementary material" should be supplementary (rather than central)
to the paper. It may include explanations or details of proofs or
derivations that do not fit into the paper, lists of features or feature
templates, sample inputs and outputs for a system, pseudo-code or source
code, and data. Any information that is critical to understanding the paper
should be included within the paper itself. While the paper may refer to
and cite the supplementary material and the supplementary material will be
available to reviewers, they will not be asked to review or even download
the supplementary material.

Submission and reviewing will be on-line, managed by the START system. The
only accepted format for submitted papers is PDF. The supplementary material
must be in the form of a single .zip or a .tgz archive file with a maximum
size of 10MB; otherwise there are no constraints on its format. Submissions,
together with all supplementary material, must be uploaded onto the START
system by the submission deadlines; submissions submitted after that time
will not be reviewed. To minimize network congestion we request authors
upload their submissions as early as possible (especially if they contain
large supplementary material files).

Authors of accepted submissions are to produce a final paper to be published
in the proceedings of the conference. Final papers must follow the same
style and length requirements as submitted papers. If an accepted submission
has also been submitted elsewhere, the contact author must promptly inform
the program co-chairs whether he or she intends the accepted paper to be
included in EMNLP-CoNLL, and if so must withdraw the paper from other
meetings or publications. At least one author must register for the
conference and present the paper. Papers will be presented orally or as a
poster presentation, as determined by the program committee. The decisions
as to which papers will be presented orally and which as poster
presentations will be based on the nature rather than on the quality of the
work, and there will be no distinction between them in the proceedings.

General Chair:
* Jun'ichi Tsujii, Microsoft Research Asia

Program Co-Chairs:
* James Henderson, University of Geneva
* Marius Pasca, Google

Publication Chair:
* Naoaki Okazaki, University of Tohoku

Contact email:

Shared Task:
Modeling Multilingual Unrestricted Coreference in OntoNotes

EMNLP-CoNLL 2012 will continue the CoNLL tradition of having the highest
profile shared task in the NLP world. This year's task will be automatic
anaphoric mention detection and coreference resolution using the English,
Chinese and Arabic language portions of the OntoNotes 5.0 data given
predicted information on the other layers.

The shared task is described in its own Call for Participation at For detailed
information and submissions, please see the shared task web page at Questions about the CoNLL-2012 shared task
can be sent to

In order to receive future calls and other information about the shared
task, participants should register their intent to participate, in either or
both of the two tracks, by sending an e-mail to Although the deadline for registration is not
until January 22, 2012, we recommend participants to register as early as
possible, in order not to miss any information.

Shared Task Important Dates
* December 28, 2011: Registration begins
* January 22, 2012: Trial data available
* February 10, 2012: Registration deadline
* February 19, 2012: Training and development set available
* April 22, 2012: Test set available
* April 26, 2012: System outputs collected
* April 29, 2012: System results due to participants
* May 6, 2012: System papers due
* May 15, 2012: Reviews back to authors
* May 22, 2012: Camera ready papers due
* July 12-14, 2012: EMNLP-CoNLL conference

Shared Task Organizers
* Sameer Pradhan (Chair), Raytheon BBN Technologies
* Alessandro Moschitti, University of Trento
* Nianwen Xue, Brandeis University

Advisory Committee: Mitchell Marcus, University of Pennsylvania;
Martha Palmer, University of Colorado; Lance Ramshaw, Raytheon BBN
Technologies; Ralph Weischedel, Raytheon BBN Technologies.

See for more information about SIGDAT, and see for more information about SIGNLL.

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