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CONLL 2014 : Eighteenth Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning


When Jun 26, 2014 - Jun 27, 2014
Where Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Submission Deadline Mar 14, 2014
Notification Due Apr 21, 2014
Final Version Due May 4, 2014
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

Eighteenth Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
June 26-27, 2014

First Call for Papers

CoNLL is the yearly conference organized by SIGNLL (the ACL Special Interest
Group on Natural Language Learning). This year, CoNLL will be collocated
with ACL 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The shared task of CoNLL will be
Grammatical Error Correction, see details below.

Important Dates
* Paper submission deadline: March 14, 2014, 23:59 EST (GMT-6)
* Notification of acceptance: April 21, 2014
* Camera-ready copy deadline: May 4, 2014
* Conference: June 26-27, 2014 (straight after ACL 2014)

CoNLL is an international conference for research on natural language
learning. We invite the submission of papers on all aspects of computational
approaches to natural language learning, including, but not limited to:

* Development and empirical evaluation of machine learning methods
applied to any natural language or speech processing task in
supervised, semi-supervised or unsupervised settings
(e.g. structured prediction, graphical models, deep learning,
relational learning, reinforcement learning, etc.).

* Theoretical analyses of learning-based approaches to natural
language processing.

* Computational models of human language acquisition, language
evolution and language change.

Special Topic of Interest: Machine Reading
For this edition of CoNLL, we particularly solicit papers that focus on
machine reading, "the automatic, unsupervised understanding of text"
(Etzioni et al. 2006), which involves processes such as text analysis,
knowledge acquisition, knowledge representation, learning, inference,
optimization, reasoning, and information fusion. The field is evolving
rapidly thanks to the research performed in projects such as TextRunner
(Banko, Cafarella, and Etzioni 2007), the Watson system of IBM (Ferrucci et
al. 2010), ReVerb (Fader et al 2011), or NELL (Mitchel 2010) and the DARPA
Machine Reading program (Strassel et al. 2010). We solicit papers related to
all aspects of Machine Reading with special interest in papers that report
research on inference.

Best Paper Award
As in recent CoNLL conferences, we are delighted to announce that Microsoft
will sponsor a Best Paper Award for the authors of the highest quality
paper. The most important aspects in judging the quality of a paper will be:
originality, innovativeness, relevance, and impact of the presented

Main Session Submission Details
A paper submitted to CoNLL-2014 must describe original, unpublished
work. Submit a full paper by March 14, 2014, 23:59 EST (GMT-6). Papers may
have up to eight (8) pages of content, with two (2) additional pages of
references, and 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. There will be no distinction
in the proceedings between full papers presented orally and those presented
as poster presentations.

We require the use of the ACL 2014 LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style
files tailored for this year's conference. Papers must conform to the
official ACL 2014 style guidelines. Authors who are unable to use these
style files or submit a PDF file electronically should contact the program

Authors may also optionally submit a second document containing supporting
information such as proofs or algorithmic details. Reviewers will have
access to the supporting information and may refer to it at their
discretion. Any information that is critical to understanding the paper
should be included within the paper itself.

Since reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors'
names and affiliations, and there should be no self-references that reveal
the authors' identity. In the submission form, you will be asked for the
following information: paper title, authors' names, affiliations, and email
addresses, contact author's email address, a list of keywords, abstract of
no more than 300 words, and information on whether the paper has been or
will be simultaneously submitted to other conferences (and if so which
conferences). The contact author of an accepted paper under multiple
submission will need to promptly inform the program co-chairs whether he or
she intends the accepted paper to appear in CoNLL-2014. A paper that is
submitted to be included in CoNLL-2014 must be withdrawn from other

Authors of accepted submissions are to produce a final paper to be published
in the proceedings of the conference, which will be available at the
conference for participants, and distributed afterwards by ACL. Final papers
must also follow the ACL 2014 style and should have at most 8 pages of
content plus at most 2 extra pages for references only. At least one author
must register for the conference and present the paper. Please do not submit
a paper if you do not plan to attend the conference.

As in previous years, CoNLL-2014 will include a shared task which is
organized by a separate committee. The details of the shared task are
included in this CFP (see below). Please note the different submission
details and deadlines for the shared task.

Conference Chairs

Roser Morante
University of Antwerp

Scott Wen-tau Yih
Microsoft Research

Contact email:

Shared Task: Grammatical Error Correction
CoNLL 2014 will continue the CoNLL tradition of having a high profile shared
task in natural language processing. This year's shared task will be
grammatical error correction, a continuation of the CoNLL shared task in
2013. A participating system in this shared task is given short English
essays written by non-native speakers of English. The system detects the
grammatical errors present in the input essays, and returns the corrected
essays. The shared task in 2014 will require a participating system to
correct all errors present in an essay (i.e., not restricted to just the
five error types required in 2013). The organization of the CoNLL 2014
shared task will be led by Hwee Tou Ng at the National University of

Important Dates
November 22, 2013: announcement of shared task
December 5, 2013: set up of shared task website
December 27, 2013: registration begins and release of training set and scorer
January 22, 2014: registration deadline
March 16, 2014: test set available
March 19, 2014: systems' outputs collected
March 26, 2014: system results due to participants
April 2, 2014: shared task system papers due
April 11, 2014: reviews due
April 14, 2014: notification of acceptance
April 21, 2014: camera ready version of shared task system papers due
June 26-27, 2014: CoNLL-2014 conference (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)

Questions about the CoNLL 2014 shared task can be sent to


See and for more information
about SIGNLL and CoNLL.

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