Calls for Workshop Papers

The second Chinese Language Processing Workshop


October 2000

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

In conjunction with ACL-2000

Growing interest in Chinese Language Processing is leading to the development of resources such as annotated corpora and automatic segmenters, part-of-speech taggers and parsers. The first Asia ACL provides an ideal opportunity to bring together influential researchers from Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Beijing, as well as Chinese language researchers in the rest of the world, to discuss issues that are specific to the processing of Chinese. A critical tool for developing Chinese language processing tools is the availability of annotated corpora. The greater the consensus we have around guidelines for corpus annotation of part-of-speech tags, syntactic bracketing and other areas, the more useful this corpora will be.

We welcome submissions that address the following topics on Chinese language processing:

We invite workshop participants to take advantage of two bracketed corpora:

The first one, Chinese Penn Treebank, was developed at University of Pennsylvania, USA. It includes 100-thousand words from Xinhua News. The corpus has been released via LDC at UPenn. For more information and the release announcement, please check the website "".

The second one, developed by CKIP, Academia Sinica in Taiwan, contains more than 30,000 sentences. A trial version of 1,000 sentences is now available for download by the public at The release of the complete treebank is being reviewed by Academia Sinica. Preliminary arrangements have been made for the treebank to be licensed through ROCLING. Please check their website ( for announcement.

The workshop will be held either on Oct 7 or Oct 8. For latest update of the workshop, please check "". If you have any questions concerning the workshop or the Treebank, please email us at


Submissions are limited to original, unpublished work. Papers may not exceed 3200 words (exclusive of title page and references). Papers outside the specified length are subject to be rejected without review. The paper should be written in English.

The style files for submission are the same as the ones for ACL regular paper, which can be downloaded from The reviewing of papers will be blind. Hence the title page and paper 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 previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...".

As reviewing will be blind, a separate title page and identification page will be required. The title page should include the following information:

The identification page should contain all of the information in the title page, but in addition must include the authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses. The format for the identification page should be as follows: Submissions must be received by July 1, 2000. Late submissions (those arriving on or after July 2) will be rejected without review. The Program Committee is not responsible for postal delays or other mailing problems. Six (6) paper copies (printed on both sides of the page if possible) including the title page plus two (2) identification pages should be submitted to the following address: CLP-2000 submission
c/o Fei Xia
Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS)
3401 Walnut St. Suite 400A
Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Also, a postscript version of the paper (EXCLUDING the ID page) must be emailed to on or before July 1. Once the submission is received, a paper ID will be assigned to the paper and this ID number will be emailed to the authors. The authors should include the ID number in the subject lines in subsequent email exchanges.

Important Dates:

July 1, 2000Submission of full-length paper
August 10, 2000 Acceptance notice
September 5, 2000 Camera-ready paper due
October 1 or 2 Conference date

Organizational committee:

Martha Palmer - Upenn
Mitch Marcus - UPenn
Fei Xia - UPenn
Aravind Joshi - UPenn

Program committee:

Nianwen Xue - U of Delaware, USA
Shengli Feng - U of Kansas, USA
K.L.Kwok - Queens College, USA
Wanying Jin - New Mexicon State University, USA
Amy Weinberg - U. of Maryland, USA
Mary Ellen Okurowski - Department of Defense, USA
John Kovarik - Department of Defense, USA
Andi Wu - Mircrosoft, USA
Bangalore Srinivas - AT&T Research Lab, USA
Laurie Gerber - Systran, USA
Jin Yang - Systran, USA
Ralph Weischedel - BBN, USA
Dong Zhendong - Hownet designer, China
Shiwen Yu - Peking University, China
Qiang Zhou - Tsinghua University, China
Chunfa Yuan - Tsinghua University, China
Maosong Sun - Tsinghua University, China
Joe Zhou - Intel China Research Center, China
Chang-Ning Huang - Microsoft Research, China
Gan Kok Wee - Hong Kong Science and Technology University
Dekai Wu - Hong Kong Science and Technology University
Benjamin K Tsou - Hong Kong City Univeristy
Keh-Jian Chen - Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Chu-ren Huang - Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Keh-Yih Su - Behavior Design Corporation, Taiwan
Lua, Kim-Teng - National University of Singapore
Tan Chew Lim - National University of Singapore
Fuji Ren - Hiroshima City University, Japan

Authors: Martha Palmer and Fei Xia, 1999.



ACL'2000 Workshop on Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval

October 7/8, 2000

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Aims and scope

This workshop aims at fostering the interaction between researchers in the areas of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Information Retrieval (IR), and furthermore, promoting discussions on the current and potential benefits of common approaches to related research challenges. The central topic is the application of Language Technologies to Information Retrieval, including (but not limited to):

The growing research and application possibilities provided by the increased amount of networked information have motivated new attempts to explore the relationship between NLP and IR. For researchers in IR, a compelling challenge is to move from (monolingual) document retrieval within controlled text collections, to actually retrieving information, rather than individual documents, from multilingual, heterogeneous and dynamic webs of interlinked documents and online services. The reciprocal challenge for NLP research is to scale up, adapt and possibly reshape techniques and resources to help bridge the gap between document and information retrieval in practical applications. Papers describing pragmatic, empirically tested approaches facing these issues are especially welcome.

Instructions for submissions

The format of submissions is identical to the one used for the main conference, which can be found at Authors should fill the "paper ID" field in to specify: "IR&NLP workshop". The "Topic Area" and "session" fields should be left blank.

Papers must be submitted electronically, in postscript or pdf formats, to both Program Chairs:

Judith Klavans, Columbia University
Julio Gonzalo, UNED
No hardcopy submission is required.

Important dates

Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2000
Notification of acceptance: August 7, 2000
Camera-ready version: September 1, 2000
Workshop: October 7 or 8, 2000

Further Information

Updated information about the workshop can be found at

Authors: Julio Gonzalo and Judith Klavans, 1999