The program for the student research workshop is now set and you should have received a separate email from Peter with instructions on how to download your assigned paper(s). If you haven't already, please take a quick look at the program located at (give URL) and let us know immediately if you have a conflict with the time-slot for a paper you are slated to support. The motivation for changing the format for student presentations is to increase both the quantity and the quality of feedback provided to student presenters. In a large conference setting, audience members often want to avoid being very critical of the students who are presenting, possibly for the first time at a large event. Therefore, the audience comments usually focus on polite suggestions for improvement or simple clarifications of the student's results. Also, the amount of time available for questions after each presentation is often inadequate to cover issues in any depth or for the presenter's responses to go into much detail. We hope this new workshop format will remedy that situation by allowing more time for questions/feedback, by allowing you to read the paper beforehand and have plenty of time to think about the research and prepare comments, and by moving to a smaller location where discussion of problems or possible improvements in the student's research is facilitated. As a panelist, we ask that you assume the role of "advisor-for-a-day" for the student presenting, and that you carefully read your assigned paper(s) before the workshop and prepare comments and questions that focus on (but are not limited to) the following points:
We realize that many of you are attending other workshops and will come and go from the student workshop throughout the day. You are not expected to attend student presentations other than the ones you are assigned as a panelist, but of course we would appreciate your presence for as much of the day as your schedule allows.
Thanks again for your participation in this first student workshop at an ACL event. With such high caliber scientists serving as panelists and the high quality of student research being presented, we are confident that the day will prove very worthwhile. We hope you enjoy this unique opportunity to have a positive impact on the career of a future NLP researcher. If you have any questions about the workshop, feel free to contact either of us.
Donna Byron and Peter Vanderheyden Student Research Workshop Co-Chairs