Report from Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing -- Tsujii Jun'ichi, Hiroshi Nakagawa 1.Organization and Activity of AFNLP The members of AFNLP are: AIRS, Australasian Language Technology Association, Association of NLP(Japan), Chinese and Oriental Language Information Processing Society, Singapore Chinese and Oriental Languages Information Processing Society, Indonesian Language Technology - Research Community (ILT-RC), Int'l Conf. on Computer Processing of Oriental Languages, NLP Assoc. of India (NLPAI), PACLIC, PACLING, SIG on Korean Language Computing, The Association for Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing, Taiwan, etc. AFNLP approved its revised Chapter of Conferences Coordination Committee on 9/28/2002, in which the relation between ACL and AFNLP is stated as : AFNLP will keep its current form and role, and welcome the future cooperation with ACL. (cf. Appendix) Benjamin Tsuo (Hong Kong) is elected as the first president of AFNLP is and Jun'ichi Tsujii(Japan) is elected as the vice president at AFNLP meeting on March 22, 2004. 2.IJCNLP04 IJCNLP is the flagship conference of AFNLP. The first IJCNLP: IJCNLP-04 has been held in Sanya, Hainan Island, China, on March 22-24, 2004. 211 submissions were received from 19 different regions (80% from Asia, 10% from North America, 10% from Europe). 66 Oral presentations and 35 poster presentations were accepted. The number of participants is about 250. The conference is organized by the many people including: Conference Co-chairs: Guangnan Ni (Chinese Academy of Engineering, Beijing), Benjamin Tsou (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) Program Committee Co-chairs: Keh-Yih Su (Behavior Design Corporation, Taipei), Jun-ichi Tsujii (University of Tokyo, Tokyo) Local Organising Committee Chair: Youqi Cao (Chinese Information Processing Soceity of China, Beijing (Vice Chair) Maosong Sun (Tsinghua University, Beijing) (External Liaison Person) 3.IJCNLP05 IJCNLP-05 will be organized by Prof. Lee, Jong-Hyeok at Jeju Island, Korea around November. Note: IJCNLP is held every two year, however IJCNLP04 was originally planned to be held in 2003, but postponed by the delay of establishing AFNLP. Thus the second conference comes to be IJCNLP05. ----- Appendix: Defining AFNLP's role when ACL conferences are in Asia: Issues (stated at ACL Winter EXEC meeting by Martha Palmer and Jun'ichi TSUJII. (But many things are still to be solved.) ACL will hold conferences in Asia every 3 years. AFNLP will hold conferences every 2 years. Once every 6 years the conferences will be in the same year. The first time that will happen is 2009. The ACL Exec would like to clarify the role that AFNLP will play with respect to ACL conferences, both in the years when the conferences could potentially overlap, and also in the years when they do not. There are several issues to be addressed. In the years when both ACL and AFNLP are scheduled to hold an Asian conference, there are several possibilities: - there could be one joint conference, like ACL/Coling, with a Coordinating Committee made up jointly of ACL Exec members and AFNLP Exec members. - there could be 2 parallel, co-located conferences, as we did in Seattle. - there could be two conferences, spaced several months apart. In which case, AFNLP still might be involved in assisting with local arrangements for the ACL conference - choosing the site, etc. - there could be just an ACL conference, with AFNLP helping with the organization, more like NAACL and EACL do. In which case, should AFNLP also share in the profits, like NAACL and EACL do? This presupposes a close tie between ACL and AFNLP, which may be perceived as ACL having more control than it currently does. In any event, no matter how the coinciding conferences are handled, - Should the proceedings of AFNLP conferences be handled the same way as ACL conference proceedings?