ACL 2010
July 11-16

Student Research Workshop

Second Call for Papers

1. General Invitation for Submissions

The Student Research Workshop is an established tradition at ACL conferences. The workshop provides a venue for student researchers investigating topics in Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing to present their work and receive feedback from a general audience. Participants will have the opportunity to present their work as a poster or as a 10-minute talk followed by a poster presentation.

We would like to invite student researchers to submit their work to the workshop. Since this workshop is an excellent opportunity to ask for suggestions, to receive useful feedback and to run your ideas by an international audience of researchers, the emphasis of the workshop will be on work in progress. The research being presented can come from any topic area within computational linguistics including, but not limited to, the following topic areas:
· pragmatics, discourse, semantics, syntax and the lexicon
· phonetics, phonology and morphology
· linguistic, mathematical and psychological models of language
· information retrieval, information extraction, question answering
· summarization and paraphrasing
· language generation
· speech recognition, speech synthesis
· corpus-based language modeling
· multi-lingual processing, machine translation, translation aids
· spoken and written natural language interfaces, dialogue systems
· multi-modal language processing, multimedia systems

2. Submission Requirements

The emphasis of the workshop is on original and unpublished research. The papers should describe original work in progress. Students who have settled on their thesis direction but still have significant research left to do are particularly encouraged to submit their papers.
Since the main purpose of presenting at the workshop is to exchange ideas with other researchers and to receive helpful feedback for further development of the work, papers should clearly indicate directions for future research wherever appropriate. All authors of multi-author papers MUST be students. Papers submitted for this workshop are eligible only if they have not been presented at any other meeting with publicly available published proceedings. Students who have already presented at an ACL/EACL/NAACL Student Research Workshop may not submit to this workshop. They should submit their papers to the main conference instead. It must be indicated if a paper has been submitted to another conference or workshop.

3. Submission Format

Paper submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL 2010 proceedings without exceeding six (6) pages, including references.  We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style files tailored for this year's conference which are available on the conference website under “Information for authors”:

Submissions must conform to the official ACL 2010 style guidelines and they must be electronic in PDF. Please use the submission system to submit your paper:

4. Mentoring Service

ACL is providing a mentoring (coaching) service for authors from regions of the world where English is less emphasized as a language of scientific exchange. Many authors from these regions, although able to read the scientific literature in English, have little or no experience in writing papers in English for conferences such as the ACL meetings. The service will be arranged as follows. A set of potential mentors will be identified by Mentoring Service Chairs Björn Gambäck (SICS, Sweden and NTNU, Norway) and Diana McCarthy (Lexical Computing Ltd., UK), who will organize this service for ACL 2010. If you would like to take advantage of the service for a submission to the Student Research Workshop, please upload your paper in PDF format by January 1, 2010 using the paper submission software for the mentoring service available at:

An appropriate mentor will be assigned to your paper and the mentor will get back to you by February 1, 2010 which is 2 weeks before the deadline for the submission to the Student Research Workshop.

Please note that this service is for the benefit of the authors as described above. It is not a general mentoring service for authors to improve the technical content of their papers.

Questions about the mentoring service should be referred to:

5. Reviewing Procedure

Reviewing of papers submitted to the Student Research Workshop will be managed by the Student Workshop Co-Chairs, with the assistance of a team of reviewers. Each submission will be matched with a mixed panel of student and senior researchers for review. The final acceptance decision will be based on the results of the review. As the reviewing will be blind, the paper must not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author’s identity, e.g., “We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...”, must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as “Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...”. Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review. 

6. Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: February 15, 2010
Notification of acceptance: April 20, 2010
Camera-ready submission deadline: May 10, 2010
Conference dates: July 11-16, 2010 (The workshop will be held during the main conference)

7. Funding for Travel

Funding is available to assist student participants with travel to Uppsala and conference expenses. Students whose papers are accepted for presentation at the workshop are eligible for travel assistance based on need. Further details will be provided along with the acceptance letters; however, in general a flat rate stipend will be awarded with the amount depending upon the student’s location.


Student Research Workshop is being generously supported by National Science Foundation, ACL Walker Student Fund, and The European Chapter of the ACL (EACL).


8. Contact Information

If you need to contact the Co-Chairs of the Student Workshop, please use: An e-mail sent to this address will be forwarded to all Co-Chairs.

Tomek Strzalkowski (Faculty Advisor) University at Albany, SUNY, USA
Seniz Demir (Co-Chair) University of Delaware, USA
Jan Raab (Co-Chair) Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Nils Reiter (Co-Chair) Heidelberg University, Germany

9. Program Committee

Eneko Agirre, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Regina Barzilay, MIT, USA
Fadi Biadsy, Columbia University, USA
Johan Bos, Italy
Razvan Bunescu, Ohio University, USA
Richard Burns, University of Delaware, USA
Aoife Cahill, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Berthold Crysmann, Saarland University, Germany
Micha Elsner, Brown University, USA
Alex Gruenstein, Google, USA
Tunga Gungor, Bogazici University, Turkey
Aria Haghighi, UC Berkeley, USA
Dilek Hakkani-Tur, International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) - Berkeley, USA
Ilana Heintz, Ohio State University, USA
Julia Hockenmaier, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Alexander Koller, Saarland University, Germany
Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex, UK
Cheongjae Lee, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
Wei-Hao Lin, Google, USA
Yang Liu, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Daniel Marcu, Information Sciences Institute (ISI) - USC, USA
Philippe Martin, University of Toronto, Canada Sameer Maskey, IBM, USA
Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield, UK
David McDonald, BBN Technologies, USA
Timothy Miller, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, USA
Jeremy Nicholson, University of Melbourne, Australia
Kemal Oflazer, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Qatar
Rainer Osswald, Distance University of Hagen, Germany
You Ouyang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Sebastian Pado, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Katerina Pastra, Institute for Language and Speech Processing, Greece
Paul Piwek, The Open University, UK
Jan Ptacek, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Verena Rieser, University of Edinburgh, UK
Jan Romportl, University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic
Helmut Schmid, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Sabine Schulte im Walde, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Samira Shaikh, University at Albany - SUNY, USA
Drahomira Spoustova, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Xu Sun, University of Tokyo, Japan
Idan Szpektor, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Ahmet Cuneyd Tantug, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Keith Trnka, University of Delaware, USA
Ming-Feng Tsai, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Bonnie Webber, University of Edinburgh, UK
Furu Wei, IBM, China Michael White, Ohio State University, USA
Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield, UK
Emine Yilmaz, Microsoft, UK
Zdenek Zabokrtsky, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Daniel Zeman, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Guodong Zhou, Soochow University, China
Xiaodan Zhu, University of Toronto, Canada
Philippe Martin, University of Toronto, Canada Sameer Maskey, IBM, USA
Furu Wei, IBM, China Michael White, Ohio State University, USA

Student Research Workshop Chairs

Seniz Demir (University of Delaware, USA)
Jan Raab (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)
Nils Reiter (Heidelberg University, Germany)
Marketa Lopatkova (Faculty Advisor) (Charles University, Prague)
Tomek Strzalkowski (Faculty Advisor) (State University of New York, Albany, USA)