North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics - Human Language Technologies

Abbreviated Title: 
NAACL HLT 2012
Call for Participation
Event Dates: 
3 Jun 2012 - 8 Jun 2012
Location: 
Le Sheraton Centre
City: 
Montreal
Country: 
Canada

==============================================================================================
NAACL-HLT 2012 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics - Human Language Technologies
(NAACL-HTL 2012)
June 3 – June 8, 2012, Montreal, Canada
http://naaclhlt2012.org

==============================================================================================

****REGISTRATION AND ACCOMMODATION DEADLINES******

Early Registration Closes May 6 at 11:59pm East Coast Time
Late Registration Closes May 23 at 11:59pm East Coast Time
Cut-off of our Group Rate at Le Sheraton Centre Montreal, the Conference Hotel, is May 11

Registration:
http://www.naaclhlt2012.org/registration/registration.php
Hotel Room Reservation:
http://www.naaclhlt2012.org/participants/accomodation.php

The 2012 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics:
Human Language Technologies (NAACL-HLT 2012) will be held June 3 - 8, 2012 at Le Centre Sheraton
Montréal 1201, boul. René-Lévesque ouest, Montréal, (Québec), Canada.

The conference will include three days of technical presentations (June 4-6),
one day of tutorials (June 3), and two days of workshops (June 7-8). In addition, this year the
conference will be co-located with the First Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics
(June 7-8).

[NAACL-HTL CONFERENCE PROGRAM]
http://www.naaclhlt2012.org/conference/conference.php

[INVITED SPEAKERS]

* Eduard Hovy, Director of the Human Language Technology Group, Information Sciences Institute of
the University of Southern California
* James W. Pennebaker, Centennial Liberal Arts Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University
of Texas at Austin

[BEST PAPER AWARDS]

Best Full Paper Award: Vine Pruning for Efficient Multi-Pass Dependency Parsing: Alexander Rush and Slav Petrov
Best Short Paper Award: Trait-Based Hypothesis Selection For Machine Translation: Jacob Devlin and Spyros Matsoukas
IBM Best Student Paper Award: Cross-lingual Word Clusters for Direct Transfer of Linguistic Structure: Oscar Täckström, Ryan McDonald, Jakob Uszkoreit

[TUTORIALS]
June 3 (http://www.naaclhlt2012.org/conference/tutorials.php)

* 100 Things You Always Wanted to Know about Linguistics But Were Afraid to Ask* (Emily M. Bender)
* Structured Sparsity in Natural Language Processing: Models, Algorithms and Applications (André F. T. Martins, Mário A. T. Figueiredo, and Noah A. Smith)
* Arabic Dialect Processing Tutorial (Mona Diab and Nizar Habash)
* Natural Language Processing in Watson (Alfio M. Gliozzo, Aditya Kalyanpur, James Fan)
* Variational Inference for Structured NLP Models (David Burkett, Dan Klein)
* Processing modality and negation (Roser Morante)
* On-Demand Distributional Semantic Distance and Paraphrasing (Yuval Marton)
* Predicting Structures in NLP: Constrained Conditional Models and Integer Linear Programming NLP (Dan Goldwasser, Vivek Srikumar, Dan Roth)

[WORKSHOPS]
NAACL-HLT 2012 features an expanded workshop program, with 16
workshops over two days (June 7-8). The workshops are:

*Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics
*Future directions and needs in the Spoken Dialog Community
*Induction of Linguistic Structure
*Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications
*Language in Social Media
*Predicting and improving text readability
*Twelfth Meeting of the ACL-SIGMORPHON Computational Research in Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology
*BioNLP
*Computational Linguistics for Literature
*Evaluation metrics and system comparison for automatic summarization
*Future of Language Modeling for HL
*Semantic Interpretation in an Actionable Context
*Syntactic Analysis of Non-Canonical Language
*Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies
*Joint Workshop on Automatic Knowledge Base Construction and Web-scale Knowledge Extraction (AKBC-WEKEX)
*Statistical Machine Translation

For more information about the workshops visit: http://www.naaclhlt2012.org/conference/ws.php

[CONFERENCE VENUE]
NAACL-HTL 2012 will be held at Le Centre Sheraton Montréal 1201, boul. René-Lévesque ouest,
Montréal, (Québec), Canada. To receive the discount rate book your room before May 11 at
http://www.naaclhlt2012.org/participants/accomodation.php

[REGISTRATION]
Early Registration Closes May 6 at 11:59pm East Coast Time
Late Registration Closes May 23 at 11:59pm East Coast Time
Registration: http://www.naaclhlt2012.org/registration/registration.php

We hope to see you in Montreal!

[ORGANIZING COMMITTEE]

General Conference Chair
Jennifer Chu-Carroll, IBM

Program Co-Chairs
Srinivas Bangalore, AT&T
Eric Fosler-Lussier, The Ohio State University
Ellen Riloff, University of Utah

Local Arrangements Chair:
Priscilla Rasmussen, ACL Business Office, acl-AT-aclweb.org
Advisory committee:
Sabine Bergler, Concordia University
Guy Lapalme, Université de Montréal

Workshops Co-Chairs:
Colin Cherry, National Research Council of Canada
Mona Diab, Columbia University

Tutorials Co-Chairs:
Jacob Eisenstein, CMU
Radu Florian, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Demos Co-Chairs:
Aria Haghighi, Prismatic
Yaser Al-Onaizan, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Student Workshop Co-chairs:
Rivka Levitan, Columbia University
Myle Ott, Cornell University
Faculty Advisors:
Roger Levy, UCSD
Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania

Publications:
Nizar Habash, Columbia University
William Schuler, OSU

Publicity:
Smaranda Muresan, Rutgers University

Exhibits:
Joel Tetreault, Education Testing Services

Webmaster:
Dirk Hovy, USC/ISI