2014Q1 Reports: Secretary

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1. ACL Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

The winner of the ACL 2013 LTA was Jerry Hobbs of the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute.


2. ACL fellows


I am happy to announce that the fellow selection committee has selected four new ACL fellows for 2013.

Dekang Lin. For significant contributions to natural language parsing and lexical semantics.

Candace Sidner. For seminal contributions to discourse focus and collaborative dialog.

Ido Dagan. For initiating and developing the textual entailment paradigm, contributions to lexical semantics, and leading the creation of the TACL journal.

David Yarowsky. For significant contributions to word-sense disambiguation, the SIGDAT community, and the development of the decision-list learning method.

Nominations for 2014 can be made through this page by October 1.


3. ACL elections

I would like to say goodbye to the outgoing exec members and thank them for their hard work and dedication. Please join me in thanking Ken Church and Renata Vieira for their service to ACL.

Haifeng Wang (Baidu) finished his term as ACL president. He will remain on the exec in 2014 as past-president. The new president is Gertjan van Noord (U. Groningen).

The new exec members are:

Hermann Ney (RWTH, Aachen) - member at large, SIG convener

Pushpak Bhattacharyya (IIT Mumbai) - vice-president-elect

Hal Daume (U Maryland) has also joined the ACL exec, ex officio, as NAACL chair. He replaces Chris Callison-Burch.

Congratulations to Hal, Hermann and Pushpak. We are all looking forward to working with them in the years to come.

4. ACL 2014 will be in Baltimore, Maryland, June 22-27, 2014

The general chair is Daniel Marcu (ISI). The program co-chairs are Kristina Toutanova (Microsoft Research) and Hua Wu (Baidu Research). Local arrangements will be the job of David Yarowsky (JHU).

5. ACL-IJCNLP 2015 will be in Beijing. ACL 2016 will be in Europe (place tbd). ACL 2017 will be in North America.

6. Lifetime achievement award

The 2014 LTA will be announced in June in Baltimore. For a list of past winners, visit: