2017Q3 Reports: SIGDAT

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SIGDAT, the ACL special interest group on Linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to NLP will be holding its annual conference, EMNLP-2017, in Copenhagen, Denmark from September 7–11, 2017.

  • General Chair: Martha Palmer (University of Colorado)
  • Program Chairs: Rebecca Hwa (University of Pittsburgh) and Sebastian Riedel (University College London)
  • Local Arrangements Chairs: Dirk Hovy (University of Copenhagen) and Anders Søgaard (University of Copenhagen)
  • Workshop Chairs: Victoria Fossum (Google) and Karl Moritz Hermann (DeepMind)
  • Tutorial Chairs: Alexandra Birch (Edinburgh University) and Nathan Schneider (Georgetown University)
  • Demo Chairs: Michael Paul (University of Colorado) and Lucia Specia (Sheffield University)
  • Local Sponsorship Chair: Daniel Hardt (Copenhagen Business School)
  • Publication Chairs: Siddharth Patwardhan (Apple) and Preethi Raghavan (TJ Watson Lab, IBM)
  • Publicity Chair: Isabelle Augenstein (University of Copenhagen)
  • Website Chair: Anders Johannsen (Apple)
  • Conference Handbook Chair: Joachim Bingel (University of Copenhagen)
  • Conference Handbook Advisor: Matt Post (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Conference Handbook Proofreaders: Pontus Stenetorp (University College London)
  • Student Scholarship Co-Chair and Student Volunteer Coordinator: Zeljko Agic (University of Copenhagen) and Yonatan Bisk (University of Southern California, ISI)
  • SIGDAT Liaison: Chris Callison-Burch (University of Pennsylvania)

EMNLP is being held as a stand-alone conference with 2 days of workshops and tutorials preceding the main conference. More information about the conference can be found at http://emnlp2017.net/

We plan to hold EMNLP 2018 as a stand-alone conference October or November of 2018. Pascale Fung, the SIGDAT President is advocating for holding the conference in China. We received a bid from Professor Maosong Sun (Tsinghua University) to hold EMNLP 2018 in Shenzhen China on 2-6 November 2018. The conference will be jointly organized by the National Key Laboratory of Intelligent Technology and System, the Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, and the Chinese Information Processing Society of China (CIPS). The bid still needs to be properly vetted. ACL treasurer Graeme Hirst and ACL business officer Priscilla Rasmussen reviewed the costs and flagged several items that we need to follow up on. We need to schedule a site visit ASAP as well.

The SIGDAT officers are

  • President: Pascale Fung (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China)
  • Vice President: Mirella Lapata (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Vice President-Elect: Jian Su (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore)
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Chris Callison-Burch (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

There is also a standing committee of about 45 members, which can be found on the SIGDAT web site at http://emnlp.org.