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ACL SIG Guidelines


  • There is a total of 20 SIGs (including SIGSLAV, founded on 27-Nov-2014, and SIGUR, founded on 18-Aug-2015).
  • According to the SIG creation guidelines (as of 27-August-2010), a SIG should hold elections every two years which is the case for the majority of the SIGs.
  • There are nine SIGs that do not follow the two-year election pattern: SIGANN, SIGBioMed, SIGFSM, SIGLEX, SIGMT, SIGNLL, SIGPARSE, SIGSEM, SIGWAC. Apart from SIGLEX and SIGANN, all these SIGs have a three-year term in their constitution.
  • Since its founding in 2009, SIGMT does not seem to have had any election.

List of SIGs

1.SIGANN: SIG for annotation

       web page:
       contacts: president Nancy Ide (,
                 secretary Adam Meyers (
       members: 220
       elections (last, next): Sep. 2014, Sep. 2017
       events: LAW VIII at COLING 2014, LAW IX at NAACL-HLT 2015, LAW X at ACL 2016

2. SIGBioMed: SIG for biomedical natural language processing

       web page:
       contacts: chair Kevin Bretonnel Cohen (,
                 secretary Dina Demner-Fushman (
       members: 112
       elections (last, next): Aug. 2013, June 2016 (?)
       events: BioNLP workshops at ACL 2013, ACL 2014 and ACL 2015

3. SIGDAT: SIG for linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to NLP

       web page:
       contacts: president Mark Steedman (
                 vice president Pascale Fung (
                 secretary Chris Callison-Burch 
       members: approx. 1000
       elections (last, next): 2015, 2016
       events: EMNLP Sep. 2015, EMNLP Oct. 2016

4. SIGdial: SIG on discourse and dialogue

       web page:
       contacts: president Amanda Stent (,
                 vice president Jason Williams,
                 secretary-treasurer Kristiina Jokinen (
       members: 565
       elections (last, next): Feb. 2015; Feb. 2017
       events: annual conference Sep. 2015, annual conference Sep. 2016

5. SIGFSM: SIG on finite state methods and models in natural language processing

       web page:
       contacts: president Andreas Maletti (,
                 secretary Mans Hulden (
       members: 102
       elections (last, next): Jan. 2016, autumn 2018
       events: ACL workshop jointly with SIGMORPHON in 2014; FSMNLP June 2015; ACL workshop StatFSM in 2016; FSMNLP in 2017 

6. SIGGEN: SIG on natural language generation

       web page:
       contacts: chair Claire Gardent (,
                 secretary Albert Gatt (
       members: 389
       elections (last, next): Dec 2014, end of 2016
       events: ENLG 2015 (endorsed), Data2Text workshop 2015 (endorsed), WebNLG 2016 (endorsed), CC-NLG 2016 (endorsed)

7. SIGHAN: SIG on Chinese language

       web page:
       contacts: chair Min Zhang (,
                 secretary Gina-Anne Levow (
       members: 210
       elections (last, next): April 2016, April 2018
       events: CIPS-SIGHAN Oct. 2014, SIGHAN Workshop July 2015, CIP-SIGHAN Nov. 2016

8. SIGHUM: SIG on language technologies for the socio-economic sciences and the humanities

       web page:
       contacts: president Caroline Sporleder (,
                 secretary Kalliopi Zervanou (
       members: 132
       elections (last, next): Oct. 2015; Oct. 2017
       events: LaTeCH 2014 at EACL, LaTeCH 2015 at ACL

9. SIGLEX: SIG on the lexicon

       web page:
       contacts: president Mona Diab (,
                 secretary Anna Korhonen (
       members: 649
       elections (last, next): Aug. 2013, June 2016
       events: STARSEM 2015 (jointly with SIGSEM), co-located with NAACL 2015; MUMTTT 2015 (endorsed) at EUROPHRAS 2015

10. SIGMOL: SIG on mathematics of language

       web page:
       contacts: president Makoto Kanazawa (,
                 vice president Marco Kuhlmann (
       members: 282
       elections (last, next): Feb. 2016, early year 2018
       events: meeting on Mathematics of Language 2015, co-located with the 2015 Linguistic Institute at the University of Chicago

11. SIGMORPHON: SIG for computational morphology, phonology, and phonetics

       web page:
       contacts: president Jason Eisner (,
                 secretary Greg Kondrak (
       members: 150
       elections (last, next): Feb. 2014, Feb. 2016
       events: no event in 2015, next in 2016

12. SIGMT: SIG for machine translation

       web page:
       contacts: president Philipp Koehn (,,
                 secretary David Chiang (
       members: 152
       elections (last, next): none in the past; fall 2016
       events: workshop on MT and workshop on SSST, each year

13. SIGNLL: SIG on natural language learning

       web page:
       contacts: president Xavier Carreras (,
                 secretary Julia Hockenmaier (
       members: 350
       elections (last, next): June 2014, June 2016
       events: CoNLL every year; CoNLL-2015 co-located with ACL-2015

14. SIGPARSE: SIG on parsing

       web page:
       contacts: president Eric Villemonte de la Clergerie (,
                 secretary Stephan Oepen (
       members: 219
       elections (last, next): April 2016; Jan. 2019 
       events: IWPT 2015; SPMRL 2015 (endorsed), co-located with IWPT 2015; next IWPT 2017

15. SIGSEM: SIG on computational semantics

       web page:
       contacts: president Johan Bos (,
                 secretary Katrin Erk (
       members: 877
       elections (last, next): Oct. 2013; 2016
       events: STARSEM 2014; IWCS 2015; STARSEM 2015 (jointly with SIGLEX), co-located with NACL 2015

16. SIG SEMITIC: SIG on Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages (not fully updated)

       web page:
       contacts: chair Mona Diab (,
                 secretary Reut Tsarfaty (
       members: 245
       elections (last, next): Dec. 2014; 2016
       events: shared task on statistical parsing of morphologically rich languages (SPMRL'13 co-located with EMNLP 2013)

17. SIGSLAV: SIG on Slavic Natural Language Processing

       web page:
       contacts: chair Jakub Piskorski (
                 secretary Jan Šnajder (
       members: 100
       elections (last, next): first election end of 2016
       events: BSNLP 2015

18. SIGSLPAT: SIG on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies

       web page:
       contacts: president Frank Rudzicz (,
                 secretary-treasurer François Portet (
       members: 141
       elections (last, next): fall 2014, fall 2016
       events: SLPAT15, SLPAT16 at Interspeech 2016, RaPID 2016

19. SIGUR: SIG on Uralic languages

       web page:
       contacts: chair Tommi A. Pirinen (,
                 secretary Francis Tyers (
       members: 38
       elections (last, next): Jan. 2016, winter 2017/8 (?)
       events: IWCLUL, Jan. 2017

20. SIGWAC: SIG on web as corpus

       web page:
       contacts: Roland Schäfer (
                 secretary Egon W. Stemle (
       members: 175
       elections (last, next): July 2015; July 2018
       events: WAC10 at eLex 2015, Aug. 2015 (cancelled); WAC-X at ACL 2016