ACL 2014 Student Research Workshop

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Monday, 23 June 2014 to Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 7 March 2014



ACL 2014 Student Research Workshop

Collocated with ACL 2014

Main conference: June 23-25, 2014

Student Research Workshop: June 23, 2014

Paper Submission Deadline: March 7, 2014 (11:59pm PST)


General Invitation For Submission

The Student Research Workshop at ACL conferences provides a venue for student researchers to present their work in computational linguistics and natural language processing. The students receive feedback from the general conference audience as well as from mentors specifically assigned according to the topic of the work.

We invite papers in two categories.

1. Thesis Proposals: This category is appropriate for advanced students who have decided on a thesis topic and wish to get feedback on their proposal and broader ideas for their continuing work.

2. Research Papers: Papers in this category can describe completed work or work in progress with preliminary results.


Topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

- Phonology and Morphology, Word Segmentation

- Syntax, Tagging, Chunking and Parsing

- Semantics

- Multimodal Natural Language Processing

- Discourse, Dialogue, and Pragmatics

- Linguistic aspects of CL

- Summarization

- Generation

- Machine Learning for Language Processing

- Machine Translation

- Information Retrieval and Question Answering

- Information Extraction

- Spoken Language Processing (e.g., Spoken Term Detection, Understanding, Dialogue Systems)

- Sentiment Analysis and Opinion Mining

- NLP-enabled Technology

- Document Categorization / Topic Clustering

- Social Media Analysis and Processing

- Language Resources and Evaluation Methods

Format Of The Workshop

All the accepted papers will be presented in the main conference poster session giving the opportunity for students to interact and present their work to a large and diverse audience. Eachpaper is also assigned a mentor, an experienced researcher who will provide feedback on the work.

In addition, we will have a separate session at the main conference where student authors of the thesis proposal papers will give oral presentations of their thesis topic. Each student presentation is approximately 20 min.

We hope that this additional venue will enable the students to interact with the mentors as well as with other student participants.

Submission Requirements

Please check the submission guidelines on our website:

Pre-submission Mentoring

ACL also provides a program for students to receive feedback on the writing for their paper before the conference deadline. An experienced researcher will read the paper and provide comments on how to improve the presentation of the work. This service is provided with the aim to improve the quality of writing in the student paper rather than focus on reviewing the work done. The mentor at this point does not correspond to the reviewer of the paper.

Participation in this program is voluntary. Students who wish to participate should apply for the pre-submission mentoring service and submit abstracts for their papers no later than January 10. The students who apply for the pre-submission mentoring service will be required to submit their papersby January 17. They will receive feedback within 2 weeks. The feedback is intended to guide the student to revise the paper and the changes noted are not mandatory to make.


The papers must be submitted by March 7. No papers received after this deadline will be accepted. Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors (by email) by April 4. Detailed formatting guidelines for the preparation of the final camera-ready copy will be provided to authors with their acceptance notice.

The Student Research Workshop will be held during the ACL 2014 main conference.

Important Dates

All deadlines are calculated at 11:59pm (PST/GMT -7 hours)

- Pre-submission Mentoring Application and Abstract Submission Deadline: January 10, 2014

- Pre-submission Mentoring Papers Deadline: January 17, 2014

- Pre-submission Mentoring Feedback: January 31, 2014

- Paper Submission Deadline: March 7, 2014

- Notification of Acceptance: April 4, 2014

- Camera Ready Deadline: May 2, 2014

- ACL Main Conference dates: June 23 - 25, 2014

- Student Posters: June 23

- Student Presentations: June 23

Contact Information

The co-chairs of the workshop can be contacted by email at:

Student Chairs:

Ekaterina Kochmar, University of Cambridge, UK

Annie Louis, University of Edinburgh, UK

Svitlana Volkova, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Faculty Advisors:

Jordan Boyd-Graber, University of Maryland, USA

Bill Byrne, University of Cambridge, UK