Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
ALTA 2014
RMIT University
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 to Friday, 28 November 2014
Gabriela Ferraro
Stephen Wan
Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 19 September 2014

Tutorials: 26 November 2014
Workshop: 27, 28 December 2014
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

This year the Australasian Language Technology Workshop (ALTA) will be held at the RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, on Wednesday 26 November - Friday 28 December. This event will be the twelfth annual instalment of the ALTA Workshop in its current incarnation, and the continuation of an annual workshop series that has
existed under various guises since the early 90s. The meeting returns to Australia after a successful international event at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia in in 2013.

The goals of the ALTA workshop are:

- to bring together the growing Language Technology (LT) community in the Australasian region and encourage interactions;
- to encourage interactions and collaboration within this community and with the wider international LT community;
- to foster interaction between academic and industrial researchers, to encourage dissemination of research results;
- to provide a forum for students and young researchers to present their research;
- to facilitate the discussion of new and ongoing research and projects;
- to provide an opportunity for the broader artificial intelligence community to become aware of local LT research; and, finally,
- to increase visibility of LT research in Australasia and overseas.

----- TOPICS -----

We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of natural language processing, including, but not limited to:

-phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse;
-speech understanding and generation;
-interpreting spoken and written language;
-natural language generation;
-linguistic, mathematical, and psychological models of language;
-NLP-based information extraction and retrieval;
-corpus-based and statistical language modelling;
-machine translation and translation aids;
-question answering and information extraction;
-natural language interfaces and dialogue systems;
-natural language and multimodal systems;
-message and narrative understanding systems;
-evaluations of language systems;
-embodied conversational agents;
-computational lexicography;
-language resources;
-topic modelling and unsupervised language analysis;
-social media analysis and processing;
-domain-specific adaptation of natural language processing algorithms.


We are working to line up a couple of very exciting speakers. We will announce them when they are confirmed.

----- TUTORIALS -----

We would like to offer a few full- or half-day tutorials on Wednesday 26th of November and are currently requesting proposals for tutorial topics.
If you would like to present a tutorial, or can suggest a topic of interest and a potentially interested individual or group to present it, please contact the organisers as soon as possible

For more information, please see

----- SUBMISSIONS -----

We welcome submissions on any topic that is of interest to the LT community, and particularly encourage submissions that broaden the scope of our community through the consideration of practical LT applications
and through multi-disciplinary research. We also especially encourage submissions from industry.

Submissions will be through EasyChair:

All submissions should follow the ACL 2014 style guidelines and must be
in PDF format.

Full paper submissions may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content plus any number of pages consisting of only references. Short papers may consist of up to four (4) pages of content plus any number of pages
consisting of only references. All submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings. Full papers will be distinguished from short papers in the proceedings.

Papers will be presented either orally or as posters at the workshop.
There will be no distinction between papers presented orally and those presented as posters in the proceedings.

Reviewing of papers will be double-blind. Therefore, the paper must not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith (1991) previously showed ...". Papers not conforming to these
requirements will be rejected without review.

We strongly recommend the use of the ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style files tailored for this year's conference. The style files and example documents will be available from the workshop website. We reserve the right to reject submissions that do not conform to these styles including font and page size restrictions.

----- PROCEEDINGS -----

The full proceedings volume will have an ISSN and will be published online on the ACL anthology website as well as the website of the Australasian Language Technology Association (ALTA).


Due to the generous support of our sponsors, ALTA will be offering travel support for students to attend and present at ALTA 2014. We will provide details of this on the workshop website at a later date.


Please note that as ALTW 2014 happens earlier in the year than in previous years, there will be *no* extensions to the submission deadline, given this tight schedule.

Submission deadline: 19 September (23:59 GMT +10:00)
Notification: 24 October
Final camera-ready copy: 7 November
ALTA Workshop: 26-28 November

------ COMMITTEE -----

Workshop co-chairs:

Gabriela Ferraro (NICTA)
Stephen Wan (CSIRO)

Local Organisers:

Lawrence Cavedon (RMIT)

We are pleased to be working with Falk Scholer (RMIT) to organise the co-located
event: the Australian Document Computing Symposium.

Preliminary Program Committee (to be finalised):

François Lareau (Université de Montréal)
Wray Lindsay (Monash University)
Andrea Schalley (Griffith University)
Scott Nowson (Xerox Research Centre Europe)
Anthony Nguyen (The Australian e-Health Research Centre)
Will Radford (Xerox Research Centre Europe)
Rolf Schwitter (Macquarie University)
Su Nam Kim (Monash University)
Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne)
Graeme Hirst (University of Toronto)
Diego Molla (Macquarie University)
Cecile Paris (CSIRO)
Horacio Saggion (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Karin Verspoor (The University of Melbourne)
Sarvnaz Karimi (CSIRO)
Alistair Knott (University of Otago)
Lan Du (Macquarie University)
David Powers (Flinders University)
Nathalie Colineau (DSTO)
Ben Hachey (University of Sydney)

----- SPONSORSHIP -----

We are pleased to announce that we have already secured sponsorship for the workshop from the CSIRO.

If you or your organisation are interested in sponsoring the ALTA Workshop, please contact the workshop organisers for information.

----- ENQUIRIES -----

The Australasian Language Technology Workshop is being organised by
ALTA, the Australasian Language Technology Association. For any comments
or questions about the workshop please contact the workshop organisers

----- ALTA Membership -----

We invite anyone interested in language technology research and development in Australia and New Zealand to join ALTA by subscribing to the ALTA mailing list. You will then receive periodic announcements by the ALTA Executive Committee about forthcoming activities and resources of the Association. For more information and to sign up,
please see or simply send an email to