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

Submission deadline: 19 September 2014

****Please note a clarification of the event dates: 26-28 November 2014****

Twelfth Annual Meeting

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

This year the Australasian Language Technology Workshop (ALTA) will be
held at the RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, on Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 November. 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 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
- 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

----- 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We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished research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 exciting speakers for the event. 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).


With 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 .