Final Call for Papers: ALTA 2014

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

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 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We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished research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 very pleased to announce that Jennifer Lai from IBM Research has accepted our invitation to present a keynote at ALTA 2014. We will provide additional details about the keynote on the website in the near future.

----- TUTORIALS -----
We are pleased to announce the following tutorial at ALTA 2014:

Presenter: Dr. Trevor Cohn
Title: Gaussian Processes for NLP
Short Description:
Gaussian Processes are a powerful Bayesian modelling framework, which holds considerable potential in language processing. The tutorial will present fundamentals of Gaussian Processes and survey several NLP tasks where GPs have been deployed successfully.

Presenter: Dr. Gholamreza Haffari
Title: Machine Learning Approaches for Dealing with Limited Bilingual Data in Statistical Machine Translation
Short Description:
High quality translation output in Statistical machine translation (SMT) is dependent on the availability of massive amounts of parallel text in the source and target language. There are a large number of languages that are considered "low-density", either because the population speaking the language is not very large, or even if millions of people speak the language, insufficient online resources are available in that language. This tutorial covers machine learning approaches for dealing with such situations in SMT where the amount of available bilingual data is limited.

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 ALTA 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.

Programme Committee:

Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne)
Wray Buntine (Monash University)
Alicia Burga (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Lawrence Cavedon (RMIT University)
Nathalie Colineau (DSTO)
Trevor Cohn (Melbourne University)
Lan Du (Macquarie University)
Dominique Estival (University of Western Sydney)
Ben Hachey (University of Sydney)
Gholamreza Haffari (Monash University)
Graeme Hirst (University of Toronto)
Nitin Indurkhya (University of New South Wales)
Sarvnaz Karimi (CSIRO)
Su Nam Kim (Monash University)
Alistair Knott (University of Otago)
François Lareau (Université de Montréal)
David Martinez (University of Melbourne)
Tara Mcinkintosh (Google)
Meladel Mistica (Intel Corporation)
Diego Molla (Macquarie University)
Anthony Nguyen (The Australian e-Health Research Centre)
Joel Nothman (University of Sydney)
Scott Nowson (Xerox Research Centre Europe)
Cecile Paris (CSIRO)
David Powers (Flinders University)
Lizhen Qu (NICTA)
Will Radford (Xerox Research Centre Europe)
Horacio Saggion (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Andrea Schalley (Griffith University)
Rolf Schwitter (Macquarie University)
Karin Verspoor (The University of Melbourne)
Ingrid Zuckerman (Monash University)

----- SPONSORSHIP -----

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

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 -----

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