EMNLP 2015 First call for participation

EMNLP (Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing) is the annually held conference organized by ACL SIGDAT, the Association for Computational Linguistics special interest group on linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to natural language processing. SIGDAT was founded in 1993, and is one of ACL's oldest SIGs. This year, the 20th edition of EMNLP will be held from September 17-21, 2015, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Sad News: R.I.P. Fred Jelinek

The ACL sadly received the message about the unexpected passing away of Professor Fred Jelinek, on Tuesday night. Fred was one of the pioneers and founders of modern research in speech recognition and statistical machine translation and made enormous contributions to our field. In recognition of his contributions he received the ACL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. His death is a great loss for all those who knew him, and for the ACL community.

Here is a link to Fred's life and work in his own words: clsp.jhu.edu

In Memoriam: Paul Chapin

1938-2015

Memorial statement prepared by Tom Bever, Merrill Garrett, and Cecile McKee (University of Arizona)

The Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) mourns the July 1, 2015 death of Paul Chapin, former ACL president (1977).  The language sciences lost a truly valued defender and friend on July 1, 2015, with the death of Paul Gipson Chapin from Acute Myeloid Leukemia, in Tucson, Arizona.

Li Sheng receives 2015 Association for Computation Linguistics Lifetime Achievement Award

During its 53rd annual meeting in Beijing, China (July 26-31, 2015), the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) awarded its 2015 ACL Lifetime Achievement Award to Prof. Li Sheng.

Li Sheng (Chinese: 李生; Li is the family name; born in 1943), is a professor at the School of Computer Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in China. Prof. Li began research on Chinese-English machine translation 30 years ago in 1985, making him one of the first Chinese scholars in this field.

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Six 2014 ACL Fellows Named

Established in 2011, the ACL Fellows program recognizes ACL members whose contributions to the field have been most extraordinary.   To date, there are 26 members of teh ACL that have been honored by the ACL as Fellows.  Today we are pleased to announce six new members who have been granted Fellow status, in recognition of their long standing contribution to the field of Computational Linguistics.  Please join us in congratulating our 2014 Fellows for their achievements.  They are (in alphabetical order): Walter Daelemans, Kevin Knight, Daniel Marcu, Raymond Mooney, Martha Palmer, and Junic

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