I am happy to announce that the ACL Executive Committee has approved the creation of an ACL Fellows program, which recognizes ACL members whose contributions to the field have been most extraordinary. To be named a Fellow, a candidate must have been a member of the ACL for the past three consecutive years and be nominated by a current ACL member.
Seventeen ACL members are among the founding group of Fellows. Each of these 2011 Fellows has been a major force in computational linguistics, and each has been a member of ACL for the last three years. Please see the list below and congratulate them!
A small group of new Fellows will be announced each year. If you would like to nominate a candidate, please make your nomination at http://www.aclweb.org/portal/nominations. If you are unsure about a candidate's eligibility, please send a query to firstname.lastname@example.org. A nominator must provide a comprehensive case for the candidate and solicit two additional recommendations. The nominator should direct the recommenders to fill out recommendation forms (ACL will not contact individual recommenders or solicit letters). All forms submitted by October 1 of a given year will be considered, and submitted forms will be kept confidential.
Regards, Kevin Knight (ACL President), on behalf of the ACL Executive Committee
- For significant contributions to computational lexicography, and for the creation and dissemination of language resources.
- For significant contributions to natural language parsing.
- For significant contributions to natural language parsing and discriminative training.
- For significant contributions to theoretical linguistics and topic-focus models of discourse structure.
- For significant contributions to intonation, discourse, text-to-speech systems, and labeling standards for speech corpora.
- For significant contributions to natural language generation, summarization and ontologies.
- For significant contributions to natural language parsing and its applications to text and speech processing.
- For significant contributions to the mathematics of natural language and for the development of TAGs (tree-adjoining grammars).
Ronald M. Kaplan
- For significant contributions to augmented transition networks, lexical functional grammar, and finite-state models of morphology and phonology.
- For significant contributions to finite-state morphology and parsing.
Christopher D. Manning
- For significant contributions to the probabilistic modeling of natural language syntax and semantics.
- For significant contributions to deterministic parsing and The Penn Treebank.
- For significant contributions to ChaSen and bottom-up parsing.
Kathleen R. McKeown
- For significant contributions to natural language generation and multi-document summarization.
Robert L. Mercer
- For significant contributions to machine translation and speech recognition.
Robert C. Moore
- For significant contributions to unification-based grammar and machine translation.
- For significant contributions to machine translation and the development of inversion-transduction grammar.