2009Q3 Reports: SIGHAN

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1. SIGHAN Organization

SIGHAN is in the process of running its 2009 election (somewhat late). On March 28, 2009 the nominating committee (Chu-Ren Huang (chair), Benjamin Tsou, Martha Palmer, Richard Sproat, Maosong Sun) nominated the below slate of candidates. Nominations were then opened for the general membership to nominate additional candidates. No additional nominations were received, and on July 2, 2009, the SIGHAN Secretary, Gina-Anne Levow, opened an on-line election with this slate as candidates. Voting will close on July 24, 2009.

Chair: Dan Jurafsky, Stanford University, CA

Vice-Chair /Chair-Elect: Hsin-hsi CHEN, National Taiwan University

Treasurer: SUN Maosong, Tsinghua University

Secretary/Web Master: Gina Levow, University of Manchester, UK

Information Officers:

China (Two positions): SUI Zhifang, Peking University ZONG Chengqing, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Hong Kong SAR (Two positions): Olivia KWONG, City University of Hong Kong LU Qin, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Singapore (One Position): NG Hwee Tou, National University of Singapore

Taiwan (One position): Shu-Chuan TSENG, Academia Sinica

United States (One position): Nianwen XUE, Brandeis University

2. Upcoming conference plans

SiGHAN did not have a meeting in 2009. Since COLING-2010 is in Beijing, SIGHAN is planning an extra-large meeting in Beijing co-located with COLING, hence August 21-22. Details, including finding an organizing committee/program committee chair, as well as a bakeoff chair, will be worked out this summer.