2011Q3 Reports: IJCNLP 2011

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ACL Report on: 5th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP2011) by Kam-Fai Wong (MAy 31, 2011)


This report is divided into 2 parts: part A decribes the organization of IJCNLP 2011; and in part B the conference chair shares some experiences from the IJCNLP2011 preparation work.

Part A


Asia Federation for Natural Language Processing (AFNLP)


Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mei, Thailand


November 8-13, 2011




Honorary Conference Co-Chairs:

Chaiyong Eurviriyanukul (Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Thailand)

Chongrak Polprasert (Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thailand)

Thaweesak Koanantakool (NSTDA, Thailand)

General Chair:

Kam-Fai Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Program Co-Chairs:

Haifeng Wang (Baidu, China)

David Yarowsky (John Hopkins University, USA)

Organisation Co-Chairs:

Virach Sornlertlamvanich (NECTEC, Thailand)

Hitoshi Isahara (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan)

Workshop Co-Chairs:

Sivaji Bandyopadhyay (Jadavpur University, India)

Jong Park (KAIST, Korea)

Noriko Kando (NII, Japan)

Tutorial Co-Chairs:

Kentaro Inui (Tohoku University, Japan)

Wei Gao (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Dawei Song (Robert Gordon University, UK)

Demonstration Co-Chairs: Ken Church (Johns Hopkins University, USA)

Yunqing Xia (Tsinghua University, China)

Publication Co-Chairs: Min Zhang (I2R, Singapore)

Sudeshna Sarkar (IIT Kharagpur, India)

Finance Co-Chairs: Vilas Wuwongse (AIT, Thailand)

Gary Lee (POSTECH, Korea)

Sponsorship Co-Chairs:

Asanee Kawtrakul (Kasetsart University, Thailand)

Methinee Sirikrai (NECTEC, Thailand)

Hiromi Nakaiwa (NTT, Japan)

Publicity Committee:

Steven Bird (University of Melbourne, Australia)

Le Sun (CIPS, China)

Kevin Knight (USC, USA)

Nicoletta Calzolari (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR,Italy)

Thanaruk Theeramunkong (SIIT, Thailand)


Swit Phuvipadawat (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)

Wirat Chinnan (SIIT, Thailand)

Local Organizers:

National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC, Thailand)

Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), Thammasat University

Chiang Mai University (CMU, Thailand)


June 02, 2011[23:59 GMT-11] Submission deadline (new)

July 22, 2011 Notification of acceptance

August 19, 2011 Camera-ready submission

October 28, 2011 Early Registration Deadline

November 08, 2011 Pre-Conference Tutorials and Workshops

November 09-11, 2011 Main Conference

November 12-13, 2011 Post-Conference Workshops


WS1: Workshop on South and Southeast Asian Natural Language Processing (SANLP) - Morphology and Segmentation

WS2: 6th Workshop on Knowledge and Reasoning for Answering Questions (KRAQ'11)

WS3: Named Entities Workshop (NEWS 2011) Shared Task on Machine Transliteration (3rd in the series)

WS4: Language Resources, Technology and Services in the Sharing Paradigm

WS5: 9th Workshop on Asian Language Resources

WS6: Workshop on Advances in Text Input Methods

WS7: 5th International Workshop on Cross Lingual Information Access: Computational Linguistics and the Information Need of Multilingual Societies

WS8: Sentiment Analysis where AI meets Psychology (SAAIP)

Part B

SHARING (May 31, 2011)

IJCNLP2011 is still in its call-for-papers stage. During the design of the conferences, we have come across several technical issues which are worth sharing with the ACL community:

  • we estimated a breakeven point of around 350 attendants and we expected around 400.
  • the deadline for paper submission was set (June 2) not long after the notification of other major conferences, e,g, EMNLP (May 20)
  • we have adopted the ACL policy to allow multiple submissions, i.e. papers submitted to other conferences are accepted
  • it is difficult to secure sponsorship. So far we have 2: one local and one from Singapore; we have been turned down by Baidu, Tencent, and Yahoo. Google is still considering. It would be helpful if ACL members could provide us some pointers.
  • we have decided not to publish our proceedings by a commercial publisher so that our papers can be included in the ACL Anthology.
  • we had debates on submission by PC and Area chairs and we adopted the EMNLP policy, which permits their submissions and submission by a chair will be handled by another chair to ensure impartiality.