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

PREAMBLE

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

ORGANIZED BY

Asia Federation for Natural Language Processing (AFNLP)

PLACE

Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mei, Thailand

DATE

November 8-13, 2011

WEBSITE

http://www.ijcnlp2011.org

OFFICERS

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)

Webmasters:

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)

IMPORTANT DATES

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

WORKSHOPS (x8)

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.