2012Q3 Reports: SIGPARSE

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SIGPARE 2012 Annual Report

SIGPARSE is ACL's special interest group on natural language parsing. The main goal and activity of SIGPARSE is to ensure the continuity of the biennial 'International Conferences on Parsing Technologies' (IWPT) series. The last conference was the 12th in the series, held in Dublin, Ireland in October 2011. Harry Bunt served as General Chair, Joakim Nivre as Program Chair, and Ozlem Cetinoglu as local arrangements chair. The conference lasted three days, and included 26 presented long talks and short talks/posters, and 3 invited talks.

Building on the success of the first workshop in 2010, the 2nd Workshop on Morphologically Rich Languages (SPMRL 2011) was held as an integral part of IWPT 2011. At the workshop, 8 papers were presented covering a broad range of languages (Arabic, Basque, French, German, Hindi, Korean, Turkish), and the workshop was rounded off with a panel discussion.

SIGPARSE was scheduled to hold elections for SIG officers in 2011, to take office in 2012. Unfortunately, arrangements for the elections have been delayed due to poor health of the SIGPARSE Secretary, John Carroll. Arrangements are now getting back on track and the elections will be held shortly.

SIGPARSE maintains a website that contains information about the SIG, upcoming activities, and instructions for joining the membership and the mailing list. The website address is: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~sigparse/