Call For Interactive Presentations

All submissions are now CLOSED

Due to a number of requests for extensions and some authors experiencing problems with the submission system, the submission deadline for proposals for the Interactive Presentation has been extended to:
March 22, 2006 at 11:59pm EST (GMT -5hours).

The START URL for Interactive Presentation submissions is:

There is more information below about the expected format of submission. This information is repeated on the Interactive Presentations submission page of the COLING/ACL 2006 website:

Some of the confusion has come from whether the Interactive Presentations are demonstrations. They are, but the name has been changed to reflect the new format we are trying this year.

The COLING/ACL 2006 Program Committee invites proposals for the Interactive Presentation program. This forum will allow developers of implemented software systems and libraries the opportunity to describe the design, development and functionality of their work in an interactive setting. It is also an opportunity to gain feedback from users and exchange ideas.

The committee encourages submission of early or experimental prototypes but will also consider mature systems, particularly those with novel or experimental features.

Please note that marketing commercial systems is not appropriate for th Interactive Presentation program, and should be arranged as part of the exhibit program. Please contact the Exhibits Chair, Menno van Zaanen ( for more details.

Interactive Presentations Chair: James Curran (University of Sydney)

Areas of Interest

We encourage proposals for the interactive presentation of software
systems and libraries related to any area of computational linguistics.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • speech recognition and retrieval systems
  • natural language generation systems
  • interactive dialogue systems
  • multi-modal user interfaces
  • machine translation systems
  • message and narrative understanding systems
  • information retrieval, extraction and filtering systems
  • question answering and summarisation systems
  • document classification and clustering systems
  • multilingual and cross-lingual applications
  • embedded or mobile language technology applications
  • domain-specific CL applications (e.g. biological text mining)
  • reusable CL components, libraries and frameworks
  • software engineering tools
  • annotation and other resource development tools
  • evaluation tools
  • aids for teaching computational linguistics

Interactive Presentation sessions

There will be two days of interactive presentations running during the main ACL/COLING conference. Each interactive presentation will be allocated a session which will overlap a morning/afternoon tea or lunch break for maximum exposure. The interactive presentations will be setup in a room with a (240 volt Australian) power supply, data projector for each presentation and a cluster of chairs.

This environment will allow for presenters to communicate with many people at once but still encourage interactive engagement in the presentation. Questions and comments should be strongly encouraged during the presentation.

Presenters will be expected to provide their own laptops and/or other hardware unless otherwise arranged with the Interactive Presentation chair when it is absolutely necessary.

We cannot confirm internet access will be available at this point.

Format for Submission

Interactive poster proposals must consist of a detailed 4 page description of the system or library being presented, and a (maximum) two page script of the Interactive Presentation itself.

System/Library description (4 pages)

The system or library description will be included in the companion to the ACL/COLING 2006 proceedings. It should be typeset using the standard ACL/COLING 2006 guidelines including the title, authors, contact information, references and acknowledgements.

The 4 pages should describe the purpose, functionality and applications of the system or library. It should also contain information about the design, implementation, testing and evaluation of system. The description should also compare the work to existing work and highlight the novel functionality/techniques of the system/library.

Preference will be given to detailed descriptions that will support the reproduction of results (as much as is possible in only 4 pages).

Interactive Presentation script (2 pages)

The presentation script will not appear with the system description in the companion proceedings.

The presentation script should describe the aim of the presentation, a narrative or script of the presentation itself and a description of any other visual aids to be used during the presentation: live demos, websites, screenshots, diagrams etc. It should also describe how the audience will be able interact during the presentation.

The 2 pages should conclude with a description of any other hardware or software required for the presentation to be provided by the local organiser. Please remember that we cannot guarantee any other equipment other than the power supply and projector.

Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance to computational linguistics, innovation, scientific contribution, presentation, and user friendliness, as well as potential logistical constraints.


The reviewing will be single blind, so author names and affiliations should be included in the paper. Reviewers will be asked to provide feedback on both the system/library description and the content of the presentation script itself.

Submission Style Files

Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings and should not exceed six (6) pages: four (4) pages including references for the description and two (2) pages for the interactive script. Papers that exceed this page limit will be automatically rejected by the paper submission software.

We strongly recommend the use of the LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word document template that are available on the conference Web site:

A description of the required format will be made available to those who are unable to make direct use of these style files. We reserve the right to reject submissions that do not conform to these styles, including font size restrictions.

Submission Procedure

These 6 pages in total should be submitted as a single PDF document with the system description coming first. The presentation script should follow and use the same 11 point font size and margins. Single column format may be used for the presentation script part if it is more convenient.

Please remember that the reviewing is single blind, that is, you must include the author names and affiliations on the first page of the system description.

Proposals should be submitted by 22 March 2006, to the COLING/ACL 2006 Interactive Presentation Chair using the START Conference Management system. The submission URL is:
Links to the submission instructions and site can be found on the ACL/COLING 2006 homepage.

Submission will be electronic. The only accepted format for submitted papers is Adobe PDF. Authors are responsible for ensuring their PDF documents print correctly, e.g. all of the necessary fonts are embedded in the PDF document. The papers must be submitted no later than March 22, 2006 11:59pm EST (GMT -5hours). Papers submitted after that time will not be reviewed.

The electronic submission site is open for submissions.

Please submit any inquiries to:

James Curran
School of Information Technologies
Madsen Building, F09
University of Sydney
NSW 2006
Phone: +61 2 9036 6037
Fax: +61 2 9351 3838

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: 22 March 2006
Notification: 7 April 2006
Camera Ready: 28 April 2006
Conference Dates: 17-21 July 2006