1st (Preliminary) Call for Papers - Coling 2014
The 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics
August 23 - 29, 2014
The International Committee on Computational Linguistics (ICCL) is pleased to announce the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (Coling 2014), at Dublin City University (DCU, Dublin, Ireland, European Union). DCU is a young, dynamic and ambitious university with a mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation. Most of the local organizers are from CNGL, Ireland’s Centre for Global Intelligent Content (formerly the Centre for Next Generation Localization), which embodies the leading position of Ireland in the global localization/internationalization business, a strong focus on language technologies including machine translation, computational linguistics and natural language processing, as well as on intelligent management, search, retrieval, transformation and adaptation of content.
Coling will cover a broad spectrum of technical areas related to natural language and computation. The conference will include full papers (presented as oral presentations or posters), demonstrations, tutorials, and workshops.
TOPICS OF INTEREST
Coling 2014 solicits papers and demonstrations on original and unpublished research on the following topics, including, but not limited to:
- pragmatics, semantics, syntax, grammars and the lexicon;
- cognitive, mathematical and computational models of language processing;
- models of communication by language;
- lexical semantics and ontologies;
- word segmentation, tagging and chunking;
- parsing, both syntactic and deep;
- generation and summarization;
- paraphrasing, textual entailment and question answering;
- speech recognition, text-to-speech and spoken language understanding;
- multimodal and natural language interfaces and dialogue systems;
- information retrieval, information extraction and knowledge base linking;
- machine learning for natural language;
- modeling of discourse and dialogue;
- sentiment analysis, opinion mining and social media;
- multilingual processing, machine translation and translation aids;
- applications, tools and language resources;
- system evaluation methodology and metrics.
In all relevant areas, we encourage authors to include analysis of the influence of theories (intuitions, methodologies, insights, ? to technologies (computational algorithms, methods, tools, data, ? and/or contributions of technologies to theory development. In technologically oriented papers, we encourage in-depth analysis and discussion of errors made in the experiments described, if possible linking them to the presence or absence of linguistically-motivated features. Contributions that display and rigorously discuss future potential, even if not (yet) attested in standard evaluation, are welcome.
Papers should describe original work; they should emphasize completed work or well-advanced ongoing research rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation results should be included.
Submissions will be judged on correctness, originality, technical strength, significance and relevance to the conference, and interest to the attendees.
Submissions presented at the conference should mostly contain new material that has not been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. Papers that are being submitted in parallel to other conferences or workshops must indicate this on the title page, as must papers that contain significant overlap with previously published work.
Reviewing will be double blind. It will be managed by an international Conference Program Committee consisting of Program Chairs, members of the Scientific Advisory Board and Area Chairs, who will be assisted by invited reviewers.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
For Coling 2014, there will be one category of research papers only. All of the papers will be included in conference proceedings, this time in electronic form only.
The maximum submission length is 8 pages (A4), plus two extra pages for references. Authors of accepted papers will be given additional space in the camera-ready version to reflect space needed for changes stemming from reviewers?comments. Authors can indicate their preference for presentation mode (i.e. oral or poster presentation) in the submission form, and the reviewers will recommend an appropriate mode of presentation to the program committee which will then decide. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between research papers presented orally vs. as posters.
Papers shall be submitted in English, anonymized with regard to the authors and/or their institution (no author-identifying information on the title page nor anywhere in the paper), including referencing style as usual. Papers must conform to official Coling 2014 style guidelines, which will be available on the Coling 2014 website. Submission and reviewing will be managed online by the START system. The only accepted format for submitted papers is in Adobe’s PDF.
Submissions must be uploaded on the START system by the submission deadlines; submissions after that time will not be reviewed. To minimize network congestion, we request authors to upload their submissions as early as possible.
 In order to allow participants to be acquainted with the published papers ahead of time which in turn should facilitate discussions at Coling 2014, we have set the official publication date two weeks before the conference, i.e., on August 11, 2014. On that day, the papers will be available online for all participants to download, print and read. If your employer is taking steps to protect intellectual property related to your paper, please inform them about this timing.
 While submissions are anonymous, we strongly encourage authors to plan for depositing language resources and other data as well as tools used and/or developed for the experiments described in the papers, if the paper is accepted. In this respect, we encourage authors then to deposit resources and tools to available open-access repositories of language resources and/or repositories of tools (such as META-SHARE, Clarin, ELRA, LDC or AFNLP/COCOSDA for data, and github, sourceforge, CPAN and similar for software and tools) and refer to them instead of submitting them with the paper, even though it will also be an open possibility (through the START system). The details will be given in the submission site for camera-ready versions of accepted papers.
 There will be a separate call for demonstrations in February. Accepted papers on demonstrations will also be included in the proceedings.
January, 2014: Opening of the submission website
March 21, 2014: Paper submission deadline
May 9-12, 2014: Author response period
May 23, 2014: Author notification
June 6, 2014: Camera-ready PDF due
August 11, 2014: Official paper publication date
August 25-29, 2014: Main conference
Program Committee Co-chairs
Junichi Tsujii (Microsoft Research, China)
Jan Hajic (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)
Scientific Advisory Board members
Ralph Grishman (New York University, USA)
Yuji Matsumoto (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
Joakim Nivre (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Michael Picheny (IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA)
Donia Scott (Unviersity of Sussex, United Kingdom)
Chengqing Zong (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
1. Linguistic Issues in CL and NLP
Emily M. Bender (University of Washington, USA)
Eva Hajicova (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)
Igor Boguslavsky (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain)
2. Machine Learning for CL and NLP
Jason Eisner (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Yoshimasa Tsuruoka (University of Tokyo, Japan)
3. Cognitive Issues in CL and NLP
Philippe Blache (CNRS & CNRS & Aix-Marseille Université, France)
Ted Gibson (MIT, USA)
4. Morphology, Word Segmentation, Tagging and Chunking
Reut Tsarfaty (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
Yue Zhang (Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore)
5. Syntax, Grammar Induction, Syntactic and Semantic Parsing
Laura Kallmeyer (Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Germany)
Ryan McDonald (Google, USA)
6. Lexical Semantics and Ontologies
Chu-Ren Huang (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
Alessandro Oltramari (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
7. Semantic Processing, Distributional Semantics and Compositional Semantics
Stephen Clark (University of Cambridge, UK)
Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, Italy)
8. Modeling of Discourse and Dialogue
Nicolas Asher (CNRS & Université Paul Sabatier, France)
Marilyn Walker (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)
9. Natural Language Generation and Summarization
Albert Gatt (University of Malta, Malta)
Advaith Siddharthan (University of Aberdeen, UK)
10. Paraphrasing and Textual Entailment
Ido Dagan (Bar Ilan University, Israel)
Kentaro Inui (Tohoku University, Japan)
11. Sentiment Analysis, Opinion Mining and Social Media
Rada Mihalcea (University of Michigan, USA)
Bing Liu (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
12. Information Retrieval and Question Answering
Gareth Jones (Dublin City University, Ireland)
Siddharth Patwardhan (IBM Research, USA)
13. Information Extraction and Database Linking
James Curran (University of Sydney, Australia)
Seung-won Hwang (Postec, Korea)
Srinivas Bangalore (AT&T Labs-Research, USA)
Heyan Huang (Beijing Institute of Technology, China)
Guillaume Jacquet (Joint Research Centre, Italy)
15. Multimodal and Natural Language Interfaces and Dialog Systems
Kristiina Jokinen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
David Traum (University of Southern California, USA)
16. Speech Recognition, Text-To-Speech, Spoken Language Understanding
Nick Campbell (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
Alex Potamianos (National Technical University Crete, Greece)
17. Machine Translation
Phillip Koehn (University of Edinburgh, UK / Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Chris Quirk (Microsoft Research, USA)
Tiejun Zhao (Harbin Institute of Technology, China)
Pushpak Bhattacharyya (IIT Bombay, India)
Nicoletta Calzolari (ILC-CNR, Pisa, Italy)
Martha Palmer (University of Colorado, USA)
19. Languages with less resources
Steven Bird (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Mark Liberman (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Rajeev Sangal (IIT Banaras Hindu University, India)
Koenraad De Smedt (University of Bergen, Norway)
20. Software and Tools
Jesús Cardeñosa (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain)
Jing-Shin Chang (National Chi Nan University,Taiwan)