Final Call for Papers for NAACL HLT 2010

June 1 – June 6, 2010, Los Angeles, California

Important Dates
Deadline for BOTH Full and Short paper submission: Tuesday, December 1, 2009
[New] Author response period: January 12–14, 2010
Notification to Authors: Monday, January 25, 2010
Final, camera-ready papers due: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

***Important Clarification***: Please DO NOT submit the same paper in long and short paper form.
(See Multiple Submission policy section.)

NAACL is pleased to announce the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics - Human Language Technologies (NAACL HLT) 2010 conference. The conference covers a broad spectrum of disciplines working towards enabling intelligent systems to interact with humans using natural language, and towards enhancing human-human communication through services such as speech recognition, automatic translation, information retrieval, text summarization, and information extraction. This year, we are especially interested in papers discussing research with noisy data, including data from informal communications (such as, Twitter, Blogs, Email, SMS) and processed data (such as, Speech, OCR, Historical Data, and Machine Translation). NAACL HLT 2010 will feature full papers, short papers, demonstrations, and a doctoral consortium, as well as pre-conference tutorials and post-conference workshops.

The conference invites the submission of full and short papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research in disciplines that could impact human language processing systems. We also encourage the submission of short papers that can be characterized as a small, focused contribution, a work in progress, a negative result, an opinion piece or an interesting application note.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas, and are understood to be applied to speech and/or text:

  • Phonology
  • Morphology (including word segmentation)
  • Part of speech tagging
  • Syntax and parsing (e.g., grammar induction, formal grammar, algorithms)
  • Grammar Engineering
  • Word sense disambiguation
  • Lexical semantics
  • Formal semantics and logic
  • Mathematical Linguistics
  • Textual entailment and paraphrasing
  • Discourse and pragmatics
  • Knowledge acquisition and representation
  • Statistical and machine learning techniques for language processing
  • Multilingual processing
  • Noisy data analysis
  • Large-scale language processing
  • Machine translation
  • Language generation
  • Summarization
  • Question answering
  • Information retrieval (including monolingual and CLIR)
  • Information extraction
  • Topic classification and information filtering
  • Non-topical classification (e.g., sentiment/attribution/ genre analysis)
  • Topic clustering
  • Text and speech mining
  • Spoken term detection and spoken document indexing
  • Speech indexing and retrieval
  • Speech analysis and recognition
  • Speech synthesis
  • Speech understanding
  • Dialog(ue) systems
  • Speech-centered applications (e.g., human-computer, human-robot interaction, education and learning systems, assistive technologies, digital entertainment)
  • Evaluation (e.g., intrinsic, extrinsic, user studies)
  • Development of language resources (e.g., lexicons, ontologies, annotated corpora)
  • Rich transcription (automatic annotation of information structure and sources in speech)
  • Multimodal representations and processing, including speech, gaze, gesture, and other sensory inputs

Full papers: NAACL HLT 2010 submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation and analysis should be included. The long paper deadline is December 1, 2009 by 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8). Submissions will be judged on appropriateness, clarity, originality/innovativeness, correctness/soundness, meaningful comparison, thoroughness, significance, contributions to research resources, and replicability. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three program committee members.

Full papers may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus one extra page for references, and will be presented orally or as a poster presentation as determined by the program committee. The decisions as to which papers will be presented orally and which as poster presentations will be based on the nature rather than on the quality of the work. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between full papers presented orally and those presented as poster presentations.

Short papers: NAACL HLT 2010 also solicits short papers. Short paper submissions must describe original and unpublished work. The short paper deadline this year is also December 1, 2009 by 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8). Characteristics of past short papers include:

  • A small, focused contribution
  • Work in progress
  • A negative result
  • An opinion piece
  • An interesting application nugget

Short papers will be presented in one or more oral or poster sessions, and will be given four (4) pages including references in the proceedings. While short papers will be distinguished from full papers in the proceedings, there will be no distinction in the proceedings between short papers presented orally and those presented as poster presentations. Each short paper submission will be reviewed by at least two program committee members.

Submission Deadline: The deadline for both full and short papers is December 1, 2009 by 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8).

Electronic Submission: Submission is electronic using submission software at:

Format: Full paper submissions should follow the two-column format of NAACL HLT 2010 proceedings without exceeding eight (8) pages of content plus one extra page for references. Short paper submissions should also follow the two-column format of NAACL HLT 2010 proceedings, and should not exceed four (4) pages including references. We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style files tailored for this year's conference, which are available on the conference website under Submissions must conform to the official style guidelines, which are contained in the style files, and they must be electronic in PDF.

As the reviewing will be blind, the paper must not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...” must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...” Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review. In addition, please do not post your submissions on the web until after the review process is complete.

Multiple-submission policy: Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must indicate this at submission time. Authors submitting multiple papers to NAACL HLT may not submit papers that overlap significantly (> 50%) with each other in content or results. Authors should not submit a short and long version of the same paper. Authors of papers accepted for presentation at NAACL HLT 2010 must notify the program chairs by February 15, 2010 as to whether the paper will be presented. All accepted papers must be presented at the conference to appear in the proceedings. We will not accept for publication or presentation papers that overlap significantly in content or results with papers that will be (or have been) published elsewhere.

General Conference Chair
Ron Kaplan, Powerset Division of Microsoft Bing
Program Co-Chairs
Jill Burstein, Educational Testing Service
Mary Harper, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins Human Language Technology Center of Excellence
Gerald Penn, University of Toronto
Area Chairs
Eugene Agichtein, Emory University
Yaser Al-Onaizan, IBM
Ciprian Chelba, Google
Mona Diab, Columbia University
Barbara Di Eugenio, University of Illinois at Chicago
Eric Fosler-Lussier, Ohio State University
Makoto Kanazawa, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo
Damianos Karakos, Johns Hopkins University
Philip Koehn, University of Edinburgh
Mike Maxwell, University of Maryland
Diana McCarthy, Lexical Computing Ltd
Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania
Dan Roth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Stefan Oepen, University of Oslo
Noah Smith, Carnegie Mellon University
Amanda Stent, AT&T
Joel Tetreault, ETS
Jan Wiebe, University of Pittsburgh
Workshop Chairs
Richard Sproat, Oregon Health & Science University
David Traum, University of Southern California, Institute for Creative Technologies
Demo Chair
Carolyn Penstein Rose, Carnegie Mellon University, Language Technologies Institute
Tutorial Chairs
Jason Baldridge, The University of Texas at Austin
Gokhan Tur, SRI International
Peter Clark, The Boeing Company
Publications Chairs
Claudia Leacock, Butler Hill Group
Richard Wicentowski, Swarthmore College
Local Arrangements Chairs
David Chiang, University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute
Eduard Hovy, University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute
Jonathan May, University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute
Jason Riesa, University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute
Sponsorship Chairs
North America: Srinivas Bangalore, AT&T; Christy Doran, MITRE
Local: Eduard Hovy, University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute
Europe: Stephen Pulman, Oxford; Frédérique Segond, Xerox RCE