EACL Newsletter

Issue 6

March 2005

Table of Contents
  1. Editorial
  2. From the chair
  3. Report on ACL 2004
  4. ISCOL '04: Israeli Seminar on Computational Linguistics
  5. Sponsorship
  6. EACL 2006: Back to Italy
  7. Calendar of Events


It is a great pleasure to edit the EACL newsletter for the first time. I would like to start by expressing many thanks to the previous editor, Gertjan van Noord, for all his work over the past two years. He contributes to this issue, in his new capacity as Chair of EACL. Other contributions in this edition include a report on ACL 2004 from Toni Badia, who chaired the local organising committee; a report on the Israeli Seminar on Computational Linguistics (ISCOL-2004) by Ido Dagan; a word about EACL sponsorship from our new EACL secretary Anette Frank and the treasurer Mike Rosner; and an announcement about EACL 2006. Last but definitely not least, this newsletter includes a calendar of upcoming events in computational linguistics. Thanks to Leonoor van der Beek for all her efforts in keeping this calendar up to date.

I would be grateful to receive any contributions for future editions of the newsletter on any matters of interest to EACL members. Please email them to newsletter@eacl.org. And I look forward to seeing you during this summer's conference season, especially at Ann Arbor in June.

Alex Lascarides


The EACL board has undergone quite a few changes. We are very thankful for the time and effort that our leaving board members have spent on EACL. John Carroll has been the EACL secretary for many years and did a wonderful job. Claire Gardent has been the chair over the last two years and, among other things, was responsible for the Budapest EACL event, one of the most successful EACL meetings in history. Finally, we will miss Hans Uszkoreit's creative contributions and advice. Claire, John, and Hans: many thanks!

We have three new board members, whom I would like to welcome. Anette Frank (from Saarbrücken) will take over from John as our new secretary. Alex Lascarides (Edinburgh) is our new chair-elect. So she will be the EACL chair in 2007 and 2008. Paola Merlo (Geneva) is our third new member. Yes. The feminine influence in EACL is quite obvious. Five out of eight board members, half of the nominating committee and another majority in the EACL student board!

Gertjan van Noord


ACL-04 took place in Barcelona July 21-26, 2004, organised by a committee of researchers from the five universities in the Barcelona area which have active research groups on Computational Linguistics (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and Universitat Ramon Llull).

The main conference included 18 sessions covering most of the areas in the field, ranging from multimodal and situated language processing to evaluation of machine translation. In addition there were three "Demonstration and interactive poster" sessions and the Student Research Workshop. On the last two days of ACL-04 11 workshops were organised and successfully attended. At the final count we had 682 registered attendees, taking into account both the main conference and the workshops.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Karen Spark Jones who has worked on automatic language and information processing research since the late 1950s. Over the last decade her work has been on document retrieval including speech applications, database query, user and agent modelling, automatic summarisation, and information and language system evaluation.

ACL-04 took place in the Barcelona International Convention Centre within the premises of the 2004 Forum of Cultures. The Forum organised a daily programme of cultural events and entertainment options, which proved to be of great interest to ACL-04 participants.

Finally, a word on sponsorship. We reached a record amount of sponsorship contributions this year: 95,500 euros (approximately $116,000), of which ca. 63,000 euros came from the 2004 Forum of Cultures -- probably our largest-ever single contributor. We are enormously grateful for the generosity of all companies and institutions that contributed, as sponsors, to the success of ACL-04, including the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation, Comprendium, Microsoft, Xerox Europe, and Daedalus.

Toni Badia
Local Organisation Chair

ISCOL'04: Israeli Seminar on Computational Linguistics

The annual meeting of the Israeli Seminar on Computational Linguistics was held on December 27, 2004 at Bar Ilan University. This year we were honoring Prof. Yaacov Choueka upon his retirement. The seminar has been most successful, demonstrating the progress and expansion of the field in Israel. More than 70 participants attended the event, including faculty and students from all universities as well as many people from industrial companies in the NLP, IR and text processing areas.

The program included (see above URL for full program):

Ido Dagan
Seminar Organiser

A Word About Sponsorship

Anette Frank and Mike Rosner
Secretary and Treasurer

EACL 2006: Back to Italy

After more than 20 years, the EACL meeting will once more take place in Italy. The very first EACL meeting was organised in Pisa back in 1983. In 2006, Trento will host the 11th EACL meeting (for those of you who have difficulty counting the EACL meetings, please read the preface to the EACL 2003 Budapest proceedings by Ann Copestake and Jan Hajic).

The Programme Co-chairs will be Diana McCarthy (Sussex, UK) and Shuly Wintner (Haifa, Israel). The local organisation of the conference will be carried out by IRST (to be more precise: the Cognitive and Communication Technology (TCC) Division of ITC-IRST, Centro per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica). Alberto Lavelli and Bernardo Magnini will co-chair the local organising committee. The conference will take place from April 3 to April 7. The tutorials and workshops will be held on April 3-4, and the main programme is scheduled for April 5-7.

Trento is a nicely located historical city. It is very close to the Dolomites mountains and to famous cities such as Verona, Venice, and Milan. The Trento region is said to combine the positive aspects of both the northern (germanic) and southern (mediterranean) life styles.

The conference facilities are all located in the centre, and they're very attractive for EACL. Bars, restaurants and hotels are all relatively close. The city is not very big, with only 100,000 inhabitants. You can travel to Trento through the international airports in Verona, Milano or Munich. Trento is on the intercity connection between Munich and Verona.

We hope to welcome many of you in Trento!

Gertjan van Noord



March 31-April 1, 2005, Bonn, GermanyApplications of GermaNet II
March 9-11, 2005, Magdeburg, Germany From Data and Information Analysis to Knowledge Engineering
March 24-26, 2005, Compiegne, FranceUNTELE 2005 Use of New Technologies in Foreign Language Teaching
April 4-5, 2005, Rouen, FranceTerminology and Artificial Intelligence TIA'05
April 7-8, 2005, Barcelona, SpainFormal and Computational Approaches to Discourse Particles
April 7-9, 2005, Lodz, PolandPALC 2005 Practical Applications in Language and Computers
April 8, 2005, Lodz, PolandWorkshop on E-education
April 9, 2005, Lodz, PolandCognitive Corpus Linguistics Workshop
April 11-13, 2005, Hinxton, Cambridge, UKSMBM 2005 Symposium on Semantic Mining in Biomedicine
April 19-21, 2005, Essex, UK2nd ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on the Linguistic Dimensions of Prepositions and their Use in Computational Linguistics Formalisms and Applications
April 28-30, 2005, Bordeaux, FranceLACL2005 Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics
May 15, 2005, Paris, FranceATALA workshop on Methods and tools for the evaluation of syntactic parsers
May 19-20, 2005, Geneva, SwitzerlandGL2005 3rd International Workshop on Generative Approaches to the Lexicon
May 20-25, 2005, Joensuu, FinlandNODALIDA 15th Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics
May 30-31, 2005, Budapest, HungaryEAMT 2005 10th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation
June 6-10, 2005, Fontainebleau, FranceTraitement Automatiques des Langues Naturelles 2005
June 9-11, 2005, Nancy, FranceDIALOR'05/SEMDIAL
June 15-17, 2005, Alicante, SpainNLDB05 Tenth International Conference of Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems
July 6, 2005, Amsterdam, the NetherlandsSymposium on Dialogue Modelling and Generation
July 6-7, 2005, Bremen, Germany 2nd International Workshop on Constrained-Based Grammar
July 15-17, 2005, Birmingham, UK Corpus Linguistics 2005
July 18-20, 2005, Bergen, NorwayLFG05
July 25-28, 2005, Split, Croatia Workshop on Computational Linguistics Computational Modeling of Lexical Acquisition
July 30-August 5, 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland, UKIJCAI-05 19th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
July 30, 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 4th Workshop on Knowledge and Reasoning for Answering Questions
August 7-11, 2005, Bonn, GermanyICML 2005 22nd International Conference on Machine Learning
August 5-7, 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland, UKFG-MOL 2005 10th conference on Formal Grammar and 9th Meeting on Mathematics of Language
August 8-19, 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland, UKESSLLI 2005
August 8-10, 2005, Aberdeen, UK10th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation
August 15-20, 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland, UKFormal Semantics and Cross-Linguistic Data ESSLLI workshop
August 16-20, 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK Foundations of Natural-Language Grammar ESSLLI workshop
August 22-24, 2005, Lisbon, PortugalHPSG 2005
August 24-27, 2005, Cracow, PolandEUROCALL 2005 Conference for the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning
September 1-2, 2005, Helsinki, Finland FSMNLP 2005 Workshop on Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing
September 14-16, 2005, Granada, Spain SEPLN2005 21th Conference of the Spanish Society for Natural Language Processing
September 19, 2005, Santiago de Compostela, SpainContrastive and Learner Corpus Workshop
September, 21-23, 2005, Borovets, BulgariaRANLP-2005 Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing
October 3-7, 2005, Porto, PortugalECML/PKDD05 16th European Conference on Machine Learning/9th European Conference on Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases
October 31-November 4, 2005, Agia Napa, CyprusCoopIS 2005 Cooperative Information Systems
October 31-November 4, 2005, Agia Napa, CyprusODBASE 4th International Conference on Ontologies, Databases, and Applications of Semantics


March 9-11, 2005, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, IndiaSymposium on Linguistics, Quantification & Computation
March 31-April 2, 2005, Tucson, Arizona, USA18th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing
May 3-5, 2005, Mclean, VA, USAInternational Conference on Intelligence Analysis
May 6-8, 2005, Clearwater Beach, FL, USAFLAIRS 2005 Special track on Natural Language based Knowledge Representations
May 24-25, 2005NLUCS 2005 Workshop on Natural Language Understanding and Cognitive Science
May 26-27, 2005, Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaWorkshop on the Analysis of Informal and Formal Information Exchange During Negotiations
June 23-25, 2005, Moscow, Russia Meaning-Text Theory (MTT-2005)
June 25-30, 2005, Ann Harbor, Michigan, USAACL-05
June 29-30, 2005, Ann Harbor, Michigan, USACoNLL-2005 Ninth Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning
June 27-30, 2005, Las Vegas, Nevada, USAIntelligent Linguistic Technologies
July 9-10, 2005, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAAAAI-05 WORKSHOP on Question Answering in Restricted Domains
July 9-10, 2005, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USASLU 2005 Wrokshop on Spoken Language Understanding
July 21-22, 2005, Palo Alto, CA, USA CEAS Second Conference on Email and Anti-Spam
August 28 2005, Seoul, Korea WDA2005 Third International Workshop on Web Document Analysis
August 29-September1 2005, Seoul, Korea ICDAR2005 8th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition
September 14-16, 2005, Melbourne, Australia NaTeMed2005 Special Session on Natural Language Processing and Text Mining in Medicine at KES 2005
October 6-8, 2005, Vancouver, B.C., Canada HLT/EMNLP 2005
October 9-10, 2005, Vancouver, BC, CanadaDUC 2005 Document Understanding Conference
October 11-13, 2005, Jeju Island, KoreaJCNLP05 Second International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing
November 27-December 1, 2005, Cancun, Mexico ASRU2005 Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop
December 20-22, 2005, Pune, India2nd Indian International Conference on Artificial Intelligence