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Final Call for Workshop Proposals
This call is closed, please find
the list of accepted workshops.
The COLING Organising Committee invites proposals for workshops to be
held at COLING 2004,
University of Geneva, Switzerland
Main conference: August 23rd-27th, 2004
Workshops: August 28th-29th, 2004
Following the regular program of the main conference, workshops on
current topics in Computational Linguistics will be held on 28th-29th,
August 2004, at the conference venue. Workshops will normally last one
day, but may extend to a second day if required. Proposals by
qualified individuals interested in organising a workshop are
Proposals should be submitted by electronic mail, as soon as possible,
but no later than December 30, 2003. The subject line should be:
"COLING 2004 WORKSHOP PROPOSAL". Those interested in organising a
workshop should send a brief proposal (in plain text) to:
Michael Hess (firstname.lastname@example.org), describing
The goal of the workshops is to provide an opportunity to focus intensively
on a specific topic within computational linguistics/NLP. The workshop
should bring together researchers and practitioners from different
communities to discuss recent results and trends in the field.
A title and brief (2-page max) description of the workshop topic and
content, including a description of the proposed workshop format,
regarding the mix of events such as paper presentations, invited
talks, panels, and general discussion.
relevance to COLING.
the target audience.
approximate number of participants expected .
tentative schedule for the workshop (at least half a day, up to two days).
a calendar of deadlines for submission, notification, and camera-ready
copy (which must be compatible with COLING deadlines).
Workshop organisers are responsible for providing a camera-ready
version of the workshop proceedings to the COLING organising committee
by June 25 at the latest.
programme committee for the workshop.
relevant experience of the organiser(s).
the name, postal address, phone number, e-mail address, and webpage of
facilities required (overhead projector, beamer, computer, etc.).
The workshop proposers will be responsible for the organisational aspects
(e.g. workshop call preparation and distribution, review of papers,
notification of acceptance, coordinating workshop participation and content,
assembling of the workshop proceedings, etc.).
Proposers are encouraged to submit as early as possible to ensure that
appropriate arrangements can be made to accommodate all workshop
sessions, and to provide adequate time for proposal evaluation and
feedback. No submissions will be accepted after the final deadline of
December 30, 2003.
Finances: Workshops are expected to be financially
self-supporting. The conference organizers will establish workshop
registration rates so as to provide the room, audio-visual equipment,
Internet access, snacks for breaks, and the workshop proceedings. The
registration fee will be waived for ONE invited speakers per day of
the workshops but no remuneration or other
reimbursement of expenses will be covered from the workshop
Deadlines for workshops proposals:
The goal of the workshops is to provide an informal forum for
researchers to discuss important research questions and
challenges. Controversial issues, open problems, and comparisons of
competing approaches are encouraged and preferred as workshop
topics. Representation of alternative viewpoints and panel-style
discussions are particularly encouraged. Workshops are intended to
ignite discussions of unresolved problems of the field, to present
thought provoking ideas, and to introduce controversial topics. They
are not meant to teach participants methodologies and techniques, or
to present working systems (this is the purpose of tutorials).
- Electronic submission of proposals: December 30, 2003
- Notification to proposers: January 22, 2004
- Workshop proceedings due: June 25, 2004.
- Workshops: August 28-29, 2004.
Preference will be given to workshops that reserve a significant
portion of time for open discussion or panel discussion, as opposed to
pure ``mini-conference'' format. An example format is:
- Tutorial lecture providing background and introducing
terminology relevant to the topic.
- Two short lectures introducing different approaches, alternating
with discussions after each lecture.
- Discussion or panel presentation.
- Short talks or panels alternating with discussion and
- General discussion and wrap-up.
We suggest that organizers allocate at least 50% of the workshop schedule to
questions, discussion, and breaks. Past experience suggests that workshops
otherwise degrade into mini-conferences as talks begin to run over.
Michael Hess (hess AT cl.unizh.ch)
Fabio Rinaldi (rinaldi AT cl.unizh.ch)
Kai-Uwe Carstensen (carstensen AT cl.unizh.ch)
(Institute of Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich)
Rolf Schwitter (rolfs AT ics.mq.edu.au)
Diego Molla (diego AT ics.mq.edu.au)
(Centre for Language Technology, Macquarie University, Sydney)