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Final Call for Workshop Proposals

This call is closed, please find here 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 solicited.

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 (, describing

  • 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 each chair.
  • facilities required (overhead projector, beamer, computer, etc.).
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.
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 registration fees.

Deadlines for workshops proposals:

  • Electronic submission of proposals: December 30, 2003 [***EXTENDED***]
  • Notification to proposers: January 22, 2004
  • Workshop proceedings due: June 25, 2004.
  • Workshops: August 28-29, 2004.
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).
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 question/answer sessions.
  • 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.

Programme Committee:

Michael Hess (hess AT
Fabio Rinaldi (rinaldi AT
Kai-Uwe Carstensen (carstensen AT
(Institute of Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich)

Rolf Schwitter (rolfs AT
Diego Molla (diego AT
(Centre for Language Technology, Macquarie University, Sydney)