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[eu_members at aclweb dot org] Singapore: ACL-IJCNLP 2009 NEWSLETTER NO. 1



ACL-IJCNLP 2009 NEWSLETTER NO. 1
(July 8th, 2009)

:: Contents of this news letter

This news letter includes:
1. ACL-IJCNLP 2009 in Singapore
2. Registration Information
3. Schedule of Co-located Conferences, Workshops, and Tutorials
4. Banquet and Reception
5. Transport, Lodging, and Visas
6. Invited Speakers
7. Accepted Papers and Posters to the Main Session


:: 1.- ACL-IJCNLP 2009 in Singapore


For the first time, the flagship conferences of the Association for
Computational Linguistics (ACL, http://www.aclweb.org/) and Asian
Federation of
Natural Language Processing (AFNLP, http://www.afnlp.org/) -- the ACL and
IJCNLP -- are jointly organized as a single event. Singapore, the
culturally and
technologically vibrant Garden City of Asia, is the stage set for this
landmark
joint conference. The ACL-IJCNLP 2009 Conference will take place at Suntec
Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The ACL-IJCNLP 2009 will cover a broad spectrum of technical areas related to
natural language and computation. The main conference is set to run from
August 3 to August 5, 2009, with collocated conferences, workshops and
tutorials
running on August 2, August 6, and August 7. The 2009 Conference on Empirical
Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP,
http://conferences.inf.ed.ac.uk/emnlp09/)
will be held right after ACL-IJCNLP 2009, on August 6-7 at the same venue. We
welcome you to participate in the conference to discuss the latest research
findings.

The general conference chair is Keh-Yih Su. Local arrangements chair is
Haizhou
Li. The local committee includes Haizhou Li, Minghui Dong, Swee Lan See,
Vladimir
Pervouchine, Long Qiu, Hwee Tou Ng, Min Zhang, Min-Yen Kan, Eng Siong
Chng, Tse
Min Lua, Kim-Teng Lua, Lawrence Por, Adrain Tay, Chris Henry and Wang, Xi.
Jian
Su and Janyce Wiebe will be program committee chairs.


About Singapore
---------------

With this exciting line-up of events, we welcome members of the various
research
communities to Singapore. Popularly known as "The Garden City" for its lush,
green landscape couching an advanced infrastructure, the island is
situated at
the southern tip of the Malaysian Peninsula.

This small yet prosperous South-East Asian nation is a cosmopolitan city
brimming with diversity, which is well connected by more than 70 airlines
flying
to more than 160 cities in 53 countries.
Natives of Singapore traditionally comprise members of the Chinese, Malay,
Indian, and Eurasian ethnic groups, while its residents today hail from
the
world over. The multicultural heritage of Singaporeans is very much alive
through the different languages, cuisines, and ethnic lifestyles. This
rich
cultural backdrop is certainly no hindrance to modernity and progress, as
demonstrated by Singapore's icon as a shopping and dining paradise. With
the
many museums, theme parks and a bustling nightlife, it is indeed an excellent
spot to unwind with the family or alone while enjoying the convenience of a
modern city.


About Suntec Singapore
----------------------

The conference will take place at Suntec Singapore
(http://www.suntecsingapore.com/index.pl),
International Convention & Exhibition Centre   which is only 20 minutes from
Changi International Airport. Suntec Singapore offers direct access to 5,200
hotel rooms, 1,000 shops, 300 restaurants and a world-class performing arts
centre. Facilities are interconnected and easily accessible via
air-conditioned
tunnels and covered walkways. At no time are you more than a 15-minute
walk from
Suntec Singapore.

For interesting and useful tidbits about the city, travel tips, and the like,
check out the conference blog at
http://www.colips.org/blog/acl-ijcnlp-2009/.


:: 2.- Registration Information

Although the early registration period is now over, late registration is
still
possible online from the registration webpage at
http://www.aclweb.org/membership/acl2009reg.php
through July 19, 2009 (11:59 pm EDT).
Online registration will not be available after 19 July, 2009. Please then
register on-site.


:: 3.- Schedule of Co-located Conferences, Workshops, and Tutorials

ACL-IJCNLP 2009 includes a rich array of 6 tutorials and 12 workshops. The
main
conference will run from August 3 to August 5, 2009. A listing of
co-located
conferences, workshops, and tutorials, sorted by date follows. To view the
full
program at a glance, visit
http://www.acl-ijcnlp-2009.org/main/program_glance.html.

August 2 2009
-------------
CE1: Second Workshop on Technologies and Corpora for Asia-Pacific Speech
Translation (TCAST 2009, http://mastarpj.nict.go.jp/TCAST2009)

CE2: Third International Workshop on Malay and Indonesian Language
Engineering
(MALINDO 2009, http://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~malindo/)

Morning Tutorials:
T1: Fundamentals of Chinese Language Processing
(http://www.acl-ijcnlp-2009.org/main/tutorials.html#T1)


T2: Topics in Statistical Machine Translation
(http://www.acl-ijcnlp-2009.org/main/tutorials.html#T2)


T3: Semantic Role Labeling: Past, Present and Future
(http://www.acl-ijcnlp-2009.org/main/tutorials.html#T3)

Afternoon Tutorials:
T4: Computational Modeling of Human Language Acquisition
(http://www.acl-ijcnlp-2009.org/main/tutorials.html#T4)

T5: Learning to Rank
(http://www.acl-ijcnlp-2009.org/main/tutorials.html#T5)


T6: State-of-the-art NLP Approaches to Coreference Resolution: Theory and
Practical Recipes (http://www.acl-ijcnlp-2009.org/main/tutorials.html#T6)


August 6-7 2009
---------------

Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) 2009
(http://conferences.inf.ed.ac.uk/emnlp09/)

WS1: Applied Textual Inference (TextInfer,
http://art.uniroma2.it/TextInfer2009)


WS2: Grammar Engineering across Frameworks (GEAF,
http://www.issco.unige.ch/en/events/workshop/GEAF09/)


WS3: Knowledge and Reasoning for Answering Questions (KRAQ'09,
http://www.irit.fr/recherches/ILPL/kraq09.html)


WS4: Language Generation and Summarisation
(http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/ucnlg/ucnlg09/)


WS5: Multiword Expressions: Identification, Interpretation, Disambiguation
and
Applications
(http://multiword.sourceforge.net/PHITE.php?sitesig=CONF&page=CONF_40_MWE_2009___lb__ACL__rb____)


WS6: The Third Linguistic Annotation Workshop (The LAW III,
http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/acl-lab/LAW-09.html)


WS7: 2nd Workshop on Building and Using Comparable Corpora: from parallel to
non-parallel corpora (http://comparable2009.ust.hk/)


WS8: TextGraphs-4: Graph-based Methods for Natural Language Processing
(http://www.textgraphs.org/ws09/index.html)

WS9: The People's Web meets NLP: Collaboratively Constructed Semantic
Resources
(http://www.ukp.tu-darmstadt.de/acl-ijcnlp-2009-workshop/)

WS10: The 7th Workshop on Asian Language Resources (ALR7,
http://www.cl.cs.titech.ac.jp/ALR/ws/7th/index.html)

WS11: Named Entities Workshop - Shared Task on Transliteration (NEWS on
Transliteration,
http://www.acl-ijcnlp-2009.org/workshops/NEWS2009/index.html)

WS12: Workshop on text and citation analysis for scholarly digital libraries
(NLPIR4DL, http://wing.comp.nus.edu.sg/nlpir4dl/)


:: 4.- Banquet and Reception

A pre-conference reception will be held on the evening of August 2, 2009
and the
ACL-IJCNLP Banquet will be held in the evening of August 4, 2009 at the
Marina Mandarin Singapore Hotel
(http://www-singapore.com/accomodation/hotel/marinamandarin/location.htm),
which is conveniently located next to Suntec Convention Centre.


:: 5.- Transport, Lodging, and Visas


Transport from Changi Airport to Suntec Exhibition Centre
----------------------------------------------------------
The most common mode of transportation is taxis (available outside the
Arrivals
Hall of Changi Aiport). They're in abundance during both peak and off-peak
hours.
All drivers are mandated to use the meter to determine fare charges and
usually
will do so automatically. A trip to city centre by taxi will cost about SGD15
during daytime (and more at night with the 50% fare surcharge).

Alternative modes of transportation include the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit
http://www.smrt.com.sg/main/index.asp; basically an urban public transit
rail).
If you opt to do so, you might want to check out gothere.sg for direction to
your accommodation. Fare for an MRT ride to city centre is pretty cheap (not
more than SGD2; cheaper if you buy the ez-link card).

More information is available at the conference blog:

http://www.colips.org/blog/acl-ijcnlp-2009/index.php/changi-airport-part-i-arrivals/#more-63

Accommodation
--------------
For information on conference hotels, go to
http://www.meetmatt-conf.net/acl2009/hotels.asp

Visa
-----

To enter Singapore, you may be required to apply for entry visa. However,
Singapore has made visa-free (or visa-on-arrival) arrangements with many
countries. The list of countries whose citizens would need a visa can be
found
here
(http://www.ica.gov.sg/services_centre_overview.aspx?pageid=252&secid=165).
However, please still check with the Singapore Overseas Mission in your
country
of residence whether your passport will need a visa. Such information is
usually
available at the mission's website.

If you needed to apply for visa, we would encourage you to submit your visa
application as soon as you received letter of invitation from the
conference
organizers. If you have not requested for the letter of invitation, you can
request it from Mr Lawrence Por by emailing tcpor[at]i2r.a-star.edu.sg
with your
accepted paper information, full name as in your passport, affiliation,
postal
and email address.

Also check out the Singapore Overseas Mission's website at your country of
residence for the full requirement for Visa application.

Additionally, when you arrive in Singapore, you also need to make sure
that you
have the following documents (full details available at
http://www.mfa.gov.sg/home/idx_visaFor.html):

* Valid travel document (minimum validity of 6 months);
* Onward / return ticket;
* Entry facilities to next destination (that means visa to the next
country of
destination, if needed);
* Sufficient funds to stay in Singapore; and
* Visa for Singapore (if applicable)

If your travel documents allow visa-free access to Singapore but you plan to
extend your stay for longer (for business or social purposes), you should
check
that the visa-free entry period allows you to do so. If not, you would
need to
apply for a visit pass
(http://www.ica.gov.sg/services_centre_overview.aspx?pageid=254&secid=170).

Finally, due to the recent swine flu hit, be sure to check the Ministry of
Health website (http://www.moh.gov.sg/mohcorp/default.aspx) from time to
time to
make sure that no additional restriction has been imposed for your country of
residence.


:: 6.- Invited Speakers


In addition to the 120 full papers, 42 short papers, 51 posters,and 12
student
research workshop papers accepted to the main session of ACL-IJCNLP 2009,
we are
pleased to announce that Qiang Yang ( Hong Kong University of Science and
Technology) and Bonnie Webber (University of Edinburgh) will be giving
invited
talks on August 3 and August 5. The titles and abstracts of their talks are
available on the ACL-IJCNLP 2009 web page
(http://www.acl-ijcnlp-2009.org/main/invitedtalks.html)


:: 7.- Accepted Papers and Posters to the Main Session

The 120 papers accepted to the main session are listed at
http://www.acl-ijcnlp-2009.org/main/acceptedfullpapers.html

The list of accepted posters for presentation is available at
http://www.acl-ijcnlp-2009.org/main/program_mainconference.html#Posters