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Dear Sir/Madam,

We would like to invite you to submit papers for the 15th Annual Workshop
of the Australian Language Technology Association (ALTA 2017) which will be
held on the 7th and 8th of December at the Queensland University of
Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

We would be grateful if you could forward the following Call for Papers
within your research circles.

Best regards,
Jojo Wong and Stephen Wan
ALTA 2017 co-chairs


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THE 15TH ANNUAL WORKSHOP OF THE AUSTRALASIAN LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGY
ASSOCIATION (ALTA 2017)


CALL FOR PAPERS


#Overview

The 15th Annual Workshop of the Australian Language Technology Association
will be held on the 7th and 8th of December at the Queensland University of
Technology in Brisbane, Australia. It will be co-located with the
Australian Document Computing Symposium 2017.

The ALTA 2017 workshop is the key local forum for socialising research
results in natural language processing and computational linguistics, with
presentations and posters from student, industry, and early-career
researchers.

For this year's workshop, we are planning to feature invited keynote
speakers, a special interest panel, and a shared task that encourages
promising students to get involved in language technology research.

ALTA 2017 website: http://alta2017.alta.asn.au

#Key Dates

Submission Deadline: 18th September, 2017
Author Notification: 20th October, 2017
Camera-Ready Deadline: 3rd November, 2017
Tutorials: 6th December, 2017
Main Conference: 7th-8th December, 2017

#Format

We invite submissions of two different formats:

## Original Research Papers

We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished research on
all aspects of natural language processing.

Long papers should be 6-8 pages. Accepted long papers will have a 15 minute
slot for oral presentation plus 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Short
papers should be 3-4 pages. Accepted short papers will have a poster
presentation plus a short approximately 5 minute talk to advertise the
poster. Both formats may include up to 2 pages of references in addition to
these page count requirements.

Note that the review process is double-blind, and accordingly submitted
papers should not include the author identity and the text should be
suitably anonymised, e.g., using third person wording for self-citations,
not providing URLs to your person website, etc.

Original research papers will be included in the workshop proceedings,
which will be published online in the ACL anthology and the ALTA website.
Long papers will be distinguished from short papers in the proceedings.

## Presentations

To encourage broader participation and facilitate local socialisation of
international results, we continue the presentations format introduced last
year. We invite submissions of 1-2 page presentation abstracts. These will
not be published in the proceedings, but simply reviewed by the ALTA
executive committee to ensure that they are on topic, coherent and likely
to be of interest to the ALTA community. Abstracts on work in progress and
work published or submitted elsewhere are encouraged.

ALTA invites submissions of all manner interesting research, not limited
to, but including:

- established academics giving an overview of an exciting paper or paper/s
published in international venues;
- completing research students giving an overview of their thesis work;
- early candidature research students presenting their work-in-progress and
ideas, which may not have been published; and
- industry presenting research and development over linguistic data in the
context of their business.

Presentation abstracts should not be anonymised, any publications relating
to the work should be cited in the submission, and the person who will give
the presentation should be clearly stated. Successful submissions will have
a 15 or 30 minute slot for an oral presentation. Please nominate what
length presentation you would prefer in your submission, although note that
we may not be able to honour this request.

# Topics

ALTA invites the submission of papers and presentations on all aspects of
natural language processing, including, but not limited to:

- phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse;
- speech understanding and generation;
- interpreting spoken and written language;
- natural language generation;
- linguistic, mathematical, and psychological models of language;
- NLP-based information extraction and retrieval;
- corpus-based and statistical language modelling;
- machine translation and translation aids;
- question answering and information extraction;
- natural language interfaces and dialogue systems;
- natural language and multimodal systems;
- message and narrative understanding systems;
- evaluations of language systems;
- embodied conversational agents;
- computational lexicography;
- summarisation;
- language resources;
- topic modelling and unsupervised language analysis;
- social media analysis and processing; and
- domain-specific adaptation of natural language processing algorithms.

We particularly encourage submissions that broaden the scope of our
community through the consideration of practical applications of language
technology and through multi-disciplinary research. We also specifically
encourage submissions from industry.

#Multiple Submission Policy

Original research papers that are under review for other publication venues
or that you intend to submit elsewhere may be submitted in parallel to
ALTA. We request that you declare at submission that your paper is
submitted to another venue, and identify the venue.

Should your paper be accepted to both ALTA and another venue, we allow you
to decide whether the paper should be published in the ALTA proceedings, or
if it should be treated as a Presentation (without archival publication).
In this case you would still be able to present a research talk at the ALTA
workshop. This is to encourage more internationally leading research to be
presented at the workshop.

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