VERY LARGE CORPORA

   Sponsored by SIGDAT (ACL's Special Interest Group for Linguistic Data
                    and Corpus-based Approaches to NLP)

                             October 7-8, 2000
               Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

                            In conjunction with
                  ACL-2000: The 38th Annual Meeting of the
                 Association for Computational Linguistics





   Soumen Chakrabarti
   John Lowe



   Ask Jeeves
   Behavior Design Corporation
   GroupFire Inc
   Intel China Research Center


   This conference aims to bring together academic researchers and
   industrial practitioners to discuss empirical and corpus-based natural
   language processing through technical paper sessions, invited talks,
   and panel discussions. Topics of interest include (but are not
   limited to):

     * statistical parsing
     * language and dialog models
     * machine translation
     * information retrieval
     * information extraction
     * comparative evaluation of empirical vs. rule- and knowledge-based
     * lexical acquisition
     * statistical language understanding
     * phrase identification
     * noun phrase coreference
     * question answering
     * word sense disambiguation
     * word and term segmentation and extraction
     * alignment
     * bilingual lexicon extraction
     * text categorization

   This year, we are especially interested in papers discussing these
   topics in the context of web-oriented applications.



   Submissions are limited to original, unpublished and empirically
   evaluated work. Reviewing of papers will be blind. Electronic
   submissions are required; author instructions, stylesheets and
   a web-based submissions interface may be found at
   http://nlp.cs.jhu.edu/~sigdat2k. Submitted papers should conform to
   the colacl.sty style file (or the provided MSWord equivalent) for final
   2-column format, with the exception that name, affiliation and address
   should be replaced with 'XXX'. Full paper-length submissions are
   strongly encouraged, and should not exceed 9 pages in specified format.
   Submissions must be received on or before June 30, 2000.


   Important Dates:
   June 30		Submission of full-length paper
   July 28		Acceptance notice
   August 29		Camera-ready paper due
   October 7-8		Conference date


   Program Committee

   Chair:    Hinrich Schuetze, GroupFire (hinrich@groupfire.com)
   Co-Chair: Keh-Yih Su, Behavior Design Corp. (kysu@bdc.com.tw)

   Einat Amitay, Macquarie University & CSIRO
   Sophia Ananiadou, University of Salford
   Susan Armstrong, University of Geneva
   Thorsten Brants, Saarland University
   Eric Brill, Microsoft Research
   Jason Chang, National Tsing Hua University
   Francine Chen, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
   Key-Sun Choi, Korea Adv. Inst. of Science & Technology
   David Elworthy, Microsoft Research Cambridge
   Tomaz Erjavec, Institute Jozef Stefan
   Pascale Fung, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
   Eric Gaussier, Xerox Research Centre Europe
   Niyu Ge, Brown University
   Nancy Ide, Vassar College
   Martin Jansche, Ohio State University
   Andy Kehler, UC San Diego
   Geunbae Lee, Pohang University of Science & Technology
   Lillian Lee, Cornell University
   Dekang Lin, University of Alberta
   Kim-Teng Lua, National University of Singapore
   Chris Manning, Stanford University
   Yuji Matsumoto, Nara Inst. of Science & Technology
   Helen Meng, Chinese University of Hong Kong
   Masaaki Nagata, NTT Cyber Space Labs
   Dragomir Radev, University of Michigan
   Hae-Chang Rim, Korea University
   Maosong Sun, Tsinghua University
   Bing Swen, Peking University
   Mark Wasson, Lexis-Nexis
   Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield
   Jakub Zavrel, University of Antwerp