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ALTA Workshop 2009

Call for Papers

3rd and 4th December 2009, Sydney, Australia

to be held as part of HCSNet SummerFest 2009

Submissions deadline: Monday 28th September 2009


This year, the Australasian Language Technology Workshop (ALTA) will be held as part of the HCSNet Summerfest at the University of New South Wales in Sydney on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of December 2009. This event will be the seventh annual installment of the ALTA Workshop in its most-recent incarnation, and the continuation of an annual workshop series that has existed under various guises since the early 90s.

The goals of the ALTA workshop are:

  • to bring together the growing Language Technology (LT) community in Australia and New Zealand and encourage interactions;
  • to encourage interactions and collaboration within this community and with the wider international LT community;
  • to foster interaction between academic and industrial researchers, to encourage dissemination of research results;
  • to provide a forum for the discussion of new and ongoing research and projects;
  • to provide an opportunity for the broader artificial intelligence community to become aware of local LT research; and, finally,
  • to increase visibility of LT research in Australia, New Zealand and overseas.


We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of natural language processing, including, but not limited to:

  • phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse;
  • speech understanding and generation;
  • interpreting and generating spoken and written language;
  • linguistic, mathematical, and psychological models of language;
  • language-oriented 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.

We welcome submissions on any topic that is of interest to the LT community, and particularly encourage submissions that broaden the scope of our community through the consideration of practical LT applications and through multi-disciplinary research. We also specifically encourage submissions from industry.

Submission Format

All submissions should follow the ACL style guidelines and must be in PDF format.

Full paper submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings without exceeding eight (8) pages of content plus one extra page for references. Accepted full papers will be presented orally at the workshop.

Short paper submissions should also follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings without exceeding four (4) pages of content plus one extra page for references. Accepted short papers will be presented as posters at the workshop.

Note that full papers can be accepted as short papers as determined by the program committee. Full papers will be distinguished from short papers in the proceedings.

We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style files tailored for this year's conference. The style files and example documents are available from the workshop website.We reserve the right to reject submissions that do not conform to these styles including font and page size restrictions.

If we cannot print your PDF file by the submission date it will be rejected without being reviewed. Therefore you are encouraged to send an early version with the typographical complexity of your final intended version so that we can check it is printable. All papers should include the full authors' names and affiliations. (Note that this diverges from the "blind" submission guidelines adopted for ACL conferences.) Detailed directions for submission will be made available at the workshop website. Contact the organisers for any questions regarding this process.


A proceedings containing all papers (full paper and short paper submissions) will be produced and published by HCSNet in CD-ROM format. The full proceedings volume will also be published online on the website of the Australasian Language Technology Association (ALTA).

Important Dates

  • Submissions deadline: Monday 28th September 2009
  • Accept/reject: Monday 12th October 2009
  • Final camera-ready copy: Monday 9th November 2009
  • ALTA Workshop: Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th December 2009

Workshop Co-Chairs

  • Luiz Augusto Pizzato (University of Sydney)
  • Rolf Schwitter (Macquarie University)

Programm Committee

  • Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne)
  • Steven Bird (University of Melbourne)
  • Lawrence Cavedon (National ICT Australia, Melbourne)
  • Eric Choi (National ICT Australia, Sydney)
  • Peter Clark (Boeing)
  • Nathalie Colineau (CSIRO)
  • Nigel Collier (NII -- National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
  • James Curran (University of Sydney)
  • Robert Dale (Macquarie University)
  • Jean-Yves Delort (CMCRC)
  • Joachim Diederich (James Cook University)
  • Mark Dras (Macquarie University)
  • Dominique Estival (University of Sydney)
  • Caroline Gasperin (USP/ICMC, Brasil)
  • Ben Hachey (CMCRC)
  • Michael Hess (University of Zuerich)
  • Jerry R. Hobbs (USC/ISI)
  • Achim Hoffmann (University of New South Wales)
  • Matthew Honnibal (University of Sydney)
  • Alistair Knott (University of Otago)
  • Kazunori Komatani (Kyoto University)
  • Andrew Lampert (CSIRO)
  • David Martinez (University of Melbourne)
  • Tara E. McIntosh (University of Sydney)
  • Diego Mollá Aliod (Macquarie University)
  • Cecile Paris (CSIRO)
  • David M. W. Powers (Flinders University)
  • Adam Saulwick (DSTO)
  • Harold Somers (Dublin City University)
  • Nicola Stokes (University College Dublin)
  • Jette Viethen (Macquarie University)
  • Martin Volk (University of Zuerich)
  • Menno van Zaanen (Tilburg University)
  • Simon Zwarts (Macquarie University)


The Australasian Language Technology Workshop is being organised by ALTA, the Australasian Language Technology Association. For any comments or questions about the workshop please contact the workshop organisers (workshop AT


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