Second and Final Call for Papers [subsequently updated]


Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning
Joint Meeting following ACL 2007

June 28-30, 2007
Prague, Czech Republic

The annual EMNLP and CoNLL conferences will be holding an unprecedented 3-day joint meeting this year. The joint conference will be co-located with ACL 2007 in Prague. We hereby invite submissions.

The focus of EMNLP-CoNLL 2007 is learned models and data-driven systems concerning all aspects of human language. Both empirical and theoretical results are welcome.

EMNLP is the annual conference organized by SIGDAT, the ACL Special Interest Group on linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to NLP. Previous EMNLP meetings were held in Sydney (2006), Vancouver (2005), Barcelona (2004), Sapporo (2003), Philadelphia (2002), Pittsburgh (2001), Hong Kong (2000), College Park (1999), Granada (1998), Providence (1997), and Philadelphia (1996).

CoNLL is the annual conference organized by SIGNLL, the ACL Special Interest Group on natural language learning. Previous CoNLL meetings were held in New York (2006), Ann Arbor (2005), Boston (2004), Edmonton (2003), Taipei (2002), Toulouse (2001), Lisbon (2000), Bergen (1999), Sydney (1998), and Madrid (1997).


We solicit high-quality papers from academia, government, and industry on all areas of interest to SIGDAT and SIGNLL researchers. These areas include (among others):

Shared Task

CoNLL traditionally runs a friendly competition, the "shared task." The 2007 CoNLL shared task is dependency parsing, for the second year running. There are actually two tasks: a "multilingual track" as in 2006, and a new "domain adaptation track" for adapting to different domains of English.

A separate call is being sent out for the shared task. Participants must register by January 20, 2007 [revised to January 26 because of an email problem]. The systems and their results will be described in short papers, which will be refereed separately and will be presented in a special session at EMNLP-CoNLL 2007.

More information, including the call for participation, is available at the shared task website Questions can be sent to conll07st at uvt dot nl.



Reviewing will be conducted by an international program committee with a number of Area Chairs. Each paper will be blind-reviewed by at least 3 program committee members, who can then discuss the paper further to resolve disagreements.

Authors are encouraged to study the actual review form for guidance:
Reviewers will be asked to provide detailed comments, and to score the submitted paper on a number of factors such as

as well as a new factor, which encourages authors to release their systems so that others can replicate or build on their results:

The program committee will make an Best Paper Award to the authors of the submission that makes the most original or significant impact on the field. We seek to honor scientific contributions that advance the state of the field.

Conference Format

The majority of the accepted papers will be presented as 20-minute talks (in 2 or 3 parallel sessions). Additional papers will be accepted for presentation in poster sessions. We also plan additional events such as invited talks.


Program Chair

Jason Eisner (Johns Hopkins University)

Area Chairs

David Chiang (USC Information Sciences Institute)
Alexander Clark (Royal Holloway University of London)
Michael Collins (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Hal Daumé III (University of Utah)
Sanjeev Khudanpur (Johns Hopkins University)
Katrin Kirchhoff (University of Washington)
Dekang Lin (Google Inc.)
Manabu Okumura (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Anoop Sarkar (Simon Fraser University)
Suzanne Stevenson (University of Toronto)
Carlo Strapparava (Istituto Trentino di Cultura)
Tomek Strzalkowski (SUNY Albany)
Hans Uszkoreit (Saarland University DFKI)
Menno van Zaanen (Macquarie University)
Marilyn Walker (University of Sheffield)
Janyce Wiebe (University of Pittsburgh)

CoNLL Shared Task Organizer

Joakim Nivre (Växjö University)

Local Arrangements Chair

Jan Hajic (Charles University)

Publications Chair

Eric Ringger (Brigham Young University)

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline Monday, March 26, 2007, 11:59pm EDT (GMT -0400)
Notification of acceptance Thursday, April 26, 2007
Camera-ready copy due Monday, May 14, 2007
Conference meeting Thursday, June 28 - Saturday, June 30, 2007

News And Contact Information

Updates will be posted at the conference home page:

Questions may be sent to the program chairs at this address:
emnlp dash conll dash 2007 at clsp dot jhu

Last modified: Mon Nov 12 06:49:36 EST 2007