ACL/HCSNet Advanced Program in
Natural Language Processing

University of Melbourne
10-14 July 2006

Dept of Computer Science, Level 2, 111 Barry Street, Carlton

This event will consist of advanced tutorials on major topics of current research interest in NLP. The goals are two-fold: to encourage international students to come to Australia for the COLING/ACL by providing a second week of NLP content, and to give Australian students the benefit of extended interaction with researchers who will be attending the COLING/ACL.


The material will be organised around four themes: NLP/IR; discourse & dialogue; lexical semantics; and probabilistic parsing, and will be presented by internationally recognised experts in each area:

Presentation Materials

Sophia Ananiadou (Manchester)Terminology Management and Information Extraction for Biology
Francis Bond (NTT Japan)Machine Translation
Inderjeet Mani (MITRE and Brandeis)Temporal Information Extraction
Alistair Moffat (Melbourne)Information Retrieval Nuts and Bolts
Discourse & Dialogue
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova (Saarland)Information Structure and its Use for Context-Sensitive Information Presentation
Diane Litman (Pittsburgh)Learning Optimal Strategies for Spoken Dialogue Systems
Michael Strube (EML Research)Statistical Approaches to Coreference Resolution: Data, Representation, Knowledge
David Traum (USC)Approaches to Dialogue Systems and Dialogue Management; Aspects of Information State for Dialogue with Virtual Humans
Lexical Semantics
Collin Baker (Berkeley)Frame Semantics, Constructions, and the FrameNet Lexical Database
Timothy Baldwin (Melbourne)Introduction to Lexical Semantics and Semantic Language Resources; Learning Lexical Semantic Representations
Paul Buitelaar (DFKI)Lexical Semantics and Ontologies
James Curran (Sydney)Approximating Semantic Similarity with Distributional Similarity
Graeme Hirst (Toronto)Semantic Distance and Lexicographic Resources
Probabilistic Parsing
Stephen Clark (Oxford)Statistical Parsing with Combinatory Categorial Grammar
James Curran (Sydney)Introduction to Statistical Parsing
Anoop Sarkar (Simon Fraser)Parsing with Tree-Adjoining Grammars
Steven Bird (Melbourne University)Parsing with the Natural Language Toolkit

The program will be organised into two parallel streams. In the mornings, participants will need to choose one of NLP/IR and Discourse & Dialogue. In the afternoons, participants will need to choose one of Lexical Semantics and Probabilistic Parsing.

Time Monday 10 Tuesday 11 Wednesday 12 Thursday 13 Friday 14
8:30-9:30 Registration

Sight Seeing
[Guided Tours]
9:30-11:00 NLP/IR: Bond
D&D: Strube
NLP/IR: Bond
D&D: Strube
NLP/IR: Ananiadou
D&D: Litman
NLP/IR: Ananiadou
D&D: Kruijff-Korbayova
11:30-1:00 NLP/IR: Mani
D&D: Traum
NLP/IR: Mani
D&D: Traum
NLP/IR: Moffat
D&D: Litman
NLP/IR: Moffat
D&D: Kruijff-Korbayova
1:00-2:30Poster LunchLunchLunchLunch
2:30-4:00 Semantics: Baldwin
Parsing: Curran
Semantics: Baldwin
Parsing: Curran
Semantics: Buitelaar
Parsing: Sarkar
Semantics: Buitelaar
Parsing: Sarkar
4:30-6:00 Semantics: Baker
Parsing: Curran
Semantics: Baker
Parsing: Bird
Semantics: Curran
Parsing: Clark
Semantics: Hirst
Parsing: Clark
Evening Dinner Presenter dinner

Theatres: NLP/IR (Th3), D&D (2.06), Semantics (Th3), Parsing (2.06)

Social program: On Sunday at 6pm the local organisers will meet participants at the college and the hotel, and go off to Lygon St for dinner. This will be purely informal, done in small groups, and paid for by individuals. On Tuesday from 6-11pm there will be a dinner at a restaurant/bar on the university campus, paid for by our sponsors. Anyone who is registered is invited to dinner. Wednesday is a day off, and we have suggested some possible day excursions that participants might enjoy. There will be other tourist information available at the registration desk.

Important Dates

26 May: scholarship notification
1 June: deadline for early registrations, discount student accommodation
9 July: welcome reception, 6pm onwards
10-14 July: tutorial program
15-23 July: COLING/ACL

Venue and Local Arrangements

Venue: University of Melbourne, Department of Computer Science
     Level 2, 111 Barry Street, Carlton.

The University of Melbourne is one of Australia's premier research universities. The event will be held in the Department of Computer Science, which has state-of-the-art lecture theatres and laboratory facilities. The department hosts a Language Technology Group, with eight staff and a dozen research students.

The City of Melbourne has been ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world, on account of the city's infrastructure, access, education levels, low crime rate, focus on the environment, culture and events, its diversity, and connectedness with the rest of the world.

Local Arrangements: Registration | Accommodation | Guided Tours

ACL Studentships

Congratulations to the people who have been awarded studentships!

Useful Links

Program Committee: Steven Bird & Nicola Stokes (co-chairs);
Timothy Baldwin, Lawrence Cavedon, James Curran, Nicola Stokes (theme conveners).

Support: This event is funded by the Association for Computational Linguistics, and the ARC Network in Human Communication Science. It is also supported by the Australasian Language Technology Association.