Introduction from the Program Co-Chairs

We would like to introduce ourselves and our goals for NAACL HLT 2018.

Who are we?

Heng Ji is Edward P. Hamilton Development Chair Professor of Computer Science at RPI. Her research expertise is on Information Extraction and Knowledge Base Population.

Amanda Stent is a NLP Architect at Bloomberg LP. Her background is in dialogue, discourse and natural language generation although she currently works on text analytics. She is president emeritus of SIGdial, is on the board of SIGGEN and is on the editorial board of the journal Dialogue and Discourse.

What are our goals for NAACL HLT 2018?

We have three primary goals for NAACL HLT 2018:

We need your participation to meet these goals!

Goal 1: Construct a great program.

The job of program chairs is to put together a program presenting innovative research in the discipline that will stand the test of time.

We have recruited an exciting and interdisciplinary set of keynote speakers, and a broad set of area chairs and program committee members.

In coordination with the ACL 2018 program chairs, we have created new submission and review form questions designed to more clearly identify the different types of contribution a computational linguistics paper may describe, and to give authors and reviewers the ability to better discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these contributions. We will use this multi-faceted view of submissions to construct a broad program of papers.

How you can participate:

Goal 2: Manage the integrity and quality of the publication process.

The ACL community has had substantial discussion over the past 18 months around review load, double blind review and preprints12, the ethics of our discipline3 and even the definition of our field today4. We have designed our submission and review processes in response to these discussions.

How you can participate:

Goal 3: Ensure broad participation.

NAACL (along with other ACL conferences) is experiencing explosive growth. We want to ensure that our community remains welcoming. As program co-chairs for NAACL HLT 2018, we are especially interested in ensuring that all those who have been published in NAACL have the opportunity to contribute in other ways (such as reviewing). We will document these efforts in upcoming blog posts.

We also want to “demystify” the process of putting together a research conference program, so we will be blogging about our processes and ideas for how to scale these processes with the conference.

Finally, although it is relevant to far more than the research program, note that NAACL HLT 2018 will be a family-friendly conference, and will adhere to the ACL anti-harassment policy.

How you can participate: