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2013 MASC-SLL Call for Papers

Mid-Atlantic Student Colloquium on Speech, Language and Learning

University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore MD 21250

Friday, 11 October 2013 --  http://bit.ly/masc13

The first annual Mid-Atlantic Student Colloquium on Speech, Language and Learning will be hosted at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD) on Friday, October 11, 2012. The Student Colloquium is intended to bring together students taking computational approaches to speech, language, and learning, so that they can introduce their research to the local student community, give and receive feedback, and engage each other in collaborative discussion.

Students are encouraged to submit abstracts describing ongoing, planned, or completed research projects, including previously published results and negative results. Student research in any field applying computational methods to any aspect of human language, including speech and learning, from all areas of computer science, linguistics, engineering, neuroscience, information science, and related fields, is welcome. Submissions and presentations must be made by students or postdocs. All accepted submissions will be presented as posters and some will also be invited for short oral presentations.

Student-led breakout sessions of one hour will also be held to discuss papers on topics of interest. The purpose of these discussion sessions is to stimulate interaction and discussion. Topics and suggested papers for breakout sessions should be submitted by students.

There will be no registration fee. Students and postdocs are encouraged to consult with their supervisors about potential reimbursement of travel expenses.

Abstract Submission Details

Abstracts should be no more than one page, not including references. Abstracts should conform to ACL style guidelines. LaTeX and Word style files, along with a style guide, are available at the 2013 ACL call for papers page. Abstract reviewing will not be blind. Please include all names and affiliations in the abstract. Submit your abstract online via the 2013 MASC-SLL easychair site.  Suggestions for breakout sessions can also be submitted.


Relevant topics include the following.

  • Computational models of human language processing
  • Computational phonology and morphology
  • Discourse and pragmatics
  • Evaluation
  • Information retrieval and question answering
  • Knowledge Base population and machne reading
  • Language acquisition
  • Language disorders
  • Language generation and summarization
  • Language resources and annotation
  • Lexical semantics and ontologies
  • Machine learning
  • Machine translation and multilingual processing
  • NLP for the Web and social media
  • Semantics
  • Sentiment analysis and opinion mining
  • Speaker variability
  • Speech recognition and synthesis
  • Syntax and parsing
  • Text and document classification
  • Text mining and information extraction

Important Dates

  • Registration opens: September 13
  • Submission deadline (abstracts): September 6 still open
  • Decisions announced: September 13
  • Program schedule released: September 20
  • Registration closes: October 4
  • Colloquium: October 11

For more information

If you have questions or need more information, you can send email to the 2013 MASC-SLL organizers via masc13-org@googlegroups.com.