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Human Language Technology conference / North American chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics annual meeting
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May 2-7, 2004
The Park Plaza Hotel,
one block from the
Boston Common



The HLT/NAACL 2004 Program Committee invites proposals for the Demonstrations Program.  This program is primarily to encourage the early exhibition of research prototypes, but interesting mature systems are also eligible (commercial sales and marketing activities are not appropriate in the Demonstration program, and should be arranged as part of the HLT/NAACL-04 Exhibit Program).

Demonstrations Co-Chairs

David Palmer, Virage Advanced Technology Group
Joseph Polifroni, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Deb Roy, MIT Media Lab



We would like to encourage the submission of proposals for demonstrations of software related to all areas of computational linguistics: ASR, NLP, and IR. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, text and spoken language systems for:

  • Interactive dialogue.
  • Tutoring.
  • Summarization.
  • Question-answering and information retrieval.
  • Spontaneous speech transcription and rich metadata extraction.
  • Analysis and generation of prosody.
  • Multimodal and multimedia analysis, generation, and interaction.
  • Multi-document analysis.
  • Multilingual and cross-lingual processing.
  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

We encourage demonstrations that combine two or more of the above areas in novel ways.


Demo Proposals consist of the following parts:

  • An abstract of the technical content to be demonstrated, not to exceed two pages, including title, authors, full contact information, references and acknowledgements.
  • A detailed description of hardware and software requirements expected to be provided by the local organizer. Demonstrators are encouraged to be flexible in their requirements (possibly with different demos for different logistical situations). Please state what you can bring yourself and what you absolutely must have provided. We will do our best to provide equipment and resources but nothing can be guaranteed at this point beyond space and power.
  • A "Script Outline" of the demo presentation, including accompanying narrative, and either a web address for accessing the demo or visual aids (e.g., screen-shots, snapshots, or sketches). The script should be no more than 6 pages.

    Proposals should be submitted by December 14, 2003 to the Demonstrations Co-Chairs for HLT/NAACL-04.  Submissions should be submitted in one of the following formats: plain text, pdf, or Microsoft Word.  Please submit your proposals and any inquiries to:


    Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance to computational linguistics, innovation, scientific contribution, presentation, and user friendliness, as well as potential logistical constraints.


    Further details on the timing and format for the demonstration sessions will be determined and provided at a later date.  Please send additional questions to the demo co-chairs at hlt-naacl-2004-demo@virage.com.


    Dec 14,2003Due: proposals for demos
    Feb 1,2004Notification: acceptance/rejection of demos
    May 2-7,2004Conference




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