EACL 2012 – Avignon, France, April 23-27, 2012 – Registration for EACL 2012 is now open


(February 10, 2012)



— Important Dates



Early Registration Deadline: March 19, 2012
Tutorials and Workshops: April 23-24, 2012
Main conference: April 25-27, 2012


— Table of Contents


1. EACL 2012
2. Organizing Committee
3. Registration
4. Accommodation
5. Tutorials
6. Workshops
7. Accepted papers and acceptance rates
8. Sponsors
9. Invited Speakers
10. Student Volunteers and Travel Grants


1.- EACL 2012


The EACL conference is the triennial conference of the European chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).
EACL-2012 will be held in Avignon, France, April 23-27, 2012.
The conference will be organized by the Laboratoire d’Informatique d’Avignon at Avignon University.

The conference will take place at Sainte Marthe University Campus in a genuine university environment, dating back as far as 1303.
The city of Avignon, located at the confluence of the Rhone and Durance rivers, is well known for its ramparts, its famous PontSaint-Benezet and the Palais des Papes, which has been classified a World Heritage of Humanity site.
The city of Avignon is easy to reach by TGV train, plane or car.


2.- Organizing Committee


General Chair: Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

Program Chairs: Mirella Lapata (University of Edinburgh, UK) and Lluis Marquez (Universitat Politcnica de Catalunya, Spain)

Workshop Committee chairs: Kristiina Jokinen (University of Helsinki, Finland) and Alessandro Moschitti (University of Trento, Italy)

Tutorials Committee chairs: Eneko Agirre (University of the Basque Country, Spain) and Lieve Macken (University College Ghent, Belgium)

Student research workshop chairs: Pierre Lison (University of Oslo, Norway), Mattias Nilsson (Uppsala University, Sweden) and Marta Recasens (University of Barcelona, Spain)
Student research workshop faculty advisor: Laurence Danlos.

System Demonstrations Committee chair: Frederique Segond.

Publications Committee: Adria de Gispert (University of Cambridge, UK) and Fabrice Lefevre (University of Avignon, France)

Sponsorship Committee chair (ACL-wide): Massimiliano Ciaramita

Mentoring service: Caroline Sporleder (Saarland University,Germany) and Gertjan van Noord (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

Local Organising Committee: Marc El-Beze, (chair), Frederic Bechet (Publicity chair), Yann Fernandez, Stephane Huet (Exhibits local chair, sponsorship), Tania Jimenez, Fabrice Lefevre, Georges Linares, Alexis Nasr, Eric SanJuan, Iria Da Cunha


3.- Registration


Registration for EACL 2012 is now open! Please go to the EACL 2012 website at http://www.eacl2012.org for information about registration and online registration.

Early registration deadline is March 19, 2012.

If you need a letter of invitation for visa purpose please contact contact@eacl2012.org


4.- Accommodation


A list of hotels with useful information is available from http://eacl2012.org/hotels/index.html

Don’t wait too long to make a reservation, as Avignon is a popular touristic destination the time of the conference.


5.- Tutorials


The following tutorials will be presented:

T1: Monday morning session 23/4 (9:00-12:30) (Shuly Wintner)
Computational Linguistic Approaches to Language Acquisition

T2: Monday afternoon session 23/4 (14:00-17:30) (Marco Baroni)
Compositionality in distributional semantics

T3: Tuesday morning session 24/4 (9:00-12:30)
Sentiment Analysis and Opinion Mining (Bing Liu)

T4: Tuesday afternoon session 24/4 (14:00-17:30) (Marius Pasca)
Web-Based Open-Domain Information Extraction

See http://eacl2012.org/tutorials/index.html for more information.


6.- Workshops


Two-day Workshops:

W0: Joint workshop of ROBUS and UNSUP: Robust Unsupervised Learning in Natural Language Processing.

W1: Joint workshop of ESIRMT and HYTRA: Exploiting Synergies between Information Retrieval and Machine Translation and Hybrid Approaches to Machine Translation.

W2: Joint workshop of LINGVIS and UNCLH: Visualization of Language Patters and Uncovering Language History from Multilingual Resources.

Monday Workshops:

W3: CL&W 2012: Second Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Writing. Linguistic and Cognitive Aspects of Document Creation and Document Engineering.

W4: Workshop on Computational Approaches to Deception Detection

W5: Innovative hybrid approaches to process textual data

Tuesday Workshops:

W6: ATANLP: Second Workshop on Applications of Tree Automata Techniques in Natural Language Processing (ATANLP)

W7: SASN2012: Workshop on Semantic Analysis in Social Networks

W8: COGNITIVE2012: Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Acquisition and Loss.

W9: LATECH2012: Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

See http://eacl2012.org/workshops/index.html for more information.


7.- Accepted Papers and Acceptance Rates


Main conference papers: Please see the list of accepted papers for the main conference session at:

Acceptance rate: 314 submissions, 27% acceptance rate

Student research workshop: Please see the list of accepted papers for the student research papers at: http://eacl2012.org/student-research-workshop
Acceptance rate: 38 submissions, 29% acceptance rate

Demonstration papers: Please see the list of accepted papers for the main conference session at: http://eacl2012.org/system-demonstration
Acceptance rate: 37 submissions, 57% acceptance rate.


8.- Sponsors


EACL 2012 gratefully acknowledges the following commitments in sponsorship:

Gold sponsors:
– Appen Butler Hill: http://www.appenbutlerhill.com/
– Google: http://www.google.com/
– Textkernel: http://www.textkernel.com
– Universit√© d’Avignon: http://www.univ-avignon.fr/

Silver sponsors:
– AFCP: http://www.afcp-parole.org/
– ATALA: http://www.atala.org/
– ELDA: http://www.elda.org/
– META-NET http://www.meta-net.eu/
– Laboratoire Informatique Avignon:

Bronze sponsors:
– ETS: http://www.ets.org/
– Flejay: http://flejay.com/
– Laboratoire Parole et Langage, University of Aix-Marseille:
– Rakuten Institute of Technology:

Conference bag supporter:
– SDL: http://www.sdl.com/en/

– Baobab: https://en.ecom.trans-aid.jp/
– Natural Language Engineering Lab, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia:


9.- Keynote speakers


Regina Barzilay (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Martin Cooke (Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science, Spain)
Raymond Mooney (University of Texas at Austin, USA)


10.- Student Travel Grants


Five EACL Studentships are available on a competitive basis, covering up to 500 euros of conference expenses (registration, travelling, accommodation). Only students who have a paper accepted at either the EACL main conference or Student Workshop are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students who have a paper accepted at the Student Workshop and with limited travel funds.

Applications must be emailed to student-workshop@eacl2012.org
and they must include the following documents:
– Applicant’s name, email, affiliation, PhD/masters year, source and amount of yearly income, and overview of the estimated conference costs
– Motivation letter
– Recommendation letter from a university faculty member
– Proof of student status

Important dates:
9 March: studentship applications due
23 March: studentship notifications