We are excited to announce the two recipients of the 2016 NAACL Emerging Regions Fund Award:
Both recipients will receive $1,500 USD. This year was a particularly competitive year as we had a record number of submissions (11).
If you are a researcher in Natural Language Processing from or in Latin America (as defined as Central America, South America and the Caribbean), we want to get your feedback and opinions on what role, if any, NAACL could play in helping grow NLP in Latin America. To this end, we circulated this survey this winter, but understand some people might not have yet had an opportunity to fill it out. If you meet the requirements, please fill it out (links below) by July 30, 2016. We are compiling the feedback and will share it as a report later this summer. The survey will take you about 10 minutes to complete. We have translated the survey into three languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish); please feel free to use whichever form you are most comfortable with:
Also, as we want to reach as many researchers in the region as possible, we would appreciate it if you could forward the link to your colleagues we might have missed inadvertently, or provide us with their email addresses so we can contact them.
Thank you for your time!
Joel Tetreault, Yahoo
Fei Xia, University of Washington
Special thanks to members of the Latin American NLP community and the NAACL Board for their help in designing the survey. And thanks to Valeria de Paiva, Carla Parra Escartín and Paloma de Juan for the translations.
The NAACL board is currently crowdsourcing feature requests for START, the tool used to manage the proceedings of *ACL conferences. Softconf, the company that built and maintains START, has built a very nice tool around our community’s extensive custom tools for producing our own proceedings; however, many of these interfaces could stand for some UI and UX improvement. Softconf has been very accommodating with different changes here and there over the years, and we plan to collect a large set of ideas for improvements and work with them on an overhaul.
Please visit this page to contribute your suggestions and feature requests: http://tinyurl.com/start-wishlist
The goal of the NAACL Emerging Regions fund is to assist the creation of a larger and more cohesive Computational Linguistics community in Latin America, and to enhance more regional interactions among students and researchers anywhere in the Americas. The deadline for proposals is 16 April 2016 (midnight PST) for events to take place between May 2016 and May 2017.
The results of the NAACL Board elections are in. The newly elected Board members for 2016 are:
Thanks to Hal Daumé III, Ed Hovy and Michael White, who have finished their service on the NAACL executive board, and to the nominating committee, chaired by Dan Gildea. Thanks also to everyone who voted in this year’s NAACL Board elections.