EACL 2003
11th Conference of the European Chapter
of the Association for Computational Linguistics

April 12-17, 2003

Agro Hotel, Budapest, Hungary

Programme Co-Chairs Ann Copestake (United Kingdom)
Jan Hajic (Czech Republic)
Resarch Note and Demo Chair Alberto Lavelli (Italy)
Tutorial Chair Dan Cristea (Romania)
Publication Chair Patrick Paroubek (France)
Student Workshop Chair EACL Student Board (M. Gabsdil, J. Hockenmaier, J. Herring)
Workshop Chair Steven Krauwer (The Netherlands)
Local Organisation Chair Ferenc Kiefer (Hungary)

Tutorials April 12, 2003
Workshops  April 13-14, 2003
Main conference April 15-17, 2003


Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is situated in the heart of Central Europe, on both sides of the Danube (Duna) River. On the right bank lies hilly and wooded Buda and on the left bank plain Pest. Biased locals and unbiased foreign visitors hold the view that Budapest is one of the finest situated cities in the world.

Budapest is also the center of cultural life in Hungary. It is aperfect place not only for tourists, but also for foreign visitors attending conferences, for the city has something to offer everyone with a few hours to spend after work or between meetings. After visiting one of the several famous museums or historical buildings, visitors can enjoy strolling in the Inner City, along the Duna Corso or on Margit Island, stopping to relax in a pleasant coffee-house, a small romantic restaurant or a cosy tavern. Evenings can be spent enjoying the summer entertainment in a night spot, or in one of the open-air theaters or concert halls in the city listening to the music of Bartók, Kodály or Liszt, or perhaps enjoying a folklore performance. Those in search for active recreation can visit Budapest’s famous baths and swimming pools.

Budapest named “the pearl of the Danube” or “little Paris”, is definitely the city you won’t be disappointed in, and just as certain that if you come, there will be one more person falling in love with it.

Papers are invited on substantial, original, and unpublished research on all aspects of computational linguistics, including, but not limited to:
- pragmatics, discourse, semantics, syntax and the lexicon;
- phonetics, phonology and morphology;
- interpreting and generating spoken and written language;
- linguistic, mathematical and psychological models of language;
- language-oriented information retrieval, question answering, summarization and  information extraction;
- language-oriented machine learning;
- corpus-based language modelling;
- multi-lingual processing, machine translation and translation aids;
- natural language interfaces and dialogue systems;
- approaches to coordinating the linguistic with other modalities in multi-media systems;
- message and narrative understanding systems;
- tools and resources;
- evaluation of systems and evaluation methodology

Papers on tools and resources for less-studied European and African/Mediterranean languages are particularly encouraged.

Papers should describe original work; they should emphasize completed work rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation results should be included. A paper accepted for presentation at the EACL Meeting cannot be presented or have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available published proceedings.  Papers that are being submitted to other conferences or workshops must indicate this on the title page, as must papers that contain significant overlap with previously published work.

The reviewing of the papers will be blind. Reviewing will be managed by an international Conference Program Committee consisting of Area Chairs (to be announced). Each submission will be reviewed by at least three reviewers.
Final decisions on the technical program will be made by the Conference Program Committee.

Submission Instruction and Format
The submission instruction and format is available on the Programme Committee Pages /Technical Information


Paper registration deadline: 
November 10, 2002
Paper submissions deadline: 
November 15, 2002
Notification of acceptance: 
January 15, 2003
Camera ready papers due: 
February 15, 2003
EACL-03 Conference: 
April 12-17, 2003


The EACL-03 meeting will include Research Notes  and Demos.

RESEARCH NOTES should present work in progress, project status reports, unevaluated results or system summaries (with or without demos). Areas of interest for research note submissions are the same as those mentioned for full papers. In the programme of the conference there will be sessions reserved for Research Notes. Presentations of Research Notes will be shorter than regular papers' ones. Each Research Note will be allocated 4 pages in a volume in the conference proceedings.

We also encourage the submission of SOFTWARE DEMOS related to any areas of computational linguistics. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Natural language processing systems, including
ˇ Dialog systems and interfaces
ˇ Machine translation systems and translation aids
ˇ Message and narrative understanding systems
ˇ Language-oriented information retrieval and information extraction systems.
- Application systems using embedded language technology components
- Reusable components (speech recognisers, parsers, generators, ...)
- Software tools for facilitating computational linguistics research
- Software for demonstrating or evaluating computational linguistics research
- Aids for teaching computational linguistics concepts

Demos of tools for less-studied European and African/Mediterranean languages are particularly encouraged.

Developers should outline the design of their system and provide sufficient details to allow the evaluation of its validity, quality, and relevance to computational linguistics. Pointers to web sites running the demo preview will also be helpful.

Research notes and demo submissions will be reviewed by an international panel. Note that papers being submitted to other meetings must provide this information (see submission procedure); in the event of multiple acceptances, authors are requested to immediately notify the EACL 2003 Research Notes and Demos Chair (lavelli@itc.it) and choose which meeting to present and publish the work at as soon as possible - EACL 2003 cannot accept for publication or presentation work that will be (or has been) published elsewhere.

Submission Instruction and Format
The submission instruction and format is available on the EACL 2003 Research Notes and Demos / Technical Information

Research Notes and Demos registration deadline: 
December 1, 2002
Research Notes and Demos submissions deadline: 
December 6, 2002
Notification of acceptance: 
January 15, 2003
Camera ready papers due: 
February 15, 2003
EACL-03 Conference: 
April 12-17, 2003

EACL 2003 Secretariat

Mariann Kindl
Computer and Automation Research Institute,
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
H-1111, Budapest,
Kende u. 13-17, Hungary
E-mail: kindl@sztaki.hu

Phone: +36-1-209-6001
Fax: +36-1-386-9378