Coling 2008

Manchester, 18-22 August, 2008

The 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics
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Full programme now available here

On-line registration still available here


Attention all authors of accepted papers who will need visas for the UK:
The online registration site includes a check-box where you can indicate that you need a letter of invitation, which will be sent to you immediately.
Please do not email the programme chairs or the local organizers unless you have any special needs not catered for by this facility. Note that the standard letter which has been approved by the UK immigration authorities as sufficient for visa purposes is sent out automatically by email and in hard copy by airmail. If you need anything more specific, for your own authorities, you should contact us directly with a full suggested text for your individual letter.




Call for Papers and Workshop proposals30 October 2007
Call for Tutorial proposals15 November 2007
Submission deadline for Workshop proposals 3 February
Submission deadline for Tutorial proposals 19 March
Submission deadline main conference30 March
Submission deadline for demos5 May
Notification of acceptance (main conf)30 May
Notification of acceptance (demos) 9 June
Camera-ready copy of papers due 30 June
Pre-Coling tutorials and workshops16-17 August
Welcome reception (University Place)17 August
Main conference18-22 August
Civic reception (Manchester Town Hall)19 August
Full-day excursion (Tatton Park and Chester)20 August
Conference banquet (Palace Hotel)21 August
Post-Coling workshops23-24 August

Photo by HLS 28/1/08 images of conference centre
Manchester University's new conference centre, opened in March 2008.
The image sequence on the right shows artist's impressions.
Click here for more (genuine) pictures.


SILVER sponsors
Google Europe Textkernel, NL Microsoft Research

BRONZE sponsors
Xerox Research Centre Europe

Sharp Labs of Europe

Oxford University Press

Centre for Next Generation Localisation

Cambridge University Press

Springer (Best paper award)

Social Programme

As usual at Coling, Wednesday 20th August will be excursion day. The day will start with a visit to a trip to Tatton Park, with its 18th-century Mansion House, Edwardian gardens, Tudor Old Hall, and 1,000-acre deer park. After lunch we will make the short trip to the historic town of Chester, famous for its Roman ruins, Elizabethan two-tiered arcades, its complete city walls, the Eastgate clocktower, and plenty of other attractions.
Tatton Park  Tatton Park Mansion House  Chester: The Rows  Chester city walls 

Another event to look forward to is a reception at Manchester's gothic Town Hall on Tuesday 19th August. And no Coling would be complete without the banquet, to be held at the impressive Palace Hotel, a historical grade II listed building, on Thursday 21st August.

Town Hall  Palace Hotel  Palace Hotel interior


Programme co-chairsDonia Scott (Open University) and Hans Uszkoreit (Universität des Saarlandes)
Local organization chairHarold Somers (University of Manchester)
WorkshopsMark Stevenson (Sheffield University)
TutorialsPhilipp Koehn (Edinburgh University)
PublicationsRoger Evans (University of Brighton)
DemosAllan Ramsay (University of Manchester) and Kalina Bontcheva (Sheffield University)
SponsorshipJohn Tait (IRF, Vienna) and Anne de Roeck (Open University)
Student helpersPaul Bennett (University of Manchester)
Parent body

STOP PRESS history

  • 21/7/08: Full programme available
  • 1/7/08: List of accepted papers and posters available
  • 25/6/08: Invited speakers confirmed
  • 5/6/08: Information for authors added
  • 3/6/08: On-line registration open
  • 2/6/08: Visa information
  • 23/4/08: Call for demos added
  • 23/4/08: List of accepted Tutorials added
  • 1/4/08: Submission deadline passed - 599 submissions received
  • 19/2/08: List of accepted Workshops added.
  • 10/2/08: Submission details available.
  • 28/1/08: Genuine photos of conference centre added to Venue page.
  • 17/1/08: First sponsorship deals finalised.
  • 17/12/07: Sponsorship brochure available for download.
  • 6/12/07: Call for tutorial proposals online.
  • 4/12/07: Added some information about the social programme.
  • 30/10/07: Call for papers and Call for workshop proposals online.
  • 22/10/07: Confirmation that CoNLL will be co-located with Coling 2008, and will take place in Manchester over the weekend preceding Coling, August 16 and 17.

    Last updated: 29/7/08