The Coling 2008 Programme Committee invites proposals for
demonstrations. This forum will allow developers of implemented
software systems and libraries the opportunity to describe the design,
development and functionality of their work in an interactive setting.
It is also an opportunity to gain feedback from users and exchange
The committee encourages submission of early or experimental prototypes
but will also consider mature systems, particularly those with novel or
Areas of Interest
We encourage proposals for the interactive presentation of software
systems and libraries related to any area of computational linguistics.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
pragmatics, semantics, syntax, grammars and the lexicon;
lexical semantics and ontologies;
word segmentation, tagging and chunking;
parsing, generation and summarization;
paraphrasing and textual entailment;
language models, spoken language recognition and understanding;
linguistic, psychological and mathematical models of language;
information retrieval, question answering, informatio extraction
and text mining;
machine learning for natural language;
corpus-based modelling of language, discourse and dialogue;
multilingual processing, machine translation and translation aids;
multimodal and natural language interfaces and dialogue systems;
applications, tools and language resources;
Each demo will be allocated a session which will overlap a
morning/afternoon tea or lunch break for maximum exposure. The
interactive presentations will be set up in a room with a (220 volt UK)
power supply and a computer screen or data projector for each
presentation and a cluster of chairs.
This environment will allow for presenters to communicate with many
people at once but still encourage interactive engagement in the
presentation. Questions and comments should be strongly
encouraged during the presentation.
Presenters will be expected to provide their own laptops and/or other
hardware unless otherwise arranged with the demonstration chairs when
it is absolutely necessary.
We cannot confirm internet access will be available at this point.
Demonstration proposals must consist of a detailed 4-page description
of the system or library being presented, and a (maximum) 2-page
script of the demonstration itself.
System/Library description (4
The system or library description will be included in a companion
volume to the Coling 2008 proceedings. It should be typeset using the
standard Coling 2008 guidelines (see below).
The 4 pages should describe the purpose, functionality and applications
of the system or library. They should also contain information about the
design, implementation, testing and evaluation of system. The
description should also compare the work to existing work and
highlight the novel functionality/techniques of the
Demonstration script (2 pages)
The presentation script will not appear with the system description in
the companion proceedings.
The presentation script should describe the aim of the presentation, a
narrative or script of the presentation itself and a description of any
other visual aids to be used during the presentation: live demos,
websites, screenshots, diagrams etc. It should also describe how the
audience will be able interact during the presentation.
The 2 pages should conclude with a description of any other hardware or
software required for the presentation to be provided by the local
organiser. Please remember that we cannot guarantee any other equipment
other than the power supply and computer screen.
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
Submission Style Files
Submissions should follow a two-column format and should not
exceed four (4) pages, including references. We strongly
recommend the use of the Coling 2008 LaTeX style files or
Microsoft Word Style files tailored for this year's conference -
A description of the format is also available, in case you are
unable to use these style files directly. Papers must conform to
the official Coling 2008 style guidelines, and we reserve the
right to reject
submissions that do not conform to these styles, including font
As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors'
names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-citations and other
references (e.g. to projects, corpora, or software) that could reveal
the author's identity should be avoided. For example, instead of
"We previously showed (Smith, 1991)...", write "Smith previously
showed (Smith, 1991)...". Papers that do not conform to these
requirements will be rejected without review.
The six pages (i.e. the system description and the demonstration
script) should be submitted as a single PDF document with the system
description coming first. The presentation script should follow
and use the same font size and margins. Single column format may be
used for the presentation script part if it is more convenient.
Proposals should be submitted by 5 May 2008, to the Coling 2008
Demonstration Chairs using the START Conference Management system. This is the main page for Coling 2008 submissions: there is a
selector for "Submission Type:", where you should choose
Submission will be electronic. The only accepted format for submitted
papers is Adobe PDF. Authors are responsible for ensuring their PDF
documents print correctly, e.g. all of the necessary fonts are embedded
in the PDF document.
The papers must be submitted no later than 5 May, 2008 23:59pm GMT.
Papers submitted after that time will not be reviewed.
Notification of acceptance
Camera ready copy due
Allan Ramsay (University of Manchester)
Kalina Bontcheva (Sheffield