NAACL 2013 Student Research Workshop


Thursday June 13, 2013
9:00--9:15 Opening remarks

Session 1: Research paper presentations
9:15--9:30 # Critical Reflections on Evaluation Practices in  Coreference Resolution
9:30--9:45 # Reducing Annotation Effort on Unbalanced Corpus  based on Cost Matrix
9:45--10:00 # A Machine Learning Approach to Automatic Term Extraction using a Rich Feature Set
10:00--10:15 # A Rule-based Approach for Karmina Generation
10:15--10:30 # From Language to Family and Back: Native Language and Language Family Identification from English Text
10:30--11:00  Coffee break

Session 2: Research paper presentations
11:00--11:15 # Ontology Label Translation
11:15--11:30 # Reversing Morphological Tokenization in  English-to-Arabic SMT

Session 3: Thesis proposal presentations
11:30--12:00 # Statistical Machine Translation in Low Resource Settings
12:00--12:30 # Large-Scale Paraphrasing for Natural Language Understanding

12:30--14:00  Lunch

Session 4: Thesis proposal presentations
14:00--14:30 # Domain-Independent Captioning of Domain-Specific Images
14:30--15:00 # Helpfulness-Guided Review Summarization
15:00--15:30 # Entrainment in Spoken Dialogue Systems: Adopting, Predicting and Influencing User Behavior

15:30--16:00  Coffee break

Session 5: Thesis proposal presentation
16:00--16:30 # User Goal Change Model for Spoken Dialog State Tracking
16:30--17:30 Panel (Future topics in NLP)

List of Accepted Papers

From Language to Family and Back: Native Language and Language Family Identification from English Text
Ariel Stolerman, Aylin Caliskan and Rachel Greenstadt

Critical Reflections on Evaluation Practices in Coreference Resolution
Gordana Ilic Holen

A Rule-based Approach for Karmina Generation
Franky Franky

A Machine Learning Approach to Automatic Term Extraction using a Rich Feature Set
Merley Conrado, Thiago Pardo and Solange Rezende

Ontology Label Translation
Mihael Arcan and Paul Buitelaar

Entrainment in Spoken Dialogue Systems: Adopting, Predicting and Influencing User Behavior
Rivka Levitan

Helpfulness-Guided Review Summarization
Wenting Xiong

Statistical Machine Translation in Low Resource Settings
Ann Irvine

Domain-Independent Captioning of Domain-Specific Images
Rebecca Mason

Reversing Morphological Tokenization in English-to-Arabic SMT
Mohammad Salameh, Colin Cherry and Grzegorz Kondrak     

Reducing Annotation Effort on Unbalanced Corpus based on Cost Matrix
Wencan Luo, Diane Litman and Joel Chan

How About Moonlight Blue? - User Goal Change Model for Spoken Dialog State Tracking
Yi Ma

Large-Scale Paraphrasing for Natural Language Understanding
Juri Ganitkevitch

Call For Papers

This workshop is held in conjunction with NAACL 2013.

Paper Submission Deadline: Friday February 1st, 2013, Extended Deadline: Friday February 8th, 2013
April 13th 2013: The list of accepted papers has been published below.

General Invitation For Submission

The Student Research Workshop is an established tradition at NAACL conferences. The workshop provides a venue for student researchers investigating topics in computational linguistics and natural language processing to present their work and receive feedback from a general audience as well as from assigned mentors.

We invite papers in two categories.

  1. Thesis Proposals: This category is appropriate for advanced students who have decided on a thesis topic and wish to get feedback on their proposal and broader ideas for their continuing work.

  1. Research Papers: Papers in this category can describe completed work or work in progress with preliminary results.

Format Of The Workshop

This year’s workshop will comprise of two parts. The accepted papers will be presented in the main conference poster session giving the opportunity for students to interact and present their work to a large and diverse audience.

In addition, we will have a separate session for the student papers on the first day of workshops (after the main conference). During this session, students will present their papers and receive feedback from mentors. The mentors are experienced researchers who will prepare in-depth comments and questions in advance of the presentation. Each accepted paper will be assigned a mentor. In addition, the session will feature panel discussions comprising of faculty and industry researchers who will talk about different aspects of dissertation writing and research. A lunch will also be organized on this day for the students and mentors. The separate session is a new addition compared to recent NAACL student workshops. We expect that it will provide a greater opportunity for receive focused feedback from mentors and also allow the students to network and socialize with other student participants.  

Travel Grant

Student authors of the accepted papers are also expected to be reimbursed for portion of their travel and conference registration during the workshop.

Submission Requirements

Both thesis proposals and research papers have a maximum limit of 6 pages for content and can include any number of additional pages for references. The papers should follow these specifications.

1. Thesis Proposals may contain previously published work and must include specific research directions. They may also be in the style of a paper that surveys and critiques existing literature and suggests future research directions. Proposals may only have one author, who must be a student.

2. Research Papers must describe original completed work or work in progress. Since the main purpose of presenting at the workshop is to exchange ideas with other researchers and to receive helpful feedback for further development of the work, papers should clearly indicate directions for future research wherever appropriate. The first author of multi-author papers must be a student, but additional co-authors need not be students. Research Papers are eligible for this workshop only if they have not been presented at any other meeting with publicly available published proceedings. Students who have already presented at an ACL/EACL/NAACL Student Research Workshop may not submit to this track as a first author. These students should instead submit to the main conference or to the Thesis Proposal track.

In addition, the authors of thesis proposals should provide a CV and letter from an advisor describing your research and why he or she would like you to participate in the workshop. The letter from the advisor is not a recommendation, rather a description of what he or she thinks you will gain from the workshop. The CV should be at most 2 pages and include your education background, publications and graduation date.

Note that every student is only allowed to submit one first author paper. You may author multiple papers but since we mentor students and give feedback we request you to only submit one paper.

Submission Procedure

Submission will be electronic using the paper submission web page below:
See for details

Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings and should not exceed six pages of content. Any number of additional pages are allowed for references. We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style files tailored for this year's conference. These files are available at:

A description of the format is available there in case you are unable to use these style files directly. All submissions must be electronic: please use the submission website above to submit your paper.

Reviewing Procedure

The reviewing of both types of papers will be double-blind, so please make sure your paper shows the title, but no author information. You should likewise not have any self identifying references anywhere in the paper submitted for review. For example, rather than this: "We showed previously (Smith, 2001), ...", use citations such as: "Smith (2001) previously showed ...". References to your own work in thesis proposals should also be anonymized. You may for example write it as “in X (2000) we showed”, etc. and do not add your papers in the reference list.


The papers must be submitted no later than 11:59pm (23:59) PST, February 8th, 2013. No papers received after this deadline will be accepted. Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors (by email) on March 29, 2013. Detailed formatting guidelines for the preparation of the final camera-ready copy will be provided to authors with their acceptance notice.
Important Dates
Papers due:Extended Deadline: February 8th, 2013
Notification of acceptance: March 29, 2013
Camera ready papers due: April 12, 2013
Main Conference dates: June 10-12, 2012
Student Session Presentations:June 13, 2012

The Student Research Workshop will be held during the NAACL HLT 2013 conference.


The authors of accepted papers should sign and upload this copyright transfer form together with the camera ready copy of their paper.

Contact Information

The co-chairs of the workshop can be contacted by email at:

Student Chairs:
  • Annie Louis, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Richard Socher, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA

Faculty Advisors:
  • Julia Hockenmaier, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA
  • Eric K. Ringger, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA

Program Committee

The following faculty members and students have agreed to review or give you feedback and mentoring if your paper gets accepted.

Bill Lund    BYU, USA
Chenhao Tan    Cornell
Chris Biemann    Darmstadt, Germany
Christopher Potts    Stanford, USA
David Hall    Berkeley
Derrick Higgins    ETS, USA
Diane Littman    Pitt
Emily Bender    UW (linguistics)
Fei Liu    Bosch Research, USA
Jackie Chi Kit Cheung    U. of Toronto, Canada
Jacob Eisenstein    Georgia Tech
Jason Eisner    JHU
Jennifer Gillenwater    Penn
Jonathan Berant    Stanford, USA
Kapil Thadani    Columbia univ
Kevin Duh    NAIST
Kevin Knight    ISI, USC
Mark Dredze    JHU
Marta Recasens    Stanford, USA
Paul Felt    BYU, USA
Philip Koehn    U. Edinburgh, UK
Preethi Raghavan    OSU
Qiuye Zhao    UPenn, USA
Rada Mihalcea   
University of North Texas
Rebecca Mason    Brown
Scott Yih    MSR
Sravana Reddy    Dartmouth, USA
Vahed Qazvinian    Google, USA
Yang Liu    UT Dallas
Yonatan Bisk     UIUC, USA
Yuening Hu    Maryland
Yukino Baba    Univ. of Tokyo

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