Call for Tutorials LREC-COLING 2024
The 2024 Joint International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-COLING 2024) invites proposals for tutorials to be held in conjunction with the conference. We seek proposals in all areas of natural language processing and computation, language resources (LRs) and evaluation, including spoken language, sign language, and multimodal interaction.
We invite proposals for three types of tutorials:
Cutting-edge: tutorials that cover advances in newly emerging areas. The tutorials are expected to give a brief introduction to the topic, but participants are assumed to have some prior knowledge of the topic. The focus of the class will be on discussing the most recent developments in the field, and it will spend a considerable amount of time pointing out open research questions and important novel research directions.
Introductory to computational linguistics/NLP topics: tutorials that provide introductions to topics that are established in the LREC–COLING communities. The lecturers provide an overview of the development of the field from the beginning until now. Attendees are not expected to come with prior knowledge. They acquire sufficient understanding of the topic to understand the most recent research in the field.
Introductory to adjacent areas: tutorials that provide introductions to topics that are established or emerging in areas adjacent to CL/NLP. The lecturers provide an overview of the development of the field from the beginning until now. Attendees are not expected to come with prior knowledge. They acquire a sufficient understanding of the topic to understand the most recent research in the field and the relevance for the CL/NLP domains.
Each of these types of tutorials can either be half-day (4h long including a coffee break (30m long)) or full-day (8h long including two coffee breaks (1h long in total) but excluding a lunch break).
In all cases, the aim of a tutorial is primarily to help understand a scientific problem, its tractability, and its theoretical and practical implications. Presentations of particular technological solutions or systems are welcome, provided that they serve as illustrations of broader scientific considerations. None of the tutorial types are expected to be “self-invited” long talks – the content should be a good balance between research from multiple groups and perspectives, not only of the teachers of the tutorial.
The tutorials will be held at LREC-COLING 2024 in Turin, Italy, on 20, 21, or 25 May, 2024.
(All deadlines are 11:59PM UTC-12:00 (“anywhere on Earth”)
- 13 October 2023: Proposal submission due
- 17 November 2023: Notification of acceptance
- 20–25 May 2024: LREC-COLING2024 conference
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
We particularly encourage submissions of underrepresented groups in computational linguistics, researchers from any demographic or geographic minority, with disabilities, or others. In the evaluation of the proposal, we will take these aspects into account to create a varied and balanced set of tutorials.
This includes several aspects of diversity, namely (1) how the topic of the tutorial contributes to improved diversity and increased fairness in the field, (2) if the topic is particularly relevant for a specific underrepresented group of potential participants, (3), if the presenters are from an underrepresented group.
Proposals should be prepared according to the style files that will be available from the LREC–COLING website. Proposals should not exceed 4 pages of content (plus unlimited pages for references), and they should be submitted as PDF documents. Tutorial proposals do not have to be anonymized.
They should contain:
- A title that helps the potential attendees to understand what the tutorial will be about.
- An abstract that summarizes the topics, goals, target audience, and type (see above) of the tutorial (this abstract will also be on the LREC-COLING website).
- A section called “Introduction” that explains the topic and summarizes the starting point and relevance for our community and in general.
- A section called “Target Audience” that explains for whom the tutorial will be developed and what the expected prior knowledge is. Clearly specify what attendees should know and be able to practically do to get the most out of your tutorial. Examples of what to specify include prior mathematical knowledge, knowledge of specific modeling approaches and methods, programming skills, or adjacent areas like computer vision. Also specify the number of expected participants.
- A section called “Outline” in which the various topics are explained. This can be a list of bullet points or a set of paragraphs explaining the content. Explain what you intend and how long the tutorial will be.
- A section called “Diversity Considerations”, discussing each of the three aspects of diversity mentioned above or others.
- A section called “Reading List”: What are introductory papers or books that potential attendees can read to get a first impression of the tutorial content? What do you expect them to have read before attending? What does provide further information beyond the content of the tutorial?
- A section called “Presenters” in which each tutorial presenter is briefly introduced in one paragraph, including their research interests, their areas of expertise for the tutorial topic, and their experience in teaching a diverse and international audience.
- A section called “Other Information” which should include information on how many people are expected to participate and how you came to this estimate. You can also explain any other aspects that you find important, including special equipment that you would need.
- A section called “Ethics Statement” which discusses ethical considerations related to the topics of the tutorial.
The proposals will be submitted via Softconf. The link will be available on the LREC–COLING website.
Each tutorial will be evaluated regarding its clarity and preparedness, novelty or timely character of the topic, the instructor’s experience, the audience interest, and the potential to increase diversity in our community
Accepted tutorial presenters will be notified by the date mentioned above. They must then provide abstracts of their tutorials for inclusion in the conference registration material by the specific deadlines. The abstract needs to be provided in ASCII format. The summary will be submitted in PDF format and can be updated from the version submitted for review. The instructors will make their material available in an appropriate way, for instance, by setting up a website. They will be invited to submit their slides to the ACL Anthology.
The tutorial chairs are: