EACL 2003 Workshop on The Computational Treatment of Anaphora
April 14th 2003
Budapest, Hungary

Workshop Program now available.


Workshop Topic

The study of anaphora has long been central to work in natural language processing, in terms of both the resolution and generation of anaphoric forms. Work in the area stretches from the extremely theoretical, where issues in the philosophy of language are raised, to the extremely practical, as evidence by the coreference task in the Message Understanding Conferences. Submissions from across this spectrum are invited for this workshop, whose aim is to encourage more speculative thinking in areas that we believe have been underexplored. In particular:

First, recent interest in information extraction has tended to focus interest in the resolution of pronominal anaphora and reduced definite NP anaphora, particularly with respect to proper names. Although these topics are obviously of great significance, this focus has meant that work on other aspects of anaphora has been, in our view, neglected.

Second, we recognise that relevant work in each of natural language understanding (where the major focus has been pronominal anaphor resolution) and natural language generation (where the major focus has been the generation of subsequent references) has generally been pursued independently of the other. We would like to encourage papers that explore how insights from one area can be used in the other.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Workshop Format

Each presentation will last for 20 minutes, followed by a 5 minute discussion period.

Submission Format

Authors should submit a full paper of no more than six pages by the deadline stated below. Your paper should include a descriptive abstract of around 100 words, and should follow the formatting guidelines for the main EACL conference, as detailed at Submissions should be made electronically as either PDF or PS files, preferably the former: if you are submitting a PS file, please send a version of this a week before the stated deadline so that we can ensure there are no problems with printing.

Submissions should be sent by email to

Workshop Registration

Refer to the main conference web pages at for details of registration.

Important Dates

Call for Papers distributedNovember 1, 2002
Revised Submissions DeadlineJanuary 13, 2003
Notification DateJanuary 28, 2003
Camera ready copy dueFebruary 13, 2003
Workshop DateApril 14, 2003

Program Chairs

Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
Kees van Deemter, University of Brighton, UK
Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Program Committee Members

Amit Bagga, Avaya, USA
David Beaver, Stanford, USA
Antonio Branco, Lisbon, Portugal
Richard Evans, Wolverhampton, UK
Claire Gardent, CNRS Nancy, France
Helmut Horacek, Saarbruecken, Germany
Pam Jordan, Pittsburgh, USA
Rodger Kibble, London, UK
Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Shalom Lappin, London, UK
Josef Meyer, Macquarie, Australia
Massimo Poesio, Essex, UK
Ehud Reiter, Aberdeen, UK
Bonnie Webber, Edinburgh, UK

Contact Information

If you have any enquiries regarding this workshop, contact the organisers via the workshop email address If for any reason this is problematic, contact

Robert Dale
Centre for Language Technology
Division of Information and Communication Sciences
Macquarie University
Sydney NSW 2109

Tel: +61 2 9850 6331
Fax: +61 2 9850 9529