NASSLLI Call for Course and Workshop Proposals
In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the health of potential attendees, we will not be hosting NASSLI in the summer of 2020. Instead, we will host the Web Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information, WeSSLLI. This will be a fully virtual school, with five classes and no parallel sessions. The Virtual Student Sessions will take place on July 11-12, the WeSSLLI Courses and Workshops on July 13-17, and Virtual SemDial (WatchDial) will follow on July 18-19.
We are working on hosting a full-scale in-person NASSLLI in the summer of 2021.
Proposal submission deadline - October 31, 2019 (extended from September 30)
We invite proposals for courses and workshops that address topics of relevance to NASSLLI's central goal. Appropriate areas for courses include but are not limited to: semantics; pragmatics; computational linguistics; cognitive science; formal methodologies for the study of language and information, including methods for data collection and analysis for any subfield of linguistics (e.g., syntax, phonology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, etc.); logic and its applications; game and decision theory and their applications; formal epistemology, and philosophy of mind.
We particularly encourage submissions which address the theme (Formal and Computational Pragmatics and Models of Dialogue), and those representing cross-disciplinary approaches, especially courses showing the applicability of computational methods to theoretical work, and the use of theoretical work in practical applications. Courses involving a hands-on component (e.g., actual experience with NLP tools, coding, or machine learning algorithms) will be very welcome.
NASSLLI welcomes a variety of approaches and methodologies (logics, cognitive and computational modeling, formal semantics/pragmatics, machine learning, experimental approaches) as long as the material is relevant to language, information or communication.
Each course and workshop will consist of five 90 minute sessions, offered daily (Monday-Friday) during the week of the summer school. Sunday mini-courses will run for 3 to 5 hours.
We encourage potential attendees and instructors to check out previous NASSLLI programs at:
- 2018: Carnegie Mellon University
- 2014: University of Maryland, College Park
- 2012: University of Texas, Austin
- 2010: Indiana University
- 2003: Indiana University
Courses and workshops should aim to be accessible to an interdisciplinary, graduate level audience. Courses may bridge multiple areas, or focus on a single area, in which case instructors should include introductory background, try to avoid specialized notation that cannot be applied more broadly, and spend some time discussing how the topic is relevant to other fields.
Workshop schedules are identical to course schedules, but usually consist of a series of presentations by different researchers; they may also include panel discussions. A workshop will be more accessible if its program is bracketed by broader-audience talks that introduce and summarize the week's presentations. Please note that NASSLLI cannot provide reimbursement for travel and accommodation for workshop presenters. Workshop proposals must include information about how the organizers expect these expenses to be covered.
Course and workshop proposals from women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged.