Demonstrations of Human Language Technology at HLT 2002 are encouraged, and are expected to provide an enriching complement to the paper and poster presentations. Abstracts describing proposed demonstrations should be submitted by January 7, 2002, the deadline for all HLT 2002 submissions. Submitted abstracts for demonstrations should be 1-2 pages and should not exceed 600 words (i.e., shorter than the extended abstract for papers); in addition, proposers are encouraged to include a screen shot or other illustrative figure. The submission should clearly indicate that it is a demonstration which is being proposed. Enough information must be provided for the reviewers to be able to assess the technical merit of the demonstration and its relevance to HLT 2002 interest areas. Typically, a demonstration will illustrate some novel technology or research system in Human Language Technology.
Submission of a demonstration abstract on a particular topic does not preclude a separate submission of a paper on that topic; it is possible that some of the demonstrations will illustrate concepts that are described in companion papers.
We currently expect that most demonstrations will be presented as at HLT 2001, using a “science fair” approach, where a number of demonstrations will be set up and run simultaneously in a suitable room with refreshments available. In addition, revised demonstration abstracts will be published in the conference notebook proceedings and in the final proceedings.
Demonstration presenters will need to bring their own hardware, and will be asked to provide information as to their requirements for table space, power, telephone lines, internet connections, and other logistics. A separate form will be provided for this purpose, and the HLT 2002 Committee will support these demonstration requirements to the extent possible.