Welcome to the 22nd Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics (NoDaLiDa 2019) held at the University of Turku in the beautiful city of Turku in Finland, on September 30-October 2, 2019. The aim of NoDaLiDa is to bring together researchers in the Nordic countries interested in any aspect related to human language and speech technologies. It is a great honor for me to serve as the general chair of NoDaLiDa 2019.
NoDaLiDa has a very long tradition. It stems from a working group initiative led by Sture Allèn, Kolbjörn Heggstad, Baldur Jönsson, Viljo Kohonen and Bente Maegaard (as the preface of the oldest workshop proceedings in the ACL anthology reveals).1 They organized the first NoDaLiDa (“Nordiska datalingvistikdagar”) in Gothenburg on October 10-11, 1977. In 2006, NEALT, the Northern European Association for Language Technology was founded. We are very honored to bring this bi-annual conference after 42 years to Turku this fall.
We solicited three different types of papers (long, short, demo papers) and received 78 valid submissions. In total, we accepted 49 papers, which will be presented as 34 oral presentations, 10 posters and 5 demo papers. A total of 4 submissions were withdrawn in the process. Each paper was reviewed by three experts. We are extremely grateful to the Programme Committee members for their detailed and helpful reviews. Overall, there are 10 oral sessions with talks and one poster session organized into themes over the two days, starting each day with a keynote talk.
We would like to thank our two keynote speakers for travel to Turku and sharing their work. Marie-Catherine de Marneffe from Ohio State University will talk about "Do you know that there’s still a chance? Identifying speaker commitment for natural language understanding". Grzegorz Chrupala from Tilburg University will talk about "Investigating neural representations of speech and language". We are also very grateful to Fred Karlsson, who accepted to share his insights into the Finnish language in the traditional NoDaLiDa language tutorial.
The conference is preceded by 5 workshops on a diverse set of topics: deep learning for natural language processing, NLP for Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Constraint Grammar Methods, Tools and Applications, NLP and pseudonymisation and Financial Narrative Processing. This shows the breadth of topics that can be found in language technology these days, and we are extremely happy and grateful to the workshop organizers for complementing the main program this way.
There will be two social events. A reception which is sponsored by the City of Turku and held at the Old Town Hall in Turku. A conference dinner will be held in the Turku Castle in the King’s hall. Two fantastic evenings are awaiting.
I would like to thank the entire team that made NoDaLiDa 2019 possible in the first place. First of all, I would like to thank Beáta Megyesi for inviting me to take up this exciting (and admittedly at times demanding) role and all her valuable input regarding NEALT and previous editions of NoDaLiDa. Jörg Tiedemann, for the smooth transition from the previous NoDaLiDa edition and his input and work as program chair; the program chair committee Jurgita Kapo?ci¯ut?e-Dzikien?e, Hrafn Loftsson, Patrizia Paggio, and Erik Velldal, for working hard on putting the program together. I am particularly grateful to Jörg Tiedemann, Jurgita Kapo?ci¯ut?e-Dzikien?e, Kairit Sirts and Patrizia Paggio for leading the reviewing process. Special thanks goes to the workshop chairs Richard Johansson and Kairit Sirts, who have done an invaluable job with leading the workshop selection and organization. A big thanks also to Miryam de Lhoneux for her work as social media chair and Mareike Hartmann for leading the publication efforts that led to this volume, as well as the coordination of the workshop proceedings. Thank you! Finally, my ultimate thanks goes to the amazing local organization committee and team. Thank you, Filip Ginter and Jenna Kanerva. With your infinite support and pro-active engagement in organizing NoDaLiDa you are the ones that make NoDaLiDa possible and surely an unforgettable experience. Thanks also to the entire local team (with special thanks to Hans Moen for help with the program): Li-Hsin Chang, Rami Ilo, Suwisa Kaewphan, Kai Hakala, Roosa Kyllönen, Veronika Laippala, Akseli Leino, Juhani Luotolahti, Farrokh Mehryary, Hans Moen, Maria Pyykönen, Sampo Pyysalo, Samuel Rönnqvist, Antti Saloranta, Antti Virtanen, Sanna Volanen. NoDaLiDa 2019 has received financial support from our generous sponsors, which we would also like to thank here.
This is the usual place for the greetings from the local organizers, but as we set out to write it, it turns out that Barbara already said it all. So we really only need to add one thing: huge thanks to Barbara for all the hard work she put into NoDaLiDa. We can only wonder where you found the time for all this. We hope the Turku edition of NoDaLiDa will be a success, at least we tried our best to make it so. In two weeks we will know. — Filip, Jenna, and the local team
Danke - kiitos!
We very much hope that you will have an enjoyable and inspiring time at NoDaLiDa 2019 in Turku.