Welcome to Birds-of-a-Feather Meetups!

At EACL 2023, we are continuing the tradition of conducting birds-of-a-feather (or BoF) sessions to help newbie researchers get in touch with other people working on the same areas. For people who haven’t attended such meetups before, here’s a quick primer!

What do we hope to accomplish with BoFs?

  • We want to provide junior researchers/people attending a CL conference for the first time a platform to discuss ideas and issues with other researchers in their areas of interest. This can be a good avenue for junior researchers to get feedback on ongoing ideas, learn about relevant ongoing projects at other groups/universities and develop a broader understanding of their field of interest.
  • We want to facilitate more exchange of research ideas, and enable collaborative discussions.

How are BoF sessions structured?

  • All BoF sessions are in-person only
  • Each meetup will be led by 1-2 experienced researchers in that area.
  • Anyone who wants to attend can join; prior signup is not needed.

When are the BoF sessions happening?

TopicDayTime (GMT+2)SpeakerRoom
Language groundingTuesday, 2 May14:15-15:00Luciana Benotti and Julian EisenschlosGlass
NLP on legal texts Tuesday, 2 May 15:00-15:45 Shomir Wilson Glass
Linguistic variation Tuesday, 2 May 16:30 - 17:15 Alan Ramponi Glass
Information extraction Tuesday, 2 May 17:15-18:15 Parisa Kordjamshidi Glass
Literary text analysis Wednesday, 3 May 9:30 - 10:30 Yuri Bizzoni Glass
NLP in industry vs. academia Wednesday, 3 May 9:30 - 10:30 Christos Christodoulopoulos Elafiti Ballroom 1
ARR info session Wednesday, 3 May 13:30 - 14:40 ARR editors in chief Glass
Multilinguality Thursday, 4 May 9:30 - 10:30 Koustava Goswami Glass
NLP in healthcare Thursday, 4 May 9:30 - 10:30 Lifeng Han Elafiti Ballroom 1

Attendees are free to carry forward the discussion after the BoF session ends (or even continue in the same room if it is available!).

If you have any questions about the information listed in the schedule, please get in touch with the D&I chairs.

Additional Guidelines for Attendees

  • Your session leads will help with introducing yourself briefly.
  • The session format can vary based on the preferences of the lead, for example it may be structured as an Ask Me Anything, a slide deck roundtable, a roundtable Q&A etc., Your session lead will explain the format at the beginning of the session.
  • Please follow the participation guidelines set by the session lead (e.g., raising your hand to ask questions, etc.)
  • Please do not record the session.
  • Please abide by the ACL Anti-Harassment Policy at all times.

We hope you enjoy these meetups, and get a chance to make new friends who share your research interests!