Birds-of-a-Feather and Affinity Group Meetup

Welcome to Birds-of-a-Feather and Affinity Group Meetings

At EMNLP 2023, we continue the tradition of conducting birds-of-a-feather (or BoF) and Affinity Group Meeting sessions to help newbie researchers get in touch with other people working in the same areas. Here’s a quick primer for people who haven’t attended such sessions before!

What do we hope to accomplish with BoF and Affinity Group Meeting sessions?

  • We want to provide junior researchers/people attending a CL conference for the first time with 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 and Affinity Group Meeting sessions structured?

  • All BoF and Affinity Group Meeting sessions are in-person only.
  • Each meetup will be led by the session chair(s).
  • Anyone who wants to attend can join; prior signup is unnecessary.

When are the BoF and Affinity Group meeting sessions happening?

DateTimeRoom Session IDSession TitleSession Chairs
8-Dec14:00-15:30Aquarius 2BOF-2NLP on legal textsSantosh Tokala
8-Dec16:00-17:30Aquarius 1BOF-3[Open multilingual text collections under the umbrella of the EU Horizon HPLT project ( Kutuzov
8-Dec16:00-17:30Aquarius 2BOF-5NLP for Climate ChangeJingwei Ni
8-Dec17:30-19:30Aquarius 3/4AGM-1Queer in AI social at EMNLPPranav A
9-Dec9:00-10:30Aquarius 1BOF-4EthioNLPTeshome Ababu
9-Dec11:00-12:30Aquarius 1BOF-6EmbeddingsHan Xiao
9-Dec11:00-12:30Aquarius 2BOF-7Recipes in Building Language ReasonersYiyuan Li and Wenting Zhao
9-Dec11:00-12:30Aquarius 4BOF-14Benchmarking LLMs for Low resource LanguagesFiroj Alam
9-Dec13:45-14:30Aquarius 1BOF-8ACL Mentorship: Sharing learnings from this conference & identifying promising research directionsMentors from ACL Mentorship: Zhijing Jin, Rada Mihalcea, Mohit Bansal, Yuntian Deng, and Others
9-Dec13:45-14:30Aquarius 2BOF-9Controlled/Constrained Text GenerationAllen Roush
9-Dec13:45-14:30Aquarius 4BOF-10Arabic NLPKhalil Mrini and Rawan N. Almatham
10-Dec9:00-10:30Aquarius 1BOF-11Discourse & PragmaticsValentina Pyatkin, Elias Stengel-Eskin, and Janet Liu
10-Dec9:00-10:30Aquarius 2AGM-2Christians@NLPPhilipp Heinisch
10-Dec11:00-12:30Aquarius 1BOF-12Text Simplification and ReadabilityFernando Alva Manchego
10-Dec11:00-12:30Aquarius 2BOF-13Automatic Text EvaluationGisela Vallejo and Zhuohan Xie

Attendees are free to carry forward the discussion after the BoF and Affinity Group Meeting sessions end (or even continue in the same room if it is available!).

If you have any questions about the information listed in the schedule, please contact the D&I chairs via

Additional Guidelines for Attendees

  • Your session chair(s) will invite you to introduce yourself briefly.
  • The session format can vary based on the preferences of the chair(s), for example, it may be structured as an Ask Me Anything, a slide deck roundtable, a roundtable Q&A, etc. Your session chair(s) will explain the format at the beginning of the session.
  • Please follow the participation guidelines set by the session chair(s) (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!