Call for Papers

RANLP 2017


Hotel “Cherno More”, Varna, Bulgaria

Tutorials: September 2-3, 2017 (Saturday-Sunday)
Main Conference: September 4-6, 2017 (Monday-Wednesday)
Workshops: September 7-8, 2017 (Thursday-Friday)

We are pleased to announce that the 11th biennial RANLP conference will take place in September 2017 at the Black Sea city of Varna. In addition to the conference programme of competitively peer-reviewed papers reporting on the recent advances of a wide range of NLP topics, the RANLP conference features 6 keynote speeches. Poster and demo sessions will be held at the conference exhibition area. The conference will be preceded by two days of tutorials (2-3 September 2017). Post-conference workshops will be held on 7-8 September 2017. A Student Research Workshop will run in parallel to the main conference. The Student Research Workshop (now in its fifth edition) is a vibrant discussion forum for young researchers.

As from RANLP 2009, the papers accepted at RANLP and the associated workshops are included in the ACL Anthology. The RANLP proceedings are indexed by SCOPUS and DBLP.


We invite papers reporting recent advances in all aspects of Natural Language Processing (NLP). We encourage contributions from a broad range of areas including, but not limited to, the following topics: phonetics, phonology, and morphology; syntax, semantics, discourse, pragmatics, dialogue, and lexicon; mathematical, statistical, machine learning and deep learning models and complexity; language resources and corpora; electronic dictionaries, terminologies and ontologies; POS tagging; parsing; semantic role labelling; word-sense disambiguation; multiword expressions; textual entailment; anaphora resolution; language generation; speech recognition; text-to-speech synthesis; multilingual NLP; machine translation, translation memory systems and computer-aided translation tools, text simplification and readability estimation; knowledge acquisition; information retrieval; text categorisation; information extraction; text summarisation; terminology extraction; question answering; opinion mining and sentiment analysis; author profiling; dialogue systems; computer-aided language learning; NLP for biomedical texts; NLP for the Semantic web; theoretical and application-orientated papers related to NLP.


Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton)


Galia Angelova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)


The list of keynote speeches at RANLP 2017 includes presentations from:

Robert Dale (Arria NLG)
Josef van Genabith (DFKI, Saarbruecken)
Veronique Hoste (University College Ghent)
Roberto Navigli (Sapienza University of Rome)
Joakim Nivre (Uppsala University)

The list of RANLP 2017 tutorial lecturers includes:

Noa Cruz (Virgen del Rocio Hospital, Seville)
Veronique Hoste and Orphee De Clercq (University College Ghent)
Roberto Navigli (Sapienza University of Rome)

The Programme Committee members are distinguished NLP experts from all over the world. The list of PC members will be announced in the Second Call for Papers.


Several workshops will be organised on 7-8 September 2017. A Call for Workshop Proposals was published in December 2016.


The submissions will be maintained by conference management software. For further instructions please follow the submission information at the conference website at The reviewing process will be anonymous. Double submission is acceptable, but authors will be asked to declare it at the time of submission. Submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the Programme Committee. Authors of accepted papers will receive guidelines regarding how to produce camera-ready versions of their papers for inclusion in the proceedings. The full conference proceedings will be uploaded on the ACL Anthology. A printed version, whose estimated price would be between 35 and 45 euro, will be made available at the conference if ordered in advance.


Call for workshop proposals: 31 December 2016
Deadline for workshop proposals: 28 February 2017
Workshops selection: 15 March 2017

Conference abstracts submission: 28 April 2017
Conference papers submission: 5 May 2017
Conference papers acceptance notification: 26 June 2017
Camera-ready versions of the conference papers: 31 July 2017

Workshops papers submission deadline (suggested): 30 June 2017
Workshops papers acceptance notification (suggested): 28 July 2017
Workshops papers camera-ready versions (suggested): 20 August 2017
Workshops camera-ready proceedings ready (suggested): 25 August 2017

RANLP 2017 tutorials: 2-3 September 2017 (Saturday-Sunday)
RANLP 2017 conference: 4-6 September 2017 (Monday-Wednesday)
RANLP 2017 workshops: 7-8 September 2017 (Thursday-Friday)


RANLP 2017 will be held in Varna, the largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, in Hotel “Cherno More” ( The event venue is centrally located at the entrance of the Sea Garden and offers excellent conference facilities. The city is a major tourist destination with flights to/from the Varna International Airport. It is also known for its Archaeological Museum, which features the oldest gold treasure in the world (


Galia Angelova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria (OC Chair)
Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield, UK
Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton, UK (PC Chair)
Preslav Nakov, Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU, Qatar
Nikolai Nikolov, INCOMA Ltd., Shoumen, Bulgaria
Ivelina Nikolova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Petya Osenova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Kiril Simov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria (Workshop coordinator)
Irina Temnikova, Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU, Qatar