Third and Final Call for Papers
*** Submission deadline extended to 19 May 2017 ***

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. The conference programme presents competitive peer-reviewed papers reporting on the recent advances of a wide range of NLP topics. In addition, RANLP 2017 features six keynote speeches by leading experts. Poster and demo sessions will be held at the conference exhibition area. 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.

The RANLP SCImago Journal & Country Rank (SJR) can be checked at


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 and phonology, morphology, lexicon, syntax, semantics, discourse, pragmatics, dialogue, mathematical foundations, formal grammars and languages, finite-state technology, statistical models for natural language processing, machine learning, word embeddings, deep learning for NLP, similarity, evaluation, sublanguages and controlled languages, lexicography, language resources and corpora, terminology, corpus annotation, ontologies, complexity, text segmentation, POS tagging, parsing, semantic role labelling, word-sense disambiguation, computational treatment of multiword expressions, textual entailment, anaphora and coreference resolution, temporal processing, natural language generation, speech recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, knowledge acquisition, text categorisation, machine translation, including statistical machine translation and neural machine translation, translation technology including translation memory systems, information retrieval, information extraction, event extraction, question answering, text summarisation, term extraction, text and web mining, opinion mining and sentiment analysis, multimodal systems, natural language processing for educational applications, automated writing assistance, text simplification, NLP for biomedical texts, author profiling and related applications, application-orientated papers related to NLP, chatbots, fact checking, computer-aided language learning, stance detection, computational cognitive modelling, dialect processing, language and vision, multilingual NLP, NLP for language disorders, NLP for social media, NLP for the semantic web, patents search, theoretical NLP, theoretical papers related to NLP. As aforementioned, this is an indicative but not exhaustive list of topics.

The list of KEYNOTE SPEECHES at RANLP 2017 includes presentations from:

Robert Dale (Language Technology Group)
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)

Five WORKSHOPS will be held on 7-8 September, 2017

NLPIR: Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval
Mireille Makary and Michael Oakes (University of Wolverhampton)

KnowRSH: Knowledge Resources for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities
Dan Cristea (University of Iasi), Petya Osenova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Eveline Wandl-Vogt (Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Kalliopi A. Zervanou (University of Utrecht)

BioNLP: Biomedical Natural Language Processing
Galia Angelova and Svetla Boytcheva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Kevin Bretonnel Cohen (University of Colorado School of Medicine) and Guergana Savova (Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School)

LTDHCSEE: Language technology for Digital Humanities in Central and (South-)Eastern Europe
Anca Dinu (University of Bucharest), Petya Osenova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), and Cristina Vertan (University of Hamburg)

HiT-IT: Human-Informed Translation and Interpreting Technology,
Irina Temnikova (Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU), Constantin Orasan (University of Wolverhampton), Gloria Corpas Pastor (University of Malaga), and Stephan Vogel (Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU).


All submissions will be handled in the START system For further instructions, please follow the submission information at The reviewing process will be anonymous, except for Demo submissions. Double submission is allowed, 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 or RANLP reviewers. Authors of accepted papers will receive guidelines as to how to produce the final camera-ready versions of their papers for inclusion in the proceedings. The full conference proceedings which have both ISBN and ISSN, will be uploaded in the ACL Anthology. A printed version will be available at the conference upon request (approximate price €35-40).

All published papers will have a DOI assigned.


EXTENDED conference abstracts submission: 12 May 2017 (OPTIONAL)
EXTENDED conference papers submission: 19 May 2017
Conference papers acceptance notification: 3 July 2017
Camera-ready versions of the conference papers: 31 July 2017


RANLP 2017 will be held in Varna, the largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, in the. The event venue (Cherno More Hotel - is centrally located at the entrance of the Sea Garden. Varna is a major tourist destination with an International Airport. It is also known for its Archaeological Museum, which features the oldest gold treasure in the world (


Guadalupe Aguado de Cea, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Pascal Amsili, Paris Diderot University
Iana Atanassova, University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté
Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield
Svetla Boytcheva, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
António Branco, University of Lisbon
Chris Brew, Digital Operatives
Nicoletta Calzolari, Italian National Research Council
Sylviane Cardey, University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté
Marisa Luisa Carrió Pastor, Universitat Politècnica de València
Sheila Castilho, Dublin City University
Key-Sun Choi, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Gloria Corpas Pastor, Universidad de Málaga
Dan Cristea, University of Iasi
Noa P. Cruz Diaz, Virgen del Rocío University Hospital, Sevilla
Liviu P. Dinu, University of Bucharest
Richard Evans, University of Wolverhampton
Antonio Ferrández Rodríguez, University of Alicante
Ralph Grishman, New York University
Diana Inkpen, University of Ottawa
Hitoshi Isahara, Toyohashi University of Technology
Alma Kharrat, Microsoft
Tracy Holloway King, eBay Inc.
Milen Kouylekov, University of Oslo
Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex
Hristo Krushkov, University of Plovdiv
Sandra Kübler, Indiana University
Natalia Loukachevitch, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Bernardo Magnini, Foundation Bruno Kеssler
Suresh Manandhar, University of York
Andres Montoyo, University of Alicante
Alessandro Moschitti, Qatar Computing Research Institute
Rafael Muñoz-Guillena, University of Alicante
Preslav Nakov, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Roberto Navigli, Sapienza University of Rome
Mark-Jan Nederhof, University of St Andrews
Vincent Ng, University of Texas at Dallas
Michael Oakes, University of Wolverhampton
Kemal Oflazer, Carnegie Mellon University - Qatar
Constantin Orasan, University of Wolverhampton
Petya Osenova, Sofia University and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Pavel Pecina, Charles University
Stelios Piperidis, Athena RC/ILSP
Gábor Prószéky, Pázmány Péter Catholic University
Horacio Rodriguez, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Paolo Rosso, Universitat Politècnica de València
Vasile Rus, The University of Memphis
Fatiha Sadat, Université du Québec à Montréal
Violeta Seretan, University of Geneva
Gerardo Sierra Martínez, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Josef Steinberger, University of West Bohemia
Keh-Yih Su, Academia Sinica
Stan Szpakowicz, University of Ottawa
Dan Tufiș, Romanian Academy
L. Alfonso Urena Lopez, University of Jaen
Aline Villavicencio, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
Yorick Wilks, Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition
Roman Yangarber, University of Helsinki


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


Registration will be open via the main conference website imminently.


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