First Call for Papers

RANLP 2019

RECENT ADVANCES IN NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING

Hotel “Cherno More”, Varna, Bulgaria
http://lml.bas.bg/ranlp2019

Summer School on Deep Learning in NLP: 29-30 August 2019 (Thursday-Friday)
Tutorials: August 31 - September 1, 2019 (Saturday-Sunday)
Main Conference: September 2-4, 2019 (Monday-Wednesday)
Workshops: September 5-6, 2019 (Thursday-Friday)

We are pleased to announce that the 12th biennial RANLP conference will take place in September 2019 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 will feature 5-6 keynote speeches. There will be also poster and demo sessions. The conference will be preceded by two days of Summer School on Deep Learning in NLP (29-30 August, 2019) and two days of tutorials (31 August-1 September, 2019). Post-conference workshops will be held on 5-6 September 2019. A Student Research Workshop will run in parallel to the main conference. The Student Research Workshop, now in its sixth edition, is a vibrant discussion forum for young researchers. Moreover, the 3rd edition of the two-day conference “Biographical Data in Digital World 2019” will be co-located with RANLP and will take place on 5-6 September 2019.

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

TOPICS

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; complexity; mathematical, statistical, machine learning and deep learning models; language resources and corpora; electronic dictionaries, terminologies and ontologies; linked data; 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; fact-checking; stance detection; 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.

CHAIR OF THE PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton)

CHAIR OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Galia Angelova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

INVITED SPEAKERS

The list of keynote speeches at RANLP 2019 includes presentations from

  • Kyunghyun Cho (New York University)
  • Ken Church (Baidu)
  • Hinrich Schütze (Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich)

The list of RANLP 2019 tutorial lecturers includes

  • Preslav Nakov (Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU)
  • Antonio Miceli Barone (University of Edinburgh) and Sheila Castilho (Dublin City University)
  • Valia Kordoni (Humboldt University of Berlin)

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.

WORKSHOPS

Several workshops will be organised on 5-6 September 2019. A Call for Workshop Proposals was published in September 2018 with deadline 8 January 2019.

SUBMISSION OF PAPERS, POSTERS, DEMOS

The submissions will be maintained by the conference management system START. For further instructions, please follow the submission information at the conference on this website. The reviewing process will be anonymous. Double submission is acceptable, but authors will be asked to declare it at the time of submission. The submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the Programme Committee. The 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, and each accepted paper will have a DOI number. A printed version will be made available at the conference if ordered in advance (cost: 40-45 EUR).

This year, RANLP aims to provide early notification of acceptance to authors and presenters who need visa to enter Bulgaria. Thus, we invite early submissions including author names and paper abstracts, in order to facilitate a faster review process. Access to the conference management software will be available on 1 April 2019.

IMPORTANT DATES

Call for workshop proposals: 26 September 2018
Deadline for workshop proposals: 8 January 2019
Workshops selection: 31 January 2019

Conference abstracts submission: after 1 April 2019
Conference papers submission: 15 May 2019
Conference papers acceptance notification: 26 June 2019
Camera-ready versions of the conference papers: 31 July 2019

Workshops papers submission deadline (TBC): 30 June 2019
Workshops papers acceptance notification (TBC): 28 July 2019
Workshops papers camera-ready versions (TBC): 20 August 2019
Workshops camera-ready proceedings ready (TBC): 25 August 2019

RANLP Summer School on Deep Learning in NLP: 29-30 August, 2019 (Thursday-Friday)
RANLP tutorials: 31 August - 1 September 2019 (Saturday-Sunday)
RANLP conference: 2-4 September 2019 (Monday-Wednesday)
RANLP workshops: 5-6 September 2019 (Thursday-Friday)

LOCATION and TRAVEL

RANLP 2019 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 ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varna_Necropolis) and is in walking distance from the conference venue.

THE TEAM BEHIND RANLP 2019

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, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria
Kiril Simov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria (Workshop coordinator)
Irina Temnikova, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria

RANLP SCImago Journal & Country Rank (SJR) can be checked at http://www.scimagojr.com/journalsearch.php?q=21100216911&tip=sid&clean=0