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ECNLP 2021 : The Fourth Workshop on e-Commerce and NLP


When Aug 5, 2021 - Aug 6, 2021
Where Bangkok, Thailand
Submission Deadline Apr 26, 2021
Notification Due May 28, 2021
Final Version Due Jun 7, 2021
Categories    NLP   information retrieval

Call For Papers

Call For Papers

The Fourth Workshop on e-Commerce and NLP (ECNLP 4)
Co-located with ACL-IJCNLP 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug 1-6, 2021


NLP and IR have been powering e-commerce applications since the early
days of the fields. Today, NLP and IR already play a significant role
in e-commerce tasks, including product search, recommender systems,
product question answering, machine translation, sentiment analysis,
product description and review summarization, and customer review
processing, amongst many other tasks. With the exploding popularity of
chatbots and shopping assistants – both text- and voice-based – NLP,
IR, question answering, and dialogue systems research is poised to
transform e-commerce once again, but requires a forum where new and
unfinished ideas could be discussed.

Co-located with ACL 2021, the ECNLP workshop will provide a venue for
the dissemination of NLP and IR research results related to e-commerce
and online shopping, bringing together researchers from both academia
and industry. The workshop welcomes submission of late-breaking and
preliminary research results, as well as opinion and position papers.

ECNLP invites quality research contributions in different formats:
- Original long research papers (8 pages plus references and appendix)
- Original short research papers (4 pages plus references and appendix)
- Position and opinion papers (4 pages)

All submissions will undergo a double-blind review process, and
accepted submissions will be presented at the workshop either as oral
presentation or as poster.

Topics of interest

Workshop topics include but are not limited to:

- Product classification and cataloguing
- NER for products, brands, attributes, and part names
- Search and product query auto-completion
- Recommender systems and product suggestions
- Machine Translation applied to e-commerce (e.g. translating product
- Voice & dialogue-based e-commerce applications; ASR for e-commerce
- Advertising and ad prediction/forecasting models
- Fraud and spam detection in e-commerce (e.g. in customer reviews/comments)
- Product description and review summarization
- Product similarity and matching of seller-provided listings to
catalog products
- Technical support request processing (user emails, chat agents, etc.)
- E-commerce-related social media processing
- The intersection of Computer Vision and NLP (e.g. product images and text)
- Product Question Answering
- Shopping assistants, agents, and chat bots
- Sentiment analysis, opinion mining, and stance detection in
user-generated content
- Relevant resources and datasets

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: April 26, 2021
Acceptance Notification: May 28, 2021
Camera-ready versions: June 7, 2021
Workshop: August 5 or 6, 2021

Instructions for Authors

Papers must be submitted in PDF according to the format published in
the ACL 2021 official style guidelines. More details available on the

Additional Information and Contact Details
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