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CoNLL 2013 : Seventeenth Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning


When Aug 8, 2013 - Aug 9, 2013
Where Sofia, Bulgaria
Submission Deadline Apr 17, 2013
Notification Due May 28, 2013
Final Version Due Jun 10, 2013
Categories    NLP   machine learning

Call For Papers


Seventeenth Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning
Sofia, Bulgaria
August 8-9, 2013

First Call for Papers

CoNLL is the yearly conference organized by SIGNLL (the ACL Special
Interest Group on Natural Language Learning). This year, CoNLL will be
collocated with ACL 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The shared task of CoNLL
will be Grammatical Error Correction, see details below.

Important Dates

* Paper submission deadline: April 17, 2013, 23:59 PST (GMT-8)

* Notification of acceptance: May 28, 2013

* Camera-ready copy deadline: June 10, 2013

* Conference: August 8-9, 2013 (straight after ACL 2013)


CoNLL is an international conference for research on natural language
learning. We invite the submission of papers on all aspects of
computational approaches to natural language learning, including, but
not limited to:

* Development and empirical evaluation of machine learning methods
applied to any natural language or speech processing task in
supervised, semi-supervised or unsupervised settings (e.g. structured
prediction, graphical models, deep learning, relational learning,
reinforcement learning, etc.).

* Theoretical analyses of learning-based approaches to natural
language processing.

* Computational models of human language acquisition, language
evolution and language change.

Special Topic of Interest: Compositional Semantics

For this edition of CoNLL, we particularly solicit papers that
focus on challenges and solutions within Compositional Semantics.
Compositional approaches to semantics have their origin in formal
logic, but there is now a growing body of work that aims to
integrate such approaches into learning-based, statistical frameworks,
often building on recent advances in machine learning, such as
structured prediction, deep learning or distant supervision. This
poses a number of challenging questions, such as how to induce
compositional meaning representations from unlabelled, weakly labelled
or fully labelled natural language data, or how to reconcile
inherently statistical distributional approaches to lexical semantics
with the principle of compositionality. Advances in this area also
hold substantial promise for downstream applications such as sentiment
analysis, question answering or machine translation, making research
in Compositional Semantics appealing both from a pure and applied

Best Paper Award

As in recent CoNLL conferences, we are delighted to announce that
Google will sponsor a Best Paper Award for the authors of the highest
quality paper. The most important aspects in judging the quality of a
paper will be: originality, innovativeness, relevance, and impact of
the presented research.

Main Session Submission Details

A paper submitted to CoNLL-2013 must describe original, unpublished
work. Submit a full paper by April 17, 2013, 23:59 PST (GMT-8). Papers
may have up to eight (8) pages of content, with two (2) additional
pages of references, and will be presented orally or as a poster
presentation as determined by the program committee. The decisions as
to which papers will be presented orally and which as poster
presentations will be based on the nature rather than on the quality
of the work. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between
full papers presented orally and those presented as poster

We require the use of the ACL 2013 LaTeX style files or Microsoft
Word Style files tailored for this year's conference. Papers must
conform to the official ACL 2013 style guidelines. Authors who are
unable to use these style files or submit a PDF file electronically
should contact the program co-chairs.

Authors may also optionally submit a second document containing
supporting information such as proofs or algorithmic details.
Reviewers will have access to the supporting information and may
refer to it at their discretion. Any information that is critical to
understanding the paper should be included within the paper itself.

Since reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the
authors' names and affiliations, and there should be no
self-references that reveal the authors' identity. In the submission
form, you will be asked for the following information: paper title,
authors' names, affiliations, and email addresses, contact author's
email address, a list of keywords, abstract of no more than 300 words,
and information on whether the paper has been or will be
simultaneously submitted to other conferences (and if so which
conferences). The contact author of an accepted paper under multiple
submission will need to promptly inform the program co-chairs whether
he or she intends the accepted paper to appear in CoNLL-2013. A paper
that is submitted to be included in CoNLL-2013 must be withdrawn from
other conferences.

Authors of accepted submissions are to produce a final paper to be
published in the proceedings of the conference, which will be
available at the conference for participants, and distributed
afterwards by ACL. Final papers must also follow the ACL 2013 style
and should have at most 8 pages of content plus at most 2 extra pages
for references only. At least one author must register for the
conference and present the paper. Please do not submit a paper if you
do not plan to attend the conference.

As in previous years, CoNLL-2013 will include a shared task which is
organized by a separate committee. The details of the shared task are
included in this CFP (see below). Please note the different submission
details and deadlines for the shared task.

Conference Chairs

Julia Hockenmaier
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sebastian Riedel
Department of Computer Science
University College London

Contact email: conll-2013 (at)

Shared Task: Grammatical Error Correction

CoNLL 2013 will continue the CoNLL tradition of having a high profile
shared task in natural language processing. This year's shared task
will be grammatical error correction. A participating system in this
shared task is given short English texts written by non-native
speakers of English. The system detects the grammatical errors present
in the input texts, and returns the corrected texts.

More details are available at the shared task home page at:

Important Dates

* December 17, 2012: announcement of shared task
* January 17, 2013: set up of shared task website
* February 5, 2013: registration begins and release of training set and
* March 5, 2013: registration deadline
* April 28, 2013: test set available
* May 01, 2013: systems' outputs collected
* May 08, 2013: system results due to participants
* May 15, 2013: shared task system papers due
* May 24, 2013: reviews due
* May 27, 2013: notification of acceptance
* June 03, 2013: camera ready version of shared task system papers due
* August 8-9, 2013: CoNLL 2013 conference

Shared Task Organizers

* Hwee Tou Ng (Chair), National University of Singapore
* Joel Tetreault, Nuance Communications
* Siew Mei Wu, National University of Singapore
* Yuanbin Wu, National University of Singapore


Questions about the CoNLL 2013 shared task can be sent to


See and for more
information about SIGNLL and CoNLL. Please direct questions about
SIGNLL and the CoNLL website to Erik, the SIGNLL Information Officer:

Erik Tjong Kim Sang
University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
erikt (at)

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