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CNL 2016 : Fifth Workshop on Controlled Natural Language


Conference Series : Controlled Natural Language
When Jul 25, 2016 - Jul 27, 2016
Where Aberdeen, Scotland
Submission Deadline Mar 1, 2016
Notification Due Apr 1, 2016

Call For Papers

Fifth Workshop on Controlled Natural Language (CNL 2016)

25-27 July 2016 in Aberdeen, Scotland

This workshop on Controlled Natural Language (CNL) has a broad
scope and embraces all approaches that are based on natural language and apply
restrictions on vocabulary, grammar, and/or semantics. This includes (but is
certainly not limited to) approaches that have been called simplified language,
plain language, formalized language, processable language, fragments of
language, phraseologies, conceptual authoring, language generation, and guided
natural language interfaces.

Some CNLs are designed to improve communication among humans, especially for
non-native speakers of the respective natural language. In other cases, the
restrictions on the language are supposed to make it easier for computers to
analyze such texts in order to improve computer-aided, semi-automatic, or
automatic translations into other languages. A third group of CNL has the goal
to enable reliable automated reasoning and formal knowledge representation from
seemingly natural texts. All these types of CNL are covered by this workshop.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 1 March 2016
Notification of acceptance: 1 April 2016
Deadline for revised papers: 13 May 2016
Registration deadline: 11 July 2016
Posters/demos deadline: 11 July 2016
Workshop: 25-27 July 2016


Contact Adam Wyner,, if you want to become a sponsor.


Possible topics for CNL 2016 include:

- CNL for knowledge representation
- CNL for query interfaces
- CNL for specifications
- CNL for business rules
- CNL for dialogue systems
- CNL for machine translation
- CNL for improved understandability of texts
- CNL for natural language generation
- design of CNLs
- CNL applications
- CNL evaluation
- usability and acceptance of CNL
- CNL grammars and lexica
- multilingual CNLs
- reasoning in CNL
- spoken CNL
- CNL in the context of the Semantic Web and Linked Open Data
- CNL in the government
- CNL in industry
- CNL use cases
- theoretical properties of CNL

Submissions and Proceedings

We invite researchers to submit papers with novel contributions in the area of CNL.

Submit your paper via Easychair:

The proceedings of the workshop will appear in Springer's LNAI series.


Organization Committee

- Adam Wyner (University of Aberdeen, Scotland;
- Brian Davis (INSIGHT@NUI Galway, Ireland;
- Gordon Pace (University of Malta, Malta;

Program Committee

Krasimir Angelov (Chalmers University, Sweden)
Paul Buitelaar (INSIGHT@NUI Galway, formerly DERI, Ireland)
Rogan Creswick (Galois, USA)
Brian Davis (INSIGHT@NUI Galway, formerly DERI, Ireland)
Ronald Denaux (iSOCO, Spain)
Ramona Enache (Chalmers University, Sweden)
Esra Erdem (Sabanci University, Turkey)
Sebastien Ferre (University Rennes 1, France)
Norbert E. Fuchs (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Normunds Gruzitis (University of Latvia)
Kaarel Kaljurand (Nuance Communications, Austria)
Peter Koepke (University of Bonn, Germany)
Tobias Kuhn (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Adegboyega Ojo (INSIGHT@NUI Galway, formerly DERI, Ireland)
Gordon Pace (University of Malta)
Laurette Pretorius (University of South Africa)
Aarne Ranta (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Mike Rosner (University of Malta)
Uta Schwertel (imc, Germany)
Rolf Schwitter (Macquarie University, Australia)
Geoff Sutcliffe (University of Miami, USA)
Irina Temnikova (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar)
Camilo Thorne (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)
Jeroen Van Grondelle (HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Netherlands)
Adam Wyner (University of Aberdeen, UK)

Previous Events

There were four previous events in the same series:

- CNL 2009 in Marettimo, Italy.
- CNL 2010 in Marettimo, Italy.
- CNL 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland.
- CNL 2014 in Galway, Ireland.

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