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SwissText 2019 : 4th edition of the Swiss Text Analytics Conference


When Jun 18, 2019 - Jun 19, 2019
Where Winterthur, Switzerland
Submission Deadline Mar 3, 2019
Notification Due Apr 16, 2019
Final Version Due May 3, 2019
Categories    text analytics   computational linguistics   natural language processing   machine learning

Call For Papers

4th Swiss Text Analytics Conference – SwissText 2019

18-19 June 2019, Winterthur, Switzerland

Call for Papers and Presentations

[for Call for Workshops, see below]

SwissText is an annual conference that brings together text analytics experts from industry and academia. The conference is held on June 18-19, 2019 in Winterthur, Switzerland, which is a short train ride (20min) from Zurich.

The conference will have three tracks:
- Swiss Track, with a strong focus on Swiss industry and research.
- Scientific Track, with technical research papers from the international community.
- Demo Track, with hands-on, interactive presentations of current NLP solutions.

The full scientific papers will be published in the conference proceedings, as well as the abstracts of the presentations of the Swiss and the Demo Track.

Swiss Track
The goal of the Swiss Track is to bring together experts from Swiss industry and academia. For this track, we are looking for presentations with a certain "Swissness" factor:

- Your company or university is located in Switzerland;
- You provide a text analytics solution for one (or more) of the languages of Switzerland (including Swiss dialects);
- Your product focuses primarily on the Swiss market;
- Or any other factor that connects your presentation to Switzerland.

Presentations can be:
- Showcases
- Applications (If you have a demo, please submit to the Demo Track instead)
- Resources
- Research results
- Or any other contribution that is interesting to the audience.

In this track, we also welcome scientific contributions that were already published in other conferences or journals - as long as they have a Swissness factor.

For the Swiss Track, only a short abstract (up to 1500 characters) has to be submitted, along with a CV of the presenter (max 500 chars) and the intended audience (e.g. developers, decision makers, project managers, max. 300 chars). All data is entered online via EasyChair:

Note: If you intend to publish a novel, fully scientific paper with a Swiss-related topic, please submit it to the Scientific Track. If you would like to present mainly a demo of your solution, please submit to the Demo Track.

Scientific Track
SwissText has the goal to feature a profound technical program. We invite submissions of scientific papers in all areas in the fields of Natural Language Processing (NLP), Computational Linguistics (CL), and Machine Learning/Data Science with a focus on Text Analytics.

Submission format:
- Please use the ACL LaTeX template:
- Up to 8 pages, excluding references
- Language: English
- Anonymize: The review process will be double blind; we ask authors to anonymize their submission reasonably. Instead of e.g. "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", write "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ..."
- Manuscripts must describe original work that has neither been published before, nor is currently under review elsewhere.
- Submission will be made through EasyChair:

Demo Track
For the first time, SwissText will feature a dedicated track for demonstrations of working and available NLP solutions (open source and proprietary). The goal is to give developers, companies, and researchers a platform to showcase their products and tools, and for the audience to get an overview of production-ready NLP solutions.

Please provide a short abstract of your demo (1500 characters) and a description of the intended audience (e.g. developers, researchers, etc., max. 300 chars). All data is entered online via EasyChair:


All accepted scientific papers will be published in full length in the conference proceedings. For presentations in the Swiss Track, the abstract will be included in the proceedings, as well as the abstracts of the Demo Track. There is no differentiation between oral or poster presentations in the proceedings. The proceedings shall be submitted to for online publication under open access. To appear in the proceedings, each contribution has to be presented by at least one author at the conference.

Presentation Types

Accepted submissions will be presented orally or as posters, as determined by the program committee. All presentations are in English, and will be listed in the conference program booklet.

Important Dates
- Submission Deadline: March 3, 2019
- Author Notification: April 16, 2019
- Camera Ready: May 3, 2019
- Conference: June 18-19, 2019

Call for Workshop Proposals

We invite proposals for workshops to be held at the SwissText 2019 conference. The main objective of the workshops is to facilitate the interaction and discussion on topics relevant for both industry and academia. We also encourage the submission of proposals for tutorials, shared tasks, hackathons as well as forums for discussions. We strongly encourage to make the workshops highly interactive.

Workshops may include, for example - but not limited to:
- Tutorials
- Panel Discussions
- Hackathons
- Shared Tasks
- Competitions
- Debates

Workshops can last from at least 2 hours to a half-day event. Submission of proposals can be sent to:
Please include:
- Short section about the motivation and goals
- Tentative, coarse-grained outline
- Short CV of the instructor

Important Dates
- Workshop Proposals: January 20, 2019
- Workshop Notification: February 20, 2019

- Paper/Abstract Submission: March 3, 2019
- Author Notification: April 16, 2019
- Camera Ready: May 3, 2019

- Conference: June 18-19, 2019

SwissText Organization

Conference Chair: Mark Cieliebak

Organizing Committee: Fernando Benites, Jan Deriu, Don Tuggener, Ada Wan, Andrea Aguilar Ibáñez, Pamela Hunziker

The conference is organized by Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and co-organized by the Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services. It is supported by the Swiss Innovation Agency (Innosuisse) and industrial sponsors.

Program Committees

Swiss Track – Program Committee
Noah Bubenhofer, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
Hatem Ghorbel, HEG - Haute école de gestion Arc
Martin Jaggi, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Roberto Mastropietro, Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI)
Thoralf Mildenberger, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
Andrei Popescu-Belis, School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD)
Fabio Rinaldi, University of Zurich
Maria Sokhn, HEG - Haute école de gestion Arc
Jürgen Spielberger, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
Jürgen Vogel, Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH)
Manfred Vogel, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (FHNW)
Tim Vor der Brück, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU)
Egon Werlen, Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences (FFHS)

Scientific Track – Program Committee
Adrien Barbaresi, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW)
Roberto Basili, University of Roma Tor Vergata
Ivo Blohm, University of St. Gallen
Ernst Buchberger, Medical University of Vienna
Miriam Butt, Universität Konstanz
Pascual Cantos, Associate Professor, University of Murcia
Sylviane Cardey, Centre Tesniere, Universite de Franche-Comte
Ernesto William De Luca, Georg-Eckert-Institute for international Textbook Research
Gaël Dias, University of Caen Normandie
Nicola Ferro, University of Padova
Xavier Gómez Guinovart, Universidade de Vigo
Martin Jaggi, ETH Zurich
Manfred Klenner, University of Zurich
Valia Kordoni, Humboldt University Berlin
Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex
Ekaterina Lapshinova-Koltunski, Saarland University
Roberto Mastropietro, SUPSI
Alexander Mehler, Goethe University Frankfurt
Margot Mieskes, University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt
Marie-Francine Moens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Guenter Neumann, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Johann Petrak, The University of Sheffield
Hannes Pirker, Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ACDH) ÖAW
Andrei Popescu-Belis, HEIG-VD / HES-SO
Uwe Quasthoff, University Leipzig
Fabio Rinaldi, University of Zurich
Paolo Rosso, Universitat Politècnica de València
Tanja Samardzic, University of Zurich
Yves Scherrer, University of Helsinki
Gerold Schneider, University of Zurich
Rico Sennrich, The University of Edinburgh
Kurt Stockinger, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Manfred Vogel, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (FHNW)
Juergen Vogel, BFH
Tim Vor der Brück, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU)
Egon Werlen, Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences (FFHS)
Torsten Zesch, University of Duisburg-Essen
Heike Zinsmeister, University of Hamburg

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