Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
Augusta SPA hotel
Monday, 7 September 2015 to Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Contact Email: 
Ruslan Mitkov
Galia Angelova
Submission Deadline: 
Monday, 4 May 2015

RANLP (Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing) has established itself over the years as one of the most influential and competitive NLP conferences. The event is held biennially and grew out of the International summer schools "Contemporary topics in Computational Linguistics", which were organised for many years as training events. Selected papers from most RANLP conferences have been regularly published in a volume as part of John Benjamins’ series “Current Trends of Linguistic Research”. The papers accepted at RANLP-2009, RANLP-2011, RANLP-2013 and the associated workshops, were included in the ACL Anthology. After 2009, all RANLP proceedings are indexed by SCOPUS.

We are pleased to announce that the 10th RANLP conference is to be convened in September 2015. The conference will take the form of addresses from invited keynote speakers plus presentations of peer-reviewed individual papers. There will also be an exhibition area for poster and demo sessions. The conference will be preceded by two days of tutorials (5-6 September 2015). Post-conference workshops will be held on 10-11 September 2015. A Student Research Workshop will run in parallel to the main conference. The RANLP Student Research Workshops have become active discussion fora for young researchers.

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: phonetics, phonology, and morphology; syntax, semantics, discourse, pragmatics, dialogue, and lexicon; mathematical and statistical models and complexity; language resources and corpora; electronic dictionaries, terminologies and ontologies; POS tagging; parsing; semantic role labelling; word-sense disambiguation; textual entailment; anaphora resolution; 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; dialogue systems; computer-aided language learning; NLP for biomedical texts; NLP for the Semantic web; and theoretical and application-orientated papers related to NLP.

Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton)

Galia Angelova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

The PROGRAMME COMMITTEE members are distinguished experts from all over the world. 65 members are listed at the event site, more will be announced soon.

KEYNOTE TALKS will be given by
- Khalil Simaan (University of Amsterdam),
- Piek Vossen (VU University Amsterdam),
- Michael Zock (LIF-CNRS, Aix-Marseille University)
More keynote talks will be announces soon.

TUTORIALS on hot NLP topics will be given in the days preceding the conference:
- "Author profiling in social media" by Paolo Rosso (Polytechnic University of Valencia),
- "Automatic Text Simplification Techniques and Applications" by Horacio Saggion (University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
More tutorials will be announces soon.

WORKSHOPS 10-11 September 2015:
- NLPMedBio 2015: NLP for Medicine and Biology, organised by Svetla Boytcheva, Kevin B. Cohen, and Guergana Savova
- LT4VarDial2: Joint Workshop on Language Technology for Closely Related Languages, Varieties and Dialects, organised by Preslav Nakov, Marcos Zampieri, Petya Osenova, Liling Tan, Cristina Vertan, Nikola Ljubešić, and Jörg Tiedemann
- NLP4TM: Natural Language Processing for Translation Memories, organised by Constantin Orasan and Rohit Gupta
- BSNLP 2015: The 5th Biennial Workshop on Balto-Slavic Natural Language Processing, organised by Jakub Piskorski, Jan Šnajder, Hristo Tanev, and Roman Yangarber
- LST4LD: Language and Semantics Technology for Legal Domain, organised by Robaldo Livio, Kornél Markó, and Hristo Konstantinov
- NLP&LOD2: Second Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Linked Open Data, organised by Piek Vossen, German Rigau, Petya Osenova, and Kiril Simov

The submissions will be maintained by conference management software. For further instructions please follow the submission information at the conference website at The reviewing process will be anonymous. Double submission is allowed, but authors will be asked to declare it at the time of submission. Submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the Programme Committee. 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. A printed version, whose estimated price would be between 35 and 45 euro, will be made available at the conference if ordered in advance.

Conference abstract submission: 27 April 2015
Conference paper submission: 4 May 2015
Conference paper acceptance notification: 22 June 2015
Camera-ready versions of the conference papers: 31 July 2015
Workshop paper submission deadline (suggested): 26 June 2015
Workshop paper acceptance notification (suggested): 25 July 2015
Workshop paper camera-ready versions (suggested): 9 August 2015
Workshop camera-ready Proceedings ready (suggested): 16 August 2015
RANLP-2015 tutorials: 5-6 September 2015 (Saturday-Sunday)
RANLP-2015 conference: 7-9 September 2015 (Monday-Wednesday)
RANLP-2015 workshops: 10-11 September 2015 (Thursday-Friday)

RANLP-2015, like RANLP-2011 and RANLP-2013, will be held in AUGUSTA SPA hotel, Hissar ( Hissar or Hisarya is a well-known resort since ancient times; it boasts 22 mineral springs with water temperatures between 37-52 degrees Celsius. Archaeological research has revealed that a town existed near the springs 5000 years BC. Many years later Thracians, and after them Romans, settled around the warm springs. The Roman emperor Diocletian visited the town in 293 and built a fortified wall around it. The town was named Diocletianopol. More information about Hissar can be found at the following address:,_Bulgaria Famous archaeological monuments such as the following: - the Thracian Tomb of Kazanluk - the Tomb of Starosel ( are located within 20-50 km from Hissar.

Hissar is situated in the centre of Bulgaria, 40 km north of the second largest Bulgarian city, Plovdiv, and 160 km east of the capital, Sofia. Both the international airports of Sofia and Plovdiv can be used as arrival/departure points for RANLP-2015. Ryanair operates flights between London Stansted and Frankfurt/Hahn to Plovdiv two times per week. Sofia Airport is connected to Plovdiv via a motorway and it takes only 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach Hissar from Sofia. In addition to the regular public transport (trains and buses), the organisers will provide shuttle minibuses from/to Sofia and Plovdiv airports at an inexpensive rate.

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, Qatar Foundation, Qatar
Nikolai Nikolov, INCOMA Ltd., Shoumen, Bulgaria
Ivelina Nikolova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Kiril Simov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria (Workshop coordinator)
Irina Temnikova, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar Foundation, Qatar