Second Call for ACL 2017 System Demonstrations (and new Best Demo Paper Award) 

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Demonstrations
Abbreviated Title: 
Westin Bayshore Hotel
Sunday, 30 July 2017
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Submission Deadline: 
Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Second Call for ACL 2017 System Demonstrations (and new Best Demo Paper Award) 

Important Deadlines: 
Submission deadline: March 1, 2017 (11:59pm PST) 
Notification of acceptance: April 5, 2016 
Submission of camera ready copies: April 22, 2017 
ACL 2017: July 30-August 4, 2017 

Invitation for Submission: 
The ACL 2017 System Demonstration Program Committee invites proposals for the Demonstrations Program. Submissions may range from early research prototypes to mature production-ready systems. Of particular interest are publicly available open-source or open-access systems. We would like to strongly encourage demonstrations of industrial systems as long as they prove technologically innovative given the current state of the art of theory and applied research in computational linguistics. PLEASE NOTE: Commercial sales and marketing activities are not appropriate in the Demonstrations Program and should be arranged as part of the Exhibit Program. 

Areas of interest include all topics related to theoretical and applied computational linguistics, such as (but not limited to) the topics listed on the main conference website: 

Accepted submissions will be published in a companion volume of the ACL 2017 conference proceedings, and will be presented during two demo sessions with an accompanying poster. 

**Note: This year we will also select the Best Demo Paper Award! This will encourage researchers to make their code available and runnable as a system. 

The systems may be of the following kinds: 

Natural Language Processing systems or system components 
Application systems using language technology components 
Software tools for computational linguistics research 
Software for demonstration or evaluation 
Software supporting learning or education 
Tools for data visualization and annotation 
Development tools 

Developers should outline the design of their system and provide sufficient details to allow the evaluation of its validity, quality, and relevance to computational linguistics. Pointers to web sites running a demo preview will also be helpful. For non web-based demos, it is possible to submit a short (~2 minute) screencast video demonstrating the system. This screencast will be used to evaluate the paper, but won't be published unless requested. We encourage the authors to include visual aids (e.g., screenshots, snapshots, or diagrams) in the paper. However, there will be place on the START website to upload additional material, if needed. If you choose to submit a screencast, please upload the video to some hosting site (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) and include the link in your submission. 

Demo submissions should also clearly indicate if any computer equipment is expected to be provided by the local organizer. If so, please specify desired hardware platform, hard disk and memory capacity, operating system and other software needed in order to run the demo. 
Submission Information 

Submissions may consist of 6 pages (including references. Papers must conform to the official ACL guidelines which are contained in the style files. 

Submission will be electronic in PDF format through the START conference management system at:

Reviewing Policy: 

Reviewing will be **single-blind**, so authors do not need to conceal their identity. The paper should include the authors' names and affiliations. Self-references are also allowed. 

ACLWeb Portal link: 

ACL 2017 System Demonstration Co-chairs: 

Mohit Bansal, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA ‎(
Heng Ji, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA (

Email id for any inquiries: