NLP Association of India

regICON-2016: Regional Symposium on Natural Language Processing

December 16, 2016, IIT (BHU), Varanasi, India

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Extended deadline: November 1, 2016

The Natural Language Association of India (NLPAI) has recently taken an initiative to promote NLP conferences or symposia focusing on regional languages of India. One such symposium was held in December 2014, co-located with ICON-2014 at Goa, focused on Dravidian languages. The idea is to motivate NLP work on languages of various regions of India, including those which are not "official" languages (i.e., not scheduled), and to disseminate such work to the larger community. Such a conference or symposium will allow researchers with common interests to come together and share their results and have discussions. In continuation of that policy, it has been decided that the next regional conference will be held in Varanasi and it will be focused on languages of the eastern region of India, commonly known as Poorvanchal, as well as of some surrounding areas. The work featured at the symposium will include building NLP tools and systems and creating computationally useful resources for their respective languages. Some languages of interest are Bhojpuri, Magahi, Maithili, Nepali, Kannuaji, Awadhi, Braj and Santhali, apart from other Indian languages such Hindi/Urdu and Sanskrit.

The symposium (regICON: Regional ICON) will feature papers and presentations on recently completed and on-going projects conducted by researchers from universities and institutions from around the country. This is the second regICON at Varanasi. The last one was held in 2015. The current one, like the last one, will also include keynote talks by distinguished invited speakers and a panel discussion. We seek participation of researchers from both computer science and linguistics backgrounds.

We invite submissions of papers on topics that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Basic core technologies: morphological analysis, disambiguation, tokenization, POS tagging, named entity detection, chunking, parsing, semantic role labeling, sentiment analysis, etc.
  • Linguistics: morphology, phonetics and phonology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics
  • Applications: machine translation, speech recognition, speech synthesis, optical character recognition, pedagogy, assistive technologies, social media, etc.
  • Resources: dictionaries, annotated data etc.

Papers are invited on original and unpublished work from ongoing research /early research on all aspects of Natural Language Processing and Linguistics pertaining to languages of interest listed above. Submissions may include work in progress as well as finished work. Preference will be given to submissions having a clear focus on specific issues pertaining to languages of interest. Submissions are preferably expected to be 6 pages long in ACL or LSA standard format. The language of submission (the language in which the papers are written) can be English or Hindi.

Important Dates:

  • Paper submission deadline: November 1, 2016 (Extended)
  • Paper acceptance notification: November 10, 2016
  • Final papers due: November 20, 2016
  • Paper submission process to be announced soon.

    Organizing Committee

    • Anil Kumar Singh
    • Anil Thakur
    • Sanjukta Ghosh
    • Swasti Mishra

    Programme Committee


    • Rajeev Sangal (Chair)
    • Dipti Misra Sharma
    • Girish Nath Jha
    • Niladri Sekhar Dash
    • Vishal Goyal
    • Subhash Chandra
    • Sanghmitra Mohanty
    • Kamal Choudhary
    • Amitava Das
    • Asif Ekbal
    • Hima Bindu
    • Anil Kumar Singh
    • Anil Thakur
    • Sanjukta Ghosh
    • Swasti Mishra