Important Dates

Camera Ready Deadline (Main):October 10
Camera Ready Deadline (Demos):October 14
Camera Ready Deadline (Workshops):October 30
Late Registration:November 20
Workshops / Tutorials:December 11-12
Main Conference:December 13-16
Satellite Event
December 10, 2016


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For those who wish to apply for a visa to attend COLING2016, please follow the instruction below and send the complete Visa Application Form to the Secretariat of COLING2016 ( by October 31, 2016.

To Apply for a Visa

  1. Complete your registration for COLING2016
  2. Have your flight and accommodation information ready
  3. Fill out Visa Application Form and send it to the Secretariat of COLING2016 (

Please note that all of the fields on the application form must be filled out in order for your application to be processed properly. You will be asked to provide your flight and accommodation information as well as your 'Registration Number', which will be given upon the completion of your registration. The application process usually takes more than a month, therefore, we highly recommend that you submit the form at your earliest convenience.

General information regarding a visa application is available here (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan), and please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat, if you have any questions or queries.

If you have any questions regarding your VISA application, please feel free to contact the Secretariat of COLING2016 (

Registration Page

Please register at the following site:

Application & Payment Due

[ Early Registration (CLOSED) ] October 20 (Thu) October 25 (Tue), 2016, 23:59 JST(GMT+9)
[ Late Registration ] November 20 (Sun), 2016, 23:59 JST(GMT+9)
[ Onsite Registration ] December 11 (Sun) - December 16 (Fri), 2016

Registration Fees

Early Fees (CLOSED)
~ October 25 23:59 JST
Late Fees
~ November 20 23:59 JST
Onsite Fees
Main Conference Regular Delegate¥61,000¥88,000¥98,000
Student Delegate¥46,000¥70,000¥80,000

Early Fees (CLOSED)
~ October 25 23:59 JST
Late Fees
~ November 20 23:59 JST
Onsite Fees
with main conf.W/T onlywith main conf.W/T onlywith main conf.W/T only
Tutorials Regular Delegate¥14,000¥20,000¥20,000¥25,000¥26,000¥30,000
Student Delegate¥9,000¥14,000¥14,000¥20,000¥19,000¥26,000
1-Day Workshops Regular Delegate¥14,000¥20,000¥20,000¥25,000¥26,000¥30,000
Student Delegate¥9,000¥14,000¥14,000¥20,000¥19,000¥26,000
Half-Day Workshops Regular Delegate¥7,000¥10,000¥10,000¥12,500¥13,000¥15,000
Student Delegate¥4,500¥7,000¥7,000¥10,000¥9,500¥13,000

Registration for the Main conference includes:
 *Attendance at all sessions of COLING 2016 main conference from Tuesday to Friday.
 *Coffee Breaks & Lunch Boxes, December 13-16.
 *Welcome Reception on Monday, December 12.
 *Conference Dinner on Wednesday, December 14.
 *Half day excursion to Nara on Wednesday, December 14.
Registration without the Main conference (Workshop or Tutorial Only) includes:
 *Attendance at the chosen Workshop(s) or Tutorial(s) only.
 *Conference Dinner and Excursion are NOT included.
 *Coffee Break(s) of session.

Student Support

COLING 2016 will assist student participants with registration subsidies. Successful applicants for the Student Support Program will receive all-inclusive free registration, including the main conference, workshops, tutorials, reception, excursion and banquet.

Selection Criteria

Applicants for the Student Support Program will be evaluated based on the material they submit in their application packages (see below for the submission requirements). Preference will be given to students who are presenting a paper in the main conference or submitting a paper to any of the associated workshops.

Submission Procedure

Applicants for the Student Support Program must be full-time students and should submit two documents by October 5: (1) the application form and (2) a one-page CV.

Applications should be sent to StudentSupport AT The subject field of your email should start with "Application for the COLING 2016 Student Support Program".

Applicants SHOULD NOT register until the program acceptance notification (October 12). Applicants selected for the Support Program do not have to register; they will be automatically registered to the conference. Applicants who are not selected must register by October 20 in order to qualify for the early rates. Students should make travel and accommodation arrangements independent of the results of their application.


Application deadline: October 5, 2016
Notification of acceptance: October 12, 2016

Camera Ready

Instructions for Camera Ready Paper Submission

  1. Please use the COLING-2016 style file
    It has LaTeX files, Microsoft Word templeate file, and a sample PDF file.

    Please take a look at coling2016.tex. Specially, please uncomment
    % include your own bib file like this:

    if you use the hyperref latex package. Please refer to
    in order to follow the proper References style.
  2. AUTHORS ARE REQUIRED TO INSERT THE LICENSE STATEMENT as an unnumbered footnote on the first page. Please refer to Section 3.9 of coling2016.pdf for details. It looks like:
    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. Licence details:

    Note that even if you can not use a Creative Commons License you still need to grant COLING 2016 to publish your paper in the proceedings and ACL Anthology. Please refer to Final Submission Page for details.
  3. Maximum number of pages:
    Main Conference papers:   The maximum length is 10 pages including Appendix, plus two extra pages for references. The number of pages for references may exceed 2 pages, on the condition that the number of total pages is less than or equal to 12.
    System Demonstration papers:   The maximum length is 5 pages including Appendix, references, etc.
    Workshop papers:   Please refer to workshop Web pages for their respective maximum number of pages.
  4. Please specify the A4 format when formatting the paper.
  5. The only accepted format for papers is in Adobe's PDF.
  6. Papers must be uploaded on the START system:
    Papers that arrive after the deadline may not appear on the proceedings.
    Deadlines are:
    Main ConferenceOctober 10
    System DemonstrationsOctober 14
    WorkshopsOctober 30
  7. START systems for COLING 2016 are listed below:
    Main Conference
    System Demonstrations
    6th Workshop on South and Southeast Asian Natural Language Processing (WSSANLP2016)
    Grammar and Lexicon: interactions and interfaces (GramLex)
    The 2nd Workshop on Noisy User-generated Text (WNUT)
    Language Technology Resources and Tools for Digital Humanities (LT4DH)
    Computational Linguistics for Linguistic Complexity (CL4LC)
    Clinical Natural Language Processing Workshop (ClinicalNLP)
    Workshop on Speech-centric Natural Language Processing (SCSLP)
    Open Knowledge Base and Question Answering Workshop (OKBQA 2016)
    Sixth Workshop on Hybrid Approaches to Translation (HyTra6)
    The 3rd Workshop on Asian Translation (WAT2016)
    5th International Workshop on Computational Terminology (CompuTerm2016)
    Third Workshop on NLP for Similar Languages, Varieties and Dialects (VarDial3)
    The 3rd Workshop on Natural Language Processing Techniques for Educational Applications (NLPTEA2016)
    Extra-Propositional Aspects of Meaning in Computational Linguistics (ExProM)
    Fifth Workshop on Building and Evaluating Resources for Biomedical Text Mining (BioTxtM2016)
    Third International Workshop on Worldwide Language Service Infrastructure and Second Workshop on Open Infrastructures and Analysis Frameworks for Human Language Technologies (WLSI3nOIAF2)
    Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon (CogALex - V)
    The 12th Workshop on Asian Language Resources (ALR12)
    Workshop on Computational Modeling of People's Opinions, Personality, and Emotions in Social Media (PEOPLES)

Call for Workshops

Typical Schedule

The actual dates may vary for each workshop.
Please see workshop sites.

September 25: Submission deadline
October 16: Author notification
October 30: Camera ready due by Authors

Call For Workshop Proposals

Please see Archives/CF Workshop Proposals


Key-Sun Choi    School of Computing - KAIST
Yusuke Miyao    National Institute of Informatics - Japan
Monica Monachini    Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale "A Zampolli" - CNR

Call for System Demonstrations

Important dates

August 26, 2016: Paper submission deadline
September 30, 2016: Author notification
October 14, 2016: Camera-ready PDF due

The 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics
December 11-16, 2016
Osaka, Japan.

The COLING 2016 Demonstration Program Committee invites proposals for system demonstrations. The demonstration program is part of the main conference program and aims at showcasing working systems that apply a wide range of conference topics. The session will provide opportunities to exchange ideas gained from implementing NLP systems, and to obtain feedback from expert users.

COLING 2016 will be held in Osaka, Japan from 11-16 December 2016.

The COLING conference has a history that dates back to the 1960s. It is held every two years and regularly attracts more than 700 delegates. The conference has developed into one of the premier Natural Language Processing (NLP) conferences worldwide and is a major international event for the presentation of new research results and for the demonstration of new systems and techniques in the broad field of Computational Linguistics and NLP.

Topics of interest

COLING 2016 solicits demonstrations on original and unpublished research on the following topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Pragmatics, discourse, semantics, syntax, grammar and lexicon;
  • Lexical semantics and ontologies;
  • Word segmentation, tagging and chunking;
  • Parsing, syntactic and semantic;
  • Semantic role labeling;
  • Discourse relations and Discourse Structure;
  • Dialogue and conversational agents;
  • Language generation;
  • Summarization;
  • Question answering;
  • Paraphrasing and textual entailment;
  • Multilingual processing, machine translation and translation aids;
  • Information retrieval;
  • Information extraction;
  • Sentiment analysis, opinion mining;
  • Computational argumentation;
  • Social media;
  • Speech recognition, text-to-speech and spoken language understanding;
  • Multimodal systems and representations;
  • Applications;
  • Tools in aid of NLP tasks and applications;
  • Corpus development and language resources;
  • System evaluation methodology and metrics;
  • Machine learning for natural language;
  • Cognitive, mathematical and computational models of language processing;
  • Models of communication by language.


The submissions should address the following questions:

  • What is the problem the proposed system addresses?
  • Why is the system important and what is its impact?
  • What is the novelty of the used approach/technology?
  • Who is the target audience?
  • How does the system work?
  • How does it compare with existing systems?
  • How is the system licensed?

The maximum submission length is 4 pages (including references). Papers shall be submitted in English and must conform to the official COLING 2016 style guidelines available on the conference website. The anonymisation of submissions is optional. If authors choose to remain anonymous, it is their responsibility to take every measure to conceal potentially identifying information.

Submission and reviewing will be managed in the START system:

The only acceptable format for submissions is PDF. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings in a dedicated volume for demonstration systems.

Demonstration chair

Hideo Watanabe, IBM Research – Tokyo

Programme Committee

Ai Ti Aw, Institute for Infocomm Research
Eiji Aramaki, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
Riza Batista-Navarro, NaCTeM, University of Manchester
Kay Berkling, Cooperative State University, Karlsruhe
Hervé Blanchon, Université Grenoble Alpes – Laboratoire LIG
Christian Boitet, CLIPS-IMAG équipe GETA
Hailong Cao, Harbin Institute of Technology
Michael Carl, Cophenhagen Business School
Vittorio Castelli, IBM Research
Luong Chi Mai, Institute of Information Technology (IOIT)
Tsuneaki Kato, The University of Tokyo
Hideto Kazawa, Google Inc.
Mitesh M. Khapra, IBM Research - India
Genichiro Kikui, Okayama Prefectural University
Mamoru Komachi, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Mathieu Lafourcade, The Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics and Microelectronics
Séamus Lawless, ADAPT Centre, Trinity College Dublin
Young-suk Lee, IBM Research
Qun Liu, Dublin City University
Teruko Mitamura, Carnegie Mellon University
Shinsuke Mori, Kyoto University
Kiyonori Ohtake, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
Stefan Riezler, Heidelberg University
Hammam Riza, Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT)
Manabu Sassano, Yahoo Japan Corporation
Koichi Takeda, IBM Research - Tokyo
Takaaki Tanaka, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
Lamia Tounsi, ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University
E Umamaheswari Vasanthakumar, Nanyang Technological University
Jason D. Williams, Microsoft Research
Youzheng Wu, iQIYI
Hai Zhao, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Accepted Papers

Accepted Papers (Oral)

Accepted Papers (Poster)

Accepted Demos

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An Interactive System for Exploring Community Question Answering Forums
Authors: Enamul Hoque, Shafiq Joty, Lluís Màrquez, Alberto Barrón-Cedeño, Alessandro Moschitti, Giovanni Da San Martino, Preslav Nakov, Salvatore Romeo and Giuseppe Carenini

NLmaps: A Natural Language Interface to Query OpenStreetMap
Authors: Carolin Lawrence and Stefan Riezler

Authors: Umrinder Pal Singh, Vishal Goyal and Gurpreet Lehal

Universal Post-editing Interface for Analyzing Human Behavior in Adaptive Translation Environments
Authors: Patrick Simianer

Word Midas Powered by StringNet: A Tool Suite for Discovering Lexicogrammar in Situ
Authors: David Wible and Nai-Lung Tsao

`BonTen' – Corpus Concordance System for `NINJAL Web Japanese Corpus'
Authors: Masayuki Asahara, Kazuya KAWAHARA, Yuya TAKEI, Hideto MASUOKA, Yasuko OHBA, Yuki TORII, Toru MORII, Yuki TANAKA, Kikuo Maekawa, Sachi KATO and Hikari KONISHI

Demonstration of ChaKi.NET -- beyond the corpus search system
Authors: Masayuki Asahara, Yuji Matsumoto and Toshio MORITA

A Prototype Automatic Simultaneous Interpretation System
Authors: Xiaolin Wang, Andrew Finch, Masao Utiyama and Eiichiro Sumita

MuTUAL: A Controlled Authoring Support System Enabling Contextual Machine Translation
Authors: Rei Miyata, Anthony Hartley, Kyo Kageura, Cecile Paris, Masao Utiyama and Eiichiro Sumita

Joint search in a bilingual valency lexicon and an annotated corpus
Authors: Eva Fučíková, Jan Hajic and Zdenka Uresova

Experiments in Candidate Phrase Selection for Financial Named Entity Extraction - A Demo
Authors: Hassan Alam, Aman Kumar, Tina Werner and Manan Vyas

VoxSim: A Visual Platform for Modeling Motion Language
Authors: Nikhil Krishnaswamy and James Pustejovsky

TextImager: a Distributed UIMA-based System for NLP
Authors: Wahed Hemati, Tolga Uslu and Alexander Mehler

DISCO: A System Leveraging Semantic Search in Document Review
Authors: Ngoc Phuoc An Vo, Caroline Privault and Fabien Guillot

pke: an open source python-based keyphrase extraction toolkit
Authors: Florian Boudin

Langforia: Language Pipelines for Annotating Large Collections of Documents
Authors: Marcus Klang and Pierre Nugues

Anita: An Intelligent Text Adaptation Tool
Authors: Gustavo Paetzold and Lucia Specia

HistoryComparator: Interactive Across-Time Comparison in Document Archives
Authors: Adam Jatowt and Marc Bron

On-line Multilingual Linguistic Services
Authors: Eric Wehrli, Yves Scherrer and Luka Nerima

CATaLog Online: A Web-based CAT Tool for Distributed Translation with Data Capture for APE and Translation Process Research
Authors: Santanu Pal, Sudip Kumar Naskar, Marcos Zampieri, Tapas Nayak and Josef van Genabith

Interactive Relation Extraction in Main Memory Database Systems
Authors: Rudolf Schneider, Cordula Guder, Torsten Kilias, Alexander Löser, Jens Graupmann and Oleksandr Kozachuk

An Open Source Library for Semantic-Based Datetime Resolution
Authors: Aurélie Merlo and Denis Pasin

TASTY: Interactive Entity Linking As-You-Type
Authors: Sebastian Arnold, Robert Dziuba and Alexander Löser

What topic do you want to hear about? A bilingual talking robot using English and Japanese Wikipedias
Authors: Graham Wilcock and Kristiina Jokinen

Annotating Discourse Relations with the PDTB Annotator
Authors: Alan Lee, Rashmi Prasad, Bonnie Webber and Aravind K. Joshi

Opinion Retrieval Systems using Tweet-external Factors
Authors: Yoon-Sung Kim, Young-In Song and Hae-Chang Rim

TextPro-AL: An Active Learning Platform for Flexible and Efficient Production of Training Data for NLP Tasks
Authors: Bernardo Magnini, Anne-Lyse Minard, Mohammed R. H. Qwaider and Manuela Speranza

SideNoter: Scholarly Paper Browsing System based on PDF Restructuring and Text Annotation
Authors: Takeshi Abekawa and Akiko Aizawa

MAGES: A Multilingual Angle integrated Grouping based Entity Summarization system
Authors: Eun-kyung Kim

Sensing Emotions of Messages Before Reading: An Application and Deployment Study
Authors: Shih-Ming Wang, Chun-Hui Scott Lee, Yu-Chun Lo, Ting-Hao Huang and Lun-Wei Ku

A Meaning-based English Math Word Problem Solver with Understanding, Reasoning and Explanation
Authors: Chao-Chun Liang, Shih-Hong Tsai, Ting-Yun Chang, Yi-Chung Lin and Keh-Yih Su

Valencer: an API to Query Valence Patterns in FrameNet
Authors: Alexandre Kabbach and Corentin Ribeyre

The Open Framework for Developing Knowledge Base And Question Answering System
Authors: Jiseong Kim, GyuHyeon Choi, Jung-Uk Kim, Eun-kyung Kim and KEY-SUN CHOI

Linggle Knows: A Search Engine Tells How People Write
Authors: Jhih-Jie Chen, Mei-Cih Yeh, Hao-Jyun Peng, pengyu chen and Jason Chang

A Sentence Simplification System for Improving Relation Extraction
Authors: Christina Niklaus, Bernhard Bermeitinger, Siegfried Handschuh and André Freitas

Expanding Korean FrameNet using Japanese sentences
Authors: jeonguk kim

A Framework for Mining Enterprise Risk and Risk Factors from Web based News Sources
Authors: Tirthankar Dasgupta

papago: A Machine Translation Service with Word Sense Disambiguation and Currency Conversion
Authors: Hyoung-Gyu Lee, Jun-Seok Kim, Joong-Hwi Shin, Jaesong Lee, Ying-Xiu Quan and Young-Seob Jeong

TopoText: Interactive Digital Mapping of Literary Text
Authors: Randa El Khatib, Julia El Zini, David Wrisley, Mohamad Jaber and Shady Elbassuoni

ACE: Automatic Colloquialism, Typographical and Orthographic Errors Detection for Chinese Language
Authors: Shichao Dong, Gabriel Pui Cheong Fung, Ming Liao and Kam-Fai Wong

A Tool for Efficient Content Compilation
Authors: Boris Galitsky, Mark Buckallew and Rajani Empranthiri

Botta: An Arabic Dialect Chatbot
Authors: Dana Abu Ali and Nizar Habash

What’s up on Twitter? Catch up with TWIST!
Authors: Marina Litvak, Natalia Vanetik, Efi Levi, Michael Roistacher, Dror Binder and Shahar Sabag

Praat on the Web: An Upgrade of Praat for Semi-Automatic Speech Annotation
Authors: Monica Dominguez, Iván Latorre, Mireia Farrús, Joan Codina-Filba and Leo Wanner

YAMAMA: Yet Another Multi-Dialect Arabic Morphological Analyzer
Authors: Salam Khalifa, Nasser Zalmout and Nizar Habash

CamelParser: Arabic Syntactic Analysis and Morphological Disambiguation
Authors: Anas Shahrour, Salam Khalifa and Nizar Habash

Demonstrating Ambient Search: Implicit Document Retrieval for Speech Streams
Authors: Benjamin Milde, Jonas Wacker, Stefan Radomski, Max Mühlhäuser and Chris Biemann

ConFarm: extracting surface representations of verb and noun constructions from dependency annotated corpora of Russian
Authors: Nikita Mediankin

ENIAM: Categorial Syntactic-Semantic Parser for Polish
Authors: Wojciech Jaworski and Jakub Kozakoszczak

Towards Non-projective High-Order Dependency Parser
Authors: Wenjing Fang, Kenny Zhu, Yizhong Wang and Jia Tan

Using Synthetically Collected Scripts for Story Generation
Authors: Takashi Ogata, Tatsuya Arai and jumpei ono

Illinois Cross-Lingual Wikifier: Grounding Entities in Many Languages to the English Wikipedia
Authors: Chen-Tse Tsai and Dan Roth

CaseSummarizer: A System for Automated Summarization of Legal Texts
Authors: Seth Polsley, Pooja Jhunjhunwala and Ruihong Huang

WISDOM X, DISAANA and D-SUMM: Large-scale NLP Systems for Analyzing Textual Big Data
Authors: Junta Mizuno, Masahiro Tanaka, Kiyonori Ohtake, Jong-Hoon Oh, Julien Kloetzer, Chikara Hashimoto and Kentaro Torisawa

Multilingual Information Extraction with PolyglotIE
Authors: Alan Akbik, laura chiticariu, Marina Danilevsky, Yonas Kbrom, Yunyao Li and Huaiyu Zhu

WordForce: Visualizing Controversial Words in Debates
Authors: Wei-Fan Chen, Fang-Yu Lin and Lun-Wei Ku

Zara: A Virtual Interactive Dialogue System Incorporating Emotion, Sentiment and Personality Recognition
Authors: Pascale Fung, Anik Dey, Farhad Bin Siddique, Ruixi Lin, Yang Yang, Dario Bertero, Yan Wan, Ricky Ho Yin Chan and Chien-Sheng Wu

Resolving Vocabulary Gap between Natural Language and Knowledge Base in Knowledge Base Construction and Retrieval
Authors: Sheng-Lun Wei, Yen-Pin Chiu, Hen-Hsen Huang and Hsin-Hsi Chen

A Reading Environment for Learners of Chinese as a Foreign Language
Authors: John Lee, Chun Yin Lam and Shu Jiang

PKUSUMSUM : A Java Platform for Multilingual Document Summarization
Authors: Jianmin Zhang, Tianming Wang and Xiaojun Wan

Kotonush: Understanding Concepts Based on Values behind Social Media
Authors: Tatsuya Iwanari, Kohei Ohara, Naoki Yoshinaga, Nobuhiro Kaji, Masashi Toyoda and Masaru Kitsuregawa

Exploring a Continuous and Flexible Representation of the Lexicon
Authors: Pierre Marchal and Thierry Poibeau

A Customizable Editor for Text Simplification
Authors: John Lee, Wenlong Zhao and Wenxiu Xie

Automatically Suggesting Example Sentences of Near-Synonyms for Language Learners
Authors: Chieh-Yang Huang, Nicole Peinelt and Lun-Wei Ku

Anon-NMT: a Neural Machine Translation implementation in Chaine
Authors: Fabien Cromieres


Dina Demner-Fushman, U.S. National Library of Medicine, U.S.A.

Reiko Mazuka, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan

Joakim Nivre, Uppsala University, Sweden

Simone Teufel, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Tutorial timetable

Time December 11 (Sun)
09:00 - 12:00
Tutors: Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh and Dimitri Kartsaklis, Queen Mary University of London
Tutors: Lun-Wei Ku and Wei-Fan Chen, Academia Sinica
14:00 - 17:00
Tutors: Horacio Saggion and Francesco Ronzano, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Tutors: Carolina Scarton, Gustavo Henrique Paetzold, and Lucia Specia

December 12 (Mon)
09:00 - 12:00
Tutors: Shuly Wintner, University of Haifa
Tutors: Matthias Petri and Trevor Cohn, The University of Melbourne
14:00 - 17:00
Tutors: Marius Pasca, Google Inc.


1st day, 11 Dec 2016 (9 full-day)

2nd day, 12 Dec 2016 (9 full-day + 1 half-day)

Main Conference

Program of the Main Conference:


Bus Tour   - Explore Ancient Nara -

Tour COLING2016 Starts at: 12:00, Osaka International Convention Center
Date Wednesday, December 14 Ends at : 17:00, Osaka International Convention Center
Maximum participants 600 Duration: 5 hours (including transfers)

Tour Schedule



Kofuku-ji is a Buddhist temple which has a close connection with the Fujiwara Clan (a powerful family of regents) and most notably the clan's founder Kamatari Fujiwara. It is one of the historical sites that compose the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara.

The Kofuku-ji National Treasure Museum (Kokuhou-kan) was built on the site. It used to be a place where monks had meals, and now houses many of Kofuku-ji temple's treasures. They include various statues, paintings, books, handicrafts and historical documents which have been designated National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties, all of which make the museum a popular tourist attraction in Nara.

Ashura (National Treasure)
Ashura is one of the Indian pagan gods, who was later integrated into Buddhism as one of The Eight Legions (Eight Deva Guardians of Buddhism). It has three heads, three faces and six arms. Unlike other Ashuras, this Ashura has a calm look on its face.

Lunch *
Site A

Tōdai-ji (Eastern Great Temple) is a Buddhist temple complex, that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, located in the city of Nara. Its Great Buddha Hall houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha, known in Japanese simply as Daibutsu. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara like Kofuku-ji.

The Great Buddha Hall has burnt down twice and was rebuilt in the Kamakura and Edo eras. During the Edo Era reconstruction, the size of the building was scaled down from 86m to 57m due to a lack of proper materials. It is still one of the world's largest examples of wooden architecture, retaining the magnificence of the original structure. The window under the decorative roof is opened on New Year's Eve every year, to allow people to celebrate New Year's Day while looking at the Great Buddha.

  Please note:
Participants will be devided into two groups, with group 1 visiting Site A first and Site B second and vice versa for group 2.
English-speaking guides will accompany you throughout the tour.
A lunch box will be provided for each participant on the bus on their way to Site A.
The tour schedule and/or time may change due to traffic.

Local Information


Accommodation in Japan

Japan Travel and Living Guide



Osaka Visitors' Guide

Travel Guide


Japan National Tourism Organization
Japan Travel and Living Guide
Japan Travel Guide
(Japan Hoppers)

Our Sponsors

We are very grateful to our sponsors who support COLING.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or taking part in our exhibition, please see Invitation page.

Official Supporter

Supported by International Exchange Program of National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

Diamond Sponsor


Gold Sponsor

Shenyang YaTrans Network Technology Co., Ltd.
Baidu, Inc.
Japan Patent Information Organization (Japio)
TOIN Corporation
IBM Japan, Ltd.
Panasonic Corporation
Tencent Holdings, Ltd.
Microsoft Development Co., Ltd.
KDDI Research, Inc.

Silver Sponsor

Yahoo Japan Corporation
Google Inc.
Mirai Translate, Inc.
Asia-Pacific Association for Machine Translation (AAMT)
LINE Corporation
DMM Eikaiwa
Rakuten Institute of Technology, Rakuten, Inc.
IR-Advanced Linguistic Technologies Inc.
Fujitsu Systems West Limited
SunFlare Co., Ltd.
Language Resources Association (GSK)
Media Lab, The Asahi Shimbun Company
Honda Research Institute Japan Co., Ltd.
Artificial Intelligence Research Center, AIST

Wifi Sponsor

Baobab, Inc.

Exhibition Sponsor

Gunosy Inc.
NTT Corporation

Invitation to Sponsorship

Sponsor application is due on October 10. Applications after that date will not be accepted or will be given only limited benefits without discounts.

Welcome Note

We are proud that COLING 2016, the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, a premier international event in the areas of Computational Linguistics (CL), Language Technologies (LT) and Natural Language Processing (NLP), will be organized by the Japanese Association of Natural Language Processing at Osaka International Convention Center (OICC) from 11th-16th December 2016. Osaka is the second largest city in Japan. COLING regularly attracts more than 700 delegates from academia, industry and public organizations across the planet.

With the tremendous impact and growth of COLING over many years, we have set out a comprehensive offering of corporate sponsorship and support opportunities for industry participants.

The COLING 2016 organizing committee is committed to working in close partnership with corporate and non-profit organization supporters to maximize the benefits of sponsorship and provide opportunities for sponsors to engage appropriately with COLING delegates. With this in mind, if you wish to explore additional options for support or means of engagement with the COLING 2016 community please feel free to contact the sponsorship chairs at

The COLING 2016 organizing committee has set out to ensure a memorable experience for delegates of the 26th COLING conference by showcasing an excellent scientific program in the context of an exceptional social and cultural experience, while taking advantage of Osaka's vast array of historical, cultural and lively social venues. Osaka enjoys its reputation as the nation's kitchen or gourmand's paradise with Osaka's traditional cuisine for ordinary people. It is famous as the mercantile mecca and the open culture. It is also less than one hour train ride to two famous old Japanese capitals, Kyoto and Nara. There will be no time to get bored even outside of the conference rooms.

The COLING 2016 organizing committee looks forward to working closely with corporate sponsors toward continuing the 50 year tradition of successful COLING conferences and making the 26th edition one that will be long remembered and fondly recalled.

Dr. Eiichiro Sumita
Local Chair

Prof. Satoshi Sekine
New York University
Sponsorship Chair

Sponsorship Level Summary

DiamondGoldSilverExhibition only
  Cost (JPY) 1,000,000500,000200,000200,000
    Equivalent in USD (approximate) 8,0004,0001,6001,600
    Equivalent in EURO (approximate) 7,8003,9001,5601,560
    Promotion insert Yes (4p)Yes (2p)Yes (1p)
    Company Logo (program) LargeMediumSmallSmall
    Company Logo (Homepage) LargeMediumSmallSmall
    Conference Attendance Pass 42
    Exhibition Pass 422
    Banquet 42
    Exhibition Space YesYesYes
    Advertisement (program) 2 p1 p1 p

Diamond Sponsorship

Diamond Level: 1,000,000 JPY
Diamond is the highest level of sponsorship at COLING 2016. It includes the following benefits:

  • Company promotional insert included in the conference delegate pack - max size A4, 4 pages.
  • Company logo positioned prominently in the conference program.
  • Company logo positioned prominently on the home page of the conference website linking to your company website.
  • Company logo included in the conference website on the sponsor's page - Please email company logo - .eps version required.
  • Company logo to appear prominently on all promotional material.
  • Company logo to appear on introductory slides at the Conference opening.
  • Four (4) full delegate attendee passes, includes breaks and invitation to the welcome reception.
  • Four (4) complimentary invitations to the Banquet.
  • Priority in allocation of exhibition space
  • Two (2) page advertisement in the conference program.

Gold Sponsorship

Gold Level: 500,000 JPY
Gold sponsorship package includes the following benefits:

  • Company promotional insert included in the conference delegate pack - max size A4, 2 pages.
  • Company logo featured in the conference program.
  • Company logo featured on the home page of the conference website linking to your company website.
  • Company logo included in the conference website on the sponsor's page - Please email company logo - .eps version required.
  • Company logo to appear on all promotional material.
  • Company logo to appear on introductory slides at the Conference opening.
  • Two (2) full delegate attendee passes, includes breaks and invitation to the welcome reception.
  • Two (2) complimentary invitations to the Banquet.
  • Exhibition space
  • One (1) page advertisement in the conference program.

Silver Sponsorship

Silver Level: 200,000 JPY
Silver sponsorship package includes the following benefits.

  • Company promotional insert included in the conference delegate pack - max size A4, 1 pages.
  • Company logo featured in the conference program.
  • Company logo featured on the home page of the conference website linking to your company website.
  • Company logo included in the conference website on the sponsor's page - Please email company logo - .eps version required.
  • Company logo to appear on all promotional material.
  • Company logo to appear on introductory slides at the Conference opening.
  • One (1) page advertisement in the conference program.

Targeted Sponsorship

All the following options include the benefits equal to the Silver Sponsorship Level benefits. It will be explained that you are sponsoring a targeted opportunity when it is displayed on the home page or physical materials. The following five options are available.

Option 1: Welcome Reception - 500,000 JPY

Company signage displayed at reception, location of the signage is subject to approval of the conference organizers. As a sponsor of the welcome reception your company may offer delegates a small branded gift, provide some entertainment and avail of a 3 minute speaker slot at the welcome reception. Only one company can avail of this opportunity and it is offered on a first come, first served basis. Company signage displayed in the breaks area, location of the signage is subject to approval of the conference organizers.

Option 2: Wi-Fi Sponsorship - 500,000 JPY

The sponsorship information will be described in the handout of the Wi-Fi password setting. Only one company can avail of this opportunity and it is offered on a first come, first served basis. Company signage displayed in the breaks area, location of the signage is subject to approval of the conference organizers.

Option 3: Conference Breaks - 500,000 JPY

This is an opportunity to promote your company while networking with delegates throughout the day at break times. Breaks will take place mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Only one company can avail of this opportunity and it is offered on a first come, first served basis. Company signage displayed in the breaks area, location of the signage is subject to approval of the conference organizers.

Option 4: Banquet - 500,000 JPY

This is an opportunity to promote your company while networking with delegates at the banquet. The banquet is planned to be held on Wednesday, December 14. Its location and the details are TBD. Up to four (4) companies can avail of this opportunity and it is offered on a first come, first served basis. Company signage displayed at the banquet, location of the signage is subject to approval of the conference organizers.

Option 5: Lunch box - 500,000 JPY

This is an opportunity to promote your company to the delegates by providing the lunch box throughout the conference. Only one (1) company can avail of this opportunity and it is offered on a first come, first served basis. Company signage displayed at the banquet, location of the signage is subject to approval of the conference organizers.

Exhibition Only

The exhibition will take place in the main conference venue. Exhibition spaces will be set up close to the main session rooms where the coffee breaks are served. Ideal for meeting delegates, promoting your business, demos and exhibitions, publishing houses, journals etc.

Space Only: 200,000 JPY
  • Exhibition space
  • Two (2) exhibition passes will be provided. It includes breaks and invitation to welcome reception (no conference attendance).

Contact Information

If you kindly wish to sponsor COLING 2016, please send email to the following email address (general inquiry). The information should include:

  • Your company name
  • Contact information (email, person)
  • Sponsor level
General Inquiry
  Chair / Japan & Americas   Prof. Satoshi Sekine
  Co-chair / Americas   Dr. Patrick Pantel
  Co-chair / Asia & Pacific   Prof. Su Jian
  Co-chair / China   Prof. Chengqing Zong
  Co-chair / Europe   Dr. Ralf Steinberger

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Sponsors at COLING2014

  • Baidu
  • Ebay
  • Microsoft Research
  • Symantec
  • Google
  • IBM Watson

Sponsors at COLING2012

  • TATA Consultancy Services
  • Linguistic Data Consortium for Indian Languages
  • Microsoft Research
  • Beijing Baidu Netcon Science Technology Co. Ltd.
  • Yahoo!
  • Easy Transcription & Software Pvt. Ltd.
  • IBM India Private Limited
  • Crimson Interactive


Nicoletta Calzolari

General Chair / GC

Yuji Matsumoto

Rashmi Prasad

Program Chair / PC

Eiichiro Sumita

Takenobu Tokunaga

Sadao Kurohashi

Local Chair / LC

Key-Sun Choi

Monica Monachini

Yusuke Miyao

Workshop Chair / WS

Hideo Watanabe

Demo / DM

Marcello Federico

Akiko Aizawa

Tutorial / TU

Hitoshi Isahara

Masao Utiyama

Publication / PB

Satoshi Sekine

Su Jian

Patrick Pantel

Chengqing Zong

Ralf Steinberger

Sponsor / SP

Srinivas Bangalore

Dekai Wu

Antonio Branco

Publicity / PR

John Judge

Advisor to the Local Committee

Akifumi Yoshimoto

Web Master

Yugo Murawaki

Student Volunteer Coordinator