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COLING 2016 solicits demonstrations on original and unpublished research on the following topics, including, but not limited to: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