Final Call for Papers

****** SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 15, 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time ******

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

The International Committee on Computational Linguistics (ICCL) is pleased to announce the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2016), in Osaka, Japan, at the Osaka International Convention Center (OICC) (located in Nakanoshima in the center of Osaka).

COLING 2016 will cover a broad spectrum of technical areas related to natural language and computation. The conference will include full papers (presented as oral or poster presentations), demonstrations, tutorials, and workshops. Oral and poster presentations of full papers will not be distinguished in the proceedings of the conference.

We invite the submission of full papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of computational linguistics.

Topics include, but are 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.

In all relevant areas, we encourage authors to include analysis of the influence of theories (intuitions, methodologies, insights), to technologies (computational algorithms, methods, tools, data), and/or contributions of technologies to theory development. In technologically oriented papers, we encourage in-depth analysis and discussion of errors made in the experiments described, if possible linking them to the presence or absence of linguistically-motivated features. Contributions that display and rigorously discuss future potential, even if not (yet) attested in standard evaluation, are welcome.


The COLING conference has a history that dates back to the 1960s. The conference is held every two years and regularly attracts more than 700 delegates. The 1st conference was held in New York, 1965. Since then, the conference has developed into one of the premier Natural Language Processing conferences worldwide. The last five conferences were held in Sydney (COLING-ACL 2006), Manchester (COLING 2008), Beijing (COLING 2010), Mumbai (COLING 2012), and Dublin (COLING 2014).


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.


July 15, 2016: Paper submission deadline (11:59pm, Pacific Standard Time)
September 20, 2016: Author notification
October 10, 2016: Camera-ready PDF due
November 30, 2016: Official proceedings publication date
December 11-16, 2016: Main conference

Paper submissions for COLING 2016 will be handled by the START system.
Before submitting your paper please ensure you have read the Instructions for Authors and that your paper uses the prescribed style files. To submit your work, please use the submission page at the following address .

For COLING 2016, there will be one category of research papers only. All of the papers will be included in conference proceedings, this time in electronic form only.

The maximum submission length is 8 pages (A4), plus two extra pages for references. Authors of accepted papers will be given additional space in the camera-ready version to reflect space needed for changes stemming from reviewers comments.

Authors can indicate their preference for presentation mode (i.e. oral or poster presentation) in the submission form, and the reviewers will recommend an appropriate mode of presentation to the program committee which will then decide. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between research papers presented orally vs. as posters.

Papers shall be submitted in English, anonymised with regard to the authors and/or their institution (no author-identifying information on the title page nor anywhere in the paper), including referencing style as usual. Authors should also ensure that identifying meta-information is removed from files submitted for review.

Reviewing of papers will be blind, and each paper will be reviewed by three reviewers.

Papers must conform to official COLING 2016 style guidelines, which are available in has LaTeX files, Microsoft Word template file, and sample PDF file. Submission and reviewing will be managed online by the START system. The only accepted format for submitted papers is in Adobe's PDF. Submissions must be uploaded on the START system ( by the submission deadline (July 15th, 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time); submissions after that time will not be reviewed. To minimise network congestion, we request authors to upload their submissions as early as possible.

PAPER REQUIREMENTS: Papers should describe original and completed work. Any ongoing research substantially described should be in a well-advanced state of work, providing robust support to the reported results and conclusions. Where appropriate, concrete evaluation results should be provided. Submissions will be judged on several factors, including originality, technical strength, technical soundness, significance, relevance to the conference, and clarity.

DUAL SUBMISSION POLICY: Papers being submitted to other conferences or workshops can be submitted in parallel to COLING, on condition that submissions at other conferences will be withdrawn if the paper is accepted for COLING. Authors must clearly indicate, on the title page during submission, the names of the other conferences or workshops to which the paper is being submitted and declare that they will withdraw these other submissions if the paper is accepted for COLING 2016.

PRE-PRINT SERVERS: Versions of submitted papers with more than 25% overlap in content may appear on community preprint servers such as and are not considered archival for purposes of submission to COLING 2016. However, authors must clearly indicate, on the title page during submission, the name of the preprint server and the title of the non-archival version. In addition, authors must ensure that the submitted version does not contain any references to the non-archival version of the paper. Reviewers will be informed of the non-archival version as follows: "The author(s) have notified us of a non-archival previous version of this paper with significantly (more than 25%) overlapping text. We have allowed submission of such papers on the condition that the COLING submission does not contain any references to the non-archival version." Reviewers are free to do what they like with this information.



Yuji Matsumoto, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Rashmi Prasad, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA


1) Linguistic Issues in NLP

Tracy Holloway King, A9 Amazon, USA
Annie Zaenen, Stanford University, USA

2) Machine Learning for NLP

Trevor Cohn, University of Melbourne, Australia
Sujith Ravi, Google Inc., USA

3) Computational Psycholinguistics

Vera Demberg, Saarland University, Germany
Shravan Vasishth, University of Potsdam, Germany

4) Morphology, Segmentation, Tagging, Chunking

Daichi Mochihashi, Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Japan
Hinrich Schutze, University of Munich, Germany

5) Syntactic and Semantic Parsing, Grammar Induction

Daisuke Kawahara, Kyoto University, Japan
Joakim Nivre, Uppsala University, Sweden

6) Lexical Semantics, Ontologies

Diana Inkpen, University of Ottawa, Canada
Roberto Navigli, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

7) Semantic Processing, Distributional Semantics, Compositionality

Chris Biemann, TU Darmstadt, Germany
Roser Morante, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Stephen Wu, Oregon Health and Science University, USA

8) Discourse Relations, Coreference, Pragmatics

Vincent Ng, University of Texas - Dallas, USA
Bonnie Webber, University of Edinburgh, UK

9) Natural Language Generation, Summarization

Donia Scott, University of Sussex, UK
Hiroya Takamura, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Michael White, Ohio State University, USA

10) Paraphrasing, Textual Entailment

Roy Bar-Haim, IBM Research, Israel
Kentaro Inui, Tohoku University, Japan

11) Sentiment Analysis, Computational Argumentation

Iryna Gurevych, Technische Universit├Ąt Darmstadt, Germany
Swapna Somasundaran, ETS, USA

12) Information Retrieval, Information Extraction, Question Answering

Mausam, Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi, India
Marie-Francine Moens, KU Leuven, Belgium

13) Applications

Tim Baldwin, University of Melbourne, Australia
Maria Liakata, University of Warwick, UK

14) Dialog Processing and Dialog Systems, Multimodal Interfaces

Nina Dethlefs, University of Hull, UK
Simon Keizer, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Giuseppe Riccardi, University of Trento, Italy

15) Speech Recognition, Text-To-Speech, Spoken Language Understanding

Florian Metze, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Chung-Hsien Wu, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

16) Machine Translation

Graham Neubig, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Taro Watanabe, Google Inc., Japan
Min Zhang, Soochow University, China

17) Resources, Software and Tools

Christian Chiarcos, Goethe-Universit├Ąt Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University, USA

18) Under-resourced Languages

Alexis Palmer, Heidelberg University, Germany
Richard Sproat, Google Inc., USA