SEPLN 2011 - Call for Papers


SEPLN 2011

September 5-7, 2011

Universidad de Huelva




The 27th edition of the Annual Conference of the Spanish Society for Natural Language Processing (SEPLN) will take place in the University of Huelva on September 5, 6 and 7, 2011. We also expect to organize associated workshops on 7 September 2011 evening.

The huge amount of information available in digital format and in different languages demands systems that enable us to access this vast library in an increasingly more structured way.

In this same area, there is a renewed interest in improving information accessibility and information exploitation in multilingual environments. Many of the formal foundations for dealing appropriately with these necessities have been, and are still being established in the area of Natural Language Processing and its many branches: Information extraction and retrieval, Questions answering systems, Machine translation, Automatic analysis of textual content, Text summarization, Text generation, and Speech recognition and synthesis.

The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for discussion and communication where the latest research work and developments in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP) can be presented by scientific and business communities. The conference also aims at exposing new possibilities of real applications and R&D projects in this field.

Moreover, as in previous editions, there is the intention of identifying future guidelines or paths for basic research and foreseen software applications, in order to compare them against the market needs. Finally, the conference intends to be an appropriate forum in helping new professionals to become active members in this field.




Researchers and companies are encouraged to send communications, project abstracts or demonstrations related to any language technology topic including but not limited to the following:


  • Linguistic, mathematic and psycholinguistic models of language.
  • Machine learning in NLP.
  • Computational lexicography and terminology.
  • Corpus linguistics.
  • Development of linguistic resources and tools.
  • Grammars and formalisms for morphological and syntactic analysis.
  • Semantics, pragmatics and discourse.
  • Lexical ambiguity resolution.
  • Monolingual and multilingual text generation.
  • Machine translation.
  • Speech synthesis and recognition.
  • Dialogue systems.
  • Audio indexing.
  • Language recognition.
  • Monolingual and multilingual information extraction and retrieval.
  • Question answering systems.
  • Evaluation of NLP systems.
  • Automatic textual content analysis.
  • Sentiment and opinion analysis.
  • Plagiarism detection.
  • Negation and speculation processing.
  • Text mining in blogosphere and social networks.
  • Text summarization.
  • Image retrieval.
  • NLP in biomedical domain.
  • NLP-based generation of teaching resources.
  • NLP for languages with limited resources.
  • NLP industrial applications.





The conference will last three days, and will consist of sessions devoted to presenting papers, posters, tutorials, ongoing research projects and prototype or product demonstrations connected with topics addressed in the conference. Besides, we expect to organize associated workshops on 7 September 2011.




The delivery of proposals will be done via the following link:


We recommend using the templates that can be downloaded from the SEPL webpage

Besides, the proposals will have to comply the following requirements, depending if they are communications, demos or projects.




Authors are encouraged to send theoretical or application-oriented proposals related to NLP.

The proposals must include the following sections:


  • A title of the communication.
  • The complete names of the authors, their affiliations, address, and e-mail (anonymous in the submitted proposal).
  • An abstract in English and Spanish (maximum 150 words), including a list of keywords or related topics.
  • The proposal can be written and presented in Spanish or English, and its overall maximum length will be 8 pages, excluding references, which can take up an additional whole page at the most.
  • The documents must not include headers or footers.
  • The papers proposed will be assessed at least by three reviewers, and can be accepted to be presented either as posters or as communications, depending on the program necessities. However, no distinction will be made between communications and posters in the printed version of the SEPLN journal.




As in previous editions, the organizers encourage participants to give oral presentations of R&D projects and demos of systems or tools related to the NLP field.

For oral presentations on R&D projects to be accepted, the following information must be included:


  • Project title.
  • Name, affiliation, address, e-mail and phone number of the project director.
  • Funding institutions.
  • Groups participating in the project.
  • Abstract (2 pages maximum).

For demonstrations to be accepted, the following information is mandatory:


  • Demo title.
  • Name, affiliation, e-mail and phone number of the authors.
  • Abstract (2 pages maximum).
  • Time estimation for the whole presentation.



We encourage the submission of workshops proposals, small group meetings that bring together researchers, students and/or professionals to share information, experience and skills on technological or professional advances that suggest promising directions for future research.

Proposals for new workshops will be directed to Manuel de la Villa (manuel.villa @, indicating the following information:


  • Workshop title.
  • Name, affiliation, address, e-mail and phone number of workshop responsible.
  • Name, affiliation and e-mail of other co-organizers, if any.
  • Summary of the workshop, including objectives, topics, justification, methodology, minimum and maximum number of participants.
  • Special audio-visual, computer or hall disposition requirements.
  • Indicate if the workshop you are proposing have been made before, where, and how many people attended.

Scientific Committee will make the final decision regarding acceptance of all workshops.


Tutorials on recent advances in any topic of the natural language processing field could be proposed. Proposals should be submitted electronically to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Proposals for tutorial should include: title and brief explanation of the tutorial goals, its relevance to the NLP community, table of contents to be covered in a two-hours slot and contact information and a brief bio of the instructors.

Scientific Committee will make the final decision regarding acceptance of tutorials.




  • March 25, 2011: Deadline for submitting workshop and tutorial proposals.
  • April 22, 2011: Deadline for submitting papers, projects and demos.
  • May 3, 2011: EXTENDED. Deadline for submitting papers, projects and demos.
  • May 30, 2011: Notification of acceptance.
  • June 13, 2011: Deadline for submitting the final versión.
  • September 5, 6 and 7, 2011: 27th SEPLN Conference
  • September 7,  2011: Workshops.


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