Call for Papers

The 31st. edition of the Annual Conference of the Spanish Society for Natural Language Processing (SEPLN) will take place in the University of Alicante (Alicante, Spain) on 16-18 September 2015.

The huge amount of information available in digital format and in different languages calls for systems to 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 retrievalquestions answering systemsmachine translationautomatic analysis of textual contenttext summarizationtext 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 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.

This year we will offer a Doctoral Symposium. It will provide doctoral students investigating topics in natural language processing with a unique opportunity to have interaction with other researchers and receive feedback regarding their proposed research.


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.
  • Monolingual and multilingual information extraction and retrieval.
  • Question answering systems.
  • Evaluation of NLP systems.
  • Automatic textual content analysis.
  • Sentiment analysis and opinion mining.
  • 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.

Structure of the conference

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 and a Doctoral Symposium.

Submission of contributions

Authors are encouraged to send theoretical or application-oriented proposals related to NLP. The proposals must include the following sections:

  • The title of the communication.
  • An abstract in English and Spanish (maximum 150 words) and a list of keywords.
  • The paper can be written in Spanish or English. Its overall maximum length will be 8 pages, including references.
  • The documents must not include headers or footers.
  • Papers should NOT include the names of the authors.

The papers proposed will be reviewed at least by three reviewers, and can be accepted to be presented either as posters or as communications, depending on the program necessities.


The final version of the paper (camera ready) should be submitted together with a cover letter explaining how the suggestions of the reviewers were implemented in the final version. This cover letter will be taking in mind in order to accept or finally reject the seleted paper.

Proposal submit

Please, send your proposals using the paper submission system MyReview for SEPLN15. Authors must follow the format of the SEPLN journal.

Projects and demos

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 (4 pages maximum, including references).

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

  • Demo title.
  • Name, affiliation, e-mail and phone number of the authors.
  • Abstract (4 pages maximum, including references).
  • Time estimation for the whole presentation.



A Doctoral Symposium will be organized within the SEPLN 2015. It will provide doctoral students investigating topics in natural language processing with a unique opportunity to have interaction with other researchers and receive feedback regarding their proposed research.

We invite doctoral students to submit short papers (4 pages) describing his/her thesis proposal. The paper should be authored only by the student and its format should follow the SEPLN guidelines. The submitted paper will be the basis for detailed discussions at the Doctoral Symposium. To get the most out of the discussion, the paper should include:

  • Motivation for the proposed research.
  • Background and related work (including key references).
  • Description of proposed research, including main research questions.
  • Research methodology and proposed experiments (where appropriate).
  • Specific research issues for discussion at the Doctoral Symposium.

Papers for the Doctoral Symposium will be selected based on their quality and the potential of their research for future impact on the field of natural language processing. The selected papers will not be published in the second issue of the journal Procesamiento de Lenguaje Natural. Instead, they will be published in the electronic version of the conference proceedings. Therefore, doctoral students who submit a paper to the Doctoral Symposium are permitted and encouraged to submit an extended version of their research for the plenary conference.


All information related to the conference can be found in the web but if you have any doubt, please contact with us by means of the contact form.