LINGUIST List 27.2861

Tue Jul 05 2016

Confs: Computational Ling, Forensic Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 02-Jul-2016
From: Shomir Wilson <>
Subject: AAAI Fall Symposium on Privacy and Language Technologies
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AAAI Fall Symposium on Privacy and Language Technologies
Short Title: PLT 2016

Date: 17-Nov-2016 - 19-Nov-2016
Location: Arlington, Virginia, USA
Contact: Shomir Wilson
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Forensic Linguistics

Meeting Description:

For some general information on the AAAI Fall Symposium Series, check here:

The purpose of this symposium is to jump-start the creation of a community of researchers interested in the intersection between language technologies and privacy. Our goal is to bring together researchers who work in either language technologies or in privacy but have an interest in both areas, as these two groups will benefit greatly from a forum to interact.

The time is ripe for a discussion of the relationship between language technologies and privacy. Computing applications are increasing their reliance on natural language, with technologies such as online social media, search engines, and spoken dialog systems enabling the collection of large amounts of language data for advertising, text mining, and other purposes. There is also an opportunity for language technologies to help people understand and protect their privacy by simplifying information they must understand (e.g., privacy policies or other legal documents) or helping them to reflect on the content they share (e.g., social media posts).

Shomir Wilson (lead organizer) (Carnegie Mellon University)
Fei Liu (University of Central Florida)
Alessandro Oltramari (Carnegie Mellon University)

For questions, contact the organizers at

Call for Papers:

This symposium will invite original research contributions and position papers on the intersection of privacy and language technologies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Analysis of privacy policies and related legal documents
Semantics of privacy practices and regulations
Privacy for users of online social media
Language-sourced ontologies and knowledge bases for privacy
Privacy in dialogue systems
Privacy in speech and spoken language processing
User studies of privacy-supportive language technologies

We plan for an interactive mix of oral presentations, roundtable discussions, and a poster session.

Submissions may take the form of:

Long papers (5-8 pages in AAAI format, including references) for oral presentation
Short papers (up to 4 pages in AAAI format, including references) for poster presentation

Submissions should not be anonymized. The review process will be single-blind, with anonymous reviewers. Here is the submission page:

Proceedings will appear as a technical report in AAAI’s digital library.

Student Support:

Students who are first-listed authors on their submissions can apply for a limited amount of travel support from the symposium. If you are eligible and wish to apply, please submit a brief statement (PDF format, 500 words or fewer) to by the submission date. The statement should contain your name, the title and ID number of your submission, and a description of your research interests and your goals for attending the symposium. The amount of support per student will be determined after acceptance notifications have been made.

Important Dates

July 22: Deadline for submission of long and short papers
August 12: Acceptance/rejection notification
September 8: Camera-ready deadline
September 23: Registration deadline for participants
November 17-19: Symposium

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