LINGUIST List 28.954

Tue Feb 21 2017

Calls: Computational Linguistics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 20-Feb-2017
From: Georg Rehm <>
Subject: International Conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology
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Full Title: International Conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology
Short Title: GSCL 2017

Date: 13-Sep-2017 - 15-Sep-2017
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Georg Rehm
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 26-May-2017

Meeting Description:

In 2017 the bi-annual meeting of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (GSCL) will take place at Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin from 13-15 September. Pre-conference tutorials and workshops are scheduled to take place on 11-12 September (same venue).


The main conference theme is ''Language Technologies for the Challenges of the Digital Age.'' With the ever increasing digitisation of all areas of life - communication, commerce, manufacturing, health, mobility, entertainment, society, living etc. - the field of Computational Linguistics and Language Technologies has reached an unprecedented level of importance and relevance. The digital age is creating multiple key challenges, many of which can be fully or partially addressed by Language Technologies.

Among these crucial digital challenges are:

- The increasing economic, social and political relevance of online news and online media (see, for example, the fake news and filter bubble debates),
- Multilingual technologies for multilingual societies (for example, to bridge language barriers, to improve communication with refugees, to foster economic growth),
- Broad coverage and high-quality text analytics for big data oder digital humanities applications
- Robust spoken language interfaces for connected devices, both at home and also in manufacturing contexts (Internet of Things, Industrial IoT).

An orthogonal challenge has recently been emerging in the form of several breakthroughs in applied Artificial Intelligence research, especially Deep Learning. In that regard, key questions revolve, among others, around the integration of Deep Learning approaches and architectures into traditional symbolic Natural Language Processing pipelines (and vice versa).

More information can be found at

Call for Papers:

For GSCL 2017 we invite contributions to any topic related to Computational Linguistics and Language Technology. We especially encourage submissions that are related to the main theme, i.e., models, methods, approaches or technologies that address one or more of the key challenges of the digital age, only some of which are briefly mentioned above. Submissions do not necessarily need to have an applied or technology component, theoretical papers presenting the results of basic research related to the main conference theme (or other topics) are also welcome. Submissions that concentrate on the German language are encouraged in particular.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 26 May 2017
Notification of acceptance: 23 June 2017
Camera-ready papers due: 28 July 2017
GSCL 2017 main conference: 13-15 September 2017


Submissions to GSCL 2017 must describe unpublished work and may be written in English or German. We invite long and short papers. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three programme committee members. Final versions should take into account the comments from the reviewers.

As the reviewing will be blind, papers must not include the authors' names or affiliations. For a paper to be included in the conference proceedings, at least one of the authors must be registered as a participant at the GSCL 2017 conference.

Papers are to be submitted using EasyChair:

Double submission of papers will need to be notified at submission. Formatting instructions will be made available on the conference website.

Call for Workshops and Tutorials:

On 11 and 12 September 2017, pre-conference workshops and tutorials will be held. We invite proposals for both workshops and also tutorials to be held under the umbrella of GSCL 2017.

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