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[March 3, 2019] EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019 will be held in Hong Kong on Nov 3-7 2019.

[March 3, 2019] Dr Chengqing Zong has been elected as the President for the term 2019-2020.

[August 24, 2018] AFNLP and ACL-SIGDAT are glad to announce the joint conference of EMNLP-IJCNLP in November 2019, Hong Kong.

[Dec 1, 2017] AFNLP announced that the 9th IJCNLP would be held in Hong Kong in December 2019.

[Sep 15, 2017] Bids for IJCNLP 2019

The submission deadline has been extended to 30 October 2017.

The Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP) now invites bids for hosting IJCNLP 2019. IJCNLP is the flagship conference of AFNLP. IJCNLP conference covers a broad spectrum of technical areas related to natural language processing. IJCNLP 2019 will include full papers, short papers, oral presentations, poster presentations, demonstrations, tutorials, and workshops.  

IJCNLP conferences are held in Asian cities. The recent IJCNLP conferences include ACL-IJCNLP 2009 in Singapore, IJCNLP 2011 in Chiang Mai, IJCNLP 2017 in Taipei. To submit the bid, please download the bidding template. Next is the timeline,

  • 15 October 2017: Deadline of submission (the bid template and description)
  • 30 October 2017: Feedbacks from AFNLP
  • 30 November 2017: Deadline of final submission   

All bids are submitted to:

[Mar 9, 2017] AFNLP is glad to be the Supporting Organization of LREC 2018, the 11th edition of LREC, organised by The European Language Resource Association (ELRA). AFNLP invites its members to participate in LREC 2018. Click here for the Call for Papers.

[Dec 27, 2016] AFNLP Executive Committee Members-at-Large (MAL) Election Results (Letter from President AFNLP, Prof Kam-Fai Wong)

Dear AFNLP Members,

Thank you very much for your support to AFNLP! The MAL and Office Bearer elections have been successfully completed. I am writing to announce the election results:


  • President:  Haizhou Li, National University of Singapore
  • Vice President: Chengqing Zong, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Secretary: Jong Park, KAIST, Korea
  • Honorary Treasurer: Eichiro Sumita, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan
  • Chair of ALR: Koiti Hasida, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Chair of CLC: Tiejun Zhao, Harbin Institute of Technology, China


  • Naoaki Okazaki, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Minghui Dong, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
  • Lun-Wei Ku, Institute of Information Sciences, Taipei

Congratulations to the new OBs and MALs. I am looking forward to working with you in the coming term.

Happy New Year :)

President (2015-2016), AFNLP

[Jun 09, 2016] Candidates for Election of Memerbs-at-Large (MAL)

[Jun 09, 2016] Election of Memerbs-at-Large and Office Bearers

[Apr 15, 2016] AFNLP Newsletter 2016 Q2

[Aug 20, 2015] Minutes of ACL-AFNLP2015 AFNLP Exec meeting, Beijing, July 28, 2015

[Jun 04, 2015] The president of AFNLP Prof Kam-Fai Wong sent a letter to all the individual members. Please find the letter here.

[Jun 04, 2015] AFNLP is now calling for bids to host IJCNLP 2017. Please download the call-for-bids here.



LREC 2018
Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
May 7-12, 2018 - Phoenix Seagaia Resort - Miyazaki, Japan
Main Conference: May 9-10-11, 2018
Workshops & Tutorials: May 7-8 & 12, 2018

In 20 years, the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC) has become one of the major events on Language Resources and Evaluation for HLT. Since 1998, LREC is organized by the European Language Resources Association (ELRA) every other year with the continuous support of Institute of Computational Linguistics of the Italian National Research Council (ILC-CNR).

The aim of conference is to provide an overview of the state of the art, exploring new R&D directions and emerging trends, exchanging information regarding Language Resources and their applications, carrying out the evaluation of methodologies and tools, on-going and planned activities, industrial uses and needs, requirements coming from the e-society, with respect to policy, technological and organizational issues.

LREC provides a unique forum for researchers, industrial players and funding agencies from across a wide spectrum of areas to discuss problems and opportunities, find new synergies and promote initiatives for international cooperation in support of investigations in language sciences, progress in language technologies and development of corresponding products, services, applications, and standards.

For this 11th edition - following a request from the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP) - LREC goes East in order to support a stronger interaction and synergy with the Asian NLP community and to help promoting Asian Language Resources and Language Technologies. It also takes advantage of the support of other Asian organizations such as Oriental COCOSDA, the Association of Natural Language Processing - Japan, the Chinese Information Processing Society of China.

Submission deadline

Submission of proposals for oral and poster (or poster+demo) papers: 25 September 2017
Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: 25 September 2017

ALTA 2017
The 8th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing
December 7-8, 2017, Brisbane, Australia

The 15th Annual Workshop of the Australian Language Technology Association will be held on the 7th and 8th of December at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, co-located with the Australian Document Computing Symposium 2017.

The ALTA 2017 workshop is the key local forum for socialising research results in natural language processing and computational linguistics, with presentations and posters from student, industry, and academic researchers.  This year, we would also like to encourage submissions and participation from industry and government department researchers and developers.

For this year's workshop, we are planning to feature invited keynote speakers, a special interest panel, and a shared task that encourages promising students to get involved in language technology research.

Key Dates

Submission Deadline: 18th September, 2017
Author Notification: 20th October, 2017
Camera-Ready Deadline: 3rd November, 2017
Tutorials: 6th December, 2017
Main Conference: 7th-8th December, 2017


ALTA invites the submission of papers and presentations on all aspects of natural language processing, including, but not limited to:

- phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse;
- speech understanding and generation;
- interpreting spoken and written language;
- natural language generation;
- linguistic, mathematical, and psychological models of language;
- NLP-based information extraction and retrieval;
- corpus-based and statistical language modelling;
- machine translation and translation aids;
- question answering and information extraction;
- natural language interfaces and dialogue systems;
- natural language and multimodal systems;
- message and narrative understanding systems;
- evaluations of language systems;
- embodied conversational agents;
- computational lexicography;
- summarisation;
- language resources;
- topic modelling and unsupervised language analysis;
- social media analysis and processing;
- domain-specific adaptation of natural language processing algorithms; and
- applied natural language processing and/or applications in industry.

We particularly encourage submissions that broaden the scope of our community through the consideration of practical applications of language technology and through multi-disciplinary research. We also specifically encourage submissions from industry. 

IALP 2017:
International Conference on Asian Language Processing
December 5-7, 2017, Singapore

The International Conference on Asian Language Processing (IALP) is the flagship conference of COLIPS. It is a series of conferences with unique focus on Asian Language Processing. The conference aims to advance the science and technology of all the aspects of Asian Language Processing by providing a forum for researchers in different fields of language study all over the world to meet.

The first meeting of the series was held in Singapore in 1986 and was called the "International Conference on Chinese Computing (ICCC)". This meeting initiated the study of Chinese and oriental languages processing in Singapore and contributed to the establishment of the Chinese and Oriental Languages Information Processing Society (COLIPS)  in Singapore in 1988, as well as the publication of the journal "Communications of COLIPS" in 1991. The journal is now known as "International Journal on Asian Language Processing". The early ICCC conferences were held in Singapore and attracted researchers working on Chinese information processing from Asia and other part of the world. In 2007, the main conference of ICCC was held out of Singapore for the first time.  In response to the rapid progress of research on other Asian languages, in 2008 COLIPS re-branded ICCC conference into IALP conference so as to better cater to the needs of researchers working on Asian language processing. IALP has now become an annual event that rotates among Asian cities. COLIPS has a long term collaboration with IEEE Singapore Computer Chapter. The proceedings of IALP were published by IEEE Xplore digital library. In 2017, IALP will be held in Singapore.

Important Dates:
Paper submission deadline: September 20, 2017
Notification of acceptance: October 20, 2017
Camera-ready deadline: October 27, 2017
Early registration deadline: November 6, 2017
Regular registration deadline: November 20, 2017
Conference: December 5 - 7, 2017

ICOT 2017:
2017 International Conference on Orange Technologies
December 8-10, 2017, Singapore

The first ever World Happiness Report has been published by the United Nations, which reflects a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness as criteria for government policy. This also calls upon science and technology in both natural and social domains to be developed for promoting a happy and healthy lifestyle in our modern society. Orange technology is a newly defined interdisciplinary research area for integration and innovation of health, happiness, and care technologies in order to meet this world trend. The research scope includes computer science, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, psychological/physiological science, cognitive science, social science, and dechnology (design + technology). The representative color of orange technology originates from a harmonic fusion of red (representing brightness of health and happiness) and yellow (representing warming care). Instead of emphasizing the relations between environments and humans, as proposed by green technology, the objective of orange technology aims to bring more health, happiness, warming care, and more mental wellness to the society.

The 2017 IEEE International Conference on Orange Technologies (ICOT 2017) will be held in Singapore during 8-10 December 2017. The objective of this conference is to stimulate the establishment of Orange Technologies and to bring together scientists, engineers and other interdisciplinary professionals to share innovation ideas. With keynote, invited, special, and regular sessions, the ICOT 2017 aims to promote the research, development and applications of bio-medical innovation and intelligent computing for orange technologies. Authors are encouraged to submit original papers in any area related to orange technologies, including but not limited to the following topics:

Health Technology

  • Biomedical Engineering and Applications
  • Information Technology in Biomedicine
  • Medical Imaging Processing
  • fMRI-Based Neuro-Computing
  • Biomedical Sensors, Transducers, and BioMEMS
  • Biomedical informatics, Brain informatics, Imaging informatics
  • Biomedical Circuits and Systems
  • Intelligent Health Instrumentation
  • Rehabilitation Technology
  • Telehealth and Telecare

Happiness Technology and Index

  • Affective Computing for Happiness Detection
  • Long-Term Positive Emotion Detection
  • Smiling Faces and Laughter Detection
  • Happiness Detection from Psychological/Physiological Bio-Signals
  • System Design for Happiness Promotion
  • Theory and Measurement of Gross National Happiness (GNH) Index
  • Cultural Difference and Cross National Comparison in GNH
  • Intelligent Health Instrumentation
  • Rehabilitation Technology
  • National Policy Making and Strategies for Enhancing GNH

Warming Care Technology

  • Information Technology in Health and Mental Care
  • Friendly and Affordable Human-Machine Interface for Senior and Children Care
  • Cloud Health and Mental Care Services
  • Assistive Technology and Senior Companion Robot
  • Smart Living for Elderly and Children Care
  • Body-Mind Fitness Care

Important Dates:

  • Regular and special session paper submission deadline  September 20, 2017
  • Notification of paper acceptance/rejection      October 20, 2017
  • Camera-ready paper due  October 27,2017
  • Author’s registration and early registration deadline   November 6, 2017
  • Conference dates        December 8-10, 2017

The 8th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing
November 28 - 30, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan

The 8th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP 2017) invites the submission of long and short papers reporting substantial, original, and unpublished research in all aspects of automated language processing. Relevant topics for the conference include, but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Cognitive modeling and psycholinguistics
  • Dialog and interactive systems
  • Discourse and pragmatics
  • Document analysis including text categorization, topic models, and retrieval
  • Generation
  • Information extraction, text mining, and question answering
  • Machine learning in NLP
  • Machine translation and Multilinguality
  • Phonology, morphology, and word segmentation
  • Resources and evaluation
  • Semantics
  • Sentiment analysis and opinion mining
  • Social media
  • Speech
  • Summarization
  • Tagging, chunking, syntax, and parsing

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline for Long and Short Papers: July 7, 2017
  • Author Response Period: August 7-9, 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: September 1, 2017
  • Camera-Ready Deadline: September 30, 2017

ASRU 2017:
IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop
December 16-20, 2017 Okinawa, Japan

The biennial IEEE ASRU workshop has a tradition of bringing together researchers from academia and industry in an intimate and collegial setting to discuss problems of common interest in automatic speech recognition, understanding, and related fields of research.  The workshop includes keynotes, invited talks, poster sessions and will also feature challenge tasks, panel discussions, and demo sessions.

We invite papers in all areas of spoken language processing, with emphasis placed on the following topics:

- Automatic speech recognition (ASR)
- ASR in adverse environments
- New applications of ASR
- Speech-to-speech translation
- Spoken document retrieval
- Speaker/Language recognition
- Multilingual language processing
- Spoken language understanding
- Spoken dialog systems
- Text-to-speech systems

The ASRU workshop will take place in Okinawa, Japan.
Okinawa is a subtropical island located roughly 640 kilometers (400 mi) south of the main islands of Japan. It is one of Japan’s main tourist destinations because of its warm weather, its rich natural resources, and its unique blend of cultures that evolved through centuries of trade with China, Korea and other Southeast Asian countries.

The workshop features one keynote and one or two invited talks a day.
Regular papers are presented as posters. ASRU 2017 will also include challenge tasks, panel discussions and demo sessions.


  • Paper Submission............. June 29, 2017
  • Paper Notification........... August 31, 2017
  • Early Registration Period:... August 31 - Oct 5, 2017
  • Camera Ready Deadline........ Sept 21, 2017
  • Workshop..................... Dec 16-20, 2017




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Updated on March 16, 2019