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20th International Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing

April 7 to 13, 2019 • La Rochelle, France

Publication: Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science;* special issues of journals.
Cultural program: three full-day tours to: Bordeaux / Cognac, Loire valley castles, Fort Boyard / isle of Aix.
to be announced.
Awards: best paper, best presentation, best poster, best software.
See our verifiability, reproducibility, and working description policy
Endorsement by the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) anticipated

La Rochelle by night

See also photos of past CICLing events













Call For Papers

Please distribute!

Why CICLing?

This conference is the anniversary twentieth CICLing event. Past participants' opinions include: Best NLP conference in Europe (Dan Tufiş, 2010), Fantastic conference! (Martin Kay, 2004), Everything was just great! Super-hyper-ultra-well done! (Igor Mel'cuk, 2000). We consider the following factors to define our identity:

Why La Rochelle?


Accepted papers will be published in a volume of

or will be invited for publication in another volume or special issue of a journal derived from the conference:

Collocated events will have their own publications.


CICLing 2019 is hosted by the University of La Rochelle (ULR), France, and organized by the L3i laboratory of the University of La Rochelle (ULR), France, in collaboration with the Natural Language and Text Processing Laboratory of the CIC, IPN, and the Mexican Society of Artificial Intelligence (SMIA).

Areas of interest

In general, we are interested in whatever helps, will help eventually, or might help computers meaningfully deal with language data.

The conference is intended to encourage exchange of opinions between the scientists working in different areas of the growing field of computational linguistics and intelligent text and speech processing. Our idea is to get a general view of the state of art in computational linguistics and its applications.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topics, provided that the work is presented in computer-related or formal description aspects:

Computational linguistics research:

  • Computational linguistic theories and formalisms
  • Representation of linguistic knowledge
  • Lexical resources
  • Morphology, syntax, semantics
  • Discourse models
  • Ambiguity resolution
  • Anaphora resolution
  • Word sense disambiguation
  • Recognizing textual entailment
  • Text generation
  • Machine translation
  • etc.

Intelligent text and speech processing and their applications:

  • Opinion mining, sentiment analysis, social networks
  • Speech processing and text-to-speech
  • Text categorization and clustering
  • Information retrieval, information extraction
  • Text mining
  • Summarization
  • Spell checking
  • Detection of plagiarism
  • Natural language interfaces
  • etc.

We welcome works on processing any language (not necessarily English), though major languages are of more general interest. When discussing phenomena of languages other than English, please keep your discussion understandable for people not familiar with this language.

You can have a look at the contents of the proceedings of past CICLing events to get an idea of our interests. If not sure whether your topic is of interest, please ask us.

Keynote speakers

We expect to enjoy keynote talks by four excellent internationally recognized speakers. The names and topics will be announced here later.

Traditionally, our keynote speakers give a formal talk, publish a paper in extenso in the proceedings, and also organize a "special event": a discussion, tutorial, experiment, or something just interesting. Such events, as well as publication of the keynote talks in the proceedings, are distinctive features of CICLing; see Past participants' opinions.

Important dates

Waiting for NAACL results, but would consider CICLing? Contact us for double submission options. Or contact us later if your paper is rejected by NAACL.

Expression of interest (tentative abstract)

Now! Please upload your tentative abstract while the system is open, and you can change it later. Late submissions will be considered.

Full text submission for review

Now, but don't worry: the system will stay open and late submissions will be considered. Contact us if you need more than a few days.

Notification of acceptance

February 20 (contact us if you really need it earlier, we consider first some papers, but not all)

Camera-ready for pre-print version

March 1

Camera-ready for post-conf volumes


Registration: filling in the info (authors)

to be defined

Registration: payment (authors)

to be defined


April 7 to 13, 2019

Submitting a paper constitutes a consent for publication and a promise in case of acceptance to attend the conference and to pay the fee. See more details in the legal notices. However, please contact us for double submission options.

Paper submission is divided into two phases:

The proceedings volumes will be published post-conference; pre-print versions will be available online during the conference.


The registration fee is to be announced. In the past, it has been around 600 euro.

The fee includes, apart from attendance of the keynote and regular talks, three full-day tours, the lunch on the work days, and snacks at the poster session. The fee does not include any hard copy proceedings: almost nobody needs hard copies nowadays (you can contact us if you really need a hard copy).

For questions, please contact us at the registration@ address as indicated here.

By submitting a paper, at least one author has thereby promised, in case of acceptance, to pay the registration fee. We will not be able to publish any paper for which the fee has not been paid (except very few papers with a special discount; see below).

We try to make the fee as low as we could. Why this fee?

On reduced registration fee: A very limited number of reduced fees will be available. To apply, please contact us and thoroughly justify your application. We really mean this: thoroughly justify; very many of the participants are students from poor countries, explain why you believe that they should pay for you, and how come you plan to attend an international conference if you can't even pay the fee. Eligible for reduced registration are people from underdeveloped countries in case if their institutions really cannot paying the fee (generally not included: North America, Western Europe, China, South Korea, Japan). Authors must apply for reduced registration (clearly indicating the discount amount) before submission of their paper. No applications will be considered for already reviewed papers. Notes:

We are interested in a few volunteer helpers, please contact us. Speakers of the local language and residents of the local venue are preferred. The volunteers may or may not have preference in assigning fee reduction.


All papers accepted for full oral presentation at CICLing 2019 will be published in a proceedings volume edited by Springer in its Lecture Notes in Computer Science series, which is indexed in many major indices including Scopus. Papers accepted for short oral presentation plus poster presentation will be published separately in special issues of journals, see Poster Session (let us know if you actually prefer this type of publication).

In addition to the text of the paper, authors are strongly encouraged to provide code and data that permit to reproduce their results, see CICLing verifiability, reproducibility, and working description policy.

Before submitting, please check our legal notices on video recording and on obligations of authors. In particular, by submitting a paper, at least one author thereby promises, in case of acceptance, to attend the conference in person to present the paper (if possible) and to pay the corresponding registration fee. Submissions are received electronically:

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  Submission guidelines  

Contact: See email options, fax, and the street address on

Verifiability, reproducibility, and working description policy

Starting from 2011, CICLing implements a policy of giving preference to papers with verifiable and reproducible results, i.e., papers that provide the code and lexical resources that allow to reproduce the results. This is not a requirement. If for any reason you cannot accompany your paper with the code, go ahead and submit your paper normally.

A Special best verifiability, reproducibility, and working description award will be given at the conference.

For the time being, we encourage the submitted software to be anonymous but we do not require this: your data (but not the text of your paper) can disclose your identity if there is no reasonable way of avoiding this.

To submit your data for evaluation, upload them to our FTP site, as a an archive (such as Zip). The name of the archive should be CICLing_NNN.ext, where NNN is the submission ID assigned by EasyChair, for example, If your data are too large to be uploaded, then please send us a URL where the data can be downloaded, and we will copy your files to our server (please use Subject: "CICLing_NNN software").

Please try to make your software self-contained by reasonably including whatever is needed to run it (such as specific versions of programs). Specifically, please avoid pointing to URLs where the data can be downloaded from; instead, please include the actual data whenever possible -- this is important for reproducibility because the data on remote servers might change (or become unavailable) at any moment, while attached data will be safely stored on our servers. All programs should be submitted in source code, and all data in clearly specified, preferably human-readable, format.

Please see a detailed description of the CICLing verifiability, reproducibility, and working description policy, our reasons and goals, and some FAQ. Note that by submitting your material you allow its free distribution in case of acceptance of your paper; see more details in legal disclaimers.


The following awards have been given:


Best Paper awards given by the Award Committee basing on the reviewers' scores and judgment of the Committee members. The criteria taken into account are: novelty, originality, and importance of the reported work and overall quality of the paper.


Best Student Paper award given by the Award Committee basing on the same criteria, but choosing out of papers whose first author is a full-time student and excluding the papers selected for a Best Paper award.


Best Verifiability, Reproducibility, and Working Description award given by the Software Reviewing Committee for the software accompanying the paper that best fulfills the goals of our verifiability, reproducibility, and working description policy. The criteria taken into account are: the clarity, simplicity, completeness, and overall quality of the code accompanying the paper that allows to verify and exactly reproduce the claims of the paper; see more details in the instructions for software reviewers.


Best Presentation award given to oral session authors by a ballot among all participants. The criteria taken into account are: the clarity and overall quality of the presentation, and in lesser degree the technical quality of the presented work.


Best Poster award given to poster session authors by a ballot among all participants. The criteria taken into account are: the clarity and overall quality of the poster, and in lesser degree the technical quality of the presented work.

Poster & Demo session

The papers accepted for the poster/demo session are anticipated to be published in a special issue of a journal, to be announced later. See here the guidelines for submitting and preparing your poster.

Please print your poster and bring it to the conference. We will not be able to arrange for printing on site.

Poster session will be combined with the welcome party, so people will be in good mood when reading your poster. In our experience the authors often have better opportunity to communicate their idea to interested attendees via individual live interaction at a poster presentation than via standard talk. If you feel your paper is not competitive enough for the oral session, do go ahead and submit it: a poster can be an excellent opportunity for you to get feedback.

Immediately before the poster session the poster papers will be presented (better to say, announced) orally. Each presentation will be of one minute, and you can use a couple of slides. We recommend to use one or two slides to show the title and the main idea of your work, and maybe the main results, and the final slide to show an image of your poster, for people to recognize your poster during the poster session. The purpose of this one-minute presentation is not to explain your work in detail but to attract attention of people to you and your poster. If you succeed, you will then have two hours to explain your work to all interested people, during the poster session and in fact all the breaks on other days. Please only include the main selling points of your work in this short presentation; too dense information would only confuse people.

To streamline the session, we will ask you to send us your presentation, to be pre-loaded to our laptop.

Accepted papers and Academic Program

See schedule overview. There will be four days of technical program and three days of academic activities and cultural program (see our disclaimer about availability of tours). Here is the general layout:

Sunday 7:   

Academic and cultural activities

Monday 8:


Keynote talk, regular talks, special event, short presentations + poster session + welcome party 1

Tuesday 9:


Keynote talk, regular talks, special event, short presentations

Wednesday 10:


Academic and cultural activities

Thursday 11:


Keynote talk, regular talks, special event, short presentations + poster session + welcome party 2

Friday 12:


Keynote talk, regular talks, special event, awarding and closing ceremony, cultural activity

Saturday 13:


Academic and cultural activities

If you don't have time for the cultural program, you can arrive on Monday and leave on Friday; you will miss some cultural activities.

Cultural Program

The cultural program will include three full-day tours, tentatively with the following distribution (the order of the tours might still change, please return to this site later):

Sunday 7:


Full-day tour to Bordeaux and Cognac regions

Wednesday 10:


Full-day tour to Loire valley castles

Saturday 13:  

Full-day tour to Fort Boyard (seen from outside) and isle of Aix (where Napoleon spent his last days in France after the Battle of Waterloo).

Traditionally, we exchange coins: please bring some coins of your country. We will put them on a large tray, from which you will take as many exotic coins as many you put there yours. Please bring many: 200 people (and their children) will want your coins!


It is convenient for the participants to stay in the same hotel or nearby hotels, to facilitate informal interaction. Usually our participants form ad-hoc informal companies in the hotel reception to go to some restaurant, local sightseeing, etc. All cultural activities will start from the official hotel. We suggest you not to book a different hotel.

The official hotel is to be announced.

Local guide and venue info

The conference venue details are to be announced.

Legal notices and disclaimers

By submitting a paper or attending the conference you accept the following terms:

Obligations of the authors. Submitting a paper constitutes a consent for publication, acceptance of the terms specified hereby, and a promise, in case of acceptance for the main volume of the proceedings, to provide a correct and complete camera-ready version of the paper in editable (source) format, a duly filled copyright transfer form, to attend the conference (if possible), and to pay the registration fee, except in the cases agreed upon in due time with the organizers. Contact us for double submission options.

Software and data. Software and data accompanying the paper will be treated in the same way as the paper itself in that in case of acceptance, free access to this material can be provided to the readers of the paper or to public. By submitting software or data, you agree that in case of acceptance of the paper for the main proceedings volume, it can be freely distributed by the organizers, and anybody is allowed to copy it. This also applies to the cases when you provide only a URL: you agree that the organizers can store a copy of the data accessible via this URL and, in case of acceptance, freely distribute this copy. While you cannot restrict copying of the submitted data (otherwise don't submit it), you can restrict using your data by including a reasonable no-nonsense license, which should allow the use of the data for research purposes.

Cultural program. The cultural program is a courtesy of the organizing committee provided "as is" and intended to help the participants in visiting certain places, which they visit under their own risk and responsibility. Quality and safety. Some or all of the cultural program activities may be organized not professionally but by volunteers. We will make any reasonable effort in order for the activities to be interesting, well-organized, and safe, but we cannot guarantee any particular quality of service. Some activities may require physical effort, such as much walking or hill-climbing, and/or rely on the use of public transportation. Force-majeure. Though so far no tours have been cancelled due to force-majeure circumstances at any of the past CICLing conferences, the following formal disclaimer applies: Some or all of the cultural program may depend on weather conditions, technical, political, or other circumstances. Permission for transportation or visiting specific places may depend on the authorities and not on the organizing committee; thus the corresponding tours can accordingly be cancelled at any moment without prior notice. Since all expenses are done in advance and are non-refundable, in case of cancellation of the tours no refund can be offered to the participants. The organizers may or may not be able to provide alternative cultural or academic activities instead of cancelled tours.

Video recording. All CICLing-related activities, both academic and cultural, may be video recorded, photographed, and/or live video broadcast over the Internet or otherwise. The organizers may make the recordings and photos publicly available or provide them to third parties for any legal purpose, including storage and distribution. Unless otherwise explicitly communicated to the organizers in advance, by submitting a paper, registering for the conference, or attending the conference you authorize the organizers, attendees, or persons authorized by the organizers to video record, photograph, and/or video broadcast all conference activities, including your presentation, and to make these video recordings and photos publicly available and/or available to any third party for any legal purpose, and you also promise to explicitly confirm this authorization, in writing or otherwise, if later asked to do so by the organizers. If this is a problem, please contact us in advance.

General disclaimer. The following text does not imply any specific risk for CICLing attendees; this is a standard legal disclaimer generally applied to any public event in any part of the world: No special insurance, medical service, or security measures are guaranteed to be provided for the conference. The participants are advised to arrange with a third party for their travel insurance that includes international medical coverage, as well as to observe the standard safety precautions. The participants will take part in all activities of the conference entirely on their own risk. The organizers shall not be liable, to the extend permitted by law, for any illness, injuries, stolen objects, or any other problems that the participants may face during the cultural or academic program of the conference.


General Chair: Alexander Gelbukh

Organizing Committee

  Antoine Doucet      Chair      University of La Rochelle


Program Committee (tentative)


Ajith Abraham
Galia Angelova
Segun Aroyehun
Aladdin Ayesh
Sivaji Bandyopadhyay
Leslie Barrett
Roberto Basili
Pushpak Bhattacharyya
Hiram Calvo
Michael Carl
Mike Dillinger
Alexander Gelbukh
Dafydd Gibbon
Gregory Grefenstette
Tunga Gungor
Hatem Haddad
Kais Haddar
Eva Hajicova
Yasunari Harada
Karin Harbusch
Ales Horak
Aminul Islam
      Milos Jakubicek
Ron Kaplan
Tarik Kisla
Philipp Koehn
Kimmo Koskenniemi
Mathieu Lafourcade
Lori Levin
Elena Lloret
Cerstin Mahlow
Alexander Mehler
Farid Meziane
Rada Mihalcea
Marie-Francine Moens
Hermann Moisl
Masaki Murata
Preslav Nakov
Vivi Nastase
Attila Novák
Kjetil Nørvåg
Nir Ofek
Constantin Orasan
Ivandre Paraboni
      Maria Teresa Pazienza
Ted Pedersen
Anselmo Peñas
Soujanya Poria
Allan Ramsay
Paolo Rosso
Vasile Rus
Fabrizio Sebastiani
Khaled Shaalan
Serge Sharoff
Vivek Kumar Singh
John Sowa
Efstathios Stamatatos
Maosong Sun
John Tait
Henry S Thompson
George Tsatsaronis
Dan Tufis
Manuel Vilares Ferro
Aline Villavicencio
Piotr W. Fuglewicz
Yorick Wilks

Software Reviewing Committee

    Ted Pedersen
Florian Holz
    Miloš Jakubíček
    Sergio Jiménez Vargas
    Miikka Silfverberg
    Ronald Winnemöller

Best Paper Award Selection Committee

    Alexander Gelbukh
Eduard Hovy
Rada Mihalcea
Ted Pedersen
Yorick Wiks

Please distribute!

Please distribute the CFP! Here is a poster in different formats, please hang it on a wall in your University:

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DOC Letter

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(This conference is not affiliated in any way with the WASET ICCLITP conference, which copied our wording,
or with their "Advances in Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing" journal issue.)