Call for System Demonstrations

Important dates

10 May 2018Paper Submission Deadline
14 June 2018
Author Notification
23 June 2018
Camera-ready Paper Submission Deadline

The 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics
August 20-26, 2018
Santa Fe, NM, USA

The COLING 2018 Demonstration Program Committee invites proposals for system demonstrations. The demonstration program is part of the main conference program and aims at showcasing working systems that address a wide range of conference topics. The session will provide opportunities to exchange ideas gained from implementing NLP systems, and to obtain feedback from expert users.

COLING 2018 will be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, NM, USA, from 20-26th August 2018.

The COLING conference has a history that dates back to the 1960s. It is held every two years and regularly attracts more than 700 delegates. The conference has developed into one of the premier Natural Language Processing (NLP) conferences worldwide and is a major international event for the presentation of new research results and for the demonstration of new systems and techniques in the broad field of Computational Linguistics and NLP.

Topics of interest

COLING 2018 solicits demonstrations on original and unpublished research on the following topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Pragmatics, discourse, semantics, syntax, grammar and lexicon;
  • Lexical semantics and ontologies;
  • Word segmentation, tagging and chunking;
  • Parsing, syntactic and semantic;
  • Paraphrasing and textual entailment;
  • Modelling of discourse, machine reading;
  • Generation and Summarization;
  • Information extraction and knowledge base linking;
  • Question answering, information retrieval;
  • Multimodal & natural language interfaces, dialogue system and chat bot;
  • Multilingual processing, machine translation and translation aids;
  • Sentiment analysis, opinion mining and social media;
  • Speech recognition, text-to-speech and spoken language understanding;
  • Models of communication by language, computational argumentation;
  • NLP tools, applications, and language resources;
  • System evaluation methodology and metrics;
  • Machine learning for natural language processing;
  • Cognitive, mathematical and computational models of language processing;


The submissions should address the following questions:

  • What problem does the proposed system address?
  • Why is the system important and what is its impact?
  • What is the novel in the approach/technology on which this system is based?
  • Who is the target audience?
  • How does the system work?
  • How does it compare with existing systems?
  • How is the system licensed?

The maximum submission length is 4 pages (including references). Papers shall be submitted in English and must conform to the official COLING 2018 style guidelines available on the conference website. The anonymization of submissions is optional. If authors choose to remain anonymous, it is their responsibility to take every measure to conceal potentially identifying information.

Submission and reviewing will be managed in the START system:

The only acceptable format for submissions is PDF. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings within a separate volume dedicated to demonstration systems.

Demonstration chair

Dongyan Zhao, Peking University

Program Committee

Daniel Bauer,     Columbia University
Yi CAI, South China University of Technology
Chen Chen, University of Texas at Dallas
Nancy Chen, A*START, Singapore
Zhumin Chen, Shandong University
Li Cheng,    Xinjiang Technology Institute, CAS
Vincent Claveau, IRISA
Christos Doulopoulos, Carnegie Mellon University
Chong Feng, Beijing Institute of Technology
Yang Feng, Institute of Computing, CAS
Yansong Feng, Peking University
Annemarie Friedrich, University of Saarland
Xianpei Han, Institute of Software, CAS
Tianyong Hao, Guangzhou Foreign Language University
Minlie Huang, Tsinghua University
Wenbin Jiang, Baidu Inc.
Phillippe Langlais, University of Montreal
Jun Liang, Alibaba Inc., Singapore
Xiao Ling, University of Washington
Zhanyi Liu, Baidu Inc.
Yajuan Lv, Baidu Inc.
Pascual Martínez-Gómez, AIST Tokyo, Japan
Hiroshi Noji, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
Robert Ross, Dublin Institute of Technology
Parinaz Sobhani, Georgian Partner, Toronto
Jinsun Su, Xiamen University
Chuan Wang, Google Inc.
Haofen Wang, Gowild Tech, China
Xiaojie Wang, Beijing University of Post and Telecommunication
Si Wei, iFLYTEK Research
Kun Xu, IBM Research
Dongdong Zhang, Microsoft Research
Huaping Zhang, Beijing Institute of Technology
Hai Zhao, Shanghai Jiaotong University