Call for Papers

The International Conference on Asian Language Processing (IALP) 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 the 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)" then. This meeting initiated the study of Chinese and oriental languages processing in Singapore, which in turn promoted the setup of the Chinese and Oriental Languages Information Processing Society (COLIPS) in 1988, and the publication of the journal "Communications of COLIPS" in 1991, which is known as "International Journal on Asian Language Processing" today.

Over the years, IALP has become the flagship conference of COLIPS and has developed into one of important annual events on natural language processing in Asia. It takes place in Asian cities. IALP 2008 was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand organized by Chiang Mai University and COLIPS. IALP 2009 was held in Singapore and was co-organized by COLIPS and IEEE Singapore Computer Chapter. IALP 2010 was held in Harbin and was co-organized by Heilongjiang Institute of Technology (HIT), COLIPS, IEEE Singapore Computer Chapter and Chinese Information Processing Society of China. IALP 2011 was held in Penang, Malaysia jointly organized by Universiti Sains Malaysia, COLIPS, IEEE Singapore Computer Chapter. IALP 2012 was held in Hanoi, Vietnam and was co-organized by Hanoi University of Science and Technology (and MICA Institute), COLIPS and IEEE Singapore Computer Chapter. IALP 2013 was held in Urumqi, China and jointly organized by Xinjiang Normal University, COLIPS and Beijing Institute of Technology. IALP 2014 was held in Kuching, Malaysia and was jointly organized by the Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations (ISITI) and Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), COLIPS and IEEE Singapore Computer Chapter. IALP 2015 was held in Suzhou, China and jointly organized by Soochow University, COLIPS, IEEE Beijing Section and IEEE Singapore Computer Chapter. The proceedings of past IALP conferences were published by IEEE, and were included in the IEEE Xplore digital library. The proceedings were also indexed by Ei Compendex.

The International Conference on Asian Language Processing 2016 (IALP 2016) will be jointly organized by National Cheng Kung University and COLIPS. The conference will be held in Tainan, Taiwan on November 21 - 23, 2016. This year, we will continue to work with IEEE to organize IALP 2016 conference and publish the conference proceedings.


Paper submissions are invited on substantial, original and unpublished research in all aspects of Asian Language Processing, including, but not limited to:
  • Input and output of large character sets of Asian languages
  • Typesetting and font designs of Asian languages
  • Asian character encoding and compression
  • Multimodal representations and processing
  • Voice input and output
  • Phonology and morphology
  • Lexical semantics and word sense
  • Grammars, syntax, semantics and discourse
  • Word segmentation, chunking, tagging and syntactic parsing
  • Word sense disambiguation, semantic role labeling and semantic parsing
  • Discourse analysis
  • Language, linguistic and speech resource development
  • Evaluation methods and user studies
  • Machine learning for natural language
  • Text analysis, understanding, summarization and generation
  • Text mining and information extraction, summarization and retrieval
  • Text entailment and paraphrasing
  • Text Sentiment analysis, opinion mining and question answering
  • Machine translation and multilingual processing
  • Linguistic, psychological and mathematical models of language, computational psycholinguistics, computational linguistics and mathematical Linguistics
  • Language modeling, statistical methods in natural language processing and speech processing
  • Spoken language processing, understanding, generation and translation
  • Rich transcription and spoken information retrieval
  • Speech recognition and synthesis
  • Natural language applications, tools and resources, system evaluation
  • Asian language learning, teaching and computer-aided language learning
  • NLP in vertical domains, such as biomedical, chemical and legal text
  • NLP on noisy unstructured text, such as email, blogs, and SMS
  • Special hardware and software for Asian language computing

Paper Submission

Submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation and analysis should be included. Submissions will be judged on correctness, originality, technical strength, significance, relevance to the conference, and interest to the attendees. Each submission will be reviewed by three program committee members. Accepted papers will be presented in one of the oral sessions or poster sessions as determined by the program committee.

As the reviewing will be blind, manuscripts must not include the authors' names and affiliations. Authors should ensure that their identities are not revealed in any way in the paper. Self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...".

All submissions must be electronic and in Portable Document Format (PDF) only. Paper submissions should follow the IEEE Proceedings' two-column format without exceeding four (4) pages including references. We strongly recommend the use of the LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style files according to IEEE Proceedings' format. Submissions must conform to the official style guidelines.

The official language of the conference is English. Papers submitted should be written in English.
Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: July 20 July 31, 2016 (23:59 GMT+08:00)
Notification of acceptance: August 20, 2016 August 28, 2016
Camera-ready deadline: September 30, 2016
Early registration deadline: October 10, 2016
Regular registration deadline: November 6, 2016
Conference: November 21 - 23, 2016

Multiple-Submission Policy

IALP 2016 allows authors to submit manuscripts to leading NLP international conferences (e.g., COLING 2016) at the same time if the conferences have established similar multiple-submission policies. Papers that have been or will be submitted to other conferences must indicate this at the submission time. Authors of papers accepted for presentation in IALP 2016 must notify the program chairs by the camera-ready deadline (i.e., Sep 30, 2016) as to whether the paper will be presented at IALP 2016. Once confirmed, the paper must be withdrawn from other venues. We will not accept papers that are identical or overlap significantly in content or results with papers that will be (or have been) published elsewhere.

Best Paper Awards

IALP 2016 will set up "Best Paper Awards", which is presented to the author(s) of a paper of exceptional merit dealing with a subject related to Asian Information Processing.