About the conference

The International Conference on Asian Language Processing (IALP) is the flagship conference of the Chinese and Oriental Languages Information Processing Society (COLIPS). It is a series of conferences with a 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 to meet. IALP conference series has a long history, which dates back to its first event ICCC in 1986. Over the decades, the IALP conference has developed into one of the important conferences on Language Processing conference in Asia. Since 2008, IALP has traveled to many Asian cities including Chiang Mai (2008), Singapore (2009), Harbin (2010), Penang (2011), Hanoi (2012), Urumqi (2013), Kuching (2014), Suzhou(2015), Tainan(2016), Singapore(2017) and Bandung(2018), and Shanghai(2019). It has greatly helped to promote the research of Asian Language Processing in the region. COLIPS has been in collaboration with IEEE in the organization of the conferences. IEEE Singapore and other local chapters have served as technical co-sponsors. The proceedings have been published by IEEE since 2009.

IALP 2020 will be online event on December 4-6, 2020, organized by Monash University Malaysia and Chinese and Oriental Languages Information Processing Society (COLIPS), Singapore. We cordially invite you to submit papers to this year’s event. The topics of the conference cover all aspects of Asian Language Processing, including, but not limited to natural language processing, spoken language processing, linguistics, language education, etc. Accepted papers will be presented in one of the oral sessions or poster sessions as determined by the program committee.  The proceedings of the conferences will be published by IEEE, and included in the IEEE Xplore digital library. The proceedings will also be submitted for indexing by Ei Compendex.

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Submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work.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 a s determined by the programcommittee.

As the reviewing will be blind, manuscriptsmust 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 six (6) 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 theofficial style guidelines.

The official language of the conference is English. Papers submitted should bewritten in English.


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, computation 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

Special Sessions:

We understand that there are special interests in a few topics, as part of the effort in promoting low resourced language research, in the conference we organize the following special sessions:

  • Special Session on Malay Language Processing: IALP 2020 is organized by Monash University Malaysia. We would like to encourage researchers on Malay language to take this chance to exchange their research development.
  • Special Session on Low Resource Language Processing:Many of the Asian languages are low research languages. It is always a challenge to process low resource language. It is important to specially study the approaches that are suitable for low resource language processing. We encourage those who work on related topics to submit their research results.
  • Special Session on New Technologies for Asian Language Processing: Research of new approach for Asian language processing is encouraged to submit their work to this special session. Reports of any new attempts on the processing of Asian languages are welcome.

Important dates:

Paper submission deadline:  15 Sep 2020 (extended)
Special session paper submission deadline: 5 October 2020
Notification of acceptance: 20 October 2020
Camera-ready deadline: 27 October 2020
Author registration deadline: 31 October 2020
Conference dates: 4-6 December 2020

Please refer to paper submission page to submit paper.