34th International Conference of the SEPLN

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September 19-21, 2018 – Virgen del Rocío University Hospital (Seville, Spain)



The 32nd. Edition of the International Conference of the Spanish Society for Natural Language Processing (SEPLN) will take place at the Virgen del Rocío University Hospital (Seville, Spain) on 19-21 September 2018.

The huge amount of information available in digital format and in different languages calls for systems to enable us to access this vast library in an increasingly more structured way. In this same area, there is a renewed interest in improving the information accessibility and information exploitation in multilingual environments. Most of the formal foundations for dealing appropriately with these necessities have been, and are still being, established in the area of Natural Language Processing and its many branches: Information extraction and retrieval, Questions answering systems, Machine translation, Automatic analysis of textual content, Text summarization, Text generation, and Speech recognition and synthesis.

The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for discussion and communication where the latest research work and developments in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP) can be presented by scientific and business communities. The conference also aims at exposing new possibilities of real applications and R&D projects in this field.

Moreover, as in previous editions, there is the intention of identifying future guidelines or paths for basic research and foreseen software applications, in order to compare them against the market needs. Finally, the conference intends to be an appropriate forum in helping new professionals to become active members in this field.

This year we will organize a Doctoral Symposium. It will provide doctoral students investigating topics in natural language processing with a unique opportunity to have interaction with other researchers and receive feedback regarding their proposed research.


Researchers and companies are encouraged to send communications, project abstracts or demonstrations related to any language technology topic including but not limited to the following:

  • Linguistic, mathematic and psycholinguistic models of language.
  • Machine learning in NLP.
  • Computational lexicography and terminology.
  • Corpus linguistics.
  • Development of linguistic resources and tools.
  • Grammars and formalisms for morphological and syntactic analysis.
  • Semantics, pragmatics and discourse.
  • Lexical ambiguity resolution.
  • Monolingual and multilingual text generation.
  • Machine translation.
  • Speech synthesis and recognition.
  • Dialogue systems.
  • Audio indexing.
  • Monolingual and multilingual information extraction and retrieval.
  • Question answering systems.
  • Evaluation of NLP systems.
  • Automatic textual content analysis.
  • Sentiment analysis and opinion mining.
  • Plagiarism detection.
  • Negation and speculation processing.
  • Text mining in blogosphere and social networks.
  • Text summarization.
  • Image retrieval.
  • NLP in biomedical domain.
  • NLP-based generation of teaching resources.
  • NLP for languages with limited resources.
  • NLP industrial applications.


All information related to the conference can be found in the web: http://www.sepln2018.com/en/


The conference will last three days and will consist of sessions devoted to presenting papers, posters, tutorials, ongoing research projects and prototype or product demonstrations connected with topics addressed in the conference.

In this edition, we also organize a Doctoral Symposium and so give doctoral students the opportunity to receive feedback on their thesis project, and interact with other researchers about the proposed research.

Besides, we expect to organize associated workshops.


All contributions must be submitted electronically using the Myreview system.

Authors are encouraged to send theoretical or application-oriented proposals related to NLP. The proposals must include the following sections:

  • The title of the communication.
  • An abstract in English and Spanish (maximum 150 words) and a list of keywords.
  • The paper can be written in Spanish or English. Its overall maximum length will be 8 pages, including references.
  • The documents must not include headers or footers.
  • Papers should NOT include the names of the authors.

The papers proposed will be reviewed at least by three reviewers, and can be accepted to be presented either as posters or as communications, depending on the program necessities. However, no distinction will be made between communications and posters in the printed version of the SEPLN journal.


The final version of the paper (camera ready) should be submitted together with a cover letter explaining how the suggestions of the reviewers were implemented in the final version. This cover letter will be taking in mind in order to accept or finally reject the selected paper.

The format of the SEPLN journal must be followed. You can get more information here.

In addition, all proposals will have to comply with the following requirements, depending on whether they pare papers, demos or projects.


As in previous editions, the organizers encourage participants to give oral presentations of R&D projects and demos of systems or tools related to the NLP field. For oral presentations on R&D projects to be accepted, the following information must be included:

  • Project title.
  • Author name, affiliation, address, e-mail and phone number
  • Funding institutions
  • Research Groups participating in the project
  • Abstract
  • Maximum length: 4 pages including references.

For demonstrations to be accepted, the following information is mandatory:

  • Demo title.
  • Author name, affiliation, address, e-mail and phone number
  • Abstract
  • Maximum length: 4 pages including references.
  • Time estimation for the whole presentation.


Doctoral Symposium

The Doctoral Symposium is designed to provide a venue for student researchers in Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing to present their work. Students will receive feedback and mentorship from an experienced researcher in the field based on the topic of their submission.

All PhD students are invited to submit short papers (4 pages) describing their thesis projects. The paper must be signed by a single author (doctoral candidate) and must follow the SEPLN format. Article submitted will be the basis for the detailed discussions in the Symposium. In order to take advantage of the discussion, the document should include:

  • Reason for the proposed research.
  • Background and related work (including important references).
  • Description of the proposed research, including the main hypotheses for research.
  • Methodology and the proposed experiments (if necessary).
  • Specific issues of research to be discussed

Papers for Doctoral Symposium will be selected according to the quality and potential impact on future research within the field of natural language processing. The selected works will not be published in the SEPLN journal, but they will be included in an electronic version of the conference proceedings. Therefore, PhD students could send an extended version of their research in order to be consider for the plenary conference.

Organizing Committee

Noa Patricia Cruz Díaz, Virgen del Rocío University Hospital (Spain)


  • Manuel de Buenaga. Universidad Europea de Madrid (Spain)
  • Sylviane Cardey-Greenfield. Centre de recherche en linguistique et traitement automatique des langues, Lucien Tesnière. Besançon (France).
  • Irene Castellón. Universidad de Barcelona (Spain)
  • Arantza Díaz de Ilarraza. Universidad del País Vasco (Spain)
  • Antonio Ferrández. Universidad de Murcia (Spain)
  • Alexander Gelbukh. Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Mexico)
  • Koldo Gojenola. Universidad del País Vasco (Spain)
  • Xavier Gómez Guinovart. Universidad de Vigo (Spain)
  • José Miguel Goñi. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
  • Bernardo Magnini. Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy)
  • Nuno J. Mamede. Computadores Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa (Portugal)
  • M. Antonia Martí Antonín. Universidad de Barcelona (Spain)
  • M. Teresa Martín Valdivia. Universidad de Jaén (Spain)
  • Patricio Martínez-Barco. Universidad de Murcia (Spain)
  • Raquel Martínez. Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain)
  • Leonel Ruiz Miyares. Centro de Linguistica Aplicada de Santiago de Cuba (Cuba)
  • Ruslan Mitkov. University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom)
  • Manuel Montes y Gómez. Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (Mexico)
  • Lidia Moreno. Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain)
  • Lluís Padró. Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (Spain)
  • Manuel Palomar. Universidad de Murcia (Spain)
  • Ferrán Pla. Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain)
  • German Rigau. Universidad del País Vasco (Spain)
  • Horacio Rodríguez. Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (Spain)
  • Kepa Sarasola. Universidad del País Vasco (Spain)
  • Emilio Sanchís. Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain)
  • Isabel Segura Bedmar, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
  • Thamar Solorio. University of Houston (U.S.A)
  • Maite Taboada. Simon Fraser University (Canada)
  • Juan-Manuel Torres-Moreno. Laboratoire Informatique d’Avignon /Université d’Avignon (France)
  • José Antonio Troyano Jiménez. Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)
  • L. Alfonso Ureña López. Universidad de Jaén (Spain)
  • Rafael Valencia García. Universidad de Murcia (Spain)
  • Felisa Verdejo. Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain)
  • Manuel Vilares. Universidad de la Coruña (Spain)
  • Luis Villaseñor-Pineda. Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica. (Mexico)

Contact Organising Committee: noapatricia.cruz.exts [at] juntadeandalucia.es

Conference Website: http://www.sepln2018.com/en/


  • Deadline for full papers, demos, and projects: April 4, 2018
  • Notifications: May 2, 2018
  • Camera Ready: May 17, 2018
  • Conference: September 19-21, 2018
  • Workshops and Tutorials: September 18, 2018