Call for System Demonstrations


Important Deadlines

Submission deadline: April 5, 2016 (11:59pm PST)
Notification of acceptance: May 22, 2016
Submission of camera ready copies: June 10, 2016
ACL 2016: August 7-12, 2016

Invitation for Submission

The ACL 2016 System Demonstration Program Committee invites proposals for the Demonstrations Program. Submissions may range from early research prototypes to mature production-ready systems. Of particular interest are publicly available open-source or open-access systems. We would like to strongly encourage demonstrations of industrial systems as long as they prove technologically innovative given the current state of the art of theory and applied research in computational linguistics. PLEASE NOTE: Commercial sales and marketing activities are not appropriate in the Demonstrations Program and should be arranged as part of the Exhibit Program.

Areas of interest include all topics related to theoretical and applied computational linguistics, such as (but not limited to) the topics listed on the main conference website:

Accepted submissions will be published in a companion volume of the ACL 2016 conference proceedings, and will be presented during a demo session with an accompanying poster.

The systems may be of the following kinds:

  • Natural Language Processing systems or system components
  • Application systems using language technology components
  • Software tools for computational linguistics research
  • Software for demonstration or evaluation
  • Software supporting learning or education
  • Tools for data visualization and annotation
  • Development tools

Developers should outline the design of their system and provide sufficient details to allow the evaluation of its validity, quality, and relevance to computational linguistics. Pointers to web sites running a demo preview will also be helpful. For non web-based demos, it is possible to submit a short (~2 minute) screencast video demonstrating the system. This screencast will be used to evaluate the paper, but won't be published unless requested. We encourage the authors to include visual aids (e.g., screenshots, snapshots, or diagrams) in the paper. However, there will be place on the START website to upload additional material, if needed. If you choose to submit a screencast, please upload the video to some hosting site (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) and include the link in your submission.

Demo submissions should also clearly indicate if any computer equipment is expected to be provided by the local organizer. If so, please specify desired hardware platform, hard disk and memory capacity, operating system and other software needed in order to run the demo.

Submission Information

Submissions may consist of 6 pages (including references. Papers must conform to the official ACL guidelines which are contained in the style files.

Instead of the acl2016.bst bilbliography file, one can also use natbib-compatible file available at:

Please note that there may be some technical issues with using this file but those are not likely to affect the overall conformity to the style guidelines.

Submission will be electronic in PDF format through the START conference management system at:

Reviewing Policy

Reviewing will be single-blind, so authors do not need to conceal their identity. The paper should include the authors' names and affiliations. Self-references are also allowed.

System Demonstration Co-chairs

Sameer Pradhan, Boulder Learning, USA ()
Marianna Apidianaki, LIMSI-CNRS, University Paris-Saclay, France ()