Welcome to ICON 2021!

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, ICON 2021 will be held virtually

Keynote Talks

Prof. Josef van Genabith

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BIOGRAPHY: Prof. Josef van Genabith is currently Scientific Director of Multilingual Technologies at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and Full Professor and Chair of Translation-Oriented Language Technologies at the University of Saarland, Germany. He was the founding Director of the Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL, now ADAPT), in Dublin, Ireland, and a Professor in the School of Computing at Dublin City University (DCU). He was Principal Investigator for a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)- and two Enterprise Ireland (EI)-funded Basic Research grants and was awarded an SFI Principal Investigatorship. He was awarded an IRCSET planning grant to lead a consortium of six Irish universities (DCU, UCD, TCD, DIT, NUIM, UL) and two industrial partners (IBM and Microsoft) to draft a Graduate School in Speech and Language Technology. He has a special interest in Multilingual technologies including machine translation, language understanding and language generation.

Prof. Philip Resnik

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BIOGRAPHY: Prof. Philip Resnik holds a joint appointment as Professor in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and the Department of Linguistics, and an Affiliate Professor appointment in Computer Science. He earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Science at Harvard in 1987, and his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science at University of Pennsylvania in 1993, and joined the University of Maryland faculty in 1996. His industry experience prior to entering academia includes time in R&D at Bolt Beranek and Newman, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and Sun Microsystems Laboratories. Resnik's research focuses on computational modeling of language that brings together linguistic knowledge, domain expertise, and data-driven machine learning methods, with an emphasis on applications in computational social science as well as experience in multilingual text analysis and machine translation, and scientific interests in computational cognitive neuroscience. He holds two patents and has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and conference papers. At various times his work has been highlighted in Newsweek, The Economist, New Scientist, and on National Public Radio, and he has been a repeat organizer and panelist at SXSW Interactive. Outside academia, Resnik was a technical co-founder of CodeRyte (clinical natural language processing, acquired in 2012 by 3M Health Information Systems), and is an advisor to Converseon (social strategy and analytics), FiscalNote (machine learning and analytics for government relations), and SoloSegment (web site search and content optimization).

Prof. Rada Mihalcea

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BIOGRAPHY: Prof. Rada Mihalcea is currently a Professor of computer science and engineering with the University of Michigan and the Director of the Michigan Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Her research interests are in lexical semantics, multilingual NLP, and computational social sciences. She serves or has served on the editorial boards of the Journals of Computational Linguistics, the Language Resources and Evaluations, the Natural Language Engineering, the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, and the Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics. She was the Program Co-Chair for EMNLP 2009 and ACL 2011, and the General Chair for NAACL 2015 and *SEM 2019. She currently serves as the ACL Vice-President Elect. She is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2008) and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers awarded by President Obama (2009). In 2013, she was made an honorary citizen of her hometown of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Associate Prof. Louis-Philippe Morency

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BIOGRAPHY: Louis-Philippe Morency is currently a tenure-track Faculty at CMU Language Technology Institute where he lead the Multimodal Communication and Machine Learning Laboratory (MultiComp Lab). He was previously Research Faculty at USC Computer Science Department. He received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research focuses on building the computational foundations to enable computers with the abilities to analyze, recognize and predict subtle human communicative behaviors during social interactions. Central to this research effort is the technical challenge of multimodal machine learning: mathematical foundation to study heterogeneous multimodal data and the contingency often found between modalities. This multi-disciplinary research topic overlaps the fields of multimodal interaction, social psychology, computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and has many applications in areas as diverse as medicine, robotics and education.

Call for Papers

The eighteenth International Conference on Natural Language Processing (ICON-2021) will be held at NIT Silchar, India during December 16-19, 2021. The ICON Conference series is a forum for promoting interaction among researchers in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Computational linguistics (CL) in India and abroad. The main conference is on December 17-18, 2021. This will be preceded by one day of pre-conference tutorials / workshops on December 16, 2021 and one day of post conference shared tasks / tools / demos on December 19, 2021.

Papers in ICON proceedings will be indexed in ACL Anthology. ACL Anthology is a digital archive of research papers in Computational Linguistics for major international conferences under Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), which is one of the most well-known associations for NLP and CL. The previous proceedings of ICON 2014, ICON 2015, ICON 2016, ICON 2017, ICON 2019 and ICON 2020 can be found in ACL Anthology.


Papers are invited on substantial, original and unpublished research on all aspects of Natural Language Processing, with a particular focus on South Asian languages and other less resourced languages, issues, and applications relevant to South Asia. However, other languages of the world are not excluded. The areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Call for Tutorials / Workshops

Proposals are invited for pre-conference tutorials/workshops. Tutorials/Workshops can be of half-day or full-day duration. The proposal should be presented in the form of an extended abstract (1-2 pages) as per the ICON 2021 template (ACL template). This should contain a topical outline of the content, description of the proposers and their qualifications relating to the tutorial content.
Proposals for Tutorial/Workshop can be submitted at this link. Send tutorial/workshop proposals to the ICON-2021 Secretariat by email to icon2021nitsilchar@gmail.com. For further information, please refer to the Conference URL or contact the ICON-2021 Secretariat.

Call for Doctoral Consortium

The ICON organising Committee pleased to call for papers for the 3rd Doctoral Consortium. This event extends an opportunity for doctoral candidates to present and discuss their research with a panel of experts. The discussion would include a feedback on the evolution and progress of their research. It also helps them to identify the roadmap and additional studies, which could help refine the shape of their doctoral thesis. The doctoral consortium will be a one-day or half day event being organised on December 16, 2021, as part of the ICON-2021 conference at the National Institute of Technology Silchar (NIT Silchar). The applicants are required to submit a two-page extended abstract of their PhD research work. Submit your abstracts at this link . The shortlisted candidates would be invited to the consortium where they are required to present a summary of their research. Each candidate will be given 30 minutes for the presentation, which will be followed by a discussion of 15 minutes, led by a panel of experts. Prospective doctoral students from language technologies related disciplines are invited to apply. The selection of participants will be based on the submitted abstracts.


The invitation is open to all participants of ICON 2021. The applicants are required to submit an extended two-page abstract on their ongoing doctoral research. The submission can be extended to a maximum of two pages including all text, figures and tables, plus an additional third page exclusively for references. The submissions must follow the ICON template provided in the author's kit.The abstracts may incorporate published and in-progress work from the authors. Submissions are expected to present a fair picture of the research undertaken towards the thesis. Participants are advised to refrain from submitting a shorter version of their conference papers. Submissions must have the participant as the sole author. Acknowledgements to their supervisors, supporting agencies/bodies, and contributors to thework, can be made in a separate section.

The submission must highlight the following: The motivation of the research; Key issues identified/addressed; Major contributions; Methodologies, Experiments; Discussion of results; Future plans and Roadmap for the thesis.

Call for Shared Tasks /Tools / Demos

Proposals are invited for post-conference shared tasks / tools / demos. Shared Tasks /Tools / Demos can be of half-day or full-day duration. The proposal should be presented in the form of an extended abstract (1-2 pages) as per the ICON 2021 template (ACL template). This should contain a topical outline of the content, description of the proposers and their qualifications relating to the shared tasks / tools / demos content.
Proposals for Shared Tasks /Tools / Demos can be submitted at this link. Send shared task / tool / demo proposals to the ICON-2021 Secretariat by email to icon2021nitsilchar@gmail.com. For further information, please refer to the Conference URL or contact the ICON-2021 Secretariat.

Important Dates


Paper Submission Deadline

October 15, 2021October 22, 2021

Paper Acceptance Notification

November 15, 2021November 22, 2021

Paper Camera Ready Paper Submission

December 5, 2021

Doctoral Consortium Deadline

October 15, 2021

Paper Acceptance Notification (Doctoral Consortium)

November 15, 2021

Workshop Proposal Submission

September 15, 2021

Workshop Acceptance Notification

September 30, 2021

Tutorial Proposal Submission

October 10, 2021

Tutorial Acceptance Notification

October 30, 2021

Shared Task /Tool/ Demo Proposal Submission

September 15, 2021

Shared Task /Tool/ Demo Acceptance Notification

September 30, 2021


December 16-19, 2021

Paper Submission Information

Long Papers

Long paper submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work.
Long papers may consist of up to 8 pages of content, plus unlimited references. Finalversions of long papers will be given one additional page of content (up to 9 pages) plus any no of pages for the references.

Short Papers

Short paper submissions must describe original and unpublished work. Please note that a short paper is not a shortened long paper. Instead short papers should have a point that can be made in a few pages. Some kinds of short papers are:

A small, focused contribution

A negative result

An opinion piece

An interesting application nugget

Short papers may consist of up to 4 pages of content, plus unlimited references. Upon acceptance, short papers will be given 5 content pages in the proceedings.
Authors are encouraged to use this additional page to address reviewers' comments in their final versions.

Instructions for Double-Blind Review

As reviewing will be double blind, papers must not include authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references or links (such as github) 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) ..." Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.
Papers should not refer, for further detail, to documents that are not available to the reviewers. For example, do not omit or redact important citation information to preserve anonymity. Instead, use third person or named reference to this work, as described above ("Smith showed" rather than "we showed").
Papers may be accompanied by a resource (software and/or data) described in the paper, but these resources should be anonymized as well.


The author list for submissions should include all (and only) individuals who made substantial contributions to the work presented. Each author listed on a submission to ICON 2021 will be notified of submissions, revisions and the final decision. No changes to the order or composition of authorship may be made to submissions to ICON 2021 after the paper submission deadline.

Paper Submission and Templates

Submission is electronic, using the Softconf START conference management system. The submission site is now available at https://www.softconf.com/icon2021/papers/

The deadline for submission of both long and short papers is 15 October, 2021 (GMT -12).

Both long and short papers must follow the ACL Author Guidelines

Style sheets (Latex, Word) are available here: https://acl2020.org/downloads/acl2020-templates.zip

The Overleaf template is also available here: https://www.overleaf.com/latex/templates/acl-2020-proceedings-template/zsrkcwjptpcd

Please do not modify these style files, or use templates designed for other conferences. Submissions that do not conform to the required styles, including paper size, margin width, and font size restrictions, will be rejected without review.