The Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics, CLiC-it, aims at establishing a reference forum for the Italian community of researchers working in the fields of Computational Linguistics (CL) and Natural Language Processing (NLP). CLiC-it promotes and disseminates original research on all aspects of automatic language processing, both written and spoken, and targets state-of-the-art theoretical results, experimental methodologies, technologies, as well as application perspectives, which may contribute to the advancement of the CL and NLP fields. The spirit of the conference is multi- and inter-disciplinary. Considering that the complexity of language phenomena needs cross-disciplinary competences, CLiC-it intends to bring together researchers of related disciplines such as Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Machine Learning, Computer Science, Knowledge Representation, Information Retrieval, and Digital Humanities. CLiC-it is open to contributions on all languages, with a particular emphasis on Italian. CLiC-it is an initiative of the Italian Association of Computational Linguistics (AILC — http://www.ai-lc.it).
***Topics of Interest*** The conference invites the submission of papers on all aspects of automated language processing. Relevant topics for the conference include, but are not limited to, the following areas: - Information Extraction, Information Retrieval and Question Answering - CL and NLP for the Humanities - Computational Social Science and Social Media - Dialogue, Discourse and Natural Language Generation - Ethics and NLP - Language Resources and Evaluation - Spoken Language Processing and Automatic Speech Understanding - Linguistic Issues in CL and NLP - Cognitive Modeling and Psycholinguistics - Machine Learning for NLP - Machine Translation and Multilingualism - Morphology and Syntax Processing - Pragmatics and Creativity - Research and Industrial NLP Applications - Semantics, Knowledge Representation - Vision, Robotics, Multimodal and Grounding CLiC-it 2021 has the goal of a broad technical program. We invite papers in theoretical computational linguistics, empirical/data-driven approaches, resources and their evaluation, as well as NLP applications and tools. We also invite papers describing a challenge in the field, position papers, survey papers, and papers that describe a negative result.
***Submission Format*** Papers may consist of up to five (5) pages of content plus unlimited references. Final versions of papers will be given one additional page of content so that reviewers' comments can be taken into account. Papers can be either in English or Italian, with the abstract both in English and Italian. Each paper will be reviewed by three independent reviewers. Accepted papers will be published on-line and will be presented at the conference either orally or as a poster. For research communications (see below) an abstract of two (2) pages is required. Submissions must follow the ACL two-column format. We strongly recommend the use of LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style files according to the ACL format, which are available on the conference website at https://clic2021.disco.unimib.it/information-for-authors/. Submission must be electronic in PDF. Papers must be submitted through the EasyChair platform using the following link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=clicit2021. During the submission process, authors must specify the track relevant for their manuscript. Reviewing is single blind, so there is no need to remove author information from manuscripts at submission time.
***Research Communications*** We are also favouring a parallel submission policy for outstanding papers that have been submitted and accepted elsewhere in 2021. If you are the author of a paper accepted at a major international CL conference or journal in 2021, you can present your work at CLiC-it 2021 in the form of a short research communication, within a dedicated session at the conference. Research communications will not be published in the proceedings, but are mostly intended to enforce dissemination of excellence in research within the Italian CL community.
***Awards*** In order to award the work of young researchers, the title of “best paper” will be attributed to the best paper with a Master/PhD student among the authors and presenting the work at the conference. The awarded authors will be invited to submit an extended version of their papers to the Italian Journal of Computational Linguistics (IJCoL). To recognise excellence in student research as well as promote awareness of our field and with the endorsement of AILC, we are conferring the “Emanuele Pianta” prize for the best Master Thesis (Laurea Magistrale) in Computational Linguistics submitted at an Italian University. The prize consists of 500 euro plus free membership to AILC for one year and free registration to the upcoming CLiC-it, where the author will have the chance to present her/his thesis. The complete call is available on the conference website at: “Calls > AILC Master Thesis Award”.
***Important Dates*** 13/9/2021: Paper submission deadline 15/10/2021: Deadline for best master thesis proposals by supervisors 25/10/2021: Notification to authors of reviewing outcome 8/11/2021: Camera ready version of accepted papers 26-28/01/2022: CLiC-it Conference
***Invited Speakers*** Prof. Dan Roth, University of Pennsylvania, USA Prof. Barbara Plank, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
***Invited Tutorials*** Prof. Julia Bosque-Gil, University of Zaragoza, Spain Prof. Daniel Zeman, Charles University, Czech Republic
***Program Committee Co-Chairs*** Elisabetta Fersini, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy Marco Passarotti, UniversitÓ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy Viviana Patti, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Torino, Turin, Italy
***Further Information*** Conference website: http://clic2021.disco.unimib.it Mail: clicit2021 at gmail.com
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