14th Annual Workshop of
The Australasian Language Technology Association

Monash University, Melbourne

5th - 7th December 2016


The 14th Annual Workshop of the Australian Language Technology Association will be held on the 6th and 7th of December at Caulfield campus of Monash University, colocated with the Australian Document Computing Symposium

The ALTA 2016 workshop is the key local forum for socialising research results in natural language processing and computational linguistics, with presentations and posters from student, industry, and early-career researchers.

The workshop also features invited keynote speakers and panelists and a shared task that encourages promising students to get involved in language technology research.


We invite submissions of two different formats:

Original Research Papers

We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of natural language processing. Long papers should be 6-8 pages. Accepted long papers will have a 15 minute slot for oral presentation plus 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Short papers should be 3-4 pages. Accepted short papers will have a poster presentation plus a short approx. 5 minute talk to advertise the poster. Both formats may include up to 2 pages of references additional to these page count requirements. Note that the review process is double-blind, and accordingly submitted papers should not include the author identity and the text should be suitably anonymised, e.g., using third person wording for self-citations, not providing URLs to your person website, etc.

Original research papers will be included in the workshop proceedings, which will be published online in the ACL anthology and the ALTA website. Long papers will be distinguished from short papers in the proceedings.


To encourage broader participation and facilitate local socialisation of international results, we continue the presentations format introduced last year. We invite submissions of 1-2 page presentation abstracts. These will not be published in the proceedings, but simply reviewed by the ALTA executive committee to ensure that they are on topic, coherent and likely to be of interest to the ALTA community. Abstracts on work in progress and work published or submitted elsewhere are encouraged. ALTA invites submissions of all manner interesting research, not limited to, but including:

Presentation abstracts should not be anonymised, any publications relating to the work should be cited in the submission, and the person who will give the presentation should be clearly stated. Successful submissions will have a 15 or 30 minute slot for an oral presentation. Please nominate what length presentation you would prefer in your submission, although note that we may not be able to honour this request.


Submissions must follow the two-column ACL format. We therefore strongly recommend you use the following style files.

Latex Word
 acl2015.tex  acl2015.dot
 acl2015.sty  acl2015.pdf


ALTA invites the submission of papers and presentations on all aspects of natural language processing, including, but not limited to:

We particularly encourage submissions that broaden the scope of our community through the consideration of practical applications of language technology and through multi-disciplinary research. We also specifically encourage submissions from industry.

Multiple Submission Policy

Original research papers that are under review for other publication venues or that you intend to submit elsewhere may be submitted in parallel to ALTA. We request that you declare at submission that your paper is submitted to another venue, and identify the venue. Should your paper be accepted to both ALTA and another venue, we allow you to decide whether the paper should be published in the ALTA proceedings, or if it should be treated as a Presentation (without archival publication). In this case you would still be able to present a research talk at the ALTA workshop. This is to encourage more internationally leading research to be presented at the workshop.

Submission site

Please submit your papers on EasyChair