ICON 2020: 17th International Conference on Natural Language Processing

December 18-21

Organized by

NLP Association, India

AI-NLP-ML Group, Dept. of CSE, IIT Patna

Welcome to ICON 2020!




December 18-21, 2020

Organized by

NLP Association of India
AI-NLP-ML Research Group, IIT Patna

Web: http://www.iitp.ac.in/~ai-nlp-ml/icon2020

Keynote Talk

David Yarowsky, John Hopkins University, USA
Title of the talk: To be announced soon
Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych, Technische Universit├Ąt Darmstadt, Germany
Title of the talk: To be announced soon

The seventeenth International Conference on Natural Language Processing (ICON-2020) will be held at IIT Patna, India during December 18-21, 2020. 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 19-20, 2020. This will be preceded by one day of pre-conference tutorials on December 18, 2020 and one day of post conference workshops on December 21, 2020.

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.


Papers are invited on substantial, original and unpublished research on all aspects of Natural Language Processing, with a particular focus on South Asian languages and other less resourced languages, issues, and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:

The authors have to submit papers under any of the areas mentioned above and must choose the topic(s) at the time of submission.


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Long paper submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work.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. Final versions 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Short paper submissions must describe original and unpublished work.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.

For more details, please visit: http://www.iitp.ac.in/~ai-nlp-ml/icon2020/paper_sub_format.html.


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 2020 template (ACL template). This should contain a topical outline of the content, description of the proposers and their qualifications relating to the tutorial content.


The ICON organising Committee pleased to call for papers for the 2nd 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 21, 2020, as part of the ICON-2020 conference at the Indian Institute of Technology Patna (IIT Patna). The applicants are required to submit a two-page extended abstract of their PhD research work. 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 2020. 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.



Workshop Proposal Submission

September 15, 2020 September 30, 2020

Workshop Acceptance Notification

September 30, 2020 October 07, 2020

Paper Submission Deadline

October 15, 2020 October 22, 2020

Doctoral Consortium Deadline

September 30, 2020 October 15, 2020

Tutorial Proposal Submission

October 10, 2020 October 15, 2020

Tutorial Acceptance Notification

October 30, 2020

Paper Acceptance Notification (Long and Short)

November 15, 2020 December 1, 2020

Paper Acceptance Notification (Doctoral Consortium)

November 15, 2020 December 1, 2020

Camera Ready Paper Submission

December 7, 2020


December 18-21, 2020


Conference General Chair: Rajeev Sangal, IIIT Hyderabad

Conference PC Chairs:

Pushpak Bhattacharyya, IIT Bombay

Dipti Misra Sharma, IIIT Hyderabad


AI-NLP-ML Research Group, IIT Patna

For more details, please visit: http://www.iitp.ac.in/~ai-nlp-ml/icon2020