Important Dates

All times are 11:59pm PST on the deadline day.

Submission system opens January 12, 2016
Submission deadline February 12, 2016
Notification of acceptance March 18, 2016
Camera ready copies due April 1, 2016
Demos presented at poster session June 13-14, 2016


Please send any inquiries to the demonstration co-chairs at

  • John DeNero, University of California Berkeley
  • Mark Finlayson, Florida International University
  • Sravana Reddy, Wellesley College

Program Committee

  • Željko Agić, University of Copenhagen
  • Omar Alonso, Microsoft Research
  • Tyler Baldwin, IBM Research
  • Keith Carlson, Dartmouth College
  • Jinho Choi, Emory University
  • Montse Cuadros Oller, Vicomtech-IK4
  • Thierry Declerck, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFK)
  • Karthik Dinakar, MIT Media Lab
  • Catherine Havasi, Luminoso
  • Brigitte Krenn, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI)
  • Finley Lacatusu, Language Computer Corporation
  • Changsong Liu, Michigan State University
  • Marie-Jean Meurs, University of Quebec in Montreal
  • Eni Mustafaraj, Wellesley College
  • Tsuyoshi Okita, Dublin City University
  • Petya Osenova, Sofia University
  • Arzucan Özgür, Bogazici University
  • Stelios Piperidis, Institute for Language and Speech Processing
  • Matt Post, Johns Hopkins University
  • Kirk Roberts, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Masoud Rouhizadeh, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Ivan Vladimir Meza Ruiz, National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • Irene Russo, Italian National Research Council
  • Sebastian Sulger, University of Konstanz
  • Le Sun, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Maarten van Gompel, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Marc Vilain, MITRE
  • Xuchen Yao,
  • Liang-Chih Yu, Yuan Ze University

Archived Call for Papers

We invite papers describing system demonstrations at NAACL HLT. Submissions may range from early prototypes to mature production-ready systems. Of particular interest are publicly available open-source or open-access systems. All accepted demos are published in a companion volume of the conference proceedings, and will be presented during a demo session at NAACL with an accompanying poster.

Submissions should include:

  1. A paper describing the motivation and technical details of the system, including visual aids (e.g., screenshots, snapshots, or diagrams). See examples of recent accepted demo papers in ACL 2015, NAACL 2015, ACL 2014, ACL 2013, and NAACL 2013.
  2. Optionally, 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.
  3. Optionally, a link to a website that hosts or demonstrates your system.

Reviewing will not be double-blind, so you needn't anonymize your papers.

The paper, PDF only, must not be more than four pages, with one optional extra page for references. Please use the main NAACL paper style files. Since you are not required to anonymize the paper, you can uncomment the \naaclfinalcopy command from the LaTeX template.

If you choose to submit a screencast, please upload the video to YouTube or another hosting site, and include the link in your softconf submission. (Contact the demo chairs for alternatives if you prefer not to upload your screencast video to the web.) Any additional links besides the screencast and website URLs should be included in the paper PDF.

We will reject without review any papers that do not follow the official style guidelines and page limits. Papers must be submitted electronically by February 12, 2016 to

Areas of Interest

Areas of interest may include, but are not limited to:

  • End-to-end systems
    • Information extraction and question answering
    • Information access or dialogue
    • Machine translation for consumer or industry applications
    • Mobile applications
    • NLP and speech technologies to support accessibility and assistive devices
    • Technologies for the digital humanities
    • Programs to automate linguistic analyses
  • Systems aiding research and development in NLP
    • Interfaces and resources to support linguistic annotation
    • Software architectures and reusable components
    • Software tools for evaluation or error analysis
    • Research toolkits implementing new or existing techniques
    • Tools for data visualization
  • Systems supporting learning or education
    • Visual interactive aids for students
    • Tutorial agents to support real-time feedback for learning
    • Instructional aids for topics in computational linguistics
    • Systems to score or critique textual student responses
    • Systems to mine textual or behavioral data for educational purposes

Papers will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance to computational linguistics, innovation, and scientific contribution. Accepted submissions will be published in the Companion Volume to the Proceedings of the Conference. As such, papers will also be evaluated on writing style and clarity of presentation.