Call for Papers

Call for Papers

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 high-level, 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 inclusive. In the conviction 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. The sixth edition of CLiC-it will be held in Bari, on 13-15 November, 2019. CLiC-it is an initiative of the Italian Association of Computational Linguistics (AILC —

Invited Speakers

  • Raquel Fernández, ILLC, University of Amsterdam, The Netherland
  •          Title: Visually-grounded dialogue models: past, present, and future

  • Andrea Moro, IUSS - School for Advanced Studies of Pavia, Italy
  •          Title: Impossible languages and the architecture of human grammars


  • Dirk Hovy, Bocconi University - Milan, Italy
  •          Title: Recognizing and reducing bias in NLP applications


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 ones:
  • Dialogue, Discourse and Natural Language Generation
  • Entity Linking, Open Data and Data Science
  • Explainability of Deep Learning models for NLP
  • Information Extraction, Information Retrieval and Question Answering
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Language Resources and Evaluation
  • Lexical Semantics
  • Linguistic Issues in CL and NLP
  • Linguistic Theories, Cognitive Modelling and Psycholinguistics
  • Machine Translation
  • Morphology and Syntax Processing
  • Multilinguality
  • NLP for Digital Humanities
  • NLP for Web and Social Media
  • Pragmatics and Creativity
  • Research and Industrial NLP Applications
  • Replicable and Reproducible methods
  • Sentence-level Semantics
  • Spoken Language Processing and Automatic Speech Understanding
  • Vision, Robotics, Multimodal and Grounding

CLiC-it 2019 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

This year the conference will accept the following types of papers:
  • Regular papers
  • Position papers
  • Survey papers
  • Research communications

Regular and Position papers may consist of up to five (5) pages of content, and two (2) additional pages of references. Survey papers may consist of up to six (6) pages of content, and unlimited additional pages of references. Papers can be either in English or Italian, with the abstract both in English and Italian for papers in Italian. Papers in English are encouraged. Accepted papers will be published on-line and will be presented at the conference either orally or as a poster. For Research communications an extended abstract of two (2) pages (plus unlimited pages for references) is required. There is no need to include a short abstract within the two pages.

Submissions should 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 will be available on the conference website under “Information for Authors”.

Submissions must be electronic in PDF, by using the EasyChair:

Reviewing will NOT be blind, so there is no need to remove author information from manuscripts.

Research Communications

We are also favouring a parallel submission policy for outstanding papers that have been submitted and accepted elsewhere in 2019. If you are the author of a paper accepted at a major international CL conference or journal in 2019, you can present your work at CLiC-it 2019 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.


In order to award the work of young researchers, the title of “best paper” will be attributed to the best paper in different research areas with a Master/PhD student as the first author 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 a prize for the best Master Thesis (Laurea Magistrale) in Computational Linguistics submitted at an Italian University. The prize consists of 500 euros 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 will be available on the conference website under the path: “Calls > AILC Master Thesis Award”.

Important Dates

  • 30/06/2019 12/07/2019: Regular, Position and Survey Papers submission deadline
  • 31/07/2019: Research Communications submission deadline
  • 06/09/2019: Notification to authors of reviewing outcome
  • 30/09/2019: Camera ready version of accepted papers
  • 13-15/11/2019: CLiC-it Conference, Bari


Program co-chairs:
  • Raffaella Bernardi, University of Trento
  • Roberto Navigli, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Giovanni Semeraro, University of Bari Aldo Moro

Area chairs:
  • Dialogue, Discourse and Natural Language Generation
    Alessandro Mazzei, University of Torino
    Marco Guerini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler

  • Explainability of Deep Learning models for NLP
    Danilo Croce, University of Roma Tor Vergata
    Aurelie Herbelot, University of Trento

  • Information Extraction, Information Retrieval and Question Answering
    Raffaele Perego, ISTI-CNR
    Stefano Mizzaro, University of Udine

  • Knowledge Representation
    Enrico Franconi, Free University of Bolzano/Bolzen
    Diego Reforgiato, National Research Council-CNR

  • Language Resources and Evaluation
    Elisabetta Jezek, University of Pavia
    Cristina Bosco, University of Torino

  • Lexical and Sentence-level Semantics
    Alessandro Panunzi, Universiy of Firenze
    Rocco Tripodi, University Ca' Foscari of Venice

  • Linguistic Issues in CL and NLP
    Marco Passarotti, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Milan
    Malvina Nissim, University of Groningen

  • Linguistic Theories, Cognitive Modelling and Psycholinguistics
    Marco Marelli, University of Milano-Bicocca
    Francesco Vespignani, University of Trento

  • Machine Translation and Multilinguality
    Luisa Bentivogli, Fondazione Bruno Kessler - IRST
    Johanna Monti, University of Naples "L'Orientale"

  • Morphology and Syntax Processing
    Fabio Tamburini, FICLIT - Alma mater studiorum University of Bologna
    Cristiano Chesi, Ne.T.S. - IUSS Center for Neurolinguistics and Theoretical Syntax (Pavia)

  • NLP for Digital Humanities
    Federico Boschetti, Institute of Computational Linguistics "A. Zampolli" (ILC), CNR of Pisa
    Rachele Sprugnoli, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Milan

  • NLP for Web and Social Media
    Serena Villata, CNRS-Laboratoire d'Informatique, Signaux et Systèmes de Sophia-Antipolis
    Viviana Patti, University of Torino

  • Pragmatics and Creativity
    Federica Cavicchio, University of Padova
    Carlo Strapparava, Fondazione Bruno Kessler-IRST

  • Research and Industrial NLP Applications
    Francesca Bonin, IBM Research AI
    Alessandro Moschitti, Amazon

  • Replicable and Reproducible methods
    Pierpaolo Basile, University of Bari
    Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio, University of Padova

  • Spoken Language Processing and Automatic Speech Understanding
    Francesco Cutugno, University of Naples Federico II
    Alessandro Vietti, Free University of Bolzano/Bolzen

  • Vision, Robotics, Multimodal and Grounding
    Tatiana Tommasi, Italian Institute of Technology Milan
    Raffaella Folgieri, University of Milan

Local Organizing Committee:
Pierpaolo Basile Fedelucio Narducci
Marco de Gemmis Marco Polignano
Andrea Iovine Gaetano Rossiello
Pasquale Lops Lucia Siciliani
Cataldo Musto Vincenzo Tamburrano
Nicole Novielli