Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues, Partners and Friends,

We invite you to submit a contribution to the 5th Swiss Text Analytics Conference (SwissText) & 16th Conference on Natural Language Processing (KONVENS), which takes place on June 23-25, 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland.

SwissText is an annual conference established in 2016 by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)  that brings together text analytics experts from industry and academia.

KONVENS has been held regularly since 1992 and deals with all areas of natural language processing.

The joint SwissText + KONVENS 2020 conference will last for three days and will feature the following tracks:

  • Applied Track, with a strong focus on industry and applied research. This track constitutes the continuation of the “Swiss Track” from previous SwissText editions.
  • Scientific Track, with technical research papers from the international scientific community.
  • Demo Track, which provides a platform for companies and universities to showcase their interactive NLP solutions.

Conference website:

Applied Track

The goal of the Applied Track is to bring together experts from industry and academia. For this track, we are looking for presentations with a strong focus on practical applicability. 

Presentations can be:

  • Showcases
  • Applications (If you have a live demonstration, please submit to the Demo Track instead)
  • Resources
  • Applied research results
  • Any other contribution that is interesting to the audience

For this track, a short abstract (up to 1500 characters) has to be submitted, along with a CV of the presenter (text format, no tables — max. 500 characters) and the intended audience (e.g. developers, decision makers, project managers, max. 300 characters). All data is entered online via EasyChair:

Note: If you intend to publish a full scientific paper, please submit it to the Scientific Track.

Scientific Track

In this track, we welcome technical papers dealing with natural language processing, computational linguistics, and machine learning/data science with a focus on text analytics.

The 2020 special theme is: Multilingual NLP

While previous KONVENS editions have traditionally focused on NLP for German, given the multilingual setting of Switzerland (German, French, Italian, Romansh, Swiss German), we encourage NLP researchers working on these languages (plus English as supplement) in and outside of Switzerland to submit their work.

We welcome the following two types of contributions:

  • Long papers (8 pages plus references): substantial results
  • Short papers (4 pages plus references): progress reports and similar

Submission format:

Demo Track

The conference features a dedicated track for demonstrations of available NLP solutions (open source or proprietary). The goal is to give developers, companies, and researchers a platform to showcase their products and tools, and for the audience to get an overview of production-ready NLP solutions. All accepted demos will be presented live during the demo exhibition at the conference.

Please provide a short abstract of your demo (up to 1500 characters), a screenshot of your solution, and a description of the intended audience (e.g. developers, researchers, etc., max. 300 chars). All data is entered online via EasyChair:


All accepted scientific papers will be published in the conference proceedings. For presentations in the Applied Track, the abstract will be included in the proceedings. There is no differentiation between oral or poster presentations in the proceedings. The proceedings will be published on (open access). To appear in the proceedings, each contribution has to be presented by at least one author at the conference.

Presentation Types

Accepted submissions in the Applied Track and the Scientific Track will be presented orally or as posters, as determined by the program committee. All accepted Demos will be presented live during the demo exhibition at the conference.

Presentations are in English and will be listed in the conference program.

Applied Track short abstractpresentation or postershort abstract
Scientific Track long or short paperpresentation or posterlong or short paper
Demo Trackshort abstractdemo

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: March 8, 2020 (23:59 CEST)
  • Author notification: April 19, 2020
  • Camera-ready version due: May 5, 2020
  • Conference: June 23-25, 2020

Organization Committee

Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Mark Cieliebak, Manuela Hürlimann, Don Tuggener, Fernando Benites, Jan Deriu)

University of Zurich (Martin Volk, Sarah Ebling, Noëmi Aepli)


The conference will take place on the main campus of the University of Zurich.


Please direct all questions regarding the submission process to

Program Committees

Applied Track

Manfred Vogel

Noah Bubenhofer

Tim Vor der Brück

Fabio Rinaldi

Roberto Mastropietro

Jürgen Vogel

Martin Jaggi

Jürgen Spielberger

Hatem Ghorbel

Andrei Popescu-Belis

Thoralf Mildenberger

Don Tuggener

Fernando Benites

Egon Werlen

Mark Cieliebak

Maria Sokhn

Thilo Stadelmann

Scientific Track

Noëmi  Aepli

Adrien  Barbaresi

Fernando  Benites

Chris  Biemann

Marcel  Bollmann

Ernst  Buchberger

Pascual  Cantos-Gómez

Mark  Cieliebak

Simon  Clematide

Berthold Crysmann

Ernesto William  De Luca

Stefanie  Dipper

Sarah  Ebling

Xavier  Gómez Guinovart

Ulrich  Heid

Serge  Heiden

Manuela Hürlimann

Martin  Jaggi

Manfred  Klenner

Roman  Klinger

Valia  Kordoni

Brigitte  Krenn

Udo  Kruschwitz

Ekaterina  Lapshinova-Koltunski

Roberto  Mastropietro

Alexander  Mehler

Margot  Mieskes

Simonetta Montemagni

Preslav  Nakov

Sebastian  Pado

Patrick  Paroubek

Johann  Petrak

Hannes  Pirker

Andrei  Popescu-Belis

Uwe  Quasthoff

Ines  Rehbein

Georg  Rehm

Fabio  Rinaldi

Sophie  Rosset

Paolo  Rosso

Tanja  Samardzic

Felix  Sasaki

Yves  Scherrer

Helmut  Schmid

Gerold  Schneider

Sabine  Schulte Im Walde

Roland  Schäfer

Rico  Sennrich

Manfred  Stede

Kurt  Stockinger

Ludovic  Tanguy

Don  Tuggener

Manfred  Vogel

Martin  Volk

Tim  Vor der Brück

Egon  Werlen

Magdalena  Wolska

Torsten  Zesch

Heike  Zinsmeister