Dialogue 2021: General Information

Please be informed that Dialogue 2021, the 27th international conference on computational linguistics, will take place on June 16-June 19, 2021, in Moscow. The place and form of the event will be further clarified – such are the times now.

The Dialogue is supported by leading Russian universities (MSU, MIPT, RSUH, HSE) and research institutes (IPI, IPPI, RСС MSU). The conference is organized by ABBYY. Information support is provided by leading scientific media.

As always, the Dialogue offers to discuss a wide range of problems of computational linguistics on the whole path from linguistic research to technological solutions in the final product.

We invite papers that address the following areas:

  • Computational linguistic resources
  • Computational document analysis (classification, translation, search, summarization, generation, sentiment analysis and argumentation, etc.)
  • Deep learning in computational linguistics (methods of application, meaningful linguistic interpretation)
  • Computational analysis of Social Media
  • Corpus linguistics and corpus geometry (techniques for creating, using, and evaluating corpora)
  • Computer semantics (from analytical to distribution models)
  • Linguistic ontologies and automatic knowledge extraction
  • Multimodal approaches to language analysis (at the intersection of NLP and Computer Vision)
  • Multimodal linguistics (including linguistic speech analysis)
  • Models of communication and dialog agents
  • Linguistic analysis of the text (morphology, syntax, semantics)
  • Computer lexicography

The conference program includes plenary sessions, special and poster sessions, round tables, demonstrations of software systems, seminars and workshops.

All papers accepted for submission based on the review results will be published in the conference proceedings on the Dialog website (indexed in the RSCI).

About 70 papers selected by reviewers and the Editorial Board will be published in the online digest "Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Technologies "(indexed by SCOPUS).

Special events and dominants of Dialogue 2021

Dialogue 2021 is primarily a search for a new balance in solving the main task of the conference, which has remained unchanged for almost half a century: to understand how natural language works, and turn this knowledge into something really useful for people.

Surprisingly, for all the success of the last decade, we have not made much progress in our understanding or in the ability to do something really important.

Two important traditional topics for Dialogue on which we would be particularly happy to see your work are multimodal approaches and the application of deep learning in linguistic research.

Dialogue Evaluation

As usual, within the framework of the "Dialogue", the results of the conducted tests will be summed up and the conditions for conducting new ones will be discussed. This year, it is planned to conduct tests on several tasks, including:

  • Clustering and automatic generation of article titles (second attempt)
  • Normalization of named entities
  • Identification of lexical semantic shifts
  • Simplifying texts
  • Parallel semantic sketches
  • Speech recognition for low-resource languages

More detailed information about the competition will be sent to the subscribers of the Dialogue and published on website in the Dialogue Evaluation section later.

The student session

A student poster session on the main areas of Dialogue is planned again. The accepted papers will be published in a special section on the conference website. The conditions for accepting papers for the student session will be sent out in a separate letter.

Working languages of the conference

The working languages of the conference are Russian and English. When choosing the language of the submitted work, the following rule applies:

  • In accordance with the requirements of SCOPUS, "computer" reports with an emphasis on the method must be submitted in English. It also allows you to involve international experts in reviewing. Authors should have English slides and be ready to present their work in English (provided that they are included in the" international " sections of the program, which we will inform you about in advance). This is important for foreign participants.
  • Papers may be submitted in the Russian language if their material requires knowledge of the Russian language for understanding. The decision on whether to accept the text in Russian and/or include it in the digest is made by the reviewers and the Editorial Board. The authors of such reports will have to prepare an extended abstract in English.

On the principles of selecting reports for the " Dialogue»

"Dialogue" is fundamentally interdisciplinary and focused on communication between linguists and developers of applied linguistic technologies. We ask all those who plan to participate in the "Dialogue" to take this tradition into account when choosing the topics, content and form of your speeches.

We ask the authors of the submitted reports to take into account when selecting material for the Dialogue that the conference belongs to the field of computational linguistics, even if this is not explicitly indicated in the name of some areas. Works in which the specifics of the Dialogue are not taken into account in any way cannot be accepted. Our reviewers will pay special attention to the presence in theoretical reports of a clearly formulated and solved constructive problem, and in applied research-a verifiable result obtained on adequate language material.

Procedure for submitting papers

Full texts of papers with annotations in Russian and English will be accepted from February 1 to March 1 inclusive. Exceptions can only be made in two cases:

  1. For test participants who submit full - fledged articles in which Evaluation is based on the results obtained, the deadline is set in agreement with the Track Organizing Committees.
  2. In individual cases, the Program Committee may decide to move the deadline on a special application from the author, submitted no later than February 24.

At the same time, authors who have received permission to shift the deadline must enter data about their work in the system before the general deadline.

Reports are submitted via the CMT online system, where you must register after January 20.

Requirements for the design of papers

Requirements for the design of submitted papers will be published on the website a little later.

The order of review

The Dialog uses double-blind review of papers. This requires authors to take into account certain restrictions in order to anonymize the texts submitted for review.

The results of the review will be sent by the Editorial Board after April 20 at the end of the review procedure. The date of the decision depends both on the time of submission of the report by the authors, and on the efficiency and unity of opinions of the reviewers. The authors can  receive wishes and comments. If it is necessary to significantly improve the materials, the Editorial Board conducts a re-review of individual papers. Therefore, the final decision on some reports may be made later.

From May 1, 2021. we accept final versions of articles prepared taking into account the comments of reviewers and designed in accordance with the requirements. The filing date is set individually depending on the date of the final decision on the report. Please note that the organizers do not guarantee the publication of articles sent late.

Requests for the holding of workshops and round tables

In recent years, the Dialogue has developed a tradition of holding special round tables and workshops.

We invite initiative groups wishing to hold their seminars and round tables within the framework of the Dialogue-2021 program to submit applications to the Organizing Committee by February 20, 2021. Please note that if the application is approved, its initiators form their own organizing committee, which takes care of the selection of speakers and holding the event at the time agreed with the main Organizing Committee.

Key dates:

Papers to be submitted for review by March 1

Distribution of review results from April 20

Final versions to be submitted for publication from May 1

Complete program will be available after June 1 

The conference runs from 16 to 19 June

Submission of reports for the student session (date to be specified) until May 10

Should you have any questions about the conference, please write to the secretary at secretary@dialog-21.ru.

We hope to see you at the conference!