Call for Papers


Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing – FSMNLP 2015
12th International Conference

Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany
June 22-24, 2015


The international conference series Finite-State Methods and Natural Language Processing (FSMNLP) is the premier forum of the ACL Special Interest Group on Finite-State Methods (SIGFSM). It serves researchers and practitioners working on:

  • natural language processing (NLP) applications or language resources,
  • theoretical and implementational aspects, or their combinations
  • that have obvious relevance or an explicit relation to finite-state methods.


The conference invites papers related to themes including but not limited to:

  • NLP applications and linguistic aspects of finite-state methods
  • Finite-state models of natural language and linguistic theories
  • Practices for building morphological models for the world’s languages using finite-state technology
  • Machine learning of finite-state models of natural language
  • Finite-state manipulation software and tools with relevance to NLP
  • Practical implementations of linguistic descriptions with finite-state technology, including grammars, machine learning tools, language-specific challenges to finite-state NLP
  • Mathematical results with relevance to finite state machines and description languages
  • Applications of finite-state-based NLP in fields such as comparative linguistics, field linguistics, applied linguistics and language teaching.

We would like to introduce the FSMNLP 2015 SPECIAL THEME:


  • The special theme does not restrict the scope of papers. We would like to encourage a variety of submissions relating to any dimension of finite-state NLP.
  • We encourage papers which apply finite-state methods to domains which are beyond the traditional focus of FSMNLP, such as syntactic analysis, machine translation, phonetic realization, semantics, text processing…
  • Finite-state methods have revolutionized computational morphology by establishing a unified methodology; is there potential for a similar revolution in other subfields of NLP?


  • April 2,      extended submission deadline
  • March 20,  paper submission deadline
  • May 04 April 30,    notification
  • May 14,    camera-ready version

Deadlines are midnight Pacific Standard Time (UTC−8).


Papers should present original, unpublished research and implementation results. Simultaneous submission to other venues with published proceedings is prohibited. FSMNLP accepts two kinds of submissions:

  • long papers (8 pages including references) reporting completed, significant research,
  • short papers (4 pages including references) reporting ongoing work and partial results, implementations, grammars, practical tools, interactive software demos, etc.

Short papers are expected to be presented as system demos in demo sessions, posters and/or short presentations, while long papers are presented in longer presentations.

All submissions are electronic and in PDF format via a web-based submission server. Authors are strongly encouraged to use the latest ACL style (available for LaTeX and Word) in producing the PDF document. The 2014 templates are available at:

LaTeX          MS Word
acl2014.sty   acl2014.pdf

Information about the author(s) and other identifying information such as obvious self-references (e.g., “We showed in [12] …”) and financial or personal acknowledgements should be omitted in the submitted papers whenever feasible.

Papers will be submitted electronically in PDF using the EasyChair system. A paper may contain a clearly marked appendix and data files to support its claims. This material will not be published. While reviewers are urged to consult this extra material for better comprehension, it is at their discretion whether they do so. Such extra material should also be anonymized to the extent feasible.

Use the following link for submission:

All accepted papers will be published in FSMNLP 2015 proceedings and archived in the ACL Anthology.


Thomas Hanneforth (Universuty of Potsdam)
Christian Wurm (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf)


Iñaki Alegria
Kenneth Beesley
Bill Byrne
Jan Daciuk
Frank Drewes
Tim Fernando
Dale Gerdemann
Mike Hammond
Mans Hulden
Bryan Jurish
Andre Kempe
Marco Kuhlmann
Eric Laporte
Andreas Maletti
Mark-Jan Nederhof
Kemal Oflazer
Maite Oronoz
Laurette Pretorius
Strahil Ristov
Richard Sproat
Heiko Vogler
Bruce Watson
Anssi Yli-Jyra
Colin de la Higuera
Menno van Zaanen


Christian Wurm (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf)
Younes Samih (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf)
Katina Bontcheva (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf)

Contact: fsmnlp2015 at phil dot hhu dot de

Further information about the conference is available at the website: