CNL 2018 (27-28 August 2018)

CNL 2018 Sixth International Workshop on Controlled Natural Language (CNL 2018)
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 12:30

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CNL 2018: Sixth International Workshop on Controlled Natural Language (CNL 2018)

27-28 August 2018 — Maynooth, Co Kildare (near Dublin), Ireland. 
Venue Renahan Hall, South Campus, Maynooth University.



This workshop on Controlled Natural Language (CNL) has a broad scope and embraces all approaches that are based on natural language and apply restrictions on vocabulary, grammar, and/or semantics. This includes (but is certainly not limited to) approaches that have been called simplified language, plain language, formalized language, processable language, fragments of language, phraseologies, conceptual authoring, language generation, and guided natural language interfaces.

Some CNLs are designed to improve communication among humans, especially for non-native speakers of the respective natural language. In other cases, the restrictions on the language are supposed to make it easier for computers to analyze such texts in order to improve computer-aided, semi-automatic, or automatic translations into other languages. A third group of CNL has the goal to enable reliable automated reasoning and formal knowledge representation from seemingly natural texts. All these types of CNL are covered by this workshop. In particular, we would like to emphasise that this year, we very much welcome contributions from Industry.

Important Dates

submission deadline (extended): 29 April 2018
notification of acceptance: 30 May 2018
deadline for revised papers: 17 June 2018
deadline for abstracts of late breaking results: 15 July 2018
registration deadline: 1 August 2018
workshop: 27-28 August 2018


Possible topics for CNL 2016 include:

CNL for knowledge representation
CNL for query interfaces
CNL for specifications
CNL for business rules
CNL for dialogue systems
CNL for machine translation
CNL for improved understandability of texts
CNL for natural language generation
design of CNLs
CNL applications
CNL evaluation
usability and acceptance of CNL
CNL grammars and lexica
multilingual CNLs
reasoning in CNL
spoken CNL
CNL in the context of the Semantic Web and Linked Open Data
CNL in the government
CNL in industry
CNL use cases
theoretical properties of CNL

Submissions and Proceedings

We invite researchers to submit papers with novel contributions in the area of CNL. You may submit a long paper (8 pages + 1 page references), a short paper (4 pages), or demonstration/position papers (2 pages extended abstract describing systems or work in progress; in order to save space, these ought not use the ‘abstract’ section of the template). Submissions should be formatted according to the templates that can be found here:

Late breaking results can be submitted as abstracts of no more than 300 words, and can be presented at the workshop in the form of a poster, demo, and/or flash talk. The accepted abstracts will be listed on the website and will be given a 5 minute presentation slot prior to the poster/demo session of the workshop.

Submit your paper via Easychair:

Submit your paper here:

The proceedings of the workshop will appear as Open Access publications in the book series Artificial Intelligence and Applications by IOS Press.

The abstracts for late breaking results should be submitted through the same submission link as above, but will not be included in the proceedings.

Organization Committee

Brian Davis (Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland;
Adam Wyner (University of Aberdeen, Scotland;
Maria Keet (University of Cape Town, South Africa;

Program Committee

Krasimir Angelov (Digital Grammars, Sweden)
Ramona Enache (Microsoft, Sweden)
Ronald Denaux, (Expert System, Spain)
Esra Erdem (Sabanci University, Turkey)
Sebastien Ferre (University Rennes 1, France)
Norbert E. Fuchs (University of Zurich)
Normunds Gruzitis (University of Latvia)
Siegfried Handschuh (University of Passau, Germany)
Kaarel Kaljurand (Nuance Communications, Austria)
Tobias Kuhn (VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Gordon Pace (University of Malta)
Laurette Pretorius (University of South Africa, South Africa)
Sharon O’Brien (Adapt, Dublin City University, Ireland)
John P. McCrae (Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway)
Silvie Spreeuwenberg (LibRT, Netherlands)
Rolf Schwitter (Macquarie University, Australia)
Irina Temnikova (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar)
Mike Rosner (University of Malta)
Mihael Arcan (Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway)
Camilo Thorne (IMS Stuttgart, University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Peter Koepke (University of Bonn, Germany)
John Camilleri (Digital Grammars, Sweden)

Previous Events

There were four previous events in the same series:

CNL 2009 in Marettimo, Italy
CNL 2010 in Marettimo, Italy
CNL 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland
CNL 2014 in Galway, Ireland
CNL 2016 in Aberdeen, Scotland