15th NNLPRS 2019

15th National Natural Language Processing Research Symposium

Bicol University, Legazpi City

March 08-09, 2018



Organized by the Computing Society of the Philippines – Special Interest Group on Natural Language Processing (CSP SIG-NLP), National University (NU) Human Language Technology Laboratory, and Bicol University


The 15th National Natural Language Processing Research Symposium (15NNLPRS) will take place on March 08-09, 2019 at Bicol University, Legazpi City.  NNLPRS is a regular gathering of researchers from different fields working on the analysis, processing, and generation of human languages.  This event is intended to provide a forum for the conduct of more research and networking. The past symposia have covered a wide range of topics in NLP and were graced by international invited speakers.


This symposium aims to encourage the submissions of current NLP research papers, to expose the attendees of selected institutions in the current trends and advances of NLP, and in exploring the challenges and prospects of conducting NLP research in academic settings. Specific objectives are:


  1. To establish as a mechanism for leveraging NLP research in academic institutions;
  2. To provide the attendees with orientation on NLP-based research and trainings on the use of various NLP tools; and
  3. To provide an avenue for the attendees to get assistance in the conduct of NLP-based researches.


This year’s theme is “Indigenous Languages”.  According to Ethnologue[1], the country has 175 indigenous languages.  Among these, 14 are in trouble, 11 are dying, and 4 are already extinct.  The 15NNLPRS will be a venue for discussing the various challenges and opportunities that we face in addressing this issue and in integrating human language technology to document and process Philippine languages.


Relevant topics include but not limited to the following areas:

Language Computing
  • Corpus building
  • Dictionary and Philippine languages
  • Discourse analysis
  • Phonology and morphology
  • Language resources and evaluation
  • Language clustering and mapping
  • Language learning
  • Lexicology
  • Multilingual speech corpora
  • Prosody
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Speech databases
  • Standardization
  • Syntax and grammar
  • Automatic Speech recognition
  • Culturomics
  • Information retrieval
  • Machine learning for natural language
  • Machine translation
  • Named entity recognition
  • Natural language generation
  • Segmentation and labeling
  • Sentiment analysis and opinion mining
  • Sign language processing
  • Speech synthesis
  • Text summarization and generation
  • Word sense disambiguation
  • WordNets and ontologies





Description Date
Paper Submission Deadline January 12, 2019
Acceptance Notification February 02, 2019
Camera-Ready Paper Deadline February 16, 2019
Early Registration Deadline February 16, 2019
Day 1 March 08, 2019
Day 2 March 09, 2019





Submissions should describe unpublished original work.  Both completed works and works-in-progress are welcome.  Authors intending to submit should follow the two-column ACM format and may consist of up to six (6) pages of content, including references and appendices.  Authors must use the template (letter size) available at:




No page number should appear in the paper.  The copyright box should also be deleted.  Submissions will be judged based on relevance, technical strength, significance and opportunities, and interest to the attendees.  As the reviewing will be blind, authors must not indicate their names and affiliations in the papers.

Papers must be submitted through the Easy Chair Conference System:



Accepted papers will be presented orally or as posters as determined by the committee.  Oral papers and abstracts of poster papers will be included in the proceedings.  Select papers will be invited to a special issue of the Philippine Computing Journal.




March 08, 2019

08:00–08:40 Registration
08:40–09:00 Doxology and National Anthem


Welcome Remarks


Opening Remarks

09:00–10:30 Keynote Speech

Speaker: Tod Allman

10:30–11:00 Morning Break
11:00–12:30 Paper Presentations
12:30–13:30 Lunch
13:30–14:30 Workshop
14:30–15:30 Paper Presentations
15:30–16:00 Afternoon Break
16:00–17:00 Poster Session


March 09, 2019

08:30–09:00 Registration
09:00–10:30 Workshop
10:30–11:00 Morning Break
11:00–12:30 Paper Presentations
12:30–13:30 Lunch
13:30–14:30 Poster Session
15:00–15:30 Afternoon Break
15:30–16:30 Paper Presentations
16:30–17:00 Closing Ceremonies and Announcements





Tod Allman has been working in the field of Natural Language Generation for the past twenty years. He and his colleagues have designed and developed a linguistically based natural language generator called Linguist’s Assistant (LA). LA produces high quality draft translations in a wide variety of languages, particularly minority and endangered languages. Linguists may use LA to simultaneously document a language, and also produce initial draft translations of significant texts in the language. When experienced mother-tongue translators edit the translations produced by this system into publishable texts, their productivity is typically quadrupled without any loss of quality. LA incorporates extensive typological, semantic, syntactic, and discourse research into its semantic representational system and its transfer and synthesizing grammars. Tod has worked with linguists and mother-tongue speakers in order to develop computational lexicons and grammars for a variety of languages including Korean, Kewa (Papua New Guinea), Jula (Cote d’Ivoire), Angas (Nigeria), Chinantec (Mexico), and Nsenga (Zambia). He is now living in the Manila area, and is presently building lexicons and grammars for five languages: Tagalog, Ayta Mag-Indi, and Botolan Sambali which are spoken here in the Philippines, Ibwe which is spoken in Malaysia, and Hlai which is spoken in Taiwan. He hopes that the texts generated by LA will empower the speakers of these languages by enabling them to participate in the larger world, and by providing them with vital information which helps them live longer, healthier, and more productive lives.





Description Early Registration Onsite Registration
Student (undergraduate) PHP 500.00 PHP 800.00
Student (graduate) PHP 1,500.00 PHP 2,000.00
Regular PHP 3,500.00 PHP 4,000.00

*regular registration includes CSP membership


Payment can be made through bank deposit.




Branch: Loyola Heights – Katipunan, Quezon City

Savings Account Number: 3570-0089-29


Please email the deposit slip to Ms. Mary Joy Canon at mjoycanon@yahoo.com

The deposit slip should also be presented during onsite registration.





Nathaniel Oco

Chair, 15NNLPRS

Assistant Director for Research, National University (Philippines)
+632-712-1900 loc. 459

naoco [at] national-u [dot] edu [dot] ph

Lany Maceda

Co-chair, 15NNLPRS

Faculty member, Bicol University

lanylm [at] yahoo [dot] com

[1] https://www.ethnologue.com/country/PH

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