Call for papers: Workshop on NLP and Pseudonymisation

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Workshop on NLP and Pseudonymization

NoDaLiDa 2019, Turku, Finland

September 30, 2019



The Workshop on NLP and Pseudonymization to be held at the 22nd Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics (NoDaLiDa 2019) invites submissions of papers. The workshop will be held on September 30, 2019 on the campus of the University of Turku in Finland.



The goal of making research data freely available and the goal of personal data protection constitute a classical conflict of interests. This is particularly the case for language data in relation to the newly adopted General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR. While research, as a public interest, can process personal data, the GDPR requires appropriate safeguards to be in place. Consent is such a measure but cannot always be obtained, or be general enough, and in this case anonymisation/pseudonymisation can be applied, with the intended effect that real individuals no longer can be identified from the language data.

Many disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, in medicine, and not least in NLP are using language data in their research. This includes data as varied as emails, student essays, personal stories, text parts of medical records, court proceedings and decisions, interviews and chat data. NLP has a double role here, as a user of data, and, as a technology to support pseudonymisation.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers working on NLP and pseudonymisation (broadly interpreted) and get a comprehensive view of problem areas, approaches and methods from current research. We invite papers on completed work as well as work in progress. Workshop contributions may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • - applications of NLP to support pseudonymisation of language data (text, speech or sign language)
  • - methods to recognize personal data in text, speech or sign language
  • - reports on projects using or planning to use pseudonymisation for releasing language data for research
  • - valuation of pseudonymisation support systems
  • - requirements on and evaluation of NLP-tools for purposes of pseudonymization
  • - realistic data generation for pseudonymisation
  • - system evaluation from legal and/or ethical perspectives


Participation in the conference is mandatory for at least one author of each accepted paper.



  • Thursday, June 20, 2019: Sunday, June 30, 2019: Extended deadline for submission of papers
  • Friday, August 16, 2019: Notification of Acceptance
  • Friday, August 30, 2019: Camera-Ready Manuscripts
  • Monday, September 30, 2019: Workshop



We invite paper submissions in two distinct tracks:

+ regular papers 8-10 pages (excluding references) on substantial, original, and unpublished research, including evaluation results, where appropriate;

+ short papers 4-6 pages (excluding references) on smaller, focused contributions, work in progress, negative results, surveys, opinion pieces, or on system demonstrations.

Presentations of accepted papers are either oral, poster, or demo, which will be decided by the program committee.

Papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be included in the NLP for Pseudonymization 2019 proceedings, which is published as part of the Northern European Association for Language Technology (NEALT) Proceedings Series ( by Linköping University Electronic Press (ECP:, as freely available Gold Open Access. Publications in the Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings are ranked on the Norwegian register for scientific journals, series and publishers as Level 1 publications. Please consult the responsibilities of the authors concerning publication ethics and malpractice statement as described on the ECP website:



All submissions must follow the NoDaLiDa 2019 style files, which are available for LaTeX (preferred) and MS Word and can be retrieved from the following address:

Submissions shall be anonymous, i.e. not reveal author(s) on the title page or through self-references.

Papers must be submitted digitally, in PDF, and uploaded through the on-line conference system. The page limits for submissions are: up to ten pages for regular papers, up to six pages for short papers excluding bibliographic references.  Paper submissions that violate the requirements will be returned without review.


Submissions to the conference must follow the above requirements and be uploaded electronically no later than:

                  Sunday, June 30, 2019 23:59 CET

The workshop utilizes the EasyChair conference management system for submission, reviewing, and preparation of proceedings. Submission to the workshop is open:




Reviewing of submissions and selection of the conference program will be managed by Program Committee. All submissions will receive at least two double-blind reviews by experts in the field.

+ Lars Ahrenberg (program co-chair), Linköping University, Sweden

+ Beáta Megyesi (program co-chair), Uppsala University, Sweden

+ Hercules Dalianis, Stockholm University, Sweden

+ Koenraad de Smedt, University of Bergen, Norway

+ Cyril Grouin, LIMSI, France

+ Dimitrios Kokkinakis, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

+ Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki, Finland

+ Aurélie Névéol, LIMSI, France

+ Sumithra Velupillai, King's College, London

+ Sussi Olsen, CST, University of Copenhagen

+ Elena Volodina, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

+ Mats Wirén, Stockholm University, Sweden



To inquire about the submission and reviewing process or generally the scientific program of the workshop, please email



We are looking forward to seeing you in Turku, Finland!

Lars Ahrenberg and Beáta Megyesi (program co-chairs)