2016 AAAI Fall Symposium on Privacy and Language Technologies

November 17-19, 2016
The Westin Arlington Gateway; Arlington, Virginia

Symposium Schedule and Proceedings

Have a look here.


2016-12-05: We've added links to the symposium schedule to papers in the proceedings.

2016-11-19: Thanks to everyone who attended! We had great discussions and some plans for the future. I'll email attendees soon with some post-event announcements.

2016-11-04: One small change to the schedule: on Friday, November 18 we will start at 9:30am instead of 9:00am.

2016-11-02: For poster presenters: AAAI has told us that they "will provide easels, poster board and push pins for [our] poster session. The poster boards measure 30x40" and can be set on the easels in either portrait or landscape fashion."

2016-10-13: Remember to register for the symposium by the October 21 deadline. Currently you do not need an invitation to register. Also, we're still looking for talks, mini-tutorials, encore presentations of already published papers, or other appropriate activities for the symposium. Please contact us for details.

2016-10-03: Attendees looking to share a hotel room to defray costs should contact us, and we will try to make matches.

2016-09-19: Our symposium schedule is now available. Our two keynote speakers will be Norman Sadeh and Doug Oard. We're still looking for talks, mini-tutorials, encore presentations of already published papers, or other appropriate activities for the symposium. Please contact us for details.

2016-08-28: Authors of accepted papers will be permitted one additional page of content in their final submission.

2016-08-25: AAAI has sent out invitations to attend our symposium. If you are the author of an accepted paper and you did not receive an invitation, or (regardless of authorship) if you would like to receive an invitation and did not, contact us.

2016-08-24: Acceptance and rejection notifications were issued a few days ago. Authors of accepted papers should have received instructions from AAAI to prepare and submit camera-ready copies of their papers. If you did not receive these instructions and you should have, contact us.

2016-08-11: Acceptance/rejection notification will be one week later, on August 19.

2016-07-20: The submission deadline is now Friday, July 22 at 11:59pm Hawaii time.

2016-07-07: Paper page length limits now exclude references.

2016-06-30: The Call for Papers now contains a section on student travel support.

2016-06-15: The submission page is now available.

2016-06-12: The length for long papers is now 5-8 pages.

2016-06-10: The site is up. Please check back on June 17 for a link to the submission page. Also, if you would like to help us advertise, here is the symposium flyer.

Call for Papers

For some general information on the AAAI Fall Symposium Series, check here.

The purpose of this symposium is to jump-start the creation of a community of researchers interested in the intersection between language technologies and privacy. Our goal is to bring together researchers who work in either language technologies or in privacy but have an interest in both areas, as these two groups will benefit greatly from a forum to interact.

The time is ripe for a discussion of the relationship between language technologies and privacy. Computing applications are increasing their reliance on natural language, with technologies such as online social media, search engines, and spoken dialog systems enabling the collection of large amounts of language data for advertising, text mining, and other purposes. There is also an opportunity for language technologies to help people understand and protect their privacy by simplifying information they must understand (e.g., privacy policies or other legal documents) or helping them to reflect on the content they share (e.g., social media posts).

This symposium will invite original research contributions and position papers on the intersection of privacy and language technologies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  •        Analysis of privacy policies and related legal documents
  •        Semantics of privacy practices and regulations
  •        Privacy for users of online social media
  •        Language-sourced ontologies and knowledge bases for privacy
  •        Privacy in dialogue systems
  •        Privacy in speech and spoken language processing
  •        User studies of privacy-supportive language technologies

 We plan for an interactive mix of oral presentations, roundtable discussions, and a poster session.

 Submissions may take the form of:

  • Long papers (5-8 pages in AAAI format, excluding references) for oral presentation
  • Short papers (up to 4 pages in AAAI format, excluding references) for poster presentation
Submissions should not be anonymized. The review process will be single-blind, with anonymous reviewers. Here is the submission page.

Authors of accepted papers will be permitted one additional page in their camera-ready submissions. Proceedings will appear as a technical report in AAAI’s digital library.

For questions, contact the organizers at plt2016.organizers@gmail.com.

Student Support

Students who are first-listed authors on their submissions can apply for a limited amount of travel support from the symposium. If you are eligible and wish to apply, please submit a brief statement (PDF format, 500 words or fewer) to plt2016.organizers@gmail.com by the submission deadline. The statement should contain your name, the title and ID number of your submission, and a description of your research interests and your goals for attending the symposium. The amount of support per student will be determined after acceptance notifications have been made.

Important Dates

July 22: 
Deadline for submission of long and short papers (11:59pm Hawaii time)
August 19: 
Acceptance/rejection notification
September 8: 
Camera-ready deadline
September 23: 
Registration deadline for invited participants
October 21: Final registration deadline
November 17-19: 


Shomir Wilson (lead organizer) (University of Cincinnati)
Fei Liu (University of Central Florida)
Alessandro Oltramari (Bosch)

Program Committee

Alessandro Acquisti (Carnegie Mellon University)
Micah Altman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Sadia Afroz (University of California, Berkeley)
Alan Black (Carnegie Mellon University)
Karl Branting (MITRE)
Travis Breaux (Carnegie Mellon University)
Aylin Caliskan-Islam (Princeton University)
Varun Chandola (SUNY Buffalo)
Stephen Chong (Harvard University)
Tim Finin (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
Kambiz Ghazinour (Kent State University)
Rachel Greenstadt (Drexel University)
Wei Jiang (Missouri Institute of Science and Technology)
Patrick Gage Kelley (University of New Mexico)
Krzysztof Janowicz (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Huan Liu (Arizona State University)
Bo Luo (University of Kansas)
Xiapu Luo (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Amir Masoumzadeh (SUNY Albany)
Aaron Massey (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
Doug Oard (University of Maryland)
Sameer Patil (New York University)
Victor Raskin (Purdue University)
Norman Sadeh (Carnegie Mellon University)
Florian Schaub (University of Michigan)
Katie Shilton (University of Maryland)
Julia Taylor (Purdue University)
Krishnaprasad Thirunarayan (Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University)
Hui Wang (Stevens Institute of Technology)
Tao Xie (University of Illinois)
Yaxing Yao (Syracuse University)
Lina Zhou (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)