Workshop on Multilingual Representation Learning
November 11, 2021

the 1st edition to be colocated with EMNLP in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Multi-lingual representation learning methods have recently been found to be extremely efficient in learning features useful for transfer learning between languages and demonstrating potential in achieving successful adaptation of natural language processing (NLP) models into languages or tasks with little to no training resources. On the other hand, there are many aspects of such models which have the potential for further development and analysis in order to prove their applicability in various context. These contexts include different NLP tasks and also understudied language families, which face important obstacle in achieving practical advances that could improve the state-of-the-art in NLP of various low-resource or underrepresented languages.

This workshop aims to form the first research community in multi-lingual representation learning, currently the most promising approach to improve the NLP in low-resource or underrepresented languages, and provide the rapidly growing number of researchers working on the topic with a means of communication and an opportunity to present their work and exchange ideas. The main objectives of the workshop will be:

  • To construct and present a wide array of multi-lingual representation learning methods, including their theoretical formulation and analysis, practical aspects such as the application of current state-of-the-art approaches in transfer learning to different tasks or studies on adaptation into previously under-studied context;

  • To provide a better understanding on how the language typology may impact the applicability of these methods and motivate the development of novel methods that are more generic or competitive in different languages;

  • To promote collaborations in developing novel software libraries or benchmarks in implementing or evaluating multi-lingual models that would accelerate progress in the field.

By fostering a new community composed of research groups working on machine learning, linguistic typology, or real-life applications of NLP tasks in various languages, our ultimate goal is to support rapid development of NLP methods and tools that are applicable to a wider range of languages.


  • Thanks to our main sponsor Google, we are excited to share that we will be able to offer a number of scholarships for participation at our workshop. If you are interested in participating at MRL and need financial support please fill out the form here: