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  • Registered participants are requested to wait in the Hilton hotel lobby between 6:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. for the Welcome Dinner on Sunday 19 Oct. 
  • For the Conference Dinner and River Cruise, participants are requested to wait in the Hilton hotel lobby between 6:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Monday 20 Oct. 
  • Technical program is available online. Please take note that all the presentations will be oral presentations. The duration for each presentation is 20 minutes. The authors are advised to plan for a talk of roughly 15 minutes, leaving 5 minutes for questions.
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  • Invited speakers :
    - Emeritus Prof. Dato' Dr. Asmah Binti Haji Omar   
    A distinguished Professor from University of Malaya, Malaysia. She is an expert in Malay grammar and Malay language planning. She has also conducted deep study on the indigenous languages of Malaysia.

    Processing Malaysian Indigenous Languages
    Asmah Haji Omar
    University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

    Malaysian indigenous languages are of two entirely different families: Austronesian andAustroasiatic. The former consists of Malay and all the languages of Sabah and Sarawak, while the latter the aboriginal languages found only in Peninsular Malaysia. Except for Malay and a few more in Sabah and Sarawak, most of these languages have not been put into writing. This means that no writing system with an orthography has been ascribed to them, despite the fact that quite a number have been described in terms of phonology, morphology and syntax. From the descriptions available, one gets a picture of their typologies and systems for processing purposes.
        Concerning typology, there is not much difference between the two families as far as phonemic inventories go, but there are differences in the phonological structures of the syllable and the word. As for morphology, the Austronesian languages are agglutinative, and the Austroasiatic ones isolative. There is also a difference in the syntactical status of the word, where the former has the two categories of the full word and the particle, and the latter only the full word. This last mentioned difference leads to a divergence between them in the types of phrase, the clause and the complex sentence.

    Asmah Haji Omar, Professor Emeritus, is now attached to the Academy of Malay Studies (AMS), University of Malaya (UM). She was formerly , Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor of Malay Linguistics, Director of the Language Centre, and Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics of the university. After her mandatory retirement from UM, she was invited by the Sultan Idris University of Education, Tanjong Malim, Perak, to occupy the Za'ba Chair of Malay Civilization, and establish the Institute of Malay Civilization (2001 - 2005). After Perak, she returned to the UM to teach and do research at the AMS, and has been there until today. She had been visiting professor/research fellow in many universities, among them being the Mahidol University (Bangkok), University of Hawaii, University of Qatar, Northern University of Illinois, University of Aston in Birmingham, University of Gothenburg (Sweden), and National Institute of Education (Singapore).

    As a member of the Language Council of Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia (MABBIM) from its inception in 1972, she has been involved in the development of Malay/Bahasa Indonesia, specifically in the standardization of the spelling system, formulation of rules for the coining of scientific terminology, and method of compiling dictionaries of scientific terms.

    She has done extensive fieldwork on indigenous languages of Sarawak and Sabah, as well as the aboriginal languages of Peninsular Malaysia. Her first venture into Sarawak was her research on Iban, which became the subject of her Ph.D. thesis, The Iban Language of Sarawak: A Grammatical Description, submitted to the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1969.

    - Dr. Min Zhang   
    A distinguished Professor from Soochow University, China, an expert in Machine translation and natural language processing.

    Semantics, Discourse and Machine Translation
    Dr. Min Zhang
    Soochow University, China

    In the past decade, statistical machine translation (SMT) has been advanced from word-based SMT to phrase- and syntax-based SMT. Although this advancement produces significant improvements in BLEU scores, crucial meaning errors and lack of cross-sentence connections at discourse level still hurt the quality of SMT-generated translations very much. In this talk, I will briefly review the research state-of-the-art of semantics and discourse from both linguistics and computational viewpoints, and then focus on the discussion of how machine translation can benefit from semantic and discourse information. Finally, my talk is concluded with future direction discussion.

    Dr. Min Zhang, a distinguished professor and Director of the Research Institute for Human Language Technology at Soochow University (China), received his Bachelor degree and Ph.D. degree in computer science from Harbin Institute of Technology in 1991 and 1997, respectively. He has been studied and worked oversea in industry and academy at Korea and Singapore since 1997 to 2013. His current research interests include machine translation, natural language processing, information extraction, social network computing and Internet intelligence. He has co-authored more than 130 papers in leading journals and conferences, and co-edited 13 books published by Springer and IEEE. He has been actively contributing to the research community by organizing many conferences as conference chairs, program chairs and organizing chairs, and giving talks at a number of conferences and lectures. He was the recipient of several awards in China and oversea, including the "2013 Innovation and Entrepreneur Program (1000 Talent Program of Jiangsu Province)", the "2013 Six-Summit Talent Program of Jiangsu Province", the 2nd prize of the Ministry of Aerospace of China in 1995 and 1997, the 2008/2009 research achiever of the Institute for Infocomm Research and the 2002 National Infocomm Award (group) at Singapore. He is the vice president of COLIPS (2011-2013), a steering committee member of PACLIC (2011~now), an executive member of AFNLP (2013~2014) and a member of ACL (2006~). He supervises Ph.D students at National University of Singapore, Harbin Institute of Technology and Soochow University.

  • Paper Submission deadline is extended to 31 May 2014.
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Submission deadline
May 31, 2014
Notification of acceptance
July 7, 2014
Final manuscript due
July 15, 2014
Earlybird registration due
August 18, 2014
Regular registration due
September 22, 2014
Conference date
October 20 - 22, 2014


     Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman,
     Kuching, 93100,


For the first time, the International Conference on Asian Language Processing 2014 (IALP 2014) takes place in Sarawak, Malaysia. IALP 2014 will be held in the land of hornbill which is Kuching, Sarawak's capital, October 20-23, 2014.

IALP is a series of conferences with unique focus on Asian Language Processing. The conference aims to advance the science and technology of all the aspects of Asian Language Processing by providing a forum for researchers in the different fields of language study all over the world to meet.

The first meeting of the series was held in Singapore in 1986 and was called the "International Conference on Chinese Computing (ICCC)" then. This meeting initiated the study of Chinese and oriental languages processing in Singapore and resulted in the formation of COLIPS in Singapore in 1988, as well as the publication of the journal "Communications of COLIPS" in 1991, which is known as "International Journal on Asian Language Processing" today.

Over the years, IALP has developed into one of important annual events on nature language processing in Asia. Following are IALP conferences which were held in:

  • IALP 2008: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • IALP 2009: Singapore
  • IALP 2010: Harbin, China
  • IALP 2011: Penang, Malaysia
  • IALP 2012: Hanoi, Vietname
  • IALP 2013: Urumqi, China

We shall continue to work with IEEE to publish the conference proceedings. They will be published and indexed by the IEEE Xplore digital library.

IALP 2014 is co-organized by:

  • Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
  • Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations (ISITI-CoERI),
    Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
  • IEEE Singapore Computer Chapter
  • Chinese and Oriental Languages Information Processing Society (COLIPS), Singapore

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