Call for Papers: Text Analytics for Cybersecurity and Online Safety (TA-COS)

The first workshop on Text Analytics for Cybersecurity and Online Safety (TA-COS) is to be held in conjunction with LREC 2016 in Portorož (Slovenia) as an afternoon session on 23 May 2016. This workshop aims to bring together researchers that have an active interest in the development and application of text analytics tools in the broad context of cybersecurity. We welcome research papers on text analytics and text mining approaches that (1) help reduce the exposure to harmful content on the Internet, (2) detect illegal online activities and (3) monitor user-generated content in the context of real-life threats. This workshop not only aims to discuss technological challenges, but also invites discussion on privacy concerns surrounding this technology.
We invite papers on a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to:
  • text analytics tools for the development of cybersecurity applications
  • (annotated) corpora for the development and validation of cybersecurity applications
  • text-based detection of cyberbullying and sexually transgressive behavior (e.g. grooming) on social network sites
  • early warning systems that monitor for potential suicide and auto-mutilation announcements
  • moderator tools for the detection of offensive user-generated content (e.g. racism, sexual content, profanity, ...)
  • text analytics tools for the detection of illegal activities (e.g. terrorism threats, drug trade, ...)
  • intervention systems for the detection of radicalization and criminalization of teens
  • author profiling tools for the detection of identity fraud, "catfishing", ...
  • position papers on fair and responsible use of text-based cybersecurity technologies (privacy concerns, ...)
The submission process will be organized using the START Conference Manager ( Papers should be between 4 and 8 pages excluding references and be formatted using the LREC 2016 author’s kit templates.

Identify, Describe and Share your LRs!

  • Describing your LRs in the LRE Map is now a normal practice in the submission procedure of LREC (introduced in 2010 and adopted by other conferences). To continue the efforts initiated at LREC 2014 about “Sharing LRs” (data, tools, web-services, etc.), authors will have the possibility,  when submitting a paper, to upload LRs in a special LREC repository.  This effort of sharing LRs, linked to the LRE Map for their description, may become a new “regular” feature for conferences in our field, thus contributing to creating a common repository where everyone can deposit and share data.
  • As scientific work requires accurate citations of referenced work so as to allow the community to understand the whole context and also replicate the experiments conducted by other researchers, LREC 2016 endorses the need to uniquely Identify LRs through the use of the International Standard Language Resource Number (ISLRN,, a Persistent Unique Identifier to be assigned to each Language Resource. The assignment of ISLRNs to LRs cited in LREC papers  will be offered at submission time.


Submission deadline: 10 February 2016 17 February 2016 (23:59 GMT)
Notification of Acceptance: 7 March 2016 14 March 2016
Camera-Ready: 21 March 2016 28 March 2016
Workshop: 23 May 2016 (afternoon)


Guy De Pauw - CLiPS - University of Antwerp
Ben Verhoeven - CLiPS - University of Antwerp
Bart Desmet - LT3 - Ghent University
Els Lefever - LT3 - Ghent University


Walter Daelemans - CLiPS - University of Antwerp
Veronique Hoste  - LT3 - Ghent University