Call for Best PhD/Msc Dissertation Award

Final Call Best PhD / MSc Dissertation Award

PROPOR 2024: 16th International Conference on Computational Processing of Portuguese.

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Santiago de Compostela – Galicia).

March 14th to 15th 2024

Extended Deadline for submission: November 10, 2023

Notifications to authors: January 23, 2023

Camera-ready will be sent until February 03, 2024

The PROPOR 2024 Best PhD / MSc Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding dissertations in academic research and development topics relevant to the computational processing of Portuguese and Galician. This award intends to recognize excellent young researchers in their early careers and highlight theoretical and technological issues of written and spoken Portuguese and Galician. The award is managed by the Best PhD / MSc dissertation committee.

Award winners will be invited to publish their thesis/dissertation extended abstracts in the PROPOR 2024 proceedings. They will receive a free registration to the main conference as part of the award. Both award winner and runners-up will be invited to prepare a presentation of their work for the main conference, using a particular format (A0 poster for poster presentation or slides for oral presentation). 

The Award Ceremony will take place during the PROPOR 2024 Conference.

Submission Criteria and Procedure:

Eligible submissions are those candidates who have successfully defended their Master and PhD Thesis dissertations in the three years preceding the contest submission deadline. 

A letter from the primary dissertation advisor must be submitted with the extended abstract, stating that the candidate meets this eligibility criterion.

The dissertation must focus on some aspect of written and spoken processing of any variety of Portuguese (including the language varieties of Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola, São Tomé, Macau, Timor) or Galician. 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Natural language processing tasks (e.g. parsing, word sense disambiguation, coreference resolution)
  • Natural language processing applications (e.g. question answering, subtitling, summarization, sentiment analysis)
  • Natural language generation
  • Information extraction and information retrieval
  • Speech technologies (e.g. spoken language generation, speech and speaker recognition, spoken language understanding)
  • Speech applications (e.g. spoken language interfaces, dialogue systems, speech-to-speech translation)
  • Resources, standardization and evaluation (e.g. corpora, ontologies, lexicons, grammars)
  • NLP-oriented linguistic description or theoretical analysis
  • Distributional semantics and language modeling
  • Portuguese language varieties and dialect processing (including the language varieties of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Galicia, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé, and Principe)
  • Multilingual studies, methods, applications and resources including Portuguese/Galician

Each submission, consisting of two PDF files, must comply with the following:

  • An extended abstract 
  •  Letter from the primary dissertation/thesis supervisor

Extended Abstract:

Document must be in the form of an extended abstract that includes the nature of the problem to be researched, relevant theory, hypotheses to be tested, method, analysis and results and impacts (social, economical, technological, scientific, environmental).  

  •     Indicative references (inclusion of publications, formal reports written by the author (if any) and other academic or nonacademic results from the PhD or MSc are  particularly relevant and recommended) should be included in the extended abstract.
  •     Extended abstract must include URLs for the PDF of the complete MSc / PhD Thesis/Dissertation. We suggest at the end, before references, and use of for long URLs.  


Submissions must be sent via EasyChair ( — please select the track: PROPOR2024 Best Dissertations.

Extended abstracts are limited to 6 pages, including all figures, tables, and references and should begin with an abstract of 250 words or less. Extended abstract must be in English (even if the dissertation is written in another language). Extended abstract must be submitted in PDF format, following the same style of PROPOR 2024.

Evaluation Process:

Submissions will be evaluated by an external committee. Notifications to authors will be sent until December 20, 2023.

Camera-ready will be sent until January 15, 2024

Scientific Committee Chairs:

António Branco Universidade de Lisboa

Paulo Quaresma Universidade de Évora

Renata Vieira Universidade de Évora

For inquiries contact the Committee Chairs.

Program Committee:

Alberto Abad IST/INESC-ID

Aline Vanin Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre

Amália Mendes Centro de Linguística da Universidade de Lisboa

António Branco Universidade de Lisboa

Arnaldo Junior UNESP – Universidade Estadual Paulista

Claudia Moro PUCPR

David Martins de Matos INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa

Fernando Perdigao IT

Graça Nunes USP

Heliana Mello Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Henrique Lopes Cardoso University of Porto

Ivandre Paraboni University of São Paulo

Jackson Souza UFSCar

João Silva Universidade de Lisboa

Jorge Baptista U. Algarve & L2F-Spoken Language Lab,INESC ID Lisboa (Portugal)

Luís Gomes Universidade de Lisboa

Luisa Coheur IST/INESC-ID Lisboa

Magali Duran University of São Paulo

Maria Jose Bocorny Finatto UFRGS

Paulo Quaresma Universidade de Évora

Plinio Barbosa University of Campinas

Renata Vieira Univ. de Évora / PUCRS, Brasis

Ricardo Campos University of Beira Interior; INESC TEC; Ci2 Smart Cities Research Center (Polytechnic Institute of Tomar)

Ricardo Ribeiro ISCTE

Rodrigo Santos Universidade de Lisboa

Thiago Pardo University of São Paulo

Valeira Paiva Samsung Research America and University of Birmingham