Joint Symposium on Semantic Processing: Textual Inference and Structures in Corpora

Preliminary  Call for Papers

In the last decade, many Natural Language Processing tasks have matured to a point where semantic questions, ranging from paraphrasing to relevance assessment to disambiguation, are coming into the focus of attention. This symposium aims at bringing together researchers from different strands of research on semantic processing, with a focus on two aspects.

The first is the textual inference paradigm, proposed as a unifying generic framework that captures major semantic processing needs in different application areas. Textual entailment research has yielded so far a range of inference algorithms, which were mostly developed within individual «in-house» systems. The symposium aims at addressing current bottlenecks by discussing future research directions and perspectives for consolidation and unification of textual inference technology. The second aspect concerns linguistic structures, as identified by empirical work within corpus linguistics, whose benefit for Computational Linguistics has not yet been fully realized. The aim of the symposium is to suggest progress towards models of language that facilitate successful processing of semantic knowledge in natural language applications.

The symposium is open to any research topic related to textual inference and structures in corpora. More specifically, topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

— Tools for textual inference
— Resources for textual inference
— Unification and consolidation in textual inference
— Textual inference in real-world scenarios
— Textual inference and other textual relations
— Evaluation methodologies of textual inference
— Multilingual and language-independent techniques for textual inference
— Cross-lingual textual entailment
— Representation of lexical and phrasal meaning: syntax-semantics interface
— Syntax-lexical semantics interface
— Shallow and deep semantic processing and reasoning: rule-based and probabilistic methods
— Learning textual inference rules from data
— Pattern extraction from corpus
— Grammar inference
— Distributional semantics
— Semantic parsing
— Modeling lexicon and context in semantic interpretation
— Semantic roles labeling
— Normalization for a broad range of semantic categories
— Design decisions in construction of semantic frames
— Extension of semantic frames
— Representing and resolving semantic ambiguity
— Context extraction for word sense disambiguation
— Open domain relation extraction
— Open domain event extraction
— Large scale event extraction and event classification
— Dynamic event relationships
— Building and using ontologies to model inference
— Computational modeling of linguistic theories
— Alignment of lexical resources
— Applications of textual inference and semantic processing

The Symposium is a joint event supported by the EU-funded project EXCITEMENT (, which aims to set up a generic architecture and a comprehensive open-source platform for multilingual textual inference, and by the B-CROCE project, which is the beneficiary of a Marie Curie Integration grant dedicated to finding regular structures as patterns in corpora. The symposium benefits from the participation of a large number of keynote presentations by people whose research has had a significant impact on semantic processing.

The symposium aims at providing a stimulating and intriguing forum for mutual update and discussion of these research directions in semantic processing, and we hope to attract a substantial number of involved senior and junior researchers worldwide. To that end, the symposium will have a special structure, including:

* A large number of keynote presentations by people whose research has had a significant impact in semantic processing
* Presentations of submitted papers (oral and poster sessions)
* Two panel discussions (one on each aspect of the symposium)
* Two tutorials: the textual-inference tutorial will present the new open-source platform provided by the EXCITEMENT project (inference engines, modules and knowledge resources); the other tutorial will focus on corpus patterns (theoretical and computational aspects of corpus pattern analysis, sense-stable patterns, chain clarifying relationships, frames, argument structures). Both tutorials include a hands-on session.

All the details concerning the event may be found on the Symposium’s web page

Eneko Agirre, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Marco Baroni, University of Trento, Italy
Johan Bos, University of Groeningen, The Netherlands
Philipp Cimiano, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Peter Clark, Vulcan Inc., USA
Ido Dagan,Bar Ilan University, Israel
Patrick Hanks, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Elisabetta Jezek, University of Pavia, Italy
Mirella Lapata, University of Edinburgh, UK
Bernardo Magnini, FBK, Italy
Guenter Neumann, DFKI, Germany
Sebastian Pado, Heidelberg University, Germany
Octavian Popescu, FBK, Italy
Dan Roth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Sabine Schulte im Walde, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Roberto Zamparelli, University of Trento, Italy
Torsten Zesch, University Darmstadt, Germany

September 15, 2013: Papers due
October 15, 2013: Notification of acceptance
October 29, 2013: Camera-ready deadline
November 20-22, 2013: Symposium

Authors are invited to submit papers on work in the topic areas of this workshop. We distinguish two types of papers:
* Long papers present completed work and should not exceed 8 pages (plus any number of additional pages with references only)
* Short papers present work in progress and should not exceed 4 pages (plus two additional pages of references)
Papers are to be submitted via the symposium EasyChair submission page:

As reviewing will be blind, please ensure that papers are anonymous. The papers should not include the authors’ names and affiliations or any references to web sites, project names etc. revealing the authors’ identity.
Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL 2013 proceedings (see the official style files at


Об авторе Лидия Пивоварова

СПбГУ - старший преподаватель, University of Helsinki - PhD student
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