Conf: ACL 2012 3rd Workshop WASSA2012, Jul 12, 2012, Jeju, Korea

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Sat Jun 9 20:03:02 UTC 2012

Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 16:34:05 +0200
From: Alexandra Balahur Dobrescu <alexandra.balahur-dobrescu at>
Message-id: <4FCF6A5D.10901 at>

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The workshop program is now available at:

3rd Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity and Sentiment 
Analysis (WASSA 2012) -


- Satellite workshop to ACL 2012 (Jeju, Korea)
- Endorsed by SIGLEX, SIGNLL and SIGSEM
- The best papers will be chosen for a Special Issue of the Computer
  Speech and Language Journal (Elsevier).
- Subsequent to the WASSA 2012 acceptance notification, we will also
  launch an open call for papers for a Special Issue of the Information
  Sciences Journal (Elsevier).


Research in automatic Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis, as subtasks
in Affective Computing within Natural Language Processing, has
flourished in the past years, as the Social Web made it possible for
people all over the world to express, comment or consult opinions on any
given topic. The fact that so many people express themselves on these
topics makes opinions less biased and more credible; their subjective
nature makes them easily understandable by all people and leads to their
growing influence on communities worldwide. Due to all these reasons,
opinions expressed on the Web are more and more considered as basis for
decision-making processes, for recommendation systems, business
intelligence processes, image monitoring, and marketing or for obtaining
unbiased, massive feedback.
In spite of the growing body of research in the area in the past years,
dealing with affective phenomena in text has proven to be a complex,
interdisciplinary problem that remains far from being solved.  Its
challenges include the need to address the issue from different
perspectives and at different levels, depending on the characteristics
of the textual genre, the language(s) treated and the final application
for which the analysis is done.
Bearing in mind the abovementioned reflections, the aim of the 3rd
Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity and Sentiment
Analysis (WASSA 2012) is to continue the line of the previous two
editions, bringing together researchers in Computational Linguistics
working on Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis and, more generally, on
affect in text. Moreover, taking into account that affect-related
phenomena have also been studied by other disciplines, such as
Psychology, Philosophy or Economics, the purpose of WASSA 2012 is to
facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue on the analysis, requirements,
issues and applications of the study of subjectivity and sentiment in
the context of traditional and emerging text types. We envisage WASSA as
a forum to discuss the achievements obtained so far and to analyse the
different approaches to tackle the difficulties researchers are
confronted with in this research area.



Inspired by the objectives we aimed at in the first two editions of the
Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity Analysis (WASSA
2010 and WASSA 2.011) and the final outcome, the purpose of the proposed
3rd edition of the Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity
and Sentiment Analysis (WASSA 2012) is to create a framework for
presenting and discussing the challenges related to subjectivity and
sentiment analysis in NLP, from an interdisciplinary theoretical and
practical perspective.

Researchers are encouraged to submit papers including, but not
restricted to the following topics related to subjectivity and sentiment

. Lexical semantic resources, corpora and annotations for subjectivity
  and sentiment analysis

. Subjectivity and opinion retrieval, extraction, categorization,
  aggregation and summarization

. Topic and sentiment studies and applications of topic-sentiment

. Mass opinion estimation based on NLP and statistical models.

. Domain, topic and genre dependency of sentiment analysis

. Ambiguity issues and word sense disambiguation of subjective language

. The computational treatment of large amounts of user-generated content

. Pragmatic analysis of the opinion mining task

. Use of Semantic Web technologies for subjectivity and sentiment

. Improvement of NLP tasks using subjectivity and/or sentiment analysis

. Intrinsic and extrinsic evaluation methodologies for subjectivity and
  sentiment analysis

. Subjectivity, sentiment and emotion detection in social networks

. Trend detection in social media using subjectivity and sentiment
  analysis techniques

. Classification of stance in dialogues

. Real-world applications of opinion mining systems

We will also encourage participants to provide demos of their systems,
thus giving them the opportunity to obtain feedback on their
achievements and issues. At the same time, with the help of demos, we
aim at enriching the discussion forum with application-specific topics
for debate.



. Alexandra Balahur -- European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy
  -- alexandra.balahur at
. Andrés Montoyo - University of Alicante, Spain -- montoyo at
. Patricio Martínez-Barco - University of Alicante, Spain -
  patricio at
. Ester Boldrini - University of Alicante, Spain - eboldrini at



. Khurshid Ahmad -- Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
. Sivaji Bandyopadhyay - Jadavpur University, India
. Nicoletta Calzolari - CNR Pisa, Italy
. Erik Cambria -- University of Stirling, U.K.
. José Carlos Cortizo - European University Madrid, Spain
. Michael Gamon -- Microsoft
. Jesús M. Hermida - University of Alicante, Spain
. Veronique Hoste - University of Ghent, Belgium
. Mijail Kabadjov -- Vicomtech, Spain
. Zornitsa Kozareva - Information Sciences Institute California, U.S.A.
. Rada Mihalcea - University of North Texas, U.S.A.
. Saif Mohammad - National Research Council, Canada
. Karo Moilanen -- Oxford University, U.K.
. Rafael Muñoz - University of Alicante, Spain
. Günter Neumann - DFKI, Germany
. Alena Neviarouskaia -- University of Tokyo, Japan
. Manabu Okumura -- Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
. Constantin Orasan - University of Wolverhampton, U.K.
. Manuel Palomar - University of Alicante, Spain
. Viktor Pekar - University of Wolverhampton, U.K.
. Paolo Rosso - Technical University of Valencia, Spain
. Josef Steinberger -- EC- Joint Research Centre, Italy
. Ralf Steinberger - EC- Joint Research Centre, Italy
. Veselin Stoyanov -- John Hopkins University, U.S.A.
. Maite Taboada -  Simon Fraser University, Canada
. Mike Thelwall - University of Wolverhampton, U.K.
. José Antonio Troyano - University of Seville, Spain
. Dan Tufis - RACAI, Romania
. Alfonso Ureña -- University of Jaén, Spain
. Erik van der Goot -- EC Joint Research Centre, Italy
. Piek Vossen - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
. Marilyn Walker - University of California Santa Cruz, U.S.A.
. Janyce Wiebe - University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
. Michael Wiegand -- Saarland University, Germany
. Theresa Wilson -- John Hopkins University, U.S.A.
. Taras Zagibalov -  Brantwatch, U.K.



. Prof. Dr. Rada Mihalcea -- University of North Texas, U.S.A.
. Prof. Dr. Janyce Wiebe -- University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A.


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