Appel: JSSP2013, Joint Symposium on Semantic Processing

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Sat Sep 7 08:54:34 UTC 2013

Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2013 15:16:40 +0200
From: Alberto Lavelli <lavelli at>
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Joint Symposium on Semantic Processing:
Textual Inference and Structures in Corpora
FBK, Trento (Italy), November 20-22, 2013


Submission deadline: September 15, 2013


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

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
- 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
- Modelling lexicon and context in semantic interpretation
- Semantic roles labelling
- 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


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
Mona Diab, George Washington University, USA
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'

Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL 2013 proceedings
(see the official style files at

The proceedings of the JSSP2013, containing all the accepted papers,
will appear in the ACL Anthology.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE (confirmed members)
Enrique Alfonseca, Google Research, Switerzland
Luisa Bentivogli, FBK, Italy
Antonio Horta Branco, Faculdade de Cincias de Lisboa, Portugal
Elena Cabrio, INRIA Sophia Antipolis. France
Dan Cristea, University of Iasi, Romania
Ido Dagan, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Rodolfo Delmonte,University Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy
Liviu Dinu, University of Bucharest, Romania
Eduard Hovy, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Elisabetta Jezek, Pavia University, Italy
Alberto Lavelli, FBK, Italy
Alessandro Lenci,University of Pisa, Italy
Bernardo Magnini, FBK, Italy
Simonetta Montemagni, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, Italy
Guenter Neumann, DFKI, Germany
Rodney D. Nielsen, University of Colorado, USA
Tae-Gil Noh, Heidelberg University, Germany
Jan Odijk, Institute of Linguistics OTS, The Netherlands
Constantin Orasan, University of Wolverhampton,UK
Sebastian Pado, Heidelberg University, Germany
Martha Palmer, University of Colorado Boulder,USA
Octavian Popescu, FBK, Italy
German Rigau,Facultad de Informatica de San Sebastian UPV/EHU, Spain
Anne Vilnat, Universite Paris-Sud, France
Rui Wang, DFKI, Germany
Annie Zaenen, Stanford University, USA
Fabio Massimo Zanzotto,University Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

Ido Dagan,Bar Ilan University, Israel
Elisabetta Jezek, Pavia University, Italy
Alberto Lavelli, FBK, Italy
Bernardo Magnini, FBK, Italy
Guenter Neumann, DFKI, Germany
Sebastian Pado, Heidelberg University, Germany
Octavian Popescu, FBK, Italy

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