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FYI: Call for Workshop Proposals: IWCS 2013

Author: Katrin Erk

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

FYI Body: IWCS 2013
Call for Workshop Proposals

The International Conference for Computational Semantics (IWCS) invites proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the 2013 IWCS conference. IWCS 2013 takes place on March 20-22, 2013, in Potsdam, Germany. Workshops will take place on the day immediately preceding the conference:

March 19, 2013
University of Potsdam
Potsdam, Germany

The aim of the IWCS conference is to bring together researchers interested in any aspects of the computation, annotation, extraction, and representation of meaning in natural language, whether this is from a lexical or structural semantic perspective. IWCS embraces both symbolic and
statistical approaches to computational semantics, and everything in between.

Topics of Interest:

Topics of interest for the workshops include all those topics relevant to the main conference:

- representation of meaning
- syntax-semantics interface
- representing and resolving semantic ambiguity
- shallow and deep semantic processing and reasoning
- hybrid symbolic and statistical approaches to representing semantics
- alternative approaches to compositional semantics
- inference methods for computational semantics
- recognizing textual entailment
- learning by reading
- methodologies and practices for semantic annotation
- machine learning of semantic structures
- statistical semantics
- computational aspects of lexical semantics
- semantics and ontologies
- semantic web and natural language processing
- semantic aspects of language generation
- semantic relations in discourse and dialogue
- semantics and pragmatics of dialogue acts
- Multimodal and grounded approaches to computing meaning
- semantics-pragmatics interface

Submission Information:

Proposals for workshops should contain:

- A title and brief (2-page max) description of the workshop topic and content.
- An estimate of the audience size
- The names, postal addresses, and email addresses of the organizers, with one-paragraph statements of their research interests and areas of expertise.
- A list of potential members of the program committee, with an indication of which members have already agreed.
- A description of special requirements for technical needs.

Proposals should be submitted by email to

as soon as possible, but no later than July 15, 2012.

Notification of acceptance of workshop proposals will occur no later than August 1, 2012.

After Acceptance:

Organizers of accepted workshops must provide descriptions of their workshops for inclusion in the conference registration material by December 15, 2012. The description must be provided in two formats: an ASCII version that can be included with the email announcement, and an HTML
version that can be included on the conference home page. These descriptions should be mailed to:

The final workshop materials must be received by the IWCS organizers by February 1, 2013. This includes the detailed proceedings (camera-ready versions of papers), which will be made available electronically, as well as a short workshop program, which will be printed together with the main conference program.


Workshops must be financially self-supporting. The conference organizers will establish workshop registration rates so as to provide the room, audio-visual equipment, internet access, snacks for breaks, and the workshop proceedings.

Important Dates:

July 15, 2012 - Workshop Proposal submissions due
August 1, 2012 - Workshop Proposal notification of acceptance
December 15, 2012 - Workshop description mailed to IWCS organizers
February 1, 2013 - Workshop material due to IWCS organizers
March 19, 2013 - Workshop dates

The chairs of IWCS 2013:

Katrin Erk, University of Texas at Austin
Alexander Koller, University of Potsdam

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