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Full Title: ACL Workshop on Language Technology and Computational Social Science

Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
Start Date: 26-Jun-2014 - 26-Jun-2014
Contact: Jacob Eisenstein
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.mpi-sws.org/~cristian/LACSS_2014.html
Meeting Description: A major growth area in applied natural language processing has been the field of computational social science, in which automated techniques are applied to massive datasets to answer scientific questions about society. Although much work in computational social science focuses on structured data or network data, linguistic data is also central. While some existing natural language processing techniques have found use in this growing community, new techniques for discovering and analyzing social meanings and structures in text are in high demand.

Tackling these challenges should be an interdisciplinary pursuit, building on expertise not just in language technologies but also in substantive social science fields (e.g., political science, economics, sociology, etc.). In particular, engagement between NLP researchers and social scientists will introduce new problem formulations and new theoretical frameworks that will broaden and deepen applications of language technology to social science.

The goal of this workshop is to increase the visibility of this application area for ACL researchers and to help build connections between language technologists and social scientists. The workshop is organized around invited talks from researchers who have successfully brought language technologies to computational social science research questions. Following each invited talk session, there will be an open discussion period.

We also invite abstracts of research in progress relevant to the theme of language technologies for computational social science. Work in progress is encouraged, and all presentations will be presented as posters. This format aims at fostering interactions among participants and invited speakers, contributing towards building a community interested in language technologies and computational social science.

Invited Speakers:

Justin Grimmer (Political Science, Stanford University)
Lillian Lee (Computer Science, Cornell University)
Philip Resnik (Linguistics, University of Maryland)
Sali Tagliamonte (Linguistics, University of Toronto)
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.4892

This is a session of the following meeting:
52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

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