LINGUIST List 23.677

Thu Feb 09 2012

Confs: Computational Linguistics/South Korea

Editor for this issue: Amy Brunett <>

Date: 07-Feb-2012
From: Alexandra Balahur <>
Subject: 3rd Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis
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3rd Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis Short Title: WASSA 2012

Date: 12-Jul-2012 - 12-Jul-2012 Location: Jeju, Korea, South Contact: Alexandra Balahur Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Recent years have marked the beginning and expansion of the Social Web, in which people freely express and respond to opinion on a whole variety of topics. While the growing volume of subjective information available allows for better and more informed decisions of the users, the quantity of data to be analyzed imposed the development of specialized Natural Language Processing (NLP) systems that automatically detect subjectivity in text and subsequently extract, classify and summarize the opinions available on different topics. Although these research fields have been highly dynamic in the past years, dealing with subjectivity 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.

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 2011) 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.


Prof. Dr. Rada Mihalcea is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of North Texas. Her research interests are in computational linguistics, with a focus on lexical semantics, graph-based algorithms for natural language processing, and multilingual natural language processing. She is currently involved in a number of research projects, including word sense disambiguation, monolingual and cross-lingual semantic similarity, subjectivity, sentiment, and emotion analysis, and computational humor. She serves or has served on the editorial boards of the Journals of Computational Linguistics, Language Resources and Evaluations, Natural Language Engineering, and Research in Language in Computation. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Google, and the State of Texas. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award (2008) and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2009).

Prof. Dr. Janyce Wiebe is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Intelligent Systems Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research with students and colleagues has been in discourse processing, pragmatics, and word-sense disambiguation. A major concentration of her research is 'subjectivity analysis', recognizing and interpretating expressions of opinions and sentiments in text, to support NLP applications such as question answering, information extraction, text categorization, and summarization. Her professional roles have included ACL Program Co-Chair, NAACL Program Chair, NAACL Executive Board member, Computational Linguistics and Language Resources and Evaluation Editorial Board member, AAAI Workshop Co-Chair, ACM Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGART) Vice-Chair, and ACM-SIGART/AAAI Doctoral Consortium Chair.

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