[Elsnet-list] Call for participation: Events in Emerging Text Types (eETTs) Workshop

Constantin Orasan C.Orasan at wlv.ac.uk
Fri Sep 4 17:01:12 CEST 2009

                 Events in Emerging Text Types (eETTs)
                     in conjunction with RANLP 2009

                        Call for participation 

                           Borovets, Bulgaria

                             17th Sept 2009



The proliferation of the Internet has revolutionised the way information
is disseminated and presented. Blogs no longer just relay and comment on
news stories but also influence what is talked about in the news. Such
changes have not gone unnoticed by the computational linguistics
research community, which is increasingly processing or exploiting blogs
in an attempt to keep track of what is going on and mine information.
This workshop focuses on how events can be identified and how
information related to event processing (e.g. NP coreference, temporal
processing) can be extracted from blogs and other online sources.
Emphasis is on how existing methods for event processing need to be
adapted in order to process this medium, and on linguistic differences
in the reporting of events in blogs and more traditional news texts. 

Event detection and processing is not a new topic in computational
linguistics, but until now it has focused mainly on processing of
newswire. The TimeBank corpus (Pustejovsky et. al. 2003), the AQUAINT
TimeML corpus, and the NP4E corpus (Hasler, Orasan and Naumann 2006)
exclusively contain newswire, which may make them inappropriate for the
development of methods which need to process other text types. Moreover,
the informal style and structure of most blog entries makes event
detection in these documents a difficult task.This workshop gives
researchers the opportunity to present efforts to develop resources
related to event identification and processing using blog entries,
including annotation guidelines and linguistic analyses of such


9.20 - 9.30 Welcome
9.30 - 10.30 Mark Rogers: The value of language processing to commercial
clients (invited talk)
10.30 - 11.00 Zheng Chen and Heng Ji: Event Coreference Resolution:
Algorithm, Feature Impact and Evaluation

11.00 - 11.30 Break

11.30 - 12.00 Ruslana Margova and Irina Temnikova: Catching the news:
two key cases from today
12.00 - 12.30 Shamima Mithun and Leila Kosseim: Summarizing Blog Entries
versus News Texts

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 - 15.00 Mike Thelwall: Detecting public news interests from blogs
and MySpace (invited talk)
15.00 - 15.30 Alexandra Balahur, Elena Lloret, Ester Boldrini, Andrés
Montoyo, Manuel Palomar and Patricio Martínez-Barco: Summarizing Threads
in Blogs Using Opinion Polarity

15.30 - 16.00 Break

16.00 - 16.30 Ashequl Qadir: Detecting Opinion Sentences Specific to
Product Features in Customer Reviews using Typed Dependency Relations 
16.30 - 17.00 David Jurgens and Keith Stevens: Event Detection in Blogs
using Temporal Random Indexing
17.00 - 17.30: Round table/Closing session


The eETTs webpage will regularly be updated with useful information
about the workshop: http://clg.wlv.ac.uk/events/eETTs/

You can contact the workshop organisers for further information:
eETTs2009 at dinel.org.uk

Dr. Constantin Orasan <C.Orasan at wlv.ac.uk>
Senior Lecturer in Computational Linguistics
Research Group in Computational Linguistics
University of Wolverhampton
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