[Elsnet-list] 2nd call for papers: *SEM First Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics

Eneko Agirre e.agirre at ehu.es
Mon Feb 13 19:01:39 CET 2012

Please note NEW paper submission deadline following
the changes in deadlines of NAACL-HLT 2012 workshops


               June 7-8, Montreal, Canada

               *SEM (pronounced STARSEM)
             The first joint conference on
          lexical and computational semantics

             Collocated with NAACL-HLT 2012

       NEW paper submission deadline: 30 March 2012
              (see below for more details)


-----  SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS: *SEM-2012  -----

We are pleased to announce that the ACL special interest groups SIGLEX
and SIGSEM are organizing a joint conference on lexical and
computational semantics: *SEM. This event will provide two days of
intensive semantics-related talks, posters and task reports and serve
as a meeting-point for the lexical/computational semantics community,
bringing together researchers interested in any aspects of semantic
processing of human language. *SEM embraces both symbolic and
probabilistic approaches, and everything in between; theoretical
contributions are welcome as well. The long-term goal of *SEM is to
provide a stable forum for the growing number of NLP researchers
working on semantics.

-----  TOPICS OF INTEREST  -----

- Word sense disambiguation
- Multiword and idiomatic expressions
- Semantic role labeling
- Discourse structure
- Rhetorical relations
- Pronouns and co-reference
- Distributional and statistical semantics
- Data-driven semantics
- Mathematical methods for semantics
- Semantic analysis
- Formal approaches to semantics
- Semantic annotation and evaluation
- Knowledge mining
- Semantic web
- Inference and ontologies
- Textual inference and question answering
- Generation and summarization
- Ontology learning and population

-----  SUBMISSIONS  -----

*SEM submissions must describe unpublished work and be written in
English. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three program
committee members. Final versions should take into account reviewers'
comments. We solicit both long and short papers. Long papers may
consist of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus two extra pages for
references, short papers of up to four (4) plus one extra page for
references. Long papers typically describe original research and will
be presented orally. Short papers, (typically: ongoing research,
project or system description, opinion piece), will be presented as a

As the reviewing will be blind, the paper must not include the
authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that
reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith,
1991) ..." must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith
previously showed (Smith, 1991) ..." Papers that do not conform to
these requirements will be rejected without review. In addition,
please do not post your submissions on the web until after the review
process is complete.

Papers should follow the NAACL 2012 guidelines:


Papers should be submitted using the START system:


-----  SHARED TASK: Resolving the Scope and Focus of Negation  -----

Every *SEM edition will include a shared task in which training and
test data are provided by the organizers, which allows participating
systems to be evaluated and compared in a systematic way. Descriptions
of the participating systems and an evaluation of their performance
will be presented both at the conference and in the proceedings. The
same or similar shared tasks may be chosen for several years in a row
to focus the research attention of the community on a particular
semantic task.

For *SEM 2012, we will be hosting a shared task on "Resolving the Scope
and Focus of Negation".

Please refer to http://www.clips.ua.ac.be/sem2012-st-neg/ for more

-----  SEMEVAL: Semantic Evaluation Exercises  -----

The Semantic Evaluation (SemEval) series of workshops focuses on the
evaluation of semantic analysis systems with the objective of comparing
systems that can analyze diverse semantic phenomena in
text. SemEval-2012 will be associated with *SEM, and will comprise the
following tasks:

1. English Lexical Simplification
2. Measuring Degrees of Relational Similarity
3. Spatial Role Labeling
4. Evaluating Chinese Word Similarity
5. Chinese Semantic Dependency Parsing
6. Semantic Textual Similarity
7. COPA: Choice Of Plausible Alternatives An evaluation of commonsense
    causal reasoning
8. Cross-lingual Textual Entailment for Content Synchronization

Please refer to http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/semeval-2012/ for more

-----  IMPORTANT DATES (all deadlines UTC-11:00) -----

*SEM papers due:                    March 30th 2012

*SEM Notification of acceptance:         April 23rd 2012
*SEM Camera-ready deadline:              May    4th 2012
*SEM Conference:                         June   7-8 2012

Shared task outputs due:            March 15th 2012
Shared task papers due:             March 26th 2012

SemEval outputs due:                April  1st 2012 (task dependent)
SemEval papers due:                 April 11th 2012

-----  CONTACT  -----

Eneko Agirre, General Chair
Johan Bos, PC Co-chair
Mona Diab, PC Co-chair
e-mail: starsem-organizers at googlegroups com

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