[Elsnet-list] [Call for Participation] ACL 2012 3rd Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis

Alexandra Balahur Dobrescu alexandra.balahur-dobrescu at jrc.ec.europa.eu
Wed Jun 6 16:34:05 CEST 2012


[Apologies for cross-postings. Please distribute. ]

The workshop program is now available at: 
http://gplsi.dlsi.ua.es/congresos/wassa2012/fitxers/WASSA_Program.pdf


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> 3rd Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity and Sentiment 
> Analysis (WASSA 2012) - http://gplsi.dlsi.ua.es/congresos/wassa2012/
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> -    Satellite workshop to ACL 2012 (Jeju, Korea)
> -    Endorsed by SIGLEX, SIGNLL and SIGSEM
> -    The best papers will be chosen for a Special Issue of the 
> Computer Speech and Language Journal (Elsevier).
> -    Subsequent to the WASSA 2012 acceptance notification, we will 
> also launch an open call for papers for a Special Issue of the 
> Information Sciences Journal (Elsevier).
>
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> AIM OF WORKSHOP
>
> Research in automatic Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis, as subtasks 
> in Affective Computing within Natural Language Processing, has 
> flourished in the past years, as the Social Web made it possible for 
> people all over the world to express, comment or consult opinions on 
> any given topic. The fact that so many people express themselves on 
> these topics makes opinions less biased and more credible; their 
> subjective nature makes them easily understandable by all people and 
> leads to their growing influence on communities worldwide. Due to all 
> these reasons, opinions expressed on the Web are more and more 
> considered as basis for decision-making processes, for recommendation 
> systems, business intelligence processes, image monitoring, and 
> marketing or for obtaining unbiased, massive feedback.
> In spite of the growing body of research in the area in the past 
> years, dealing with affective phenomena 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.
> Bearing in mind the abovementioned reflections, the aim of the 3rd  
> Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity and Sentiment 
> Analysis (WASSA 2012) is to continue the line of the previous two 
> editions, bringing together researchers in Computational Linguistics 
> working on Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis and, more generally, on 
> affect in text. Moreover, taking into account that affect-related 
> phenomena have also been studied by other disciplines, such as 
> Psychology, Philosophy or Economics, the purpose of WASSA 2012 is to 
> facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue on the analysis, 
> requirements, issues and applications of the study of subjectivity and 
> sentiment in the context of traditional and emerging text types. We 
> envisage WASSA as a forum to discuss the achievements obtained so far 
> and to analyse the different approaches to tackle the difficulties 
> researchers are confronted with in this research area.
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> TOPICS OF INTEREST
>
> 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 2.011) 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.
>
> Researchers are encouraged to submit papers including, but not 
> restricted to the following topics related to subjectivity and 
> sentiment analysis:
> .    Lexical semantic resources, corpora and annotations for 
> subjectivity and sentiment analysis
> .    Subjectivity and opinion retrieval, extraction, categorization, 
> aggregation and summarization
> .    Topic and sentiment studies and applications of topic-sentiment 
> analysis
> .    Mass opinion estimation based on NLP and statistical models.
> .    Domain, topic and genre dependency of sentiment analysis
> .    Ambiguity issues and word sense disambiguation of subjective language
> .    The computational treatment of large amounts of user-generated 
> content
> .    Pragmatic analysis of the opinion mining task
> .    Use of Semantic Web technologies for subjectivity and sentiment 
> analysis
> .    Improvement of NLP tasks using subjectivity and/or sentiment analysis
> .    Intrinsic and extrinsic evaluation methodologies for subjectivity 
> and sentiment analysis
> .    Subjectivity, sentiment and emotion detection in social networks
> .    Trend detection in social media using subjectivity and sentiment 
> analysis techniques
> .    Classification of stance in dialogues
> .    Real-world applications of opinion mining systems
> We will also encourage participants to provide demos of their systems, 
> thus giving them the opportunity to obtain feedback on their 
> achievements and issues. At the same time, with the help of demos, we 
> aim at enriching the discussion forum with application-specific topics 
> for debate.
>
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> ORGANIZERS
>
> .    Alexandra Balahur -- European Commission Joint Research Centre, 
> Italy -- alexandra.balahur at jrc.ec.europa.eu
> .    Andrés Montoyo - University of Alicante, Spain -- montoyo at dlsi.ua.es
> .    Patricio Martínez-Barco - University of Alicante, Spain - 
> patricio at dlsi.ua.es
> .    Ester Boldrini - University of Alicante, Spain - 
> eboldrini at dlsi.ua.es
>
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> PROGRAM COMMITTEE
>
> .    Khurshid Ahmad -- Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
> .    Sivaji Bandyopadhyay - Jadavpur University, India
> .    Nicoletta Calzolari - CNR Pisa, Italy
> .    Erik Cambria -- University of Stirling, U.K.
> .    José Carlos Cortizo - European University Madrid, Spain
> .    Michael Gamon -- Microsoft
> .    Jesús M. Hermida - University of Alicante, Spain
> .    Veronique Hoste - University of Ghent, Belgium
> .    Mijail Kabadjov -- Vicomtech, Spain
> .    Zornitsa Kozareva - Information Sciences Institute California, U.S.A.
> .    Rada Mihalcea - University of North Texas, U.S.A.
> .    Saif Mohammad - National Research Council, Canada
> .    Karo Moilanen -- Oxford University, U.K.
> .    Rafael Muñoz - University of Alicante, Spain
> .    Günter Neumann - DFKI, Germany
> .    Alena Neviarouskaia -- University of Tokyo, Japan
> .    Manabu Okumura -- Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
> .    Constantin Orasan - University of Wolverhampton, U.K.
> .    Manuel Palomar - University of Alicante, Spain
> .    Viktor Pekar - University of Wolverhampton, U.K.
> .    Paolo Rosso - Technical University of Valencia, Spain
> .    Josef Steinberger -- EC- Joint Research Centre, Italy
> .    Ralf Steinberger - EC- Joint Research Centre, Italy
> .    Veselin Stoyanov -- John Hopkins University, U.S.A.
> .    Maite Taboada -  Simon Fraser University, Canada
> .    Mike Thelwall - University of Wolverhampton, U.K.
> .    José Antonio Troyano - University of Seville, Spain
> .    Dan Tufis - RACAI, Romania
> .    Alfonso Ureña -- University of Jaén, Spain
> .    Erik van der Goot -- EC Joint Research Centre, Italy
> .    Piek Vossen - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
> .    Marilyn Walker - University of California Santa Cruz, U.S.A.
> .    Janyce Wiebe - University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
> .    Michael Wiegand -- Saarland University, Germany
> .    Theresa Wilson -- John Hopkins University, U.S.A.
> .    Taras Zagibalov -  Brantwatch, U.K.
>
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> INVITED SPEAKERS
>
> .    Prof. Dr. Rada Mihalcea -- University of North Texas, U.S.A.
> .    Prof. Dr. Janyce Wiebe -- University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
>
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>


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*Alexandra Balahur-Dobrescu, PhD*
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