[Elsnet-list] CfP: ACL-Workshop on Continuous Vector Space Models and their Compositionality (CVSC)

Alexandre Allauzen allauzen at limsi.fr
Tue Jan 22 14:27:20 CET 2013

Apologies for multiple postings

One day Workshop on Continuous Vector Space Models and their 
Compositionality (CVSC)
Co-located with ACL 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria
August 9, 2013
Submission deadline: April 26, 2013.

First Call for Papers

(Apologies for multiple postings)

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in algorithms that 
learn and use continuous representations for words, phrases, or 
documents in many natural language processing applications. Among many 
others, two influential proposals illustrate this trend: latent 
Dirichlet allocation and neural network based language models. These 
approaches are motivated by improving  the generalization power of the 
discrete standard models, by dealing with the data sparsity issue and by 
efficiently handling a wide context.  Despite the success of single word 
vector space models, they are limited since they do not capture 
compositionality. This prevents them from gaining a deeper understanding 
of the semantics of longer phrases or sentences.

Another different trend of research on continuous vector space models 
belongs to the family of spectral methods. The motivation in that 
context is that working in a continuous space allows for the design of 
algorithms that are not plagued with the local minima issues that 
discrete latent space models tend to suffer from.

In this workshop, we invite submissions of papers on continuous vector 
space models for natural language processing. Topics of interest 
include, but are not limited to:
* learning algorithms for continuous vector space models,
* their compositionality,
* their use in NLP applications,
* spectral learning for NLP,
* neural networks for NLP,
* latent Dirichlet allocation and other continuous representations of 
* tensor models
* distributed semantic representations


There will be two invited speakers Mirella Lapata and Xavier Carreras, 
and a panel discussion lead by Chris Manning.


Authors should submit a full paper of up to 8 pages in electronic, PDF 
format, with up to 2 additional pages for references. The reported 
research should be substantially original. The papers will be presented 
orally or as posters.

All submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the ACL 2013 
formatting requirements (available at the ACL 2013 website). We strongly 
advise the use of the provided LaTeX template files. Reviewing will be 
double-blind, and thus no author information should be included in the 
papers; self-reference should be avoided as well.

Submissions must be made through the Softconf website set up for this 

Accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings, where no 
distinction will be made between papers presented orally or as posters.


26 April 2013        : Submission deadline
24 May 2013          : Notification of acceptance
7 June 2013          : Camera-ready deadline
8 or 9 August 2013   : Workshop


Yoshua Bengio (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Antoine Bordes (Université Technologique de Compiègne, France)
Léon Bottou (Microsoft Research, USA)
Xavier Carreras (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)
Shay Cohen (Columbia University, USA)
Michael Collins (Columbia University, USA)
Ronan Collobert (IDIAP Research Institute, Switzerland)
Kevin Duh (University of Washington, USA)
Dean Foster (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Mirella Lapata (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Percy Liang (Stanford University, USA)
Andrew Mnih (Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, England)
John Platt (Microsoft Research, USA)
Holger Schwenk (Université du Maine, France)
Jason Weston (Google, USA)
Guillaume Wisniewski (LIMSI-CNRS/Université Paris-Sud, France)


Alexandre Allauzen (LIMSI-CNRS/Université Paris-Sud, France)
Hugo Larochelle (Université de Sherbrooke, Canada )
Chris Manning (Stanford University, USA)
Richard Socher (Stanford University, USA )

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