[Elsnet-list] [CfP - Deadline Extension] 5th Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity, Sentiment and Social Media Analysis (WASSA 2014)

Alexandra Balahur Dobrescu alexandra.balahur-dobrescu at jrc.ec.europa.eu
Wed Mar 19 14:09:23 CET 2014

Apologies for cross-postings.
//Due to several requests, the deadline has been extended to March 30th. /


5th Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity, Sentiment and 
Social Media Analysis (WASSA 2014)


Research in automatic Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis (SSA), as 
subtasks of Affective Computing and Natural Language Processing (NLP), 
has flourished in the past years. The growth in interest in these tasks 
was motivated by the birth and rapid expansion of the Social Web that 
made it possible for people all over the world to share, comment or 
consult content on any given topic. In this context, opinions, 
sentiments and emotions expressed in Social Media texts have been shown 
to have a high influence on the social and economic behaviour worldwide. 
SSA systems are highly relevant to many real-world applications (e.g. 
marketing, eGovernance, business intelligent, social analysis) and also 
to many tasks in Natural Language Processing (NLP) -- information 
extraction, question answering, textual entailment, to name just a few.
The importance of this field has been proven by the high number of 
approaches proposed in research in the past decade, as well as by the 
interest that it raised from other disciplines (Economics, Sociology, 
Psychology) and the applications that were created using its technology.
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.


The aim of the 5th  Workshop on Computational Approaches to 
Subjectivity, Sentiment and Social Media Analysis (WASSA 2014) is to 
continue the line of the previous editions, bringing together 
researchers in Computational Linguistics working on Subjectivity and 
Sentiment Analysis and researchers working on interdisciplinary aspects 
of affect computation from text. Additionally, starting with WASSA 2013, 
we extended the focus to Social Media phenomena and the impact of 
affect-related phenomena in this context.  In this new proposed edition, 
we would like to encourage the submission of long and short research and 
demo papers including, but not restricted to the following topics 
related to subjectivity and sentiment analysis:
.    Resources for subjectivity, sentiment and social media analysis; 
(semi-)automatic corpora generation and annotation
.    Opinion retrieval, extraction, categorization, aggregation and 
.    Trend detection in social media using subjectivity and sentiment 
analysis techniques
.    Data linking through social networks based on affect-related NLP 
.    Impact of affective data from social media
.    Mass opinion estimation based on NLP and statistical models
.    Online reputation management
.    Topic and sentiment studies and applications of topic-sentiment 
.    Domain, topic and genre dependency of sentiment analysis
.    Ambiguity issues and word sense disambiguation of subjective language
.    Pragmatic analysis of the opinion mining task
.    Use of Semantic Web technologies for subjectivity and sentiment 
.    Improvement of NLP tasks using subjectivity and/or sentiment analysis
.    Intrinsic and extrinsic evaluations subjectivity and sentiment 
.    Subjectivity, sentiment and emotion detection in social networks
.    Classification of stance in dialogues
.    Applications of sentiment and social media analysis systems

In addition, in the light of the fact that different sentiment analysis 
systems have been proposed and showcased in the past years,
we feel there is a growing need to make users familiar with these 
systems and have them employed for building an end application.
To this aim, we would like to organize a "Hackathon" (please see details 


In the light of the fact that different sentiment analysis systems have 
been proposed and showcased in the past years, we feel there is a 
growing need to make other researchers and users familiar with these 
systems and have them employ them for building an end application.
The Hackathon word stands for "Hacking Marathon", and its purpose is to 
introduce some.
The activity will be open to all the people who will sign up for the 
We plan to organize a half a day session, in the first half presenting 
the participating systems and their use and creating teams for 
"application" development and leaving the second half of the day for 
working on the systems and presenting the results. We plan to give the 
participants the possibility to vote on the best application created and 
reward the winner with a gadget.


Alexandra Balahur
  European Commission Joint Research Centre
Via E. Fermi 2749, T.P. 267, 21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
alexandra.balahur at jrc.ec.europa.eu

Erik van der Goot
  European Commission Joint Research Centre
Via E. Fermi 2749, T.P. 267, 21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
Erik.van-der-Goot at jrc.ec.europa.eu

Ralf Steinberger
  European Commission Joint Research Centre
Via E. Fermi 2749, T.P. 267, 21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
Ralf.Steinberger at jrc.ec.europa.eu

Andrés Montoyo
  University of Alicante, DLSI, Ap. De Correos 99, 03080 Alicante, Spain
montoyo at dlsi.ua.es


.    Khurshid Ahmad -- Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
.    Nicoletta Calzolari - CNR Pisa, Italy
.    Erik Cambria -- University of Stirling, U.K.
.    José Carlos Cortizo - European University Madrid, Spain
.    Michael Gamon -- Microsoft, U.S.A.
.    Jesús M. Hermida - University of Alicante, Spain
.    Veronique Hoste - University of Ghent, Belgium
.    Mijail Kabadjov -- University of Wolverhampton, U.K.
.    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 -- Google
.    Rafael Muñoz - University of Alicante, Spain
.    Günter Neumann - DFKI, Germany
.    Alena Neviarouskaia -- University of Tokyo, Japan
.    Constantin Orasan - University of Wolverhampton, U.K.
.    Viktor Pekar - University of Wolverhampton, U.K.
.    Paolo Rosso - Polytechnic 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
.    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.


-    EXTENDED Paper submission deadline :  March 30, 2014
-    Notification of acceptance: April 20, 2014
-    Camera-ready deadline: April 29, 2014
-    Workshop to take part at ACL 2014: June 27, 2014


We encourage the submission of long, short and demo papers (especially 
describing systems participating in the hackathon)
Long papers for WASSA 2014 must not exceed eight (8) pages without 
references. Short papers must not exceed five (5) pages without 
references. Papers for WASSA should be submitted using the ACL 2014 
Style Files, available at:
Reviewing for WASSA 2014 will be double blind: reviewers will not be 
presented with the identity of paper authors. Authors should avoid 
writing anything that makes their identity obvious in the text.
Submissions should be original, and in particular should not previously 
have been formally published.
Accepted papers will be published in the ACL WASSA proceedings. The best 
papers will be chosen for a special issue of an ISI- indexed journal. 
Previous special issues of WASSA were/are in the process of being 
published in the Decision Support Systems, Computer Speech and Language 
and Information Processing and Management journals (Elsevier).
To submit a paper, please access: https://www.softconf.com/acl2014/WASSA/

*/Alexandra Balahur, PhD /*
Scientific/Technical Project Officer

European Commission Joint Research Centre
Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen
GlobeSec, EMM Team
Via E. Fermi 2749, 21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
Tel.: 0039 0332 78 5808

/Disclaimer: "The views expressed are solely of the writer and may in no 
case be seen as stating an official position of the European Commission."/

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