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Eighth International Conference on

COMPUTATIONAL SEMANTICS

(IWCS-8)

January 7-9, 2009, Tilburg, The Netherlands

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Endorsed by SIGSEM,
the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Semantics

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FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS

Tilburg University will host the Eighth International Conference on
Computational Semantics (IWCS-8), which will take place on 7-9
January 2009. The aim of the conference is to bring together
researchers interested in any aspects of the computation, annotation,
extraction, and representation of meaning in natural language, in 
multimedia objects, and in spoken, written, or multimodal dialogue.


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 INVITED SPEAKERS 
 
 Martha Palmer 
 Ido Dagan 
 Massimo Poesio 
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TOPICS OF INTEREST

Areas of special interest for the conference will be computational
aspects of semantic theories; semantic annotation of natural 
language and multimodal utterances; and theoretical aspects of 
the design and implementation of language understanding systems 
and systems for spoken, written, or multimodal dialogue.
Papers are invited that are concerned with topics in these and 
closely related areas, including, but not limited to, the following:

* construction of representations of meaning in natural language
* methodologies and practices for semantic annotation
* approaches and achievements in textual entailment
* modelling and using context in semantic interpretation

* the semantics of semantic annotation
* machine learning of semantic structures
* informal and formal approaches to semantics and their combination
* semantics and ontologies

* the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue acts
* construction and use of underspecified semantic representations 
* semantic aspects of language generation
* computing meaning in multimodal interaction

* the semantic web and natural language processing
* the semantics-pragmatics interface in computational perspective
* semantic relations in discourse and dialogue
* shallow and deep semantic processing and reasoning


ISO/SIGSEM JOINT WORKING GROUP MEETING

Immediately preceding IWCS-8, on 5-6 January 2009, a joint meeting 
will be held of the ISO TC 37/SC 4 Working Group on Semantic 
Content, and the ACL SIGSEM Working Group on the Representation 
of Multimodal Semantic Information. This meeting will be open to 
IWCS-8 participants. For more information see 
http://iso-tdg3.uvt.nl/ and 
http://sigsem.uvt.nl/wg


PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

James Allen Alexander Koller 
Ron Artstein Emiel Krahmer 
Patrick Blackburn Alex Lascarides 
Johan Bos Kiyong Lee 
Harry Bunt (chair) Paul Mc Kevitt 
Nicoletta Calzolari Dan Moldovan 
Jae-Woong Choe Reinhard Muskens 
Robin Cooper Martha Palmer 
Kees van Deemter Manfred Pinkal 
Jan van Eijck Massimo Poesio 
Anette Frank Steve Pulman
Dafydd Gibbon Alan ramsay
Jerry Hobbs Laurent Romary
Ed Hovy Patrick Saint Dizier
Daniel Kayser Carl Vogel


ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Harry Bunt, Reinhard Muskens 
Johan Bos, Olga Petukhova
Marieke van Erp, Stephen Pulman 
Jeroen Geertzen, Elias Thijsse
Sander Wubben, Lauraine Sinay (secr.) 


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Three types of submission are solicited: full papers, short papers,
and project abstracts.

Full papers
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Full papers are original papers of maximally 12 pages, that will be 
published in the conference proceedings and will have a full oral 
presentation of about 30 minutes at the conference.

Short papers/posters 
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Short papers are maximally 4 pages long, will be published in the 
conference proceedings, and will have a very brief ('flash') oral 
presentation at the conference. Authors of short papers are 
invited to also put up a poster and participate in a poster session. 

Project abstracts
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Project abstracts are brief descriptions of 2 pages of ongoing,
recently completed, or starting projects. They will be published in
the conference proceedings and will be presented as a poster during 
a poster session.

Submission formats
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Submissions of all three types should be in postscript or pdf
format and prepared with LaTeX; see the IWCS-8 website
http://let.uvt.nl/research/ti/sigsem/iwcs/iwcs8 for more
information on the style files to be used. The page limits
presuppose standard 11 point Computer Modern font. Final versions
of accepted contributions will have to be submitted as LaTeX
source files to facilitate publication of the proceedings; we also
aim at publishing a selection of accepted papers in book form
after the conference.

Email your postscript or pdf file to: computational dot semantics at uvt dot nl

Submission deadlines
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For full papers the submission deadline is 13 October 2008; for
short papers and project abstracts the deadline is 17 November.


IMPORTANT DATES

13 October     2008 Submission of full papers
10 November 2008 Notification of acceptance (full papers)
17 November 2008 Submission of short papers and project abstracts
24 November 2008 Notification of acceptance (short papers and 
                               project abstracts)
1 December  2008 Final papers due (all types of submission)
1 December  2008 Deadline for early registration
5-6 January  2009 Joint Meeting of ISO TC 37/SC 4/Working Group 2 on Semantic 
                              annotation, and ACL SIGSEM Working Group on the Representation 
                              of Multimodal Semantic Information
7-9 January 2009 IWCS-8 Conference


FURTHER INFORMATION

Secretariat: Ms Lauraine Sinay
Department of Communication and Information Sciences
Tilburg University
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg
The Netherlands
Fax: +31-13 466 28 92
Phone: +31-13 466 30 60 or ..81 18 or ..26 68
Email: computational dot semantics at uvt dot nl

Website: http://let.uvt.nl/research/ti/sigsem/iwcs/iwcs8

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IWCS-8 is endorsed by SIGSEM, the ACL Special Interest Group in
Computational Semantics (see http://www.sigsem.org).
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