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Denmark: Workshop on Contextual Information in Semantic Space Models, at Context 07 -- CFP

Call for Papers:
Contextual Information in Semantic Space Models
(CoSMo 2007): Beyond Words and Documents

In conjunction with:
Context 07: Sixth International and
Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context

Roskilde University, Denmark - August 20, 2007

Workshop website:

Marco Baroni (University of Trento)
Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa)
Magnus Sahlgren (Swedish Institute of Computer Science)

*** Topics of the Workshop ***

Some variation of the so-called distributional
hypothesis - i.e. that words with similar
distributional properties have similar semantic
properties - lies at the heart of a number of
computational approaches that share the
assumption that it is possible to build semantic
space models through the statistical analysis of
the contexts in which words occur.

However, the very notion of context on which
semantic spaces rely on gives rise to various
crucial issues both at the theoretical and at the
computational level, which in turn determine a
large space of parametric variations. The aim of
this workshop is to foster a fully
cross-disciplinary debate around the major open
questions pertaining to the definition and usage
of context in context-based semantic modeling.

In particular, we invite papers on the following topics:

* using new linguistic and extra-linguistic
contexts in semantic space modeling;
* integration of different context sources
(linguistic,  extra-linguistic, etc.) to bootstrap semantic spaces;
* plausible contexts for cognitively and neurally
realistic semantic  space models;
* effect of context choice on the performance of
semantic space  models in applicative settings;
* critical analysis of the limits of current
context-based models of  meaning and future perspectives.

*** Paper Submission ***

The papers should not be longer than 8 pages, and
they should be submitted anonymously in PDF
format following the LNCS guidelines (see
Workshop's website for link to style-sheets).

Paper selection will occur through a blind review
process. Each paper will be read by 2 reviewers.

Online paper submission is now open at:


*** Important dates ***

* Paper submission: May 15
* Notification of acceptance/rejection: June 20
* Final version of paper due: July 20
* Workshop: August 20

*** Program Committee ***

Marco Baroni (University of Trento, co-chair)
Gemma Boleda (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona)
Paul Buitelaar (DFKI)
John Bullinaria (University of Birmingham)
Curt Burgess (University of California, Riverside)
Stefan Evert (University of Osnabrück)
Pentti Kanerva (CSLI, Stanford)
Jussi Karlgren (Swedish Institute of Computer Science)
Mirella Lapata (University of Edinburgh)
Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, co-chair)
Simonetta Montemagni (ILC-CNR)
Vito Pirrelli (ILC-CNR)
Massimo Poesio (University of Trento)
Reinhard Rapp (University of Mainz)
Magnus Sahlgren (Swedish Institute of Computer Science, co-chair)
Fabrizio Sebastiani (ISTI-CNR)
Peter Turney (National Research Council of Canada)
Gabriella Vigliocco (University College, London)

*** Further Information ***

Information on registration and registration fees
will be provided at the conference web page: