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

Call for Participation:
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 21, 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.

*** Workshop Schedule (subject to change) ***

8.30-9.00   Registration

9.00-9.10   Opening Remarks

9.10-9.30   Magnus Sahlgren
              Word Space Models: A Critical Overview

9.30-10.00  Masato Hagiwara, Yasuhiro Ogawa and Katsuhiko Toyama
              Effectiveness of Indirect
Dependency for Automatic Synonym Acquisition

10.00-10.30 Yves Peirsman, Kris Heylen and Dirk Speelman
              Finding Semantically Related Words
in Dutch. Co-occurrences versus Syntactic Contexts

10.30-11.00 Tim Van de Cruys
              Exploring Three Way Contexts for Word Sense Discrimination

11.00-11.30 Coffe break

11.30-12.00 Viktor Pekar, Ruslan Mitkov, Dimitar Blagoev and Andrea Mulloni
              Finding Translations for
Low-Frequency Words in Comparable Corpora

12.00-12.30 Klaus Rothenhäusler and Hinrich Schütze
              Part of Speech Filtered Word Spaces

12.30-13.00 Alessandro Lenci and Marco Baroni
              Word Space Models and Cognitive
Research: State of the Art and Future Perspectives

*** 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 ***

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