July, 13th, 2018

  

 	
	
LOT Announcements / events
​Verhuizing van LOT naar de UvA

Met ingang van 1 januari 2019 verhuist LOT naar de UvA! De gezamenlijke decanen willen graag dat de landelijke onderzoekscholen rouleren langs de deelnemende universiteiten, en daarom komt er na vele jaren een einde aan de Utrechtse periode van LOT. De nieuwe LOT directeur wordt Prof. Dr. Kees Hengeveld van de UvA, hoogleraar Algemene Taalwetenschap. De oude en de nieuwe penvoerder van LOT zullen alles doen wat in hun vermogen ligt om de overgang soepel te laten verlopen, zodat de onderzoekers, PhD studenten en RM studenten zoveel mogelijk continuïteit ervaren. We kijken met enorme tevredenheid en waardering terug op alles wat Utrecht voor LOT heeft gedaan en betekend, en we verheugen ons op al het goeds dat het nieuwe Amsterdamse huis de landelijke taalwetenschappelijke gemeenschap te bieden heeft!

namens het LOT bestuur
Sjef Barbiers (voorzitter)

Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen

Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied:

Scholen moeten toe naar een meertalige aanpak
https://www.nemokennislink.nl/publicaties/scholen-...
De manier waarop scholen omgaan met leerlingen met een migratieachtergrond, verschilt enorm binnen Europa. De universiteiten van Helsinki, Gent en Utrecht pleitten tijdens een congres in Rotterdam voor een meertalig perspectief waarbij docenten meer gebruikmaken van de taaldiversiteit in de klas.


Hoe veranderen sterke werkwoorden?
https://www.nemokennislink.nl/publicaties/hoe-vera...
In het Engels winnen verledentijdsvormen als ‘sunk’ en ‘stung’ het steeds vaker van vormen als ‘sank’ en ‘stang’. Hoe komt dat? Aan de hand van een wiskundige formule kunnen we meer vat krijgen op hoe onze hersenen talige patronen verwerken.


Hoe Franciscus Donders bewees dat denken tijd kost
https://www.nemokennislink.nl/publicaties/hoe-fran...
Het Donders Instituut viert dit jaar de 200ste geboortedag van Franciscus Donders, grondlegger van het cognitieve hersenonderzoek. Ter gelegenheid van dit jubileum herhaalde taalpsycholoog Ardi Roelofs het baanbrekende experiment waarmee Donders 150 jaar geleden aantoonde dat denken tijd kost. Hij gebruikte hierbij de originele stimuluslijsten uit de archieven van het Utrechtse Universiteitsmuseum.


'Maak gebruik van migrantentalen in het onderwijs'
https://www.nemokennislink.nl/publicaties/maak-geb...
Migranten die het Nederlands leren, hebben soms moeite met klanken of grammaticale aspecten die ze niet kennen uit hun moedertaal. En soms werkt hun talenkennis juist in hun voordeel. Utrechtse taalwetenschappers ontwikkelden een app met informatie over veelvoorkomende migrantentalen.

Lectures / Talks / Seminars / Colloquia
Colloquium 'Can We Learn How to Engage with Society?', Namur, Belgium, September 19-21, 2018

We would like to draw your attention to the colloquium Can We Learn How to Engage with Society? from 19 to 21 September 2018 at the University of Namur, Belgium.

This conference aims to bring together teachers in higher education, educational assistants who are in charge of the construction of curricula, students, representatives of civil society associations, and finally, heads of higher education institutions around the topic of civic engagement for global solidarity of students in higher education.

It is organized by our partner FUCID (UNamur) in the framework the SCRIBANI network.

Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
LEAD Summer School in Second Language Acquisition, University of Tübingen, Germany, July 23-27, 2018

LEAD Summer School in Second Language Acquisition University of Tübingen, July 23-27, 2018


www.leadsummerschool.de


The University of Tübingen is pleased to host the LEAD Summer School in Second Language Acquisition in July 2018. The LEAD Summer School is a major international event that draws together leading researchers and students from a variety of disciplines (theoretical and applied linguistics, psychology, education, language testing) in order to discuss current trends and future directions in second language research.


The Summer School is an initiative of the Heritage Language Consortium, a new strategic partnership between Tübingen University, Lancaster University, the University of Lisbon, the University of Minho, NOVA University of Lisbon, the University of Porto, and the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The event free is offered free of charge but prior registration is required. Registration includes coffee breaks, a welcome reception (Monday) light lunch during Wednesday’s poster session, and a Stocherkahn trip up the Neckar river. However, delegates have to pay for travel/accommodation expenses and make their own arrangements for lunch (except Wednesday).


Space at the summer school is limited to 40 registered participants. To secure your place, please visit our website. For questions, please email the organizers at leadsummerschool@gmail.com.


Topics include:

Heritage language learning

Language learning and technology

Individual differences in language learning Language testing Corpus approaches to L2 acquisition Computational linguistics and SLA Instructed SLA Cognitive foundations of language learning and teaching Task-based language teaching Linguistics and education


We look forward to welcoming you to Tübingen in the summer!


Patrick (Rebuschat), Detmar (Meurers), Katharina (Wendebourg) and Simon (Ruiz)


Dr. Patrick Rebuschat

Department of Linguistics and English Language Lancaster University County South C73 Lancaster LA1 4YL United Kingdom


Personal website: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/rebuschat International pages: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/linguistics-abroad/

Lancaster-Ghent partnership: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/lancaster-ghent/

Workshop on Logic, Language, Information and Computation (WoLLIC 2018), Bogotá, Colombia, July 24-27, 2018

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

WoLLIC 2018
25th Workshop on Logic, Language, Information and Computation
July 24th to 27th, 2018
Bogotá, Colombia

SPECIAL SESSION:
Tribute to the Memory and Legacy of Raymond Smullyan
with a screening of
"This Film Needs No Title: A Portrait of Raymond Smullyan"
(Directed by Tao Ruspoli, 2004, 30min)

SCIENTIFIC SPONSORSHIP
Interest Group in Pure and Applied Logics (IGPL)
The Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI)
Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL)
European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS)
European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL)
ACM Special Interest Group on Logic and Computation (ACM-SIGLOG) (TBC)
Sociedade Brasileira de Computação (SBC)
Sociedade Brasileira de Lógica (SBL)

ORGANISATION
Departamento de Matemáticas, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Centro de Informática, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

HOSTED BY
Departamento de Matemáticas, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

WoLLIC is an annual international forum on inter-disciplinary research involving formal logic, computing and programming theory, and natural language and reasoning. Each meeting includes invited talks and tutorials as well as contributed papers. The twenty-fifth WoLLIC will be held at the Departamento de Matemáticas of the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, from July 24th to 27th, 2018. It is sponsored by the Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL), the Interest Group in Pure and Applied Logics (IGPL), the The Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI), the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS), the European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL), ACM Special Interest Group on Logic and Computation (ACM-SIGLOG) (TBC), the Sociedade Brasileira de Computação (SBC), and the Sociedade Brasileira de Lógica (SBL).

INVITED SPEAKERS
Katalin Bimbo (Univ of Alberta, Canada)
Xavier Caicedo (Univ de Los Andes, Colombia)
José Meseguer (Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Elaine Pimentel (Univ Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil)
Guillermo Simari (Univ Nacional del Sur, Argentina)
Renata Wassermann (Univ de São Paulo, Brazil)

SPECIAL SCREENING - A TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY AND LEGACY OF RAYMOND SMULLYAN
As a tribute to the memory and legacy of the late Raymond Smullyan, who passed away in February 2017, there will be a special session with a screening of the documentary film "This Film Needs No Title: A Portrait of Raymond Smullyan" (Dir. Tao Ruspoli, 2004, 30min), as well as short testimonies by experts.

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
Siddharth Bhaskar (Haverford College, USA)
Torben Braüner (Roskilde University, Denmark)
Hazel Brickhill (University of Bristol, UK)
Michael Detlefsen (University of Notre Dame, USA)
Juliette Kennedy (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Sophia Knight (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Alex Kruckman (Indiana University, USA)
Maricarmen Martinez Baldares (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)
Frederike Moltmann (CNRS, France)
Lawrence Moss (Indiana University, USA) (CHAIR)
Cláudia Nalon (University of Brasília, Brazil)
Valeria de Paiva (Nuance Comms, USA, and University of Birmingham, UK)
Sophie Pinchinat (IRISA Rennes, France)
David Pym (University College London, UK)
Ruy de Queiroz (Univ Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil)
Revantha Ramanayake (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
Giselle Reis (Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar)
Jeremy Seligman (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Yanjing Wang (Peking University, China)
Fan Yang (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)

STEERING COMMITTEE
Samson Abramsky, Johan van Benthem, Anuj Dawar, Joe Halpern, Wilfrid Hodges, Juliette Kennedy, Ulrich Kohlenbach, Daniel Leivant, Leonid Libkin, Angus Macintyre, Luke Ong, Hiroakira Ono, Valeria de Paiva, Ruy de Queiroz, Jouko Väänänen. (Former Member: Grigori Mints (deceased).)

ORGANISING COMMITTEE
Jaime A. Bohórquez (Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería, Bogotá, Colombia)
Xavier Caicedo (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) (Local co-chair)
Nicolás Cardozo (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia)
Maricarmen Martínez (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) (Local co-chair)
Anjolina G. de Oliveira (Univ Federal de Pernambuco, Brasil)
Ruy de Queiroz (Univ Federal de Pernambuco, Brasil) (co-chair)
Camilo Rocha (Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Colombia)

FURTHER INFORMATION
Contact one of the Co-Chairs of the Organising Committee.

WEB PAGE
http://wollic.org/wollic2018/

International Summer School on Deep Learning, Genova, Italy, July 23-27, 2018

2nd INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL ON DEEP LEARNING

DeepLearn 2018

Genova, Italy

July 23-27, 2018

Organized by:
University of Genova
IRDTA – Brussels/London

http://grammars.grlmc.com/DeepLearn2018/

SCOPE:

DeepLearn 2018 will be a research training event with a global scope aiming at updating participants about the most recent advances in the critical and fast developing area of deep learning. This is a branch of artificial intelligence covering a spectrum of current exciting machine learning research and industrial innovation that provides more efficient algorithms to deal with large-scale data in neurosciences, computer vision, speech recognition, language processing, human-computer interaction, drug discovery, biomedical informatics, healthcare, recommender systems, learning theory, robotics, games, etc. Renowned academics and industry pioneers will lecture and share their views with the audience.

Most deep learning subareas will be displayed, and main challenges identified through 2 keynote lectures, 24 six-hour courses, and 1 round table, which will tackle the most active and promising topics. The organizers are convinced that outstanding speakers will attract the brightest and most motivated students. Interaction will be a main component of the event.

An open session will give participants the opportunity to present their own work in progress in 5 minutes. Moreover, there will be two special sessions with industrial and recruitment profiles.

ADDRESSED TO:

Master's students, PhD students, postdocs, and industry practitioners will be typical profiles of participants. However, there are no formal pre-requisites for attendance in terms of academic degrees. Since there will be a variety of levels, specific knowledge background may be assumed for some of the courses. Overall, DeepLearn 2018 is addressed to students, researchers and practitioners who want to keep themselves updated about recent developments and future trends. All will surely find it fruitful to listen and discuss with major researchers, industry leaders and innovators.

STRUCTURE:

3 courses will run in parallel during the whole event. Participants will be able to freely choose the courses they wish to attend as well as to move from one to another.

VENUE:

DeepLearn 2018 will take place in Genova, the capital city of Liguria, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and with one of the most important ports of the Mediterranean. The venue will be:

Porto Antico di Genova – Centro Congressi
Magazzini del Cotone – Module 10
16128 Genova, Italy

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

tba

PROFESSORS AND COURSES: (to be completed)

Pierre Baldi (University of California, Irvine), [intermediate/advanced] Deep Learning: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications to the Natural Sciences

Thomas Breuel (NVIDIA Corporation), [intermediate] Design and Implementation of Deep Learning Applications

Joachim M. Buhmann (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), [introductory/advanced] Model Selection by Algorithm Validation

Li Deng (Citadel), tba

Sergei V. Gleyzer (University of Florida), [introductory/intermediate] Feature Extraction, End-end Deep Learning and Applications to Very Large Scientific Data: Rare Signal Extraction, Uncertainty Estimation and Realtime Machine Learning Applications in Software and Hardware

Michael Gschwind (IBM Global Chief Data Office), [introductory/intermediate] Deploying Deep Learning at Enterprise Scale

Xiaodong He (Microsoft Research), [intermediate/advanced] Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing and Language-Vision Multimodal Intelligence

Namkug Kim (Asan Medical Center), [intermediate] Deep Learning for Computer Aided Detection/Diagnosis in Radiology and Pathology

Sun-Yuan Kung (Princeton University), [introductory] Systematic (Analytical and Empirical) Optimization/Generalization of Deep Learning Networks

Li Erran Li (Uber ATG), [intermediate/advanced] Deep Reinforcement Learning: Foundations, Recent Advances and Frontiers

Dimitris N. Metaxas (Rutgers University), [advanced] Adversarial, Discriminative, Recurrent, and Scalable Deep Learning Methods for Human Motion Analytics, Medical Image Analysis, Scene Understanding and Image Generation

Hermann Ney (RWTH Aachen University), [intermediate/advanced] Speech Recognition and Machine Translation: From Statistical Decision Theory to Machine Learning and Deep Neural Networks

Jose C. Principe (University of Florida), [introductory/advanced] Cognitive Architectures for Object Recognition in Video

Björn Schuller (Imperial College London), [intermediate/advanced] Deep Learning for Signal Analysis

Michèle Sebag (French National Center for Scientific Research, Gif-sur-Yvette), [intermediate] Representation Learning, Domain Adaptation and Generative Models with Deep Learning

Ponnuthurai N Suganthan (Nanyang Technological University), [introductory/intermediate] Learning Algorithms for Classification, Forecasting and Visual Tracking

Johan Suykens (KU Leuven), [introductory/intermediate] Deep Learning and Kernel Machines

Kenji Suzuki (Tokyo Institute of Technology), [introductory/advanced] Deep Learning in Medical Image Processing, Analysis and Diagnosis

Gökhan Tür (Google Research), [intermediate/advanced] Deep Learning in Conversational AI

Eric P. Xing (Carnegie Mellon University), [intermediate/advanced] A Statistical Machine Learning Perspective of Deep Learning: Algorithm, Theory, Scalable Computing

Ming-Hsuan Yang (University of California, Merced), [intermediate/advanced] Learning to Track Objects

Yudong Zhang (Nanjing Normal University), [introductory/intermediate] Convolutional Neural Network and Its Variants

OPEN SESSION:

An open session will collect 5-minute voluntary presentations of work in progress by participants. They should submit a half-page abstract containing title, authors, and summary of the research to david@irdta.eu by July 15, 2018.

INDUSTRIAL SESSION:

A session will be devoted to 10-minute demonstrations of practical applications of deep learning in industry. Companies interested in contributing are welcome to submit a 1-page abstract containing the program of the demonstration and the logistics needed. At least one of the people participating in the demonstration must register for the event. Expressions of interest have to be submitted to david@irdta.eu by July 15, 2018.

EMPLOYERS SESSION:

Firms searching for personnel well skilled in deep learning will have a space reserved for one-to-one contacts. At least one of the people in charge of the search must register for the event. Expressions of interest have to be submitted to david@irdta.eu by July 15, 2018.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

Francesco Masulli (Genova, co-chair)
Sara Morales (Brussels)
Manuel J. Parra-Royón (Granada)
David Silva (London, co-chair)

REGISTRATION:

It has to be done at

http://grammars.grlmc.com/DeepLearn2018/registrati...

The selection of up to 8 courses requested in the registration template is only tentative and non-binding. For the sake of organization, it will be helpful to have an estimation of the respective demand for each course. During the event, participants will be free to attend the courses they wish.

Since the capacity of the venue is limited, registration requests will be processed on a first come first served basis. The registration period will be closed and the on-line registration facility disabled when the capacity of the venue is exhausted. It is highly recommended to register prior to the event.

FEES:

Fees comprise access to all courses and lunches. There are several early registration deadlines. Fees depend on the registration deadline.

ACCOMMODATION:

Suggestions for accommodation can be found at

http://www.deeplearn-hotels.promoest.com/hp.aspx?s...

CERTIFICATE:

A certificate of successful participation in the event will be delivered indicating the number of hours of lectures.

QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

david@irdta.eu

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

Università degli studi di Genova
Institute for Research Development, Training and Advice (IRDTA) – Brussels/London

Summer School in Survey Methodology, GESIS, Cologne, Germany, August 2-24, 2018

The 7th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology takes place 02-24 August at GESIS in Cologne, Germany. The program is online, and registration is open at www.gesis.org/summerschool


15 scholarships by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) via CDSS as well as the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) are available. We have postponed the deadline for applications to 30 April. For more information on scholarships please visit http://bit.ly/gss18-scholarships.



15 courses are scheduled, among them 5 short courses and 10 one-week courses. Below is a list of all courses – including three new courses [NEW] and two courses that are back [BACK] to our program.


Short courses (02 - 03 August)

Pretesting Survey Questions (Meitinger/Lenzner) | NEW

Introduction to Data Analysis Using Mplus (Blümke/Lechner/Danner)

Research Designs and Causal Inference (Eifler/Leitgöb)

Introduction to Data Analysis Using Stata (Schunck/Pforr)



Week 1 (06 - 10 August)

Introduction to Survey Design (Lugtig/Struminskaya)

Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling (Reinecke/Kessler)

Introduction to Data Analysis Using R (Kolb/Murray-Waters)

Applied Multiple Imputation (Geißler/Heisig) | NEW



Week 2 (13 - 17 August)

Questionnaire Design (Fuchs/Metzler)

Mixed-Mode and Mixed-Device Surveys (Toepoel/de Leeuw/Klausch) | BACK

Web Survey Design (Couper/Schaurer) | BACK



Week 3 (20 - 24 August)

Meta-Analysis in Social Research and Survey Methodology (Weiß/Daikeler)

Sampling, Weighting, and Estimation (Eckman)

Designing, Implementing, and Analyzing Longitudinal Surveys (Al Baghal/Cernat)

[20-21 Aug] Open Science and Open Data (Netscher/Perry/Schwickerath) | NEW


Thanks to our cooperation with the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) at the University of Mannheim, participants can obtain up to 4 ECTS credit points per one-week course.

Participants are invited to attend several plenary and social events including evening talks by experts in Survey Methodology, weekly welcome receptions as well as cultural and social excursions.

There is no registration deadline, but to secure a place in the course(s) of your choice and to book affordable accommodation, we strongly recommend that you register as soon as possible.

We would be very happy if you could forward this announcement to other potentially interested parties.

Thank you and best wishes,

Your GESIS Summer School team

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GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences

GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology

email: summerschool@gesis.org

web: www.gesis.org/summerschool

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GESISTraining

Summer School in Logic, Language and Information ESSLLI, Sofia, Bulgaria, August 6-17, 2018

30th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information

ESSLLI 2018


Sofia University "St. Kl. Ohridski"

Sofia, BULGARIA

August 6-17, 2018


http://esslli2018.folli.info/



The 30th edition of ESSLLI (European Summer School in Logic, Language and

Information) will take place from 6 August to 17 August 2018 at Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria. The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information is an event organized every year in a different European country under the auspices of the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI).


Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski” and the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IICT-BAS), will jointly host ESSLLI 2018.


ESSLLI 2018 will be held under the patronage of Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia Capital Municipality.


We are pleased to announce that the program schedule is now available for the two weeks of the school.

Under 'Program' section you can also check the information about the satellite Formal Grammar Conference as well as the Student Session.


The ESSLLI 2018 Organization Team

Conference Language, Individual and Society, Bulgaria, August 26-30, 2018

Conference Language, Individual and society


12th International Conference

26-30 August 2018

Elenite Holiday Village, Bulgaria


Organized by

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Union of Scientists in Bulgaria

Science & Education Foundation, Bulgaria

Institute of Philosophy and Social and Political Studies of the Southern Federal University, Russia

For more information, see: https://www.sciencebg.net/en/conferences/language-...

Summer School 'Intonation and Word Order', University of Graz, Austria, September 17-21, 2018

Deadline Extension: Summer School "Intonation and Word Order"

Deadline extended to June 30!

Dear Linguists!
We (Edgar Onea and Swantje Tönnis) are organizing a Summer School on "Intonation and Word Order - Theoretical and Empirical Approaches" September 17-21 at the University of Graz. It mainly addresses MA-students and PhD students. The program and further information is provided below and on our website:
https://germanistik.uni-graz.at/en/research-group-...

Preliminary program

Thematic Courses:
Intonation and word order - Prof. Dr. Caroline Féry (Frankfurt University)
Three dimensions of sentence prosody - Prof. Dr. Michael Wagner (McGill University)
Focus and the syntax-phonology interface from a theoretical and experimental perspective - Dr. Kriszta Szendröi (University College London)

Introductions to relevant scientific methods:
Introduction to Praat - Mag.phil. Petra Hödl, MSc. (University of Graz)
Experimental methods for investigating the prosody-information structure interface - Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. phil. Dina El Zarka (Universität Graz)
tba. - N.N. (University of Graz)

Evening lectures:
On the meaning of nuclear and prenuclear Accents - PD. Dr. Stefan Baumann (Köln University)
tba. - Prof. Dr. Ede Zimmermann (Frankfurt University)

Date: September 17-21, 2018
Location: Graz, Austria
Participation fee: 50 € for participants affiliated with the University of Graz, 100 € for participants from other universities
Application deadline: June 30, 2018

Send your application including a motivation letter and a short CV until June 30 to swantje.toennis@uni-graz.at

International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG), Tilburg University, Tilburg, November 5-8, 2018

International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG).


INLG 2018 will be held at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, from November 5 to November 8. This means the conference takes place immediately after EMNLP 2018, which this year will be held in Brussels, just a train ride away from Tilburg.


The conference is being organised by Emiel Krahmer and Martijn Goudbeek.


Further information and calls will be announced soon.


Third International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics, Ahwaz, Iran, January 31 - February 1, 2019

Third International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics

31 January-1 February, 2019

Ahwaz, Iran

WWW.LLLD.IR


Academics and university lecturers are cordially invited to present their research in English, Arabic or Persian:

Optional Services for Non-Iranian Nationality Presenters (If they wish to use)

A) Free Accommodation: ((1) accommodation will be in the university hostel or guest house, (2) Accommodation will be for four days (30th & 31st January & 1st & 2nd February 2019, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday). (3) Three or four participants will stay in each room).

B) Free Transportation: All transportation from Ahwaz airport to the accommodation place, to the conference venue and vice versa will be free.

C) Free Food: During 31st January & 1st February 2019 (Thursday, Friday) lunch and dinner will be free.

D) Free Tour: One Day Shoustar Historical City Tour - 2nd February, 2019 (Saturday) will be free.

E) Other Notable Free Services.

(For the last year, the articles were received from more than 30 countries)

Please feel free to write if there is any query.

The Conference Secretariat,
Pazhoheshgaran Andishmand Institute,
Ahwaz 61335-4619 Iran

Email: info@pahi.ir

Tel: (+98) 61-32931199

Fax: (+98) 61-32931198

Mobile: (+98) 916-508-8772

WhatsApp Number: (+98) 916-776-5914


Job Announcements / Vacancies
Multiple PhD positions Logical Methods in Computer Science in Wien, Graz and Linz, Austria, various deadlines

TU Wien, TU Graz, and JKU Linz are seeking 16 doctoral students for the doctoral college Logical Methods in Computer Science (LogiCS). The doctoral program has been successfully established in 2014, and now it looks for the second generation of the PhD students. LogiCS through the eyes of the students: http://bit.ly/HotspotVienna

The doctoral positions are funded for a period of 4 years according to the funding scheme of the Austrian Science Fund. Additional positions will be available through other funding. (See the full funding amount on LogiCS website). Aim of the current call is to fill the 16 positions, where 30% of the positions are reserved for highly qualified female candidates, by the autumn of 2018.

THE PROGRAM

LogiCS focuses on logic and its applications in computer science. Successful applicants will work on interdisciplinary research topics covering

(i) computational logic,

(ii) databases and artificial intelligence,

(iii) computer-aided verification, and

(iv) emerging application domains, such as cyber-physical systems, distributed systems,and security & privacy.

FACULTY MEMBERS

Austria has a vibrant and highly active and successful logic in computer science community. Students are supervised by leading researchers in their fields: Details are provided on http://logic-cs.at/faculty/


HOW TO APPLY

Applications will be screened on the following dates:

*June 1, 2018

*July 1, 2018

*September 1, 2018

The positions will be filled on continuous basis till October 2018.


Applications by the candidates need to be submitted electronically. Detailed information about the application process is available on the LogiCS web-page.


LOGIC IN AUSTRIA

Austria has a highly active and successful logic in computer science community. Recent activities include:

*Vienna Summer of Logic, the Largest Conference in the History of Logic: vsl2014.at

*ALGO 2017: algo2017.ac.tuwien.ac.at

*FMCAD 2017: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/hunt/FMCAD/FMCAD17/

*Austrian Research Network in Rigorous Systems Engineering: www.arise.or.at

*Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms: vcla.at

*International Kurt Goedel Society: kgs.logic.at


HIGHEST QUALITY OF LIFE

The Austrian cities Vienna, Graz, and Linz, located close to the Alps and surrounded by beautiful nature, provide an exceptionally high quality of life, with a vibrant cultural scene, numerous cultural events, world-famous historical sites, a large international community, a varied cuisine and famous coffee houses.


FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information please contact: info@logic-cs.at


WEBSITE

http://logic-cs.at/phd/admission/


SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook: bit.ly/FBVCLA

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vclaTUwien

PhD/Drupal developer to work with the Language Archive team, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, no deadline
​Two post-doctoral positions in the context of ERC project ENEP-CHINA, Aix Marseille University, France, deadline: July 15, 2018

Two post-doctoral positions are opening in the context of ERC project ENEP-CHINA

at Aix Marseille University. See details on the objective of the project on the site:

https://virtualshanghai.hypotheses.org/documents

The beginning of the position will be in September 2018, for one year.

Please send your application (motivation letter, CV, copy of your PhD certificate/transcripts and work
samples in one PDF document to contact[@]numerica-sinica.eu. Use the subject heading “ENEP-CHINA
NLP Postdoc Research Position”.

If you have any further enquiries about the positions, please do not hesitate to contact: Prof. Christian Henriot at christian.r.henriot[at]gmail.com

Deadline for applications : July 15th 2018, 12:00 noon CET.

Your tasks

• Set-up a Natural Language Processing pipeline for Chinese and English historical texts (word
segmentation, tagging, named-entities recognition, shallow semantic parsing)
• Apply Information Retrieval techniques on Chinese and English historical text to extract
semantic relations
• Work in collaboration with engineers and data scientists of the team to a rich database from the
“big data” unstructured textual data set
• Exploit reinforcement learning methods to take advantage of intermediate evaluation from data
scientists, historians and linguists
• Publishing in peer-reviewed journals and conferences like ACL, COLING, EMNLP,…
• Supporting the ERC grant holder in managing tasks, coordinating the project work and supervising PhD students and student assistants

Qualifications and requirements
• Doctoral degree in Computer Science / Computational Linguistics (should be obtained before
the start of the project)
• Publications in peer-reviewed journals on topics related to the field
• Experiences in one or more of the following fields: Machine Learning, Computational
Linguistics, Information Retrieval
• Strong methodological skills in Programming, Scientific Computing
• Very good command of spoken and written English; French language skills are not required ;
command of Chinese would definitely be an asset
• Ability to organize yourself efficiently and work collegially in an internationally oriented team

PhD position in a project on the psychology of narratives, Leipzig and Tilburg University, deadline: July 27, 2018

A Phd Position in a Research Project

on Empathy and Formal Features of Audio-Visual Narratives

Leipzig University (Germany) and Tilburg University (The Netherlands)
Application deadline: July 27, 2018

The project “An investigation of how formal features in audio-visual narratives influence audience members’ empathy and prosocial behavior”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) invites applications for the following position, starting in November 2018:

*1 PhD researcher for three years*

The PhD will work on a project on the role of audio-visual formal features in empathic responses to fictional filmic narratives. Empathy, defined as the understanding and experiencing of mental states of an observed other person is a key psychological process that channels narrative effects of audio-visual narratives. This PhD will work in an interdisciplinary collaboration among scholars in communication, neuro- and computer sciences to identify those formal features in audiovisual fictional narratives that are capable of predicting viewers’ empathy and prosocial behavior.

The PhD will conduct research in collaboration with three universities and supervisors: Tilburg University (supervisors: dr. Katalin Bálint and Prof. Fons Maes), and Leipzig University at the Department of Empirical Research of Communication (supervisor: Prof. Anne Bartsch) and the University of Parma (external supervisor: Prof. Vittorio Gallese, visiting fellow at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain).

The primary affiliation of the PhD position is at the University of Leipzig. The PhD will also be registered at the Doctoral School of Tilburg University (Department of Communication and Cognition), and is expected to stay part of the time at the collaborating universities.

The PhD researcher will:

- Design, prepare, conduct, analyse, disseminate experimental studies
- Assist in presenting results of the project at scientific conferences and in journal articles
- Write and publish peer-reviewed journal articles
- Write a PhD thesis

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate who meets the following requirements:

- Hold a relevant Master's degree, preferably a Research Master's degree
or equivalent qualifications in psychology, or communication science, cognitive science, neuroscience, cognitive film studies or a related discipline

- Has experience/expertise in quantitative research methods, preferably in (at least) one of the following areas:
o Experimental design
o Psychophysiological measures
o Advanced statistics
o Content analysis

- Expertise/ experience/ willingness to develop in neuroscientific research
- Good knowledge of (at least) one statistical software package (e.g., SPSS, Stata, R, or MPlus)
- Candidates should be interested in the topic and methods of the project
- High command of English in writing and speaking is a must
- Have excellent organizational skills
- Have the ability and interest to work in an interdisciplinary team
International candidates are welcome to apply
Candidates who are due to finish their Master's thesis before October 1st 2018 are welcome to apply

Payment will be 65% of a full TV-L E13 position (according to the German public servant remuneration grade table).

As an equal opportunity employer, the University of Leipzig particularly encourages applications from women and persons with disabilities.

Applications including a cover letter, indicating your earliest availability, a CV, and copies of thesis, degree certificates must be submitted on the *July 27, 2018* the latest.

Please send your application as one pdf to dr. Katalin Bálint k.e.balint@uvt.nl

If you would like to read the summary of the research proposal, have any questions, please contact Katalin Bálint k.e.balint@uvt.nl

Two funded PhD positions in Human-Robot Interaction, University of Glasgow, UK, deadline: July 31, 2018

The University of Glasgow welcomes applications for two funded PhDs in the area of Human-Robot Interaction.

Application deadline: 31 July (for both positions)

Position 1: Human-Robot Interaction for Oilfield Drilling Applications

Eligibility: UK/EU students only

Start date: 1 October 2018

Full details at https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.asp...

This project will investigate how such human-robot collaborative tasks can be carried out, concentrating on the communication aspects: how the robot communicates its intentions to the human, and how the human can query and interact with the robot’s plan. The research will be driven by oilfield drilling applications, which involve control of complex equpment in a dynamic environment, with an increasing level of automation. Close coordination between the human crew and the automation system is often required, as is building trust between the human and the machine so that the crew understand why the machine acts the way it does and is confident it has taken all available information into account. The project is an EPSRC iCASE award with Schlumberger Gould Research and it is expected that the student will spend some time working with the company in Cambridge.

The student should have excellent experience, enthusiasm and skills in the areas ofnatural language or multimodal interaction and/or automated planning and reasoning. Applicants must hold a good Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.



Position 2: Natural Language Generation for Social Robotics

Eligibility: UK/EU students, or international students who can cover remaining fees from other sources

Start date: 1 January 2019 (or earlier)

Full details at https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.asp...

In this PhD project, the student will investigate how advanced techniques drawn from natural language generation (NLG) can be combined with practical social robotics applications. The success of the integration will be evaluated through a combination of subjective user evaluations of the social robots as well as technical evaluations of the flexibility and robustness of the underlying systems. In addition to the scientific results of the PhD, an additional goal is to produce a reusable, open-source component for NLG in the context of social robotics, to allow other researchers in this area to benefit from the results of the research.

The PhD student should have excellent experience, enthusiasm and skills in the areas ofnatural language processing, computational linguistics, multimodal interaction, and/orhuman-robot interaction. Applicants must hold a good Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.

For more information about both of these positions, please contact Dr Mary Ellen FosterMaryEllen.Foster@glasgow.ac.uk

PhD vacancy on Natural Language Processing for Personalised Health Communication, Tilburg University, deadline: August 15, 2018

We are looking for a new and enthusiastic colleague for a PhD project on

NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING FOR PERSONALISED HEALTH COMMUNICATION

The position is part of the project “Helping cancer patients to choose the best treatment: Data-driven shared decision making on cancer treatment for individual patients”, funded by NWO-ENW DATA2PERSON. The position is in the Department of Communication and Cognition (DCC) of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD), and is a collaboration with the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB) and The Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organization (IKNL).

Project description

When someone is first diagnosed with cancer, patient and doctor jointly need to decide which treatment to opt for from the range of possible treatments. Decision tools have been developed to support this difficult process, but, unfortunately, these tend to be generic and population-based, focus exclusively on long-term survival and lack personalised explanations. Moreover, they are not easily understandable and accessible for patients, and are difficult to maintain and keep up to date. As a result their usefulness is limited.

In this project, we will address these issues by developing an application that can generate multimodal personalised descriptions (text and graphics) of treatment options based on data of millions of Dutch cancer patients. Our team will include two new PhDs. One PhD (hosted by TSB) will develop new statistical models, determining the advantages and disadvantages of the relevant treatment options for individual patients. Based on the person and tumor characteristics, these models not only include predictions for (long term) survival, but also factors like side-effects of treatment and quality of life after treatment.

The other PhD (hosted by TSHD, and for which we are currently hiring) will develop a data-to-text system which automatically generates personalised explanations of the outcomes, using non-technical language and visualisations. This system is enhanced with personalised explanations of uncertainties and risks associated with different treatments.

End users (doctors and patients) are involved in all stages of the project, from the beginning, to gauge their wishes and needs, to the end, to evaluate the systems that were developed. We aim to show that our data-driven, personalised approach makes patients more knowledgeable about different treatment options and empowers them during shared decision making about treatments.

Your tasks

You will design, implement and evaluate a software system that is capable of explaining personalised health statistics related to treatment options. Based on state-of-the-art techniques for this, from Natural Language Generation (NLG), Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), you will study how to explain individualised treatment information to patients via automatically generated textual and visual reports, for which a demonstration system will be developed and evaluated with doctors and patients. You will collaborate with communication researchers from TSHD, statisticians from TSB, and data scientists and epidemiologists at IKNL (where you are expected to also spend one day per week). Your findings will be reported in publications, which form the basis of your PhD thesis.

Your profile

For the position we seek a candidate with a (research) master in a relevant area, including, but not limited to: computational linguistics, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, computational health informatics, (health) data science, medical informatics, computer science or computational communication science.

You are a motivated researcher who is comfortable with working in a multidisciplinary research team, has strong statistical and programming/scripting skills, and an excellent command of English. Knowledge of Dutch is an advantage, but not strictly necessary. Importantly, you are passionate about health care and are motivated to empower patients using digital tools.

Information

For more information on the position, please contact prof.dr. Emiel Krahmer (E.J.Krahmer@uvt.nl). A longer description of the project is available upon request.

What we offer

Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers and offers very good fringe benefits (it is one of the best non-profit employers in the Netherlands), such as an options model for terms and conditions of employment and excellent reimbursement of moving expenses. The collective labor agreement of Tilburg University applies.

The selected candidate will start with a contract for one year, concluded by an evaluation. Upon a positive outcome of the first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an employment contract for the remaining three years. It is also possible to work 80% instead of fulltime.

The candidate will be hosted at TSHD (Tilburg) and is expected to work one day a week at IKNL (Eindhoven).

Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The Faculty will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The PhD candidates will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as a PhD-student (promovendus) with a starting fulltime salary of €2,266 gross per month in the first year (€31,600 on yearly basis), up to € 2.897 the fourth year. The selected candidate is expected to have written a PhD thesis, which may be based on articles, by the end of the contract.

Applications

Applications should include:
- Cover letter,
- Curriculum Vitae,
- Copy of the university marks (grade list),
- Names of two references.

Applications should be sent before the application deadline of August 15, 2018. Interviews are expected to be held in the last week of August.

The only way to apply is online by following this link: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/about-tilburg-uni...

Three Positions for Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction' (1.0 FTE), NIjmegen, deadline: September 16, 2018

Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction'
Vacancy number: 30.06.18
Application deadline: 16 September 2018


Responsibilities

We are looking for highly motivated candidates to enrich a unique consortium of researchers aiming to unravel the neurocognitive mechanisms of language at multiple levels. The goal is to understand both the universality and variability of the human language faculty from genes to behaviour.

Currently, our consortium advertises one postdoctoral position and two PhD positions. These positions provide the opportunity for conducting world-class research as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Each position has its own requirements and profile.

Click here for more information on the positions.

Work environment

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The Language in Interaction research consortium, sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), brings together a large number of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands in one research programme on the foundations of language.
In addition to excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition, our consortium provides state-of-the-art research facilities and a research team with ample experience in the complex research methods that will be invoked to address the scientific questions at the highest level of methodological sophistication, including methods from genetics, neuroimaging, computational modelling, and patient-related research. This consortium realises both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else.

We have identified five Big Questions (BQ) that are central to our understanding of the human language faculty. These questions are interrelated at multiple levels. Teams of researchers will collaborate to collectively address these key questions in our field.

Our five Big Questions are:
BQ1: The nature of the mental lexicon: How to bridge neurobiology and psycholinguistic theory by computational modelling?
BQ2: What are the characteristics and consequences of internal brain organisation for language?
BQ3: Creating a shared cognitive space: How is language grounded in and shaped by communicative settings of interacting people?
BQ4: Variability in language processing and in language learning: Why does the ability to learn language change with age? How can we characterise and map individual language skills in relation to the population distribution?
BQ5: How are other cognitive systems shaped by the presence of a language system in humans?

More information on our Big Questions:
www.languageininteraction.nl/Bigquestions.html

Successful candidates will be appointed at one of the consortium’s home institutions, depending on the position applied for. All successful candidates will become members of our Big Question teams. The research is being conducted at the participating institutions in an international setting. English is the lingua franca.

What we expect from you

Each position has its own requirements and profile.
More information on:
www.languageininteraction.nl/jobs/bqfifth.html

General requirements for all positions are:
• a degree in the field indicated;
• strong motivation;
• excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.

What we have to offer

· employment: 1.0 FTE;

· you will be appointed at one of the consortium's home institutions, depending on the position applied for;

· terms of employment depend on the position applied for;

· the institutes involved have regulations in place that enable their staff to create a good work life balance.

Other Information

Both institutes involved are equal opportunity employers, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourage applications from women and minorities.

Would you like to know more?

Further information on:the Language in Interaction Consortium
Further information on:
the different positions

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
additional information can be obtained from the contacts for the different positions.

Are you interested?

You should upload your application (attn. of Prof. dr. P. Hagoort) exclusively using the button 'Apply' below. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):

· a cover letter; please state at the top the reference number(s) of the position(s) you apply for;

· your curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and the names of at least two persons who can provide references.

Please apply before 16 September 2018, 23:59 CET.
Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one position.

APPLY HERE:

https://www.ru.nl/english/working-at/jobopportunit...

Short-term fellowships for PhD students in 2019, University of Potsdam, Germany, deadline: September 30, 2018

The Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1287 “Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social Aspects” in Potsdam, Germany,invites applications for short-term fellowships available in 2019, 2020.

Language users exhibit a high degree of variability at all levels of the linguistic system, language use, and language development and change. This variability in language can be characterised as the range of different possible linguistic behaviours that are available to a language user, a language community, or in specific languages at any linguistic level. By exploring the systematicity and the limits of variability in linguistic behaviours, the main focus of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) is on identifying the constraints of the underlying linguistic system. Several projects jointly evaluate the limits, relations, dependencies, and commonalities of different types of variability across a range of linguistic phenomena from the perspectives of (A) language interaction and change, of (B) language processing, and of (C) grammatical systems. The CRC provides a fantastic research infrastructure including a large interdisciplinary network of researchers, its own graduate school, and funding opportunities for conference visits, summer schools, hosting international experts etc.

We are offering several three- to twelve-month fellowships to external PhD candidates who would like to do their research within one dedicated project of the CRC. Please see the available projects here: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/sfb1287/subprojects....

The monthly fellowship is tax exempt and covers a basic amount (1365 EUR) plus direct costs (103 EUR) plus 400 EUR per child, if applicable. Holders of the grant need to cover health insurance on their own.

The University of Potsdam hosts leading groups in the field of linguistics and cognitive sciences (http://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/cognitive-sciences/index.html). Potsdam is an attractive historical city and its palaces are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Potsdam is close to Berlin, a culturally vibrant city and home to a lively start-up scene. Both cities have a high quality of life at modest living costs.

The University of Potsdam strives to maintain gender balance among its staff. Severely disabled applicants shall receive preference in case of equal qualifications. We invite applications from people with migration backgrounds.

The fellowships require completed academic studies at an institute of higher learning (Master’s degree or equivalent). Please send your application as a single PDF file including: (1) a statement of research interests and motivation, (2) a full CV, (3) a short research proposal for the duration of the fellowship, (4) the names and e-mail addresses of at least two referees, (5) academic transcripts, (6) list of publications/talks/presentations, and (7) a web-link to a copy of the Master's thesis to Dr. Anastasiya Dockhorn-Romanova dockhornromanova@uni-potsdam.de. The research proposal should state which project within the CRC the short-term researcher wants to be affiliated with (e.g., “A01”). Applicants are advised to contact the CRC investigators with whom they would like to work and discuss the possibility of collaboration.

Deadline for the application for a fellowship in 2019 is September, 30, 2018. Late applications may be considered if positions are unfilled.

For more information: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/sfb1287/vacancies.ht...

For further details please contact Dr. Anastasiya Dockhorn-Romanova dockhornromanova@uni-potsdam.de

Call for proposals KB Researcher-in-residence 2019 at National Library, The Hague, deadline: September 30, 2018

We at the KB, National Library have recently opened a call for proposals for a paid researcher-in-residence. The programme, where we invite a researcher to join us for 0,5 fte for 6 months with a research project is intended for early career researcher (PhD-student in the final phase or obtained a PhD a maximum of 5 years ago) with an interest in our digital collection. These could be for instance historical newspapers, the web archive or anonymized user data.

We don’t ask for a specific theme and are open for everyone with an interesting proposal, such as (art) historians, computer scientists, data scientist, social scientists, but do ask that digital methods are used in the research. We have (technical) support available for this.

The call and more information can be found at https://www.kb.nl/organisatie/vacatures-en-stages/researcher-in-residence.

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We hebben onlangs bij de Koninklijke Bibliotheek Nederland een Call for Proposals geopend voor een betaalde Researcher-in-residence. Het programma, waarbij een onderzoeker voor 0,5 fte bij ons wordt gedetacheerd voor een kort onderzoeksproject van 6 maanden, is bedoeld voor early career onderzoekers (promovendus of maximaal 5 jaar gepromoveerd) met een interesse in onze digitale collectie. Dit zijn bijvoorbeeld historische kranten, het webarchief of geanonimiseerde gebruikersdata.

We stellen geen eisen omtrent het onderwerp, dus staan open voor iedereen met een interessant onderzoeksvoorstel, zoals (kunst)historici, informatici, data scientists of sociale wetenschappers, maar vragen wel dat er digitale onderzoeksmethoden worden gebruikt. Er is hiervoor (technische) ondersteuning beschikbaar.

De Call en meer informatie is te vinden op https://www.kb.nl/organisatie/vacatures-en-stages/...

Calls for papers for events
CfP International Workshop on Description Logics, Tempe, Arizona, USA, October 26-28, 2018, deadline: July 14, 2018 [EXTENDED]

CALL FOR PAPERS
31st International Workshop on Description Logics, DL 2018
October 26th to October 29th, 2018 - Tempe, Arizona, US
http://dl.kr.org/dl2018/
SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED
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The DL workshop is the major annual event of the description logic research community. It is the forum at which those interested in description logics, both from academia and industry, meet to discuss ideas, share information and compare experiences. The 31st edition will be held in Tempe, Arizona, US from October 26th to October 29th, 2018, collocated with the 16th International Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR 2018).

Important Dates (Firm Deadlines)
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Paper registration deadline:
July 14, 2018
Paper submission deadline:
July 21, 2018
Notification of acceptance:
September 14, 2018
Camera-ready copies:
October 4, 2018
Workshop:
October 26-29, 2018

We have extended the submission deadlines beyond the KR notification date. The schedule is now tight; hence NO FURTHER DEADLINE EXTENSIONS will be possible.

Invited Speakers
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Lidia Tendera (University of Opole, Poland) Denny Vrandečić (Google LLC, USA) Renata Wassermann (University of São Paulo, Brazil), jointly with NMR 2018

Workshop Scope
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We invite contributions on all aspects of description logics, including but not limited to:
* Foundations of description logics: decidability and complexity of reasoning,
expressive power, novel inference problems, inconsistency management,
reasoning techniques, and modularity aspects
* Extensions of description logics: closed-world and nonmonotonic reasoning,
epistemic reasoning, temporal and spatial reasoning, procedural knowledge,
query answering, reasoning over dynamic information
* Integration of description logics with other formalisms: object-oriented
representation languages, database query languages, constraint-based
programming, logic programming, and rule-based systems
* Applications and use areas of description logics: ontology engineering,
ontology languages, databases, ontology-based data access, semi-structured
data, graph structured data, linked data, document management, natural
language, learning, planning, Semantic Web, cloud computing, conceptual
modelling, web services, business processes
* Systems and tools around description logics: reasoners, software tools for
and using description logic reasoning (e.g. ontology editors, database
schema design, query optimisation, and data integration tools),
implementation and optimisation techniques, benchmarking, evaluation,
modelling

Submissions
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Submissions may be of two types:

(1) Regular submissions consist of 11 pages LNCS plus references. If the authors prefer the paper to not appear in the proceedings, an additional 2-page abstract has to be submitted.

(2) Papers accepted at some conference can be submitted as accepted elsewhere together with a 2-page abstract that also specifies where the paper has been accepted.

* For both types, there is no page limit on the list of references.
* For submissions with an additional 2-page abstract, only the abstract is
published in the proceedings. The abstracts might not be indexed in dblp.
This option is designed for authors who wish to announce results that have
been published elsewhere, or which the authors intend to submit or have
already submitted to a venue with an incompatible prior / concurrent
publication policy.
* All submissions may optionally include a clearly marked appendix (e.g.,
with additional proofs or evaluation data). The appendix will be read at
the discretion of the reviewers and not included in the proceedings. The
appendix does not need to be in LNCS format.
* Accepted papers and 2-page abstracts will be made available electronically
in the CEUR Workshop Proceedings series (http://www.CEUR-ws.org/).
* Accepted submissions, be they full papers or 2-page abstracts, will be
selected for either oral or poster presentation at the workshop. Submissions
will be judged solely based upon their content, and the type of submission
will have no bearing on the decision between oral and poster presentation.

Submission page: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dl2018

Organization
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* Magdalena Ortiz, TU Wien, Austria (program co-chair)
* Thomas Schneider, University of Bremen, Germany (program co-chair)
* Michael Zakharyaschev, Birkbeck, University of London, UK (general chair)

Resources
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* Information about submission, registration, travel information, etc., is
available on the DL 2018 homepage: http://dl.kr.org/dl2018/
* The official description logic homepage is at http://dl.kr.org/

CfP Journal 'Computational Linguistics' on 'Computational approaches in historical linguistic after the quantitative turn', deadline: July 15, 2018

Call for papers for the journal "ComputationalLinguistics" on "Computational approaches in historical linguisticsafter the quantitative turn", guest-edited by Taraka Rama, Simon J.Greenhill, Harald Hammarström, Johann-Mattis List, and Gerhard Jäger.



The deadline is July 15, 2018, and detailed information can be found in theattached PDF, which you can also download at http://calc.digling.org/resources/call-si-cl.pdf.

CfP workshop on Compositional Approaches in Physics, NLP, and Social Sciences, Nice, France, September 2, 2018, deadline: July 15, 2018 [EXTENDED]

Workshop on Compositional Approaches in Physics, NLP, and Social Sciences

September 2 2018

Nice, France

https://sites.google.com/view/capns2018/home

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DEADLINE EXTENSION

Due to various requests, we are extending the deadline for paper submission to July 15th

Please submit contributions in the EPTCS format (http://style.eptcs.org/) at:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=capns2018

Compositional Approaches for Physics, NLP, and Social Sciences (CAPNS 2018) will be colocated with QI 2018 (http://qi2018.quantum-interaction.org/). The workshop is a continuation and extension of the Workshop on Semantic Spaces at the Intersection of NLP, Physics and Cognitive Science https://sites.google.com/site/semspworkshop/ held in June 2016.

AIMS AND SCOPE
The ability to compose parts to form a more complex whole, and to analyze a whole as a combination of elements, is desirable across disciplines. In this workshop we bring together researchers applying compositional approaches to NLP, Physics, Cognitive Science, and Game Theory. The categorical model of Coecke et al. [2010], inspired by quantum protocols, has provided a convincing account of compositionality in vector space models of NLP. Similar category-theoretic approaches have been applied in cognitive science, and now are being extended to game theory. The interplay between the three disciplines will foster theoretically motivated approaches to understanding how meanings of words interact in sentences and discourse, how concepts develop, and how complex games can be analyzed. Commonalities between the compositional mechanisms employed may be extracted, and applications and phenomena traditionally thought of as 'non-compositional' will be examined.

Topics of interests include (but are not restricted to):
Applications of quantum logic in natural language processing and cognitive science
Compositionality in vector space models of meaning
Compositionality in conceptual spaces
Compositional approaches to game theory
Compositional approaches to computer science for linguistics, cognitive, and social sciences
Logic for linguistics, cognitive, and social sciences
Reasoning in vector spaces and conceptual spaces
Conceptual spaces in linguistics
Game-theoretic models of language and conceptual change
Category-theoretic diagrammatic reasoning for natural language processing, cognitive science, and game theory
Compositional explanations of so-called 'non-compositional' phenomena such as metaphor

IMPORTANT DATES:
July 15th: Paper submission
July 31st: Notification to contributors
September 2nd: Workshop date

Contributions should be submitted in the EPTCS format (http://style.eptcs.org/) at:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=capns2018

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:
Paul Smolensky, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research, and Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University

SUBMISSIONS:
We invite:
Original contributions (up to 12 pages) of previously unpublished work. Submission of substantial, albeit partial results of work in progress is welcomed.

Extended abstracts (3 pages) of previously published work that is recent and relevant to the workshop. These should include a link to a separately published paper or preprint.

Contributions should be submitted in the EPTCS format (http://style.eptcs.org/) at:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=capns2018

Proceedings of the workshop will be published as an EPTCS (Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science) volume.

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE:
Peter Bruza, Queensland University of Technology
Trevor Cohen, University of Texas
Fredrik Nordvall Forsberg, University of Strathclyde
Liane Gabora, University of British Columbia
Peter Gärdenfors, Lund University
Helle Hvid Hansen, TU Delft
Chris Heunen, University of Edinburgh
Peter Hines, University of York
Alexander Kurz, University of Leicester
Antonio Lieto, University of Turin
Glyn Morrill, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Dusko Pavlovic, University of Hawaii
Taher Pilehvar, University of Cambridge
Emmanuel Pothos, City, University of London
Matthew Purver, Queen Mary University of London
Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, Queen Mary University of London
Marta Sznajder, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy
Pawel Sobocinski, University of Southampton
Dominic Widdows, Grab Technologies
Geraint Wiggins, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Victor Winschel, OICOS GmbH
Philipp Zahn, University of St. Gallen
Frank Zenker, University of Konstanz

ORGANIZATION:
Bob Coecke, University of Oxford
Jules Hedges, University of Oxford
Dimitri Kartsaklis, University of Cambridge
Martha Lewis, ILLC, University of Amsterdam
Dan Marsden, University of Oxford

CfP International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG), Tilburg University, Tilburg, November 5-8, 2018, deadline: July 16, 2018 [EXTENDED]

11th International Conference on Natural LanguageGeneration

Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 5-8 November, 2018

Website: https://inlg2018.uvt.nl

Contact: inlg2018@uvt.nl

The 11th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG 2018) will be held in Tilburg, The Netherlands, November 5-8,2018. The conference takes place immediately after EMNLP 2018, organised in nearby Brussels, Belgium.

INLG 2018 is organised by the Tilburg University Language Production (TULP) researchgroup, part of the Departmentof Communication and Cognition (DCC) of the TilburgSchool of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) The event is organised under the auspices of the Special Interest Group on Natural Language Generation (SIGGEN) of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

We invite the submission of long and short papers, as well as system demonstrations, related to all aspects of Natural Language Generation(NLG), including data-to-text, concept-to-text, text-to-text and vision-to-text approaches. Accepted papers will be presented as oral talks or posters.

Important dates

- Deadline for submissions: July 9, 2018

- Notification: September 7, 2018

- Camera ready: October 1, 2018

- INLG 2018: November 5-8, 2018

All deadlines are at 11.59 PM, UTC-8.

Topics

INLG 2018 solicits papers on any topic related to NLG. The conference will include two special tracks:


(1) Generating Text with Affect, Style and Personality (sponsored by The Netherlands Organizationfor Scienfitic Research, NWO), and

(2) Conversational Interfaces, Chatbots and NLG (organised in collaboration with flow.ai).

General topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Affect/emotion generation

- Applications for people with disabilities

- Cognitive modelling of language production

- Content and text planning

- Corpora for NLG

- Deep learning models for NLG

- Evaluation of NLG systems

- Grounded language generation

- Lexicalisation

- Multimedia and multimodality in generation

- Storytelling and narrative generation

- NLG and accessibility

- NLG in dialogue

- NLG for embodied agents and robots

- NLG for real-world applications

- Paraphrasing and Summarisation

- Personalisation and variation in text

- Referring expression generation

- Resources for NLG

- Surface realisation

- Systems architecture

A separate call for workshops and generation challenges will be released soon.

Submissions & Format

Submissions should follow the new ACLAuthor Guidelines and policies for submission, review and citation,and be anonymised for double blind reviewing. ACL 2018 offers both LaTeX style files and Microsoft Word templates Papers should be submitted electronically through the START conference management system (to be opened in due course).

Three kinds of papers can be submitted:

- Long papers are most appropriate for presenting substantial research results and must not exceed eight (8) pages of content, with up to two additional pages for references.

- Short papers are more appropriate for presenting an ongoing research effort and must not exceed four (4) pages, with up to one extra page for references.

- Demo papers should be no more than two (2) pages in length, including references, and should describe implemented systems which are of relevance to the NLG community. Authors of demo papers should be willing to present a demo of their system during INLG 2018.

All accepted papers will be published in the INLG 2018 proceedings and included in the ACL anthology. A paper accepted for presentation at INLG 2018 must not have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. Dual submission to other conferences is permitted, provided that authors clearly indicate this in the "Acknowledgements" section of the paper when submitted. If the paper is accepted at both venues, the authors will need to choose which venue to present at, since they can not present the same paper twice.

Program chairs

- Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

- Martijn Goudbeek, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

- Albert Gatt, Malta University, Malta

Workshop & Challenges chairs

- Sina Zarrieß, Bielefeld University, Germany

- Mariët Theune, University of Twente, TheNetherlands
CfP international conference Going Romance XXXII Utrecht 2018, Utrecht University, Utrecht, December 11-14, 2018, deadline: July 20, 2018

The Utrecht institute of Linguistics (UiL-OTS) will organize


Going Romance XXXII
December 11-14, 2018


Invited speakers

  • Silvio Cruschina (Universität Wien)
  • Hamida Demirdache (Université de Nantes)
  • Luis López (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • MCarme Parafita Couto (Universiteit Leiden)

Main session, December 12-13
The scope of the conference series can be defined as the contribution of data from the Romance languages to linguistic theories. Beyond this general tenet, there are no specific requirements as to the topic, the subdiscipline, the approach or the methodology, as long as it is clear how the Romance data contribute to modelling linguistic theories of human language. At http://goingromance.wp.hum.uu.nl the complete archives of the enterprise can be consulted.

In addition to the main session, there will be two special sessions, one on (micro)contact (December 11) and one on aspect and tense (December 14).

Special session on Romance varieties in (micro-)contact and linguistic theory, December 11
This workshop is part of the ERC project Microcontact. Language variation and change from the Italian heritage perspective. It aims at gathering together experts on syntax in contact, with special focus (but not exclusively) on the Romance languages. Papers are invited on every aspect of syntactic change in contact, with preference for contact between Romance languages. Topics like Differential Object Marking, auxiliary selection, deixis, and pronominal doubling in contact
are particularly welcome. The language of the whole conference is English. However, papers in Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese are also welcome, only for this special session.

Special session GREAT 2018: Going Romance (Re-)Explores Aspect and Tense, December 14
With GREAT 2018 we want to promote research on tense and aspect in
Romance. The ultimate goal is to (re-)define the special place of Romance in the semantic and syntactic literature on tense and aspect

We invite abstracts on tense and aspect that come with a strong comparative component and have at least one Romance language at their core. The comparative component can be worked out along several dimensions, including Macro-Variation (e.g. Romance vs. Germanic vs. Sino-Tibetan), Micro-Variation (e.g. Quiteño vs. Salvadoran Spanish), Genre-variation (e.g. dialogue vs. narration), L1/L2/L3 acquisition (e.g. L2 interlanguage of English speakers learning Italian).
We strongly encourage abstracts with a strong empirical component that allow us to feed and – where necessary - challenge current theorizing. We consequently particularly welcome abstracts with a strong experimental or original corpus component as well as abstracts that zoom in on tense/aspect categories that have received less attention in the past.

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than two pages A4, including references and examples, with margins of at least 2,5 cm, font size 12, single-spaced.The file should be anonymous both in the body of the text and in the filename. Please make sure all fonts and figures are correctly rendered.
Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author for the entire four day-event. Please indicate in your submission whether your abstract should be considered for the main session, or for one of the special sessions. Please also indicate whether your paper is to be considered for oral or poster presentation.
Abstracts not conforming to these requirements will not be taken into
consideration.

The abstracts should be submitted in .PDF format through EasyChair
(https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=goingromance2018) no
later than July 20, 2018.

Organizing Committee
Sergio Baauw, Jan Casalicchio, Francesco Maria Ciconte, Roberta D’Alessandro, Frank Drijkoningen, Ellen-Petra Kester, Bert Le Bruyn, Luisa Meroni, Manuela Pinto and Henriëtte de Swart.

Organizers of the special session in Microcontact
Roberta D'Alessandro, Jan Casalicchio, Francesco Maria Ciconte

Organizers of the special session GREAT 2018
Henriëtte de Swart, Bert Le Bruyn

Contact (general)
For general information (not for the submission of abstracts) you may contact going.romance@uu.nl (Jan Casalicchio, Francesco Maria Ciconte and/or Frank Drijkoningen)

CfP International Workshop on Search-Oriented Conversational AI (SCAI), Brussels, Belgium, October 31 or November 1, 2018, deadline:July 27, 2018

The 2nd International Workshop on Search-Oriented Conversational AI (SCAI)

at EMNLP 2018, Brussels, Belgium, October 31 or November 1

http://scai.info
Twitter: @scai_workshop
Paper Submission Deadline: **July 27** (anywhere in the world)

**GOALS**
More and more information is found and consumed in a conversational form rather than using traditional search engines. Chatbots, personal assistants in our phones and eyes-free devices are being used increasingly more for different purposes, including information retrieval and exploration. On the other side, information retrieval empowers dialogue systems to answer questions and to get context for assisting the user in her tasks. With the recent success of deep learning in different areas of natural language processing, this appears to be the right foundation to power search conversationalization. Yet, we believe more can be done for theory and practice of conversation-based search and search-based dialogues.
This workshop aims to bring together researchers from the NLP, Machine Learning, and IR communities to lay the ground for search-oriented conversational AI and establish future directions and collaborations.

**TOPICS OF INTERESTS**
* Surfacing search results or other information in form of a dialogue how to present information coming from search in a form of a dialogue how ensure smooth transition between dialog turns which model to use for dialog-state tracking
* Conversationalization of the information: analyzing syntactic structure of the text and modifying it to be more suitable in a conversational setting
* Text summarization for dialog
* Evaluation of Search-Oriented Conversational AI — From Conversational AI to Personal Assistants
* The role of personalization for Conversational AI and for its evaluation
* Deep Learning for Conversational AI
* (Deep) Reinforcement Learning for Conversational AI
* Voice as Input (when we consider not only text input, but also voice interactions with the agent — how will it affect existing models?)

**IMPORTANT DATES**
- Notification: August 18
- Deadline for camera-ready version: August 31
- Workshop: 31 October or 1 November

**SUBMISSIONS**
Submission should be between two and six pages in the ACL format.
Submission URL: https://www.softconf.com/emnlp2018/scai18/

**ORANIZERS**
- Aleksandr Chuklin (Google Research Europe)
- Jeff Dalton (University of Glasgow)
- Julia Kiseleva (UserSat.com & University of Amsterdam)
- Alexey Borisov (Yandex & University of Amsterdam)
- Mikhail Burtsev (MIPT)

CfP JNLE Special Issue on Representation of Sentence Meaning, deadline: July 31, 2018

Call for Papers:
JNLE Special Issue on Representation of Sentence Meaning
Representation of Sentence Meaning: Where Are We?
Details: http://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/jnle-on-sentence-represent...

This is a call for papers for a special issue of Natural Language Engineering (JNLE) on Representation of sentence meaning.

Linguistically, the basic unit of meaning is a sentence. Sentence meaning has been studied for centuries, offering up representations that reflect properties (or theories) of the syntax-semantic boundary (e.g., FGD, MTT, AMR), to representations with the properties of complex, but expressive logics (e.g. intensional logic). Recent success of neural networks in natural language processing (especially at the lexical
level) has raised the possibility of representation learning of sentence meaning, i.e. observing the continuous vector space in a hidden layer of a deep learning system trained to perform one of more specific tasks.

Multiple workshops have explored this possibility in the past few years, e.g. Workshop on Representation Learning for NLP (2016, 2017; https://sites.google.com/site/repl4nlp2017/), Workshop on Evaluating Vector Space Representations for NLP (2016, 2017; https://repeval2017.github.io/), Representation Learning
(https://simons.berkeley.edu/workshops/machinelearning2017-2) or the Dagstuhl seminar (http://www.dagstuhl.de/17042).

Interesting behaviour and properties of continuous representations have been already observed. For lexical representations (embeddings), their linear combination in word vector space has been taken to correspond to different semantic relations between them (Mikolov et al., 2013).
Learned representations can be evaluated intrinsically in terms of various similarities, although this type of evaluation suffers some well known problems (Faruqui et al., 2016), or extrinsically in terms of performance in downstream tasks or relation to cognitive processes (e.g. Auguste et al., 2017).

Continuous representations of sentences are comparably harder to produce and assess. The first question is whether the representation should be of a fixed size as with word embeddings, or whether it should reflect the length of the sentence, e.g. a matrix of encoder states along the sentence. The variable-length representation can be flat or capture the hierarchical structure of the sentence and simple operations such as matrix multiplication can serve as the basis of meaning compositionality (Socher et al., 2012). Empirical results to date are mixed:
bidirectional gated RNNs (BiLSTM, BiGRU) with attention, corresponding to variable-length representations, seem the best empirical solution when trained directly for a particular NLP task (POS tagging, named entity recognition, syntactic parsing, reading comprehension, question answering, text summarization, machine translation). If the task is not to be constrained a priori, researchers have advocated universal sentence representations, which can be trained on one task (e.g.
predicting surrounding sentences in Skip-Thoughts) and tested on a range of others. Training universal sentence representations on sentence pairs manually annotated for entailment (natural language inference, NLI) leads to a better performance despite the much smaller training data (Conneau et al., 2017). In both cases, there is a lack of analysis of the learned vector space from the perspective of linguistic adequacy:
which phenomena are directly reflected in the space, if any? Semantic similarity (paraphrasing)? Various oppositions? Gradations (in number, tense)? Entailment? Compositionality (e.g. relations between main and adjunct and/or subordinate clauses)?

TreeLSTMs have the capacity to learn a latent grammar when trained e.g.
to classify sentence pairs in terms of entailment. They seem to perform well, and yet the representation that is learned does not conform to traditional syntax or semantics (Williams at el., 2017).

The reason for proposing this special issue is that presentation and discussion of sentence-level meaning representation is fragmented across many fora (conferences, workshops, but also pre-prints only). We believe that some unified vision is needed in order to support coherent future research. The goal of the proposed special issue of Natural Language Engineering is thus to broadly map the state of the art in continuous sentence meaning representation and summarize the longer-term goals in representing sentence meaning in general.

Can deep learning for particular tasks get us to representations similar to the results of formal semantics? Or is a single formal definition of sentence meaning and elusive goal, are universal sentence embeddings impossible, e.g. because there is no such entity observable in human cognition?

The special issue will seek long research papers, surveys and position papers addressing primarily the following topics:

* Which properties of meaning representations are most desirable,
universally.
* Comparisons of types of meaning representations (e.g. fixed-size vs.
variable-length) and methods for learning them.
* Techniques of explorations of learned meaning representations.
* Evaluation methodologies for meaning representations, including
surveys thereof.
* Extrinsic evaluation by relations to cognitive processes.
* Relation between traditional symbolic meaning representations and the
learned continuous ones.
* Broad summaries of psycholinguistic evidence describing properties of
meaning representation in the human brain.

More details are available at:
* http://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/jnle-on-sentence-represent...

Schedule:
* 31st July 2018: Abstract submission deadline (to allow preempting overlaps of survey-like articles)
* 14th October 2018: Submission deadline
* 9th December 2018: Deadline for reviews and responses to authors
* 10th February 2019: Camera-ready deadline

Guest Editors of the special issue:
* Ondřej Bojar (Charles University)
* Raffaella Bernardi (University of Trento)
* Holger Schwenk (Facebook AI Research)
* Bonnie Webber (University of Edinburgh)

Guest Editorial Board:
* Marco Baroni (Facebook AI Research, University of Trento)
* Bob Coecke (University of Oxford)
* Alexis Conneau (Facebook AI Research)
* Katrin Erk (University of Texas at Austin)
* Orhan Firat (Google)
* Albert Gatt (University of Malta)
* Caglar Gulcehre (Google)
* Aurelie Herbelot (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
* Eva Maria Vecchi (University of Cambridge)
* Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
* Laura Rimell (University of Cambridge / University of Oxford)
* Mernoosh Sadrzadeh (Queen Mary University of London)
* Hinrich Schuetze (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
* Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh)
* Ivan Titov (University of Edinburgh)

CfP IfCoLog Journal of Logics and their Applications, Special issue 'Reasoning on Legal Texts', deadline: July 31, 2018

IfCoLog Journal of Logics and their Applications


Special issue "Reasoning on Legal Texts"


** Paper submission deadline: Jul 31st, 2018 **


Guest editors:

Livio Robaldo - University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg) Sotiris Batsakis - University of Huddersfield (UK) Maria Vanina Martinez - Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina) Christoph Benzmueller - Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)


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Regulations are a widespread and important part of governments and businesses.

They encode how products are manufactured, and how the processes are to be performed. Such regulations, in general, are difficult to understand and apply.

Undoubtedly, the law, for example, as the reflection of human society, presents the broadest range of expression and interpretation, since the interpretation of even the most common words becomes problematic. Even individual regulations may be self-contradictory as a result of their gradual development process, as well as the lack of a formal drafting process.


In an increasingly complicated environment, as well as regulatory review, automated reasoning processes become more and more necessary. Current state-of-the-art technologies enforce reasoning applications on legal texts such as decision making and compliance checking starting from logical and/or ontology-based representations of norms. These semantic representations are typically obtained via Natural Language Processing (NLP) in an automatic fashion, in order to avoid huge time-consuming manual effort.


To bridge such challenges, several research projects in the legal domain have been recently funded by the EU and similar institutions, among which is

"MIREL: MIning and REasoning with Legal texts". The aim of the MIREL project is to bridge the gap between the community working on legal ontologies and NLP methods applied to legal documents, and the community working on reasoning methods and formal logic, towards the objectives described above.


This special issue focuses on legal reasoning, thus welcoming submissions describing novel approaches for reasoning in the legal domain starting from logical or ontology-based representations of legal knowledge.


A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:


- Logical formalization of legal knowledge

- Norm enforcement and compliance

- Decision making methods and applications

- Computational methods for legal reasoning

- Legal argumentation

- Dynamics of normative knowledge

- Formal models of norms, normative systems, and norm-governed societies

- Using logic formalisms and technologies in large legal document collections

- Legislative and case-law metadata models

- Semantic annotations for legal texts

- Inconsistency handling and exception-tolerant reasoning

- Legal reasoning under uncertainty and incomplete information

- Legal reasoning with vague notions

- Defeasible normative systems

- Implementations and applications in the legal domain

- Large-scale normative reasoning



*Important Dates*

- Paper submission: Jul 31st, 2018

- Notification to authors: November 30th, 2018

- Camera-ready: January 1st, 2019


*Submission Instructions*

Papers submitted to the special issue must be sent to Jane Spurr (jane.spurr@kcl.ac.uk). Please specify this special issue in the email subject.

We expect papers of about 15-30 pages; however, justified exceptions are possible. Each submission will be assigned with two reviewers.


If have any enquiries/comments, please contact Livio Robaldo at:

livio.robaldo@uni.lu

Call for Demonstrations Conference on Text, Speech & Dialogue (TSD 2018), Brno, Czech Republic, September 11-14, 2018, deadline: August 8, 2018

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TSD 2018 - CALL FOR DEMONSTRATIONS
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Twenty-first International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2018)
Brno, Czech Republic, 11-14 September 2018
http://www.tsdconference.org/

SUBMISSION OF DEMONSTRATION ABSTRACTS

Authors are invited to present actual projects, developed software and hardware or interesting material relevant to the topics of the conference. The authors of the demonstrations should provide the abstract not exceeding one page as plain text. The submission must be made using the online form available at the conference www pages.

The accepted demonstrations will be presented during a special Demonstration Session (see the Demo Instructions at www.tsdconference.org). Demonstrators can present their contribution with their own notebook with an Internet connection provided by the organisers or the organisers can prepare a PC computer with multimedia support for demonstrators.

The demonstration abstracts will not appear in the Proceedings of TSD 2018, they will be published electronically at the conference website.


IMPORTANT DATES

August 8 2018 ............ Submission of demonstration abstracts

August 15 2018 ........... Notification of acceptance for
workshop papers and demonstrations
sent to the authors

September 11-14 2018 ..... Conference date


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Kenneth Church, Baidu, USA
Minsky, Chomsky & Deep Nets

Piek Vossen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Leolani: a reference machine with a theory of mind for social communication

Isabel Trancoso, INESC-ID Lisboa, Portugal
Speech Analytics for Medical Applications

The conference is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen. The conference is supported by International Speech Communication Association.

Venue: Brno, Czech Republic


TSD SERIES

TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in both spoken and written language processing from all over the world.
Proceedings of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. TSD Proceedings are regularly indexed in Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and in Scopus.
Moreover, LNAI series are listed in all major citation databases such as DBLP, EI, INSPEC or COMPENDEX.


TOPICS

Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to):

Corpora and Language Resources (monolingual, multilingual,
text and spoken corpora, large web corpora, disambiguation,
specialized lexicons, dictionaries)

Speech Recognition (multilingual, continuous, emotional
speech, handicapped speaker, out-of-vocabulary words,
alternative way of feature extraction, new models for
acoustic and language modelling)

Tagging, Classification and Parsing of Text and Speech
(morphological and syntactic analysis, synthesis and
disambiguation, multilingual processing, sentiment analysis,
credibility analysis, automatic text labeling, summarization,
authorship attribution)

Speech and Spoken Language Generation (multilingual, high
fidelity speech synthesis, computer singing)

Semantic Processing of Text and Speech (information
extraction, information retrieval, data mining, semantic web,
knowledge representation, inference, ontologies, sense
disambiguation, plagiarism detection)

Integrating Applications of Text and Speech Processing
(machine translation, natural language understanding,
question-answering strategies, assistive technologies)

Automatic Dialogue Systems (self-learning, multilingual,
question-answering systems, dialogue strategies, prosody in
dialogues)

Multimodal Techniques and Modelling (video processing, facial
animation, visual speech synthesis, user modelling, emotions
and personality modelling)

Papers on processing of languages other than English are strongly encouraged.


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Elmar Noeth, Germany (general chair)
Rodrigo Agerri, Spain
Eneko Agirre, Spain
Vladimir Benko, Slovakia
Archna Bhatia, USA
Jan Cernocky, Czech Republic
Simon Dobrisek, Slovenia
Kamil Ekstein, Czech Republic
Karina Evgrafova, Russia
Yevhen Fedorov, Ukraine
Volker Fischer, Germany
Darja Fiser, Slovenia
Eleni Galiotou, Greece
Björn Gambäck, Norway
Radovan Garabik, Slovakia
Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico
Louise Guthrie, USA
Tino Haderlein, Germany
Jan Hajic, Czech Republic
Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic
Yannis Haralambous, France
Hynek Hermansky, USA
Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic
Ales Horak, Czech Republic
Eduard Hovy, USA
Denis Jouvet, France
Maria Khokhlova, Russia
Aidar Khusainov, Russia
Daniil Kocharov, Russia
Miloslav Konopik, Czech Republic
Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic
Valia Kordoni, Germany
Evgeny Kotelnikov, Russia
Pavel Kral, Czech Republic
Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany
Nikola Ljubešić, Croatia
Natalija Loukachevitch, Russia
Bernardo Magnini, Italy
Oleksandr Marchenko, Ukraine
Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic
France Mihelic, Slovenia
Roman Moucek, Czech Republic
Agnieszka Mykowiecka, Poland
Hermann Ney, Germany
Karel Oliva, Czech Republic
Juan Rafael Orozco-Arroyave, Colombia
Karel Pala, Czech Republic
Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
Maciej Piasecki, Poland
Josef Psutka, Czech Republic
James Pustejovsky, USA
German Rigau, Spain
Marko Robnik Å ikonja, Slovenia
Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands
Anna Rumshisky, USA
Milan Rusko, Slovakia
Pavel Rychly, Czech Republic
Mykola Sazhok, Ukraine
Pavel Skrelin, Russia
Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic
Petr Sojka, Czech Republic
Stefan Steidl, Germany
Georg Stemmer, Germany
Vitomir Å truc, Slovenia
Marko Tadic, Croatia
Tamas Varadi, Hungary
Zygmunt Vetulani, Poland
Aleksander Wawer, Poland
Pascal Wiggers, The Netherlands
Yorick Wilks, United Kingdom
Marcin Wolinski, Poland
Alina Wróblewska, Poland
Victor Zakharov, Russia
Jerneja Žganec Gros, Slovenia


FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE

The conference program will include presentation of invited papers, oral presentations, and poster/demonstration sessions. Papers will be presented in plenary or topic oriented sessions.

The Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards will be selected by the Programme Committee and supported with a total prize of EUR 1000 from Springer.

Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Brno will allow for additional informal interactions.


OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

The official language of the conference is English.


ACCOMMODATION

The organizing committee has arranged discounts on accommodation in the 4-star hotel at the conference venue. The current prices of the accommodation are available at the conference website.


ADDRESS

All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to

Ales Horak, TSD 2018
Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University
Botanicka 68a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
phone: +420-5-49 49 18 63
fax: +420-5-49 49 18 20
email: tsd2018@tsdconference.org

The official TSD 2018 homepage is: http://www.tsdconference.org/


LOCATION

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic with a population of almost 400.000 and is the country's judiciary and trade-fair center. Brno is the capital of South Moravia, which is located in the south-east part of the Czech Republic and is known for a wide range of cultural, natural, and technical sights.
South Moravia is a traditional wine region. Brno had been a Royal City since 1347 and with its six universities it forms a cultural center of the region.

Brno can be reached easily by direct flights from London and Munich, and by trains or buses from Prague (200 km) or Vienna (130 km).

For the participants with some extra time, nearby places may also be of interest. Local ones include: Brno Castle now called Spilberk, Veveri Castle, the Old and New City Halls, the Augustine Monastery with St. Thomas Church and crypt of Moravian Margraves, Church of St. James, Cathedral of St. Peter & Paul, Cartesian Monastery in Kralovo Pole, the famous Villa Tugendhat designed by Mies van der Rohe along with other important buildings of between-war Czech architecture.

For those willing to venture out of Brno, Moravian Karst with Macocha Chasm and Punkva caves, battlefield of the Battle of three emperors (Napoleon, Russian Alexander and Austrian Franz
- Battle by Austerlitz), Chateau of Slavkov (Austerlitz), Pernstejn Castle, Buchlov Castle, Lednice Chateau, Buchlovice Chateau, Letovice Chateau, Mikulov with one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Central Europe, Telc - a town on the UNESCO heritage list, and many others are all within easy reach.

CfP Workshop on Text Analytics and Retrieval (TexAR-2018) @ WI 2018, Chili, September 3-6 2018, deadline: August 15, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS

1st International Workshop on Text Analytics and Retrieval (TexAR-2018)

In Conjunction with Web Intelligence- WI'18 (Santiago, Chile, 3-6 Dec., 2018).

Website: http://webintelligence2018.com/

Website of the Workshop: http://mnit.ac.in/workshop/TexAR/


IMPORTANT DATES

Paper submission deadline: August 15, 2018

Notification of paper acceptance: September 30, 2018

Camera-ready version deadline: October 10, 2018

Workshop (at WI- 2018): December 03, 2018


INTRODUCTION

Due to exponential growth of the social media, large amount of online data has been generated in recent time in form of ‘bid data’. The most of the content generated online is in the form of text, thus, it generated large number of opportunities to the researchers, practitioners, and academicians working in the area of text analytics and retrieval to analyze this huge amount of text. This workshop is aimed to invite state-of-the-art methods for text analytics and retrieval. It is also aimed to provide a forum where researchers can present and discuss their research with experienced Information Retrieval community/ researchers. In addition, it is aimed to provide researchers an opportunity to establish a helpful community by collaborations.

The 1st International Workshop on Text Analytics and Retrieval (TexAR- 2018) invites original and unpublished research papers in all aspects of Text Analytics and Information Retrieval. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to the following areas:

Document analysis including text categorization, and information retrieval
Information extraction
Dialogue and Interactive Systems
Sentiment analysis and opinion mining
Recommender Systems
Question Answering
Summarization
Machine learning in NLP
Text mining
Machine translation and Multilinguality
Deep Learning for NLP Applications
Deep learning for IRD
Representation learning for NLP
Language and Vision
Web and Social media
Web Search, Retrieval and Ranking
Topic Modelling
Social Network Analysis;
Tagging, chunking, syntax, and parsing

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The workshop papers should be in the IEEE 2-column format. The IEEE Proceedings Manuscript Formatting Guidelines can be found at:

https://www.ieee.org/conferences/publishing/templa...

All accepted papers will be included in the Workshop Proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press.

The workshop only accepts online submissions. Workshops online submission page can be accessed https://wi-lab.com/cyberchair/2018/wi18/scripts/ws...

CfP Workshop 'Post-truth' (at the DGfS 2019 meeting in Bremen), March 6-8, 2019, deadline: August 15, 2018

Post-truth: The semantics and pragmatics of saying "what you believe to be false" (DGfS 2019)

Workshop at DGfS Bremen, March 6-8, 2019
Deadline: August 15, 2018

Grice's first maxim of quality says "do not say what you believe to be false", but we often do. We tell lies ("I did not have sexual relations with that woman"), we deceive (e.g. by lying by implicature), we bullshit ("Trade wars are easy to win"), we make up stories ("When Harry Potter first came to Hogwarts …"), we pretend (Kids playing: "You were Batgirl and I was Wonder Woman"), or we use irony ("Losing the key was very smart!"). In all such speech acts there is a clear sense in which we're not, or at least not literally, speaking the truth. Clinton did have a sexual affair, trade wars are probably not easy to win, there is no Hogwarts, the kids are no superheroes, losing keys is not smart. On the other hand, except in (typical cases of) lying, these speech acts also convey something true: Harry did go to Hogwarts in the well-known series of novels, the kids are superheroes in their play, and the attitude which speakers intend to communicate with their bullshit or irony may be true as well.

Semantics has typically focused on idealized cooperative conversation, where every assertion contributes to a lofty shared truth-seeking endeavor in order to establish a common ground of shared beliefs between speaker and hearer. However, since the phenomena like the above all run counter to this idea, their explanation is usually left to pragmatics, philosophy, or literary theory. And while Grice's other maxims have gained a lot of attention and sparked entire research traditions (quantity implicatures, relevance theory, Horn's division of pragmatic labor and Levinson's M-principle), the role of the quality maxim remained a bit underexplored in linguistic semantics and pragmatics.

In this workshop we want to discuss the challenges that these and other deviations from the Gricean norm of quality pose for semantics and pragmatics and see if we can incorporate ideas from philosophy, literary theory, cognitive science and other related fields to extend the coverage of our theories of meaning and our understanding of the dynamics and logic of (non-)cooperative conversation.

Topics of interest

- truth in fiction, literature, narration
- analyses of lying, bullshitting, pretending, story-telling, irony etc.
- the relation of non-truthful language to notions like - common ground, discourse updates, and commitments
- the role of lying and deception and other non-cooperative language for conversations, discourse structure and the common ground
- approaches to non-cooperative discourse.
- psycho- and neurolinguistic studies of these phenomena and their acquisition and their relations to Theory of Mind and other cognitive capacities

Invited speakers

- Regine Eckardt (Konstanz)
- Jörg Meibauer (Mainz)

Organizers

- Daniel Gutzmann (Cologne)
- Emar Maier (Groningen)
- Katharina Turgay (Landau)

Call for Papers

We invite submissions of anonymous two-page abstracts (including references etc.) for 20 minute talks (plus 10 minutes discussion). Please submit them in pdf-format via email to: turgay@uni-landau.de

The workshop will be part of the 41st annual meeting of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS 2019) to be held at the University of Bremen from March 6-8, 2019. Participants will have to register for the conference and are not supposed to give talks at other workshops.

Dates

- Deadline for abstract submission: August 15, 2018.
- Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2018.
- Workshop: March 6-8, 2019 (two days; exact dates tba)

https://sites.google.com/view/post-truth/

Call for Shared Task Proposals @ INLG 2018, University of Tilburg, November 5-8, 2018, deadline: August 18, 2018

Generation Challenges 2018 Call for Shared Task Proposals

The Generation Challenges are an event designed to bring together a
variety of shared-task evaluation efforts that involve the generation of
natural language. This year, Generation Challenges will be held during a
special session at the 11th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (https://inlg2018.uvt.nl/) in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

The session will follow the format of previous years, with presentations
of results of shared tasks that are currently running, as well as
presentations of proposals for new shared tasks in the Task Proposals Track.

Call for Shared Task Proposals

We invite submissions of papers describing ideas for future shared tasks
in the general area of language generation. Proposed tasks can be in the area of core NLG, or in other research areas in which language is
generated. Examples include, but are not limited to: data-to-text or
text-to-text generation; combining core NLG and MT, summarisation,
dialogue modelling, etc.; generating language from heterogeneous and/or multi-modal data; etc.

Submissions should describe possible future tasks in detail, including
information regarding organisers, task description, motivating
theoretical interest and/or application context, size and state of
completion of data to be used, schedule and evaluation plans.


Instructions for Proposal Submissions

Submissions in the Task Proposals Track should be no more than 4 (four) pages long excluding citations, and should follow the guidelines and style files indicated on the INLG 2018 submissions homepage
(https://inlg2018.uvt.nl).

Papers should be submitted in PDF format by email to
workshops.inlg2018@gmail.com.

Submissions will be reviewed by a small steering committee. As reviewing will not be blind, there is no need to anonymise papers.

This is not intended to be a selective process, since the aim is to
discuss new potential shared tasks with INLG delegates. However, the
organisers reserve the right to reject proposals which do not fall
within the scope of the GenChal initiative, or which do not follow
guidelines.

Accepted submissions will be included in the INLG'18 proceedings.

Dates

Paper submission: August 18 2018
Notification of acceptance: September 1 2018
Submission of camera-ready papers: October 1 2018
INLG 2018: November 5-8, 2018

CfP Intelligent Interactive Systems and Language Generation Workshop (2IS&NLG), Tilburg University, November 5-8, 2018, deadline, August 31, 2018,

2IS&NLG2018 - Workshop on Intelligent Interactive Systems and Language Generation

(https://sites.google.com/view/2is-nlg2018)

** Paper deadline: August 31st, 2018 **

This workshop will be held as part of the 11th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG2018), November 5-8, Tilburg, The Netherlands

CALL FOR PAPERS

Language generation appears to be promising and to have a central role in a variety of intelligent interactive systems, as current research trends in conversational interaction and interfaces are demonstrating. In order to raise constructive discussion from an interdisciplinary perspective and define the research challenges to be addressed, the workshop 2IS&NLG seeks to gather researchers and practitioners working on language generation, human-computer interaction, conversational agents, and computational intelligence that deal with cross-cutting issues concerning language generation (NLG) and intelligent interactive systems (2IS).

We solicit contributions in the form of regular papers (up to 4 pages + 1 references in the ACL paper format) or demo papers (up to 2 pages) dealing with research topics in which either interaction or artificial intelligence is addressed jointly with language generation.

Submissions should be made through https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=2isnlg2018

TOPICS include, but are not limited to:
- Conversational Agents and interfaces: chatbots, virtual humans,. . .
- Theory and research methods for user evaluation in NLG contexts
- Measuring the effect of NLG in Intelligent Interactive Systems
- Usability of eXplainable AI/interfaces
- Multimodal interfaces in/for NLG systems
- NLG for Games (e.g. generation of textual game assets, character dialogue, scenario generation)
- User modeling, user context, personalization, and adaptive language generation
- Argument mining, visualization and generation
- Other novel interactive applications of automatic language generation: creativity, persuasion, e-learning, . . . .

INVITED TALK

We are honoured to host an invited talk by Sander Wubben, assistant professor at Tilburg University and co-founder of flow.ai, who is committed to bring smarter interactive chatbots as a form of conversational AI.

IMPORTANT DATES
Submissions due: August 31, 2018
Notification of acceptance: October 1, 2018
Camera-ready papers due: October 15, 2018
Workshop session: November 5, 2018

PUBLICATION

All accepted papers will be published in the ACL Anthology. The papers will undergo a peer reviewing process by members of the workshop's program/reviewing committee, assessing their relevance and originality for the workshop.

ORGANIZERS
José M. Alonso (Centro Singular de Investigacion en Tecnoloxias da Informacion (CiTIUS), University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Alejandro Catala (Centro Singular de Investigacion en Tecnoloxias da Informacion (CiTIUS), University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Mariët Theune (Human Media Interaction, University of Twente, The Netherlands)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Alberto Bugarin, CiTIUS, University of Santiago de Compostela
Ondřej Dušek, Heriot-Watt University
Pablo Gervás, Universidad Complutense Madrid
Helen Hastie, Heriot-Watt University
Dirk Heylen, Human Media Interaction, University of Twente
Amy Isard, University of Edinburgh
Uzay Kaymak, Eindhoven University of Technology
Simon Mille, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Martı́n Pereira-Fariña, Center for Argument Technology, University of Dundee
Alejandro Ramos-Soto, CiTIUS, University of Santiago de Compostela, University of Aberdeen
Chris Reed, Center for Argument Technology, University of Dundee
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, Arria NLG plc.
Daniel Sanchez, University of Granada
Nicolas Szilas, University of Geneva
Anna Wilbik, Eindhoven University of Technology

Georgios N. Yannakakis, University of Malta

Call for poster presentations Statistical Language and Speech Processing (SLSP 2018), Mons, Belgium, October 15-16, 2018, deadline: September 8, 2018

The 6th International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech Processing (SLSP 2018) invites researchers to submit poster presentations. SLSP 2018 will be held in Mons (Belgium) on October 15-16, 2018. See

http://slsp2018.irdta.eu/

Poster presentations are intended to enhance informal interactions with conference participants, at the same time allowing for in-depth discussion.

TOPICS

Presentations displaying novel work in progress on statistical models (including machine learning) for language and speech processing are encouraged. Posters do not need to show final research results. Work that might lead to new interesting developments is welcome.

KEY DATES

Poster submission deadline: September 8, 2018

Notification of poster acceptance or rejection: September 15, 2018

SUBMISSION

Please submit a .pdf abstract through:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=slsp2018

It should contain the title, author(s) and affiliation, and should not exceed 500 words.

PRESENTATION

Posters will be allocated 10 minutes each in the programme for oral presentation. Moreover, they will remain hanging out during the whole conference for discussion.

PUBLICATION

Posters will not appear in the LNCS/LNAI proceedings volume of SLSP 2018. However, they will be eligible for submission to the post-conference journal special issue in Computer Speech and Language (JCR 2016 impact factor: 1.900).

REGISTRATION

At least one author of each accepted poster must register to the conference by October 1st, 2018. The registration fare is reduced: 285 Euro. It gives the same rights all other conference participants have (attendance, copy of the proceedings volume, lunches, coffee breaks). Contributors of regular papers who in addition get a poster accepted must register for the latter independently.

Call for proposals Language in Interaction: Synergy Grants 2018, Nijmegen, deadline: September 9, 2018

Dutch research consortium Language in Interaction

Synergy Grants, Call for Proposals
Submission deadline: September 09, 2018, 23:59 CET

https://www.languageininteraction.nl/Download.html

The Dutch research consortium Language in Interaction (LiI) offers two 4-year Synergy Grants to teams of two researchers at an early or more advanced phase after finishing a PhD program. Researchers from anywhere in the world may apply.

LiI Synergy Grants aim to tackle truly bold scientific challenges through a unique combination of skills and knowledge of the researchers. The joint scientific research proposal should provide the scientific and technical aspects of a 4-year collaborative research project, demonstrating the ground-breaking nature of the research, its potential impact and research methodology.

The two available Synergy Grants include the salaries of the two submitting postdoctoral researchers at early or more senior stages of their career. In addition to their own positions, for each grant LiI will finance up to two PhD positions, one RA position, and accompanying measurement costs / consumables.

The full Call for Proposals (including all terms and conditions) of the LiI Synergy Grants can be downloaded from:

https://www.languageininteraction.nl/Download.html

CfP International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE) 10, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, June 26-28 2019, deadline October 20, 2018

CfP International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE) 10, Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, The Netherlands, June 26-28 2019, deadline 20 October 2018

The International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, ICLaVE, is one of the most important fora for research in the area of language variation in Europe. It aims at bringing together scholars of languages or language varieties spoken in Europe with the purpose of discussing empirical, methodological and theoretical issues in the study of language variation and change.

ICLaVE|10 welcomes submissions for individual paper and poster presentations from 1 June until 20 October 2018. Scholars working on language variation and change, in areas such as sociolinguistics, dialectology, historical linguistics, sociology of language, psycholinguistics and language psychology are invited to submit their proposals on any relevant aspect of variation in language use and/or the linguistic system.

As ICLaVE|10 takes place in Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, the capital of the province of Fryslân, where Frisian is recognised as an official language in addition to Dutch, we particularly invite submissions focussing on minority and/or small languages. In addition, we look forward to receive proposals on language technology and language variation, language variation on social media, and language variation in multilingual communities.

Invited speakers
Meredith Tamminga (University of Pennsylvania)
Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (University of Leuven)
Roeland van Hout (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Arjen Versloot (University of Amsterdam)

Call for Panels
The International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, ICLaVE|10 also invites submissions for panels in all areas related to language variation in European languages. Panel proposals must be written in English and should be submitted electronically by (one of the) the panel organizer(s) to: iclave10@fryske-akademy.nl.
Panels at ICLaVE|10 will have a duration of 8 or 12 slots (including introduction and/or discussion session). A slot is 30 minutes. Panels can be thematically organised, but data sessions are also welcome. We particularly invite panels on language variation in minority languages. Additional presentations may be added to a panel after the regular call for papers, but this will always be discussed with the panel organizer.
Proposals should be submitted in .pdf, 12-point Times New Roman, single-spaced. For format requirements, please refer to the Word-template on the website (.docx).
Proposals should include:
• A general overview text of no more than 500 words, including the topic and how it relates to the conference theme, the rationale for the panel, and its aims and objectives
• Some key discussion questions, information on how the session will be organized (discussion format, number of papers, discussants/participants), etc.
• A list of invited contributors (name, affiliation, email address) plus full abstracts of the contributions (including information on the subject, methodology and theoretical framework(s), max. 500 words per abstract)
Panel organizers should:
• Coordinate the submission of abstracts by contributors (max. 500 words each) before the deadline
• Submit the proposal following the template for panel proposals by 20 August 2018 and confirm that all invited contributors have agreed to participate
• Communicate the decision of acceptance/rejection of the panel to the contributors
• Act as mediators between the contributors and the Conference Organizing Committee
• Submit an updated version of the abstracts and panel description by 20 December 2018
• Collect papers, presentations and/or data samples for the panel in advance of the conference, and circulate these to all panel contributors
• Chair their panel at the conference
Panel proposals will be reviewed by the organizing committee.
Deadline for panel submission is 20 August 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 15 September 2018. Authors may submit two abstracts (either singly- or jointly-authored), whether in a panel or not.

Abstract submission
Abstracts can be submitted from 1 June until 20 October 2018

Important dates
16 April 2018 Announcement and call for panels
1 June 2018 Call for individual papers and posters
20 August 2018 Deadline for submission panels
15 September 2018 Notification of acceptance for panels
20 October 2018 Deadline for individual papers and posters
15 January 2019 Notification of acceptance for individual papers and posters
15 January 2019 Registration opens (early-bird rate)
1 April 2019 Early-bird rate ends
26-28 June 2019 ICLaVE10 Conference

Publication
Benjamins traditionally publishes a collection of papers from ICLaVE in its Studies in Language Variation series. A copy of the volume is included in the registration fee and will be sent to all participants upon publication.

Conference website
https://www.fryske-akademy.nl/en/iclave100/
Contact
iclave10@fryske-akademy.nl

Extra
​AVT-ANÉLA dissertatieprijs 2018, deadline: August 15, 2018

De Algemene Vereniging voor Taalwetenschap (AVT) en de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Toegepaste Taalwetenschap (ANéLA) reiken jaarlijks een prijs uit voor een dissertatie op het gebied van de taalwetenschap. Ook dit jaar zal er weer een AVT/ANéLA-dissertatieprijs worden uitgereikt. Voor de AVT/AnéLA dissertatieprijs 2018 komen in aanmerking alle dissertaties verdedigd tussen 16 juli 2017 en 15 juli 2018.

Wij nodigen u uit om (gemotiveerde) voordrachten te doen voor kandidaten voor de prijs. De voordrachten dienen uiterlijk 15 augustus 2018 te worden ingediend. Dit kan online:

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/avt/dissertatiep...

Het reglement van de AVT/Anéla dissertatieprijs vindt u op:

http://anela.nl/prijzen/dissertatieprijs/reglement...

Secretaris van de jury is dr. Jorrig Vogels (namens het AVT-bestuur). De tweede secretaris is dr. Nivja de Jong (namens het ANéLA-bestuur). Voor meer informatie over de AVT/ANéLA-dissertatieprijs 2018 kunt u contact opnemen met Jorrig (j.vogels@rug.nl) of Nivja (n.h.de.jong@hum.leidenuniv.nl).

HAHA - Humor Analysis based on Human Annotation, IberEval 2018

*** Call for Participation HAHA track at IberEval 2018 ***

HAHA - Humor Analysis based on Human Annotation at IberEval 2018

https://www.fing.edu.uy/inco/grupos/pln/haha/

While humor has been historically studied from a psychological, cognitive and linguistic standpoint, its study from a computational perspective is an area yet to be explored in Machine Learning and Computational Linguistics. The aim of this track is to gain better insight into what is humorous and what causes laughter. The HAHA evaluation campaign proposes three different subtasks related to automatic humor detection in Spanish.

We will provide a corpus of 20,000 crowd-annotated tweets in Spanish divided in 16,000 tweets for training and 4,000 tweets for testing. The annotation follows a voting scheme, in which users could select one of six options: the tweet does not contain humor, or the tweet contains humor and a number of stars from one to five. All tweets have at least five votes.

Three subtasks are proposed:

* Humor Detection: telling if a tweet is a joke or not (intended humor by the author or not).

* Funniness Score Prediction: predicting a Funniness Score value for a tweet in a 5-star ranking, supposing it is a joke, based on a crowd-annotated corpus.

* Funniness Distribution Prediction (experimental): the final task goes beyond the previous one by asking a prediction of the distribution of votes for a tweet (i.e., what percentage of votes for each one of the 5 stars).


How to participate:

If you want to participate in this task, please join the Google Group hahaibereval2018. We will be sharing news and important information about the task in that group.

Important Dates:

* March 26th, 2018: 16,000 tweets for training.

* April 23rd, 2018: 4,000 tweets for testing.

* April 30th, 2018: results submission page.

* May 7th, 2018: publication of results.

* May 21st, 2018: working notes paper submission.

* June 18th, 2018: notification of acceptance.

* June 27th, 2018: camera ready paper submission.

* September 18th, 2018: IberEval Workshop at SEPLN 2018.


The organizers of the task are:

B.E. Santiago Castro

MSc. Luis Chiruzzo

PhD. Aiala Rosá

Grupo PLN, Instituto de Computación, Facultad de Ingeniería, UDELAR (Uruguay)

Publication of issue 5(3) of the Journal of Language Modelling (JLM)

It is our pleasure to announce the publication of issue 5(3) of the Journal of Language Modelling (JLM), a free open-access peer-reviewed journal aiming to bridge the gap between theoretical, formal and computational linguistics:

http://jlm.ipipan.waw.pl/ (click on “CURRENT” to see this issue; the more persistent address of this issue is: http://jlm.ipipan.waw.pl/index.php/JLM/issue/view/17).

JLM is indexed by ERIH PLUS, DBLP, DOAJ, etc., and it is a member of OASPA.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Articles:

“Aligning speech and co-speech gesture in a constraint-based grammar”
Katya Alahverdzhieva, Alex Lascarides, Dan Flickinger

“Inferring Inflection Classes with Description Length”
Sacha Beniamine, Olivier Bonami, Benoît Sagot

“A syntax-semantics interface for Tree-Adjoining Grammars through Abstract Categorial Grammars”
Sylvain Pogodalla

Tools and Resources:

“Erotetic Reasoning Corpus. A data set for research on natural question processing”
Paweł Łupkowski, Mariusz Urbański, Andrzej Wiśniewski, Wojciech Błądek, Agata Juska, Anna Kostrzewa, Dominika Pankow, Katarzyna Paluszkiewicz, Oliwia Ignaszak, Joanna Urbańska, Natalia Żyluk, Andrzej Gajda, Bartosz Marciniak


The current make-up of the JLM Editorial Board is enclosed below.

Best regards,

Adam Przepiórkowski
(for JLM editors)

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EDITORIAL BOARD:

Steven Abney, University of Michigan, USA

Ash Asudeh, Carleton University, CANADA; University of Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM

Chris Biemann, Universität Hamburg, GERMANY

Igor Boguslavsky, Technical University of Madrid, SPAIN; Institute for Information Transmission Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, RUSSIA

António Branco, University of Lisbon, PORTUGAL

David Chiang, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Greville Corbett, University of Surrey, UNITED KINGDOM

Dan Cristea, University of Iași, ROMANIA

Jan Daciuk, Gdańsk University of Technology, POLAND

Mary Dalrymple, University of Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM

Darja Fišer, University of Ljubljana, SLOVENIA

Anette Frank, Universität Heidelberg, GERMANY

Claire Gardent, CNRS/LORIA, Nancy, FRANCE

Jonathan Ginzburg, Université Paris-Diderot, FRANCE

Stefan Th. Gries, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Heiki-Jaan Kaalep, University of Tartu, ESTONIA

Laura Kallmeyer, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, GERMANY

Jong-Bok Kim, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, KOREA

Kimmo Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki, FINLAND, Finland

Jonas Kuhn, Universität Stuttgart, GERMANY

Alessandro Lenci, University of Pisa, ITALY

Ján Mačutek, Comenius University in Bratislava, SLOVAKIA

Igor Mel’čuk, University of Montreal, CANADA

Glyn Morrill, Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, SPAIN

Stefan Müller, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, GERMANY, Germany

Mark-Jan Nederhof, University of St Andrews, UNITED KINGDOM

Petya Osenova, Sofia University, BULGARIA

David Pesetsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Maciej Piasecki, Wrocław University of Technology, POLAND

Christopher Potts, Stanford University, USA

Louisa Sadler, University of Essex, UNITED KINGDOM

Agata Savary, Université François Rabelais Tours, FRANCE

Sabine Schulte im Walde, Universität Stuttgart, GERMANY

Stuart M. Shieber, Harvard University, USA

Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh, UNITED KINGDOM

Stan Szpakowicz, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa, CANADA

Shravan Vasishth, Universität Potsdam, GERMANY

Zygmunt Vetulani, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, POLAND

Aline Villavicencio, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, BRAZIL

Veronika Vincze, University of Szeged, HUNGARY

Yorick Wilks, Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition, USA

Shuly Wintner, University of Haifa, ISRAEL

Zdeněk Žabokrtský, Charles University in Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC