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When Jun 4, 2015 - Jun 5, 2015
Where Denver, Colorado
Submission Deadline Mar 6, 2015
Notification Due Apr 16, 2015
Final Version Due Apr 30, 2015
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

*SEM 2015 (pronounced STARSEM)

June 4-5, Denver, Colorado (US)

Co-located with NAACL 2015

Paper submission deadline: March 6th 2015

First Call for Papers
We are pleased to announce that SIGLEX and SIGSEM, special interest groups of the ACL, are organizing the fourth joint conference on lexical and computational semantics: *SEM (pronounced "starsem"). This time *SEM will be collocated with NAACL in Denver, Colorado.

*SEM brings together researchers interested in the semantics of natural languages and its computational modeling. The conference embraces symbolic and probabilistic approaches, and everything in between; theoretical contributions as well as practical applications are welcome. The long-term goal of *SEM is to provide a stable forum for the growing number of NLP researchers working on all aspects of semantics.

Topics of Interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Data-driven semantics
* Word sense disambiguation and induction
* Distributional and statistical semantics
* Meaning Representations
* Multiword and idiomatic expressions
* Semantic parsing and interpretation
* Frames and semantic role labeling
* Formal approaches to semantics
* Semantic ambiguity and underspecification
* Mathematical methods for semantics
* Temporal entities and relations
* Extraction of events and causal and temporal relations
* (Named) Entity linking
* Pronouns and coreference
* Single- and cross-document coreference
* Discourse semantics
* Discourse structure and presupposition
* Rhetorical relations
* Sentiment analysis
* Extra-propositional aspects of meaning
* Metaphor, irony, and figurative meaning
* Semantic annotation and evaluation
* Textual inference and question answering
* Generation and summarization
* Semantics for social media
* Knowledge mining and acquisition
* Semantic web and ontologies
* Ontology learning and population
* Grounding and wikification
* Comparative computational semantics

Keynote speakers
Marco Baroni (University of Trento)
Preslav Nakov (Qatar Computing Research Institute)

Important dates (all deadlines GMT -12)
*SEM papers due: March 6th 2015
*SEM notification of acceptance: April 16th 2015
*SEM camera-ready deadline: April 30th 2015
*SEM conference: June 4-5 2015

Submissions to *SEM-2015 must describe unpublished work and be written in
English. We solicit both long and short papers. Long papers may consist of
up to eight (8) pages of content, plus at most two extra pages for
references. Short papers may consist of up to four (4) pages, plus one extra
page for references. Long papers typically describe original research and
will be presented orally. Short papers (typically: ongoing research, project
or system description, opinion piece) will be presented as a poster. Each
submission will be reviewed by at least three program committee members.
Final versions should take into account the comments from the reviewers.

As the reviewing will be blind, the paper must not include the authors'
names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the
author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ..." must be
avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith,
1991) ...". Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be
rejected without review. In addition, please do not post your submissions
on the web until after the review process is complete. For a paper to be
included in the conference proceedings, at least one of the authors must be
registered as a participant at the *SEM conference.

Papers will be submitted using the START system, which will be accessible
from the conference web page. Double submission of papers will need to be
notified at submission.

Formatting instructions
Instructions will be made available on the conference web page (

Organization and Program Committee

General Chair:
Martha Palmer (University of Colorado Boulder)

Program Chairs:
Gemma Boleda (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Paolo Rosso (Universitat Politècnica de València)

Area Chairs:
* Distributional semantics: Edward Grefenstette (Google DeepMind)
* Lexical semantics, lexical acquisition, WSD: Hwee Tou Ng (National University of Singapore)
* Lexical resources, linked data, ontologies: Paul Buitelaar (National University of Ireland, Galway)
* Formal and linguistic semantics: Aurelie Herbelot (University of Cambridge)
* Discourse semantics: Graeme Hirst (University of Toronto)
* Semantics for applications (Textual Entailment, IE, QA, Summarization, Social media): Alessandro Moschitti (Qatar Computing Research Institute)
* Extra-propositional semantics (sentiment, metaphor, irony, figurative meanings, etc.): Tony Veale (University College Dublin)

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