2011Q3 Reports: SIGSEM

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Report on SIGSEM by Johan Bos (June 2011)

The current SIGSEM membership counts 728 members. The database needs to be cleaned up as there is a relatively large number of registered members whose email addresses aren't valid anymore. This was planned for the past term but hasn't been executed yet. We will put this on our priority list.

The current board is composed of: Johan Bos (President); Katrin Erk (Secretary); Luciana Benotti (Information Officer); Paul Buitelaar (Information Officer); Alexander Koller; (Information Officer); Christian Pietsch (Information Officer). For current contact addresses please look here.

Since the last ACL report, one newsletter has been sent to the SIGSEM members, in October 2009, featuring a report on the GEMS workshop, the GIVE-2 shared task, an announcement of new association for research on ontologies (IAOA), the shared task on VP Ellipsis, an announcement of a new journal (Dialogue & Discourse), and the ISA-5 workshop on semantic annotation.

SIGSEM officers have continued work on archiving the proceedings of previous IWCS and ICoS conferences in the ACL Anthology. This will bring all major SIGSEM-sponsored workshops into the Anthology. At this point, the Anthology holds the ICoS-5 and IWCS-8 proceedings.

The next International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS-2011), the main SIGSEM event, will be held in Oxford, UK, on 12-14 January 2011. The first call for papers has been distributed in the second week of May. The web site is up and running. Deadline for paper submissions is 30 September 2010.

The events endorsed by SIGSEM in 2009 were:

  • GL2009
    Pisa, Italy, 17-19 Sept 2009
  • IWCS-8 8th International Workshop on Computational Semantics
    Jan 7-9, 2009 (Tilburg, Netherlands)
  • GEMS 2009
    March 31, 2009 (Athens, Greece)
  • SEW 2009
    Boulder, CO, 4-5 June 2009
  • DiaHolmia 2009
    Stockholm, Sweden, 24-26 June 2009