2012Q3 Reports: SIGSEM

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The SIGSEM board

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).

Some of contact addresses have changed, please look here for the latest updates. Next elections are planned for March 2013.


The current SIGSEM membership counts 788 members. We have started cleaning up the database with members, by removing registered members whose email addresses aren't valid anymore after a couple of email bounces, of people who we can't reach otherwise. There is an active, moderated mailinglist, see SIGSEM.

Major SIGSEM Events: *SEM and IWCS

In 2012 SIGSEM and SIGLEX co-organised the start of new conference, *SEM, which took place in Montreal at NAACL. We see this as a very positive move towards collaboration of the SIGLEX and SIGSEM communities, which have a large overlap in research interests, but historically originated from different angles. See 2012Q3_Reports:_SIGLEX for a more detailed report on *SEM. The organisation of the next major SIGSEM event is IWCS-2013, which will take place in Potsdam, Germany in March next year. Two board members (Alexander Koller and Katrin Erk) take care of the organisation.

Endorsed events in 2011

  • IWCS-2011
    Oxford, UK, 12-14 January 2011
  • ISA-6: Sixth Joint ACL – ISO Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation (in conjuction with IWCS-2011)
  • TextInfer-2011
    Workshop on Textual Entailment (in conjunction with EMNLP)
  • GEMS-2011
    Geometrical Models of Natural Language Semantics (in conjunction with EMNLP)
  • CID 2011
    Constraints in Discourse IV, Agay-Roches Rouges, Var, France, 14-17 September 2011