2017Q3 Reports: Workshop Chairs

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Workshop Chairs

Wei Xu, Ohio State University
Jonathan Berant, Tel Aviv University


The workshop chairs selected 14 workshops to be held immediately following the ACL 2017 conference. There will be two additional workshops - the Student Research Workshop (SRW) which will be held during one of the evening poster sessions during the main conference, and the Women in NLP workshop which will be held before the conference on the tutorial day.

The workshop chairs used a new procedure for selecting workshops:

  • Each of the workshop proposals were reviewed by two workshop chairs in the SoftConf systems, with numerical scores and textual comments, similar to ACL paper reviews. The evaluation were primarily based on the proposals, and sometimes the web survey results are consulted (below).
  • We also conducted a web-based survey to around 3000 past ACL conference/workshop registrants and received more than 700 responses and overwhelmingly positive feedbacks from survey participants. We used survey results to compare the popularity of workshops on similar topics and first-time workshops, as well as the past attendance numbers if available.

We successfully encouraged LaTech and CLfL for a merge and allocated both to ACL to help this subfield to gain more tractions. After much discussion, we also accepted the NMT workshop’s request to change their location from EACL to ACL. We did not receive any complaints from rejected workshop organizers this year.

The workshop chairs wrote a step-by-step-guide that aims to chronologically describe the duties and responsibilities of the workshop chairs. This is designed to be a detailed and practical aid on top of the ACL handbook.

Additional information:

  • All workshops waived registration fee for one invited speaker
  • 12/14 workshops are holding poster sessions

Here are the 14 selected workshops / collocated conferences:

2 Day Workshops (Aug 3-4)
Abbreviation Title Organizers Website
*Sem The Sixth Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics Aurelie Herbel and Lluis Marquez https://sites.google.com/site/starsem2017/
CoNLL The SIGNLL Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning Lucia Specia and Roger Levy http://www.conll.org/
SemEval 11th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluations Steven Bethard, Marine Carpuat, Marianna Apidianaki and Saif Mohammad http://alt.qcri.org/semeval2017/


1 day workshops on August 3:
Abbreviation Workshop title Workshop organizers Website
TextGraphs-11 TextGraphs-11: Graph-based Methods for Natural Language Processing Martin Riedl, Swapna Somasundaran, Goran Glavaš and Eduard Hovy http://textgraphs.org/ws17
BUCC 10th Workshop on Building and Using Comparable Corpora Serge Sharoff, Pierre Zweigenbaum and Reinhard Rapp https://comparable.limsi.fr/
RepL4NLP 2nd Workshop on Representation Learning for NLP Phil Blunsom, Antoine Bordes, Shay B. Cohen, Kyunghyun Cho, Chris Dyer, Edward Grefenstette, Karl Moritz Hermann, Laura Rimell, Jason Weston and Wen-tau Yih https://sites.google.com/site/repl4nlp2017
RoboNLP 1st Workshop on Language Grounding for Robotics Mohit Bansal, Cynthia Matuszek, Jacob Andreas, Yoav Artzi and Yonatan Bisk https://robonlp2017.github.io/
NLP+CSS 2nd workshop on NLP and Computational Social Science Dirk Hovy, A. Seza Doğruöz, Oren Tsur, David Bamman, David Jurgens and Brendan O'Connor https://sites.google.com/site/nlpandcss/nlp-css-at-acl-2017
CLPsych 4th Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology - From Linguistic Signal to Clinical Reality Kristy Hollingshead, Molly Ireland and Kate Loveys http://clpsych.org/
1 day workshops on August 4
Abbreviation Workshop title Workshop organizers Website
LaTeCH-CLfL Joint SIGHUM Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, Humanities and Literature Beatrice Alex, Stefania Degaetano-Ortlieb, Anna Feldman, Anna Kazantseva, Nils Reiter and Stan Szpakowicz https://sighum.wordpress.com/events/latech-clfl-2017/
BioNLP17 BioNLP 2017 Dina Demner-Fushman, Kevin Cohen, Sophia Ananiadou and Jun'ichi Tsujii https://www.aclweb.org/aclwiki/index.php?title=BioNLP_Workshop
EventStory Events and Stories in the News Tommaso Caselli, Ben Miller, Marieke van Erp, Piek Vossen, Martha Palmer, Eduard Hovy, Teruko Mitamura and David Caswell https://sites.google.com/site/eventsandstoriesinthenews/
Abusive 1st Workshop on Abusive Language Online Zeerak Waseem, Dirk Hovy, Joel Tetreault and Wendy Chun https://sites.google.com/site/abusivelanguageworkshop2017/
NMT 1st Workshop on Neural Machine Translation Minh-Thang Luong, Graham Neubig, Alexandra Birch and Andrew Finch https://sites.google.com/site/acl17nmt