CfP: "From Words to Actions" : NAACL-HLT 2012 Workshop on Semantic Interpretation in an Actionable Context

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
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Le Centre Sheraton Montréal
Friday, 8 June 2012
Dan Goldwasser
Regina Barzilay
Dan Roth
Submission Deadline: 
Monday, 2 April 2012


"From Words to Actions" : NAACL-HLT 2012 Workshop on Semantic Interpretation in an Actionable Context
June 8, 2012
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

We are soliciting submissions for NAACL-HLT 2012 Workshop on Semantic Interpretation in an Actionable Context (SIAC-2012).


Effective and seamless Human-Computer interaction using natural language is arguably one of the major challenges of natural language processing and artificial intelligence in general. Making significant progress in developing natural language capabilities that support this level of interaction has countless applications and is bound to attract many researchers from several AI fields: from robotics to games to the social sciences.
From the natural language processing perspective the problem is often formulated as a translation task: mapping between natural language input and a logical output language that can be executed in the domain of interest. Unlike shallow approaches for semantic interpretation, which provide an incomplete or underspecified interpretation of the natural language input, the output of a formal semantic interpreter is expected to provide complete meaning representation that can be executed directly by a computer system. Examples of such systems include robotic control, database access, game playing and more. Current approaches to this task take a data driven approach, in which a learning algorithm is given a set of natural language sentences as input and their corresponding logical meaning representation and learns a statistical semantic parser: a set of parameterized rules mapping lexical items and syntactic patterns to a logical formula.
In recent years this framework was challenged by an exciting line of research, advocating that semantic interpretation should not be studied in isolation, but rather in the context of the external environment (or computer system) which provides the semantic context for interpretation. This line of research comprises several directions, focusing on grounded semantic representations, flexible semantic interpretation models, and alternative learning protocols driven by indirect supervision signals.
This progress has contributed to expanding the scope of semantic interpretation, introduced new domains and tasks and revealed that it is possible to make progress in this direction with reduced manual effort. In particular, it resulted in a wide range of models, learning protocols, learning tasks, and semantic formalisms that, while clearly related, are not directly comparable and understood under a single framework.
The goal of this workshop is to provide researchers interested in the field with an opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss other perspectives, and formulate a shared vision for this research direction.


We invite submissions that explore this field from multiple, theoretical and experimental, perspectives on, but not limited to, the following topics:
• Indirect supervision protocols for semantic interpretation
• Modeling and representing an external world
• Incorporating domain knowledge into semantic inference
• Interactive language interpretation
• New domains and tasks

We invite both long submissions (8 pages + 2 pages for references) describing complete works, position and survey papers, and short submissions (4 pages) describing work in progress, new datasets and tasks. We also invite abstract submissions (1-2 pages) describing previously published work.

Submissions should follow the NAACL'12 formatting instructions. Submissions must be anonymized.
Complete instructions and style files are available at:
Submission page:

• April 2: Paper due date
• April 23: Notification of acceptance
• May 04: Camera ready deadline
• June 8: Words-to-Actions Workshop


Dan Goldwasser
Regina Barzilay
Dan Roth


Raymond Mooney
Luke Zettlemoyer
Jacob Eisenstein
Alexander Koller
Percy Liang
Wei Lu
Nick Roy
Jeffrey Mark Siskind
Jason Weston