Call for Papers

11th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS) Queen Mary University of London, UK 14-17th April, 2015

Paper submission deadline: 16th December, 2014

The aim of the IWCS conference is to bring together researchers interested in the computation, annotation, extraction, and representation of meaning in natural language, whether from a lexical or structural semantic perspective. IWCS embraces both symbolic and statistical approaches to computational semantics, and everything in between.

Submission Deadline

Authors must submit by 16th December; however, we will allow resubmission of updated versions until 19th December. Please submit at least a sufficient abstract to allow sensible reviewer assignment by the 16th. See Instructions for Authors for full instructions.

Topics of interest

The areas of interest for the conference include all computational aspects of meaning of natural language within written, spoken, or multimodal communication. Papers are invited on topics in these and closely related areas, including the following:

  • representation of meaning
  • syntax-semantics interface
  • representing and resolving semantic ambiguity
  • shallow and deep semantic processing and reasoning
  • hybrid symbolic and statistical approaches to representing semantics
  • alternative approaches to compositional semantics
  • inference methods for computational semantics
  • recognizing textual entailment
  • learning by reading
  • methodologies and practices for semantic annotation
  • machine learning of semantic structures
  • statistical semantics
  • computational aspects of lexical semantics
  • semantics and ontologies
  • semantic web and natural language processing
  • semantic aspects of language generation
  • semantic relations in discourse and dialogue
  • semantics and pragmatics of dialogue acts
  • multimodal and grounded approaches to computing meaning
  • semantics-pragmatics interface

Submission Requirements

Two types of submission are solicited: long papers and short papers. Both types of papers should be submitted not later than 16th December, 2014.

Long papers should describe original research and must not exceed 10 pages plus an additional page for references. They will be published in the conference proceedings and in the ACL Anthology, and will have a full oral presentation at the conference.

Short papers (typically system or project descriptions, or ongoing research) must not exceed 5 pages plus an additional page for references. They will be published in the conference proceedings and in the ACL Anthology, and will have a lightning talk at the conference, followed by a poster/demo session for discussion.

Papers should be electronically submitted in PDF format via the START system at Please contact the organisers if you have problems using START.

Please follow the information for authors for instructions on formatting your paper, given on the conference webpage

Program Chairs

  • Matthew Purver, Queen Mary University of London
  • Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, Queen Mary University of London
  • Matthew Stone, Rutgers University

Program Committee

Rodrigo Agerri Nicholas Asher Timothy Baldwin
Marco Baroni Anja Belz Emily M. Bender
Jonathan Berant Raffaella Bernardi Patrick Blackburn
Gemma Boleda Johan Bos António Branco
Chris Brew Paul Buitelaar Harry Bunt
Aljoscha Burchardt Nicoletta Calzolari Philipp Cimiano
Stephen Clark Daoud Clarke Paul Cook
Robin Cooper Montse Cuadros Dipanjan Das
Rodolfo Delmonte Leon Derczynski David DeVault
Georgiana Dinu Dmitriy Dligach Markus Egg
Katrin Erk Arash Eshghi Raquel Fernandez
Anette Frank Claire Gardent Dan Garrette
Jonathan Ginzburg Aurélie Herbelot Karl Moritz Hermann
Jerry Hobbs Dimitri Kartsaklis Lauri Karttunen
Ralf Klabunde Alexander Koller Emiel Krahmer
Shalom Lappin Alex Lascarides Kiyong Lee
Diana McCarthy Louise McNally Jeff Mitchell
Alessandro Moschitti Shashi Narayan Malvina Nissim
Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha Ekaterina Ovchinnikova Alexis Palmer
Martha Palmer Laura Perez-Beltrachini Manfred Pinkal
Paul Piwek Massimo Poesio Octavian Popescu
Stephen Pulman Matthew Purver James Pustejovsky
Allan Ramsay German Rigau Laura Rimell
Stephen Roller Michael Roth David Schlangen
Sabine Schulte im Walde Rolf Schwitter Joanna Sio
Caroline Sporleder Mary Swift Stefan Thater
David Traum Peter Turney Kees van Deemter
Benjamin Van Durme Jan van Eijck Eva Maria Vecchi
Yannick Versley Carl Vogel Shan Wang
Roberto Zamparelli Luke Zettlemoyer  

Important dates

  • 16 December 2014 Initial submissions due (long and short)
  • 19 December 2014 Final submissions due (long and short)
  • 04 February 2015 Notification of acceptance
  • 25 February 2015 Final camera-ready papers due
  • 14 April 2015 IWCS workshops
  • 15-17 April 2015 Main IWCS conference