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WATSF 2012 : 1st Workshop on Automatic Text Summarization of the Future


When Sep 7, 2012 - Sep 7, 2012
Where Castellón, Spain
Submission Deadline Jun 15, 2012
Notification Due Jul 15, 2012
Final Version Due Jul 20, 2012
Categories    NLP   information retrieval

Call For Papers

CFP: 1st Workshop on Automatic Text Summarization of the Future
*** Satellite workshop to SEPLN 2012 (Castellón, Spain)***


Due to the great proliferation of online documents and information, it becomes necessary to develop automatic tools capable of filtering redundant and irrelevant information, thus presenting the most important one in an efficient and effective manner. This is the goal of Automatic Summarization, which aims at producing a concise document, keeping the essential information of a document or set of documents.

Research into Automatic Summarization began in the 50s with the purpose of summarizing scientific texts. However, the interest for this type of documents decreased, while the interest in news article summarization grew. Recently, new challenges have appeared in this research area.
In the context of the Internet, not only is information being constantly updated, but there is also a lack of quality control of what is being published on the Web. Social networks, blogs, reviews, etc. are non-traditional texts of informal nature, and they therefore
constitute a big challenge for the new generation of summaries.

High quality documentation such as technical/scientific articles and patents has not received in the past years all the attention that the field deserves.
However, given the explosion of technical documentation available on the Web and in intranets, scientific and research and development institutions face a true scientific information deluge. Therefore, summarization should be a key instrument not only for reducing information content in this field but also for measuring information relevance in context, providing users with adequate answers in context.

Another challenge for automatic summarization is the generation of abstracts, where it is necessary to take into consideration
natural language generation techniques and be able to adapt them from one domain to another. In addition to these, efforts are needed to produce summaries in languages other than English and in multiple languages.

Therefore, the main goal of the 1st Workshop on Automatic Text Summarization of the Future is to bring together researchers working on Automatic Summarization, encouraging research into little explored areas such as new textual gentres as well as old, forgotten ones, or summarization
in languages other than English (for instance, Spanish).


Papers submission deadline: 15 June 2012
Notification of decisions to authors: 15 July 2012
Workshop date: 7th September 2012
Camera-ready: 20 July 2012


We will accept full paper contributions for the workshop. These papers should be written in English, with a maximum length of 8 pages, including references. The submission guidelines can be found on the following page:

Reviewing for the papers will be blind: reviewers will not be presented with the identity of paper authors. Authors should avoid writing anything that makes their identity obvious in the text. Submissions should be original, and in particular should not have been formally published prior to submission for the workshop.

Accepted papers will be published in the Workshop proceedings, with ISBN. We are negotiating the edition of a journal special issue for the best submitted papers. More to be announced.

The submission site for the worshop will be announced with the second call for papers and will be available from the workshop Web site at


Researchers are encouraged to submit papers including, but not restricted to the following topics:

- Multi-document summarization
- Summarization for new textual genres (blogs, microblogs, social networks, etc.)
- Abstractive summarization
- Multilingual/crosslingual summarization
- Development of resources, corpora, tools, etc. for summary generation
- Summarization for facilitating information access
- Applications of Summarization and Demos
- Summarization for technical and/or scientific documents
- Intrinsic and/or Extrinsic Evaluation of Summaries


Horacio Saggion -- Universitat Pompeu Fabra,
Elena Lloret -- Universidad de Alicante,
Manuel Palomar -- Universidad de Alicante,


Laura Alonso (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina)
Ahmet Aker (University of Sheffield, UK)
Ester Boldrini (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)
Hakan Ceylan (University of North Texas, USA)
Iria da Cunha (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
Alberto Díaz (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
Maria Fuentes (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)
Robert Gaizauskas (University of Sheffield, UK)
George Giannakopoulos (University of Trento, Italy)
Nicolas Hernandez (Université de Nantes, France)
Leila Kosseim (Concordia University, Canada)
Guy Lapalme (Universite de Montreal, Canada)
Jean-Luc Minel (Université Paris X, France)
Paloma Moreda (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)
Rafael Muñoz (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)
Ani Nenkova (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Thiago Pardo (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
Laura Plaza (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
Horacio Rodriguez (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)
Juan Manuel Torres-Moreno (Université d'Avignon, France)
Jorge Vivaldi (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
René Witte (Concordia University, Canada)
Dina Wonsever (Universidad de la Republique, Uruguay)

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