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CLANG 2014 : EACL-2014 Workshop on Computational Approaches to Causality in Language


When Apr 26, 2014 - Apr 26, 2014
Where Gothenburg, Sweden
Submission Deadline Jan 23, 2014
Notification Due Feb 20, 2014
Final Version Due Mar 3, 2014
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

EACL-2014 Workshop on Computational Approaches to Causality in Language

26 April, 2014
Gothenburg, Sweden

======================Call for papers======================
Causality is a research field with roots in philosophy, psychology, physics and application domains in medicine and knowledge engineering, which focuses on cause-effect, or causal, relations between two events or actions, in which one (the cause), causes the other (the effect). This valuable information can be used in a number of natural language processing applications such as question answering, text summarization, decision support etc. While encyclopedic knowledge can be manually encoded into causal relations, in many other domains, causality is not explicit and must be inferred from data.
The Workshop on Computational Approaches to Causality in Language will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of innovative research on all aspects of recognition, representation and the use of causal information and its processing in NLP-centered applications. The workshop encourages researchers to submit papers (long (6-pages) and short (4-pages)) that report on accomplished and ongoing work related, but not restricted, to the following topics:
- annotation of causal information in text;
- knowledge engineering with causalities;
- reasoning with causal relations;
- question answering with causal questions;
- social media and behavioral causality;
- resources for causal information;
- extracting causal relations in law and legal texts;
- extracting causal relations in clinical texts;
- causal relations in natural language discourse;
- causality for planning in natural text generation and interactive game design.

In addition, the workshop sets the goal of initiating a discussion on computational approaches of recognition of causal relations in text which will lead to a shared task in the scope of Semantic Evaluation Exercises (SemEval).

======================Submission Policy======================
The workshop follows the EACL-2014 submission policy. In short, long paper submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation and analysis should be included. Short paper submissions must describe original and unpublished work. Characteristics of short papers include a small, focused contribution; work in progress; a negative result; an opinion piece; an interesting application nugget. As the reviewing will be blind, papers must not include authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity must be avoided. Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review. In addition, please do not post your submissions on the web until after the review process is complete, and please ensure that no author information is encoded in the ‘properties’ of your PDF file.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least three program committee members. Papers must follow the two-column format of EACL-2014 ( and may consist of up to six (6) pages of content (for long papers) and four (4) pages (for short papers), plus two extra pages for references. Final versions should take into account reviewers' comments. Papers will be presented orally or as posters as determined by the program committee. Decisions on presentation format will be based on the nature rather than the quality of the work. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between long papers presented orally and as posters.

Papers must be submitted electronically as a PDF file by uploading onto the START system no later than January 23rd, 2014 (UTC-11).

======================IMPORTANT DATES======================
23 January 2014: Workshop Paper Due Date
20 February 2014: Notification of Acceptance
3 March 2014: Camera-ready papers due
26 April 2014: Workshop

======================Program Committee======================
Marie-Francine Moens, KU Leuven
Steven Bethard, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Martha Palmer, University of Colorado at Boulder
James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University
Eduard Hovy, Carnegie Mellon
Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto
Stan Szpakowicz, University of Ottawa
Vincent Ng, University of Texas at Dallas
Kenji Sagae, University of Southern California
Gosse Bouma, University of Groningen
Alessandro Lenci, University of Pisa
Piek Vossen, VU University Amsterdam
Caroline Sporleder, Saarland University
Benjamin Van Durme, Johns Hopkins University
Matthew Gerber, University of Virginia
Bernardo Magnini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
German Rigau, San Sebastin UPV/EHU
Isaac Persing, University of Texas at Dallas
Paul Buitelaar, National University of Ireland
Eneko Agirre, University of the Basque Country
Peter Turney, University of Ottawa
Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp
Peter Clark, Allen Institute for AI
Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha, University of Cambridge
Roxana Girju, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Nate Chambers, United States Naval Academy
Patrick Pantel, Microsoft Research
Manfred Stede, University of Potsdam

Oleksandr Kolomiyets, KU Leuven (main contact for any inquiries)
Marie-Francine Moens, KU Leuven
Martha Palmer, University of Colorado at Boulder
James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University
Steven Bethard, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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