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NewsStory 2015 : [EXTENDED DEADLINE] Computing News Storylines


When Jul 31, 2015 - Jul 31, 2015
Where Beijing, China
Submission Deadline May 21, 2015
Notification Due Jun 4, 2015
Final Version Due Jun 21, 2015
Categories    NLP   humanities   AI

Call For Papers


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Scope and Topics

The First Worskop on Computing News Storylines (CNewS 2015) aims at bringing together researchers and scientists working on narrative extraction and representation from news within Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence. Narratives are at the heart of information sharing. Ever since people began to share their experiences, they have connected them to form narratives. Modern day news reports still reflect this narrative structure, but they have proven difficult for automatic tools to summarise, structure, or connect to other reports. Most text processing tools focus on extracting relatively simple structures from the local lexical environment, and concentrate on the document as a unit or on even smaller units such as sentences or phrases, rather than cross-document connections especially published over longer periods of time. However, current information needs demand a move towards multidimensional and distributed representations which take into account the connections between all relevant elements involved in a “story”. The workshop aims at assessing the state-of-the-art in event extraction and linking, as well as detecting and ranking narratives according to salience. The workshop invites work on all aspects of generating narrative structures or components thereof from news. This includes topics such as (but not limited to):

detecting events from news
linguistic expression of relevant events
filtering relevant events
cumulation of information from news streams
detecting opinions and perspectives
finding trending or serendipitous stories in news
tracing perspective change through time
modeling plot structures
storyline stability and completeness
annotating storylines
temporal or causal ordering of events
linguistics resources for storylines
big data as a source for storylines
evaluation of storylines
discourse structure and storylines
visualisation of storylines
detecting facts and speculations
dynamic event modeling

This call solicits full papers reporting original and unpublished research on storylines from news. Full papers should emphasize obtained results rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. Submission should not exceed a maximum 8 pages plus two additional pages containing references.

Authors are also invited to submit short papers not exceeding 4 pages (plus two additional pages for references). Short papers should describe:
a small, focused contribution;
work in progress;
a negative result;
a position paper.

The reviewing process will be blind and papers should not include the authors' names and affiliations. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. If you do include any author names on the title page, your submission will be automatically rejected. In the body of your submission, you should eliminate all direct references to your own previous work. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings and available at the ACL Anthology.

Multiple Submission Policy Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications are acceptable, but authors must indicate this information at submission time. If accepted, authors must notify the organizers as to whether the paper will be presented at the workshop or elsewhere.

Submissions must be in PDF format and formatted following the official ACL 2015 submission styles available at

Contributions should be submitted in PDF via the submission site

Important Dates
21 May 2015: Submission deadline for Short and Long Papers
4 June 2015: Notification of Acceptance
21 June 2015: Camera-ready papers due
31 July 2015: Workshop
Organizing Committee

Tommaso Caselli, VU University Amsterdam
Marieke van Erp, VU University Amsterdam
Anne-Lyse Minard, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Mark Finlayson, Florida International University
Ben Miller, Georgia State University
Jordi Atserias, Yahoo! Barcelona
Alexandra Balahur, European Commission's Joint Research Centre
Piek Vossen, VU University Amsterdam
Program Committee

Sabine Bergler, Concordia University, Canada
Matje van de Camp, De Taalmonsters, The Netherlands
Erik van der Goot, EC Joint Research Centre, Italy
Nathanael Chambers, United States Naval Academy, USA
Leon Derczynski, University of Sheffield, UK
Anthony Jameson, DFKI, Germany
Bernardo Magnini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Jarred McGinnis,, UK
Roser Morante, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Silvia Pareti, Google Inc. & University of Edinburgh
Ellen Riloff, University of Utah, USA
Roser Saurí, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Hristo Tanev, EC Joint Research Centre, Italy
Xavier Tannier, Université Paris-Sud & LIMSI-CNRS, France
Naushad UzZanam, Nuance Communications, Inc.
Laure Vieu, IRIT-CNRS - Université Toulouse III, France
Marc Verhagen, Brandeis University, USA

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