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WebNLG 2015 : First International Workshop on Natural Language Generation from the Semantic Web


When Jun 12, 2015 - Jun 12, 2015
Where Nancy, France
Submission Deadline Apr 27, 2015
Notification Due May 11, 2015
Final Version Due Jun 1, 2015
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

WebNLG 2015

First International Workshop on Natural Language Generation from the Semantic Web
June 12th, 2015. Nancy, France.
Deadline for submissions: 27 April 2015 (2 pages)

There is a growing need in the Semantic Web (SW) community for technologies
that give humans easy access to the machine-oriented Web of data. Because it
maps data to text, Natural Language Generation (NLG) provides a natural mean
for presenting this data in an organized, coherent and accessible
way. Conversely, the representation languages used by the semantic web
(e.g., OWL and RDF) are a natural starting ground for NLG systems.

Concretely, the exponential growth of Linked Data, the massive amount of
comparable data-to-text corpora and the rapid development of Semantic Web
technologies provide an exciting environment in which to explore new
directions for generation from formal representations (RDF, OWL,
etc). Indeed, as Semantic Web applications are required to facilitate access
to, and presentation of, web data, NLG-based approaches are often used to
develop Natural Language Interfaces (e.g., Quelo and ORAKEL) and ontology
verbalisers (e.g. SWAT, ACE, NaturalOWL, MIAKT). More generally, similar
problems are tackled by both communities and there are in fact strong
parallels between some of the current SW work and the different steps
involved in NLG. For instance, SW applications aim at providing methods to
facilitate the exploration of large datasets. From the NLG point of view
this can be viewed as a content selection problem. Similarly, because it
relates words to data, work on semantic annotation (e.g. wikification,
relation extraction) is relevant for NLG lexicalisation while pattern
extraction has clear connections with the template extraction phase often
resorted to in the surface realisation step of the NLG process.

The goal of this workshop is to promote discussion and exchange of research
on NLG and the SW. The workshop invites the submission of abstracts
presenting work in progress, system demonstrations, a negative result, an
opinion piece or a summary of research activities.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
* Ontology Summarization
* Content Selection
* Ontology Modularization
* Content Planning
* Fact Ranking
* Exploration of SW data
* Standards for lexicons
* Ontology Lexicalisation, Relation Extraction, Wikification[a], Semantic
* Lexicalisation, Template Extraction, Surface Realisation
* LG applications from SW data
* Ontology Verbalisation
* Query Verbalisation
* Entity Presentation
* Answer Aggregation and Rendering
* NLG based NL interfaces to KBs
* Document Generation
* Summarisation and SW data
* eLearning
* Feedback Generation

Abstract Submissions
Authors should submit an abstract of at most 2 pages long (excluding
references) following the formatting instructions below. Abstract
submissions will not be refereed, but evaluated for relevance only by the
chairs. As such, papers do not need to be anonymised. The paper submissions
should be sent to:

Important Dates
Submissions due: 27 April 2015
Notification: May 11, 2015
Final version due: June 1, 2015
Registration opens: May 11, 2015
Workshop: 12 June 2015

Techincal program chairs & organisation
Muriel Foulonneau, ITIS/LIST (Luxemburg)
Claire Gardent, CNRS/LORIA, Nancy (France)
Yassine Mrabet ITIS/LIST (Luxemburg)
Laura Perez-Beltrachini, CNRS/LORIA, Nancy (France)

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