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PEOPLES 2016 : CfP: COLING 2016 Workshop PEOPLES: Computational Modeling of People's Opinions, Personality, and Emotions in Social Media


When Dec 12, 2016 - Dec 12, 2016
Where Osaka, Japan, co-located with COLING
Submission Deadline Oct 2, 2016
Notification Due Oct 21, 2016
Final Version Due Oct 30, 2016
Categories    computational linguistics   emotions, sentiment, opinion   personality   social media

Call For Papers


***NEW***: submission deadline extended to October 2nd, 23:59 UTC-12:00.

Co-located with COLING 2016, Osaka, Japan

On social media, users nowadays freely express what is on their mind at any moment in time, at any location, and about virtually anything. These large amounts of spontaneously produced texts open up a unique opportunity to learn more about such users, e.g., predicting demographic variables (age, gender), but also personality types, as well as emotions and opinion expressions. Aspects of human personality and behavior have been mostly studied in isolation, often in different - but related - communities. We believe that the time is ripe to bring these communities a step closer, to study people’s traits and expressions jointly and in their interplay.

On a conceptual level we can view these aspects on a continuum of stability, where some can be considered stable (e.g., gender), while others are of more transitional nature and contextually prompted (e.g., emotions). They can be seen as characterizing traits of the whole person and should be studied together. As of now, however, little is known on how they interact with one another in computational language modeling, or how they can inform each other in modeling people or improving natural language processing tools.

This workshop intends to bring together researchers in Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing who share an interest in personality, opinion and emotion detection, and especially in researching the intertwining of such traits and expressions.

We encourage the submission of long (8 pages) and short (4 pages) research papers, including opinion statements. We especially welcome views from different fields on how to treat the different aspects. We welcome submissions related but not limited to the following topics:

- opinion, personality and emotion detection in social media
- predicting demographic variables and author traits (gender, age, personality)
- opinions, personality and emotions and their interactions
- interaction between personality, opinion and emotions with demographic variables (age, gender)
- interaction between personality, opinion and emotions and geo-spatial information (geographic locations and places)
- interaction between personality, opinion and emotions with politics
- personality, opinion and emotions and social network analysis
- modeling of personality, opinion and emotions from a multimodal perspective
- exploitation of the different degree of stability of the various traits
- reflections on the definition of personal traits
- applications of predictive modeling of user traits
- on the ethics of predictive modeling of social variables

Paper Submission

Standard research papers should be a maximum of 8 pages long, plus two extra pages for references. We also encourage submission of short papers of maximum 4 pages long, plus two extra pages for references. All papers should be electronically submitted in PDF format via the START system:

Submissions must be anonymous and follow the Coling 2016 formatting guidelines.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: October 2, 2016 (extended!)
Notification: October 21, 2016 (extended!)
Camera ready: October 30, 2016
Workshop: December 12, 2016

Programme Committee

Jason Baldridge, People Pattern, US
Pierpaolo Basile, University of Bari, Italy
Valerio Basile, INRIA Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée, France
Cristina Bosco, University of Turin, Italy
Erik Cambria, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Fabio Celli, University of Trento, Italy
Chloé Clavel, LTCI-CNRS, Telecom-ParisTech, France
Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Morena Danieli, University of Trento, Italy
Dipankar Das, Jadavpur University, India
Dan Hardt, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Dirk Hovy, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Richard Johansson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
David Jurgens, Stanford University, US
Svetlana Kiritchenko, NRC-Canada, Canada
Florian Kuhnemann, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Bing Liu, University of Illinois at Chicago, US
Kim Luyckx, Biomina Research Group, Belgium
Saif Mohammad, NRC-Canada, Canada
Scott Nowson, Xerox Research, France
Dong Nguyen, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands
Martin Potthast, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany
Daniel Preotiuc-Pietro, University of Pennsylvania, US
Paolo Rosso, University of Valencia, Spain
H. Andrew Schwartz, Stony Brook University, US
Carlo Strapparava, Fondazione Bruno Kessler Trento, Italy
Marko Tkalcic, Free University of Bolzano, Italy
Ben Verhoeven, University of Antwerp, Belgium


Malvina Nissim, University of Groningen
Viviana Patti, University of Turin
Barbara Plank, University of Groningen

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