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When Dec 13, 2020 - Dec 13, 2020
Where Barcelona, Spain.
Submission Deadline Sep 14, 2020
Notification Due Oct 16, 2020
Final Version Due Nov 1, 2020

Call For Papers

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***IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please note that the workshop has been postponed to December 13, 2020. The submission deadline has been extended, accordingly.***




Co-located with COLING 2020, Barcelona, Spain
December 13, 2020

Paper submission deadline: September 14, 2020


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 language use in connection with socio-demographic as well as opinion-related variables. However, such variables have been mostly studied in isolation, often in different - but related - communities. PEOPLES aims at bringing these diverse communities a step closer to each other, to study people’s traits and expressions jointly and in their interplay. This fosters studies on their interaction, and on how their computational modelling impacts both NLP and society. This is important also in light of recent active discussions regarding ethical and bias-related aspects in NLP. PEOPLES 2020 would be the continuation of successful editions that were held at COLING 2016 and NAACL 2018, by continuing to provide a forum for researchers who share an interest in personality, opinion and emotion detection, as well as the impact of this work on society.

We encourage the submission of both long and short research papers as well as opinion statements. We will especially welcome views from different fields, and will welcome submissions related but not limited to the following topics:

- opinion, personality and emotion detection in social media
- opinions, personality and emotions and their interactions
- interaction between personality, opinion and emotions with socio-demographic variables
- interaction between personality, opinion and emotions and geo-spatial information
- interaction between socio-demographic, personality, opinion and emotions with politics
- analysis of social networks with attributes (e.g. socio-demographic attributes or opinions)
- modeling of personality, opinion and emotions from a multimodal perspective
- multilingual approaches to demographic inference from social media
- multilingual approaches to opinion, emotions and personality detection
- cross-cultural analysis of opinion, emotions, personality in multilingual social media data
- applications of predictive modeling of user traits
- bias-related issues, and the ethics of predictive modeling of user attributes

***UPDATE:*** We also welcome research that focuses on how the usual PEOPLES dimensions might have changed or might be changing due to the special COVID-related circumstances. For example, how relevant traits and their linguistic representations might have changed.

*Keynote Speakers*

David Jurgens, University of Michigan, US

*Paper Submission*

We invite submissions of up to nine (9) pages maximum, plus bibliography for long papers and four (4) pages, plus bibliography, for short papers. Position papers can be both long and short. For all paper types, unlimited pages for references are allowed. All papers should be electronically submitted in PDF format via the START system, available at:

Submissions must be anonymous and follow the COLING 2020 style templates ( The review process will be double-blind.

All accepted papers will be published in the ACL anthology via the conference proceedings.

Papers that have been or will be under consideration for other venues at the same time must be declared at submission time. If a paper is accepted for publication at PEOPLES, it must be immediately withdrawn from other venues. If a paper under review at PEOPLES is accepted elsewhere and authors intend to proceed there, the PEOPLES committee must be notified immediately.

*Important Dates (Updated)*

Submission deadline: September 14, 2020
Notification: October 16, 2020
Camera ready: November 1, 2020
Workshop: December 13, 2020

*Programme Committee*

Maria Barrett, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Pierpaolo Basile, University of Bari, Italy
Valerio Basile, University of Turin, Italy
Meriem Beloucif, Universität Hamburg, Germany
Erik Cambria, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Chloé Clavel, LTCI-CNRS, Telecom-ParisTech, France
Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Dipankar Das, Jadavpur University, India
Esin Durmus, Cornell University, US
Tommaso Fornaciari, Bocconi University, Italy
Aparna Garimella, University of Michigan, US
Albert Gatt, University of Malta, Malta
Rob van de Goot, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Mareike Hartmann, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Aditya Joshi, CSIRO, AU
Svetlana Kiritchenko, NRC-Canada, Canada
Roman Klinger, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Florian Kuhnemann, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Fei Liu, Melbourne University, Australia
Nikola Ljubešić, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
Kim Luyckx, Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium
Dong Nguyen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Scott Nowson, Artificial Intelligence Lead, PwC Middle East, United Arab Emirates
Daniel Preoțiuc-Pietro, Bloomberg LP, US
Paolo Rosso, Technical University of Valencia, Spain
Ingmar Weber, QCRI, Qatar
Charlie Welch, University of Michigan, US

*General Chairs and Organisers*
Malvina Nissim, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Viviana Patti, University of Turin, Italy
Barbara Plank, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

*Publicity and Publication Chair*
Esin Durmus, Cornell University, US

If you have any enquiries/comments about the workshop or the submission procedure, contact us via email:

PEOPLES 2020 is supported by CELI Language Technology and Computational Linguistics group of CLCG, University of Groningen.

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