2013Q3 Reports: SIGSEM

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The SIGSEM board[edit]

The current board is composed of:

  • Johan Bos (President);
  • Katrin Erk (Secretary);
  • Luciana Benotti (Information Officer);
  • Paul Buitelaar (Information Officer);
  • Alexander Koller (Information Officer);
  • Christian Pietsch (Information Officer).

Some of contact addresses might have changed -- please look here for the latest updates.

Upcoming Elections[edit]

The next elections were planned for March 2013, but haven't been held yet. We will plan to have the elections after the summer break.

Members[edit]

The current SIGSEM membership counts 841 members. We have started cleaning up the database with members, by removing registered members whose email addresses aren't valid anymore after a couple of email bounces, of people who we can't reach otherwise. There is a reasonably active, moderated mailinglist. See SIGSEM.

Major SIGSEM Events: IWCS and *SEM[edit]

The major SIGSEM event of 2013 was IWCS-2013, which took place in Potsdam, Germany. This was a four-day conference (including five workshops and an open-space afternoon) attracting over a 100 computational semanticists. IWCS-2013 received 60 long submissions and 22 short submissions (plus 3 long submissions that were accepted as short). Accepted were 25 long and 16 short papers, resulting in an acceptance rate of 41.7% for long papers and 64% for short papers. Two SIGSEM board members took care of the organisation: Alexander Koller (local matters) and Katrin Erk (programme matters). There are three bids to organize IWCS-2015.

Last year (2012), SIGSEM and SIGLEX co-organised the start of new conference, *SEM, which took place in Montreal at NAACL. We see this as a very positive move towards collaboration of the SIGLEX and SIGSEM communities, which have a large overlap in research interests, but historically originated from different angles. See 2012Q3_Reports:_SIGLEX for a more detailed report on *SEM. The second edition of *SEM is collocated with NAACL in Atlanta this year. Plans for *SEM-2014 are currently discussed between the SIGLEX and SIGSEM boards.

Endorsed events in 2012[edit]

  • *SEM-2012: First Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics. Montreal, 7-8 June 2012.
  • WASSA-2012: 3rd Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis. Jeju, Korea, 12-13 Jul, 2012. Held in conjunction with the ACL 2012 Conference