IWCS Montpellier 2017

Call for Papers

Short paper submission deadline: 7 June 2017

The aim of the IWCS conference is to bring together researchers interested in the computation, annotation, extraction, and representation of meaning in natural language, whether from a lexical or structural semantic perspective. IWCS embraces both symbolic and statistical approaches to computational semantics, and everything in between.

Topics of interest

The areas of interest for the conference include all computational aspects of meaning of natural language within written, spoken, or multimodal communication. Papers are invited on topics in these and closely related areas, including the following:

  • representation of meaning
  • syntax-semantics interface
  • representing and resolving semantic ambiguity
  • shallow and deep semantic processing and reasoning
  • hybrid symbolic and statistical approaches to representing semantics
  • alternative approaches to compositional semantics
  • inference methods for computational semantics
  • recognizing textual entailment
  • deep learning and semantics
  • learning by reading
  • methodologies and practices for semantic annotation
  • machine learning of semantic structures
  • statistical semantics
  • computational aspects of lexical semantics
  • semantics and ontologies
  • semantic web and natural language processing
  • semantic aspects of language generation
  • semantic relations in discourse and dialogue
  • semantics and pragmatics of dialogue acts
  • multimodal and grounded approaches to computing meaning
  • semantics-pragmatics interface

Submissions Requirements

Two types of submission are solicited:

Long papers: 

Long papers should describe original research and must not exceed 10 pages references excluded — see formatting instructions. The program committee may accept as a short paper a  paper intially submitted as a long paper if the committee thinks it is better suited. When fully accepted, long papers  will be published in the conference proceedings and in the ACL Anthology, and will have a full oral presentation at the conference. When accepted as short papers they will be offered the same publication and presentation possibilities as accepted short papers.

Short papers

Short papers typically are system description with demonstration or project descriptions, or ongoing research and  must not exceed 5 pages references excluded — see formatting instructions. Accepted  short papers will be published in the conference proceedings and in the ACL Anthology, and will have a lightning talk at the conference, followed by a poster/demo session for discussion.

A remark on dual submission Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must indicate this at submission time. Authors of papers accepted for presentation at IWCS 2017 must notify the program chairs by the camera-ready deadline as to whether the paper will be presented. All accepted papers must be presented at the conference to appear in the proceedings. We will not accept for publication or presentation papers that overlap significantly in content or results with papers that will be (or have been) published elsewhere.

Preprint servers such as or HAL and workshops without published proceedings are not considered as prior publications for this purpose. Authors should state in the online submission form the name of the workshop or preprint server and title of any such non-archival version, so that reviewers can be informed appropriately.

Please follow the information for authors for instructions on formatting your paper.
Papers should be electronically submitted in PDF format via easychair:

There are separate call for papers for the workshops.

IWCS 2017 program committee:

  • co-chair Claire Gardent CNRS LORIA  Nancy
  • co-chair Christian Retoré Université de Montpellier & LIRMM CNRS
  • workshop chair: Richard Moot CNRS LIRMM & Université de Montpellier
  • Hackaton chair: Mathieu Lafourcade Université de Montpellier & LIRMM CNRS
  • complete program committee

Important dates

  • Long papers due: 25 April 2017 
  • Short papers due: 7 June 2017 2017 
  • 13 July 2017  Notification of acceptance
  • 4 Septembre 2017 Final camera-ready papers due
  • 19 Septembre  2017  IWCS Workshops
  • 20-21-22 Septembre IWCS main conference