EACL 2014 Workshop

Language Analysis in Social Media
April 27, 2014, Gothenburg, Sweden
Hosted in conjunction with
EACL 2014


Topics of interest

Important dates

Program committee


Invited speaker

Welcome to Gothenburg, Sweden, for the 14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

Workshop program
List of accepted papers

Previous editions: LASM 2013 SASM 2012 LSM 2012 LSM 2011

Call for papers: pdf file

Over the last few years, there has been a growing public and enterprise interest in 'social media' and their role in modern society. At the heart of this interest is the ability for users to create and share content via a variety of platforms such as blogs, micro-blogs, collaborative wikis, multimedia sharing sites, social networking sites. The unprecedented volume and variety of user-generated content as well as the user interaction network constitute new opportunities for understanding social behavior and building socially intelligent systems.

Workshops and conferences such as the NIPS workshop on Machine Learning for Social Computing, the International Conference on Social Computing and Behavioral Modeling, the Workshop on Algorithms and Models for the Web Graph, the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, the Workshop on Search on Social Media, the Workshop on Social Data on the Web etc., have focused on a variety of problem areas in Social Computing. Results of these meetings have highlighted the challenges in processing social data and the insights that can be garnered to complement traditional techniques (e.g., polling methods).

This 5th workshop would focus on the need for publicly available corpora and test benchmarks in order to allow a comprehensive evaluation of performance, and on the need for an objective comparison of different approaches. We especially (but not exclusively) encourage submissions that provide publicly shared benchmark data set to evaluate future approaches, or submissions that conduct evaluations on existing public data sets.

The workshop will provide a forum for discussion between leading names and researchers involved in text analysis and social networks in the context of natural language understanding, natural language generation, automatic categorization, topic detection, emotion analysis, and applications using computational approaches to process social networks. Besides methodologies and techniques for SM analysis, we also encourage the submission of papers that experiment with and describe applicative contexts in which analysis and detection of affective aspects are useful and beneficial.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, addressing questions such as:

- ††††††† What are people talking about on social media?

-†††††††† How are they expressing themselves?

-†††††††† Why do they scribe?

-†††††††† Natural language processing techniques for social media analysis

-†††††††† Language and network structure: How do language and social network properties interact?

-†††††††† Semantic Web / Ontologies / Domain models to aid in social data understanding

-†††††††† Characterizing Participants via Linguistic Analysis

-†††††††† Language, Social Media and Human Behavior



Deadline for submission: January 23, 2014 (please contact us for late submissions, before Feb 3)

Notification of acceptance: February 20, 2014

Revised version of papers: March 3, 2014

Workshop: April 27, 2014

Invited speaker:

Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield

Title: Natural Language Processing for Social Media: Are We There Yet?Abstract


Submission instructions:

Authors are invited to submit full papers on original, unpublished work in the topic area of this workshop.Submissions should be formatted using the EACL 2014 style files for Latex and MSword, with blind review and not exceeding 8 pages plus an extra page for references.

The PDF files will be submitted electronically via the Start system at <https://www.softconf.com/eacl2014/LASM/>


Each submission will be reviewed at least by two members of the programme committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.


Organizing committee

Atefeh Farzindar (NLP Technologies Inc. and Universite de Montreal Canada)

Diana Inkpen (University of Ottawa, Canada)

Michael Gamon (Microsoft Research, USA)

Meena Nagarajan (IBM Research, USA)


Programme Committee

Colin Cherry (NRC Canada)

Cindy Chung (University of Texas)

Munmun De Choudhury (Microsoft Research)

Jacob Eisenstein (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Jennifer Foster (Dublin City University)

Kevin Hass (Microsoft)

Guy Lapalme (Universite de Montreal)

Saif Mohammad (NRC Canada)

Smaranda Muresan (Rutgers University)

Alexander Osherenko (Humboldt-Universitšt zu Berlin)

Patrick Pantel (Microsoft Research)

Alan Ritter (University of Washington)

Mathieu Roche (Universite de Montpellier)

Victoria Rubin (University of Western Ontario)

Hassan Sayyadi (University of Maryland)

Valerie Shalin (Wright State)

Mike Thelwall (University of Wolverhampton)

Alessandro Valitutti (University of Helsinki)

Julien Velcin (Universite de Lyon)

Wei Xu (University of Washington)

Atefeh Farzindar farzindar<at>nlptechnologies.ca
Diana Inkpen Diana<at>eecs.uottawa.ca
Michael Gamon mgamon<at>microsoft.com
Meena Nagarajan MeenaNagarajan<at>us.ibm.com