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isa-8 :
Eighth Joint ACL - ISO Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation

Pisa, October 3-5, 2012

isa-8, the Eigth Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation, is the eigth edition of a series of joint workshops of the ACL SIGSEM Working Group "The Representation of Multimodal Semantic Information" and ISO TC 37/SC 4 (Language Resources) WG 2: Semantic annotation.

These workshops bring together experts in the annotation of semantic information as expressed in text, speech, gestures, graphics, video, images, and in multiple modalities combined. Examples of semantic annotation include the markup of events, time, space, dialogue acts, discourse relations, and semantic roles, for which the ISO organization pursues the establishment of annotation standards, in order to support the creation of interoperable semantic resources.

See also the most recent previous ISA workshops: ISA-7 in Istanbul, May 2012; ISA-6 in Oxford, 2011; and ISA-5 in Hong Kong, 2010.

Interactive Proceedings

Downloadable proceedings (pdf)

Workshop Programme

Wednesday, October 3:

08.45 - 09.15 On-site registration
09.15 - 09.20 Welcome, opening
09.20 - 12.15 Session: Semantic Relations in Discourse
09.20 - 09.55 Sandrine Zufferey, Liesbeth Degand, Andrei Popescu-Belis and Ted Sanders: Empirical validations of multilingual annotation schemes for discourse relations
09.55 - 10.15 Ted Sanders, Kirsten Vis and Daan Broeder: Project notes on the Dutch project DiscAn

10.15 - 10.35 coffee break

10.35 - 11:10 Silvia Pareti: The independent encoding of attribution relations
11.10 - 12.15 Project ISO 24617-8: Semantic Relations in Discourse. Discussion of results of NP ballot and comments on Working Draft (Rashmi Prasad and Harry Bunt)

12.15 - 14.00 lunch break

14.00 - 15.30 Session: Spatial Information
14.00 - 15.30 Project ISO 24617-7: Spatial Information. Discussion of results of NP ballot and comments on Working Draft (James Pustejovsky)

15.30-15.50 tea break

15.50 - 17.00 Session: Semantic Resources, Part 1
15.50 - 16.20 Alex Chengyu Fang, Jing Cao, Harry Bunt and Xioyuao Liu: The annotation of the Switchboard corpus with the new ISO standard for Dialogue Act Analysis
16.20 - 16.50 Elisabetta Jezek: Interfacing typing and role constraints in annotation
16.50 - 17.15 General discussion

Thursday, October 4

09.00 - 12.15 Session: Semantic Role Annotation
09.00 - 09.35 Susan Windisch Brown and Martha Palmer: Semantic annotation of metaphorical verbs: A Case Study of 'Climb' and 'Poison'
09.35 - 10.00 Johan Bos, Kilian Evang & Malvina Nissim: Semantic role annotation in a lexicalised grammar environment
10.00 - 10.35 Weston Feeley, Claire Bonial and Martha Palmer: Evaluating the coverage of VerbNet

10.35 - 10.55 coffee break

10.35 - 12.15 Project ISO 24617-4: Semantic Roles Discussion of results of NP ballot and comments on Working Draft (Martha Palmer)

12:15 - 14:00 lunch break

14:00 - 14:50 Session: Semantic Resources, Part 2
14:00 - 14:25 Aina Peris & Mariona Taule: IARG AnCora: Annotating the AnCora Corpus with Implicit Arguments
14:25 - 14:50 Massimo Moneglia, Gloria Gagliardi, Alessandro Panunzi, Francesca Frontini, Irene Russo and Monica Monachini: IMAGACT: Deriving an Action Ontology from Spoken Corpora
14:50 - 16:35 Session: Basic Issues in Semantic Annotation
14:50 - 15:25 Camilo Thorne: Studying the Distribution of Fragments of English Using Deep Semantic Annotation

15:25 - 15:45 tea break

15:45 - 16:00 Project ISO 24617-6: "ISO-Basics", Status Report (Harry Bunt)
16:00 - 16:35 Kiyong Lee & Harry Bunt: Counting Time and Events
16:35 - 16:40 Status report on new initiative concerning the annotation of veridicality (on behalf of Annie Zaenen)
16:45 - 17:15 ISO TC 37/SC 4/WG 2 Plenary meeting

Friday, October 5, 2012

09:00 - 16:45 Session: Web Serive Exchange Protocols (Chair: Nancy Ide)
09:00 - 09:30 Overview (Nancy Ide)
09:30 - 09:50 Donghui Lin: Language Grid Service Ontology
09:50 - 10:10 Alessio Bosca, Milen Kouylekov and Marco Trevisan (for Luca Dini): LinguaGrid exchange protocols
10:10 - 10:30 Nuria Bel: PANACEA project protocols

10:30 - 11:00 coffee break

11:00 - 11:20 Bernardo Magnini: EXCITEMENT project protocols
11:20 - 11:40 Carsten Schnober: ISO TC37/SC4/WG6 PNWI Corpus Query Lingua Franca
11:40 - 12:00 Nancy Ide for Richard Eckart de Castilho: UIMA
12:00 - 12:15 Steve Cassidy: AusNC/DADA (video presentation)
12:15 - 12:30 Sebastian Hellman: NLP Interchange Format (video presentation)

12:30 - 14:00 lunch break

14:00 - 15:30 Group discussion following presentations: Are there commonalities, clear directions,...? Generation of content outline of ISO New Work Item (NWI)

15:30 - 15:45 tea break

15:45 - 16:45 Finalization of NWI proposal outline and next steps/tasks
16:45 Closing


Submission of papers is electronically using the submission website. Submissions should be prepared in LaTeX using the ACL 2012 stayle file, which can be obtained here.

The programme of this 2.5 day workshop is a mixture of presentations of submitted papers and discussion sessions on ongoing projects that aim to establish ISO international standards for areas of semantic annotation. Four types of submission are invited:
- Research papers, describing original research relating to semantic annotation; these can be either long (6-8 pages) or short (3-4 pages);
- Project notes, describing recent ongoing or planned projects involving semantic annotation (2-4 pages);
- Demonstration notes, accompanying demonstrations of software tools for manual semantic annotations, or of software systems for automatic semantic annotation (2-4 pages);
- Commentaries on ongoing ISO projects concerned with semantic annotation standards (2-4 pages).
The maximum page numbers mentioned for the various types of submission do not include references.

Topics for submitted papers include, but are not limited to the following:
* methodological aspects of semantic annotation
* experiments in semantic annotation
* semantic annotation and semantic interpretation
* the semantics of semantic annotations
* semantic annotation, ontologies and inferencing
* applications of semantic annotation
* issues in semantic annotation in specific domains, such as
- time and space
- events, states, processes, facts,...
- relations in discourse and dialogue
- semantic roles and predicate-argument structures
* domain-independent issues in semantic annotation (negation, modality, sentiment, attribution,..)
* integration of annotations across domains
* best practices in semantic annotation
* developments in projects that aim to define standards for semantic annotation.


25 August: Deadline for submitting papers
4 September: Notification of acceptance
11 September: Submission of camera-ready papers
3-5 October: workshop (2.5 days)
Harry Bunt
Nicoletta Calzolari
Kiyong Lee
Giovanna Marotta
Monica Monachini
Paola Baroni
Sara Goggi
James Pustejovsky
Laurent Romary
Jan Alexandersson
Harry Bunt (chair)
Thierry Declerck
Alex Fang
Robert Gaizauskas
Koiti Hasida
Nancy Ide
Michael Kipp
Kiyong Lee
Alessandro Lenci
Inderjeet Mani
Martha Palmer
Volha Petukhova
Andrei Popescu-Belis
Rashmi Prasad
James Pustejovsky
Laurent Romary
Claudia Soria
Thorsten Trippel
Piek Vossen

The following hotels in Pisa have special rates for CNR colleagues or collaborators.
To get this rate, mention that you are a collaborator of the Institute for Computational Linguistics ILC-CNR; in case of any problems please contact Paola Baroni at the institute, at paola.baroni@ilc.cnr.it

For more details see also this link for ILC-CNR recommended Pisa hotels.

Grand Hotel Duomo S 105/ DS 130/ D 160
Hotel Bologna S 105/ D 141
Hotel San Ranieri DS 90 (instead of 140)/ D 109 (instead of 150)
NH Cavalieri DS 108/ D 123
Hotel Francesco D 80
Hotel Minerva S 65/ DS 75 D 95
Hotel Touring S 54/ DS 64/ D 74
Royal Hotel Victoria S, DS and D 77,50-157,50
Santa Croce in Fossabanda S 60/ D 75

On Wednesday, October 3 and Thursday, October 4 the workshop takes place at the University of Pisa, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature, Aula Magna, located at Via Santa Maria 85 in the old town centre, not far from the leaning tower. All accepted papers are scheduled to be presented on those two days. On Friday, October 5 there are additional meetings of ISO projects which take place at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerce, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale "Antonio Zampolli", Aula "Alessandro Faedo", Via Giuseppe Moruzzi 1.

To register, send an email to harry.bunt@uvt.nl before October 1. Thanks to sponsoring by the Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale "Antonion Zampolli" in Pisa and the University of Pisa, the registration fee is zero.

For background information see also the websites of recent workshops in the ISA-series, such as
ISA-7, May 2012, Istanbul
ISA-6, January 2011, Oxford
ISA-5: January 2010, Hong Kong

For any questions contact the workshop chair: harry.bunt@uvt.nl