CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The ACL special interest groups SIGLEX and SIGSEM invite proposals for the *SEM Shared Task 2013.
*SEM is the joint conference on lexical and computational semantics. The main goal of *SEM is to provide a stable forum for the growing number of NLP researchers working on different aspects of semantic processing, which has been scattered over a large array of small workshops and conferences. The second edition of *SEM will be a two-day conference co-located with the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics and Human Language Technologies 2013 conference (NAACL HLT), which will take place in Atlanta, USA, the week of June 9-14.
Every year *SEM includes a shared task, with the goal of attracting the focus of the community. The ambition is to come up with a shared task which is able to gather teams and researchers working on different (lexical) semantic processing components.
*SEM 2012 included a shared task on Resolving the Scope and Focus of Negation (http://ixa2.si.ehu.es/starsem/)
For *SEM 2013, proposals are invited for any shared task related to lexical or computational semantics. The same or similar shared tasks may be chosen for several years in a row to focus the research attention of the community on a particular semantic task.
The training and test data are provided by the organizers, which allows participating systems to be evaluated and compared in a systematic way. Descriptions of the participating systems and an evaluation of their performance will be presented both at the conference and in the proceedings.
Note that the SemEval task organizers are welcome to submit their task to the *SEM shared task call as well. If accepted, their task will be moved from SemEval to the shared task of *SEM.
Proposals should contain the following information:
- Names and affiliations of the members of the organizing committee (including a designated contact person) - Description of the shared task, including its relevance for the study of computational and lexical semantics - Description of the process for selecting, acquiring and preparing the data for training and evaluation, including conditions of availability - Description of the procedure for evaluating the performance of participating systems, including the availability of evaluation software - Any other relevant information
Proposals should be in PDF format, maximum 2 pages, and sent by e-mail to the co-chairs:
Anna.Korhonen at cl.cam.ac.uk malvina.nissim at unibo.it
Shared Task Proposals due: 30 November 2013 Accept/Reject decision due: 10 December 2013
Any questions regarding the proposals can be sent to Anna.Korhonen at cl.cam.ac.uk and malvina.nissim at unibo.it
For the accepted *SEM shared task, the expected timeline for 2013 is as follows: - Dec 17: general announcement - Jan 3: call for interest in participation - Jan 3: task website (first version with general information, task definition, examples and calendar) - Jan 3: trial datasets (plus documentation and scorer) - Jan 28: registration for the task (plus corpora licenses) - Jan 30: training and development sets available - Mar 8: test set available - Mar 18: systems' outputs collected In addition, the task organizers will be required to write a paper describing their task and the participating systems.
Anna Korhonen and Malvina Nissim *SEM Shared Task co-chairs