[Corpora-List] SIGIR workshop, Web Question Answering, Beyond Factoids (WebQA 2016)

Alessandro Moschitti amoschitti at gmail.com
Mon Apr 25 21:40:31 CEST 2016


CALL FOR PAPERS SIGIR 2016 workshop: Web Question Answering, Beyond Factoids

co-located with ACM SIGIR 2016 (http://sigir2016.org/ )

to be held in Pisa, Italy, 21st of July, 2016

Workshop Website: http://webqa2016.tumblr.com/ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

* Submission Deadline: May 20, 2016 * Workshop: July 21, 2016. Pisa, Italy.

Background =========== Web search engines have made great progress at answering factoid queries. However, they are not well-tailored for managing more complex questions, especially when they require explanation and/or description. WebQA workshop aims at exploring diverse approaches to answering questions on the Web. This year, particular emphasis will be given to Community Question Answering (CQA), where comments by the users engaged in the community can be used to answer new questions. Questions posted on the Web can be short and ambiguous (similarly to Web queries to a search engine). These issues make the WebQA task more challenging than traditional QA, and finding the most effective approaches for it remains an open problem. Unlike the more formal conference format, the aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers in diverse areas working on this problem, including those from NLP, IR, social media and recommender systems communities. This workshop is specifically designed for the SIGIR audience. However, due to its format, its goal, as compared to the main conference, is to conduct a more focused and open discussion, encouraging the presentation of work in progress and late-≠breaking initial results in Web Question Answering. Both academic and industrial participation will be solicited, including keynotes and invited speakers.

Invited Speakers: ==============

** David Carmel, Yahoo! Research ** Evgeniy Gabrilovich, Google Research ** Eric Nyberg, Carnegie Mellon University ** Mark Sanderson, RMIT University

Important Dates: =============

** Submission Deadline: May 20, 2016 ** Acceptance Notifications: June 20, 2016 ** Camera-ready Deadline: July 5, 2016 ** SIGIR Main Conference: July 17-21, 2016 ** Workshop: July 21, 2016. Pisa, Italy.

Theme and Topics: ===============

We encourage submissions describing ongoing research, late breaking, preliminary results, and position papers on all topics related to Web question answering, including:

** Community Question Answering ** Social and user-generated question analysis ** Machine Learning Methods for QA ** Identifying question intent in Web queries ** Answer aggregation from various resources ** Answer summarization from various resources ** Collaboratively Generated Content for QA ** Inferring answers for Web questions using knowledge bases or graphs ** Answering opinion questions, including sentiment analysis ** Answering complex, multi-sentence questions ** Evaluation of question answering systems (e.g., via crowd sourcing) ** Answer veracity, validation and justification

Submissions: =========== We solicit papers on preliminary or late-breaking research (from 4 to 6 pages), as well as short "opinion" or "position" papers (from 2 to 4 pages). All submissions should be in the ACM conference paper style (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates). Papers presented at the workshop will be uploaded to arXiv.org and will be considered non-archival. They may be submitted elsewhere (modified or not). This makes the workshop suitable for presenting and discussing current work, without preventing future publications.

Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=webqa2016

Workshop Organizers: ================= ** Eugene Agichtein, Emory University ** Charles Clarke, University of Waterloo ** Lluis Marquez, Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU ** Alessandro Moschitti, Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU ** Preslav Nakov, Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU ** Idan Szpektor, Yahoo Research

Program Committee ================

** Dasha Bogdanova, Dublin City University ** David Carmel, Yahoo Research ** Bruce Croft, University of Umass ** Julio Gonzalo, University of Madrid ** Iryna Gurevych, Technische Universitšt Darmstadt ** Hang Li, Huawei Technologies ** Cicero Nogueira dos santos, IBM Watson, NY ** Dan Pelleg, Yahoo Research ** John Prager, IBM Watson, NY ** Miahi Surdeanu, University of Arizona ** Di Wang, Carnegie Mellon University ** Chris Welty, Google, NY ** Scott Wen-tau Yih, Microsoft Research -------------- next part -------------- A non-text attachment was scrubbed... Name: not available Type: text/html Size: 5717 bytes Desc: not available URL: <https://mailman.uib.no/public/corpora/attachments/20160425/7ab10627/attachment.txt>

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