From 15-17 January 2003 Tilburg University hosted the Fifth International Workshop on Computational Semantics (IWCS-5). The aim of the workshop was to bring together researchers interested in any aspect of the computation of meaning in natural language.


Topics of interest for the workshop were computational aspects of formal semantic theories and theoretical issues in building natural language understanding systems. Papers were invited in areas which included, but were not limited to, the following:

Invited speakers

Pat Hayes
Adam Kilgarriff
Michiel van Lambalgen
Matthew Stone

Program committee

Patrick BlackburnJerry HobbsSteve Pulman
Johan Bos Daniel Kayser James Pustejovsky
Harry Bunt (chair) Paul Mc Kevitt Allan Ramsay
Nicoletta Calzolari Adam Kilgarriff Laurent Romary
Robin Cooper Emiel Krahmer Patrick Saint Dizier
Kees van Deemter Alex Lascarides Mark Steedman
Jan van Eijck Reinhard Muskens Enric Vallduvi
Frank van Harmelen Martha Palmer Bonnie Webber
Pat Hayes Manfred Pinkal

Organizing committee

Harry Bunt
Yann Girard
Emiel Krahmer
Roser Morante
Reinhard Muskens
Ielka van der Sluis
Elias Thijsse


Accepted papers were published in the proceedings, which were available at the time of the conference. We also aim at publishing a selection of the accepted papers in book form.

A selection of papers from IWCS-2 has been published as Computing Meaning, Vol. 1, Harry Bunt and Reinhard Muskens, editors, Kluwer 1999, while papers from IWCS-3 have been published as Computing Meaning, Vol. 2, Harry Bunt, Reinhard Muskens and Elias Thijsse, editors, Kluwer 2001.

Important dates

1 Oct 2002 Submission of full papers
1 Nov 2002 Notification of acceptance
1 Nov 2002 Submission of poster abstracts
1 Dec 2002 Final papers due
15 Nov 2002 Notification of poster acceptance
15 Dec 2002 Deadline for early registration
15-17 Jan 2003 Workshop


IWCS-5 was held in Room YZ 1, Building Y ('Montesquieu Building') of Tilburg University. See the Campus Map.

Special Event

On Tuesday January 14, the day before the start of IWCS-5, the first meeting took place of the SIGSEM Working Group on Multimodal Meaning Representation. All IWCS-5 participants were invited to attend this meeting. More information about the meeting is available on the SIGSEM wg website.

Contact information

Anne Adriaensen
Department of Linguistics, Tilburg University
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands
Fax: +31-13-4663110
Phone: +31-13-4663060

IWCS-5 is sponsored by Kluwer Academic Publishers, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and Gianotten Bookshop.

Kluwer Academic Publishers

IWCS is endorsed by SIGSEM, the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Semantics and by SIGLEX, the ACL Special Interest Group on the Lexicon.

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