Tilburg University will host the 6th International Workshop on Computational Semantics on 12-14 January 2005. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers interested in any aspect of the computation, annotation, and representation of meaning in natural language, in multimedia objects, or in multimodal messages.


Areas of special interest for IWCS-6 will be computational aspects of semantic theories; theoretical aspects of the design and implementation of language understanding systems and systems for multimodal communication; and semantic annotation of natural language and multimodal utterances. Papers are invited that are concerned with topics in these areas, including but not limited to the following:

Invited speakers

Dafydd Gibbon (U. Bielefeld)
Alexander Koller (U. Saarbruecken)
Daniel Marcu (ISI, Marina del Rey)
Maarten de Rijke (Amsterdam)

Program committee

James Allen Jerry Hobbs Steve Pulman
Patrick Blackburn Daniel Kayser Allan Ramsay
Johan Bos Paul Mc Kevitt Maarten de Rijke
Harry Bunt (chair) Adam Kilgarriff Laurent Romary
Nicoletta Calzolari Emiel Krahmer Patrick Saint Dizier
Robin Cooper Reinhard Muskens Mark Steedman
Kees van Deemter Martha Palmer Matthew Stone
Jan van Eijck Manfred Pinkal Carl Vogel
Dafydd Gibbon Massimo Poesio Bonnie Webber

Organizing committee

Harry Bunt
Jeroen Geertzen
Yann Girard
Roser Morante
Reinhard Muskens
Ielka van der Sluis
Elias Thijsse
Anne Adriaensen


Accepted papers will appear in the proceedings, which will be 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. Computing Meaning 3 (with papers from IWCS-4 and IWCS-5) is in preparation.

Important dates

25 Sept 2004 Submission of full papers
25 Oct 2004 Notification of acceptance (full papers)
1 Nov 2004 Submission of short papers and project abstracts
10 Nov 2004 Notification of acceptance (short papers and abstracts)
15 Nov 2004 Final versions of papers and abstracts due
17 Dec 2004 Deadline for early registration
10-11 Jan 2005 Meeting of ACL-SIGSEM Working Group
12-14 Jan 2005 IWCS-6 Workshop

Special Event: Joint SIGSEM/ISO meeting

Immediately preceding IWCS-6, on 10-11 January 2005, the ACL SIGSEM Working Group on the Representation of Multimodal Semantic Information will have its fourth meeting at Tilburg University. This is a joint meeting with the newly formed Thematic Domain Group on Multimodal Content of the International Standards Organisation (Technical Committee 37, Subcommittee 4 on standardisation in language resources). In this meeting, members of the Thematic Domain Group will present initial efforts aimed at identifying interoperable concepts for semantic representation and annotation in 6 subdomains:

This meeting will be open to IWCS-6 participants. For more information see the SIGSEM Working Group website at http://let.uvt.nl/research/TI/sigsem/wg

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-6 is sponsored by Springer Publishers (formerly Kluwer Academic Publishers), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and Gianotten Bookshop.

Springer 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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