Tilburg University will host the 7th International Workshop on Computational Semantics on 10-12 January 2007. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers interested in any aspect of the computation, annotation, extraction, and representation of meaning in natural language, in multimedia objects, or in multimodal messages.


Areas of special interest for IWCS-7 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 and related areas, including but not limited to the following:

Invited speakers

Johan Bos (La Sapienza University, Rome)
Paul Buitelaar (DFKI, Saarbruecken)
Makoto Kanazawa (National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo)

Special Event: Joint SIGSEM/ISO meeting

Immediately preceding IWCS-7, on 8-9 January 2007, a joint meeting will be held of the ISO TC 37/SC 4 Thematic Domain Group on Semantic Content, and the ACL SIGSEM Working Group on the Representation of Multimodal Semantic Information. In this meeting, members of the ISO Thematic Domain Group will present and discuss ongoing efforts aimed at defining interoperable concepts for semantic representation and annotation.

This meeting will be open to (a restricted number of) IWCS-7 participants. For more information see the ISO Thematic Domain Group website and the SIGSEM Working Group website; see the Preliminary programme.

Program committee

James Allen Ed Hovy Martha Palmer
Patrick Blackburn Daniel Kayser Manfred Pinkal
Johan Bos Alexander Koller Massimo Poesio
Harry Bunt (chair) Emiel Krahmer Steve Pulman
Nicoletta Calzolari Alex Lascarides Allan Ramsay
Robin Cooper Kiyong Lee Laurent Romary
Kees van Deemter Paul Mc Kevitt Patrick Saint Dizier
Jan van Eijck Dan Moldovan Carl Vogel
Dafydd Gibbon Reinhard Muskens Bonnie Webber
Jerry Hobbs

Organizing committee

Harry Bunt
Jeroen Geertzen
Simon Keizer
Reinhard Muskens
Amanda Schiffrin
Elias Thijsse
Lauraine Sinay
Femke Wieme

Submission requirements

Three types of submission are solicited: full papers, short papers, and project abstracts.

Full papers are original papers of maximally 12 pages, that will be published in the workshop proceedings and will have a full oral presentation of about 30 minutes at the workshop.

Short papers are mini-papers of maximally 4 pages, that will be published in the workshop proceedings and have a very brief ('flash') oral presentation at the workshop. Authors of short papers are invited to also put up a poster and participate in a poster session.

Project abstracts are brief descriptions of 2 pages of ongoing, recently completed, or starting projects. They will be published in the workshop proceedings and will be presented in a poster session.

Submission must be done through the online submission system. All submissions should be marked as being a full paper, a short paper, or a project abstract, by adding to the paper title the postfix (FP), (SP) or (PA) when entering the title in the online submission system.


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. The book Computing Meaning, Volume 3 (with papers from IWCS-4 and IWCS-5) is in production.

Important dates

5 Oct 2006 Submission of full papers
1 Nov 2006 Notification of acceptance (full papers)
1 Nov 2006 Submission of short papers and project abstracts
15 Nov 2006 Notification of acceptance (short papers and abstracts)
22 Nov 2006 Final versions of papers and abstracts due
1 Dec 2006 Deadline for early registration
8-9 Jan 2007 Meeting of ISO TC 37/SC 4 Thematic Domain Group and ACL-SIGSEM Working Group
10-12 Jan 2007 IWCS-7 Workshop


IWCS-7 will be held in Building D ('Dante Building') of Tilburg University (room DZ 2). See the Campus Map.

Contact information

Lauraine Sinay or Femke Wieme
Department of Language and Information Science, Tilburg University
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands
Fax: +31-13-466 2892
Phone: +31-13-466 3060 or ..8118 or ..2668
Email: computational.semantics@uvt.nl

IWCS-7 is sponsored by Springer Publishers (formerly Kluwer Academic Publishers) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

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.

endorsed by SIGSEM Endorsed by SIGLEX