NLP+CSS at ACL 2017

NLP+CSS: Second Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Computational Social Science
August 3, 2017, Vancouver, Canada, at ACL 2017
Includes an option for non-archival paper submissions, as well as invited talks, panels, and a poster session.
Paper submission deadline: May 8, 2017 (see below)

OrganizersDavid Bamman (UC Berkeley) A. Seza Doğruöz (independent researcher)Dirk Hovy (U. of Copenhagen), David Jurgens (Stanford), Brendan O'Connor (UMass Amherst)Oren Tsur (Harvard/Northeastern), Svitlana Volkova (PNNL)

Email to contact organizers: nlp-and-css -at-
On Twitter: @NLPandCSS

Language is perhaps the most salient outcome of complex social processes. We do not expect teenagers to speak like senior citizens, and we recognize the mutual dependency between language and social factors. Although this interdependence is at the core of models in both natural language processing (NLP) and (computational) social sciences (CSS), these two fields still exist largely in parallel, holding back research insights and potential applications.  This workshop aims to advance the joint computational analysis of social sciences and language by explicitly involving social scientists, NLP researchers, and industry partners.
This second edition of the NLP+CSS workshop builds on a successful first year with almost 50 interdisciplinary submissions to make NLP techniques and insights standard practice in CSS research.  Our focus is on NLP for social sciences - to continue the progress of CSS, and to integrate CSS with current trends and techniques in NLP.  

The workshop will have the following format:
  • a doctoral consortium aimed at social science graduate students
  • invited speakers and panels with social scientists and industry participation, and
  • short (spotlight) presentation of accepted papers
  • a general poster session from accepted papers
This workshop follows the ACL Anti-Harassment Policy.

Invited Speakers

  • Lyle Ungar, Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania

  • Gideon Mann, Bloomberg

  • Brandon Stewart, Sociology, Princeton:
    Causal Inference with Statistical Text Analysis: Text as Outcome, Treatment and Confounder"

Submission Details
We invite research on any of the following general topics:
  • NLP models that incorporate extra-linguistic social information
  • Application of NLP tools to computational social science problems
  • Predictive modeling of extra-linguistic attributes (age, gender, location, etc.)

Areas of interest include all levels of linguistic analysis and social sciences, including (but not limited to): phonology, syntax, pragmatics, stylistics, economics, psychology, sociology, sociolinguistics, political science, geography, and public health.

We especially invite graduate students from both disciplines (i.e. social sciences and NLP) and connect them with experts in the respective other field (e.g. NLP student with an expert in social sciences or vice versa). We would like to again provide mentorship for social science students who could not otherwise attend a computer science conference.

We invite both long and short papers of interest to be submitted through  Long papers should present new and substantial contributions related to the workshop’s theme. Short papers may be a small and focused contribution or describe a work in progress.  While all submissions will be reviewed equally, authors can choose a non-archival submission, since some social sciences do not accept journal articles published in archived proceedings before.

Papers will follow the ACL Style guidelines.  Long papers are recommended to be 8 pages, with a maximum length of 10 pages including references; short papers are recommended to 4 pages with a maximum length of 5.
While all submissions will be reviewed equally, authors can optionally choose a non-archival submission, or else the standard archival submission option.

Important Dates
May 8, 2017: submission deadline
May 22, 2017: notification date
May 31, 2017: camera-ready submission
Workshop (one day): August 3, 2017, Vancouver, Canada