NLP+CSS workshop at Web Science 2016May 22, 2016, Hannover, Germany.
This workshop will consist of invited talks, and presentations and a poster session for submitted papers.
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 workshops aims to advance the joint computational analysis of social sciences and language by explicitly connecting social scientists, network scientists, NLP researchers, and industry partners. Our focus is squarely to integrate CSS with current trends and techniques in NLP and to continue the progress of CSS through socially-informed NLP for the social sciences. This workshop proposal offers a first step towards identifying ways to improve CSS standard practices with insights from NLP.
We invite research on any of the following general topics, with an emphasis on drawing data and methods from the web and social media:
Areas of interest include all levels of linguistic analysis, network science, and social sciences, including (but not limited to): political science, geography, public health, economics, psychology, sociology, sociolinguistics, phonology, syntax, pragmatics, and stylistics.
We invite both long and short papers of interest to be submitted through EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nlpcss2016. 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 peer reviewed equally, authors can choose a non-archival submission to allow for later publication. The best papers of the workshop will be invited to submit to a special journal issue on NLP and CSS.
Papers will follow the ACM 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.
This full day workshop will include
We intend to draw invited speakers from diverse fields relating to web science, social science, and sociology in order to bring outside perspectives on the problems relevant to the field. Our current program committee provides a sample of prominent researchers in these areas who will potentially be invited.