TextGraphs-11: Graph-based Methods for Natural Language Processing
Workshop at ACL 2017, Vancouver, Canada, August 2017

TextGraphs-11 is proudly sponsored by Verisk Analytics!

We are proud to announce the invited speakers for TextGraphs-11:

Multiple-submission policy

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must indicate this at submission time. Authors submitting multiple papers to TextGraphs-11 may not submit papers that overlap significantly (>50%) with each other in content or results. Authors of papers accepted for presentation at Textgraphs-11 must notify the organizers immediately as to whether the paper will be presented. All accepted papers must be presented at the conference to appear in the proceedings.


The workshops in the TextGraphs series have published and promoted the synergy between the field of Graph Theory and Natural Language Processing. Besides traditional NLP applications like word sense disambiguation and semantic role labeling, and information extraction graph-based solutions nowadays also target new web-scale applications  like information propagation in social networks, rumor proliferation, e-reputation, language dynamics learning, and future events prediction, to name a few. 

       >> Previous editions of the TextGraphs workshop

The eleventh edition of the TextGraphs workshop aims to extend the focus on issues and solutions for large-scale graphs, such as those derived for web-scale knowledge acquisition or social networks. We encourage the description of novel NLP problems or applications that have emerged in recent years, which can be addressed with graph-based methods. Furthermore, we also encourage research on  applications of graph-based methods in the area of Semantic Web in order to link them to related NLP problems and applications.


In an exciting and completely novel extension, we encourage graph-based interpretations of deep learning models for NLP tasks. Though deep learning models are displaying state of the art performance on many NLP tasks, they are often criticized for not being interpretable. In TextGraphs-11 we introduce a new challenge for graph-based methods: reasoning and interpretation of the layers used in deep learning models. Given that a neural network is, from one point of view, a graph through which activation scores are propagated, many of the existing graph-based methods used in our workshop community could potentially be  directly applicable. Can graph-based methods be harnessed to provide information to make deep processing comprehensible for humans and computers? What are the capabilities and limits when graph-based methods are applied to neural networks in general? Which aspects of the networks are not susceptible to such treatment and why not?


TextGraphs-11 invites submissions on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Graph-based methods for providing reasoning and interpretation of deep learning methods
    • Graph-based methods for reasoning and interpreting deep processing by neural networks,
    • Explorations of the capabilities and limits of graph-based methods applied to neural networks in general
    • Investigation of which aspects of neural networks are not susceptible to graph-based methods.    
  • Graph-based methods for Information Retrieval, Information Extraction, and Text Mining
    • Graph-based methods for word sense disambiguation,
    • Graph-based representations for ontology learning,
    • Graph-based strategies for semantic relations identification,
    • Encoding semantic distances in graphs,
    • Graph-based techniques for text summarization, simplification, and paraphrasing
    • Graph-based techniques for document navigation and visualization
    • Reranking with graphs
    • Applications of label propagation algorithms, etc.
  • New graph-based methods for NLP applications
    • Random walk methods in graphs
    • Spectral graph clustering
    • Semi-supervised graph-based methods
    • Methods and analyses for statistical networks
    • Small world graphs
    • Dynamic graph representations
    • Topological and pretopological analysis of graphs
    • Graph kernels, etc.
  • Graph-based methods for applications on social networks
    • Rumor proliferation
    • E-reputation
    • Multiple identity detection
    • Language dynamics studies
    • Surveillance systems, etc.
  • Graph-based methods for NLP and Semantic Web
    • Representation learning methods for knowledge graphs (i.e., knowledge graph embedding)
    • Using graphs-based methods to populate ontologies using textual data,
    • Inducing knowledge of ontologies into NLP applications using graphs,
    • Merging ontologies with graph-based methods using NLP techniques.


In alphabetical order: 

Alan Akbik, Zalando, Germany
Sivaji Bandyopadhyay, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India
Chris Biemann, University of Hamburg, Germany
Pushpak Bhattacharyya, IIT Bombay, India
Tomáš Brychcín, University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic
Tanmoy Chakraborty, University of Maryland, USA
Monojit Choudhury, Microsoft Research, India
Asif Ekbar, Indian Institute of Technology, Patna, India
Stefano Faralli, University of Mannheim, Germany
Michael Flor, Educational Testing Services, USA
Marc Franco Salvador, University of Valencia, Spain
Tomáš Hercig, University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic
Ioana Hulpus, University of Mannheim, Germany
Roman Klinger, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Nikola Ljubešić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Héctor Martínez Alonso, Inria & University Paris Diderot, France
Gabor Melli, VigLink, USA
Rada Mihalcea, University of Michigan, USA
Alessandro Moschitti, University of Trento, Italy
Animesh Mukherjee, IIT Kharagpur, India
Vivi Nastase, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Roberto Navigli, “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy
Alexander Panchenko, University of Hamburg, Germany
Simone Paolo Ponzetto, University of Mannheim, Germany
Steffen Remus, University of Hamburg, Germany
Stephan Roller, UT Austin, USA
Shourya Roy, Xerox Research, India
Josef Steinberger, University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic
Anders Søgaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Jan Šnajder, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Kateryna Tymosenko, University of Trento, Italy
Aline Villavicencio, F. University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Ivan Vulić, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Fabio Massimo Zanzotto, “Tor vergata” University of Rome, Italy


TextGraphs-11 workshop fully embraces the following ACL's anti-harassment policy. 

The open exchange of ideas, the freedom of thought and expression, and respectful scientific debate are central to the aims and goals of the ACL. These require a community and an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and that embraces diversity. For these reasons, ACL is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for all the members, as well as participants at our events and in our programs.

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We thank Verisk Analytics for the sponsorship of TextGraphs-11! 


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